Here is great local cyclocross racing at this fun and nearby venue – promoted by Planet Adventure and sponsored by Team Nebo Ridge. Very casual and family friendly. Check out beautiful Wild Air Farm – home of the Traders Point Charity Horse Show. Food and beer vendors will be present. The colder and muddier, the better. Get more info at www.planetadventurerace.com.
Weekly Tuesday/Thursday Night Pilates/Yoga for Cyclists
Give some love to those core and other muscles forgotten during the cycling season. These sessions seek to alleviate muscular imbalances typical for many cyclists. Drop-ins welcome. Fees range from $10-15 per session depending on whether you purchase single, 8-session, or 16-session booklet. Instructor: Agueda Mayan. For more info call us at the shop at 317.471.1089.
Wednesday Night Gravel Road Trainer
every Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Turkey Foot Nature Park Parking Lot
Defeat the inky dark and ride 28 miles of mostly gravel. Very pretty if you could only see it (see below for Saturday “Donut Loop” daylight version of this ride). Good front and rear lights are required. Meet at the parking lot at the north end of Turkey Foot Road in Zionsville and you will immediately be transported into the woods and gravel. Not a cushy ride. Cyclocross or mountain bike recommended. This ride will go as long as the temperature is above 30 degrees and it is not raining hard or blizzard conditions!
Weekly Saturday Cupcake Shop Training Ride
every Saturday @ 10am
La Dolce Vita Patisserie Main St., Zionsville
This weekly ride leaves every Saturday morning through winter at 10 a.m. from La Dolce Vita on Main Street in Zionsville. You can either ride on asphalt – the “Croissant Loop” which twists and turns on hills south and west of town – or on the “Donut Loop” on greasy, rocky gravel roads doing a circle north of Zionsville. The rides go off as long as the temperature is above 30 degrees and it isn’t snowing or raining. The rides are at moderate pace and there are regrouping points – but are not “no drop” rides. Distance is 23-35 miles depending on the loop you choose.
Holiday Shopping Ideas
November brought us some mixed weather – sometimes horrific; sometimes very nice. Congratulations to all of you who kept on a bike – whether on a trainer or spin bike, in cross or gravel races like the Gravel Grovel (ask me about how THAT one went!), in night or urban rides, or just a bundled up ride to the store.
Every year we have lots of questions about what is a good gift for the bicyclist “who has everything.” Well we’ve got a bunch of surefire suggestions below. And, of course, we’ve got a Nebo Ridge gift card if your confidence fails you.
A great choice is the new super-bright NiteRider Lumina LED rechargeable lights that start at under $70. LED light technology has advanced dramatically in the past three years. For under $140, for example, the Lumina 700 delivers the more light and brightness (700 lumens) than a light for which you would have paid $500 five year ago. And batteries are smaller and last longer; charge times are faster; and quality is better.
Another great present is a Kurt Kinetic indoor trainer – permitting you the ultimate luxury: working out on YOUR bike while watching your favorite movie (“Breaking Away”). We stock a wide variety of Kurt Kinetic indoor trainers, trainer accessories, and indoor workout DVD’s. Sometimes you just can’t take the bike outside. These are priced from $269 up. We especially like the Kurt Kinetic Road Pro fluid trainer. Its feel and resistance mimics well that of the road, and it is indestructible and carries a lifetime warranty. We use this model in our Winter Training Program (see below) and sell it for only $379.99.
You can also make anyone look good in their cycling kit with Castelli Italian cycling apparel. My absolute favorite winter cycling apparel is my Castelli Sorpasso winter bibknickers or bibtights ($169.99 and $179.99, respectively) and Transparente Due Winter Jersey/Jacket with Gore WindStopper ($149.99). Cyclists rave about the fit of Castelli clothing on the bike. I have never been more comfortable in cold and windy conditions than wearing these functional and good-looking Italian designed pieces. Our selection of Castelli cold-weather apparel and women’s apparel is unsurpassed – stylish, functional, giving you confidence to take the plunge outside.
