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Message ID    130
Subject The Weekly Flyer
Entered Aug 8, 2013
Modified Aug 8, 2013
Weekly Newsletter
CANE CREEK Easton Cycling Hawk Racing Velocomp Sea Sucker Sea Sucker Sea Sucker Sea Sucker

Happy Friday!

First up, services will be unavailable from August 16 thru August 27. I'm off to Colorado for the USA Pro Challenge (Tour of CO) and a little R&R. I'll likely check out the Vail and Loveland-Fort Collins stages.

If you need service before I leave, please let me know ASAP. If you need service while I'm away, please visit Menlo Velo in Menlo Park or Tread Bike Shop in Campbell. Both are excellent shops with top-flight service.

Finally got my new site to a point where I can at least put it out there. It's pretty much just informational at this point, but I had to make the transition at some point. Future features will be added later. For now it's  pretty much the same old content, but with a new look and better design for adding future features like:

  1. Customer Info Updates
  2. Customer Preferences/Info, etc.
  3. Improved Service Scheduling
  4. Event Information and Archive
  5. Online Products & Accessories Orders

 Nothing to write home or tweet about, but it was long overdue. Check it out when you have a moment and let me know what you think.

The pic  here is was last Sunday during an epic off-road ride with a few dirt dogs. Did some major scouting and then bombed down the Baldwin Loop Trail in Wilder Ranch down to the coast. What a great ride. Ended it with a return to Felton via the new Emma McCrary Trail (Strava).

Saturday was road racing at the CCCX Circuit Races in Ft Ord. Not a great day for me, but the CoreTechs Cycling Team had a spectacular day (Strava). See results here.

I'm placing orders again next Tuesday. Please let me know if you need anything.

Weekend Events

All kinds of racing and events this weekend, from track on Friday night, to road, MTB, and pretty much eerything else.  I'm out for racing for the next few weeks, but I'll be out on the road Saturday for at least part of the Spectrum Ride and then, likely, off-road again Sunday from Felton.

Here's the NCNCA schedule. Good luck to all those racing or participating in the coming weekend's events.

Race Results: NCNCA, Blog Coverage

Company News

Wahoo!! is very excited to anounce that it is now a authorized Wahoo Fitness dealer. Thanks to long-time customer, Sam Wilson of Alto Velo, I applied for a dealership account based on his inquiry into the new Wahoo KICKR "wheel-off" trainer. Much like the Lemond Revolution, the power-measuring Wahoo KICKR is iPhone-based and actually even better than the Revolution. Sam has had a rough couple of seasons recently and is looking forward to 2014 by getting in some serious off-season training using the latest in trainer technology, the Wahoo KICKR.

Oh, and if you don't want the iPhone on your handlebar or stem, Wahoo offers a cool little computer called the "RFLKT" (Reflect), much smaller than the Garmin or iBike and displays all the pertinent info wirelessly from your iPhone.

Wahoo Fitness, located in Atlanta, GA., connects iOS devices and smartphones to your favorite fitness activities-running, biking, and gym going. Wahoo Fitness’ award winning products also include its Wahoo Run/Gym Pack, which adds heart rate training to your iPhone, and its Wahoo Bike Case, which simultaneously protects your phone and connects it to the sensors on your bike. For more information on Wahoo Fitness, please visit The KICKR currently supports the iPhone4S and iPhone 5 using Bluetooth 4.0 or ANT+ protocols. Though, I'm told there are other options for the iPhone4.

Of course, Sam is getting a pretty good deal on his KICKR, being the first customer to order and start the whole venture. However, all of my customers can enjoy extremely competitive pricing and free shipping (for a limited time) on this cool new trainer. I'll match or beat any reputable offer you can find out there. In addition, I'll stock parts and accessories to provide the industry's best local support for Wahoo products. And, no, you won't find the KICKR on Amazon or eBay.

Monthly Services

Some of you have asked about my new monthly service. I've finally posted some details about this new service on my site. These services are intended for the serious "working" cyclist that needs their bike(s) ready for action, all the time.

