Here’s wishing everyone a happy holiday season. Nice Bike will be closed during the holiday week starting on December 24th and reopening on January 2nd. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you all in 2014.
Many times, in cycling, the best bike frames are the frames that you see the pros riding in races like the Tour de France. They often are the fastest, lightest, and best riding frames available, and it’s no wonder that there is a demand for such equipment, by the general public. Properly sized, most people can fit on many of these frames, but, let’s face it, many of us just don’t need anything that stiff and that aggressive. Here is where we insert the Time Fluidity.
Constructed from Time’s own, proprietary carbon and resin, the Fluidity is handmade in Lyon, France, and like all other Time frames, it comes with a lifetime warranty. Is it light? You bet! Less than 15.5 lbs w/ Campagnolo Record EPS and Mad Fiber wheels. Does it climb? Like a mountain goat. Seated or standing, the power transfer from the bottom bracket to the rear axle will satisfy even on the steepest grades. Does it descend? Much faster than I thought I ever could. The bike is so stable you will almost forget your going 80 kph. Is it comfortable? This is the ultimate epic ride bike. The frame absorbs both low-frequency vibration (the vibration of riding on imperfect surfaces), and the bigger impacts from surface cracks and very rough surfaces. But, where some other “smooth riding” frames may lack in power, especially when the grades get steep, the Fluidity surges up the road with every pedal stroke. And, on the descents, the bike feels like it is sucking down into the pavement, which makes your fastest descents seem way too comfortable. The head tube on this 57 cm frame is an ample 201 mm. This allows for riders to have a comfortable cockpit position without having to use an excessive amount of spacers under the stem, which results in an amazing sensation of control and stiffness, even out of the saddle.
If you are looking for a frame every bit as nice a the bikes that you see in the pro peleton, but are not racing the Tour de France next month, then please consider the Time Fluidity. The best possible bike for your epic day in the mountains.
We here, in Denver, are very privileged to have the NAHBS in town this year, and if you are a cycling enthusiast, then you owe it to yourself to go this weekend. The Show is going on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. David, Scott and I will be attending on Friday morning and early afternoon, and we’ll actually be opening the shop late that day. If you are considering a new bike this year and were curious about getting a custom frame made, we will have two of our brands exhibiting at the show. If you are looking for custom titanium, then you will find none nicer than Eriksen cycles. One of the original welders for Moots, Kent Eriksen still lives and builds bikes in Steamboat Springs, and has won the best ti bike at the NAHBS in 2009, 2010, and 2012. Road, cross, and mountain frames with 26″, 650b, and 29″ wheels.
If Carbon is more your thing then you must check out Calfee Design. Producing one of the earliest carbon frames to be raced in the Tour de France, in 1991 by none other than Greg LeMond, Calfee Design has been at the fore front of carbon bicycles for over 20 years. With three levels of carbon frame construction, as well as bamboo frames, Calfee Design is sure to have a frame and price point to fit your custom bicycle needs.
Even if you are not in the market for a custom titanium or carbon bike frame, this show may make you change your mind. If you would like to meet at the show and discuss a custom frame with Nice Bike and one of our custom builders, please call us and we can arrange an appointment for this weekend. Or, if you don’t have time, come by Nice Bike and we will go over all the options.
I know many of you have been riding carbon road bikes for a while now. But what about carbon mountain bikes? Are you still afraid to ride carbon off-road because you are afraid it won’t be strong enough, especially if you crash? Watch this video from Santa Cruz Bicycles and you may feel better about shelling out the extra dough for the carbon upgrade.
So technology is advancing at an exponential rate. Gadgets that would have sounded like science fiction, ten years ago, are now part of our every day lives. And cycling is no exception. Bikes keep getting lighter, stiffer and more comfortable. Brakes are hydraulic, and shifting is electronic. But what is in this video absolutely takes the cake. We are certainly living in amazing times
What do you do with your old bike parts?
This Fox RP23 get’s reincarnated as a gate spring.
By now, I hope you have heard of Bont shoes. Having Bradley Wiggings win the TDF, in your footwear, will certainly bring you a lot of positive press. And, it is not just hype. The shoes are every bit as nice as they claim to be. I can not begin to tell you how many of our customers have come back raving about these shoes. I had one gentleman, who had purchased a nice set of carbon clinchers the year before, come back and tell me that his new Bonts had made a bigger difference, in his riding performance, than the wheels he bought the year before. Most riders tell me that they can tell a huge difference in the stiffness and power transfer, within the first few blocks. If you get a pair, be prepared to lower your saddle 4-6 mm. Stack height on the bonts are between 4 and 5 mm, putting the sole of your foot closer to the pedal than any other shoe. Perhaps the biggest surprise is this shoe is very comfortable. With it’s unique ergonomic shape and a fully mold-able sole and upper, we are able to completely customize the fit to your foot. The Vaypor, pictured here, comes in a varity of black, white and silver color combinations, as well as fully customizable colors. These are even drilled specifically for Speedplay pedals.
So, if you are in the market for a new pair of Road or MTB cycling shoes, do not buy anything until you look at Bont.