Archive | June 2014

Ride Leader: June 2014 Chainrings


A friend stopped by the shop last week near the end of a multi-hour ride, and looked like a piece of toast that had been left in the toaster too long. The hot afternoon temps had taken him completely by surprise, and he found himself unable to drink fast enough or find enough shady spots. Woefully unprepared for the early June sun (and after topping off his bottles at the shop), he limped home, licking his wounds, wondering what he could have done better to anticipate the heat. The answer? EVERYTHING.

From lack of sunscreen and adequate fluids to a poor choice of clothing, this veteran rider admitted to making what could be called a cavalcade of rookie mistakes that led to an uncomfortable day in the drink

There’s always an upside to reading about the mistakes of others: You can learn what NOT to do and how to avoid the same mistakes yourself.

Read forward in this month’s space as we devote an entire issue of CHAINRINGS to beating the heat—where to ride (WASHCO Ride of the Month), what to remember (research from the scientists), info and deals on our sports nutrition products, and more on how to keep your cool when the thermometer is blowing its top.

Thanks, as always, for your continued support.

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WASHCO Ride of the Month: June 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: Short Summer Shady

Rating: 2 Chainrings

You’ll be cool as a cucumber on this shaded route that takes advantage of forest-lined roads and cruising descents. After the initial climb to Skyline Blvd. from our shop, this short (16.7 miles), easy loop is a great way to enjoy summer riding without suffering in the

View details for the entire route HERE


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Shop News: June 2014 Chainrings


Stop in to stock up on nutritional products from Hammer, Skratch, Clif, and our newest offering, ProBar. For one week only, we’ll be offering 20% off any nutritional product. Offer valid 6/10 through 6/17. productline-mealbar-top

Speaking of ProBar, if you haven’t tried this brand yet, you owe it to yourself to give it a go. Packed with a massive 380 calories in the “Meal” version, the ProBar is a delicious, compact bar that might be all the food you need to carry on a long ride. They’re just moist enough to avoid any tree bark-chewing analogies, and come in a variety of flavors to suit all tastes.

Salvation at the Bottom of a Bottle

We’ll leave it to the experts to debate how much and how often you should drink during exercise. Here’s an interesting article on the subject, and yet another one here. What we do know is that you’re going to need a few water bottles to get you through the heat. We’ve got a variety in stock, including Sunset Cycles-branded PURIST bottles.purist bottle



Eye protection during the ride isn’t just a convenience—it’s a safety and health issue, too, as harmful UV rays can pack a punch on your retinas and flying bugs and debris can be a real pain. Our lineup of Tifosi shades are just the ticket. We’ve got a rack full of different styles and lens colors, so stop by to pick a pair that suits your tastes.

Summer jerseysendura-hummvee-short-sleeve-jersey

Dress for summer cycling success in one of our lightweight jerseys from Endura and Specialized. Look for Coolmax fabrics, generous zippers, and light colors.

Vented helmetswomen's helmet-propero2

The last thing you need on a warm weather ride is a hot head. The helmets from Specialized (check out the Propero II) and Lazer offer a massive number of vents and allow for airflow over your melon…translating to a much more comfortable ride.


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Team Notes: June 2014 Chainrings

Alsea Falls Race Report

Stunning scenery and amazing trails highlight the Alsea Falls xc mountain bike race held southwest of Corvallis, Oregon. Here’s a report from Sunset Team member Michael K.:

Alsea Falls was one of the most beautiful XC courses I’ve ever ridden, hands down. I finished 3rd in my CAT 2 19-39 category a few seconds behind 2nd place. Our race was 18 miles with 2,400 feet of climbing. The race started out on asphalt for about 1 mile and then turned into a moderately steep ascent that immediately split the field. I managed to stay in the top group and after about 2 miles of climbing the track turned into the first downhill – fast and steep, it later turned into the first section of one of the finest single trails of its kind. The track led back to the starting point and back on asphalt for about another mile. Then, the 2nd climb up to the top of the mountain and this was where we started passing the first women, clydesdales, and singlespeeders who started a few minutes earlier in the race. The downhill led into another two single tracks packed with berms, rollers, and some nice technical terrain. One of these sections is 1.6mi long and you can roll downhill at max speed almost without needing to pedal. alsea falls

The last lap was ~7 mi and started with a 1,200 ft climb over a few miles. My group had split by that point and I was on my own, but very soon closed the gap on the way up passing about a dozen+ riders including a few cat 1s. The next ~3 miles were purely downhill and went by very fast. Somebody crashed right in front of me on the last single track right before the finish line, but I managed to not crash into him. The last few hundred feet was on asphalt with a ~10% elevation gain sprint up to the finish line.

Alsea Falls is in the middle of the forest and so was pretty much the entire race. There are two really nice videos of the single tracks on the race website.

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Survey: June 2014 Chainrings

You CAN take it with you! This month’s survey asks you about bike racks for your car or truck.