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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!

Our Shop is No. 1

Did you know that Nebo Ridge Bicycles hosts the country’s largest regularly scheduled weekday shop ride? Oftentimes on a Thursday night, we have well over 250 cyclists (divided into five groups) participating. Did you know that cyclists riding the Nebo/CIBA shop ride have ridden more than 1.5 million miles since the Tuesday/Thursday rides began in 2005? More important that the number of participants and miles is that this ride has generated (i) thousands of smiles, (ii) tons of fun, (iii) hundreds of safe and confident road cyclists, (iv) hundreds of millions of calories burned, (vi) fitness galore, (vii) a thousand and one “big fish” stories, (viii) hundreds of gallons of beer drunk and pizza eaten, and (ix) an uncountable number of great friendships forged.

If you’ve missed out, you can read below the descriptions of these regular training rides. They will be running through mid-October and the Hilly Hundred.

Gravel Road Weekly Training Ride

If you feel like adding a little adventure and scenery 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. We will usually have a high tempo group and a second more conversational paced group. See below in our ride section more details about this new training ride.

Cannondale Cross Bikes

I love the sport of cyclocross and cyclocross bikes! Jumping on and off the bike; occasionally running with the bike; mud and sand; squirrely, off-camber, tight turns. You compete against others – but also against the course created by an evil course designer. Riding a cross race is like undertaking an ultimate total body workout! And these bikes are versatile. They are great fast commuting bikes – built tough, but you can add a rack to many and choose from a wide variety of tires to fit the bike (including road tires). For many, a cyclocross bike is their one and only bike – a bike for all seasons.

Cannondale is a leader in the American scene in designing and building championship cyclocross bikes and sponsoring the perennial top cross team in the country. We have fresh in the door, the newest 2015 Cannondale cyclocross bikes. The SuperX carbon bike is a competitor’s dream bike – available this year with a number of set ups including the SRAM Rival 22 with hydraulic disc brakes priced at under $2500. Or try the more casual design of the Caad X – a superb bike for commuting, gravel road riding or racing, or cyclocross racing. The Caad X starts at just under $1000.

Apparel Clearance Sale

While the weather is still great, come in and pick out great riding apparel from Castelli, Endura, Giordana, and Sugoi. We’ve just totally filled our large sale clearance rack and priced these great pieces at 25-60% off! And if you have trouble facing the fact of autumn and winter fast-arriving, help yourself to brave the elements with all-new winter apparel which is fast arriving at Nebo Ridge Bicycles.

Bike Closeouts

Wow—check out our bike closeout list at www.neboridge.com. We are being especially aggressive this year in closing out on some wonderful machines. It’s especially deep in road and cyclocross special deals this month.

Let’s move on to the many, many great September races and rides:

September Rides

DINO Mountain Bike 24 Hour Race
Versailles State Park
Sat/Sun, September 6-7 Noon-to-Noon

The DINO series hosts its annual 6/12/24 hour race. Go solo or organize a team for this event. Get your night lights ready and your Endurance YaYa on! Great racing on some wonderful trails. Go to www.dinoseries.com for more info.


Bike MS: Cruisin’ the Crossroads
Sat/Sun, September 6-7 – registration 7-8 a.m.
Hoosier Park Racing Casino, Anderson, IN

Accept the challenge and ride the crossroads in Central Indiana! This fundraising ride to fight multiple sclerosis offers multiple routes over two days that will get you up to 200 miles. Sag support, camping and overnight accommodations, family friendly routes, and a good cause. This is a fast-growing ride that is well-run. Visit www.bikemsindiana.org for more information.


Spokes of Hope Ride
Sunday, September 7 – check in 7-8 a.m.
Zionsville Lions’ Park – Starting on the bricks on Main Street

This local cancer all-volunteer survivor support group is full of cycling energy and invites you to get involved and celebrate its cause on a bike ride! The ride will actually begin at 8 a.m. with a cancer survivor victory lap around Lion’s Park (where the Z’ville Fall Festival is taking place this weekend!) The ride offers routes of 31, 62 and 100 miles. There is a registration fee but there is no mandatory fundraising. You can get more info at www.spokesofhope.com.


Rollfast Gran Fondo
Sunday, September 14 – 8 a.m.
624 S. Rangeline Road, Carmel

This unique road riding event, a true “Gran Fondo” – Italian for “big ride” –will be a chip-timed, mass-start ride offering distances of 25, 60 and 100 miles. It’s not a “race” – and the vibe should be laid back – but the ride will be big and bad with a couple of famous former road pros scheduled to participate (George Hincappie and Christian VandeVelde). It will start and finish near the Carmel City Center and the 100 mile course will take riders far, far north before returning to Indy. Find out more or sign up at www.rollfastfondo.com.


Brookside OCVX #1 Cyclocross Race
Sunday, September 14 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Brookside Park, Indianapolis

Bring your cowbells and be prepared to heckle (or be heckled). Indianapolis hosts the first race of this year’s stellar Ohio Valley Cyclocross (OVCX) series. This course and race are fantastic! Some of nation’s best racers will be there, but beginners are also welcome. See www.OCVX.com for more information or to register.


