Capital City Cycles

3rd annual Blubber Burn Classic

Posted in bikes, Cyclocross, Events, MTB by capitalcitycycles on January 21, 2012


It’s that time again.

3rd annual Blubber burn is upon us.

It’s the same basic concept as the last two years.

Meet at the Heartland Dump Parking lot on January 29th. Register from 10:30-11:30.

Race starts at 12 and costs five buck which will go directly to South Island Mountain Bike Society since we will be riding on their trails.

“Race Clothing” encouraged.

I will probably run a similar course to last year, unless we have lots of snow, then I’ll make an easier course.

It’s a cross race, so if you have a CX bike show up on that. If you don’t have a CX bike you can use a Mountain bike but only if it’s single speed, or the shifters are locked out. There will be race officials that will inspect mountain bikes, and we can help with “singlespeeding” bikes as well. Mountain bikers will also be held back at the start line for a few seconds.

The course will most likely be the same as the last two years:

It starts at the north end of Inventive. From there it goes up Emergency one to Fire drill to Rollie ridge to Crazy horse, then down the fire road and skips into the bottom part of Nite shift and then up the fire road back to the start. I imagine the lap is only about 1,5 to 2 km but it is very challenging on a cross bike. For about 80% of the course you’ll be in your 3 lowest gears.  There will be some sort of barriers.

Some photos from two years ago:

some here as well:

Zlog x Actual Pain ‘Hell on Wheels’

Posted in bikes, fixed gear by capitalcitycycles on July 29, 2011

Two of our favourite Seattle  labels, Zlog and Actual Pain have teamed up to produce this great little metal influenced graphic, Hell on Wheels. Zlog have been holding it down for the Northwest Fixed scene for a minute now and Actual Pain kill it on the graphic tee game. Show some love and ride in style with the Hell on Wheels tee available now at both the Zlog Boutique and the Actaul Pain store.


Creme Cafe Racer Men’s Doppio

Posted in bikes by capitalcitycycles on July 2, 2011

I’ve had my Doppio for a couple of weeks now, riding to and from work every day, as well as on fun casual rides with Ellen on her Asama Euro, and it has been a pleasure. The only way that I can describe it, as vague as it sounds, is that everything is just right where it should be. The bike is comfortable, quick and super stylish. Paul and I are designing a rolltop/courier bag design that will attach to the tray on the front of any of the Cafe Racer models that we will be selling through the shop shortly.
Come take one for a test ride, we were only able to bring in a limited quantity this season, and they start at only $899.


Bike Check

Posted in bikes, Custom builds, MTB, Rides by capitalcitycycles on June 30, 2011

After years away from the discipline I thought it was time to get back into touring and since we have this blog I thought our readers might be interested in seeing what I use for multi-day excursions. Of course this is a pro bike shop build so perhaps not within the reach of your average guy but as a bike shop we like to showcase our unique skill set and the sort of quality parts we can provide. Enjoy:
Frame is custom orderd SporTek mtb stepthrough. I like the ruggedness of a mountain bike frame as opposed to dedicated touring frames. I also like the semi-stepthrough frame for when I’m winter touring in geiters and crampons.

For panniers I use Blackburn racks with custom made powder coated pannier grates (no these are not from a laundry hamper). For the front I like to drape reusable shopping bags of the crate an I usually fill those with water and sometimes rocks for more high speed stability…more on that later. I use backpacks for panniers, and on the front I use a milk crate for the added rigidity of a plastic enclosure and in there I have a seat belt for Charlie Sheen my slightly un-purebred Whippet.  The crate is also great to sit on at the campfire at night, and with slight modifications can be used as a helmet. Drivetrain is a 21 speed setup with Falcon thumb shifters and  Shimano SIS derailleurs, but that’s the most bombproof system there is…I know because I blew up five drive trains with sticks of dynamite before deciding on this setup (they were the only ones that were usable after the explotion.

