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Performance Bicycle Joins Bikes Belong

We’re excited to announce that we have joined Bikes Belong, a national coalition of bicycle retailers and suppliers dedicated to putting more people on bikes more often. Our CEO, David Pruitt, will serve on the Bikes Belong Board of Directors. Tim Blumenthal, president, Bikes Belong, welcomed us to the team: “We’re thrilled to have Performance Bicycle in the coalition, and that David has agreed to serve on our Board.”

Bikes Belong works to increase federal bike funding, awards grants to support innovative bike projects, promotes bicycling and its benefits, and backs crucial national efforts such as:

  • Safe Routes to School
  • Bicycle Friendly Communities
  • National Bike Summit

David, our CEO, summed up why we joined the coalition: “Bikes Belong is a natural fit for Performance. Our passion for cycling and commitment to our local communities align perfectly with the coalition’s mission.  We look forward to working with Bikes Belong to encourage more people across the country to participate in cycling, and to help the coalition bring awareness to issues that affect cycling at the local, state and federal levels.”

In addition to their other advocacy efforts, Bikes Belong also created People For Bikes, a multi-faceted campaign to get 1 million Americans to sign the pledge for safer and more convenient bicycling in America. We’ve already collected names at our stores, but make your voice heard by signing the pledge below.  Together we really can make our world a better place to ride!

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Community Events: Looking Back at October

Every month, our over 100 stores support or host many great cycling events, in addition to their regularly scheduled Spin Doctor clinics & group rides, so we wanted to take a moment to recognize just a few of the events that our folks in the field were involved with in October.

Our Columbus, OH store helped out at an elementary school bike rodeo, as part of Ohio’s “Wear Your Bike Helmet to Work or School Day”.

Our team had a blast fixing and tuning up all kinds of bikes for the over 70 kids who showed up for the event!

Here’s our team in the little down time that they had, in between working on bikes and handing out water bottles.

The event was such a success that they scheduled 2 more events with 2 different scout groups over the next 2 months.

Our Boulder, CO store hosted a book signing with USA Cycling Coach John Hughes, author of “Distance Cycling.”

John Hughes has completed the Race Across America and multiple Paris-Brest-Paris events, one of the oldest and longest cycling events (it’s still 1200km, with a time limit of 90 hours)! He is the former Director of the Ultra Marathon Cycling Association, and his book is full of tips on how to prepare yourself for some long days in the saddle.

Our Bonita, CA store was recognized by the Chula Vista Clean Business program for their efforts to reduce waste, prevent pollution, and conserve energy and water.

Spin Doctor Roger Guzman and Store Manager Greg Heath manned a tent at an event celebrating the Clean Business program, and shared their success with the community.

Our Broadway Tucson, AZ store was the exclusive bike shop for the “Tumacacori Century Gene Chapman Memorial Ride”.

The weather was beautiful for this ride through the Arizona desert, and Store Manager Margarita Selden and Spin Doctor mechanic Bryan Zittlosen enjoyed meeting the riders at our tent.

We did free service checks on bikes and handed out nutrition samples to the over 200 plus riders at this great fall event.

Finally, an array of folks from our Colorado stores showed up for the Denver Veloswap.

The VeloSwap is the world’s largest consumer bicycling and sports expo, where you can buy, sell, re-cycle anything cycling-related. Visitors packed the Performance Bicycle booth for our giveaways and a chance to win some of our great prizes!  Here’s a video that shows you what the VeloSwap scene is like:

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Eric’s Top 5 for Cyclocross

Eric, the product buyer for our components division, loves racing cyclocross. In fact, he plans his whole cycling year around the few short months of the cyclocross season. And since North Carolina is a hotbed of sorts for ‘cross on the East Coast, there’s rarely a weekend when he’s not donning the kit of our Garneau Custom team and pushing himself to the limit for an hour on the pavement, grass, sand, mud or whatever else the course has in store.

Eric’s definitely a guy who knows his cyclocross, so we asked him to give us his top 5 component picks for ‘cross season, and why he picked them.  Will your next ‘cross race still be one of the most painful hours you’ve ever spent on a bike if you get this gear? Of course! This is cyclocross after all – but you might as well look for every advantage you can get.

1. DV3k Tubular Wheelset – This wheelset is lightweight (sub 1400 grams), plus it has an advanced carbon layup, 46-mm rim depth to slice through the mud, and the smooth ride of a tubular (although you can also get the wheeelset in a clincher version).

