Capital City Cycles

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:

Malahat mash

Posted in Cyclocross, fixed gear, Road, Touring, Track by capitalcitycycles on March 18, 2011

Two weekends ago Clay, Parker and I went on a nice little ride.

We rode to Shawnigan Lake via Brentwood Bay and Mill Bay and then back through Shawnigan and down the Malahat to Victoria. The ride was about 90km and we took our sweet time doing it.

This is only the  first in a series of long rides we intend to do somewhat informally through the shop. These rides are all about fun. There will be beer stops and good food along the way. Hammer if you want to ride alone. So start putting some km’s in and join us on the next one.

The equipment was low tech this time as we were all riding brakeless fixed gears. The photos nicely compliment that style since they were all shot on cellphones.

So much fun

I had a beer in here somewnere…

Waiting for the ferry in Brentwood bay

silly map

docking at Mill Bay

Clay Ulrich (likes the drops)


Parker climbs like a goat…he pisses you off when he tiptoes up the hills firmly seated in the saddle while you wrestle the bars and mash the pedals standing up and tasting blood

There is a barista beauty in this establishment, we’ll make a point of going there again…

Shady pub for shady people…love it

Artois / Artios who cares some European snob beer…Okenagan/Okenagen well, basically get a Budweiser you sissy

 

Nixon trail/Langford lake, Clay thought it would be fun to take a little cross side trail…he was right

keirin

Posted in fixed gear, Track by capitalcitycycles on March 16, 2011

Sunday Ride!

Posted in Events, Road, Track by capitalcitycycles on March 5, 2011

I love my Lampre gear…

Clay, Parker and I are going on a Ride tomorrow and everyone is invited to come along:

This is a ride I’ve been meaning to do for a while and should be lots of fun. We’re going to ride from the shop to Brentwood Bay, ferry to Mill bay, then ride through Cobble hill, Shawnigan lake (with a possible stop at Bicycleitis and a burger stop at the Black swan), along Shawnigan lake to the Malahat, bomb down to Goldstream and Back into town on the goose. We’re riding fixed gears so the pace will be relaxed, and there will be beer stops.

We’re leaving the shop at 9am sharpy.

Looking forward to it. Come along you!

Tuesday night ride and winter products we like

Posted in City, Events, Products, Road, Track by capitalcitycycles on March 1, 2011

We’ve been having a blast on the Tuesday night rides for the past couple of weeks. Tonight is looking good as far as the weather goes, even though there might be some light rain. We’ve got fenders right?

I think a good rip is in order for tonight. The last ride we did was pretty soggy but included a donut AND a beer stop so we all felt great afterwards. We’ll leave the shop around 6:30 or so.

Products we like for crappy weather:

SKS Race Blade Fenders

These fenders are great for fixed gears or road bikes with tight clearances. They’re a little more expensive than other similar fenders but have a better retention system and are made from plastic wrapped aluminum so they don’t brake as easily as others. Another cool feature is the included adapter for aero forks.

These fenders fit tires from 18mm-35mm, and weigh 297g for the pair. I’ve been running them for two winters on my fixed gear and they show no signs of wear. $75

Bike Lust:

Bike lust is a great product made by Pedro’s tool company. It’s a silicone polish that cleanes and shines your bike and builds up a protective surface on your frame that makes cleaning easier. So, if you have this stuff on your bike before you go out on the Capital City Cycles Tuesday night ride, it’ll be easy to wipe of your bike afterwards. I use this stuff year round…But it helps a lot in the winter months with the accompanying grimy roads.

Also for the winter months you don’t really want to walk to the liquor store in the rain, and if you’re smart, you’ve trained your cat to pick up some beer for you. Jeff and Tegan have trained their cat do do this, and they just attach a saddlebag on the cat with a note and some money and send it down to Cascadia to pick up some beer. But we here at Capital City love our animals so we want the cat to feel good and protected when it goes to the store for you. Therefore we’ve added a new custom helmet line to our existing aluminum foil line:

These helmets are made from the finest organic fruits we can source and provide your cat with a feeling of pride, protection and dignity. Tegan says his cat (Shadow death murder blackness III) “really loves it” when he puts the lime helmet on her. “She just starts to purr as soon as I put that on her, she loves it even more than Fruit Loops with chocolate milk!”

Helmets start at 50 bucks and go up from there, depending on materials and design.

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.

 

Gillian’s KHS Aero Track

Posted in Track by capitalcitycycles on February 24, 2011

Brian over at OBB just posted some photos of Gillian’s bangin’ KHS track bike.  She makes it go reeeeal fast.  So fast that she placed first and third in her first two alleycats.  Check it.

I love these frames.  I’ll get a photo of Henry’s Aero Track up soon.

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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

Alleycat Breakdown On Stuckylife

Posted in City, Track by capitalcitycycles on February 23, 2011

A photo of the great leader coming in not nearly tired enough.

Brandon at stuckylife did a great writeup about the race on Saturday, with tons of photos.  Check it out!

And another big thanks to everyone for coming out, we’re stoked on the turnout, especially in the middle of winter!

Now everyone enjoy the snowday, and dust off the cross bikes again!

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FELT BROUGHAMS ARE HERE!!

Posted in Track by capitalcitycycles on February 18, 2011

We just received our first shipment of Felt Broughams of the season, we got 4 silvers, and one raw.

Honestly, last years Broughams were great, but they have increased significantly in quality for this year.  We’re super impressed.  They are even coming stock with a Vittoria Randonneur tire on the rear.  Very nice.

Come test ride one soon, they aren’t going to be around long.