Tuesday, February 24, 2009

It's Here

The Superfly SS that is. It came today, it's like Xmas in...what month is it? Never mind. The only thing I can focus on is how to get this thing built up as quickly as possible and go ride it.

It is a 29er. It is "Super Fly".

It is a whole lot of Carbon Fiber.

Oh ya, this frame is special, it is a single speed frame. A close cousin of the stock Fisher Superfly
but mutated for my special needs. Hey, if you want to get a Superfly don't sleep, get on it! They're available now, but might not be sometime soon.

When IBCer Chris Agee picked up the box he thought the frame alone was inside. No sir, that was the weight of the frame, fork, and stem you were feeling sir. Kooky-light.

If I had a bike custom painted it would be light blue and black.
This is the stock paint job. Lucky me.

Rear facing gnurled horizontal dropout with float room for the disc caliper
so it can pivot out of the way for wheel removal/installation.

I'm hoping to capture some footage of this speed-beast
in its natural environment this weekend.
Check back soon.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tour of California Group Rides - Feb 21 & 22

Thanks to everyone who came out last weekend. The rides were a lot of fun. So much so that the boys over at Independent/Lionette's have decided to do it all over again.

Saturday February 21st - 1:00 Starting at our Newton location, returning at 5:00
Sunday February 22nd - 1:00 Starting at our Boston location, returning at 5:00
*If the weather is bad on Sunday we'll do a group indoor trainer ride at the Boston store starting at 3:00.

Join us after the rides to watch the Tour of California. Food and beer will be served. We hope to see you.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Tour of California Stage 2

Stage One of the Tour of California starts in the city of Davis and meanders towards Santa Rosa, the hometown of Astana's primary general classification threat Levi Leipheimer. Don't put your money on any hometown heroics today though. The stage finish in Santa Rosa is probably going to end in a bunch sprint. Teams are too strong to let an early break stick in such a competitive race even this early, so expect Colombia and Quick Step to pull things back together for Cavendish and Boonen.

Still, weather could be a factor and it would not come as a suprise were yesterday's prologue winner Fabian Cancellara to pip the sprinter trains and capture another stage.

Stop by either of our locations to watch all the action unfold, and if you happen to see Lance Armstrong's stolen Trek Equinox time trial bike-please alert the authorities!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Tour of California Prologue

The Tour of California begins today in Sacramento California. Valentine's Day is a fitting date for the cycling love-fest that features Lance Armstrong's domestic return to road racing. With the possible exception of the Sunday Times' Paul Kimmage, the rest of the sporting world is thrilled with the increased exposure Mr. Armstrong's return will bring to cycling. While the wisdom of engaging in an argument with any one who buys ink by the truckload is always suspect, the strength of Lance's Astana team as well as his personal form is not in doubt. Nonetheless the 2.4 mile course is fairly flat and fast and should favor a time trial specialist. Keep an eye on Saxo Bank's Fabian Cancellara who despite reeking of cologne and sporting a hairstyle popular among NHL defensemen, Eastern European pit fighters and Midwestern monster truck aficionados, is the embodiment of style, power and beauty on a bicycle.

Following the Prologue, please check back for full results and commentary. International Bicycle Center will be celebrating the Tour of California and Lance's return from Februay 14th through February 22nd. Please visit either of our locations for great savings on bicycles, parts, accessories and labor or just to watch the Tour of California.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I.F. Elite Tour of California Ride

Feeling lonely because of the long wet winter? Don't be.
You are all invited to IF Racing and IBC's TOC group rides this weekend.

IF Racing/ Lionette's Elite team will be leading rides from both IBC locations, Boston and Newton. After the ride we will be watching the opening stages of the Tour of California, Live.

The ride will return return to the Boston store to take part in some complimentary grub and free beer from Harpoon and the Tour, Live.
Please come and join us for the ride and or the viewing. Viewing starts at 6pm Saturday and 5pm Sunday. The rides will split according to fitness levels if needed, so don't be afraid to show your weak legs.


We hope you can join us

Friday, February 6, 2009

The Zombie Survival Guide Endorses The Bicycle as
the best mode of escape from an undead outbreak

The recent Zombie outbreak in Austin, Texas has probably got you thinking "What is the best way to escape a mob of flesh-craving walking dead people?". Max Brooks, in his recent non-fiction book The Zombie Survival Guide discusses various modes of escape.

To summarize:
The common sedan lacks off-road capability, SUVS are engineered for aesthetics not rugged dependability, trucks and vans can get stuck turning their occupants into canned food, buses lack maneuverability and fuel economy, armored cars are hard to come by, motorcycles are inherently dangerous, and horses get spooked by the undead. All motorized vehicles create Zombie-attracting noise and depend on possibly scarce fuel sources.

However, he has the following to say about the Bicycle:

From New York Times Best Seller The Zombie Survival Guide:

The Bicycle
In a class by itself, this vehicle offers the best of both worlds. The common bicycle is fast, quiet, muscle-powered, and easy to maintain. Add to this the additional advantage that it is the only vehicle you can pick up and carry if the terrain gets rough. People using bicycles to escape from infested areas have almost always fared better than those on foot. For optimum performance, use a mountain bike, as opposed to the racing or recreational model. Don't let your speed and mobility go to your head, however. Wear standard safety gear, and choose caution over speed. The last thing you want is to end up in a ditch, legs broken, bike trashed, with the shuffling of undead feet growing louder with each step.