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Message ID    167
Subject The Weekly Flyer - Easton Promo Ends April 30th
Entered Apr 14, 2015
Modified Apr 15, 2015
Weekly Newsletter
CANE CREEK Easton Cycling Hawk Racing Velocomp Sea Sucker Sea Sucker Sea Sucker Sea Sucker
Greetings :

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Looks like it's going to warm up a bit for the rest of the week and maybe even a bit less wind for Saturday and Sunday rides. Should ve a near perfect weekend for 25th Edition of Sea Otter, which starts tomorrow and runs thru the weekend. I'm sure many of you will be there for at least the festival and fun stuff. Good luck to all competing in the various events!

The shot here was a road ride last weekend out to Coyote Lake and Gilroy Hot Springs, then over Canada Road and back. A bit cooler than expected but turned out to be a beautiful day and a cool ride. Had some significant cross and head winds on the way back so a bit slow return. Spotted a large, healthy bobcat on the Coyote Creek Trail (Strava)

Looks like disc brakes on road bikes is going UCI legal in 2015, possibly as early as August. The UCI made a formal announcement last week that they will begin allowing disc brakes in selected UCI road races starting in August. Many manufacturers have already been selling road bikes equipped with mechanical or hydraulic disc brakes ever since the UCI allowed their use in cyclocross racing. This move will step up the adoption and increase new bike sales tremendously.

It will also create a lot of issues and cost for many in the sport and industry but it's going to happen. For some, disc technology provides little benefit and lots of cost. For racers and trendy types, it's a must to upgrade. The key benefit that most will enjoy is superior braking performance. The result will be faster descending and no more warped carbon rims. The downside of this will be an increase in injury and perhaps even worse.

Yes, disc brakes support going lots faster downhill in all weather conditions. This is going to certainly increase the number and seriousness of road crashes. On the other hand, disc brakes could increase safety--while increasing confidence--by providing a much better brake modulation and less hazardous cornering conditions.

For me, if I were still racing, I would certainly be forced to upgrade probably by next season. The cost is massive since you basically need a completely different bike to go disc. The frameset, brake/shift levers, hubs, rims, and lacing are all different. For me, that would mean a new frameset, brifters, and at least three new wheelsets--a huge investment! 

If you're thinking of a new road bike, I'd wait until next year at this point. The top-shelf road models will all be equipped with disc brake technology very soon and the technology will evolve rapidly. I'm going to start selling my non-disc wheels and wait at least a year, maybe two, before I jump in. 

EASTON Promotion Extended Until April 30:
Buy a new EA90 or EC90 wheelset and Easton will throw in a set of road bars and stem. In addition, 15% off to eligible customers on any Easton Cycling products. Mountain & road wheels, stems, bars, seatposts, etc. All 2015 wheels are now tubeless-capable and wider rim widths. Sponsored riders are eligible for higher discounts. Other great deals available, including competitive price matches on the new EC90 Aero 55 full-carbon clinchers or tubulars. Remember: Buying wheels from me means you don't have to return them to the factory or take them to a LBS for service, I pick them up and bring them back, quick! Plus, I typically have loaner wheels! News:
I can now accept credit card payments on my silly phone using Intuit Payment Services. It's much better for me than PayPal and hopefully a convenient option for you. Of course, as always, PayPal, check, or cash are always welcome, too. The bad news is that invoice payments via Intuit no longer works until I upgrade my version of their software. For now, cash, check, or PayPal still works. 

My online Parts Express store is coming along with more new items added this week. Again, the goal is to list parts & accessories that I have on-hand and that can be delivered to you very quickly. Didn't get everything uploaded yet but I'm working on it. Don't forget to checkout My eBay Collection. Buy any listed item directly through me (no eBay transaction) and save on shipping charges, I'll deliver to you free.

This shot illustrates the beauty of spring time in the Bay Area
. This is looking northwest from the Coyote Creek Trail Saturday on the way back. Still very green and lush along the way and a great route for a family ride, for sure. 
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 also 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 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, contact information, and see your discounted prices.  

If you don't see what you want, browse my suppliers below and I'll order it:  
Cane Creek | | BTI/USA | Hawley USA | J&B Importers | Hawk Racing | iBike Sports
Velocity Wheels | Easton Cysing Products | Wahoo Fitness | SeaSucker | IceToolz
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. 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 ExpressI 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: 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!
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Company News
Yep, I can now offer product from Cyclone Bicycle Supply out of Portland, OR.

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Not so fine print: Promotion open to US residents only. Cockpit consists of EA70 bar and EA70 stem. Sizes and specifications are subject to availability. To redeem, print this email out and bring to your local shop when purchasing a set of EA90 or EC90 mountain or road wheels. Easton Cycling will ship the bar & stem to your local shop upon redemption for pick up.

Latest Bike Build
Well, more of a rebuild and upgrade...

Latest Wheel Build
Damaged Specialized/Alex rim replaced with Velocity Blunt SL.

Stuff For Sale
Very clean and fast Langster track rig. Very lightly used and in excellent condition.
Snugg iPad 2 Squared Skinny Fit Protective Case Cover in Black.
A very strong and lite road or cyclocross wheel set. Not very well used and in great condition.

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