When the Bigfoot first hit the shop two years ago, we were floored. Up until that point, decent Fat Bikes were in the realm of 2K, with a few dipping into the 1K+ market. Then Norco talked with us that year at Interbike and said ‘We think we can make a pretty great Fatbike, but it’d be under 1,000 USD – do you think it would sell?’
Needless to say, we said yes.
We’ve always sold out of these and so the name is pretty appropriate. It only took two weeks to blow through our original supply when it debuted and last year it took a bit longer – but still more demand than supply. We’re sure that this year will be no different, so be sure to come into the shop and take advantage of #BigfootSeason while it lasts.
It’s no secret that we dig on Cyclocross. With July in full swing and August just around the corner, the first race of the season is almost upon us. But Cyclocross isn’t just one season – it’s year round. It’s the dirt paths connecting trails. The River Bottoms. The freedom to jump off of any curb without fear of retribution. It’s a lifestyle.
There’s a few folks who’ve come into our shop looking for a way to dip their toes in the River Cross – but for most it can be daunting. $1,500 or $2,000 on a bike they might not even like (that’s silly, of course they will, it’s a bike – but you get the picture).
Enter the State Bicycle Co. Thunderbird. For only $999, you can jump right in and open up a whole new world of fun. Alloy frame, carbon fork, Avid disc brakes – I mean, it’s got it all. It’s the type of bike you jump on, fall in love with and then pay for hoping the sales person doesn’t check the price. But no! It’s not too good to be true! It exists! And you aren’t getting away with it because we already know!
We’ve got a 55CM in the shop but we’ll have more soon. Because, how could you not?
(Did we mention you can put studded tires on this and rock some Winter too? OH YEAH BECAUSE YOU TOTALLY CAN)
It’s no secret that we love our Velodrome. We sell track bikes, race track bikes and just all around dig the culture that exists up in Blaine, MN. It was with a heavy heart that we learned last year our Velodrome was in rough shape and may have already seen it’s last race.
So you can imagine our joy when we walked onto that lovely grass infield this past Thursday evening. Our Velodrome is back and better than ever, thanks to the efforts of a few local folks who raised the funds to keep it going. We always invite our customers up to see a Thursday Night Lights, but now we must insist – it’s too special a thing to miss.
We hope to see you up there this season.
It’s the time of the year to break out the short sleeves and pack away the jackets. We’re working with Podiumwear once again to open up a pre-order for our very own Shop Kit. They make one heck of a product, and we’re stoked to offer it to our good friends and clients.
If you’re interested, the preorder is now open. We’ll also have a small selection at the shop, but if you absolutely need X/Y/Z, probably the pre-order is the way to go.
PREORDER URL : https://www.podiumwear.com/team-storefront/shop-kit-2015/
PREORDER PASSWORD : omnium2015
Pre-order closes May 5th at Midnight!
It was last August somewhere in Iowa when I got the email from Norco. I wasn’t sure what it held, but when I opened the file and saw the renderings of the newly announced 2015 lineup, I immediately focused in on the Tactic SL. Bright, fast and aggressive – I knew this was going to be one heck of a rocket ship.
Fast forward to this past week and finally seeing the Tactic SL built up for a good friend of the shop. We knew we had to share it with ya’ll.
We’re ridiculously excited to see Denise destroy the competition this year with her new steed, but until then we’re happy enough to stare at these photos.
For more, head to our Facebook Page.
You may remember Norco from Bigfoot and Bigfoot : The Bigfootening – but they do more than just mythical woodland creatures. They produce a heck of a road line as well, with options for any and all who prefer the small hum of the pavement over the rocky alcoves and drop-offs of the off road world.
Broken down between the three you have –
The Tactic : Aggressive. Fast. Nimble. Leave them in your dust, come back around and do it all again. We stock the Tactic Rival for the pragmatic racer in us all.
The Valence : Go far and look good doing it. Who says good carbon has to break the bank? We stock the Valence Tiagra for those who yearn to go the distance.
The Search : Where we’re going, we don’t need roads. Or really anything. Ask us if the Search is right for you.
So come on in and try out some of the new faces of Norco 2015. You’ll be glad you did, and we’ll be happy to have the company.
We were stoked when Twin Six, local cycling clothier, invited us to promote one of the #TNCX evenings we jumped at the idea. Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine that big of a party.
Thanks for coming out and making it a great time. We love ya.
You can see some more awesome shots on our Facebook Page.
[Photos courtesy of Erik Bahr, who’s a super cool dude]
We’ll have a lot more about what’s in store for 2015 from our favorite brands, but in the meantime enjoy this teaser gallery on the Facebooks – Here.
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.
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!