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« Older Entries Read November’s Newsletter Friday, November 1st, 2019
Read our November Newsletter here! Subscribe for monthly news in your inbox! Winter Riding, Part 1: The Rider Friday, November 1st, 2019

From the workbench of shop manager, Kurstin Graham

Fall temperatures go through some big swings in the Truckee Meadows, near freezing in the morning to a warm 70 degrees by mid-afternoon. We often have brilliant sunshine but it can cloud over. Still days can give way to winds gusting to the point of knocking down fences. Add a bit of rain and snow all within a day’s commute and one might wonder if it is worth commuting November through April. Cycling wisdom suggests there is no weather you cannot dress for.

Your head and extremities: If your feet are cold, put on a hat! It may not be that simple but the idea is heat loss through your head cools your entire body. But back to your feet, wool and wool blend socks are fantastic! My go-to are Woolie Boolie and Wooleator socks from DeFeet. Next level protection includes weather proof shoe covers and winter specific shoes. Finding a favorite pair of winter gloves can be a greater challenge. You need to find the right combination of insulation and dexterity to match your riding needs. There are gloves, mits, and lobster claw hybrids. Unfortunately most cycling specific apparel is very expensive but I have been very please with investing in a variety of glove styles from Pearl Izumi. I also use Bar Mitts pogies with a liner glove. When it comes to head wear there are many options to cover as little or as much as you need. The ski-mask balaclava offers complete coverage while Rox Dog Earz fit in the triangle of your helmet straps just to protect your ears from the cold. My go-to is the fleece ear band but often on early morning commutes I wish I wore my balaclava. For arms and legs there are removable arm, knee, and leg warmers or if the temperatures are less variable try long sleeve, tights or pants. 

Your core: The wind vest can be a cyclist’s best friend for the shoulder seasons. If you need more there is the wind breaker jacket. Dressing in easily peeled layers is key, wicking undershirt (base layer), insulation layer such as fleece, then weather proof outer. Unzip for the climbs, zip up for the descents, remove during mid-day. Stay dry, ride comfortable all day. Dressing for high speed, high aerobic activities, with large temperature swings is a grand experiment.

There are lots of popular articles on the web and print media for the commuter to competitive cyclist. Hopefully some of these suggestions resonate with your experiences rinding in colder temperatures. Locally we are fortunate not to have extreme temperatures. Stay dry, stay warm, stay on your bike!

FutureCycle Application Open! Thursday, October 17th, 2019

We’ve launched our 2020 FutureCycle application!

Are you 16-24 and looking for a paid internship opportunity? Know a young person that could benefit from workskills training? Work with youth and want us to ride over and deliver a presentation on career opportunities in the bike industry?

Apply here! And reach out to bridget@renobikeproject.org with questions!

Read October’s Newsletter Thursday, October 10th, 2019
Read our October Newsletter here! Subscribe for monthly news in your inbox! Fall Color Rides Out of Reno Monday, September 30th, 2019

From the workbench of shop manager, Kurstin Graham

It’s that time of year to see vegetation change color in the high desert! My favorite rides/hikes/drives out of Reno are the following:

  1. Peavine Road: From the Stead side of the mountain, this well maintained road “corkscrews” for thousands of feet above our home. The North Valleys and Truckee Meadows have great trees and the road gives 360 degree views of the area on your way to the radio tower summit. Along the way there are unique drainages and springs hosting a variety of flora including aspen groves with their own brilliance. Beyond Peavine Rd there is a great selection of trails and roads to explore by bicycle or foot.
  2. Galena Creek Park: Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Spaces provide so many outdoor experiences. Galena Creek Park is a trailhead for Jones/Whites Creek and Dry Pond mountain bike and hiking trails. I especially like the “Tahoe feel” in the mixed forest at this mid-elevation trail system.
  3. Six-Mile Canyon/Fort Churchill Roads: Out of Virginia Cty, Six Mile Canyon Road is an exhilarating descent through giant cottonwoods.  Once through Mark Twain/Dayton you cross Highway 50 and the road becomes Fort Churchill Rd. This follows the Carson River to the Fort Churchill State Historic Park. The brilliance of the cottonwoods going through the fall change is beyond compare. The State Park is worth a day’s exploration including the river trail to Buckland Station.
  4. Lockwood to Lagomarsino Petroglyphs: To the east of Washington Mine out of Lockwood is the direct route along Long Valley Creek. I recommend this as a hike or a very adventurous hike-a-bike. The views up this canyon and the little side canyons are worth it! The foliage against the rugged geology is picture perfect. All of this comes before visiting the petroglyphs, a true heritage site. For an easier bike ride stay to the west of Washington Mine and loop around to the petroglyphs via Louse Town Rd.
  5. The Tahoe-Pyramid Trail: Not enough can be said about this national gem of a trail shared between Nevada and California. Between Lake Tahoe and Reno the trail shows off the Sierra portion of the Truckee River. Between Reno and Pyramid Lake is a slightly less sung portion of the trail but none less noteworthy. Between Mustang and Patrick the McCarran Ranch area showcases the Nature Conservancy’s effort to rehab the river to support wildlife. Between Wadsworth and Nixon the trail takes you through unique geology between the Pah Rah and Truckee Ranges and through some of the largest Cottonwoods I have seen. The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Museum and Visitor’s Center is definitely worth a visit.

