We’re turning 4. You may know 4 from such movies as ‘After 3′ and ‘Before 5′. In light of this momentous occasion, we’re going to throw a BBQ. For those of you who just fell off the turnip truck, we do this sort of thing a lot (see previous post).
The Details //
10 AM till 8 PM
Here at the Shop. Also in the mysterious Parking Lot.
Ride Bikes. Talk Bikes. Hang out around Bikes.
Special Flat Fix demonstration by this guy.*
Come hang out with us at the Shop and enjoy free food, free drinks and free high fives.
Food from our Grill. Drinks from soda cans and Lucid Brewing. High Fives from our expert staff.
Sounds like an alright Saturday to me.
See you there.
Your Bike Dudes,
Omnium Bike Shop
*Probably erring on the side of definitely not going to happen
It’s April, and we know what’s on your mind – Bikes N Brews. We here at Omnium Bike Shop have partnered up with those dudes at Lucid Brewing to make their yearly release of Silo Saison something special! We’re going to load up a keg of their finest and bike it from their brewery all the way to the heart of Saint Paul, Cathedral Hill. There, we’ll have a little shindig to celebrate a great ride and welcome Spring*!
Meet at 10:30am and leave from Lucid Brewing at 11:00am sharp. Let us know if you will be joining us!
Meet some Lucid Racing team members and help tow the first keg of Silo to Omnium Bike Shop in honor of Spring and 30 Days of Biking
Enjoy refreshments on us at the shop, join the Lucid team in some #30DaysofBiking and help us kick of spring and another great year!
*Spring may or may not be present for the ride. A weird and awkward Winter might take it’s place.
There it is – five words that bring us together. Whatever you ride, whenever you ride and for any reason you can imagine – it’s just about getting on the bike and having a good time. #30DaysOfBiking started right here in good ol’ MN and it makes sense that it came from a place that has adopted cycling as thoroughly as we have. Here, it’s not a big deal to hop on your bike and ride down to your neighborhood DQ or one of our (many) lakes for a swim. We’re excited to have this ‘holiday’ to celebrate our daily rides and share them with others.
So when Patrick Stephenson (Cyclist, Writer and one of the founders of #30DOB) puts out the call for sponsors to help make this the best April yet, we were completely on board. All this month we’ll be putting on rides, events and offering a few deals to help ya’ll make this #30DOB the best yet.
If you’re not entirely sure what I’m talking about and want to hop on the joy train, you can pledge here. It’s really simple. Make the pledge. Ride your bike every day in April. Share it with others.
And if you are signed up, we hope to see you at the Kickoff Ride this Sunday, March 30th!
If you follow this blog with any sort of regularity, you’ve probably figured out we’re fans of Velodrome Racing (AKA – #TRACKNIGHT). So when State Bicycle Co. came out with the Undefeated last year, we were a little more than excited. A great Track Bike doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to take you from Cat 5 all the way to the top, but there are a few things that you need to get right.
For instance : The Crank. A 144BCD crankset is necessary and the SRAM Omnium is what a lot of Track Cranks aspire to and they come standard. The Frame should be stiff but still relatively light and the 7000 Series Alloy State’s sourced for this guy does the trick. The Carbon fork keeps the front end nice and still as you’re whipping around those banked turns at 30+ MPH. All in all, it’s got everything you need to start out in style. You’d be hard pressed to find a bike this well equipped for the Track at only $1,099, but that’s all State’s asking for this one.
If you’re signed up for the Intro to Track Racing class and want to show up correct, this might be a good place to start.
Every year we make a pilgrimage to a place that we get a ridiculous amount of our daily wares from. The fine folks at Quality Bicycle Products do so much good for our local cycling community it’d be difficult to cover it in one blog post. Frostbike is their annual show in which they get to bring together all of the parts that make QBP and invite dealers to come say howdy.
It was a show full of old friends, new friends and all sorts of goodies to touch, weigh, ride and photograph. If you’re looking for the full set of photos you can find them here. And swing on by to chat to Aaron about all the cool new things coming our way this year!
Get out there while the gettin’ is good. Winter won’t be here forever, and there’s some fine snow that needs shredding. So we’re here to help you out. We have a few of our KHS 4 Season 3000′s just waiting for a good home, and until they’re out our door we have them going for the low price of $1,200.
Summer can’t get here soon enough. A bike, a road, a pack and a map is all you need. Maybe a couple Pearson’s Salted Nut Rolls to make sure you keep your energy levels up.
Consider this your Bike Camping Stoke, I found it on one of my favorite Blogs to peruse when I get tired of our colder temps – Blue Lug. A shop based over in Japan, these guys do some insane customization stuff with Surly Bikes (among others). Plus – if you’re looking for the newest MUSA (Made in USA) product, chances are they’ll put it up before any other shop in the States.
And if there large archive isn’t enough to keep you sated, welcome to the wonderful world of Circles.jp. Super stoked, always happy dudes that make some of the raddest bikes around. Pro Tip : Google Translate – it takes it right to 11.
Don’t let Old Man Winter get you down. We’ll have Sun and Bike Rides soon enough.
Fatbike singletrack?? WHAT
Unrelated : If you need us, we’ll be in the back making berms and ramps.
Gloves can make or break a ride. A lot of cyclists focus extensively on jackets, base-layers, shoes, shoe covers, etc… but fail to consider their fingers when it comes to bad weather riding. And if you can’t feel your fingers (or worse, when you can’t move them) riding a bike is going to put you in some hairy situations. That said – here’s our handy Bad Weather Glove Guide to keep you on your bike even in the cold and wet conditions that are fast approaching. Our 5th and final installment covers the Craft Thermal Split-Finger Glove.
Enjoy the full review after the break -
We are definitely in the thick of it. Winter is here to stay, and if you’ve been paying attention to the news, you’ve probably seen a few numbers that may have startled you. This is to say, it’s cold. And with all this cold and snow, what is a poor cyclist to do?
My mom raised me to make the best of the worst, and what’s the best way to spin a Minnesota Winter on its head? Fat bikes.
The Norco Bigfoot has been a great success for us and for the few that we were able to get, but it wasn’t enough to satisfy our need. Thankfully, KHS took up the call and brought us the new 4 Season lineup. Starting with the 3000, the 4 Season brings Fatbiking to the masses. Its Alloy Frame with Steel Fork allows you to do pretty much anything you’d like with it. Vee Rubber Mission tires provide the float (the same tires as on the Norco Bigfoot). Avid BB7 MTN Disc Brakes providing the stopping power and a SRAM drivetrain keeps you going forward. All in all, a pretty darn well equipped bike for only $1,799.
Come on in and try one today! Just wear warm clothes. Because if you come in the shop with cut-off jean shorts and ask to ride this when it’s -23 F, that’s not going to happen.