Do you remember what it was like for you when you received a bicycle on a Christmas or holiday long ago? Don’t let this tradition die – struck down by the big box creep toward electronic, instant-gratification gifts. Who will you ensure gets that big bike with a ribbon on it placed right by the tree?! We have a HUGE selection of good-looking, functional, well-built, and durable kids’ bikes. These are made by the best: Scott, Redline, Torker, and Electra; each one assembled by the best (our top-notch mechanics).
Well, we’ve also got a bunch of surefire suggestions for holiday gifts for the adults in your life. (And, if your confidence fails you, we’ve got a Nebo Ridge gift card -- in fact, we’ll even give you a free shop water bottle with every gift card you buy!)
A great gift choice for adults is the super-bright NiteRider Lumina Micro 250 rechargeable light for $69.99. LED light technology has advanced dramatically in the past few years. For under $150, for example, the Lumina 750 delivers the more light and brightness (750 lumens) than a light for which you would have paid $500 five year ago.
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 and trainer accessories. Sometimes you just can’t take the bike outside. These are priced from $269 up. We especially like the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine 2.0 fluid trainer. Its feel and resistance mimics well that of the road; it is indestructible; and it carries a lifetime warranty. We use this model in our Winter Training Program (see below) and sell it for $379.99.
You can also make anyone look good in their cycling kit with Castelli cycling apparel. My absolute favorite winter cycling apparel is my Castelli Sorpasso winter bibknickers or bibtights ($169.99 and $179.99, respectively) and Trasparente Men or Womens 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 pieces. Our selection of Castelli cold-weather apparel and women’s apparel is unsurpassed – stylish, functional, giving you confidence to take the plunge outside. But we’ve also got plenty of other great gloves, arm and knee warmers, under-helmet hats, and more.
Other gift ideas sorted by price:
Park Tool IB-2 Mini-Tool -- $16.99
You can never have too many good multi-tools for an emergency
Nebo Ridge "Purist" Water Bottle -- $12.99
Stick-free, BPA-free walls keep liquids fresh and clean tasting
Watergate leak-proof valve
Nebo Ridge logo included at no charge
White Lightning Trigger Chain Cleaning System -- $25.99
Protect your bike with the convenience of a combo lock
Sugoi Mid-Zero Arm Warmers -- $29.99 (Reg. $39.99)
Great price on these functional and useful warmers
Endura MT 500 MTB Waterproof Overshoes -- $49.99
Keep those feet warm on the muddy trail!
Sugoi Firewall Booties -- $69.99
Sugoi – from Canada – will keep toes and feet warm on the road.
Endura BaaBaa Long-Sleeve Baselayer -- $69.99
Works just as well as a good-looking everyday winter T-shirt
Nebo Ridge Comprehensive Lifetime Pro 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.
Simply the best computer system for serious cyclists
SERVICE DEPARTMENT SPECIAL
Premium Overhaul: Reg. $250 – now $150. This offer has been very popular so far this winter. 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 $100 off our regular 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!
WINTER INDOOR TRAINING PROGRAM – IT’S TOUGH BUT FUN
The first session of our Winter Training Program is rocking and rolling, but we still have slots left for our second session which kicks off January 5 and runs for eight weeks through the end of February. One of our super coaches leads 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.
OVCX Series St. Mary’s Cross Finale Sunday, December 14 – racing begins at 10 a.m. Fort Benjamin Harrison State Park, Indianapolis
This will be a big regional finale race for this esteemed series, and will be in Indianapolis this year at Ft. Benjamin Harrison State Park on the NE side of town. Go to www.ovcx.com for more info and to register.
Weekly Saturday Coffee Shop Training Ride –10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. The Scoop Coffee and Ice Cream House 305 S. Main St., Zionsville
This weekly ride leaves every Saturday morning through winter at either 10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. from The Scoop on Main Street in Zionsville. Choose the first group if you want to hit some hills hard, but ride conversationally in between. Choose the later, second group if you want to keep it laid back the entire ride (circa 17 mph) and avoid some of the hills. Both rides finish about noon. The rides go off as long as the temperature is above 30 degrees and it isn’t snowing or raining. These are not "no drop" rides.
New Bike Trends and Highlights
First, before I get to new bikes coming for 2015, remember this is the time of year you can find outstanding closeout pricing on quality Cannondale, Scott, Electra, Ridley, and Pinarello bikes. Just go to our webpage at www.neboridge.com and click on the closeout menu on the left. And feel free to call us to ask questions; you will get to talk to a real, knowledgeable employee.
OK – on to new bikes. New 2015 models are coming in the door every day. I want to share my personal, top level observations on three big trends from suppliers.
