Monday, May 31, 2010

Rocky Mountain Bikes Demo Day

Please join Us on May 29th for a day of test riding The new Rocky Mountain 2011 line up. We will be leading an early morning ride from the shop, for those who can join us for a short 16-20 mile loop. After that the bikes will be at our shop all day for you to take on Mt.D or Las Trampas.

Please call ahead to reserve a bike for the Mt. Diablo loop ride as models and sizes will be limited and, available on a first-come-first-served basis.
We will have the following bikes for the demo this weekend:
Element 70 18"
Element 50 16.5"
Slayer 70  18" & 19"
Altitude 29 18"
We will be setting up early and ready to ride by 8 a.m. After that the bike bikes will be back at the shop by 10:30-11:00 am.
Again please call and reserve a bike if you would like to join us for the early morning ride. Reserved list is below.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Gravity, Allergens and Vertebrae

It's always wicked fun to introduce a newbie to Diablo, so we were quite happy to have Mike show up with the venerable Bloggin Goggin for a thrash up Dan Cook and through the swaying grass ocean that is blanketing the Diablo Ranch trail. Just before we left the shop an old friend rode by and we goaded AJ into riding his singlespeed up to the start of the gnarly climb. Idle banter, chitchat and taunting soon gave way to wheezing and gasping once the gradient steepened and Chris and John lit it up and took off.

We regrouped at a couple of points along the way and soon it was banzai time as we tipped our bikes into the singletrack that was barely visible as the grass had grown even taller since we'd ridden here just two weeks ago - nothing like rain, sun and more rain. For once I was able to draw on local knowledge and harried the typically unassailable Marin contingent as we threaded our way through the undergrowth - which now is more like overgrowth...

Of course the allergens were off the charts and we all inhaled copious quantities that we'd go on to enjoy later once the ride was done. Seems the last few times it's not been so bad while riding, but once off the bike it was time to cue up the misery as nasal passages clogged, eyes watered and reddened and a general feeling of itchiness came over us.

We wrapped it up with burritos and beer and talk about riding other places throughout the Bay Area. Sadly for me, a couple of days later (largely due to a lack of stretching and a long hike with my daughter on Monday that did nothing for my hoopty spinal column) I blew it up again and have been off the bike as I try to get some relief for my collapsed L4, L5 disks. Seems my IT bands are tighter than a snare drum and a major cause of my unhappiness - on and off the bike. Chris has taken up Bikram Yoga and swears by it. As soon as I'm able to get some basic stability back, I'm definitely going to give it a go. Right now, I'm following Dr. Heidi's orders and look forward to my massage tomorrow like a kid looking forward to Christmas morning!

Peace ~

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Cinco De Mayo Cruiser Ride At Norms Place

Come one come all to the first cruiser ride of the season! Wednesday, May 5th at 7pm.

Join us at Norms Place in Danville for their Inaugural 2010 Cruiser Night Ride. This fun family romp through the quiet neighborhoods of Danville is quickly becoming a tradition that we all look forward to. Entering it's fourth year, the ride has only gotten larger and the smiles bigger.

Any bike will do, but its not called a cruiser ride for nothing.

Join the revolucion ! Wear your sombrero and Norms will supply the moustache!

Need a cruiser in a pinch? We have plenty in stock and we rent them too!