I know, who is MyTeamCar.net and why are they spamming me?
Well, I've been busy with my regular customers but mostly getting a lot of other things I've been ignoring all year taken care of. Things have been pretty quiet since I quit spamming you all. Hope that's just because I've been pretty quiet.
Unlike other parts of the country, cycling in CA is pretty much non-stop throughout the year. That said, the end of the road racing season usually means a little less activity. However, MTB and Cyclocross racing is in full swing and the Low-Key Hillclimb Series is well underway. So that means that many of you are still riding and training.
This is a good time of year to have your bike(s) inspected and tuned for the remaining warm-weather rides, which is typically through November and early December.
I actually took about two weeks completely off the bike in early September after my final race of the year. In fact, that race was my last race--period.
That's right, retired from competition and will race no more. At 55-years old, it's well past time to fade away from the local racing scene. I've been racing bikes for over 20-years. The time feels right to walk away while I'm still relatively unscathed and healthy.
After a long road road season and disappoining final race, I really didn't have much desire to ride the bike. As I mentioned, I didn't even look at my bike for a couple of weeks after my last race. I actually enjoyed the time away from riding but also knew that going much longer without riding would mean serious weight gain and a long road back to any kind of form that would allow me to enjoy even fun rides.
So, after a couple of weeks, I started riding again. Easy stuff and mostly close to home. The first few rides were a bit harsh and had me thinking maybe I'd just move on to Slot Cars now and skip recreational riding all together.
But I started feeling better on the bike and was quickly reminded how much fun and therapeutic cycling really is. In fact, I've been doing a lot of scouting around my neighborhood and local area on the road bike and I've done a couple of off-road rides. I must say, some deliberation, I don't think I'm quite ready to stop riding bikes just yet. Of course, one hard get-off could change all that. But, for now, I'm still riding the bike and enjoying it. It's actually been kinda nice riding alone and slower for a change.
The main pic (top-right) is looking over Lexington Reservoir from the St Joseph's Trail just northeast of the dam. The tree pics are of one of the old-growth redwoods in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. I hadn't seen this one in quite a while. If you're ever there, take a look. The thing is massive!
Okay, back to biz. As you may know, I finally got my new site up and I've made a lot of progress getting it more usueful to you, my customers.In fact, I've got a working Classifieds section that you can list stuff for sale, stuff wanted, or stuff to trade. It's not eBay or Craig's List, but it may be useful to you. Please give it a spin when you have the need. I'm going to be listing a bunch of stuff on it soon, as I get rid of a lot of racing gear and equipment I won't need anymore.
I've also built a Customer Info/Preferences section that provides me with basic, but necessary, information such as contact info, saddle height, air pressure preferences, and any additional notes or directives for service, etc. I urge all of you to create an account and fill in at least the basic information so I'm up-to-date. If you can think of any other information I should have, please let me know.
I've also made good progress on my Parts & Accessories Catalog, which lists all the parts and accessories I tend to have on-hand. I'm still working on it, but right now you can browse what I have and determine if it's available for Parts Express Delivery or installation. This section can also be used to view bar tape, tires, tubes, and other components wanted or needed during service. Please bare with me on the images since I don't yet have a direct distributor account for many things, I generate the images using Google image search and UPC codes, which can be...let's just say...interesting at times. Still, the Catalog does provide the UPC in most cases so you can simply highlight and search for the item to verify it is ecactly what you want.
At the moment, it has a functional check-out process but payment will be by "Bill Me Later" invoice. I'm still testing and developing the PayPal payment option, which I should have ready next week. Once the PayPal functionality is working, you'll also be able to pay via most popular credit cards. You'll need a login account to complete the checkout process.
To keep this business afloat, I'm really going to need your support in terms of parts and acccessories sales. The service side of the business is okay, but sadly not quite profitable enough.
Right now there are no shipping charges on items on-hand since I almost always deliver things to you in the car. I'm looking at the possibility of shipping items as well. And, in some cases I can drop-ship from suppliers. However, the intent is for you to purchase stuff you need and I deliver it to you with your bike or ad hoc. Of course, you can also purchase things online and direct me to install when I have your bike.
All of these new site features will be continually developed and improved over time. The following are planned and/or in the works:
- Emergency service requests and problem reporting
- Improved Service Scheduling
- Event Information and Archive
Next up is work on a better communications channel for reporting problems after service. Many of you are just too nice and don't report problems to me promptly. As I always stress: if there is anything at all wrong with your bike after a service, please let me know immediately! I will drop what I'm doing and get to you ASAP.
That said, I need a mechanism on the site to facilitate reporting both major issues and less critical things that I need to know about. If you're not completely satisfied and confident in my service, then I'm not doing my job and I need to know about it.
I'm placing orders again next Wednesday afternoon. Please let me know if you need anything not currently available via Parts Express.
Well, Cyclocross and Low-Key Hillclimbs mostly. For me, just some relaxing road and off-road riding.
Here's the NCNCA schedule. Good luck to all you racing or participating in the coming weekend's events.
