April 2015 - City Hub Cyclery

King’s Day Criterium

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For some, it was the first criterium of the season, and for others the first of their lives. Kudos to both camps, because everyone finished with skin and bicycles intact. Daniel Shamburger took the top step on the men’s cat 5 podium with a decisive sprint out of a three-man break from the large field. Heather Goss, narrowly missed the podium with a solid ride for fourth in the women’s 1/2/3 field.

Men's Cat 5 field revving their engines on the start line.

Men’s Cat 5 field revving their engines on the start line.

Mike's pain face game is strong.

Mike’s pain face game is strong.

Daniel Shamburger sprinting for the win!

Daniel Shamburger sprinting for the win!

 

Confidence and control in the corners kept Heather at the front of the group and a fierce contender in the final sprint.

Confidence and control in the corners kept Heather at the front of the group and a fierce contender in the final sprint.

The day ended with tulips and smiles all around. City Hub showing some love for Jen a bouquet of purple tulips.

The day ended with tulips and smiles all around. City Hub showing some love for Jen a bouquet of purple tulips.

Photos: Mike Troccko

How to Prepare for Your Best Group Ride Ever:

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If you haven’t hit your first group ride of the season just yet, read these tips to be sure you’re ready to rock and roll.

Be punctual! If you’re riding there, map it out and leave the house with plenty of time for a mishap like a wrong turn or a flat tire. If you’re driving, plan to get there at least 10 minutes before the posted roll-out time.

Don’t forget your flat kit! It should include an extra tube of the right size, tire levers, and some sort of inflation device (pump or CO2 cartridge and adapter). Even if you’re running Gatorskins and you’re SURE you won’t flat, you will or somebody else might and you’ll be able to save the day.

Look up the route beforehand, if possible. Having a general idea of where you’re going and how far it’ll be will help you know how much water/food you’re going to need to bring, where possible pitstops might be, or how to find your way back to your car if you get dropped.

Put on a brave face- if you’re the new kid on the block, don’t be afraid to make friends! Practice your conversation starters on your cat before you show up. Things like “nice saddlebag” and “wow I get such a great draft behind you” are sure to break the ice.

Bring cash for that inevitable coffee stop.

Look at the weather for the start and the end of the ride. Adjust your tire pressure/attire/lenses accordingly.

When you feel ready to roll in a steady paceline and sprint for city limit signs, the City Hub Cyclery weekly group rides are your chance. Kit up and be at City Hub for a 40 mile cruise Sundays at 9am*!

We want YOU to ride with us!

We want YOU to ride with us!

*Or Monday at 6pm, as Sundays sometimes conflict with the local race schedule.

Am I a Cyclist?

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If you have to ask yourself this question, the answer is yes. Yes! If you ride a bicycle, you are a cyclist. Simple as that. You don’t need to wait for your tan lines to emerge or own a bike with outrageous components. You don’t even have to shave your legs.

You are a cyclist when you get on a bicycle. Mountain bike, cruiser bike, road bike, funky hybrid commuter bike with a wagon attached to the back…doesn’t matter. If you turn the pedals, you are part of a strange and wonderful crowd that gets a unique perspective of the world.

Yes Dad, even you.

Yes Sir, even you.

You see things in slower motion than in a car, and you have a relationship with the terrain that isn’t available forpeople in any other vehicle. You feel the difference between peanut butter mud and tacky trails. You feel the landscape roll and change grade (sometimes painfully). You smell the trees and exhaust and the neighbors’ barbeque.

You get chased by dogs, pushed by the wind, and stumble upon places you wouldn’t have if you’d been walking or driving. It’s a privilege to be a part of this healthy, good-vibe tribe. You create a connection between yourself and your city, and intimacy that can’t be known otherwise. So pedal proudly, my two-wheeled friend. You are a cyclist.

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