If I can help with more specifics you can find me in the shop Tuesday through Friday. Otherwise I am out exploring more Nevada backroads. See you out there!

4th St Shop Closed Until Further Notice Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

We wanted to let you all know that after Friday 9/6, our shop at 635 E 4th St will not be open to the public until further notice. Please visit our bike shop at 216 E Grove St:
Sunday—CLOSED
Monday: 10 AM—5 PM
Tuesday: 10 AM—5 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM—5 PM
Thursday: 10 AM—6 PM
Friday: 10 AM—6 PM
Saturday: 10 AM—5 PM
We are sorry for any inconvenience. Thank you for your support!

Read September’s Newsletter Wednesday, September 4th, 2019
Read our September Newsletter here! Subscribe for monthly news in your inbox! Post-Burn: Maintaining your Human Playa Vehicle Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

By shop manager, Kurstin Graham

What do you do with that playa-caked bicycle after the dust has settled? To stave off a high repair bill, we recommend you don’t wait 11 and a half months to tune it up.

First, pre-wash: Remove decorations and accessories. Re-decorating your bike from year to year is fun! The decorations often are in the way of tuning your bike. Evaluate your lights and remove batteries.

Then:

  1. Wash your bike: I start with a bucket of warm water and dish soap. Sometimes I get fancy and use car washing soap. I rinse the bike, top to bottom, then follow with a vigorous scrubbing top to bottom. Focus on brake and shift levers, underside of seat, headset, hubs, bottom bracket, gears, derailleurs, chain, pedals (all lubed parts that have caked playa dust on them). Rinse top to bottom. Repeat. I bounce the bike a couple of times, and then dry it with a rag.

  2. Clean, dry, and lube your chain: a little time here is worth it. Using a brush and a rag there should be no dirt on your chain. WD40 is a good solvent for drying your chain but you will need a lube on top of that dry, clean chain. Tri-Flow is a great all-purpose lube. Finishline 1-Step is also very good. All lubes are better than no lube. If this is too much, a new chain is $7-20, and KMC makes a variety of Rust Buster models.

  3. Replace cables and housing: gummed up cable systems are a common problem. Replacing or reducing the numbers of cables and housing on your bike is the solution. Replacement costs are $4-25 for basic cable kits.

  4. Overhaul bearing surfaces: since most cheap bikes do not have sealed bearings bottom brackets, rear hubs, front hubs, and headsets (listed in order of importance, vulnerability, and most common problem areas), they are vulnerable to dust, moisture, damage and failure. Re-packing these bearings with fresh grease is key. New bearings are $1-2 per race.

  5. Grips, Seats, Pedals, Tires: clean with an “Armour-All” type product. Evaluate for comfort and replace if needed.

  6. Freewheel: blast out with spray-lube, drip in something heavier such as Phil Wood Tenacious Oil, or replace.

Come see us in the Public Work Stations to check off the above list. While these are tips for post-Burning Man, as one who tours in Nevada, this is also my standard post ride tune to ensure my bike is ready for my next adventure.

See you out there!

Grove St Closed Tomorrow (Sunday, 8/25) Sunday, August 25th, 2019

216 E Grove St is closed tomorrow (Sunday, 8/25)! Thank you to our Reno community for your patience as we work through Burning Man! We’ll reopen for regular hours on Monday (10AM–5PM).
Our Burning Man shop (at 635 E 4th St) will be open 10 AM–8 PM.
If you’d like to volunteer, we’d appreciate any extra hands at 4th St tomorrow. Thank you, too, to anyone that’s donated some time thus far!

Burning Man Hours! Saturday, August 24th, 2019

Check our extended Burning Man hours at 4th St & reduced services at both shops!

Grove St: 
Public workstations & retail available; no bike repairs (can drop off though)
Friday, August 23: 10A–6P
Saturday, August 24: 10A–5P
Sunday, August 25: 11A–4P
Monday, August 26: 10A–5P

4th St: 
Our Burner Shop pop-up; no public workstations or non-burner retail/repairs
Friday, August 23: 10A–8P
Saturday, August 24: 10A–8P
Sunday, August 25: 10A–8P
Monday, August 26: 10A–8P

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