Sunset Cycles will be closed on January 1st and 2nd. Have a happy and safe New Years!
From Sunset Cycles
Here are two
great phenomenal videos that we have been watching at the shop. The first one is from Silvia Films featuring Matt Miles riding his Demo. It does not matter who he films it just looks FAST. It helps that Matt Miles is really really good rider with skill and style to spare.
Even if you hate the snow you still should watch this next video, besides it will help kill 5 minutes out of your Monday! The full film won tons of awards like “Best Documentary” , “Most Innovative Visual FX”, “Best Feature-Length Mountain Film” ect. Enjoy and let us know what you think!
At Sunset Cycles our staff covers almost all types of riding. Everything from mountain, road, cyclocross, commuting, downhill ect. David is one of our newest employees at the Portland store and covers the commuting category very well. He just did this write-up about doing errands by bike. If you have any questions on getting your bike set up with the stuff you need to make trips like his easy he is your guy. David can help get you set up with fenders, lights, racks and bags and everything else.
Errands by Bike
With the day off this past Friday and nice weather (sunny but cool), I decided it would be a good day for a bike ride. The only problem was I had a few errands that I really needed to get done before the weekend. It would have been easy to just blow off the bike ride and hop in the car but instead I grabbed the commuter bike and headed out.
Living near the shop in Bethany, I went down Kaiser to 143rd and through Terra Linda to Saltzman. Then it was up the hill on Barnes to the credit union for my first stop. Hopping back on the bike, I finished off the hill to the Sunset Transit Center and turned my trip multi-modal, catching MAX and arriving at SW 10th and Yamhill about 15 minutes later. With the bike safely locked up near the main Library, I had a brief visit with my dentist and then did a little holiday window-shopping before making the return trip, this time ending up at the Beaverton Transit Center. Taking Center Street to Hall, I was at New Seasons in a few minutes so I could pick up groceries to make lasagna (which was delicious by the way) and then headed for home. To get there, I went up Hocken to Jenkins to Murray before retracing my pedal strokes through Terra Linda.
The total trip was 23 miles (11 by bike and 12 by MAX) and with stops took 2 hours and 42 minutes. If you haven’t ridden in traffic much, fear not, the bike lanes on the busier streets make for a drama free ride. All in all, not a bad way to get a little exercise and still get things done.
Sunset Cycles is the first bike shop in Portland to bring in the Early Rider balance bikes. We have long been recommending this style of bike for kids trying to get the “balance” part of biking. Although we’ve had a great option for this type of bike from Specialized, we continue to get tons of requests for a wooden version. We looked at them a few times before, but always hesitated because of lack of quality, fit and finish. When one of our local reps brought in a Early Rider yesterday, the first question was not if we were going to stock them, but how many! The Early Rider website shows the bike off well, and after you pick one up you will realize they are great! The fit and finish is amazing, front/rear real cartridge bearing wheels (never seen that on any kids bikes), two skill level steering settings, adjustable seat height, simple assembly and a truly “Portland” look.
What Is A Balance Bike – from earlyrider.com
“The concept of a balance bike is beautifully simple. As soon as a child can walk and run they can ride a balance bike. It’s effectively walking and running but sitting down.
All the gross motor skills they have been subconsciously honing whilst learning to cruise, walk and run away from you are exactly the same ones that they will utilise on the bike. If they wobble to the left their centre of gravity shifts to compensate and bring them upright. If they wobble to the right… You get the picture. It’s what’s happening naturally as they grow and develop without them even knowing. The human body is genius like that.
The simplicity is that there is very little to ‘learn’, it’s all very instinctive. It might take a few minutes to work out the sitting-while-walking thing, but once they have this down they’ll be off. Slow at first but confidence will build fast. Their low seating position with legs bent and feet flat to the floor mean that it is very difficult to fall off – their legs act as the stabilisers. And as confidence builds it starts to become easier because with speed and forward motion comes stability. That’s just physics.
Uniquely, every Early Rider comes with adjustable steering. When they are first learning steering should be restricted so they only have a very limited range. This not only helps to keep them upright and stable, keeping the bike facing forward, but allows them to concentrate on balancing rather than worrying about steering too. Once they are competent and confident on their bike you can adjust the steering to a fully open setting, at which point they can add steering and additional control to their cycling repertoire.
At this point your work is done! Riding a bike will become second nature, and when they are ready and old enough for a ‘grown up bike’ with pedals and brakes (generally somewhere between 4 and 5) there will be no painful transition and absolutely no need for training wheels/stabilisers.”
As winter feels like it’s closing in more and more we start building up our stock of all the cool 2012 bikes. Right now we have a great selection of 2011-2012 full suspension bikes and some great deals in that category as well. Here is what we have on the way this week-
Little bit of everything! 2012 Roubaix Experts, a Venge Pro Frame…….and much much more!