Celebrating the best in Indiana cycling
The tulips are coming – late – but better late than never. And with them comes our chance to clear the cobwebs and find the trail, path, road or route of choice to ride our bike.
Good luck getting out, be safe, and congratulations on making it through a winter we will not soon forget.
We are lining up a great set of presenters on the first Wednesday of each month to delight and inform you during our new “First Wednesday Lecture Series”. We will have informal and interactive talks presented by real people and cyclists we’ve met who have used their cycling to reach new heights, meet new challenges, and take on noteworthy adventures. We will create evenings where you can explore with other cyclists new ways to test yourself and your bike.
This past Wednesday, we enjoyed listening to business motivational expert and author, Jim Serger, talk about his jump into the proverbial deep end with his 1008-mile bike trip from Indianapolis to Orlando, Florida, to help raise money for addiction and mental health facilities close to his heart.
Next up is John White, who on Wednesday, May 7, at 6 pm at the shop, will talk about his recent solo trans-continental self-supported ride across the country. John has a great blog about his trip at www.johnwhiteonabike.com. So was this, or was this not, John’s mid-life crisis? Come and meet John and find out.
Thursday, May 1 at 7:30 pm (following the Thursday night ride)
We are delighted to host a second, ladies-only evening of wine and appetizers, gifts, and good company, featuring inspirational professional MTB endurance racer, former RAAM (Race Across AMerica) participant, and Carmel resident, Sally Marchand-Collins. Sally will talk about getting started in cycling not all that long ago. We’ll also be giving all participants a chance at trying their hand at changing a flat tire in the comfort of the shop.
Our full-time professional mechanics are ready for the season and to help you get your bike running the way you want. Remember that our unique open mechanics’ area invites interaction, questions, answers, and some fun bantering. You are always welcome at our shop, and we want you to feel this from the front door, to the coffee bar, to the service area.
Unlike most shops, we use an appointment system for our tune-ups to keep you on your bike as long as possible – but don’t wait until the season is in full-swing to make your appointment. Get your bike in or call now for your tune-up appointment.
Note that the Central Indiana Bicycle Association (CIBA) has an active ride schedule for its club rides that can be found at www.cibaride.org. Of special note on the CIBA schedule for this spring, in addition to their more typical weekend rides close to Indy, are the great selection of “Grand Touring Rides” – which are a bit out-of town but which feature new terrain, very moderate paces, and plenty of chances for stops and sightseeing. These are great social or beginner riding opportunities. Over the next month, they are scheduled for Greencastle on Sunday, April 13; for Metamora on Saturday, April 26; and for Xenia, Ohio, on Sunday, May 4.
Other local event options in April include:
CIBA Weekend Ride: Noah’s Ark Ride
Sunday, April 13, 11 a.m.
Creekside Middle School, 3525 W. 126th St., Carmel
Hosted by Team Nebo Ridge, enjoy 15, 28 or 52 miles county roads with a few hills. Slow down to notice the unusual farm animals in Hamilton and Boone Counties! Sag support and sag stops with food provided.
Eagle Creek Park Cycling Grand Prix
Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13
Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis
This is a great two days of road crit racing -- especially for those new to the sport of asphalt road racing. Saturday’s course, known as the “Fast Crit” course, is wide and without any tight turns. It makes for wide-open, high-speed pack racing with the sprinters’ holding the advantage. Sunday’s course (the “Traditional Crit” course) involves a tricky descent and high-speed turn, tight turns, and a bit of a climb for those looking for a technical challenge and the chance to break away from the peloton. Get more info at www.truesport.com.
Hillsboro Roubaix Road Race
Saturday, April 26
For hardy, early-season road racers, try the Hillsboro Roubaix on Saturday, April 26. For most, it’s a 58 mile race on windy, bad chip-and-seal roads in southwest Illinois – with a famous climbing finish up brick side streets into the heart of Hillsboro. You can get more info and register at https://www.bikereg.com/Net/13th-annual-ic3-hillsboro-roubaix-road-race.
Rides Begin Tuesday March 18, and Thursday March 20
Tuesday Night Nebo Ridge/CIBA Training Rides
This weekly faster-paced training ride begins Tuesday March 18, at 6 p.m. behind the shop! This ride warms up with a casual pace the first few miles as riders find their rhythm and meet their fellow riders. Then the fireworks start as we cross north of State Rd. 32 on some sparsely traveled county roads. The pace will increase - some good-natured attacks often ensue, and the peloton will stretch out to breaking point.