Charlie Sheen the Whippet

Wheels are Joytechs, tires are Cheng Shins. Cranks are one piece, with ceramic bb. Pedals are composite, hempbased and again use ceramic coated bearings. Grips are ODI, Stem is a custom made Everti Titanium 17degree quill with matching bars. Bottle cage is Chris King and I use Vitamin water bottles. Seat is velo sport with titanium rails and natural gel padding. Seatpost is titanium.

Perhaps what sets this bike apart from your average touring machine is the custom Univega rear spoiler system. The only drawback of using a mountain bike frame as a basis for your touring rig is that the wheelbase is very short. This makes it a bit unstable at speeds above 79kmh and I noticed that my rear end would wander a bit in those circumstances, especially if I was using the hovergear. Therefore I added the spoiler which makes for much better tracking at high speed and gives me more traction in the back for high speed, loaded, climbs. The last thing you want is your rear end levitating when you don’t want it to, and the spoiler takes care of that. It’s a composite system existing of steel struts, and a natural fiber wing. It’s a prototype, but the patent is pending.
Go forth with vigor,


Brougham Frames and 4130

Posted in bikes, Custom builds, fixed gear by capitalcitycycles on May 4, 2011

We just got a few Brougham frames in from Felt, as well as the gorgeous Felt 4130. The Brougham frame is about the best option you can find for a custom track bike build and at a very reasonable price.  As far as the 4130 goes, you kind of have to see it in person to appreciate it.

Come check them out!


Posted in bikes, fixed gear, Rides, Road by capitalcitycycles on April 23, 2011

Phillippe Gilbert has been amazing this year and is the favorite for tomorrow…he’s a marked man however, so other teams will try to make the race as tough as possible.

Nice profile (spells: pain)

The last of the Ardennes races is on tomorrow. The Liège–Bastogne–Liège is the last of the three Ardennes races held every year in the Easter week. Liège–Bastogne–Liège is the oldest surviving bicycle race in the world and it has been around since 1892. It’s sometimes called La Doyenne (the oldest) for that reason. The race is often considered the toughest of the classics. It has 10 tough climbs and it is about 260km long, so it takes the toughest kind of rider to be able to take the win.

This year we’ve had a fantastic classics season, with upset wins, great battles and much drama. Tomorrow will be no different, and will be well worth a watch.

We’ll go for a ride tomorrow leaving the shop at 10 and then watch the race in the afternoon.

Vino took it last year in an impressive fashion

A few more photos from the sprints

Posted in bikes, fixed gear, Rides, Road, Track by capitalcitycycles on April 14, 2011

The sprints last Friday were amazing. This was probably one of our biggest events ever. It’s pretty cool to see all different sorts of cyclists, of all levels, coming together and racing purely for fun. Everyone got along well and hoppy drinks were consumed in brother/sisterhood.

There is no great bicycle divide.

Bunch of more photos here:

New Bikes (Finally!!)

Posted in bikes by capitalcitycycles on March 22, 2011

We’ve finally received our touring machines from Opus, and they look fantastic!  Come check ’em out, we have only received a limited number so far but we should have your size.  The Largo and the Legato are both now available, as well as the Acapella, which is Opus’ new high end commuter with hydraulic discs (very fancy!).

Volume Bikes Preview

Posted in bikes, City, Track by capitalcitycycles on February 28, 2011

Volume have absolutely been killing it on their fixed blog as of late and are soon going to be releasing these two killer bikes in Canada.  The first is a complete hybrid style bike with discs and internal shifting, while keeping the badass steel frame look, with nice stiff rims.  The second will be their complete Thrasher which will come in at a realistic price point for those of you who are looking for a super reliable fixed gear, or to get in to trick riding.


Major Taylor

Posted in bikes, Track by capitalcitycycles on February 24, 2011

February is the black history month in the US. In honour of that, The Scanner, has a good article on the fastest man on earth in his day: Major Taylor

Check it here. It’s worth a read