The Hope Ride
Saturday, September 20 -- registration 7:30 to 9:00 am
Hauser High School, Hope, Indiana

This venerable and well-respected local ride offers lots of ride distances and lots of support from the local community in terms of fun, food, music and sag support. The root beer floats at the end are to die for! Go to www.hoperide.org for more information.


Tour de Carmel Ride
Saturday, September 20 – 8 a.m.
Monon Community Center East Parking Lot, Carmel, IN

Our shop and mechanics will be out in force this year supporting and sponsoring this annual family ride. The ride offers two routes of 10 or 20 miles and is perfect for fun and fitness riders! Entertainment, food, and great routes will add to the excitement. The Carmel/Clay Parks Department puts on a good show. Go to www.carmelclayparks.com/ccpr-events/tour-de-carmel for more information.


Indy Cross Cyclocross Series Race #1
Sunday, September 21 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wild Air Farm, 7400 Hunt Club Road, Zionsville

This new local cyclocross series promises to provide lots of low-key, fun opportunities to try your hand at cyclocross racing. It will have big and entertaining beginner fields – food – beer – heckling – and hopefully some bad weather to mock. This is the first of the five race series – and a number of the races will be held at Wild Air Farm – a beautiful farm and hunt and horse club facility on the west edge of Zionsville. You can get more info and register at http://www.truesport.com/indycross/.


The HMBA Brown County Epic Ride & Festival
Fri/Sat/Sun, October 10-12 
Brown County State Park –North Entrance

This annual ride, which the shop has always supported with employees volunteering and riding, shows off the great mountain bike destination everyone is talking about. Besides being the largest fundraiser of the year for the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association (HMBA), the Epic offers various mountain bike ride routes of up to 100 miles – most of which is beautiful singletrack trail in one of the largest contiguous hardwood forests in the Midwest. In addition to great trail, there will be music, sag support, food and more food while you enjoy the trails with hundreds of enthusiastic mountain bikers from all over the Midwest. The scene on Saturday is also fun – with informal rides and with a free industry expo with lots of demo bikes to try out. Go to www.browncountyepic.com for more information and to register.


CIBA Hilly Hundred presented by the Central Indiana Bicycling Association
Fri/Sat/Sun, October 10-12
Ellettsville, IN

You are hereby invited to ride 100 hilly, beautiful miles in southern Indiana during peak foliage period! You will cover 50 miles on Saturday and 50 on Sunday. This annual ride is an end-of-season ritual for any road cyclist who loves to ride. And it can be enjoyed on a number of different levels. The slower you ride; the more fun you will have. Enjoy the sag support; enjoy meeting other riders from around the country; enjoy the meals and snacks; and enjoy the hills! This ride will be capped at 5000 riders, so make sure you register soon at www.truesport.com. Have you tried the CIBA Friday “ride to the Hilly”? Check out www.cibaride.org for more info on this ride from the south side of Indy to Bloomington the day before the Hilly.

Shop Training Rides

Tuesday Night Nebo Ridge/CIBA Training Rides – every Tuesday at 6 p.m.


This faster-paced training ride is one of the most popular training rides in Indiana. We are all smiles and group love for the first 7 or 8 miles. Then the fireworks start as we cross north of State Rd. 32 on some sparsely traveled county roads. We guarantee that you will go to the max time-and-time again trying to keep from getting shelled off the back of the pack! The ride starts at 6 p.m. at the rear of the shop and averages 22-23 m.p.h. for the lead group. A second group averages 20-22 m.p.h. Length of the ride is 30-36 miles. Show up ready to leave promptly at 6 p.m. for a great ride and workout.

Wednesday Night Gravel Road Trainer – every Wednesday at 6 p.m.


Bring your MTB or cross bike and check out some of the many miles of beautiful Boone County gravel roads just north of Zionsville. We meet at the small parking lot at the north end of Turkey Foot Road (Turkey Foot Nature Park) just north of the Zionsville Town Golf Course. The route is 28 miles – mostly gravel roads. The pace is generally conversational. The ride is two hours and for September rear lights are recommended.



Thursday Night Nebo Ridge/CIBA Training and Fitness Rides – every Thursday at 6 p.m.


On Thursday night we break into multiple ride groups; there is something for everybody. Two “racy” groups (21+ mph) ride our Tuesday night 30 mile course. Two more moderate groups (the “Honey Bs” average 19-20 mph and the “Bumble Bs” average 17-19 mph) ride 26 miles and often work cooperatively on group riding techniques like paceline riding. Our favorite group is the “Fun & Fitness” group and is intended for anyone willing to ride 17 miles at 13 m.p.h. on up. No one gets dropped from this group and all bikes and riders are welcome – road bikes, hybrids, mountain – we’ve seen them all. All routes are marked and maps are available. Meet at the back of the shop.

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).

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.

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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