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The weather seems a bit strange lately but at least we're getting some sun in the afternoons. Sure wish it would just rain and get it over with. Last Thursday was national Bike to Work Day and it was supposed to rain--and did in many areas in Santa Clara Valley--but none in the coastal mountain areas, which is where much of our water storage and collection occurs. There is a slight chance of some showers this Thursday, but given the pattern lately, I don't expect much.
Hope some of you got out to see some of the TofC stages last week. The 7-day stage race was exciting and won by a sprinter this year, which is not very common. Of course, only the domestic teams had GC hopes, while the major Pro Tour teams focused more on the Giro and had little in the way of GC rosters for this year's edition. So sprinter, Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo Bank), won it with a valiant effort in the Queen mountain stage and time bonuses collected by stage wins along the way.
The shot here is the San Jose stage winner, Toms Skujins (Hincapie Racing Team), rolling to the hilltop finish atop Metcalf Road. Most of us have done both sides of that one. The pic is courtesy of good neighbor and customer, Allan Erbes. Allan is a true cycling fanatic and braved the crowds to get some nice pics -- thanks, Allan!
The shot at the top is actually a pretty easy mountain bike ride above Los Gatos through the El Sereno Open Space. To make it more interesting, I did it on my road bike and made a nice loop out of it. Other than two pinch flats and only one spare tube it was a great ride and a beautiful day. If you just want a quick and fairly easy MTB ride, just go up to the top of the ridge and bomb back down, It's all narrow fire road and not very technical (unless you're on a road bike). For a more serious ride, go on down into the Sanborn Park area and do the John Nicholas Trail up to Skyline and back. If you decide to give it a go on your road bike, I'd suggest 25C tires or multiple spare tubes for the PG&E Trail. (Strava)
I'm sure many of you have heard about the massive Trek Skewer Recall. You only need details if you have a Trek bike with a disc brake front-end and standard skewer axle made after 2000. If you don't have time to research it, just let me know the model/year of your disc-equipped Trek and I'll get you the info.
I can now accept credit card payments on my silly phone using Intuit Payment Services. It's much better for me than PayPal and hopefully a convenient option for you. Of course, as always, PayPal, check, or cash are always welcome, too. The bad news is that invoice payments via Intuit no longer works until I upgrade my version of their software. For now, cash, check, or PayPal still works.
The shot to the left is our Bike To Work Aid (SAG) Station located at the corner of Lafayette and Central Expressway last Thursday. It didn't rain until the late afternoon and appeared to be quite busy considering the threat of rain. I serviced a few bikes and had some great conversations with many cyclists. I can't believe the chain and drive train wear I observed on over half the bikes I serviced. Hitachi Data Systems does a great AID Station effort, complete with Starbucks coffee, Hobees Coffee Cake, Clif and Power Bar products, and many other items, including a cool SWAG Bag. A very nice group of organizers and volunteers and they invite me to be the bike mechanic each year. :) I didn't ride there, but I did get to ride home.
The Parts Express store is still kinda clunky but please give it a look and let me know what you think. Parts Express Some of you already have accounts on the site so just log in or request a password reset if you don't recall. Your user name is the email address you used to create the account. Doing so will also allow you to update your service profile, contact information, and see your discounted prices.
If you don't see what you want, browse my suppliers below and I'll order it:
Cane Creek | Smartbikeparts.com | BTI/USA | Hawley USA | J&B Importers | Hawk Racing | iBike Sports
Velocity Wheels | Easton Cysing Products | Wahoo Fitness | SeaSucker | IceToolz
I've been selling used and new items on eBay so keep that in mind when you're looking for parts, wheels, bikes, or clothing. Right now I have my track bike and some solid Cane Creek training wheels at bargain prices. I'll be putting up some hardly used racing carbon tubular wheels soon. Check out my eBay collection. Yes, you can avoid eBay shipping and get 10% off by buying directly from me. I'll deliver free!
Wahoo KICKR's seem to be back in stock so lead-time is back to normal, about 7 days. I can't justify spending that much money on a trainer, but they are pretty awesome for those who have real jobs and can't get out to ride. You can go buy one locally or online but buying from me gets you a better price and much better support, of course. MyTeamCar.net is also an authorized Wahoo Fitness dealer. Those of you looking for the latest in indoor trainer technology, the Wahoo KICKR is amazing. I'm placing my usual supplier orders Wednesday late afternoon. Please let me know if you need anything not currently available via Parts Express. 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 fast. Just let me know what you need or order on my site and I'll get it to you ASAP.REMINDER: If you ever have any issues with your bike after I service it, please call/text/or email me ASAP. I'll find you and get it fixed as quickly as possible. Stuff happens. Part of the value of my service is that you don't have to return your bike or wheels to a shop. I will come to you, no-charge of course.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.PLEASE NOTE: MyTeamCar.net customers enjoy competitive pricing from all my suppliers. The list prices shown on my site 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 and/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!