1. DISC BRAKES ON ROAD BIKES
Within a year or two, disc brakes will come on over half of all new road bikes. Most major bike manufacturers are accelerating for 2015 their offerings of road bikes with disc brakes. As mountain and cross riders have already discovered, you can enjoy the stopping power and versatility that disc brakes bring in all weather conditions. You can now take that carbon/light/hi-performance bike out on just about any road surface. Further pushing the movement to disc brakes: the UCI road bike international sanctioning body is expected soon to legalize disc brakes for the Spring Classic races on the cobblestone and bad roads of Belgium and northern France. For our riding here in Indiana, disc brakes coupled with high-performance, well-made frames and forks make sense. We’ve got lots of gravel and bad chip and seal roads here. Cannondale’s Synapse Disc road bikes and their CAAD X disc cyclocross model bikes offer some of the best road disc and gravel road/cyclocross disc set-ups in the industry. Check out the new disc Synapses at http://www.cannondale.com/nam_en/2015/bikes/road#bikes_road_endurance-road. Or better yet come in our shop to feast your eyes on these beauties and test ride one.
2. THE NEW MARKET/PATH BIKE: THE ELECTRA LOFT
The trend for new and better offerings of versatile and practical transportation bikes continues – with a retro styling flair. We’ve been looking for some time now for an updated version of what we call the perfect Carmel or Zionsville town and market bike. And this year our longtime supplier Electra Bicycles (known for its popular Townie model) is delivering big-time with its brand new Loft bike model. Great classic looks and colors. Updated lightweight but solid, low-maintenance components. Fair pricing starting below $500. These will be fantastic bikes for enjoying a ride on the path or rail trail, and most models have a built-in rear rack that you can easily kit out with bags for your ride to the market or for commuting. Check them out at www.electrabike.com/bikes/loft and consider ordering one now for you and yours for the Holidays or the upcoming season.
3. THE RISE OF THE 27.5” MTB
Certainly twenty-six inch wheeled mountain bikes are pretty much dead except for younger teenagers and riders under 5’ tall. (E.g. check out our closeout on 26” MTB tires!) For our typical cross-county type riding here in Indiana, you will see manufacturers and retailers offering both 27.5” and 29” wheeled bikes – typically the “29er” in large and XL sizes – or for riders over about 5’9”, and the newer 27.5” wheeled mountain bikes for small/medium/large riders from 5’ up to 5’10”. Occasionally, if you have grown up with BMX bikes, or on the other end of the spectrum, you are coming from a road bike background, you may be more comfortable going for the smaller or larger wheel, respectively. Scott USA offers a great selection of Scale front-suspension MTB’s and Spark dual-suspension mountain bikes, AND typically offers each model in both wheel sizes! For more on this issue and the debate on wheel size, see Scott’s website and essay at http://wheelsizematters.scott-sports.com/.
Service Overhaul Special -- Back by Popular Demand
Premium Bike Overhaul: Reg. $250 – now $150.
It’s the perfect time to take care of the bike maintenance you’ve put off during the busy riding season. For November and December we are offering our Premium Bike Overhaul for $100 off our regular price for standard road and hard tail mountain bikes. (Tri-bikes and dual suspension mountain bikes incur a slight surcharge.) Our premium overhaul is the Big Kahuna of our service offerings. 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 Brad, Steve and Tim are three of the best bike mechanics around. Avoid in-season delays, and bring your trusty bike (or two or three) in for its own off-season overhaul!
Indoor Training Spots Still Open
The first session of our winter training session is now on – but you can still sample for free the program during the week of November 3 on Monday or Thursday at 6 pm or Saturday morning at 9 am – and/or sign up for the remaining six weeks of our great indoor program. Use it to anchor your efforts to stay in cycling shape over the off-season. Call us at (317) 471-1089 to reserve your spot now. The cost of the abbreviated fall six-week session (which includes up to three 90-minute group sessions per week) is only $200.
Winter Apparel Galore
We are fully stocked now with cycling-specific, winter base layers from Castelli (Italy) and Endura (Scotland); with great leg/knee/arm warmers, gloves and booties from Sugoi (Canada) and Castelli; with winter jerseys; and with a great selection of both soft and hard-shelled outerwear pieces. By layering, you will keep riding for as long into the colder season as you want – GUARANTEED. And don’t forget a good light. NiteRider offers a great series of rechargeable, bright LED lights starting at $69.99 for a whopping 250 lumens of light. (And they offer the “Mako” non-rechargeable 150 lumen light for $29.99.)
