Community Events: Performance Bicycle in Florida

Here at Performance Bicycle, we are proud to announce the opening of five stores in Florida, the first time that we have opened a store in the Sunshine State. To celebrate the much-anticipated stores, each new location will host a Grand Opening event featuring many exciting offers for cyclists of all levels.

tampa_ribbonDavid Pruitt, Performance Bicycle’s chief executive officer, summed up why Florida was such a great fit for Performance Bicycle: “Florida has a vibrant and growing cycling community, and we’re looking forward to becoming a part of that on the local level.  While Florida’s always been a strong state for our e-commerce business, we’re very excited to serve Florida cyclists even better with our five initial locations.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe new stores all feature our easy to shop layout with over 3,000 cycling items including a great selection of bikes, cycling clothing, sports nutrition, components and accessories. The stores will also feature Performance Bicycle’s signature Spin Doctor Service and Repair department. Spin Doctor Certified Mechanics participate in a continuous training program that assures customers receive expert service for their bike. This training, combined with years of experience working with the top brands in cycling, enable Performance Spin Doctors to expertly service all brands of bikes, no matter where they were originally purchased.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur new Performance stores will offer a broad selection of cycling products and services to meet the needs of all cyclists. In addition, with the high number of tri-athletes living and training in the area, all Florida stores will feature clothing, bicycles and accessories for triathletes.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADuring the first half of 2013, Performance Bicycle plans to open the following five stores in Florida:

If you are in Fort Lauderdale or Tampa during the weekends of 3/15-3/17 or 3/22-3/24, definitely stop by to say hello and check out the Grand Opening celebrations.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you live in the area of our new Florida stores, or any of our over 100 other locations, remember that local cycling clubs are invited to contact their neighborhood Performance Bicycle stores to organize membership drives, group rides or to use the store as a location for club meetings. We hope to see you soon!

Event Recap: 2013 UCI Cyclo-Cross Worlds

With plenty of cowbells, intense racing and a raucous crowd – the 2013 UCI Cyclocross Worlds in Louisville, Kentucky, was a great show! For the first time ever, the elite cyclocross world championships were held outside of Europe, and, since it was only a short drive from our Cincinnati store, we couldn’t miss the chance to see what it was all about in person! As a proud sponsor of this once-in-a-lifetime event here in the US, Performance Bicycle sent a team of associates to meet some of the dedicated ‘cross fans and also take in the racing action.

Our team arrived a day early to get set up in the expo area near the race course only to be greeted by frigid temperatures and fresh snow – perfect ‘cross weather. But soon after we started unpacking our gear, we learned that the planned 2 day event had been compressed down to a single day of racing, due to impending flood waters from the nearby Ohio River.

DSC_0001So that meant that race day was an early one for our team – to get all 4 championship races completed, the schedule started in the morning and ran all day long. Fans started rolling in shortly after 8AM to find their favorite viewing spot on the compact race course and we were ready for the influx with an array of giveaways, games and (of course) cowbells.

DSC_0013aOur tent was busy all day long – we met ‘cross fans from all across the US and Europe, including folks from about 30 states and at least 6 different countries. It’s not just Belgians and Dutch who love cyclocross – fans of all stripes were out in force to watch their favorite racers!

DSC_0008aWe even ran into Captain America and his blue-haired sidekick, who obligingly posed with our cool cowbells.

02022013_CXWorlds_0032Of course the dedicated European supporters’ clubs made the trip as well – with matching wigs, flags, hats and outfits. These groups travel to almost every race on the pro circuit, so they weren’t going to let an ocean get in the way of watching the world championships in person.

02022013_CXWorlds_0002But we should also take a moment to give a special thanks to the dedicated Louisville Parks Department team that worked late into the night to hold back the flood waters long enough for the race to go on – without the sandbags and barriers below, no one would have had the chance to enjoy this spectacular event.

02022013_CXWorlds_0004Finally it was race time – a non-stop showcase of the best cyclocross racing in the world. The junior men’s race was first out of the blocks on a still-frozen course – as you can see, conditions were fast but still slippery for these youngest racers. Dutch rider Mathieu Van Der Poel continued his season-long domination and defended his junior world crown, but American Logan Owen rode to an impressive 4th place overall – supported by a boisterous crowd!

02022013_CXWorlds_0007And the crowd noise was indeed impressive! The ‘cross fans were in full throat from the earliest races to the end of the day – and not just for the leaders or US riders (although there was plenty of “USA! USA!” chants for the home team). Even the last place riders were supported with a wall of sound on every lap – we put together a quick video to share some of what the atmosphere was like:

And they’re off – these Belgian fans got a snapshot of the women’s race as they gunned for the hole shot.

02022013_CXWorlds_0017But in the women’s race no one could touch the incomparable Marianne Vos, who soloed to her 6th cyclocross world championship (although American Katie Compton put in a valiant chase to get second place).

02022013_CXWorlds_0021By the time the men’s race started in the late afternoon, the slowly thawing course turned into a sloppy, muddy track – perfect for ‘cross racing and epic race photos.

DSC_0137We had our cowbells ready to cheer on the racers, especially in front of the Performance Bicycle course banners.

