Archive | February 2014

Ride Leader: February 2014 Chainrings

While February in Portland might represent the apex of the doldrums in terms of our cycling calendar (no events; crummy weather; little daylight), there’s still plenty to be excited about when it comes to riding a bike.

In this issue of Chainrings, we’ll highlight two in particular that come to mind: One is a great new product, conceived right here in our backyard, and the other, a spectacular upcoming race where Team Sunset Cycling will be well-represented.

snowbikeEven with the big dump of snow last weekend, we managed to stay open each day, although with slightly shortened hours. It’s a testament to our employees’ dedication to serving you and your cycling needs. We were a bit surprised to see as many folks come through the doors as we did during “Snowpocalypse 2014,” but if I know anything about Oregon cyclists, it’s that neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night…well, you get the picture.

As you prepare for another great season in the saddle, thanks for thinking of Sunset Cycles as your one-stop shop for everything you need to get you down the road safely, comfortably, quickly, and in style.

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WASHCO Ride of the Month: February 2014 Chainrings

Each month in CHAINRINGS, Sunset Cycles previews another great Washington County bike ride. With the varied terrain available in our area, the selected 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: February Elevator

Rating: 5 Chainrings!

2276 feet of climbing in 22 miles might peg your heart rate at levels you haven’t experienced since last September…or at least since you realized your Uncle Bobby was serving Turducken for the main course at Thanksgiving. Sure, it’s only February, and you want your fitness to peak in August, not April. But a hard effort now is just money in the bank instead of deficit spending. The hard climbs and fast descents on this ride will do your winter body good. Start and finish from the shop, and be sure to notch this one on Strava…we’re looking for the local King & Queen of the mountains.

View details for the entire route HERE

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Shop News: February 2014 Chainrings

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Always keen on working improving relationships with local businesses, we were fortunate enough recently to discover a social networking business start-up–B3buy–that will improve our online presence. Their product, a B3profile, is a new kind of online social store where you can interact with us…in real time! This social store will have all of our content, exclusive coupons, live chat, and more.  Check it out HERE, let us know what you think…AND, get your 20% off coupon for this deal:

Smooth Out the Ride

20% off Suspension Tuneups – (see info above on where to find your coupon!) Discount applies to labor and parts on Fox or Rockshox forks and rear shocks. Work must be scheduled and completed no later than March 31, 2014. Discount applies to in-house work only, as some work may require return to manufacture for service.

Tech Tuesday

Join us on March 11th for another edition of Tech Tuesday, your chance to gain further insight into the mechanics of bicycles…what makes them tick, how to repair them when they break, and more.

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Local Focus: February 2014 Chainrings

Stages Power Meter

Developed by an Oregon engineer, Stages Cycling Power Meters have turned the power training cycling market on its head. With a deliciously simple and light (20 grams!) meter that is attached to the crank arm of any style bicycle, a Stages Power Meter is the lightest and most affordable accurate power monitoring system on the market—and used by the world’s top cycling teams, including Team Sky.crankpile

Measuring your power within 2%, the Stages meter is easily installed, and you won’t have any messy wires, magnets, or zip ties to contend with. Information from your pedaling is sent directly to your smartphone or other Bluetooth or ANT+ device. Prices start at $699.

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Team News: February 2014 Chainrings


The tiny burg of Echo, Oregon is the next stop for the Sunset Cycles Team as they tackle the 2014 version of Red 2 Red, a 15, 24, & 32-mile xc mountain bike race. The dry winter weather makes for great soil conditions in early March and a fast course. Early season fireworks are sure to explode as the Sunset riders take on the region’s best riders. Join them for a great adventure! More info on the race is HERE.

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Survey: February 2014 Chainrings