Archive | February 2012

2012 Specialized Kids Bike Weights

We often get asked what makes the kids bikes we sell different than all the others. One big factor is the bikes in our store are the lightest we have seen in their respective category’s. This translates many benefits to the young rider and also helps them overcome the steep learning curve. Along with this we also offer free assembly, lifetime frame warranty, expert sizing and full service on all bikes we sell.  
The weights listed are all 2012 models right out of the box.
12″ Hotrock – 15 lbs 2 ounces
16″ Hotrock – 19 lbs 4 ounces
20″ Hotrock Coaster – 23 lbs 3 ounces
20″ Hotrock Street 6 Speed – 21 lbs 7 ounces
20″ Hotrock 6 Speed – 24 lbs 2 ounces
24″ Hotrock 7 Speed – 26 lbs 13 ounces
24″ Hotrock Street 21 Speed – 24 lbs 4 ounces
24″ Hotrock A1 FS – 26 lbs 6 ounces

Felt Bike Closeouts

We have a few remaining Felt bikes that we are closing out at great prices; two women’s bikes size 47cm (fits 5′ 3″ to 5′ 5″) and men’s sizes 52cm to 58cm (no 56cm). Come by and check these out for some fantastic savings at the Beaverton Store only. You may want to call 503.579.9264 to double-check availability.

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TNT Event

Sunset Cycles will be holding a special event for Team in Training on March 1st and 6th 6:00-8:00pm at our Bethany store. We have brought together a group of expert speakers with years of personal experience and knowledge to share the wealth on these two special nights!

Here is quick rundown of what will be going on.

  • Clinic #1: Thursday, March 1 from 6-8pm.
    • 6:00  John Forbes – Importance of the right bike fit.
    • 6:30  Ken McClenahan – Specialized rep – choosing the right bike
    • 7:00  Greg Pressler – Shared competitive endurance experiences; proper body fueling
  • Clinic #2: Tuesday, March 6 from 6-8pm.
    • 6:00  Keith Seed – Hammer rep; proper body fueling (30 minutes)
    • 6:30  Greg Pressler – Shared competitive endurance experiences. (30 minutes)
    • 7:00  Tim Anderson – Endura rep; having the proper clothing (30 minutes)
  • Training Ride: Saturday, March 10 from 8-11am

RSVP in the comments below or shoot us a e-mail (


Just in case you missed it in our newsletter, Facebook or just have not been in to the store in the last few weeks. Sunset Cycles is now your Westside Orbea dealer! This means you have a new option for sales, service and any old or new warranty issues.

One of the things we are very excited for is the MyO feature. It’s a way to get a semi-custom bike built with the parts you want. This will let us pick correctly sized parts like stem, bars, seat, crank length and more.  Not to mention paint color, wheels choices, bar tape. You instantly will see the price, weight plus additional info. Just share this with us and your dream bike is a few days away!

Check it out- Build Your Orbea


CHAINRINGS — Sunset Cycles Monthly Newsletter


RIDE LEADER NOTES – Following the Trend
WRENCH BENCH – Taping Your Handlebars
TURNING THE CRANKS – An Intro to Orbea
WASHCO RIDE OF THE MONTH – North Plains Pyrenees
GEARHEAD – Pedal to the Metal
TEAM NOTES – Meet the Team Ride: An Unedited Recap
SHOP NEWS – Team In Training / Eugene Cycling Job Fair
SURVEY – Electric Bikes

Following the Trend

by Roger Colwell

One of the best things about being an independent bike dealer is the access I have to our customers. I wouldn’t trade the daily interactions for anything, as it really helps me stay in touch with the latest needs and concerns of the bike-riding public.

I always find it interesting (and I completely understand) when our customers ask me about trends I’m spotting or following in the bike business. As a long-time cyclist myself, I’ve always been curious about the “latest and greatest” in my hobby of choice.

With things in the bike business (and business in general) moving at the speed of sound, it’s difficult to follow every trend all the time. But there have been a few recent developments I find compelling.

First, I’ve witnessed an incredible upsurge in non-competitive road cycling, as evidenced by the popularity of challenging Gran Fondo events and multi-day cycling tours. Bicycle manufacturers haven’t ignored this trend: The trickle down effect is an increase in the types of bikes favored by Gran Fondo riders, such as Sunset Cycles’ new line from bike superstar ORBEA (see more below).

In the tech category, I’ve been impressed with the massive improvements in lighting technology. More lumens (read: brighter lights), with smaller batteries and lower price points put the strongest lights within reach of the tightest bike budgets. Another interesting item we might be seeing more of very soon: Disc brakes on road bikes as the standard rather than the exception.

I’ve also noticed a re-emphasis on custom services such as bike fitting, a topic we covered extensively last month. Cyclists have come to realize the value of a professional bike FIT is nearly as important as the quality of the bike itself.

Finally, I believe the electric assist bike category (a.k.a. “electric bikes”) is about to explode in popularity. A few vendors have shown us their offerings in this category lately, and what they have might surprise you. We would love to hear your opinion on this subject…let us know what you think in our POLL below.

Regardless of how the winds of change blow from cycling season to cycling season, a few standards remain firmly in place at Sunset Cycles: Attention to detail. An emphasis on quality for every product we sell. And an absolute insistence on delivering the highest level of service to every customer who walks through our doors.

Thanks again for your continuing support of “Beaverton’s Bike Shop.”

Taping Your Handlebars

Thanks to our first rate bike technicians for this dazzling display of handlebar tape wizardry!

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Sunset Cycles on You Tube

With one recent addition to our store (thanks Roger) we will now have even more content for the website, Facebook, blog, newsletter ect.  Although it’s still very new take a look at our YouTube channel by clicking the link below. Keep an eye on our channel for new content!