DSC_0049Top-placed American finisher Tim Johnson here navigates a tricky corner in front of the huge crowd.

02022013_CXWorlds_0051The new world champ, Sven Nys, was focused all race long – he stayed at the front of the pack all race and escaped for the win on the last lap, out-dueling teammate Klaas Vantornout.

02022013_CXWorlds_0053Crowds, banners, cowbells and mud – is this Belgium or Kentucky?

02022013_CXWorlds_0054American Jonathan Page put together a great race on his brand new Fuji Altamira CX 1.0 bike – he was running in the top 10 until a jammed chain slowed him down in the middle of the race.

02022013_CXWorlds_0064And just to show that the event organizers made the right call to move all of the racing to Saturday, here’s what the course looked like on Sunday morning!

Flooded course form @timjohnsoncx on Twitter

Flooded course via @timjohnsoncx on Twitter

All in all, this was an amazing event – we want to thank everyone who came by our tent to say hello and the folks at the Louisville 2013 organization for letting us be a part of this historic day of racing. If you weren’t able to make it to the race in person, definitely check out the replay on the UCI Youtube channel.

Community Events: 2012 El Tour De Tucson

It’s 5AM in Tucson, AZ and 9000 cyclists are squeezing into every available space around the start line of the 2012 El Tour De Tucson. A contingent from our Arizona store support team set up a last-minute tune-up station, as most of our people and tools were already on their way out to our 3 aid stations out on the course. Sipping on free coffee and trying to stay warm, the buzz of the day fills the air.

El Tour Start 5amAttracting a crowd of 9,000 cyclists from throughout the United States and worldwide, “El Tour” is one of the premier organized rides in United States and also one of the top 3 fundraising rides (Perimeter Bicycling distributes funds to an array of local charities every year). The main event routes show off Tucson’s beautiful vistas of its local mountain ranges and Saguaro cactus, along a flat to rolling or moderately hilly course – although 2 dry but sandy river crossings greet the full 111-mile riders! All routes offer aid stations with water and snacks spaced about 7-10 miles apart, full police support at intersections and plenty of morale-boosting volunteers and spectators.

But this great event doesn’t begin on the cold streets of Tuscon, so let’s take a quick look back at the Expo and the leadup to this year’s “El Tour”.

Three days before the start of the event, we set up our booth alongside many other local and national vendors. We were lucky in that we were right across the aisle from the free t-shirts. The first two days of the expo slipped by and before we knew it, we were one day away from the race. The expo was packed and our booth was the place to be!

Maybe it was the free bike gear we were giving away. Or maybe it was the “Blind Folded Spin Doctor Challenge”! If you managed to change a flat tire faster than one of our blind-folded Spin Doctor mechanics, you were in for some great prizes.

But let’s get back to the real action. No, not the awesome Southwestern Cuisine in Tucson, although that was excellent . . .

No, we mean the real highlight of the weekend, the 30th El Tour de Tucson. In the blink of an eye, nearly 9,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities had lined up and were ready to head out onto the 111 mile course (although 85, 60 or 42 mile routes were also available).

It took more than 7 minutes after the starting gun fired just to get everyone rolling – but finally they were off! We quickly split up and headed to our respective aid stations.

Jeff Dalina (Chandler), Tom Flores (San Diego), Rusty Sattler (Scottsdale), Bryan Zittolosen (Tucson) at tech support stop #2.

As riders came up to the Performance Bicycle aid stations, they were treated to the finest in mechanical care. Just like every event we participate in, our services on race-day are completely free.

We lubed chains, fixed flats, and changed tires to make sure that no one had to quit the ride because of their bikes.

We fixed bikes no matter what they were – including this custom Ti recumbent with HED wheels and a stars and stripes cloth fairing! One of the best things about the ride for us, as with any ride, is seeing all of the Scattantes out on course (check out our album on the Performance Facebook page). All in all, we had a great El Tour and very much look forward to returning next year!

Store Events: October Recap

After a brief summer vacation, it’s time to get back to our monthly recap of what some of our over 100 stores all across the country have been up to in their local communities – from running clinics, to supporting rides, to helping out with local advocacy. If you want more info about your local Performance Bicycle, check your local store page for regularly scheduled Spin Doctor clinics & group rides. Read on below for a sampling of the events our stores were involved with last month.

Our Bailey’s Crossroads, VA store helped out at the Best Buddies Challenge – an event dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. There were over 2500 riders in the event with around 800 passing through our aid station. Corey and Julio helped riders with everything from essential repairs to crash inspections.

Our San Rafael, CA store helped out at the Marin Biketoberfest. This event was hosted by the Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC), the local advocacy group in the area, and Access4bikes, a group dedicated creating more single track access for bikes in Marin County.  With participation from local vendors, bike manufacturers, west coast brewers, and local live bands, Biketoberfest provides fun for the entire cycling community.

Our Kearney Mesa, CA store pitched in to support their local Safe Routes To School program – which promotes cycling and walking to school for elementary and middle school kids. We provided tips on securely locking your bike, proper helmet fit, safe riding practices, basic maintenance, and more.

