MARCH MADNESS (HOW CLICHE)
Volume #2 March 20
Man, oh man. Those warm days really caught everyone off guard, didn’t they? We went from a sleepy state to wide, wide awake in no time. Parts started showing up by the truckload. Ditto for accessories. New bikes were unloaded and warehoused. This is all normal activity for the early part of a new year in a bike shop. What WASN’T normal was the jump on the weather. Our mechanics, Brent and Jace, were kept extra busy as people got the spring itch and brought their bikes in for early season tuneups. We got a great jump on the year with some “spring” bike sales. Our resident bike fitter booked a good number of appointments. All in all, a great problem to have, as the saying goes.
I have an idea. Let’s create some more problems. Let’s keep our own troupe of super Bicycle Repair Mans very, very busy. Join the rush and bring your bike in for its spring checkup. I can guarantee you that it needs something. Even if it’s just a fresh pair of grips! We’ll usually get you in and out in three business days. The assessment is free!
Stuart really enjoys doing bike fits. He likes to get cyclists and their bicycles to work together in perfect harmony. He also likes to use our very hi-tech Retul machine and motion capture system. If you have aches and pains when cycling, he can help. If you’ve bought or are planning to buy a new bike, avoid potential aches and pains by having your new machine properly fitted to you. Drop by the shop and have a chat about it. Let’s make sure that he has plenty of appointments to deal with.
As was previously mentioned, we’ve received many new parts and accessories for your bike. If you’d like a fresh jersey and shorts, or if it’s time for new shoes, we have new arrivals in our clothing selection as well. Come in and have a look. Let’s give Julian, Jeff and Ian plenty of opportunities to show you the new things.
We now have MIPS. What is MIPS? MIPS is an acronym for Multi-directional Impact Protection System and is featured in some of our new helmets. The idea here is that the head encounters rotational forces upon impact in a crash due to the tendency of the helmet shell to slide and move about, moving the head with it. This can lead to concussion. A helmet constructed with the MIPS feature allows the helmets outer shell to take the initial impact and move independent of the cyclists head. This greatly lessens the chance of a damaging concussion.
Mountain biking is enjoying a renewed interest due to the increased selection of tire and wheel choices. As it was before, Camelbak hydration packs are the go-to for long days on the trail. Carry all of your gear, food and up to three liters of water. We just received a brand new batch of them with enough colors and prices to suit anyone.
Speaking of mountain bikes, I’m going to give this month’s Bike Of The Month designation to Cannondales all new Trail 4 29er. Why does it deserve the focus? We have an aluminum frame with Cannondales SAVE micro suspension design in the rear stays. A genuine Rock Shox XC30 fork with a remote lockout on the handlebar. A Shimano 27 speed drivetrain with a Deore rear derailleur. Cannondales own wide aluminum platform pedals. Back all of this up with a pair of Tektro hydraulic disc brakes. Rounding everything out, literally, are a pair of WTB 29x2 knobbies on Alex DC 4.0 rims with eyelets. Everything you need for spending some serious time in the woods.
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