Greetings :This February's weather has been almost identical to 2006 when the first Tour of California rolled through here--amazing weather! Yea, cooling down a bit this week with coastal clouds creeping in overnights, but still very nice. No rain in the forecast until the end of the month so hopefully that'll come on our off-the-bike days.
The big news this week was a Texas Arbitration Panel ordering Lance Armstrong to pay $10M to SCA Promotions, the Dallas sports insurance company that paid Armstrong's bonuses for winning the Tour de France. Whether you still admire Armstrong or not, the ruling sends a very important message to people like him and the current Pro peloton, "Perjury must never be profitable." Of course, Armstrong will still be a millionaire, but hopefully it helps to discourage current and future doping behavior. [article]
Service Note: Keep in mind that my service is intended to be quicker and more convienent than the alternatives out there. If you have an issue with a bike or wheel and you want it back very quickly, no problem. My standard services typically get your bike or wheels back within 48-hours, if not sooner. If you need something fixed quicker, it just costs more. For example, it's Friday and you need a bike or wheel back for a Saturday morning ride, that would most likely be same-day service so add $95 to the invoice. A good example of next-day service would be bending a rim or wearing out your brakes or tire on a Thursday ride and needing the same bike or wheel back for a Saturday ride. In this case, I'd pick up the bike Thursday and have it back ready to roll by EOD Friday so add $50 to the invoice.
In MyTeamCar.net news, work on my online Parts Express store is progressing well. Again, the goal is to list parts & accessories that I have on-hand and that can be delivered to you very quickly. As of today, I have all the tires, tubes, chains, chainrings, bottom brackets, and cassettes and related items that I have in stock uploaded. Should have pretty much everything up by the end of the month.
I know most of you don't service your own bikes but hopefully you'll order tubes, tires, and other items from me. I'll deliver free or install on your bike when I service it. Those of you who do a fair amount of your own service work can browse and order items that I will deliver much more quickly than you could otherwise get from another online retailer. Of course, I don't have the selection that you'd find on other sites, but it does show what I have on-hand and available much faster and more convenient than the alternatives out there. The site currently allows you to order online and pay via PayPal instantly or via an invoice (pay me later).
I know most of you order online or shop via LBS's for tubes, tires, etc. My hope is to make it easier and cheaper to get that sort of stuff from me. I can also ship to you via USPS. If you want things shipped, don't pay via PayPal and I'll invoice you upon shipment, local Priority Mail is ~$6.00. Prices shown are retail. When you create an account I'll update your discount level. All active customers get a minimum of 5% off prices shown, which will show up after you log in and add items to your shopping cart. Local delivery will be same-day or next day. I also try to carry tubes and other similar items in my vehicles.
The Parts Express store is kinda clunky right now but I if it gains traction I'll improve as necessary. Please give it a look and let me know what you think. Parts Express Some of you already have accounts on the site so just log in or request a password reset if you don't recall. Your user name is the email address you used to create the account. Doing so will also allow you to update your service profile and contact information.
If you don't see what you want, browse my suppliers below and I'll order it:
Cane Creek | Smartbikeparts.com | BTI/USA | Hawley USA | J&B Importers | Hawk Racing | iBike Sports
Velocity Wheels | Easton Cysing Products | Wahoo Fitness | SeaSucker
My eBay Collection. Buy any listed item directly through me (no eBay transaction) and save on shipping charges, I'll deliver to you free.
Wahoo KICKR's seem to be back in stock so lead-time is back to normal, about 7 days. I can't justify spending that much money on a trainer, but they are pretty awesome for those who have real jobs and can't get out to ride. You can go buy one locally or online but buying from me gets you a better price and much better support, of course. MyTeamCar.net is also an authorized Wahoo Fitness dealer. Those of you looking for the latest in indoor trainer technology, the Wahoo KICKR is amazing. I'm placing my usual supplier orders Wednesday late afternoon. Please let me know if you need anything not currently available via Parts Express. 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 fast. Just let me know what you need or order on my site and I'll get it to you ASAP.REMINDER: If you ever have any issues with your bike after I service it, please call/text/or email me ASAP. I'll find you and get it fixed as quickly as possible. Stuff happens. Part of the value of my service is that you don't have to return your bike or wheels to a shop. I will come to you, no-charge of course.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.PLEASE NOTE: MyTeamCar.net customers enjoy competitive pricing from all my suppliers. The list prices shown on my site 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 and/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!