Our Bonita, CA store sent two associates to provide mechanical support at the last rest stop for the Bike MS Bay to Bay Tour, in beautiful Crown Point San Diego. Mechanic/Bike Builder Daniel Estevez and Store Manager Greg Heath set up a tent and work stand and helped out other volunteers getting nutrition/hydration/repairs out to the riders. 

Ryan and Jeff from our Scottsdale, AZ store helped out with the monthly trail maintenance on the Black Canyon Trail in Arizona. Our team worked along with Black Canyon Trail Coalition members and other volunteers to cut back cat claw vegetation and build crib walls for areas that were eroded by the summer monsoon storms.

Ryan and Jeff logged a total of 16 hours of trail maintenance during the trail event. For every volunteer hour worked, the trail system gets credited funds to put back into the trail system for building more single-track!

Our San Francisco, CA store helped out Playworks and SalesForce.com at a monthly event benefiting deserving children from various elementary schools in San Francisco. Playworks and SalesForce work together to buy the bikes and supply a total of 120 volunteers to build 80 bikes in only 2 hours! Our team to helped to build and check bikes for safety after the volunteers built their assigned bikes.

Our Oceanside, CA store provided a bicycle safety instruction and light maintenance clinic for local Cub Scout Troop 748 at the Scout House in Holiday Park, Carlsbad, California. Pre-ride safety, vehicle code, and hands on demonstration of tube/tire service as well as safe bike handling techniques were shared with a interested group of young cyclists.

Our Seattle, WA store helped out at the Kitsap Color Classic, another great event by the Cascade Bicycle Club. We did a few safety checks for  people who crashed on the ride, but most of the labor we did involved basic derailleur adjustments. Our crew was able to help out riders of all levels throughout the day.

Our Richmond, VA store helped out at the the first annual Martin’s Tour of Richmond. Starting and ending at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the ride was a logistical feat to offer three different distance rides passing through a total of four counties; impressively, police officers from each county stopped traffic for cyclists at every single intersection on the route!  We offered mechanical support and gave out water bottles at the last aid station of the tour.  Our own Matt Grilli even tackled the ride on a fixed-gear bike – out of the 591 riders that committed to the 102-mile route, he finished 92nd in just under six hours!

Our Newark, DE store helped out at the Bike MS: Bike to the Bay ride. There were over 1600 riders participating in this event, and we were busy all day fixing tires/tubes along with spending most of the morning setting and checking tire pressures for the participants. 

Our Woodland Hills, CA store participated in the amazing CicLAvia 2012 Los Angeles! It created a network of connections between our neighborhoods and businesses and parks with corridors filled with fun. It was a fantasic and fun event that should happen in all major cities! Check out our blog post for more info. 

A team from our Columbia, MD store pitched in to help the Bike MS: Bike to Bordeaux event. It was a little cold out, but everyone that came through our checkpoint was having a great time and seemed thrilled to see us.

A team from our Roseville, CA Store participated in the 19th annual Roseville Bikefest. We provided safety inspections and repairs on bicycles so that kids could participate in riding an obstacle course and so that parents could be made aware of safety issues and proper bicycle maintenance.  The City of Roseville hosted the event which included safety seminars, helmet fittings, free helmets, prizes, riding demonstrations, demonstrations from fire and police departments, and entertainment.  

Finally, our Buford, GA Store helped out with the Gainesville SORBA Tumbling Creek 6 Hour RaceThis race, the “Sprocktoberfest” is hosted by the Gainesville SORBA branch and is an annual, popular event. It is attended by between 250 and 300 riders and as many spectators. Our chief Spin Doctor, Jose Paz served as the main neutral support for the race and was very heartily welcomed. Two of our store representatives, Greg Vaughn and Will Bennett also participated in the race. Besides supplying neutral support, Jose had Cytomax drink available in coolers and GU gels to offer to tired racers!

It was another busy month for our store teams – remember to check your local store page to find out what’s going on at your local Performance Bicycle and to check for our regularly scheduled Spin Doctor clinics.

Community Events: CicLAvia LA

Our Woodland Hills, CA store recently participated in the CicLAvia event in LA – a fantastic community event where cyclists and pedestrians take back downtown city streets for the day to ride, walk, mingle and otherwise enjoy roads that are normally packed with cars. Our team was there helping to fix flats and other minor repairs, and they sent in this report of the CicLAvia experience:

CicLAvia 2012 Los Angeles! This event was HUGE! CicLAvia made the streets safe for people to walk, skate, play and ride a bike. There were many activities along the route, as shop owners and restaurants opened their doors to people along the CicLAvia.

Ciclovías started in Bogotá, Colombia, over thirty years ago as a response to the congestion and pollution of city streets. Now it happens throughout Latin America and the United States, connecting communities and giving people a break from the stress of car traffic.

CicLAvia brought families outside of their homes to enjoy the streets, our largest public space. In Los Angeles we need CicLAvia more than ever. Our streets are congested with traffic, our air is polluted with toxic fumes, our children suffer from obesity and other health conditions caused by the scarcity of public space and safe, healthy transportation options.

CicLAvia created a temporary park for free, simply by removing cars from city streets. It created a network of connections between our neighborhoods and businesses and parks with corridors filled with fun. It was a fantastic and fun event that should happen in all major cities!

