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Correct Race Number Installation

August 13th, 2014

Good Application.


It seems easy enough, but many bike racers commit race number errors on a regular basis. They bubble, flap, and are badly positioned. Here is a quick how-to to secure your number for stability, aerodynamics, and visibility.

Note: this lesson applies to traditional Tyvek-style pin-on numbers. Not the fancy Euro pro adhesive


Placement is essential for visibility for officials and photographers. It ensures your identity and results accuracy. Place your number so that the bottom edge of the number hits the middle of your jersey’s side panel, aligned with your armpit. It’s “right-reading” from the side.

Pinning the Number

  • Pin your number while your jersey is off of your body. Don’t count on friends or other racers to do this favor.
  • Use about one pin per inch of surface. This could be as many as nine. More pins keeps the number flat and avoids catching the wind. The one pictured is sort of overkill, but effective.
  • Don’t use the corner holes. Don’t!
  • Pin in the center as well as the perimeter. Start on either side of the corners and pin one per inch around the perimeter.

  • Double pin. This means pin through number and jersey, then come back up through the number and jersey again and lock the safety pin.
  • Don’t crumple your number. Officials don’t like it. If you pinned correctly and generously, the number should stay flat.

Shimano Sport Camera

August 6th, 2014

Shimano’s much anticipated Sport Camera has finally arrived, and as all Shimano things are, it’s impeccably designed.  This pint sized camera has all the features you would expect, like 1080p  recording, smartphone integration, and a 180 degree viewing angle.  As well as some things you wouldn’t anticipate, like an IPX8  waterproof rating.  What does that mean in English?  The camera can be submerged for 2 hrs at a depth of 10 meters.  Not something you’ll probably do, but great piece of mind if you’re caught out in the rain on your bike.

In addition, the unobtrusive size makes it virtually invisible on your bike.  I do love a GoPro camera, but when strapping one to my handlebars, I’m keenly aware that this is a camera built for all sports.  With the Shimano Sport Camera you really do get the sense that this is purpose built for cycling.  Small, easy to use (I downloaded the instruction manual and it was astonishingly a one page pdf) and featuring some simple, secure mounts.

Check out the video below to see the Sport Camera in action, or click here for full specs.  We’ve got these in stock now, as well as GoPro camera’s. If you’re trying to decide between the two products we’re happy to compare and contrast these in person.

Walnut Creek Trail

August 6th, 2014

Southern Walnut Creek Trail Is Rolling

As a part of many trail improvements, bikeway additions, rails to trails initiatives, and other mobility projects, Austin is steadily progressing towards it perception as a bike friendly city. The latest of these is the Walnut Creek Trail. First, let’s define Walnut Creek Trail. We aren’t talking about the MTB trails at Walnut Creek Park. Nor are we talking about Northern Walnut Creek trail, which is in development.

This is a paved (and unpaved) bike path that goes east from Govalle Park to Johnny Morris Lane. And beyond that, it will go to Manor. It’s a two-lane, striped path that unburdens us of the fear of auto traffic. It’s a great route to hone your skills, bring your kids, and get in some safe miles. It curves and undulates through parkland, Johnny Morris golf course, and along rail tracks east of town. It’s a nice green ride, with some wind shelter from the trees and brush.

The official trailhead is at Govalle Park, 5200 Bolm Road, 78721. To get there from Mellow Johnny’s by bike, take 4th and 5th streets east, north on Shady Lane to Bolm Road. See the map link.

Where: Govalle Park, 5200 Bolm Road, 78721

Direction: Northeast to Johnny Morris Lane

Distance: Trailhead to Johnny Morris is 7.3 miles. Cross Johnny Morris, and it continues as the Austin to Manor Trail, under construction, another 2.5 miles. From Mellow Johnny’s, add 4 miles.

Who: All riders can enjoy this trail. However, if you expect to hammer with your racing buddies, expect delays due to slower riders, families with kids, and limited visibility due to curves and brush growing over the path.

There is lots of info about Walnut Creek Trail and all of the Austin bike plans here:

Bike Program:
Walnut Creek Trail:

See a crude mashup map of the route from MJ’s to the trail here.

Trek World 2014

August 6th, 2014

Report from Waterloo

Trek World Gives us a peak at the future of Trek bikes, and it’s pretty exciting.

GM Will Black and bike buyer Robbie Brennan made the “trek” to Waterloo, Wisconsin for Trek World 14. It’s where Trek dealers, media, and other bike fanatics convene to see what Trek has been doing all year. It never disappoints, as Trek continues to push the limits of technology and bike design.

So far, here are some initial highlights:

The Emonda road series.
Yes, the hype you have been reading is spot on. Ridiculously Light—but also fast and stiff —the good kind of stiff. Robbie and Will rode it and both agree it handles like a dream.  Look for one one our sales floor soon.

Touring Bikes
Robbie was really impressed by the expanded line of touring bikes. Line of bikes. New to the line are the 920 and the 720, while the 520 will carry over in 2015.
The 920 has knobby 29×2.0 tires, an aluminum frame, front and rear racks, and disc brakes. Built for adventure on and off the pavement.

The 720 is a 2×11, aluminum frame with disc brakes, and a very unique lightweight dry bag front fork system. Very cool.

The stalwart 520
now has a disc brake option. A timely upgrade.

Kids Bikes
The new Trek kids bikes was a pleasant surprise. Lighter, improved component options, and really cool graphics. Also, they are bringing back a surprisingly light kids 26″ wheel road bike.

Bontrager Shoes

Very impressive. Robbie is our shoe fetishist. He says the colors are stunning and most importantly, the fit of the shoe is great!  BOA equipped and very comfy on the feet.

A 14.5lb cross bike

This is all we have from Robbie on this. In fact, it may be a Trek employee’s build that’s not even production yet. Pictured is Will holding it with his index finger. Will has a strong index finger, but this looks light!

New Women’s Chelsea

What a cool, stylish bike with tons of function. Steel frame, step through set up with disc brakes, leather grips, and elegant bars. Get in line! With many “city” style bikes these days, weight grows when manufactures add stylish features. This one is very pretty without feeling like an anchor.

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