Other gift ideas sorted by price
Crank Brothers Multi-5 Tool -- $12.99
You can never have too many good multi-tools for an emergency
Nebo Ridge “Purist” Water Bottle -- $13.99
Stick-free, BPA-free walls keep liquids fresh and clean tasting
Watergate leak-proof valve
Nebo Ridge logo included at no charge
Endura BaaBaa Merino Wool Winter Socks -- $19.99
Functional, natural luxury
OnGuard Combo Lock -- $22.99
Protect your bike with the convenience of a combo lock
Endura Luminate Waterproof Shoe Covers -- $44.99
Keep those toes warm!
Sugoi Firewall XT Winter Gloves -- $69.99
Sugoi – from Canada – will keep your fingers warm
Endura BaaBaa Long-Sleeve Baselayer -- $69.99
Works just as well as a good-looking everyday winter T-shirt
Nebo Ridge Full Bicycle Fit -- $250.00
Bike never felt right? Aches and pains keeping you from riding? Not convinced you are getting the most out of your position on the bike? Our chief fitter Joel will get it right for you through our organic, common sense fitting process. You are entitled to free follow-ups for the life of your bike.
Garmin Edge 510 Cycle GPS and Heartrate Computer -- $399.99
Simply the best computer system for serious cyclists
And of course there are the bikes!
We start with a variety of well-built, quality children’s bikes. We have a great selection of Electra Cruisers and Townies for the neighborhood and paths; Cannondale, Scott, Pinarello and Moots road bikes; Scott and Cannondale MTB bikes; and the best selection of Ridley cyclocross bikes in Indiana. Finally, you might even find a great deal on a closeout bike. Just check our closeout list.
SERVICE DEPARTMENT SPECIAL
Full Overhaul: Reg. $300 – now $150
It’s the perfect time to take care of the bike maintenance you’ve put off during the busy riding season. For December we are offering our Full Overhaul for half-price! Your bike is essentially taken apart, cleaned, lubed, adjusted and put back together again. If you need new cables or road bar tape, the labor for these replacements is free. We aim to please, and our staff of full-time mechanics is the best around. Avoid in-season delays, and bring your trusty bike (or two or three) in for an off-season overhaul!
The first session of our Winter Training Program is rocking and rolling, but we still have a handful of slots left for our second session which kicks off January 6 and runs for eight weeks through the end of February. One of our super coaches lead you in two tough ninety-minute group workouts per week. Group workouts are held Monday through Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings on the shop’s fleet of Kurt Kinetic trainers. For more details give us a call at the shop at (317) 471-1089. We guarantee that this program will put you in outstanding shape when the outdoor season resumes in March. Click here for more information or see our online brochure, or ask us about the program at the shop.
Get a Free $10 Nebo Gift Card - Holiday Gift List
It's not too early to begin planning your holiday gift strategies. We have a unique system to help you and yours navigate through the gift giving of the Holidays. Just come in and we will work with you to set up your dream gift list (sort of like a wedding registry!). You can then let your loved ones know where they can find a whole lot of great information about your bicycling needs and wants. And we will give you a $10 Nebo Ridge gift card for the trouble. You can't lose with this system.
Winter Outerwear and Accessories
Work on lowering your outdoor low-temperature-riding threshold! Right now we have our best selection of functional and good-looking Giordana, Castelli, Sugoi, and Endura jackets, gloves, bibtights, long sleeve jerseys and jackets, baselayers, knee and arm warmers, booties, wool socks and caps and more. A nice weather-proof cycling bib-tight (e.g. Castelli Sorpassa) and winter jersey (e.g., Castelli Gaba) can make bad-weather riding an absolute pleasure. Warm enough to begin with – and no clamminess throughout the ride – free-flowing and comfortable on the bike – this and a good inexpensive LED light from NiteRider will set you free from your winter cave!
