We’re getting a whole heck of a lot of rain, which means the trails haven’t been open as much as we’d like but this is a great way to get your MTB stoke even when it’s too wet to play.
Video by Brendan Lauer.
Bike computers aren’t exciting. They don’t get to be exciting. They sit on your stem/handlebar and tick off the miles. You set them up with the tiniest zip ties in the world (try not to break one of these), diddle around with the settings and don’t think about it again until it stops working. Just all around a boring, frustrating endeavor.
CATEYE has long been a purveyor of sensible bicycling products and their Strada series of computers has long set the bar the rest of the industry. With it’s one button system, relatively easy set-up and large screen for it’s diminutive size, it was an unobtrusive joy to work with. So when they came out with the new ‘Slim’ version, it was with relatively little fanfare. In an age of GPS based cycle computers to release an update on an older wireless system seemed a little out of place, but I kid you not when I tell you this is the only bike computer I’ve ever loved. Let me tell you why :
1. Easy to set up. And when I say easy, like ‘Plug and Play’ easy. No more zip ties, we now have super easy to use rubber bands. No more ridiculous button combinations, just a few clicks and it’s set up. The sensor zone is well marked. Just everything is a dream to work with.
2. It’s way smaller. Like WAY smaller. Look at how small that is. But the display? Bigger. Nuts.
3. Everything you need to know and nothing you don’t. And as opposed to its newer, shinier GPS cousins, when you go under a tree it doesn’t spend five minutes figuring out where the heck you’ve gone.
Somehow, with all of the wizbang GPS units coming left and right, CATEYE stuck to what they know best and produced the most exciting thing to happen to bike computers in a long time. And bike computers aren’t exciting, but this time they get to be.
We love bike racing and when it shows up in our own backyard, we take notice. This Wednesday evening at 6:15 PM, some of the best will line up and rip up our cobbled and not-so-cobbled streets in Downtown St. Paul. We’re all about that. So this Wednesday at 5 PM, we’ll be lighting up our grill, pouring some drinks and handing out the good vibes. Come 6 PM, we’ll hop on our bicycles, ride down the hill and get ready to watch some racing.
If that sounds good to you, we’ll see you Wednesday evening.
Some of you have been asking about our Shop Kit and I’m pleased to announce that we’ve got our ducks in a row and will soon be accepting pre-orders for Omnium branded cycling kit. We’ve worked with the fine folks at Podiumwear before and did a small printing of these last year so we’re confident in the quality and the fit. If you didn’t know – Podiumwear is based right here in good ol’ Saint Paul, which just is the cherry on top of an altogether amazing group of individuals.
We’ll have a small selection in the Shop for purchase, but if you’d like to ensure you get the items you’re looking for the pre-order is the best way to go about it.
More info on how you can own your own Omnium Kit soon!
You can now Pre-Order the kit on the Podiumwear Team Storefront they’ve made for us. Just click on this link - https://www.podiumwear.com/team-storefront/omnium-bike-shop-kit/ and type in the password – Kitgoodness. Place your order and it will be sent to your front door! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here at the shop or give the good people of Podiumwear a ring. The store will only be open for a limited time, so act quickly to get the kit you’d like.
Pre Order is now CLOSED. Thanks for all the orders, people! You guys rock!
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.