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Our Winter Training Program is Here!

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

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 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.


  • 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 Or better yet come in our shop to feast your eyes on these beauties and test ride one.


  • 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 and consider ordering one now for you and yours for the Holidays or the upcoming season.


  • 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

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.)

November Events

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 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

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

Recurring Events

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.


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.


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.


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.


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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