Beginner Cyclocross Clinic

The Bike Lane Presents:

Join us for an evening to learn the ropes of cross racing

Join us for an evening to learn the ropes of cross racing

Intro to Cyclocross Clinic

FREE

Sept. 2

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Lake Fairfax Park

Reston, VA 

Are you ‘Cross curious? Thinking about giving cyclocross a go this fall? Wondering what all of the buzz is about? Come out to our free ‘Cross clinic to learn the basic skills and tips that will get you up to speed. This is a clinic for riders who know their way around a road or mountain bike, but are true beginners to cyclocross. This clinic isn’t for ‘Cross racers hoping to take their skills to the next level. Our instructors will focus on helping you take the first steps toward grasping the skills that are unique to cyclocross. We will have multiple instructors to ensure that everyone can get some individual help, as needed. The clinic will cover: dismounting; remounting; clearing barriers; shouldering the bike; tackling hills; navigating off-camber sections; tips on equipment and more. 

 

 

Please bring:

–A cyclocross bike or a mountain bike (preferably one without full suspension). If possible, remove any bottle cages before you arrive (we’ll help if you can’t).

–Off-road shoes with cleats and clipless pedals

–Fitted cycling gear (nothing baggy).

–Your helmet (just in case)

–Gloves (preferably long-finger ones) 

The clinic is free, but space is limited, so RSVP to adam@thebikelane.com

Got more questions? Call 703-689-2671 or email Adam at adam@thebikelane.com 

Rain date will be Sept. 9 

For directions to the park, check: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/lakefairfax/lkffxdirections.htm 

Once you reach the park, take the main road to the “T” intersection, turn right and park in the lot. The clinic will be held at the base of the dam on the opposite side of the spillway. Look for the yellow Bike Lane tent.

Trek World

Adam, Todd, and Anne went to Madison Wi last week to check out the latest products from Trek and Gary Fisher.  Trek’s HQ is in Waterloo, about 30 minutes from Madison.  Our first day, we enjoyed riding some sweet trails that Trek has built right next to HQ. 

This is where they ride their prototypes and demo new ideas.  It is pretty amazing.  Todd and I have been going to Trek World for about 5 years.  The first couple of years there were no trails- or at least they weren’t open to us.  However, over the last 3 years the trails have grown and we can tell that it is having an affect on the quality and performace of the bikes that Trek is producing.  Trek and Fisher mountain bikes have become increasingly more technological and performance oriented.  The ride quality over the last two years has improved significantly.  And well, this year they seem to have it right! 
 
The Gary Fisher 29er Superfly is an amazing bike- not only does it go REALLY fast but it is light and agile- especially for a 29er.  The new Top Fuel is unbelievable!  Fast, nimble, and exceptionally light!  (I have the WSD version so I am a little biased- but only because this bike flies). 

We were also privy to ride the new e- bikes.  These are bikes with electrical assist.  Yes, you still have to work but you can set the bike to match your pedaling power by 20, 50, 100 and 200%!  That’s cool!  While you can’t hear any motor or feel it running- you can tell when you start to pedal that you have little more get up and go.  This bike is going to be the perfect long distance commuter bike.  The e- bike  will also be great for the person who doesn’t want to sweat on the way to work but for the ride homes turns the power off and gets a work out in. 

We were also very impressed with the new Madone 6 series.  If you have not seen the Project One stuff – you need to check it out!   Not only can you spec your bike how you want but you can color coordinate just about everything on the bike!  Endless options!

Wilderness in Washington Escapes and Adventures

Our very enthusiastic teammate,  Scott Scudamore was featured on the Kojo Nnamdi show on WAMU 88.5 last week talking about mountain bike trails around the region.

We’ve entered the dog days of summer, and we’re on the lookout for excellent excursions to escape the urban / suburban grind. Kojo takes to the water and the trails to explore kayaking on the Patuxent River, mountain biking at Fort Dupont, and other hidden and not-so-hidden gems in our region.
Guests
Candy Thomson, Reporter, The Baltimore Sun
Sunny Pitcher, President, Potomac Paddle Sports
Scott Scudamore, Trail Boss, Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE); Member, International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Regional Leadership Council
Eric Gilliland, Executive Director, Washington Area Bicyclist Association
Listen to Audio
http://tinyurl.com/scudamore

Ride and Shine

Great props in the article in the Reston Connection on TBL’s Saturday morning rides!  The article focused on our Reston shop ride that leaves at 9:00 am in front of the shop every Saturday morning.  We also have a ride out of our Burke shop at 8:00 am on Saturday.  Here are the ride descriptions:

Burke Shop Ride: 8:00 A.M.

