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GET YOUR MILES ON!

Our customers are all getting miles and miles in on their bikes. My six to eight hours on the bike per week are NEVER bad -- ALWAYS good -- and time well-spent. And the bigger pay-off comes soon  -- with some fun July and August rides, races and events -- and some days splurging on a picnic or two and at the DQ with the family!

Three Reservoir Challenge Ride

It was early – too early for me. I waited in the 6 a.m. dusk under the street lamp down the alley from my house – with a mug of coffee in hand. I had skimped on breakfast to sleep-in an extra 30 minutes. And there, up the street, I saw the lights swarming and flickering around a corner and coming towards me – like super-amped lightning bugs. One final slug of coffee – and I quickly stashed the mug in the bush at the base of the light pole. Leg over bike – grunt – push – pedal – and I merged into the group of some 20 cyclists lightly spinning down the street. A nod or two – with a couple of ‘morning’ salutations, and I was hooked up to the back of the train and rolling. It felt great.

I was joining an informal annual Indy-area grassroots ride – the Three Reservoir Challenge Ride – that happened to go right by my house at mile two. About five years ago, a couple of twisted minds in Team Nebo Ridge decided to figure out ways to make their friends hurt. So they “challenged” each other to circumnavigate from the shop by bicycle each of the three Central Indiana reservoirs in one day – Eagle Creek, Geist, and Morse reservoirs. In a nod to reality, they designed the ride so if you wanted to come for just part of ride, you could choose to ride around just one, or just two of the three reservoirs. To ride Eagle Creek/Geist reservoirs or Geist/Morse is close to 95 miles. To bag all three is about 130 miles. Each year – despite its informality and tendency for the organizers to give only a couple weeks’ notice of the ride – more and more people seem to participate in the challenge.

So here I was – one of those going for all three – starting the trip toward and around Indy’s NW-side Eagle Creek reservoir. As the sun rose, we beat the Eagle Creek Park gate attendants to work and poached our way through the rolling roads of the Park. We then crossed the 56th Street causeway as the early sun tried to break through thick clouds. The breeze blew cool off the water. But by now we were well warmed up. In fact, the pace seemed too fast for this early. It would be a long day. And there was my buddy John continually pushing up front. What’s up with that?! Well, turns out that John had to go to work at 9 a.m. -- and he only had time to bag a single reservoir. So I enlisted the help of a couple of riders who planned (or hoped) to ride all 130 miles. We surrounded John, and in equal parts shamed him and begged him to ease up. Mercifully, the pace relented somewhat.

Within two hours we were back at the shop, picking up more than 40 fresh riders who planned to do either Geist reservoir alone or the Geist/Morse option. Going east across Carmel and Fishers on 116th Street toward Indy’s NE side, we kept picking up riders who were joining the pre-advertised route. Before long we were up to about 80 riders together in a surprisingly orderly double paceline sliding across town in the light early morning traffic. Geist reservoir was beautiful and was full of action as usual – more buzz than the NW side of town – and we had some rollers to keep our legs honest.

The big ride group remained smooth as it moved sociably forward, and the miles slipped by at 20-21 mph.

We enjoyed a brief sag stop after Geist, and then rolled north towards Morse. Even though most of the morning had been full of very light drizzle, the rain soon started falling in earnest. Legs ached as we rolled north on River Road but a strange and comforting rhythm set in and everyone hunkered down in the rain. Before long half the pack headed west for home, and half of us continued north around Morse. We had a couple of residents of the Morse area with us to help guide us. At one point outside of Cicero, my riding buddy, Pete, who now lives on the NW side of Indy, nostalgically noted that he had grown up one block away and remembered as a kid bicycling on the same road we were on into Cicero.

Things soon got a little blurry. One more sag stop with a nice ham sandwich (thanks for sharing, Paul). Seconds after returning to the road, a hard squall blew up around us to cool us off. A couple of fantastic athletes were doing much more work up front than was fair, but they led our dwindling group of 25 or so home.

Just two or three miles from the end, I was rotating up near the front and saw Sam – one of the toughest endurance guys I know (Assault on Mt. Mitchell, Dirty Kanza 200, Leadville 100) -- pulling up front on the right. There were titters and some laughing among those near the front. With the humidity and rain, we had joked at the ride’s beginning about the day being a good one to test chamois creams. But Sam’s chamois cream choice had apparently been a disaster, or else his rinse cycle on his washing machine was defective, because his shorts were bubbling and foaming. He had a six inch tail of suds coming out of his rear-end.

The soft morning fog, the sunrise, the expanses of fresh water of the three reservoirs, even the driving rain had all been great sights to experience, but Sam’s soap suds topped the day. Adam Sandler would have loved it (and correspondingly my wife would have thrown up her hands at my penchant for sophomoric humor), but I pledged out loud that tough-guy Sam would never live this down. Of course, we had to get a picture. But with two miles to go and legs and minds giddy and dumb, Sam kept the pressure on until the end where we collapsed happily into the grass and congratulated each other on completing the challenge and bagging all three reservoirs. Sam wisely rode off (probably to do more miles). We forgot to get a picture. And now Sam denies that any of this ever happened – and given our mental state at the time, he may be right.

SUMMER APPAREL CHALLENGE SALE

Let’s move from our “challenge ride” to our summer “Challenge Sale”! We have great bikes for you all-year round – some on clearance (check our bike clearance list anytime at www.neboridge.com), but in the same vein as our challenge rides, we want to challenge you with a special summer apparel sale on all jerseys and tops.  First, for no good reason, take any non-sale jersey or top  in the shop and take 25% off the price. Or take any TWO non-sale jerseys or tops and take 40% off both. But take any THREE or more non-sale jerseys or tops and you take 60% off each!  Finally, we’ve made a special effort to load our clearance racks and tables with great single pieces of all apparel and even some great accessories of all sorts – and are offering them on sale for between 25-60% off. Come in soon, while supplies last!