Indy Cycloplex – Indy Cross Race Series Saturday, November 15 – 10 a.m. Major Taylor Velodrome, Indianapolis 38th Street and Cold Spring Road
Join the sport of cyclocross at the newly refurbished Marian University cyclocross racecourse (a part of the new “Indy Cycloplex”). It’s great for participants and spectators. Go to www.indycross.com for more information or to register. Food truck and beer galore. The Indy Cross series is great for beginners – just jump into one of the beginner races. Even if you don’t have a cyclocross bike, you can race on your mountain bike.
Indy Cross CX Series Finale Saturday, November 22 – 10 a.m. Wild Air Farm – Hunt Club Road, Zionsville, IN
Here is one more local cyclocross race at this fun and nearby venue – and sponsored in part by Team Nebo Ridge. Very casual and family friendly. Check out beautiful Wild Air Farm – home of the Traders Point Charity Horse Show. Food vendors and free beer from sponsor Three Wisemen. Get more info at www.indycross.com.
Gravel Grovel 100 km Road Race Saturday, November 29 – 10 a.m. Midwest Trail Ride Horse Camp – Norman, IN 15 miles south of Bloomington on IN446
This is one sick event! But at least it’s a race to keep you on your bike during November and help you work off Thanksgiving’s turkey feast. Race or ride on 62 miles of terrible mostly gravel roads with lots of terrible hills. Either a cyclocross bike or mountain bike should help you make your way home on this marathon race along the Hoosier National Forest roads southwest of Story, Indiana. This year there is also a 30 mile course option. To register go to www.gravelgrovel.com.
Weekly Wednesday Night Gravel Road Ride – 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. 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 Coffee Shop Training Ride –10 a.m./10:30 a.m. Scoops Coffee & Ice Cream Shop Main St., Zionsville
This weekly ride leaves every Saturday morning through winter from Scoops in Zionsville on Main Street kitty-corner from the Friendly Tavern. There are really two groups or rides this year: enthusiast riders (18-21 mph) leave at 10 a.m., and more casual (16-17 mph) riders will leave at 10:30 a.m. Both will finish about noon. The rides go off as long as the temperature is above 30 degrees and it isn’t snowing or raining. Distance is 23-35 miles depending on the the group you choose.
ANNOUNCING THE NEBO RIDGE 2014/15 INDOOR TRAINING PROGRAM
Everyone has their own personal “weather threshold” for outdoor riding. For many, our Indoor Training Program, beginning October 27 may be the perfect way to stay on your bike and in shape during the last of fall and winter. This is our eighth season of the program, and we welcome back our Head Coach, Aaron Bobinsky and instructors Agueda Mayan-Brown and Joel Blair. Coach Aaron provides you an 8-week workout program (two semesters: 8 weeks prior to Christmas, and the 8 weeks after New Years) – and you choose two supervised group workouts taking place in our Fitness Annex at the shop – difficult ninety minute cycling sessions. You have well-qualified coaches and instructors leading you on your workouts and giving you advice. You use your own bike; we provide the Kurt Kinetic indoor fluid trainers. And you will be tested to ensure that you improve! Check out our website for more information or to see our online brochure – www.neboridge.com – or ask us about the program at the shop.
SERVICE DEPARTMENT BULLETIN: SAFE AND SOUND AND QUICK TURNAROUND
With some big events yet on people’s calendars, if you have ANY problems with your bike, please bring your bike to our Service Department for a free analysis and quote and quick and professional work. This time of year, we can turn your bike around in one to two days (and often same day) and get your machine in perfect order. Please don’t settle for an unsafe machine and ride – especially when you ride with others.
NEW FALL APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES
We always have great new products for the season. We’ve just put out most of our fall and winter apparel. No surprise, but layering is critical for keeping comfortable this time of year, and for having an efficient and versatile riding wardrobe. We have an unsurpassed variety of cycling specific baselayers available to choose from. We have Castelli Flanders pieces – all with ribbed main bodies for better wicking and warmth and mesh under-arms for better comfort. The Flanders Wind long-sleeve adds a windproof front making it perfect for two-layer systems. For layering, you might also try the more traditional merino wool piece from Endura – the Baa Baa Baselayer. This is a great baselayer or a great lay-around-the-cabin piece.
Of course, we’ve got in this year a fantastic new collection of jackets – from the expedition weather-proof but breathable PTFE Venturi II shell from Endura – to great road riding soft shells from Castelli (the Trasparente is wonderful down below freezing), from Sugoi, and from Endura.<br><br>
Finally, don’t forget your new Garmin 1000 to help you navigate the back roads of your ‘burb into the wilds of Indiana. This new Garmin adds to the legendary and dependable GPS/speed/HR system, a bigger touch screen, magnet-free sensors, and enhanced interfaces with phones and other devices.
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.