Join Kristopher for a wonderful ride through the neighborhoods of Burke and down Route 123 into Occoquan Park.  It is a 30 mile ride great for beginner riders and experienced riders alike.  Currently there is only one group riding at around a “B” pace ride at 17 mph average.  Try to arrive a few minutes earlier so we can leave as close to on time as possible.

Reston Shop Ride: 9:00 a.m.

The ride at Reston is 28 miles and winds through neighborhoods around the Town Center.  Filled will fun descents, climbs and rolling roads. Join us for a “B” pace ride, 17/18mph, make sure that you are comfortable riding in traffic.  Plan on arriving a few minutes earlier so we can leave as close to on time as possible. 

 All are welcome to both rides and we stress a no drop policy.  Please let us know if you have any questions about either ride or if you would no longer like to receive our emails.

Ride and Shine
Local bike shop sponsors Saturday morning rides for Reston residents.

By Christian Eubank, The Connection
Wednesday, August 05, 2009

As people are just beginning to wander into the Town Center, Reston’s bikers open their weekends with an early morning ride through town.

Every Saturday morning at 9 a.m., bikers meet outside The Bike Lane shop before heading out on their weekly ride, assistant manager Tony Hernandez said. The rides are sponsored year-round, even during winter, and are only cancelled for inclement weather. The Bike Lane has been organizing the 30-mile rides in the Reston area since it opened in the Town Center a year ago. The Bike Lane’s sister store in Burke has sponsored a similar program for nine years.

The group of 25-30 riders that typically meet comprises a mix of customers, Bike Lane employees and members of the store’s bike team. The rides are “no-drop,” which means that bikers of all experience levels will be able to ride at their own pace until they finish the course.

“Unfortunately, there are a lot of group rides that push the pace and aren’t as good for beginners,” Hernandez said, noting that inexperienced bikers tend to wait a few weeks before trying to join the morning rides. However, Hernandez said that interested riders only need a bicycle to participate. “You can buy a bike tomorrow and show up the following day to ride.”

More experienced bikers can compete as part of The Bike Lane’s team, which mostly consists of serious customers.

The Bike Lane builds bikes for children, collaborates with charities such as Toys for Tots and sponsors bike races, Hernandez said.

One popular local race is the Reston Town Center Grand Prix, which took place for the eighth time on June 28. The Reston Bike Lane and Evolution Cycling both sponsored the Sunday event. Six streets in Reston were blocked as 376 racers competed in the seven events throughout the day.

Besides fostering the spirit of competition, the races raised money in collaboration with the nonprofits Raisin Hope, which aids people with brain injuries, and Wounded Warriors, which supports soldiers with combat injuries.

Interested bikers who want to participate in the Saturday morning races can contact The Bike Lane at 703-689-2671.

Trek Ultimate Ride DR 2010 mountain bike product launch

 

Great article from Dirt Rag- those guys have it good! 
Keep an eye out for TBL’s visit to Trek World next week.  While we won’t be going to Austria, we will be heading to Madison, WI to check out all of the cool new 2010 bikes we keep hearing about.

Trek Ultimate Ride (2010 mountain bike product launch)

Posted: August 2nd, 2009 by Lockwood

Product photos by Sterling Lorence and action photos by Geoff Waugh

 

Top Fuel

It’s no secret that this bike has been very successful for Trek, and mountain bike product manager John Riley came right out and said internal discussions centered around the phrase, “How are we going to top that?” The updates for 2010 aren’t huge, but I wouldn’t say they’re incremental, either. The Top Fuel now sports a no-cut seat mast that reduces some weight, and a new carbon molding process has allowed Trek to beef-up some stress points on the frame and allows for drop-in bearings. And speaking of beef, a new EVO magnesium link is said to almost doubles axle to axle stiffness. The Active Braking Pivot is also extended through the whole product line.

Fuel EX

The Fuel EX comes in two flavors: carbon and aluminum. Trek is dubbing the EX Carbon as “The Ultimate Trail Bike.” Trek has worked with Fox to develop the exclusive Dual Rate Control Valve rear shock (DRCV), which is said to allow the bike to take the big hits while still maintaining pedaling efficiency thanks to a “position sensitive valve that opens the passageway to the secondary air chamber at 50% of shock travel.” The 2010 version of this bike is lighter than its 2009 brethren, yet sports a 4% increase in stiffness. keep on reading here via Dirt Rag Magazine Blog » Blog Archive » Trek Ultimate Ride (2010 mountain bike product launch).