Specialized is turning 40 this year and of course the celebration is in full swing. It’s been a real pleasure for us here at Bicycle Therapy to be partnered with Specialized and, from the both of us, we want to give a little something back to you guys for making 40 years possible for them. Follow along after the jump for more info.
That’s right, it is officially, unequivocally and almost certainly winter. Pay no heed to these so-called “calenders” that say the first day of winter is December 21st, IT’S DARK. IT’S WET. IT’S COLD. For some, that means it’s time to fold up the jersey, hang up the helmet and pack up the bike until the sun starts to keep it’s head above the skyline past 4 pm again.
But it doesn’t have to be.
We’ve got a wide variety of cycling trainers to suit all needs and skill levels that will let you ride in the comfort and warmth of your own home. Stick around after the jump for a handful of helpful visuals with a special guest appearance from everyone’s favorite mannequin, Manny. Read More »
Even though it’s October (!), it’s hard to believe that the cold, wet months are just around the bend. The weather is great and perfect riding, but it won’t be for long. We hate rain on your parade, but you know that soon enough there will be a morning too wet or an evening too dark to ride. That’s when you’ll look to your trainer and be glad you got a CycleOps at Bicycle Therapy.
Known for their smoothness and dependability, CycleOps Trainers are some of the few things people ask for by name. We’ve got three models in stock to suit all needs and budgets, along with all the essential accessories. All the models – Fluid2, Magneto, and Mag – come with the RealRides RaceDayTraining DVD to help focus your workouts. Whether you’re buying your first trainer or you’ve already got one, you probably need a Trainer Mat to keep things quiet and in place, a Climbing Riser Block to change things up, and/or a Bike Thong to keep the bike clean and your phone and remote close at hand. Check out our selection after the jump and stop in, call, or email for more info.
The ritual is familiar to all of us: bottles are full, tires checked, computer reset, and now to get the essentials into your jersey pockets. Tubes and tools can take the elements, snacks are prepackaged, dollar bills are tough, and photo IDs and credit cards are plastic, but phones will perish if they get wet.
We never know when we’ll ride through a puddle or worse yet, get caught in a downpour. Usually a sandwich bag from the kitchen drawer will suffice, and it might get used for the next ride, but it’ll probably find its way into the trash.
Enter the JerseyBin: a resealable waterproof pouch designed to fit perfectly into your jersey pocket and so durable that you can use it for years of riding. They’re only $7 and they’re big enough to fit a smartphone in its case, an ID plus a card or two, and a few bills. Stop by shop, get yours, and save more than your phone.
It’s a new day, it’s a new dawn, and we’ve got new team kits coming in. There are some great new sponsors – Melitta Coffee, Bravo Building Services, Specialized – and now we’re working with Capo. The kits look amazing (check out the proofs below) and they feature the same upgraded chamois that we have in our 20th Anniversary kits.
We know the kits have been out of stock for a while, so we’ve got a deal for all you out there that have been patiently waiting. The full kits will go for $225, but if you pre-order the kit and put down a 50% deposit by 5:00pm on Friday the 7th, you’ll get the it for $200. It’s that easy. Place your order before the deadline and save $25. Check out the proofs after the jump and call, stop in, or email to place your order and/or ask any questions.
It’s funny how the little things in life can make or break a ride. A good cycling cap is one of those little things. A well-made, trusty, comfy cap can keep sun, rain, and perspiration out of your eyes, and most important, keep you looking good. There are many people out there, myself included, that are constantly searching for not just a good cap, but a great cap. Rothera Cycling makes a truly great cycling cap, and now you can get yours at Bicycle Therapy.
Hate to say it, but the cold and the wet are coming soon, so if you need a cap, come by and grab one. Rothera caps are all handmade in Philadelphia, reversible, and are made with technical (wicking, water-resistant, wind-proof) and/or wool fabrics. Check out some models and pricing after the jump.
There are no two items more important to carry on a ride than food and water. However, if you believe that preparation goes beyond survival we might suggest packing a pump and a tube, even if you are not skilled in flat tire repair it does not hurt to carry. Plenty of cyclists pride themselves on excellent etiquette and will slow their pace to check on a distressed rider on the side of the road. Having the correct inner tube and an inflation device can save you a long walk home in some very uncomfortable shoes. With that said we would like to make the following suggestions, you can call them the essentials:
- Specialized Air Tool Mini ($25) – This compact* offering from Specialized fits neatly into a jersey pocket, saddle bag, orcan be clamped next a water bottle cage. Available in two models for road and mountain bikes the sturdy aluminum pump is as reliable as it is sleek.
- Inner Tube ($7-10) – Patch kits are great, but can mean a lot of extra time spent off the bike in the middle of a ride. Fresh inner tubes don’t have an expiration date, so pack one under the seat and forget about it until it’s needed.
*Mechanic’s Tip: Small pumps are great because they’re light weight and pack away easily, but the short barrel does not provide much air per stroke. It is not uncommon to find oneself pumping up a flat tire for five or ten minutes. Not only is this an exhausting task, but as one becomes fatigued (and often frustrated) they will lose some grip on the pump head and tear the fragile Presta valve. This slip quickly negates all of your hard work, but it is simple to avoid. After locking the pump onto the valve place the back of the head against the corner of a curb. Now you can pump down, into the curb and the pressure with keep the whole assembly stable.
What is an embrocation? We’ll let the expert tell you:
“Embro is being ready for 130 miles, in April, 45°F, raining, but still loving the ride. It’s sprinting for the Provincetown line @ mile 140, against 7 of your best friends. It’s talking about your 7½ hour ride on the ferry back to Boston, dehydrated, but still sharing stories over a beer. Embro doesn’t hang the bike up in the winter. It simply lowers the tire pressure in the snow, puts on a wool base, and 2 pairs of shoe covers and rides. Embro is Portland in December, and New England in February. It’s rain, it’s snow, it’s mud and sometimes it’s even sunshine. It’s always about the experience. It’s about attacking on the hardest part of the course, or down that perfectly symmetrical, maple-tree ally. It’s about cobbles and cinder, new pavement and gaps. Embrocation will not make you faster. It won’t make up the difference between 4th and 40th, but it will most assuredly make you feel like a “better” cyclist, a more significant part of our community. Not everybody is ready to Embrocate, though everyone has Embro potential. We Embrocate for legs, we Embrocate for our experience, we Embrocate for the love of cycling.”
– Pete, Creator, Mad Alchemy (www.madalchemy.com) Read More »
How does the old engineering saying go? Comfortable, breathable, waterproof, pick any two? That rule no longer applies. Enter the Showers Pass Softshell Trainer, $200. Read More »
Cyclists who ride in the winter always have a handful of go-to, must-have accessories that will keep them warm and dry. These special things are like security blankets when you’re out on long, cold/wet rides. Our new favorite blankie has to be the N.A. Makes Wool Winter Cycling Cap, handmade in Philadelphia, $35. Read More »