Community Events: Hotter’N Hell Hundred 2012

Every year, thousands of riders swarm the town of Wichita Falls, Texas for the largest 100 mile bike ride in the nation. This year was no different, as the 2012 Hotter’N Hell 100 attracted almost 12,000 riders, plus racers for criterium races, mountain bike races, a USCF sanctioned men’s and women’s road race, a trail run, 10k run, and half marathon run – this is one busy weekend! The mid-90’s temperatures for the Saturday event were cooler than the past several years, when temperatures were well over the 100 degree mark.  Even though it was cooler this year, the wind picked up to over 20 mph during the day and blew straight into the rider’s faces as they rode the last half of their routes.  Performance Bicycle supported the event by providing a hydration and nutrition station at the Finish Line Village on Friday and Saturday.

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In addition, Spin Doctors from 3 of our Texas stores and our home office provided free mechanical services on Friday in front of the convention center and at 5 locations during the ride on Saturday.  The final rest stop on the ride was at Sheppard Air Force Base where 3 of our Spin Doctors were stationed.  At the Air Force base was one of the favorite on-route extras, the rows of Air Force recruits lined up on both sides of the road cheering for and encouraging every rider that rode past. Most of the day’s repairs were flat tires and derailleur tune-ups with a few broken spokes thrown in to test the quickness and technical abilities of our Spin Doctors. Our team had a great time getting out in the field and meeting friends old and new, and we look forward to helping out again next year! Check out our video highlights from our weekend at Hotter’n Hell below:

Community Events: 2012 Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic

So what do you get when you cross 10,000 riders from 40 states and 3 countries, over 26,000 sandwiches, and 204 miles of beautiful riding from Seattle, Washington to Portland, Oregon? Well, if you are the Cascade Bicycle Club, you end up with the 33rd Annual Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic. Started as a time trial race between the Seattle and Portland City Halls, the Group Health STP has become one of the largest recreational rides in the country, completed by a amazing range of cyclists – from those who had never ridden more than 30 miles to those who wanted to set a new personal record. This year Performance Bicycle was proud to support all of the riders with mechanical support, from check-in at the University of Washington in Seattle, all the way to the finish line at Holladay Park in Portland.

At check-in you really get a sense of how big an event STP really is. The evening before the big ride, the queue of excited riders stretched across the Husky Stadium parking lot – there to check-in and drop off supplies for checkpoints along the route. The organized team with the Cascade Bicycle Club handled the good-natured crowd with aplomb, making sure that bikes, camping gear and supplies were packed away for the right destination the next day.

The STP ride is, at its heart, a group experience. Riders showed up in couples, groups and outright crowds – ready to test themselves and enjoy the ride. And not many folks were having more fun than the “Gypsy Wagon Race Team” seen above! This friendly band of Canadians make the trek down in their battered passenger van, and were quickly making friends in the parking lot – which had become an impromptu campsite for many riders and their support teams. Hanging out and meeting fellow cyclists is an important part of the STP experience.

The next morning, the STP ride kicked off  from the UW campus, with the first waves leaving at 5:30 AM, and our teams were already up  and on the way to various support stations along the route. With over 200 miles of roads to cover, it takes quite an operation to make sure that riders are safe and fueled up for the long ride. Performance Bicycle teams from our stores in Oregon and Washington state organized and staffed several pit stops along the route, but our main base of operations for the day was the halfway point in Centralia, Washington. 

With our workstands, water bottles, Clif Shot Energy Gel and repair supplies ready to go, our motivated Performance team was primed for action by 9:00 AM, when the very first riders rolled in under overcast skies. The first wave of riders were mostly made up of the one-day finishers – hardy cyclists who were on a mission to ride over 200 miles in one shot. Still in good spirits, these riders usually only stopped for a few moments to refuel, get minor repairs sorted out, and then hop right back on their bikes to continue their journey. But these early crowd heralded the start of a busy day for our team – once this tidal wave of cyclists started rolling in, our mechanics basically worked non-stop until 7:00 PM at night!

We saw bikes and bike riders of every shape and size, from young to old, from novice to expert. As the day wore on, the mix of riders changed over to the 2-day crowd – folks who were looking for a more leisurely weekend of riding with friends (as long as you consider back-to-back century rides leisurely, of course). Since we had 6 mechanics wrenching away, pumping up tires and fixing flats, we had plenty of time to chat with folks as they dropped by. It was awesome to hear that for many riders this was far and away the longest they had ever ridden their bikes – the level of support and camaraderie of the STP ride had inspired them to try something they had never thought they could do on a bike. Of course with that many riders out on the road, we had plenty to do. Our guys went through a countless amount of tubes and tires, trued many a wheel, field-repaired STI shifters and balky derailleurs – we did whatever we could to keep people on the road so that they could enjoy the rest of their ride. You can get a taste of what our day was like with this “Mechanic cam” action we shot with our trusty GoPro HD Hero cam:

As the morning changed to afternoon, riders kept rolling in to the halfway point at Centralia College. Just when you thought the ride was starting to slow down, another wave of happy but exhausted riders would come streaming by our tent. Apparently it’s hard to gauge 10,000 riders, because we kept thinking, “there can’t be any more coming” when another wave would roll in! But our dedicated Performance crew was always ready to help, even if they didn’t get a real break until we left at 7:00 PM. Since our team was made up of associates from many stores across the region, they saw many of their regular customers come rolling by. Plus we were excited to see how many riders were riding in Performance cycling gear and on Scattante, Fuji and GT bicycles that they purchased in one of our stores.