Using this new service means you won't have to worry about the readiness or mechanical condition of your bike(s). I will keep everything in top working order; rotate tires, perform basic tuning and adjustments, and keep you abreast of the status of all preventative and remedial maintenance that may be required.

The main purpose of the service is to make sure that your bikes are always in good working order and all preventative maintenance occurs--regularly--before expensive remedial maintenance is necessary and you can't ride or fail to finish an important event.

Of course, the fee will only cover service and does not include items like tubes, tires, chains, brake pads, bar tape, etc. No, I don't just replace items at my whim, I replace stuff, if required, based on your service intervals and expected riding activity in between.

The way that I work this service now is with Strava. My current monthly customers log all their activity on Strava and I follow them to see what they are doing on the bike, etc. This allows me to better judge preventative maintenance needs and make sure the bike is always ready when you are.

There's a lot more to this new service than I've highlighted above. Please click here for pricing and details. More to come soon!

If this type of service sounds interesting and seems like a good fit for you, please let me know and we'll get a service plan and schedule together for you.

Featured Products

Stewart Wheels

Check out the new FC50T-2. A very versatile aero tubular configuration at a weight low enough to be quite effective even in more hilly events. If you can't afford a complete quiver of wheels, a 50mm set like the FC50T-2 is a great choice. The FC50T-2 provides an extremely lite wheelset (1380kg) with outstanding aerodynamic benefits. And, of course, they're tubular rims, which means comfort and maximum handling confidence.

I'm also in the process of building a couple of test wheels for some planned new products in 2013. I didn't get much interest in the new carbon/alloy rims that are now available. However, I intend to build a front 38mm wheel to evaluate. So look for that wheel on some of the local group rides in the coming weeks. The second test wheel will be a new full carbon clincher rear utilizing Basalt braking surfaces. I'll likely build this test wheel in a 38mm configuration also and test the two together.

A reminder that I stock many items you all use everyday and every week. If you need tires, tubes, sealant, liners, bar tape, cleats, brake pads, etc., please let me know. I will deliver to you at home, workplace, or wherever you are while I'm out and about on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. I also attend most of the road race events around here and can deliver product and accessories to you there.

Again, don't forget about my Spot Tune-up Service. This is a cheap and convenient way to keep your bike rolling smoothly and efficiently. I find you and dial-in brake and shift cables and take care of any minor issues that can be resolved onsite. Only $30 and extremely convenient.

REMEMBER: I have many items on-hand and I can deliver very quickly. I tend to carry tubes, tires, chains, cassettes, bar tape, bearings, brake pads, and other common consumable items in my vehicles. So that kind of stuff is always available extremely quickly. Just let me know what you need and I'll get it to you ASAP.

PLEASE NOTE: customers enjoy competitive pricing from all my suppliers. The list prices are not necessarily what you'll pay. If you know that the price is higher than your local dealer or favorite online retailer, just shoot me the link or let me know. I will match any reputable price out there.

I can usually get just about anything. If you need things quickly, just mention the specifics. I can get most things in my hands overnight, next-day, or two-day, it just costs more for shipping. And, yes, you will receive tracking info as soon as I receive it.

Okay, shut-up and ride!


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Company News
Yep, I can now offer product from Cyclone Bicycle Supply out of Portland, OR.

Weekly Spotlight

Wahoo Fitness KICKR. This trainer is quite the rage. I haven't invested yet, but winter is coming and so is cyclocross season. Special deals for customers, of course.

Latest Bike Build
Well, more of a rebuild and upgrade...

Latest Wheel Build
Damaged Specialized/Alex rim replaced with Velocity Blunt SL.

Stuff For Sale
Very clean and fast Langster track rig. Very lightly used and in excellent condition.
Snugg iPad 2 Squared Skinny Fit Protective Case Cover in Black.
A very strong and lite road or cyclocross wheel set. Not very well used and in great condition.

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