2. Avid Shorty Ultimate Cantilever Brakes – They don’t call these brakes “ultimate” for nothing; they can be adjusted to have a wide or narrow stance, have ample mud clearance, and just plain look good (plus it doesn’t hurt that the world champ races with them on his bike).

3. GORE RideOn Sealed Low Friction Derailleur Cables – Cross can be muddy… like really muddy. With GORE’s sealed cable system, you don’t have to worry about that. It’s a no-brainer.

4. Challenge Grifo Tubular Cyclocross Tire – Cross racers are serious about their tires, from the tread patterns to the tire pressure to the history of the manufacturer. The Grifo is still made by hand, with a versatile tread design and the supple performance that only a high-end tubular can deliver (but a clincher version is also available).

5. Shimano CX70 Crankset – Part of Shimano‘s first foray into the world of purpose-built cyclocross components, this crankset excels with a 46/36T gearing combination mated to Shimano‘s reliable and efficient 2-piece design with smooth-shifting Hyperdrive chainrings.

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Product Profile: New 2012 Fuji Bikes

We know it’s still 2011, but we couldn’t wait to talk about the new 2012 Fuji Bikes that are showing up online & in our stores. Fuji has a great lineup ready for the new year, and they’re building on the success of their first Grand Tour-winning bike! Juan Jose Cobo of Team Geox-TMC won the Vuelta in style aboard Fuji’s new flagship road bike, the Altamira. Cobo, the “Bison”, stormed into the lead atop the feared Angliru by riding away from the field in dominating fashion.

The new 2012 Fuji Altamira 3.0 Road Bike is built on the same DNA as the Cobo’s Vuelta winning ride, and we got to see this great looking bike in person here in the lobby of our Headquarters (one of the benefits of working here is getting to see cool bikes like this on the way to your next meeting).

While we can’t promise that you’ll ride like Cobo, the 2012 Fuji Altamira 3.0 is an ultralight road platform that has been tested and refined on the Pro Tour, so it won’t let you down if you’re powering up a climb, sprinting for the county line or railing the hairpins on a high-speed descent.

The shapely C4 carbon frame features a tapered head tube and oversized downtube to provide a stiff and stable platform that responds instantly to rider input.  Plus it just looks good – these pictures don’t do the very cool carbon finish justice.

In back, the slender seatstays provide for a resilient and comfortable ride built for long days in the saddle. Rounding out the package, the 2012 Fuji Altamira 3.0 is outfitted with a ready-to-race mix of Shimano 105 and color-matched Oval brand components.

At the core of the frame, the oversized downtube mates with a massive bottom bracket junction to provide maximum strength and stiffness for efficient power transfer. The 2012 Fuji Altamira 3.0 definitely lives up to its Grand Tour pedigree.

Of course we’ve got a few more new rides from Fuji to offer right now, including the 2012 Fuji Cross 3.0 Cyclocross Bike seen below,which features a flattened top tube for shouldering the bike more comfortably and securely, plus a lightweight alloy fork with plenty of clearance for even the most mud-slathered cross tires.

The 2012 Fuji Newest 1.0 Road Bike is built around a lightweight aluminum frame and carbon fork to provide both responsive handling and a comfortable ride, along with the flexibility of a 30-speed drivetrain, so you never run out of gearing in the hills.

The 2012 Fuji Roubaix 3.0 Road Bike is the latest iteration of the popular Roubaix line, a great combination of value and performance.  Its lightweight, custom-butted aluminum frame with bonded carbon fork delivers a supple, responsive ride, and the Shimano Sora drivetrain provides quick, precise gear changes.

The 2012 Fuji Absolute 2.0 is great for those looking for a more upright riding position than a drop handlebar road bike offers – it’s a great combination of the performance and handling you want on the road with the all-day comfort of a hybrid bike.

Finally, and definitely not least, we present the 2012 Fuji Altamira 2.0 Di2 Ultegra Road Bike.  Offering all of the features of the 2012 Fuji Altamira 3.0 above, the 2012 Fuji Altamira 2.0 features Shimano’s brand new Ultegra Di2 shifting system – the latest development in Shimano’s Di2 electronic drivetrain systems, Ultegra Di2 delivers fast and accurate shifts every time, yet is engineered to be highly durable and dependable.  We’ll definitely have more to say about this amazing bike soon!

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