Trail Demo with Specialized!

We’re really excited about the new Stumpjumper and Epic Evo here at the shop these days! And, we’re even more stoked to be able to share some ride time on these new bikes with you all! We have a Trail Demo Day planned for Saturday, November 10 at Illiniwek (with a backup plan of Sylvan Island if the weather is uncooperative). Come out and throw down on one of these new machines! I bet you won’t be disappointed! We’ll post some more updates as the event gets closer, like what time the bikes will be there, so check back from time to time!

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Gravel’N & Grill’N 3

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The time is here for our annual Labor Day Ride Gravel’N & Grill’N! Join us on Monday, September 3 for your choice of a 50mi gravel race, a 30mi gravel ride, or a 21 mile social cruise with some beverage stops.

 

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You can get some details over at our Facebook page, and let us know if you’re planning to come out or not:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1846041828810682/

We will have three events this year.
1) 50 mile “Gentlepersons Race” No entry fee, no prizes possibly bragging rights. It’s on you to ride the gravel any time possible.
Starts 9:00 AM
2) 30 mile option: Different route, same fun.
Starts 10:00 AM
3) 21 mile Social Ride, Probably more fun than you should have on a bike. Usually the big turn-out. 2 stops for whatever you desire and back to the park!
Starts 9:30 AM

We’ll supply the routes and burgers and brats; you bring the fun, a side-dish or snack, and your beverage of choice!

There will be one more update with the shelter we’ll be shooting for over at Crow Creek Park, but it’s safe to say that if you see a lot of bikes, that’s where we are.

See you on Monday!

 

Grinding out the last gravel ride

According to the Beaufort Wind Scale, a moderate gale force wind is 32-38 mph. Last night, our gravel crew gave Mother Nature the finger. With sustained winds out of the northwest at 25 mph, gusting to 37, the final “official” Thursday night gravel ride was gutted out by a larger-than-normal, jovial crew.

Those smiles, though? Yeah. They didn’t last long. (Except for Dan, who hooted and hollered at all the suffering.)

Heading north toward the gravels between Bettendorf, Davenport and Eldridge, we immediately lost our lone fat biker who at Mile 2 sensibly opted out and turned around, returning to their vehicle. The remaining 13 attempted to remain together, but that wily wind quickly dismissed the “group effort.” It was every man for him (or her) self. Reassembling at every stop sign, the riders at the front pushed a solid pace while those in the back hung on in silence, their mashing summoning the gods for the strength to endure.

Though the wind failed to thwart the riders, the lure of Van’s $5 personal pan pizzas and giant slices nearly got ’em. Fortunately everyone was able to put on their beer jacket and ride home after 26 oz. $3 drafts.

This is the only evidence that remains. (Well, this and some Strava achievements. (Mostly Jen stealing KOM’s with that tailwind.))

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Fatties at Five part Deux

Just like a rainy afternoon in France, Fatties at Five part Deux was a misty, cold ride made cheery by the hearty group of fat tire enthusiasts who ignored the chill and chose a few hours of outdoor, fattie fun over the warmth of a blanket and the couch!

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Our second time leading a fat bike “parade” of sorts, we enjoyed a mix of seasoned fat bike riders, relative newbies and one first-timer who demo’ed the shop’s Salsa Blackborow. Though no candy was thrown, we did meet a couple individuals on the bike path who appeared amused by the thrumming of our approaching tires and hearty “Hellos!”

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Repeating last year’s ride to The Bike Rack on the corner of Brady and George Washington, riders dried off and drank up, sharing vacation stories, recent bike race experiences, upcoming work on Silvan Island and dreaming of the upcoming stomp season on Credit Island. Sadly, we were unable to convince our fearless leader to regale us with song.

Like all good things, we eventually packed up and rode out, racing back to the shop in the dark, our bike lights illuminating the way. While everyone was happy to have gotten out, I think we can all agree — the 2018 Fatties at Five needs to come sooner!!!

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Stayed tuned for future fat tire events include QC Forc’s Global Fat Bike Day!