The ride is usually split into three groups, the first of which averages 22+ m.p.h. There is usually a "Killer B" group which averages 20+ m.p.h. and a third "Honey B" group which averages about 18 m.p.h. Length of the ride is 30 miles.
Thursday Night Nebo Ridge/CIBA Training and Fitness Rides
This is one of the biggest and best weekly rides in the country. On Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. we break our riders into well-matched groups. There is something for everybody! A "racy" group (22+ mph) goes 30 miles. One or more intermediate groups (e.g. 16-21 mph) will go 26 or 30 miles and generally work cooperatively on group riding techniques like pace line riding. Our favorite group is the "Fun & Fitness" group and is intended for anyone willing to ride 17 miles at about 13 m.p.h. on up. This group is "swept" by the ride leader at about 13 m.p.h., and all bikes and riders are welcome - road bikes, hybrids, mountain - we've seen them all. All routes are marked and cue sheets are available.
Our fantastic world-beating Swiss-based bicycle designer and manufacturer, Scott Sports, has added not one but two new great carbon road bike platforms: 1) the Solace -- a super light and comfortable century or gran fondo bike, and 2) the Addict – the return of the very popular Pro-Tour race and climbing bike. The Addict will complement beautifully Scott’s hi-tech, stiff, aero Foil race bike.
The Solace features state-of-the-art frame-building features like tapered headtubes and seat tubes, asymmetrical frame design, and oversized bottom bracket – all of which help add lateral stiffness but enable weight reductions without sacrificing durability. The Solace includes a specially designed “comfort” zone with a shock dampening system so that you can comfortably cruise through your endurance ride without fatigue. See more about this beautiful bike at http://www.scott-sports.com/us/en/products/234087019/bike-solace-premium-cd22-xxs47/.
The Addict? It’s pure speed. It’s a climbing phenom. It’s a frame AND fork weighing less than 1 kg! This bike will be a special hit this year with the Orica GreenEDGE pro-Tour team and with regional racers. See more about the Addict at http://www.scott-sports.com/us/en/video/bike/Addict_LightweightObsession.
This year Cannondale has totally redesigned its award-winning carbon Synapse bike. Adding BallistTec carbon, lowering weight, wider 28 cm. tires, optional disc brake versions – makes the carbon Synapse plush while keeping its racy pedigree. Spring Classics or the cobblestones anyone?? See more at http://www.cannondale.com/synapse/.
Indeed, the majority of our enthusiast customers don’t race, but they love long and spirited road rides with friends. And now with the Cannondale Carbon Synapse and the Scott Solace, we have the two top bike choices out there to offer these demanding customers.
Come on in to see, test ride and experience these great new Scott and Cannondale road bikes!
Don’t wait till the cycling season bursts like a swollen dam and be left in line trying to get your bike tuned up and ready to go. Bring your bike in now for some of the finest bike service work around while the line is short and turn-around time is quick. Our Basic Tune-up service is $75 – adjusting and tuning gears and brakes, truing wheels, checking and adjusting hubs, headsets and bottom brackets, and degreasing and lubing chains and pivot points. Be ready for the outdoors!
Winter Apparel and Accessories 40% Off
Bike Closeout Specials
There is still a lot of cold weather riding to be done. Score with great deals on winter apparel and accessories. Get a deal and still get lots of use out of your winter clothing. As they say, “hurry while supplies last!” And, finally, this time of year, our list of closeout prices on very nice 2013 bikes is especially long. It has a great assortment of road, cyclocross and MTB bikes right now. Check now to see if something will work for you. See our website at www.neboridge.com and click on our closeout list link.
Late last year, Nebo Ridge Bicycles was again named by the industry's top trade magazine, Bicycling Retailing, as a Top 100 Bike Shop. The year before Bicycling Magazine – also named us as a Top 100 Shop. We are proud of these designations and invite you to come in our shop and discover why we've received this award.
Besides our great service, expert mechanics, premier fitting services, and broad support of bicycling in our community – we have put the "indie" in the designation of independent retailer. We have done our homework and selected FOR YOU a superior set of bicycling-related products to delight and serve your cycling needs. We are not beholden to any one bike manufacturer or supplier. Come in and see what the buzz is all about.