The Bicyclical – February 2013


Since winter appears to have arrived and this note is from a bike shop, I wouldn’t expect it to be terribly long.

Thanks to everyone who came to our birthday celebration. Great to see you. To those of you who couldn’t’ make it, I wish you had. There was just too much cake, and I feel as though I ate all of the excess. Ugh.

I don’t wish to belabor the point, but our Half Price Overhaul Special ends Thursday. If your bike needs a fair amount of service, please don’t miss the good deal. If your bike needs a less intense level of care and feeding, I’d still encourage you to bring your machine in while the weather is inhospitable. I really, seriously don’t want you to miss the excellent riding weather we’re sure to have in 2013.

Speaking of this splendid still-new year, there are events that I’d like to bring to your attention. The first is this weekend. Cyclocross Worlds (as in World Championships) are in Louisville, KY this Saturday and Sunday. This is a very exciting development for cyclocross in our country. Tickets are on sale and hotel rooms are still available. Check it out here.

Next up is Custer’s Last Stand, the XTERRA at Ft. Custer on May 19th. In case you don’t know, XTERRA is off-road triathlon/duathlon, and this local event is great. Two words come to mind when I think about this race: Low Key. Yes, folks race hard, but it is 100% welcoming to the beginner. The swim is in a clear lake. The bike course is a combination of red and blue trails. The run is mostly on the green trail. We’re very fortunate to have an event like this in our area, and I’d encourage you to consider participating, spectating or volunteering. Loads of fun. More info here.

The last thing I’d like to mention occurs the week prior to the XTERRA, Kalamazoo Bike Week. With regard to this event: I’d like your help. I’d be very interested to know what we — Pedal in particular and Kalamazoo Bike Week in general — can do during this time. What would *you* like to see? What events? What support? I have a couple of ideas, but I’d sure be interested in yours. Call or drop me a line. Note: the right people are aware that the Bike Week site contains outdated information, and they’re on the case.

Seen our updated web site?

Believe it or not, that wraps it up for this month. We’re hunkered down overhauling bikes and thinking of an early Spring. As always, thanks a ton for your patronage and support. I’m always open to comments and suggestions.

Hope to see you soon,

Tim, Ryan, Jordan, Dave, Brittany and Jim