Eventually the seemingly endless crowds did start to wane, as the last of the 2-day riders made it to the halfway point. To make the most of their STP experience, most participants camp out with a few thousand of their newest friends at an array of campsites. As you can see above, the central quad of Centralia College became an impromptu tent city, full of tired cyclists resting up for their second century ride in as many days!

The final day of STP was the big finish to a weekend of cycling fun. The 2-day riders were up early once again to hit the road south to Portland on a typically damp Northwest day (although the sun did make an appearanc later). Once again riders pedaled through a century ride, finishing in a festival atmosphere in Holladay Park. Fans, friends and fellow cyclists lined the finishing roads like it was the end of a Tour de France stage, cheering on the riders as they rode in.

Soon the park was packed with cyclists, happy to be finished and ready to get cleaned up, but also soaking in the atmosphere and fellowship with thousands of other STP finishers and their supporters. You could tell that most people wanted to savor their moment of accomplishment, although maybe they were just too worn out to worry about getting changed out of their bike gear!

Everyone from our Performance Bicycle team had a blast supporting the riders at the 2012 Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic – our long hours were more than paid back by the thanks we received from all of the folks we helped get back on the road to enjoy this great event. We can’t wait to come back next year with an even bigger and better presence – and maybe next year we’ll even have a few Performance riders out on the road to get the full STP experience. Head on over to the Performance Bike Facebook page to see the rest of our photos from this year’s STP, and we hope to see you on the road from Seattle to Portland in 2013!

Community Events: June Recap

As summer temps kicked in, June was a busy time at our over 100 stores all across the country. Our hard-working store teams were busy running clinics, supporting rides and helping out in their local cycling communities. If you want more info about your local Performance Bicycle, check your local store page for regularly scheduled Spin Doctor clinics & group rides. Read on below for a sampling of the events our stores were involved with last month.

The first event that our stores participated in last month was the New Belgium Tour de Fat in Durham, NC. A fundraiser and general celebration of all things bike, beer and music-related, the Tour de Fat stop in Durham featured 750 cyclists in a morning parade, 2,050 total attendees and $16,000 raised for local non-profit bicycle advocacy groups. A team from our headquarters, including Chris, Gene and Matt, showed up early to fix flats and tune up rides before the bike parade.

If the Tour de Fat is coming by your town, definitely make plans to check it out. As you can see, there are plenty of fun distractions to keep you occupied, from costumed riders, to funny bikes, to live music and more. Plus a local Performance Bicycle team will be there to help you out at upcoming events in Chicago, IL, Boise ,ID, Fort Collins, CO, Denver, CO, Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, San Diego, CA, Tempe, AZ, and Austin, TX. Drop by our tent to say hello!

Our Mountain View, CA store team showed up to support the riders at the Western Wheelers Bicycle Club Sequoia Century ride. Tommy Merriott and Lead Spin Doctor Chris Garcia helped riders with any mechanical problem that they might have had, from quick shifting issues to changing flat tires. They made lots of new friends with their quick repairs, and saw plenty of store regulars as well. The store team is definitely looking forward to supporting the event next year.

Our Chandler, AZ store was proud to host Rick Hermelin on his journey across the country on an Elliptigo, raising money for the Semper Fi Fund (which provides support for injured and critically ill members of the Armed Forces and their families). You can read more about Rick’s journey on his blog, but as you can see above he was busy not only riding, but giving interviews and talks about the reasons for his big trip.

Our Mayfield Heights, OH store was busy one weekend last month helping out with the 36th “Sunday in June” ride put on by the Cleveland Touring Club.  With 1200 riders in beautiful Ohio countryside, Joe Darwal and Brad Jones from our store team were busy providing basic mechanical support for the riders.

Local educator and cyclist, Jim Crismore, recounted his 2010 cycling tour of the Danube River at our Castleton, IN store. The 750 mile journey started at the humble beginnings of the river in Germany, through Austria, where the river pours into the Black Sea. Crismore featured a power-point presentation of photos of the adventure, complete with stories from the four week long trek. His compelling story held his audience captive during the presentation.

Team members from our Buford, GA store were up early to set up a tent at the Jackson Brevet event – a century ride that raised money to fight Aplastic Anemia, a very rare and very deadly bone marrow disease. Our tent was a popular spot as we handed out Clif Shot samples, water bottles, pens and stickers for the People for Bikes campaign and also got folks to sign the pledge to become part of this great initiative. Once the ride got rolling, our team offered adjustments to rider’s bikes and also ran 2 support vehicles which were stocked with Clif Shot samples and Cytomax in 5 gallon coolers to provide hydration to participants in need.