Race Results: NCNCA, Blog Coverage
Wahoo!! MyTeamCar.net is very excited to announce that it is now a authorized Wahoo Fitness dealer. Thanks to long-time customer, Sam Wilson of Alto Velo, I applied for a dealership account based on his inquiry into the new Wahoo KICKR "wheel-off" trainer. Much like the Lemond Revolution, the power-measuring Wahoo KICKR is iPhone-based and actually even better than the Revolution. Sam has had a rough couple of seasons recently and is looking forward to 2014 by getting in some serious off-season training using the latest in trainer technology, the Wahoo KICKR.
Oh, and if you don't want the iPhone on your handlebar or stem, Wahoo offers a cool little computer called the "RFLKT" (Reflect), much smaller than the Garmin or iBike and displays all the pertinent info wireless from your iPhone.
Wahoo Fitness, located in Atlanta, GA., connects iOS devices and smartphones to your favorite fitness activities-running, biking, and gym going. Wahoo Fitness’ award winning products also include its Wahoo Run/Gym Pack, which adds heart rate training to your iPhone, and its Wahoo Bike Case, which simultaneously protects your phone and connects it to the sensors on your bike. For more information on Wahoo Fitness, please visit www.wahoofitness.com. The KICKR currently supports the iPhone4S and iPhone 5 using Bluetooth 4.0 or ANT+ protocols. Though, I'm told there are other options for the iPhone4.
Of course, Sam is getting a pretty good deal on his KICKR, being the first customer to order and start the whole venture. However, all of my customers can enjoy extremely competitive pricing and free shipping (for a limited time) on this cool new trainer. I'll match or beat any reputable offer you can find out there. In addition, I'll stock parts and accessories to provide the industry's best local support for Wahoo products. And, no, you won't find the KICKR on Amazon or eBay.
Some of you have asked about my new monthly services. I've finally posted some details about these new service on my site. These services are intended for the serious "working" cyclist that needs their bike(s) ready for action, all the time.
Using this new service means you won't have to worry about the readiness or mechanical condition of your bike(s). I will keep everything in top working order; rotate tires, perform basic tuning and adjustments, and keep you abreast of the status of all preventative and remedial maintenance that may be required.
The main purpose of the service is to make sure that your bikes are always in good working order and all preventative maintenance occurs--regularly--before expensive remedial maintenance is necessary and you can't ride or fail to finish an important event.
Of course, the fee will only cover service and does not include items like tubes, tires, chains, brake pads, bar tape, etc. No, I don't just replace items at my whim, I replace stuff, if required, based on your service intervals and expected riding activity in between.
The way that I work this service now is with Strava. My current monthly customers log all their activity on Strava and I follow them to see what they are doing on the bike, etc. This allows me to better judge preventative maintenance needs and make sure the bike is always ready when you are.
There's a lot more to this new service than I've highlighted above. Please click here for pricing and details. More to come soon! If this type of service sounds interesting and seems like a good fit for you, please let me know and we'll get a service plan and schedule together for you.
Check out the new FC50T-2. A very versatile aero tubular configuration at a weight low enough to be quite effective even in more hilly events. If you can't afford a complete quiver of wheels, a 50mm set like the FC50T-2 is a great choice. The FC50T-2 provides an extremely lite wheelset (1380kg) with outstanding aerodynamic benefits. And, of course, they're tubular rims, which means comfort and maximum handling confidence.
I'm also in the process of building a couple of test wheels for some planned new products in 2013. I didn't get much interest in the new carbon/alloy rims that are now available. However, I intend to build a front 38mm wheel to evaluate. So look for that wheel on some of the local group rides in the coming weeks. The second test wheel will be a new full carbon clincher rear utilizing Basalt braking surfaces. I'll likely build this test wheel in a 38mm configuration also and test the two together.
A reminder that I stock many items you all use everyday and every week. If you need tires, tubes, sealant, liners, bar tape, cleats, brake pads, etc., please let me know. I will deliver to you at home, workplace, or wherever you are while I'm out and about on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. I also attend most of the road race events around here and can deliver product and accessories to you there.
Again, don't forget about my Spot Tune-up Service. This is a cheap and convenient way to keep your bike rolling smoothly and efficiently. I find you and dial-in brake and shift cables and take care of any minor issues that can be resolved onsite. Only $30 and extremely convenient.
REMEMBER: I have many items on-hand and I can deliver very quickly. I tend to carry tubes, tires, chains, cassettes, bar tape, bearings, brake pads, and other common consumable items in my vehicles. So that kind of stuff is always available extremely quickly. Just let me know what you need and I'll get it to you ASAP.
PLEASE NOTE: MyTeamCar.net customers enjoy competitive pricing from all my suppliers. The list prices are not necessarily what you'll pay. If you know that the price is higher than your local dealer or favorite online retailer, just shoot me the link or let me know. I will match any reputable price out there.
I can usually get just about anything. If you need things quickly, just mention the specifics. I can get most things in my hands overnight, next-day, or two-day, it just costs more for shipping. And, yes, you will receive tracking info as soon as I receive it.
Okay, shut-up and ride!