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12 Days of Christmas: December 2013 Chainrings

12daysTWELVE: It’s the atomic number for Magnesium, an essential mineral. It’s the number of strikes you need to bowl a perfect game. And most importantly, it’s the number of days you get to enjoy incredible deals during the Sunset Cycles version of the 12 Days of Christmas. Step aside, Perry Como. There’s a new partridge in town.

December 13: 35% off Tifosi Sunglasses
December 14: All Bikes an additional 5% off! (special orders placed this day are included)
December 15: Buy 2 Tubes, Get 1 Free
December 16: All Helmets 25% off
December 17: All Nutrition products 25% off
December 18: All Lights 20% off
December 19: All Gloves and Warmers 20% off
December 20: All Park Tools 15% off
December 21: All Apparel 40% off
December 22: Water Bottles and Cages 25% off
December 23: All Socks 50% off
December 24: All Apparel 30% offtumblr_mw2o4yV8sR1rwb0pro1_500

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Tech Tuesday: December 2013 Chainrings

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As part of our commitment to our loyal customers, we’re happy to present a new series of in-store clinics we’re calling “Tech Tuesdays,” held the second Tuesday of each month from November through March, aimed at helping you better understand your bike, how it works, and how to maintain it. This month, on Tuesday, December 10th (5:30-6:30pm), we’ll feature a Drivetrain & Shift System Shakedown. Don’t miss it!

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Tech Tuesday

tech tuesday

As part of our commitment to our loyal customers, we’re happy to present a new series of in-store clinics we’re calling “Tech Tuesday,” held the second Tuesday of each month from November through March, aimed at helping you better understand your bike, how it works, and how to maintain it.

Objectives:

– Provide a free, once-a-month clinic, with different topics each month

– Offer valuable tips on how to maintain and repair your bicycle

– Clinics will include giveaways and exclusive in-store discounts

Schedule (5:30-6:30pm):

– November 12th: “Fun with Flat Fixes”

– December 10th: “Drivetrain/ Shift System Shakedown”

– January 14th: “Commuter Accommodations”

– February 11th: TBD

– March 11th: TBD

November Syllabus: “Fun with Flat Fixes”

A flat tire fix clinic for all levels! Learn about your bike and how to change your own “flat” tubes.

Vocabulary: Wheel vs. Tire. vs. Tube

– Diagnosing flats: Is it flat at all? Puncture? Abrasion? Pinch? Valve Shear?

– Mechanicals: Removing wheels. Unseating tire. Removing tube. Installing patch. Reinstalling tubes.

– Methods of fix: Adhesive vs. Glue patches. Replacing tube. Boots. c02. Pumps.

– Prevention: Proper inflation. Tires w/ Kevlar. Liners. Thorn-proof tubes.

– More: What to take on a ride. Knowing when to replace a tire.

– Involvement: Hands on opportunity & Q/A Session.

– Key products: Patches. Levers. Tubes. Tires. Co2. Pumps.

CHAINRINGS — Sunset Cycles Monthly Newsletter

Oct coverv1IN THIS ISSUE:

RIDE LEADER NOTES – The Thrill of the Mud
WASHCO RIDE OF THE MONTH – The Soup Ride
LOCAL FOCUS – Kool Stop
SHOP NEWS – Strava/2013 Bikes on Sale/Test the Best
TEAM NOTES – Washougal Race Report
SURVEY – What Keeps You Inside?
RIDE LEADER NOTES

RIDE LEADER NOTES

The Thrill of the Mud

by Roger Colwell 

It comes in many forms: The ishy, squishy, slippery kind. The clumping, sticky, cloying kind. The kind that makes its way into your every mucous membrane, usually on a nasty day in the mountain bike saddle. The yellowish kind that leaves behind an imprint of your tire or your shoe.. The black kind. The brown, brown, brown kind. The kind that surrounds puddles and makes them impossible to avoid without getting wet or getting dirty.

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It’s mud I’m talking about, and there’s plenty of it to go around…especially in the last week or two.

The other day I happened to see an advertisement for a local spa’s mud body cocoon, whereupon you are “slathered with a mud mask, then wrapped for 20 minutes to keep you warm. The product is rinsed off before you receive an application of lotion.”

Sounds nice, but I think I’ll stick to the cyclist’s tried and true methods of communing with two of our most basic elements that blend to make the magical fall and winter elixir we call mud.

On a road bike, mud typically isn’t the preferred travel surface. But transform that bike into a cyclocross machine, with treaded tires, disc brakes, and a beefy frame (amongst other enhancements), and you’ve got a ticket to ride the region’s knarliest mud fests this fall.

Of course, a trip to the trails on your mountain bike will give you an up close and personal look at the mud. Just try a descent down a few of Forest Park’s firelanes for a front-row seat.

While most folks try to avoid getting dirty, there’s something primal about embracing your inner youth and playing in the mud. It’s just a quick ride away.

Thanks for your continued support of Portland’s premier West Side, locally-owned bike shop.

WASHCO RIDE OF THE MONTH

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Terry @ Mudslinger

Mudslinger 2013

Mudslinger was…well…MUDDY! What a shock coming from my last race: 85f, sunny, desert! It was cold and wet warming up in the morning. Paul and I had to hop in the truck, heater blasting, after warming up in order to warm up.

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True Grit 2013

Last month, Terry R traveled to Utah and raced True Grit. The technical xc mountain bike race pushed his skills to levels as chronicled is this report. Makes you almost want to try it, (huh?).

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