Friday, December 10, 2010

$39.99 Ski & Snowboard Full Tune-Up Special—Saturday December 11, 2010 through Sunday December 19, 2010

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Regular Price $55.00
Full Tune-Up consists of...
• Clean Base
• Sharpen Edges
• Repair Minor Base Damage (P-Tex)
• Coarse Wet-Belt Stone Base Grind
• Fine Wet-Belt Stone Base Grind
• Diamond Stone Base Grind
• Edge Detune
• Edge Deburr
• All-Weather Hot Wax
• Buff Base

Friday, December 3, 2010

Help Fight Leukemia & Lymphoma With Team In Training

Kelly Potter—A HUGE Inspiration To Team In Training
Angela Wright & Her Mentor, Jen

In the end, the only thing that matters is the individuals we love. If there is anything we can do along the way to help fight or cure potential illnesses' for the people we care for most, the only question is why not?

Previously on our blog, we posted some info to help one of our former employees, Michael Wright, fight Multiple Sclerosis. Currently, Michaels wife, Angela, is training to complete The VineMan Full Ironman Triathalon on the mission to wipe out blood cancer. This event was inspired by her best friend; Kelly Potter that grew up right there in Novato with us all, who passed away. If there is anything you can do to help, wether it is to join the Team In Training, go to the triatholon on July 30, 2011, or make a donation, your genuine support will be truly be appreciated.

Click HERE to view Angela Wright's page for the Team In Training, who are trying to raise funds to help find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myleoma.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Ski & Snowboard Season Lease Program

Our goal is to make your families skiing & snowboarding as easy, fun, & inexpensive as possible. Leasing ski or snowboard packages for the entire snow season is the most convenient & cost efficient solution, especially for kids as they continue to grow every year.

// SKI PACKAGE INCLUDES—skis, bindings, boots, & poles.
// SNOWBOARD PACKAGE INCLUDES—board, bindings, & boots.
// Boots & Helmets are available for lease as well.

JUNIOR PACKAGE (Size 130 & Under)

$199.99—junior equipment picked up prior to January 1, 2011
$149.99—junior equipment picked up after January 1, 2011
$19.99—ski/board helmet picked up at any time

ADULT PACKAGE (Size 140 & Up)
$299.99—adult equipment picked up prior to January 1, 2011
$199.99—adult equipment picked up after January 1, 2011
$19.99—ski/board helmet picked up at any time

// You don't have to return the equipment until May 1, 2011.
// If you want to switch boot sizes or styles, there is no charge.
// If you need the skis or board tuned during the season, there is no charge.
// If you want to switch from skis to snowboarding, there is no charge.
// All damage to equipment is covered by a 10% insurance fee of the lease, which means there will be no issues if you have a gouge in the base of your skis or board from running over a rock, scratches or tears on the boots, a broken boot buckle, or a bent pole. As long as the equipment is not lost or stolen, damage is covered. We'll take care of the repairs for you, but please try to be respectful and caring of the equipment.

Friday, November 5, 2010

50% Off Ski & Snowboard Pants & Jackets Until Dec. 1 2010

Through the month of November, we will be having a 50% off sale on all
ski & snowboard jackets & pants to keep everyone warm
for the winter. All fleeces will be on a 50% off sale as well. Come in
to keep warm!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

2010 GIANTS World Series T-Shirts Just In!

We received a limited stock of Shirts to celebrate the Giants winning the World Series.
Grab one before they're gone!

Printed On // Gildan Heavy Cotton
Sizes // Small - X-Large

Monday, October 18, 2010

Biketoberfest 2010 Recap

We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful Saturday this past weekend to check out the Biketoberfest. Tons of great people celebrating bikes, good food, & West Coast breweries. Truly an amazing crowd and set up in the FairAnselm plaza near downtown Fairfax. The highlight would definitely have to be the 40 vintage bikes on display, dating back to the 1930s. Everything was truly a blast! We might just have to get a booth set up for 2011. Thanks to Kathy for the heads up about Biketoberfest and to Nick, Allie, & Bobby for making it out!
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Biketoberfest overview with perfect autumn weather
Schwinn Typhoon Vintage Cruiser
Nick, Allie, & Bobby
Calfee Design's Bamboo bikes are as clean as it gets

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Biketoberfest Marin // Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Image—Biketoberfest Facebook
If you're looking to enjoy a Saturday with bikes, beer, & food, the Biketoberfest in downtown Fairfax will be coming up on October 16th, from 11am-6pm. Admission is free, as well as bike valet provided by the Marin County Bicycle Coalition. It looks like a blast!

Here's the LINK to the Biketoberfest Website for more info.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Uniting Kids With New Bikes!