Three of our Michigan employees participated in the Michigan Tour de Cure ride – Kendal, store manager, and Josh, mechanic, from our Ann Arbor store teamed up with Matt, the Spin Doctor from our Novi store, to set up tents to offer water bottles, Clif Shot samples, and mechanical assistance to riders.  Over 1,000 riders participated in the event and our team worked on many bikes.  It was a fun day offering four different courses of varying lengths from 10 miles to 100 miles.

Rick and Kevin from our Cincinnati, OH store ran support at a Zoom Triathlon event that was race 1 of a 3 race series. Our team were able to help about a dozen riders with things from tire inflation to gear adjustments and even a derailleur hanger adjustment. There were quite a few people that stopped by to thank them for being there even though they did not need any help.

The race had 125 racers has a unique format because it is a Tri/Duathlon – the triathlon option was a 1000m swim, 18 mile bike, and 4 mile run while the duathlon option combined a 2 mile run, 18 mile bike ride & a 4 mile run to finish things off. We’re excited to support this new series, and can’t wait to see how it grows and attracts new participants.

Finally, our stores also hosted many guests at our regularly scheduled Spin Doctor clinics. Above you can see the crew at the Derailleur Madness Clinic in our Oceanside, CA store last month. All in all, another busy month for our store teams – remember to check your local store page to find out what’s going on at your local Performance Bicycle!

Community Events: May Recap

May is National Bike Month, and that definitely showed at our over 100 stores all across the country. Our amazing store teams were hard at work all month putting on clinics, supporting rides and generally helping out in their local cycling communities. If you want more info about your local Performance Bicycle, check your local store page for regularly scheduled Spin Doctor clinics & group rides. So let’s get started with highlights from events our stores were involved with last month.

Our Santa Rosa, CA store was able to jump into two major events in one busy weekend. First off, we were able to kick off a great relationship with the Life Time Fitness Gran Fondo Series (look for more of these events across the nation coming soon). One of our aid stations had the good fortune to be placed in the tasting room parking lot of Chalk Hill Winery. Not a bad view for a rest stop, but while we gazed out on the vineyards, the riders were suffering up the first of the major climbs!

We kept the riders fueled up with GU Energy Gel and plenty of water for the ride, then packed up to head to the finish line party. Couldn’t help but notice a good number of pro teams out on the roads as we drove through the winding roads of Santa Rosa.

What were they doing there? Why, preparing for the Amgen Tour of California of course! The next day was the first stage and the place to be was downtown Santa Rosa.

We were lucky enough to be able to set up right in the Lifestyle Festival and it was crowded! Our booth was busy all day long, and excited cycling fans stopped by non-stop from when we set up in the morning until later that evening.

Why were the crowds so thick? Because we were giving away a Fuji Absolute 3.0 of course (surely it didn’t have anything to do with the ProTour race happening a few feet away). It was a great opportunity to get out of the shop and chat with people on the sunny streets of Santa Rosa.

Also, who could pass up the opportunity to see the crowd go nuts for hometown hero Levi Leipheimer! Levi was awarded a special jersey in honor of his achievements in cycling and his charitable efforts in his community – Levi’s GranFondo raised over $250,000 for charity last year!

2 members of our Newark, DE store were honored to participate in the Police Unity Tour Chapter 9 (PUT C9) ride last month. Becky and Todd Keyser served as bicycle mechanics for the ride, which was a fundraiser for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.  Becky and Todd were a jack-of-all-trades for the 85 Law Enforcement Officer riders that participated in the tour, making sure that the riders and their bikes were properly cared for on their journey from Valley Forge, PA to Washington, DC.

Our mechanics put in almost 40 hours over the 4 days, and kept all of the riders on the road. It was a privilege to support this ride, which helped bring public awareness of Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices.

Moving on to Bike to Work Week, our Downtown Portland, OR store had a very successful Bike to Work Day breakfast/safety check station. Their tent was set up early with a work stand and tools, plus doughnuts, coffee, and cycling nutrition for the commuter crowd.  The doughnuts and coffee were a big hit, and our team installed brake pads, sold a lock, and performed adjustments on a number of bikes.

Bike to Work Day at our Tukwila, WA store was done in conjunction with the Boeing Customer Service group. At the request of the Cascade Cycling Club, they set up directly on the Green River Bike Path entrance near the Boeing Customer Service Building parking lot. Our team provided mechanical support, water bottles and snacks starting at 6 AM, while Boeing ran some fun giveaways. It was a busy morning with lots of bar and seat adjustments, chain lubing, gear adjustments, tire pressure adjustments and flat repairs.

Our Redmond, WA store teamed up with the Greater Redmond Transportation Management Association for Bike to Work Day. With their help we were able to set up a stop along the 520 bicycle trail – the GRTMA provided food and small giveaways, while our store supplied two mechanics. We did safety inspections, basic fixes, and spoke with many of the 700 riders that passed our station.

At our Kearney Mesa, CA store, we celebrated Bike to Work Day directly in front of the store. We provided nutrition, adjustments, inflation, water bottles, hydration, commuting tips, commuter maps and a friendly hello! We had 90 commuters stop by our pit stop, an all time high for this event. Bike to Work Day has grown each year that we have participated, thanks this year to store associates Jerrin Kelley and Mac McCarthy.

