Archive | June 2012

CHAINRINGS — Sunset Cycles Monthly Newsletter


TURNING THE CRANKS – Tips for Mid Summer Training
TEAM NOTES – Getting Chicked at Sisters Stampede
SHOP NEWS – Orbea Basque Night in Review
SURVEY – A Mid Season Check In



New or Used?

by Roger Colwell 

It’s a question every bike shop owner and workers will field at some point from a prospective customer: “Do you sell used bikes?”

It’s not a simple concern to address, as the reasons why Sunset Cycles sells only new bikes are numerous. The easiest way to explain is to use an analogy from the automotive world.

Used car dealers and private car sellers are sometimes selling “someone else’s problem,” or an auto that is tired, worn out, and contains underlying (and often hidden) defects. The odometer says 75,000 miles, but can you trust that? And what about collisions and environmental damage you can’t see with the untrained eye? The “As Is” warranty sticker on the window isn’t a warranty at all…it’s a warning, telling you to beware…and to stay away once you’ve driven the car off the lot.

For similar reasons, it’s why Sunset Cycles doesn’t sell used bikes. Ebay and other online sites do a fine job at that, leaving the job of providing quality bikes and service to trained professionals like the ones in our shops. Used bikes carry just too much risk–both for the rider and for us–to risk our reputation.

Do you agree or disagree with our stance? Let us know in the comments area at the bottom of the page.

When it’s time to buy a new bike, we invite you in for a visit. We’ll talk about guarantees on the bikes we sell, give you the best fitting available in the Portland area, and offer you the most competitive prices, without exception. You’ll leave Sunset Cycles riding a great bike, without the burden of someone else’s problem.

As summer dawns, thanks again for your patronage of “Beaverton’s Bike Shop.”



Tips for Mid Summer Training

When you filled out the entry form for the century ride or triathlon back in March…it sure seemed like a good idea at the time. Then, life got in the way of training. Work, family and social obligations, and yardwork don’t really wait for anyone, and can trump time in the saddle. Now, with just 4 to 8 weeks before your big event, you’re behind the eight ball, between a rock and hard place, and lamenting the best laid plans of mice and men all at the same time.

How can you resuscitate your training for your upcoming event in just a month or two? Here are a few pointers to get the most out of your 11th hour prep:

Get Intense–If you’re in a time crunch, choose intensity over distance. Ramp up your interval training/sprints/hard efforts…but don’t ignore the opportunity to get in a long ride if you have the time.

Climb Every Mountain–Hill training can be the shortest distance between zero fitness and legs of steel. Find two types of hills: Short, steep ones for repeat efforts to build power and longer, sustained climbs for endurance and general fitness.

Lyten Up–Training of this intensity will put additional demands on your caloric needs. Don’t leave home with just water in your bottles. Add an electrolyte tablet or two and make sure you have more with you if your ride will exceed 90 minutes.

Overhaul the Engine–Extra sleep and careful attention to good nutrition are paramount in the weeks immediately before a race. Try to get at least 45 minutes of extra sleep each night and reduce your intake of the “no-no” foods: Alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and excess fats.



Each month in CHAINRINGS, Sunset Cycles previews another great Washington County bike ride. With the varied terrain available in our area, each ride is certain to be a winner.

Our ride rating category is simple, ranging from one CHAINRING (easiest) to five CHAINRINGS (most challenging). Here’s the criteria:

One chainring: Flat ride, minimal climbing
Two chainrings: Rolling hills, short climbs
Three chainrings: Moderate hills, possibly some short, steep climbs
Four chainrings: Challenging terrain with numerous, longer climbs
Five chainrings: Very difficult terrain with numerous, steep, long climbs

This month’s ride: South Side


A few climbs keep this 32-mile loop interesting. You’ll be treated to a mix of suburban and rural riding as you loop westward from Tualatin, past our Beaverton store, and back south to Tualatin.

Here’s a link to full route directions and map.



Kyle Remington offers his view of the Sisters Stampede (XC mountain bike race), held May 27th. Race mileage options were 12 miles (beginner), 26 miles (novice/advanced), and 28 miles (advanced)…

“I arrived on the Sisters Stampede scene to find a bunch of zealous, neon yellow shirt-wearing volunteers directing me and informing me what to do and where to go…which I needed because I’m fairly new to this mtn bike racing scene. Got a cup of super black Sisters coffee, put 40 lbs of pressure in my titanium belted, armadillo, Crossroads tire (to insure no flats in this race), because that is what I was gathering from my listening to other’s conversation about the topic. I did an hour warm up and then showed up to the start line with about 600 people in front of me(as it looked).

We all got started and Greg was about 20 riders ahead of me and Paul another 15 ahead of Greg, so I knew from the start, in order to be a top finisher, I needed to do a lot of passing at some point. We did about 5 miles of double track and got real spread out, but there always seems to be a difference in speeds in the open compared to singletrack. It is a lot like on the open road in a car and people speeding up in the “passing zones,” so they won’t get passed, and then slow down when it becomes a single lane again. I knew ahead of time that there were two open road hills (passing lanes), where I planned to do a lot of makeup, passing and catching of my teamates, but the fast start took the power that I thought I had and so I did a lot of maintaining.

It was a bit of a mental bomb when I got passed by a tandem mtn bike going up the first passing lane, but when I got passed by a girl in a double track section, soon after that (mile 12), I said to myself, “it’s go time.”  She was my rabbit…aggressive, passing people in the singletrack, she was driving the big gears like John W. does on hills. She gapped me several times, but I always caught back up.

I gained about 10 places by people crashing, flat tires, and a broken rear derailer on a rock. It seemed like the second half of the race is all downhill, so there was a lot of fast singletrack and the trails were awesome because of the previous days rain. I finally saw the “to finish” sign and that meant a double track sprint for about 2 miles. At this point, the girl had about a 1/4 mile gap on me and about 5 people between us. So I got as aero as I could, without my aero helmet on, and put everything I had into my non-cramping legs to catch this gal. I passed 4 fellas and then it was just her. When we came to the cars and the crowd, on several occasions I heard, “don’t get chicked!”

I felt confident I could take her. 4 turns to go, 3 to go, 2 to go…I’m side by side with her. I take the inside and pull ahead and then slide wide because my titanium belted, armadillo Crossroads don’t grip well in the loose dirt, had to unclip to catch myself…I clipped back in and stood up to get my speed up, then felt the exhaustion kick in. She passed me back, using her big gears again…and I got chicked. I didn’t mind, because she was the one who got me off my butt in the middle of the race to start racing again. The thing that got me a little was her just ignoring me at the finish. I mean…we just battled. Maybe it’s because she noticed that I didn’t shave my legs. But I’m still learning how to be cool.

Obviously, I have a ways to go.



Orbea Basque Night

Thanks to everyone who turned out for our premier Orbea Basque night last month. The food…the beverages…and the beautiful bikes made for a memorable evening. Congrats to Blaine H., the winner of the one-of-a-kind Euskaltel King of the Mountain TdF podium jersey!



Speak, oh ye denizens of the Sunset Cycles world! Give us your opinions on this month’s question…