Road bike ride every Saturday at 8:30 am
A: 35 miles, riding speed 21-23 mph
B:27 miles, riding speed 17-19 mph
Collins had a garage sale, with odds and ends that have been sitting around for to a couple years. Most of it at 50% off, not everything sold, that means you can still come by and look for some treasures. We have shoes, clothing, stems, tires, and even some bicycles.
We are also gearing up for a great summer of riding, Saturday road rides leave the shop at 10 a.m. There is a group for every level of riding, so come on out and ride with us. Next Thursday will be our first mountain bike group ride out at Whypass, http://disciplesofdirt.org/directions-whypass. Bring a couple dollars for drinks and food after at fallingskybrewing.com, when we are tired and dirty.
We also restocked our ortliebusa.com panniers, so if your looking to commute this spring and summer come and chat with us.
March 12 2015 we are going to be meeting up at Whypass, directions can be found at the Disciples of Dirt web site, http://disciplesofdirt.org/directions-whypass. We will be meeting up at the pile, and riding at an easy beginners pace, if you want to go faster you’re more than welcome come along and rip. We are planning to make friends and get dirty at some great local trails. Falling Sky Brewery, http://fallingskybrewing.com/, will be hosting us after the ride for food, drinks, and commiserating. The first couple Thursday rides will probably be short since it will be getting dark early, but as the day lengthens we hope to ride for a couple hours. We hope to see you out there.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, as far as sale bikes go, we have tri bikes and road bike on sale also. We have apparel, including rain gear, compression, arm warmers and socks on sale. Come in and take a look. We would be happy to help you find a gift for you cyclist, or even yourself this holiday season
Bike sizing Vs. Bike fitting
There is a huge difference between sizing a bicycle and fitting a bicycle.
Most reputable shops can size a bike. It takes a trained technician to fit a bike.Sizing, is choosing a frame based on height and length. Fitting looks at what makes you, you. It accounts for your physical structure, any imbalances, flexibility, or lack of, skeleton structure, symmetry, core strength, prior injuries, and learning about your goals. All this is important in fitting a bicycle.
Clothes off the rack don’t fit everyone the same. A tailor will adjust the clothes for the person. A fit technician will adjust the bicycle to best fit the person’s body. You shouldn’t have to adapt to the bicycle, the bicycle needs to adapt to you.
What will this do for you?
Common issues with riding are hands that hurt or go numb, seats can cause discomfort or pain in the soft tissue and/or sit bone area, wrist, neck elbow, and back discomfort, hot spots in the feet, and knee pain are all issues that can arise if the fit is not good. Of course the more miles you ride the more these might affect you. Not everyone who rides will have problems. Things to keep in mind:
1) If you start to feel discomfort, get a fit before it keeps you from enjoying the sport.
2) If you’re going to ride a lot, get a fit to give you more power and less chance of injury
3) What works now might not work later. Fitting is a snap shot in time. Well all change, our fit needs to change as we do.
Please see anyone of the staff here at Collins if there are any questions or concerns with your position on the bike.
Certified fit technician
Campy Super Record 11 Speed group, Campy Neutron wheelset, FSA carbon seatpost, Fizik Arione carbon seat,
Chris King headset, Deda Newton stem.
Collins Cycle Shop is Hosting a Job Fair
Collins Cycle Shop announced today that we will host a job fair for those interested in a career in the ever growing cycling industry. Employment opportunities include working in a bicycle shop, manufacturing, shipping and receiving, warehousing, mechanic school, independent sales representative, fabrication, design and more.
“We are very fortunate to have been in Eugene doing what we are passionate about for over 60 years. We are well aware of how hard it is for many of our residents to get work. Hosting this is just the right thing to do.” – Jay Loew, manager of Collins Cycle Shop.
The purpose of this event is to create a network for those interested in working in the cycling industry. Although there may not be immediate openings available, we will share resumes with employers seeking qualified help, i.e. the following:
Specialized Bicycles (Morgan Hill, CA); Giant Bicycles (Newbury Park, CA); Rolf Prima (Eugene, OR); Cyclone Bicycle Supply (Portland, OR); Seattle Bicycle Supply (Seattle, WA); Castelli Cycling Clothing (Portland, OR); Garmin (Salem, OR); KOKI bags (Hood River, OR); J&B West coast.
Those interested in job opportunities are encouraged to submit their resume to onsite HR staff, on Sunday, February 26th from 1pm-5pm. Live music provided, courtesy of Skip Jones.
Bicycles and other merchandise will be relocated temporarily in order to accommodate space for this event at Collins Cycle Shop, 60 E. 11th Avenue, Eugene. Sales will resume on February 27.
For more information, call Jay Loew at 541-342-4878
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Most of the time in life, bigger is better. We will focus in mountain bike wheels.
There is a big trend (excuse the intended pun) in the mountain bike community to the bigger wheel bikes known as 29’r. Why? Is this a better wheel size and should you jump on board? The short answer is maybe….
There are several big (yeah intended…) reasons to use the 29er. There are also some reasons to why a 26er may be the right bike.
1) The bigger wheel means a bigger tire and that gives you a bigger contact patch on the trail. That gives you more traction. More traction means more control and better line management.
2) Bigger the wheel means smaller the bump. Less fatigue on the body, the muscles
don’t work as hard, so you’re more efficient.
3) The bigger wheel holds its momentum better, Which could be faster in some conditions.
1) In tight switch backs the 26” wheel is easer to maneuver.
2) For very large (heavy) folks the bigger wheel in general will have more flex, and not be quits as strong. Longer the spoke, the weaker the wheel. There might be exceptions to this but it holds true as a general statement.
3) Shorter people will have trouble getting the seat position taller than the handle bars. Therefore they won’t be able to use their upper body strength as much and will have more weight on their sit bones and lose some stand over height.
The difference between the 29er riders and the 26er riders comes from differences in riding styles and preferred trail types.
If you ride aggressively on gnarly trails, bunny hopping rocks, hitting doubles, and finding the deep lines on technical trails, the 26er is, in most cases, still the bike you want. If you like to cruise, hit XC tracks, climb a lot, and flow through rollers, the 29er is more up your alley. And, incidentally, this portion of riders makes up a large part of industry sales, which is why so many 29ers are rolling around these days.
I hope this sheds some light on the different wheel mountain bikes. The best thing one can do is get out and ride.
Feel free to call or come into Collins cycle shop to talk more about these bikes or any questions. Thanks for reading and happy trails to you.