The Big Wheels just keep on turning – despite our darker and cooler November skies. For instance, there are many who think this is the best mountain biking month of all. And cyclocross crazies are also in full swing this time of year. There is a huge national race in Louisville next weekend, and the local racing gets hot and furious the final two months of the year. These races are good times... Read More...
Marian University / Indy Cycloplex – Ohio Valley CX Race
Sunday, November 24 – 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.ovcx.com for more information or to register. Food truck and beer galore. Watch some impressive collegiate and other top national cyclists. Or jump into one of the beginner races. Even if you don't have a cyclocross bike, you can race on your mountain bike. This is a fantastic nationally reputed race and series.
Sub-Nine Gravel Grovel 100 km Gravel Road Race
Saturday, November 30 – 10 a.m.
Midwest Trail Ride Horse Camp – Norman, IN 15 miles south of Bloomington on IN446
This is one sick event! This year the Gravel Grovel is the finale in the national "Ultra CX" series. But 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 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 gravel roads southwest of Story, Indiana. This year there is also a 30 mile course option. To register go to www.gravelgrovel.com.
Traders Point State CX Cup Series Finale
Saturday, December 7 – 10 a.m.
Wild Air Farm – Hunt Club Road, Zionsville, IN
Here is more 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. Get more info at www.planetadventurerace.com.
Weekly Tuesday/Thursday Night Pilates/Yoga for Cyclists
Pay attention and 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.
November Cycling – New Rides to Keep You Rolling
The Big Wheels just keep on turning – despite our darker and cooler November skies. For instance, there are many who think this is the best mountain biking month of all. And cyclocross crazies are also in full swing this time of year. There is a huge national race in Louisville next weekend, and the local racing gets hot and furious the final two months of the year. These races are good times – 45 minutes of exhilarating full-on racing; it's the safest bike racing you can find (you will fall in freezing cold mud going 3 mph and won't feel a thing); and then there's the beer and heckling.
Many are also rediscovering Indiana's forgotten and underappreciated gravel roads as a great way to embrace autumn. These are rides we avoid on our road bikes and cars. But just out your backdoor are probably miles of scenic country gravel roads – full of fields, pasture, creeks, bridges, and half-forgotten hamlets. Check our new weekly gravel road rides below, or the Gravel Grovel race, if this is appealing to you.
Even many of the road riders keep it rolling this time of year. The ride pace is more moderate; the groups are more relaxed; and if you catch blue skies you may have the ride of your life. The winter "coffee shop" ride on Saturdays (see below) is a favorite and has been renamed the "cupcake shop" ride to honor its starting point – La Dolce Vita (formerly Eagle Creek Coffee) on Main Street in Zionsville. This ride just kicked off this past weekend.
Finally, some people just take it indoors with a trainer or spin class or yoga or Pilates class at the local gym. It pays to have a couple of good workouts on your schedule that you can count on. New this year, we are offering a great Pilates/Yoga for Cyclists class throughout the winter every Tuesday and Thursday night at 5:30 p.m. Our Winter Indoor Coaching program's first 8-week session is already in full progress, but there is still time to sign up for the next 8-week session beginning in early January.
Service Overhaul Special - $150 – Back by Popular Demand
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 November and December we are offering our Full Overhaul for half-price! Our full 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 Omar 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!
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!
But the days are getting shorter and colder, and everyone has their own personal "weather threshold" for outdoor riding. For many, our Indoor Training Program, beginning October 28 may be the perfect way to stay on your bike and in shape during the last fall and winter. This is our 7th season of our program, and we welcome back our Head Coach, Aaron Bobinsky and instructors Kyla Chapman and Agueda Mayan-Brown. 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 super-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! Also this year, we are bringing back by popular demand on two evenings per week a "Pilates/Yoga for Cyclists" class – helping cyclists work in building and stretching muscles abused or ignored in cycling. Click here for more information or see our online brochure, or ask us about the program at the shop.
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...
Ridley 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.
Ridley is the undisputed world-leader in designing and building championship cyclocross bikes. Ridley is out of Belgium, where the weather and lousy roads demand that a bike be tough. And "Friday Night Lights" in Belgium means you are out at the local cyclo-cross races tailgating, cheering your local racers, and/or participating yourself in the citizens' class races. See www.ridley-bikes.com.
And we have fresh in the door, the newest 2014 Ridley cyclocross bikes. We especially like the X-Fire and X-Ride bikes for those who want to sample racing and the disc X-Bow as a more all-rounder bike.
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.
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.
DID YOU KNOW ABOUT OUR DEMO SADDLE AND DEMO ZIPP WHEEL PROGRAMS?
Never sure about wasting money on a high-end new saddle that may not fit your bum? Why not take out one of our demonstration saddles from Fi:zik, Selle Italia or WTB and see if it will cure what ails you. We will help you get the demo saddle properly put on, and give you a week or two to sample it.
Likewise, are you curious about those champion carbon aero wheels from Zipp built right here in Indianapolis? The new Zipp carbon clincher wheelsets combine the usefulness of clincher wheelsets with Tour winning performance of the lightest and most aero carbon wheels. Why not try them out with our demo program! From the deeper dish Zipp 808s, to the ever-popular 404s, the rugged and versatile 303s, the climbers' dream 202s, or the utilitarian 101s, we've got a set for you to try out for a week or two. Ask any of our staff about this great program.
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.
SERVICE DEPARTMENT NEWS
Our full-time professional mechanics are ready for the season and ready 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 at (317) 471-1089 for your tune-up appointment.
2013 NEW BIKE OVERVIEW
Cannondale Super Six EVO Black: According to VeloNews, the "lightest bike ever."
There is a lot to be excited about when it comes to new or substantially updated 2013 bike models from our key suppliers. Cannondale and Scott continue to update and improve their award-winning carbon road bikes like the Cannondale Super Six, the CAAD10, and the Synapse road bikes, and the Scott Foil and CR1 road bikes and Scale and Spark mountain bikes. The Cannondale Super Six EVO Black has just made the cover of the VeloNew Annual Buyers' Guide and is claimed by VeloNews the "lightest bike ever." (And we've got one in the shop for you to pick-up with your pinky finger.) Bicycling Magazine has lauded the Cannondale CAAD10 road bike and its 1150 gram aluminum frame as leading the resurging interest in great but affordable aluminum bikes. The Scott Foil is recognized as one of the best aero bikes in the world but still light and rigid enough to climb and sprint well. It's the true all-rounder. And we've got them all on the floor for you to drool over, paw at, and even test ride.
Besides road bikes, we also have more Electra Townies in more colors than ever on the floor (www.electrabicycles.com) and have stocked up big time with fitness and path bikes like the Quick from Cannondale or the Metrix and Sub from Scott. Just by the fact you are reading this newsletter in February, suggests you are crazy about bikes – a true enthusiast. But we have a passion at Nebo Ridge Bicycles to serve up to every member of your family an outstanding bike – with great value – for just about any use imaginable.