After the Chilly Hilly ride was over, we received this very nice thank-you note:
We always appreciate these sorts of kudos, and knowing that we made a difference for someone. Thanks, Austin, you rock too!
Despite nasty weather forecasts, the weather cooperated this year, and we had mostly sunny (if cold) skies for the ride! Our guess at attendance this year is around 4500 or so riders, and we certainly had a busy day. We always provide free labor for on-the-spot fixes for Chilly Hilly, and this year was no exception. From broken spokes and frozen derailleurs to simple flats, we saw our share of problems, but everyone seemed to have finished the ride with little issue. No major mechanicals!
The Volagi demos were popular, and we'll hope to do more such test-ride events in the future! If you are still interested in trying one of the bikes out, we'll have them until March 7th. Email us to be sure of availability.
We just received our demo fleet from Volagi, which we will have for Chilly Hilly! Five bikes in all sizes are available for test rides. If you haven't ridden one yet, now is your chance. Disc brake, carbon fiber road bikes!
We also got hold of one of Volagi's prototype hydraulic disc brake bikes, with the TRP brakes, Shimano Di2, and carbon rims. Here are some teaser photos - come by and take a look!
Today's public service message - check your components regularly for signs of metal fatigue! Creaks, ticking noises, stress marks, wrinkles or creases in the metal, and corrosion are all bad signs. Also, don't over-torque lightweight components!
We did promise you some photos of nicer parts - here is a customer's ti Salsa Fargo that was getting some new XTR components, complete with the new Dynasys Plus rear derailleur. This nifty little item eliminates chain slap, and makes the drivetrain nice and quiet...
This rear derailleur is one of our new favorites. Let's hope Shimano trickles this technology down through the whole line!
Check out this video from the Hagens-Berman team, shot on Bainbridge!
Susan from Volagi Cycles will be here at the shop for the entire weekend of Chilly Hilly (February 24th-26th) with a fleet of bikes to test ride! She'll be bringing every size of the Volagi Liscio with her, so everyone will have the opportunity to try one out! If you are interested, call or come on by to reserve some time on one of the bikes.
We will be at the Seattle Bike Expo, March 10-11th, in booth 503 with Volagi Cycles! Please drop by and see us there!
_ Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Same great location!
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
225 Mercer St. Seattle, WA 98109
The Seattle Bike Swap, now in its 17th year, is a bike bargain hunter's paradise with up to 100 vendors under the same roof! Expect great deals on new and used bike-related goods, from complete bikes to small parts. You never know exactly what vendors will bring to sell and what treasures you will find. Don't miss this one-day-only sale!
General Adult Admission is on a sliding scale depending upon arrival time:
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - $5
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - FREE
Kids under age 15 are FREE all day!
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