JULY RIDES and EVENTS

Annual Downtown Indy Criterium and Festival
powered by Team Nebo Ridge
325 N. Meridian St.
Saturday, July 12
Races start at 11 a.m.

  • This should again be the biggest road criterium racing event this summer in Central Indiana with hundreds of racers. All of the regional teams are sending their top race teams. Team Nebo Ridge is sponsoring and promoting – for the benefit of Freewheelin’ Community Bike Coop. This super fun and competitive race features a gorgeous, spectator friendly course taking in the Circle and North Meridian Street. Over $7500 in cash prizes, kids races, CIBA open kick-off rides (13/34/55 mile routes) at 8:30 a.m., Rolls-Royce “Race with the Mayor”, music, yoga classes, bike polo, food, and Sun King beer garden. For more info, go to www.indycrit.com

Ride Across Indiana (RAIN)
Saturday, July 12 -- starts at 7 a.m. 
St. Marys-in-the-Woods College near Terre Haute (ends at Earlham College in Richmond)

  • One-way, one-day, all the way across Indiana. This is my favorite challenge of the year. Hope for prevailing winds during this 160 mile jaunt with 1500 of your riding friends and buddies!  Go to http://bloomingtonbicycleclub.org/ for registration and more information.

Speedway Cycling Grand Prix
Sunday, July 13 – 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Main Street, Speedway, Indiana

  • This will be an action-filled day of racing as competitive cyclists from all over the Midwest gather in downtown Speedway for the 2014 Indiana Criterium State Championship. Junior events kick-off at 8:00 a.m. For complete information go to www.TrueSport.com

Great Greenway Tour 2014
Saturday, July 26 -- check-in time 7-10 a.m.
Cardinal Greenway Wysor Street Depot, 700 E.Wysor St., Muncie

  • Ride Indiana’s longest paved greenway through four counties – the Cardinal Greenway. Ride lengths from 20 to over 100 miles. Lots of support, sag and food for all!  Alternative check-in locations are available this year at the Jonesboro Trail Head in Grant County and at the Richmond Trail Head. Get more info by e-mailing info@cardinalgreenways.org. 

DIRTY KANZA

DIRTY KANZA – Emporia, Kansas

I’ve just returned from racing the Dirty Kanza gravel road race in Emporia, Kansas. I completed in nine hours the grueling “Half Pint” 110 mile version of the event. Some of my Team Nebo Ridge teammates trained hard as hell all spring and not only survived but finished well in the 200 mile event (finishing before sunset!) Usually only about one-third of the starters complete this race. This year with favorable weather just over half of the 800 starters finished within the mandated 20 hour limit.

Bicycling is perhaps the best way to get a true sense of our place in the world. I loved the way the Dirty Kanza organizers, living in a remote corner of Kansas, in the midst of some of the country’s last open grassland prairies, recognized the unique beauty of it. They then created from the ground up a community-supported event to celebrate and honor their sense of place and warmly and generously shared it with visitors like us.

I can’t forget at one point well into the race when my group of some ten riders were stopped dead in our (double) tracks -- by a literal stampede of about 500 head of cattle blasting across the dusty dirt road just yards in front of us.

The images shown above are courtesy of the event photographer – Adventure Monkey. You can see more at www.adventuremonkey.com or find out more about the event at www.dirtykanza200.com.

TEST RIDE A BIKE TODAY

This is an outstanding time to buy a new bike to take you on the ride of your dreams this summer. Our award-winning shop is full of Cannondale, Scott, Salsa, Moots, Ridley, and Electra bikes to look over and to test ride. Do you know you are not only welcome but encouraged to take your prospective new bike for a THOROUGH test ride. Compare. Contrast. Ride! Repeat. We want you to love your bike and love riding it, and we can match a quality new bike to your desires and needs. Our well-trained sales associates, our bike fitters, and our mechanics are ready, willing, and able to help you with your questions.
And we don’t forget the family. We are decidedly not a “racer” or “pro” shop. Certainly bike enthusiasts of all stripes love our shop, but we have bikes for and cater to ALL members of your family from age one on up (e.g., balance bikes or Burley trailers).

OPENING DAY AT THE MARKET

We are proud to be YOUR locally owned and operated bike shop. But what about getting out and meeting your local produce growers and craft artisans at your local farmers’ markets? The Carmel Farmers Market (at Center Green near the Monon) opens this year on Saturday, May 3rd and runs every Saturday morning through September from 8-11:30 am. This year the Zionsville Farmers Market kicks off (across the street from the Dairy Queen) on Saturday May 17. Look out for "Bike-to-Market Day" on May 24 at the Zionsville Market (see below). So sling a bag over your shoulder, ride on over, and fill up on great locally produced, often-organic produce and meet the people growing and cultivating your groceries!

May is Bike Month – so join some friends and get out and ride. Enough said. On to the busy May ride and event schedule. . . .

SPRING RIDING

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. It feels great to spin the legs out, to roll those wheels, to breathe deeply, to watch the lawns and gardens sprout and green-up as you roll by, and to feel the sun and wind on your face. And just a little ride now might inspire you -- inspire you to ride that bike later to work or to the market,

to check out the new path in your neighborhood, to start training now for a century ride, or to organize a group of friends to take a friendly long group weekend ride.

Good luck getting out, be safe, and congratulations on making it through a winter we will not soon forget.

SERVICE DEPARTMENT WANTS YOUR BIKE!

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.

2014 NEW SCOTT AND CANNONDALE ROAD BIKES

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!

NEBO IS YOUR TOP 100 BIKE SHOP

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.

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