Viewing trouble? Please click the "View Online" link above.
Well, this year's edition of the Tour de France was pretty interesting in a lot of ways. I thought the first week was way exciting and much more action packed than the usual "sprinters week" on flatter roads. Throwing in some cobbles, tricky roads, and some hilltop finishes really made for some good racing and spectating early on.The latter climbing stages seemed a bit too vicious for most of the contenders but at least one or two were close and very exciting to watch. I sure expected a bit more of a battle for the yellow in the final two mountain stages but I suppose the difficulty level overall took too much out of the main contenders. Always a bummer on Monday when you realize the Tour is over and only NASCAR or some boxing match is on instead. :(The shot here is near the summit of Mt Umunhum. No, not my idea of a good ride. The crazy bunch I ride with most Saturday's seriously need some therapy for their altitude sickness. If you ride with these folks be prepared for some serious vertical stuff. I'm sure most of you have done this climb. I try not to, but seems like it comes up at least once a year. Oh, and drinking a bunch of wine the night before does not help your Strava stats. Boy, I almost fell over a couple of times, I was going so slow. The good parts of this ride, aside from the beautiful views, are the descents off Umunhum and then Hicks Road. This time we just came back down the front side of Hicks, but either direction on Hicks is a great fun--going down! (Strava)
After a hot Wednesday and Thursday, looks like the temps are going to get back down to near perfect for Saturday and Sunday riding. Hope to see some of you out on the road or trails this weekend!Velocity USA is "wheeling & dealing" with some nice pricing on wheels, rims, and accessories this summer. Very aggressive pricing available to my customers on their Road Standard, A23, Touring Standard, and Standard Disc wheelsets. Oh, and also the Blunt 35 All-Mountain wheelsets.Actually, great deals on any Velocity wheelset, rim, hub, or accessory you need. All Velocity wheels are warranted against defects in material and workmanship for the life of the product. All nwer hub systems upgradeable to 11-Speed.Easton Summer Promo
Looking for some new handlebars? Special pricing available to MyTeamCar.net customers on most Easton bars: EC90 SLX3, EC90 Aero, EC70 SL3, EC70 Aero, and the standard EC70. Very good pricing for a short time on the above models. I should be able to match or beat any competitive and verifiable offer you find out there so don't waste and money looking elsewhere.
Of course, always very good pricing on any other Easton products, especially wheels. Buying a set of wheels from MyTeamCar.net is a good decision. First off, I install free. On top of that, you get better support if something goes wrong. I have loaner wheels and much faster support. And I also provide the first inspection, truing, and re-tensioning free of charge. You can't find a better value than that!
Supplies getting very limited so pull the trigger soon!
HEADS-UP: I Just listed two sets of hand-built full carbon tubular road wheels on eBay. They could be used for cyclocross by a lighter rider (54cm or smaller frame) but they were built for road racing. Only used in a few local criteriums so nearly brand new and in very good condition. Check them out here. 10% off to MyTeamCar.net customers.
While the Velocity wheels below are a great way to get to disc brakes others are more interested in getting to 11-speed drive trains. Some say, "Ah, you don't need it!" I say, every little bit helps. I haven't priced out Shimano but I can offer SRAM Red 22 kits right now at $1095 to get you to 11-speeds on your road bikes. Shimano should be close so let me know and I'll quote you a Shimano kit.
This kit includes Brake/Shift Levers, Front Derailleur, Rear Derailleur, Cassette, and Chain. Of course, there are exceptions. You need to have 9/10-speed cranks and an 11-speed compatible rear wheel. Most Mavic road wheels support 11-speed cassettes and many newer higher-end Shimano, Easton, and Zipp wheels support 11-speed cassettes. Many also provide freehub conversions, which generally run ~$100. In most cases you don't need new cranks or brake calipers. So, add in a discounted upgrade labor charge of $99 and you're in with the trendy crowd without being so much in debt.
Velocity-USA has been shipping a new disc-based road wheelset called the Aileron. Yea, I know, it's expensive to go discs since you need a frame and fork that supports it. However, those of you looking to build a new bike or have a disc-ready frame and/or fork, these wheels are the ticket. Priced at under $1K retail ($795 for Comp version) and sporting a stiff and wide 25mm alloy rim with Sapim CX-Ray spokes and alloy nipples.
At just under 1600g for the set, they are a great choice for an all-arounder wheelset with awesome durability even for the monster riders out there.
Of course, your typical discount applies to the retail prices on both models of wheels. I can also build a custom set for you using the Aileron rim or any other rim compatible with the disc hubs. I think my next project just might be a disc-based road rig. Keep in mind, this type of road rig is actually a ready-to go cyclocross or trekking bike by just swapping tires and maybe cassettes.
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 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
This shot is is looking over the edge of Skyline Blvd towards Big Basin. Boy, Wednesday was a hot one. Gladly, I was on my twist-grip bike and not the pedal bike. :)
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 soon. 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!