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Our Winter Training Program is Here!

Download the program brochure with our full program, details, and instructions to sign up! 


October is the best month for a long and enjoyable bicycle ride. The days are crisp and bright, the trails are groovy, the pathways are less crowded, and the countryside is spectacular. CIBA’s Hilly Hundred and the HMBA’s Epic Brown County Ride & Festival are highlights for many in Central Indiana. I urge you to support CIBA and HMBA and participate in one of these supremely enjoyable events over the weekend of October 10-12. (Due to IU Football schedule changes, unfortunately this year both are the same weekend.) Neither is a race, and the slower you ride, and longer you are outside, the more fun you will have!

Competitors in our area also have the new local Indy Cross cyclocross series which has gotten off to a great start. The next two races (October 4 and November 1) will be held at beautiful Wild Air Farms on the west side of Zionsville. Just seeing the venue is worth it. Adding in the laid-back racing, the food, the heckling, the beer – turns the whole day into a wonderful experience. Nebo Ridge Bicycles is underwriting the October 4 race; J’s Bikes in Terre Haute is underwriting the November 1 race. Other local sponsors include Zipp Wheels, Shamrock Cycles and Gray Goat Sports from the southside.


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 – – or ask us about the program at the shop.


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.

Gravel Road Weekly Training Ride

Although our Tuesday/Thursday training rides end soon (see below), if you feel like adding a little adventure to your weekly training schedule, why not join us for our 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 below in our October ride section more details about this newer ride.


Cyclocross bike

Indy Cross Nebo Ridge Bicycles Cyclocross Race #2
Saturday, October 4 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wild Air Farm, at corner of Hunt Club Rd. and Kissell Rd., Zionsville

This is a great new grassroots, local race series. It is a fantastic time and place to check out and sample or try a cyclocross race at this beautiful venue. Bring your cowbells and be prepared to heckle (or be heckled). Beginners (Category 5) racers are especially welcome and many will race a mountain bike instead of an official cyclocross bike. See for more information or to register. (And or course if you need a cyclocross bike or gravel road bike, there is NO bike shop in Indiana offering you better selection than Nebo Ridge Bicycles!)

CIBA Hilly Hundred
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 bicyclist 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 Have you tried the CIBA Friday “ride to the Hilly”? Check out for more info on this ride from the southside of Indy to Bloomington the day before the Hilly.

The HMBA Epic Ride and Festival (previously the Brown County Breakdown)
Fri/Sat/Sun, October 10-12
Brown County State Park –North Entrance

As co-founder of this event ten years ago and host of the Hidden Cabin sag stop, I’m especially partial to this event. The ride shows off the great mountain bike destination everyone is talking about. Dirt Rag and many other ride magazines have featured Brown County trails; the International Mountain Bike Association has named the trails here as one of its “Epic Ride Destinations.” Besides being the largest fundraiser of the year for the Hoosier Mountain Bike Association, the HMBA Epic Ride offers multiple routes of up to 100 miles – most of which are predominantly 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, and food while you enjoy the trails with hundreds of the most enthusiastic mountain bikers in the Midwest. The scene on Saturday is also huge – with informal rides and with a free industry expo with lots of demo bikes to try out. See for registration information.


Tuesday/Thursday Night Nebo Ridge/CIBA Training Rides – every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. –ENDING OCTOBER 9

Our Tuesday and Thursday evening rides will end soon. The last rides are Tuesday, October 7 and Thursday October 9. Thank you for participating in one of the largest training rides in the country. This year, average participation was over 300 riders per week and we rode over 225,000 miles during these rides! There was a LOT of healthy activity going on and millions of calories getting burned. These training rides will start back up next March when Daylight Saving Times goes into effect.

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 lights are required. We ride in the dark for much of the ride.

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.

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 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:


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 or find out more about the event at


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).


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.


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.


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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