Our Seattle, WA store participated in Bike to Work Day at a popular bike route in the Seattle area (right in front of the KEXP radio station building). We provided basic adjustments to commuters and gave out nutrition samples and promotional items. Our store team consisted of our two Head Mechanics, David Hays and Paul Richards, our Store Manager, Mike Brady, and our District Manager, Brian Onutz.  Our team had great company at their rest stop, as they were joined by the Cascade Cycling Club, KEXP, and Jamba Juice.  Over 100 people come through our station, including the Mayor of Seattle, Mike McGinn.

Also from our Seattle store on Bike to Work Week, our team was set up for a morning on a major commuter route for Seattleites, the Burke Gillman trail. The weather was chilly but turnout was still surprisingly good – aided by the fact that our booth had support from a local bakery supplying coffee and cookies.

Sticking with our Seattle store, they also participated in the UW Bike Party, put on by the always active Cascade Cycling Club. We were there with several other organizations, from the Seattle Police Department to a DJ playing music. Our Store Manager, Mike Brady, and our Lead Mechanic, David Hayes, helped out with many brake and gear adjustments for the UW students and community members in attendance.

Staying in Washington state, our Tukwila, WA store helped out at the Earthworks Bike Tour, again organized by the Cascade Cycling Club. The ride was to celebrate the improvements to the Herbert Bayer Earthworks City Park, including short bike paths and city artwork installations. We performed mechanical support and discussed some component and bike fit solutions with several riders, to help them with their ride.

Our Woodland Hills, CA store showed up in support of the “Crusin the Conejo 2012” event, on a perfect Saturday – with a slight breeze and a cool tailwind for the riders. The event was a multi-tiered road ride from 12K- 100K that lasted the whole day – our team supported a rest stop on the last leg of the century ride, aided by some Boy Scouts. We assisted in gear and brake adjustments, flat repair, chain lubing and anything else to keep the riders on the road.

Our La Mesa and Kearney Mesa, CA stores helped out with an event organized by the San Diego Police Department. The exhibitors included law enforcement, fire departments, recreational groups, an anti-gang bicycle club, and other community resource groups. We were there with Rady Children’s Hospital’s child safety program. They were doing helmet giveaways and a bicycle obstacle course teaching traffic safety. Associates Tommy Iglesias and Jerrin Kelley demonstrated proper helmet fit, and performed safety inspections of bikes, free adjustments, and taught kids some basic bike maintenance. 

Our Greenwood, IN store partnered with JDRF, the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Members of the local chapter meet up for local rides from our store, and last month we hosted them for a clinic on how to change a flat tire. We welcomed many new guests to our store, and taught folks some new skills.

Keeping with the clinic theme, our Greenwood, IN store teamed up with the Greenwood VFW Post and the Greenwood and White River Valley Fire Departments to help put on a safety clinic for kids. Associates Mary, Dan, and Jeff from our store met with the kids to fit them for a free helmet and have them run through a course that had been laid out to teach them riding safety and the rules of the road. The children had to stop for simulated train tracks, stop and look both ways at an intersection, and run through cones and a figure 8 as part of this learning experience. At the end they were also instructed on proper hand signals while on a bicycle, and treated to free food giveaways and a raffle.

Our Greensboro store was represented by Store Manager Jeff Morrison at the Skills Clinic and Night Ride at Lake Brandt Marina.  The event, hosted by the Greensboro Fat Tire Society in conjunction with the Greensboro Police Department, was attended by 10 riders at the twilight skills clinic and 13 riders at the night trail ride. Jeff offered maintenance on site and provided refreshments for the riders, and had three lights for riders to test during the trail ride.

Our Dayton, OH store provided road side SAG support for the Huffman Spring Classic for the 3rd year in a row. This great event had a turnout of more double last year. This year there was very little in the need of services, but our team still filled up tires, made some minor gear adjustments and checked air pressure before the riders left. As you can see above, there was a tasty meal at the end of this 100 mile ride.

And finally, here are a few shots from our monthly basic bike maintenance clinic. Here’s our San Antonio, TX store.

And here’s the crowd at our Plano, TX store. Remember to check your local store page for regularly scheduled Spin Doctor clinics and other events.

Community Events: April Recap

April was a busy time at our over 100 stores all across the country – our store teams were busy putting on clinics, supporting rides and helping out in their local cycling communities. If you want more info about your local Performance Bicycle, check your local store page for regularly scheduled Spin Doctor clinics & group rides.

First up this month are some pictures from the Michigan Mountain Bike Patrol training held at our Novi, MI store.  Sales manager Joe Pepples of our Bloomfield Hills, MI store is a member of the bike patrol and coordinated this training session.

This Michigan Mountain Bike Patrol has a total of 18 trained patrollers across Michigan – the patrol is a volunteer organization that works to encourage safe and responsible riding.  Patrollers provide assistance to hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers, like at the Pontiac Lake Time Trial race where the patrol was out in full force providing level 1 first aid to injured riders. Of course after the training session at our store, the patrollers did what they love to do best – go for a mountain bike ride!

Michael Morross and Jessica Maier from our Chandler, AZ store manned a booth on a windy day at the Arizona Bike Festival. A celebration of all things cycling in the state, the festival was packed with rides, a swap meet, and entertainment.

