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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.

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

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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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Shop News: May 2014 Chainrings

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Help fight the growing epidemic of bike theft by registering your bike for FREE on May 29th. Talk to us in the store about this exciting project that pits us (the bike owners) versus THEM (the bike thieves). More at

Time for a Tune Up!

IMG_20140513_092228614Our repair wall is filling up with customers’ bikes needing tune ups for the summer. Stop in today to avoid the longest wait of the season and beat the rush.




Going AWOL

Give me gravel, or give me…gravel. We’ve been riding unimproved roads for years and never knew it would be the “cool” thing to do. Modifying our road bikes to take a beating, the bumpy roads lead us to the most obscene vistas imaginable. Thanks to the recent popularity of hitting the long, lost forgotten byways of America, bike manufacturers are stepping up their game and offering rides specifically suited for gravel roads and bumpy old pavement. awol

The latest Specialized entry in the category is now available in the shop: the AWOL, with a delicious list of features, including:

  • A Rocker dropout  to make the bike fully compatible with many drivetrain options: 2X10, Belt Drive, Internal Gear and Single Speed
  • Crazy tire clearance on a wide fork to allow you to run any tires from 26c to 29×2.2”
  • Distance Rider Geometry (long wheelbase; upright feel; stable ride) that is focused on the rider who rides their bike a long distance and looks for comfort above speed.
  • Endurance components designed for comfort: Low gearing, gel in the bar tape and seat

Stop by for a test ride and envision the endless miles of rural Oregon passing beneath your saddle.


Trio by Kuat

The hottest way to CARRY your bike is now in stock in the store: The Kuat Trio, featuring the 3 Way™ fork mount system, allowing you to carry any bike you own. Top that off with a slim line design, security system, and rugged good looks and you have the most complete fork mount rack ever designed. kuat trio

This stylish and aerodynamic rack lets you carry 1 bike on your factory rack crossbars. Includes cable lock.




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One Sweet Bike Build

Part of the fun of running a bike shop is getting our hands dirty with new bike builds. And sometimes, those builds are of “cream of the crop” bikes…high-end, slippery machines designed with one goal, and one goal only: To go really, really, really fast. Such was the case with this time-trial demon known as […]

Shop News: April 2014 Chainrings

40 Years of Looking Forward: Specialized Spring Promotion – Save 20 to 40%!

As we mentioned in “Ride Leader Notes,” it’s Specialized’s 40th anniversary…and you win! Look for coupons redeemable for Specialized equipment, including your chance to win a Specialized “Throwback” water bottle via emails from Specialized, on social media sites, and on various web banners. Dates on this sale are limited (April 17-27th).


Join the Sunset STRAVA GroupStrava-Subscription-Card-Only

If you use Strava to track your rides, why not join our shop Strava group? We’ll soon be updating our  Strava shop page to include a discussion board, ride planner and leader board to track who is riding the most.


Orbea Avant: Disc Bike of the Year

Congrats to Orbea, whose wildly popular new “Avant” model (SEE LAST MONTH’S REVIEW HERE) has won the Cycling Plus magazine bike of the yearAvant-9896


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Shop News: March 2014 Chainrings


Breakthroughs in bike models don’t come around the bend every year, but the new Avant from Orbea goes on the record as a notable exception to that rule.Avant-9896

Pitched by the Basque cycling company as a relaxed-geometry road bike, we weren’t sure what to make of it until we rode it.


For those of you who like to ride long distances in comfort, the Avant is the machine for you. And you’re not going to sacrifice responsiveness, as the Avant accelerates well and holds the radius on turns. Where it really shines is during long sessions in the saddle, enhanced by features such as disc brakes, its taller head tube, and super clean lines unbroken by cables.

orbeaavantWe have two different models of the Avant available in the shop: The carbon M30D (Full Shimano Ultegra, $3,299) as well as the H10D alloy (Shimano 105, $1,599) if you’re looking for a lower cost version. The delicious Avant M-Ltd (carbon frame, Zipp 303 wheels, SRAM Red 22, and HFX hydraulic disc brakes) is also available ($8,999) on special order.

Tech Tuesdaytech tuesday

Join us in one week (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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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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Shop News: December 2013 Chainrings

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Get the inside scoop before we shout it from the rooftops! Saving big on little bikes, Christmas hours, and a custom bike fitting special.

Save big on little bikes

Only FIVE MORE DAYS to save big on little bikes: Through December 8th, take 10% of the purchase of any kids’ bike. Get your shopping done early for the youngsters and save some holiday cash at the same time!

Christmas hours

Christmas Eve: 9am – 2pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED

Fitting Special Reminder

Sore knees, a creaky back, and tight hips: Any one of these can be due to an ill-fitting bike. Cure your riding position blues with a special deal on a custom bike fit courtesy of our pro fitter Matt. Just $99 (regularly $200) in the store through December 22nd. Click HERE for more on our fitting process.fittingpromo

Joy Ride=0% interest

Free is a very good price—especially when it comes to paying interest. A partnership between Specialized Bikes and GE Capital now puts a 12-month, zero interest purchase deal in reach for any bike ($700 and up) purchased now through the end of the year. Ask us for more details.

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