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.
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.
Our 2nd Seven Cycles bike is out the door, and boy is it a doozy. Welcome to the wonderful world of Carbon/Ti mixes. Seven threw everything they had at the 622 SLX, using the best of both their areas of expertise and creating something greater than the sum of it’s parts. Titanium lugs add strength, ride quality and just a hint of nostalgia to an otherwise space-age frame set. The carbon tubes are crafted individually to provide the right amount of flexibility and stiffness depending on where they connect. Combined, they create something completely new – a ride quality that stands separate from any Titanium or Carbon frame on the market.
So of course we had to do it right. With Zipp Firecrest 404’s holding it up and brand-new SRAM Red22 11-speed gruppo providing the drivetrain it’s a speed demon. Chris King headset (naturally), and some Wet White Ritchey WCS components to continue the white lugs outside of the double-diamond shape.
All in all, a truly great bike. Russell came to us looking to make his dreams come true, and with Seven we were able to nail them down and make them a reality. I can’t wait to see where he goes with it. Thanks for coming by Russell and enjoy!
We’re coming up quick on our Year-End-Party and Auction! As is customary, we’ll be spending this week on our Blog and Social Medias giving you hints and sneak previews into what will be up on the auction block!
Today is all about a new feature of the Party – our Deals Table! Sometimes it’s difficult to get to the front and bid on your favorite items, or maybe you’re just looking for a super sweet deal without any hassle. Never fear, fair Party-Goers, for Omnium has you covered. At this year’s Party and Auction there will be a ‘Sweet Deal’ table where all manner of gear, accessories, parts and tomfoolery will be for sale at deeply discounted prices.
On that table will be a number of Craft Logo Jerseys and Craft Performance Packable Jackets as modeled above by our own Derek V. The Logo Jerseys are regularly $79.99 but on this day they’ll be sold for only $20 a piece! They’re a great looking, bright jersey with four pockets (including one zippered one). The Performance Packable Jackets are regularly $99.99, but we’ll have them out in all their wonderful windproof glory for a paltry sum of $25!
And if you suddenly decide you need both, how does only $40 for the pair sound?
Sounds pretty great to me.
Both of these are only for in-stock product and once we’re out – we’re out! Get here early for food, drink and first pick of the ‘Sweet Deal’s!
Be sure to RSVP on our Facebook page if you haven’t already! See you Saturday Night!
What goes better with bikes, than beer? Maybe friends, and definitely the riding of bikes – so let’s mash them all together in one wonderful weekly event. It’s the craziest time of year, and generally the one that lacks the most bike centric fun, so we’re going to fix that. Friday nights, from December 13th through the end of January we’re going to have Beer Tasting set up at the shop. Meet here at 7 PM, admission is free but please bring a beer or two to share. There will be a different host each week with a different theme to try. Afterwards we’ll ride some bikes and just generally hang out. Sound like fun?
We thought so.
Join us, Friday December 13th for the inaugural event. Mr. Dennis from previous post fame will be presenting an interesting take on Porters V. Stouts. He’s a wise in these matters, so it’ll definitely be interesting.
See you there.
– Your Friendly, Neighborhood Bike (and Beer) Geeks
If you’ve been paying attention to our industry lately, you’ve seen the meteoric rise of the Fatbike. Pioneered by a few, then made commercially viable by Surly Bikes, the Fatbike was built for Minnesotan Winters. Where other bikes falter, the Fatbike rises above, gracefully floating over snow, sand or any other particularly loose material. This is a bike that will turn a typically boring season spent on a trainer to it’s own brand of racing, riding and generally debauchery. All this said, it’s pretty easy to understand our excitement when Norco announced that they were stepping a foot into the ring.
The Norco Bigfoot is a great example of what a company can do when it takes the time to pay attention to a trend, learn from other’s mistakes and goes all in. It’s an Aluminum Frame, based on their popular 29” and 27.5” platform the Charger. This keeps weight down, but more importantly, makes it a little more nimble than it’s competitors. A 2×9 Shimano drivetrain keeps thing’s spinning, and keeps the large 4” tires moving forward.
And the best part? All this for $1,399.
We’re getting a limited amount this December, but have two in stock right now. If you’re interested – swing on by and take it for a spin, they’re a ton of fun. The tracks already laid down in the shop is a testament to that.
Another photo and a great video below the cut –
2013 brought a lot of fun from the guys over at CINELLI, but I would venture to say that 2014 will be a year to remember. Another great Track collaboration with the dudes at MASH SF along with the brand new touring/commuting/adventuring bike, the Hobo, keeps our attention firmly in their grasp. We can’t wait to show you what we’re bringing in to represent that lovely winged ‘C’.
In the meantime, enjoy these photos from Interbike. We’ll keep you posted on when you can expect a more ‘in the flesh’ appearance at Omnium early this next Spring.
Of all the products that impressed us at Interbike, it was a product we had already decided to carry that impressed us the most. Rolf Prima Wheel Systems, a pioneer of the paired spoke system, has quietly been making some of the best wheels available in the country for the past 15 Years. With their Patented Paired-Spoke lacing technique and a variety of other proprietary technologies, their wheels are sure to be a welcome upgrade to anyone’s bike – be it MTB, Road or Tri.
One of the most exciting features is their partnership with White Industries. Known for their high quality, Made-In-The-USA products, White Industries makes one heck of a hubset. Rolf worked with White to design all of their hubs and make most of the hubs used on their wheels. Rolf is also moving to make their rims in-house as well (see more here).
Along with stocking Rolf Wheels at the shop, they’ve also partnered up with us to provide Neutral Wheel Support at all the Minnesota Cyclocross Races we’re at! If you thrash your wheels and we’re in the pit, stop on by and get back in the game. Be sure to stop on by anyways this weekend and give them a look! We’ll have them lined up outside our Tent.
We’ll have more info on products from Interbike just as soon as I get my photos organized. Be sure to watch our Blog and Facebook page for more.
As Cyclocross Season draws neigh, some of you lack proper footwear. Your friends at Giro expected this, and created a lovely line of shoes for training, racing and just generally enjoying your Cyclocross Bicycle. But after they created these magnificent shoes, they saw something was missing. A shoe for the cycling connoisseurs. A shoe for the fashionista within. A shoe for your uncle that goes “hunting” for two weeks every year, but comes back smelling heavily of embrocation and suspiciously lacks any trophies.
Enter the Giro Empire MTB LE.
Did we mention it comes in Camo? Camo with orange laces and lugs. It’s a work of art.
We have three pairs left. Numbers 184, 237 and 317 of 400 Total Pairs made. The last three pairs left in Minnesota. Crazy awesome.
The sizes left are : 44, 44.5 and 45. MSRP on these bad boys is $274.99.
If you’re interested, come on in and try a pair on today!