Also part of the festival was the 2012 El Tour de Mesa – as an official sponsor of El Tour, Performance Bicycle was represented by a great group of team members from our three Phoenix, AZ area stores located in: Chandler, Peoria, and Scottsdale, AZ.

We had a great presence during the ride packet pick up with members from our ChandlerPeoria, and Scottsdale stores representing Performance. We handed out samples from some of our vendors along with information on our Team Performance and Extended Service Plan programs.

Folks from our Chandler and Scottsdale stores also set up a tent at the awards area, where we showed off some of our new Fuji road bikes and Devinci mountain bikes – like the Devinci Atlas RC 29er mountain bike below.

We were out on the course as well, providing mechanical support for the El Tour de Mesa riders. We had many riders who stopped by for air, tubes, and general questions. Blake, one of our Spin Doctors, and Eric, another member of our Chandler team, were there to support the riders with both technical knowledge and shouts of encouragement!

Michael, Sales Manager of the Chandler store and sales associate Bryan Harding did double duty by riding in the 70 mile ride and then helping out afterwards at our tent during the festival. Performance showed up with a great presence and it was nice to see our customers show up and thank us for our support.

Switching gears to the west coast, Performance Bicycle was the sole provider of race day support at the 4th annual San Diego Gran Fondo ride.  Nearly 1400 riders participated in the 60 or 108 mile ride, and members from all of our San Diego, CA area stores covered the entire 108 mile course with rolling mechanical support.

Our team included associates from the La Mesa, Kearney Mesa, Sorrento Valley, Bonita, and San Diego, CA stores. They had a great time out on the course, providing flat repairs, repairing bent derailleurs, fixing chains, and performing derailleur adjustments. It was great hearing all the compliments from the riders after we helped them get on their way.

Hearing comments like “ You guys at Performance Bike are Awesome. Thank you for the support.” and “ You guys are life savers and enabled me to finish the ride” kept our team energized to provide support all day long! This was the first year that we provided this level of support for the San Diego Gran Fondo, and we had a great time getting out in the community and look forward to working with them in the future.

Staying in the San Diego, CA area, our San Diego and Kearney Mesa stores provided mechanic support at multiple rest stops for the Tour de Cure San Diego ride, where they aided dozens of participants by fixing flat tires, rubbing brakes and the like.

One great story from this event was relayed by team member Fred Robinson, who helped with mechanical support at an aid station. A long-time Performance customer who was riding in the event stopped by to thank Fred for Performance’s active role in helping her change to a healthier lifestyle, starting with her first bike purchase. And now she has just completed her first half-century!

Sticking with our busy San Diego area stores, Jake Beller from our La Mesa store and Thomas Jones from our Kearney Mesa store participated in San Diego State University‘s “Green Fest” event.  Organized by the SDSU Cycling & Triathlon Club, the festival promoted the sport of cycling to students to encourage them to ride a bike to school instead of driving.  We were there with our Performance tent and a Fuji Absolute 3.0 commuting bike to show/explain to passing students what to look for in a good bike for commuting and to highlight the benefits of riding a bike over driving a car.

Scott and Len from our Pittsburgh, PA store recently attended a Tour De Cure Kick off Event with a group of about 50 cyclists. 6 guest Speakers discussed various aspects of the Tour de Cure and the sport of cycling. But the highlight of the evening was our “spin off fundraiser challenge”, where guests “challenged” others to a “spin off” on 2 stationary bikes for a total of 5 minutes. Whoever traveled the furthest won the challenge, and the “loser” donated $25 to the Tour de Cure. Challenges were scheduled in between each guest speaker, and our team kept everyone motivated and entertained the crowd during the 5 minute battles, all in the name of a good cause!

Another form of dedication was on display in our Sorrento Valley, CA, which played host to many participants in the Stage Coach 400. A completely self-supported event (meaning riders are required to carry overnight gear and other items to safely and successfully complete the route), racers in the Stage Coach 400 ride a 400 mile mostly doubletrack route highlighting Southern California’s geographic and cultural diversity and climb nearly 31,000 feet in about 5 days. Check out the setups on these bikes:  

In keeping with our race theme, staff from our Speedway Tucson and Broadway Tucson, AZ stores provided roadside tech support at the Tour De Tucson Mountain race on a warm April day. There were over 900 event participants this year, and they helped raise approximately $4,500 to benefit the University of Arizona Alumni Association, University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus Children’s Center Clinic, TMC Children’s Miracle Network, Pima Community College Foundation, Marana Community Food Bank and other Perimeter Bicycling charities.

In addition to supporting the Tour de Tucson, Lance Vett from our Chandler store, Rene Arriaga from our Broadway Tucson store and Leslie Dusz from our Speedway Tucson store also set up a booth at the Tucson Mountains Expo, where they showed off some of our bikes, handed out nutrition samples and talked bikes with Tucson-area cyclists.

Of course there were also our regularly scheduled Spin Doctor clinics at all of our stores, so here are a few pictures from a sampling of stores, starting with our Akron, OH store:

Plus our Charlottesville, VA store – who held their clinic outside:

And finally our Chandler, AZ store, which had a full-house for their clinic:

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