Last week we came back to work after a nice long break and we're ready to go! Apparently the local riding community is as well judging by the service work and general busyness around the shop. It could be the weather we've enjoyed this winter, or it could be that all the diehards just needed to ride all year round. Whatever the reason, we got you covered in 2012. Here is some pertinent info to check out as we roll into the new riding season.
"The Basics" Free Repair classes:
These are free classes, close to the start of the season (so you don't learn it and forget it), that cover the basics like flat tire repair, drivetrain maintenance, chain repair and basic wheel truing. The idea is to empower you so you can get home should anything (or a few things) go wrong. The classes are FREE and we give a 10% discount on all tools and supplies (tubes, patch kits, lube, etc..) bought after the classes. The dates are March 5th and March 12th, classes start at 6. Basically we'll show you how to do it and then let you practice and ask us questions as you go. Learning by doing is always the best way. Please email the shop to RSVP, space is limited to 4 per class. If need be we can add more dates.
Monday Night NEMBA rides at Lincoln Woods (and possibly beyond Lincoln):
We're going to restart the standing ride at 6:15 at Lincoln Woods, meeting at the Route 123 entrance, on March 19th! Sure, the rides will likely be short at first but it won't be dark at 5:30 so that helps. Be sure to bring lights for the first week or two, a helmet light is required!
We are toying with the idea of moving the ride around when we have the most daylight from late May through July. Details to follow but we are looking at 6:30/6:45 starts in Foxboro, Sutton, Uxbridge, Big River etc...
Wednesday Bike Path rides:
We're going to keep heading out shortly after 6 on Wednesdays for a 20 mile spin along the Blackstone. 16-18 mph pace, this will be a recovery spin for some and a workout for others. No one gets left to the wolves!
We have some 2012 bikes in stock from Rocky Mountain including a bunch of nice and affordable 29er hardtails, a new Slayer 50 and a few well spec'd and priced 'cross bikes. The new KHS bikes should be here in a few weeks and we're looking at bringing in a Transition 29er as well as some other cool bikes and accessories. The new Rocky hardtail 29ers are a great bang for the buck! Ranging from $600 for the Flare to $1200 for the Trailhead. Sandwiched in between the Soul 29 continues to be a very well spec'd mid level 29er at $800.
We still have one medium 2011 Banshee Paradox left as well. Click here to check out the deal and the bike, or just scroll down the home page for the other sale bikes like the Redline D440 and the Surly Karate Monkey.
We're not just a mountain bike shop:
I know, everyone thinks we only ride in the woods... And, yes, we do really enjoy trail riding in all of it's niches, but we also like road riding, 'cross and commuting and contrary to popular belief we're pretty well rounded cyclists. You'll likely see us continue to concentrate on mountain bikes, and fitness bikes for the bike path, but this year we'd really like to see more people out there riding to work utilizing the infrastructure we have here in RI to get around by bike. On the repair side of things, if it's a bike we can usually fix it. If we can't we'll point you in the right direction.
From long to short commutes we've done it and can help with advice as well as bomber bikes to get you to and fro (the new crop of disc equipped 'cross bikes from Redline are awesome commuter machines!). Gas might hit $5 a gallon but you can save some cash and keep in shape this year with a little effort and the right equipment. Don't be surprised to see commuter friendly bikes in the shop as well as plenty of lights, clothing, racks, flat resistant tires and more. And don't forget to mention if you belong to the RI Bike Coalition, NBW, IMBA or NEMBA as we do offer 10% discounts to members.
Here's to the 2012 riding season, may it be safe and fun for all!.