Saturday, May 17, 2008

Gary Fisher HI-Fi Pro 29

Gary Fisher HI-Fi Pro 29. We only got a few in 17.5" and 19"

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Check this out! If you drive to work your car will get towed

Bike to Work WeekIt's time to bike to work again! At the Specialized Riders Club we are issuing a challenge to everyone to ride this week - Ride to Work; ride to the store; go out to dinner on your bike; go visit your friends in the evening; go to the symphony; where ever you go this week think first - could I take my bike instead of my car? Click on this link for more tips on how to ride more; more often and help cut down on carbon emissions at the same time.
May 15th - Bike to Work DayGet out of your car, saddle up and bike to work this Thursday, May 15th, for the Bay Area's official Bike to Work Day. At Specialized we will celebrate with a pancake breakfast for all employees that ride to the office, followed by our annual Share the Road Ride through downtown Morgan Hill to encourage safe riding and driving and goodwill between motorists and bicyclists. "It's a tradition at Specialized that on Bike to Work Day, there are no cars in our parking lot," says company President and Founder Mike Sinyard. "Any car that I see in the lot on Thursday morning will be towed for certain. The goal is 100% participation for the company to ride in." We're riding to work this week and want to hear from you about your rides too...

Friday, May 9, 2008

Commuting by bike

Commuting by Bike: A Free Ride to the Good Life

As the cost of gas takes an ever-bigger bite from household budgets, casual cyclists across the country are transforming from recreational riders to full-blown commuters. Not only do bike commuters save money at the gas pump, they save on medical bills, too. A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control ranked bicycling as one of the best ways to reduce the risk of sedentary-related diseases like diabetes, heart conditions and some cancers. In fact, according to Bicycling Magazine , most new commuters can expect to lose 13 pounds during their first year of riding. And the benefits don't stop there. While commuting by car is a notorious stressor for millions of people, riding a bike actually reduces stress and related conditions like anxiety and depression.
Yet for every cyclist enjoying the benefits of commuting, there are ten would-be riders who need encouragement and advice. Your local shop can provide an invaluable resource for customers who want to trace a safe route to work, get advice about gear and equipment, and make informed choices about what to wear.

Getting started

For most cyclists, spring and summer riding means minimal—if any—layers. Still, frequent commuters need to be prepared for extremes in weather, especially in the spring. A brisk morning commute might require a base layer, arm warmers and a windbreaker, while the ride home calls for nothing more than shorts and a t-shirt. Though clothing choices are largely a matter of preference and style, a lightweight rain jacket is a handy item that should be tucked away in the corner of every bag or pack. Many experienced commuters prefer baggy shorts and loose-fitting jerseys instead of body-hugging performance clothing.


Apart from a bike, a helmet is the single most important piece of equipment any cyclist owns. Even though bicycling is one of the safest forms of transportation, head injuries account for 75 percent of the nation’s 750 annual bike-related deaths. Yet wearing a properly fitted helmet can prevent 85 percent of head injuries. The Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute advises riders to only use helmets certified by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Helmets come in a wide range of styles from sedate urban commuter models to colorful aero-streamed racers.


With their aura of urban chic, messenger bags are very popular. Designed with a single strap to provide couriers lightning-fast access to parcels and packages, they are built for carrying light loads short distances. Cyclists bearing heavier loads on longer rides might want to consider other options, especially if prone to back or neck problems. For overall utility and convenience, nothing beats a backpack. When properly loaded, they are well balanced and easy to carry. Those planning to carry heavier loads should consider packs with sternum and waist straps. These help distribute weight more evenly across the chest and back.

Rack Packs and Panniers

Of course, when carrying a back pack even a mild ride in the heat will leave a big sweat stain on clothing. For riders who don’t want the added heat or inconvenience of wet clothes, bike-mounted options like rack packs or panniers offer another solution. Rack packs are great for getting weight off a rider’s back or toting extra items like rain gear, a sweat shirt, tire-repair tools, etc. Some models come with insulated hard-shell interiors, making it easy to keep perishable food items cool with a couple ice packs. Staples for bike touring and camping, panniers are built for cyclists who need to carry heavy loads. While most commuters try to travel lighter, some circumstances demand carrying more stuff. Panniers offer plenty of cargo capacity and can easily accommodate items like laptop computers and other equipment. As with all packs, riders should take care to balance loads in panniers and not exceed the carrying capacity of their bike rack. Failure to do so can make the bike dangerously unstable and difficult to handle.


As the days lengthen through spring and summer, lighting becomes less critical for riders. Still, it is important to maintain high visibility, especially when riding at dawn, dusk or in foul weather. A small headlight and blinking rear reflector light should be standard issue for all commuters. Helmet-mounted units provide an added level of visibility. In fact some helmets come equipped with built-in blinkers. Lightweight LED systems make bikes highly visible to motorists without bogging riders down with heavy batteries. Garments with reflective patches and stripes also effectively get the attention of motorists.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Gary Fisher Super Fly

We have two more Gary Fisher Super Flys in stock. 17.5" and a 19"