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Annual Early Season Ski Sale, 15-18 November!

The SOS fair has come and gone, so that means it’s time for Open Road’s annual pre-season Nordic Ski sale!  Sale starts this Thursday, November 15th and runs thru Sunday the 18th.  Great skiing is just a couple weeks away, so come on in and make sure your ready to get the most out of the season.  All Nordic Skis and related equipment will be on sale!

Be safe out there! The science of being seen.

Great article in Velo News about how to increase your visibility to drivers.  The 2 big take-aways are: most cyclists vastly overrate how visible they are to drivers, and that good daytime running lights and proper clothing can increase your visibility up to 270% – that’s a pretty huge number.  With drivers being more and more distracted, making yourself as visible as possible has never been more important!  Be safe out there!

Want the fastest tires – listen to this podcast!

Have you heard the news – contrary to long held beliefs, fatter tires at lower pressures are faster. Most folks scoff when they first hear this (I know I did), so if you need convincing, listen to this podcast. And if you need some fat, fast, and comfy tires, we got ’em!

Top Fuel 9.9 review in Dirt Rag!

Conclusion… “The Top Fuel is one of the most high-tech, potent and fun short travel 29ers I’ve ever ridden; it’s also one of the lightest. It’s a full-on racer as well as a full-on fun-to-ride bike.”  Read the full review here

“One of the best all-around trail bikes of the year” !!!

Outside magazine sure liked the Trek Fuel EX 29, and I gotta say that I concur.  After having the opportunity to demo all the new bikes in Madison last month, the Fuel EX stood out to me as the best blend of nimble handling, great pedaling efficiency, and plenty of smooth, confidence inspiring suspension travel.  Check out the review here.

Suspension set-up guide at Trekbikes.com

Trek’s current line up of full suspension bikes have some of the best technology in the bike biz, but all that technology is lost if your suspension is not adjusted properly for you.  Now Trek has easy to follow guidelines online – check it out here

We’re now carrying Compass Tires!

Looking for the best, fat, high performance tires?  Look no further than Compass.  Fat and high performance you say?  Isn’t that contradictory?  Lots of folks think so, and lots of folks are… ummm… misinformed.  It’s very true that lots of fat tires are slow, but that is due to their construction (made for maximum durability, not performance) not their width.  The term is used far too often in the bike world, but if there is one true “game changer”, it’s wide, high performance tires.  We’ve got everything from 700 x 26 that will fit almost any racing bike, to 650B x 42 (my current fav.) Stop in and check ’em out!

Yet another stellar review of the Trek Remedy 29, this one in Dirt Rag!

“this bike is hands down the best long travel 29er I’ve ridden.”

That’s not me talking, that’s the Dirt Rag reviewer!

and he finishes with…  “This is a must-ride, and I’d recommend any of the carbon or aluminum models with the RE:aktiv shock to just about anyone who is shopping for one of the best trail bikes out there.”

You can find the rest of the review here

Another great review of the Remedy 29 from Pinkbike…

from the summary… “The fact that the Remedy 29’s climbing performance is almost as outstanding as its downhill prowess is what truly makes it such an incredible bike, and I’m not one to use the word ‘incredible’ lightly.”

See the full review here.