New Bike Models: We Are Over-Stimulated
I won't go on too long about this, but really -- really and truly -- this is what our staff lives for every autumn. The new 2014 bike models are beginning to trickle in the door, and we are over-stimulated! It would surely help our condition to share with you some of this news and excitement. We've got the new 2014 Salsa line of trekking and adventure bikes (like the Vaya and Fargo touring bikes or the Warbird gravel bike); the new Ridley X-Fire cyclocross bikes; a fantastic new 2014 Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Campagolo-equipped road bike with Campy EPS electronic shifting; the redesigned Cannondale Synapse performance carbon century bike; a new model of the Scott Scale 27.5 inch hardtail mountain bike (raced to world championships the past two years by Nino Schurter of the SwissPower MTB Team); and the brand new road bike models from Scott – namely, the lightweight Addict and the sporty new Solace.
We don't want to overwhelm you. One bike at a time! You may have to come in multiple times this fall to enjoy some of these great new machines. And test rides are always available.
Salsa Bicycles: Adventure by Bike
We are happy to announce that Nebo Ridge Bicycles is now a dealer for Salsa Bikes. We will be joining Indy Cycle Specialists (in Irvington) as Central Indiana's only Salsa dealers.
After meeting the Salsa staff and test-riding literally every Salsa bike at Snow Basin, Utah, earlier this summer, I was impressed with their product and their strategic direction. First, Salsa is small and local; they have less than a dozen inside staff at their HQ in Minneapolis and are totally tuned in to our Midwest riding environment. Its stable of products is without exception full of innovation and quality. From their great disc trekking bikes, the Vaya and the Fargo; to their innovative and new gravel grinder performance bike, the Warbird; to their lead in the expanding "fat bike" category with its Mukluk and Beargrease bikes; and finally to their innovative suspensions and build ups of their new 29er Spearfish and El Mariachi mountain bikes - Salsa always delivers.
The heart and soul of the Salsa line is summed up in its motto: "Salsa: adventure by bike." They are finding ways to get outside in our great Midwest, to escape and travel the land, and just have fun on road (asphalt or gravel) and trail. We find this a perfect fit for our shop, our employees, and what our customers are looking for!
New Gravel Road Weekly Training Ride
If you feel like adding a little adventure to your weekly training schedule, why not join us for our new Wednesday night gravel road training rides?!
Enjoy the roads of Boone County which you usually avoid on our two hour Wednesday night rides. Pace is conversational. See above in our September ride section more details about this new training ride...
MEET OUR NEW NEBO RIDGE EMPLOYEES
Steve and Omar
Over the course of this season, we have been fortunate to add three great new members of our staff here at Nebo Ridge Bicycles. Introductions are long overdue . . . .
Steve Wiliford recently took up full-time residence as a Nebo Ridge mechanic, although he has been with us since last fall building bikes and occasionally helping with service. Steve lives in Hendricks County and loves long rides on the tarmac and chip & seal of western Hendricks County. Besides previous experience in the bike industry, Steve has previously worked a number of years as a professional musician –trumpet and horns being his special expertise. Steve keeps us honest and informed with our song playlists here at the shop.
Omar Mandeel is our newest full-time mechanic. Omar recently rode into town on his Salsa Vaya, and we are thrilled to have him park his bike at Nebo Ridge Bicycles. His commitment and enthusiasm about cycling every day in every way is contagious. Omar comes to us from Lexington, Kentucky, where he spent the last few years earning his B.A. degree from the University of Kentucky and working in bike shops in the area.
Finally, Nate Hawkins joined us on the sales floor this spring. Nate recently got his M.S. from Stephen Austin State University in Texas (ask him about tracking small predatory mammals) and returned to the Midwest with his wife. Nate is an ardent mountain biker and from his field work in zoology over the years, he is THE EXPERT on Garmin and other GPS systems. Want to know about taking advantage of Russian satellites? Ask Nate. Finally, Nate has moonlighted as an actor in sci-fi/horror films. Check him out in his latest work as a dancing snapper zombie in "Christmas with the Dead" available now on DVD from Amazon.
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.