Photo—Marin IJ

This past Saturday, we had the pleasure of helping with the donation of 50 bikes & helmets to 50 under-privileged kids. It's an amazing feeling to see an eternal smile from a kid, grasping on to the grips of their new bike. A huge thanks goes out to Stephen & Lorena, Ron at Fuji Bikes and Glen at Seattle Bikes Supply for helping make this possible! Here's the LINK to the article from the Marin IJ.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Ride to Help Michael Wright & Multiple Sclerosis

Accept the Challenge - Bike Ms

Our friend and former employee Michael Wright has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). He is one of the most genuine individuals you will come across and we are going to do as much as possible to help him. Below is the info to participate in Bike MS: Waves to Wine Ride or to make a donation. Michael's brother, Nicholas Jensen, will be riding for the love of his brother and to help people living with MS. Our strength goes out to Mike and his family.

I am thankful for you.
Tears fall reading your words.
I love you Brother.

Here are a few sweet words from Michael...
For Roger:
"a mentor, a coach, a friend, full of sincerity and honesty who knows how to laugh." 
For OTS:
"the foundation of teamwork and respect in a workplace."

Accept the Challenge - Bike Ms
On September 25 - 26, 2010, I'm joining more than a thousand cyclists for the Bike MS: Waves to Wine Ride. This two-day bike ride isn't a race, but it does raise money in the race to find the cure for multiple sclerosis.

As some of you know, my mom had MS and my brother was recently diagnosed with MS. I'd love to see my brother cured of the disease. This is the only way I know how I can try to make that happen.

Last year cyclists raised over $1.5 Million to help the 20,000 Northern Californians living with MS, a degenerative disease of the central nervous system. Researchers are making progress, but the cause and cure are still over the horizon. And that's why I saddle up to ride.

With this journey, I'm helping the National Multiple Sclerosis Society fund research to find the cause, cure and treatment of MS. My participation also helps support services for people affected by MS. My fundraising supports the ride's 2009 goal of $1.75 million.

Please help people living with MS in our community by making a one-time, tax-deductible donation. Click on the link at the bottom of this message to visit my personal page to make a donation. Any amount you feel comfortable giving is deeply appreciated.

With your support, we can make a positive impact today in the lives of 20,000 men, women and children with multiple sclerosis. Thank you!

Click here to visit Nicholas Jensen's personal page
Or paste the following web address into a new browser page:

Click here to visit the page for Team Mike's Bikes
Or paste the following web address into a new browser page:

Click here to view the company page for Mike's Bikes
Or paste the following web address into a new browser page:

National MS Society Logo
Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about your options by talking to your health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at 1-800-FIGHT-MS (344-4867).
Our postal address is:
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
733 Third Avenue
New York, New York 10017

Monday, August 9, 2010

Portland Bound to The United Bicycle Institute

If there is one thing I have learned through the 10 years I have serviced bikes rolling through the front door of our shop, it's that every bike has its own personality and kinks to work out. There are moments where you think you have seen every component and service situation known to man, and then a new one rolls through the door. Bike maintenance is a non-stop addiction for progression. With that said, I will be in Portland at the United Bicycle Institute for the next two weeks to receive a professional certification as a bike mechanic and take in as many details as possible.

Having Portland rated as the #1 cycling city in America doesn't hurt to get more ideas for our community and some more riding in as well. Not to mention how beautiful the drive up the coast is through the Redwoods. More updates soon. For now, here are a few photos I shot on the way up...
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Monday, July 19, 2010

Finding The Comfortable Bike For You...

We wanted to shed some light on the many questions we have about how a bike can be more comfortable for an individuals desired type of riding. The key factor is that hybrid bikes, otherwise referred to as comfort bikes, provide you with a more upright posture. This makes riding much easier on your lower-back, relieving pressure & tension, as well as your shoulders and arms.

The frame geometry of hybrid/comfort bikes is designed for upright posture. In the image below, you can see the difference in the height of the handlebars compared to a mountain bike. All of our Hybrid/Comfort bikes such as, the Fuji Crosstown, come with fully adjustable stems (component holding the handlebar up from the frame). The stems have a great adjustment range to fit your body type and height. The next benefit is the wider, comfort seat with a suspension seat post. This offers the feel & comfort of a full suspension bike, but it does not act like a sponge, absorbing all of your energy as you pedal. Front shocks add to the comfort and do not absorb too much of your pedaling efficiency. Your wrists will thank you for having quality front shocks.

Whether you are riding long distance backroads, some fire trails, cruising to town to grab some lunch, or just getting some exercise, hybrid bikes will allow you to have more fun with comfort.
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Sizes—15", 17", 19", 21", 23"
CROSSTOWN 3.0 (Womens)
Sizes—15", 17", 19"

CROSSTOWN 3.0 (Womens)
Sizes—15", 17", 19"

Verde 2011 Completes Now In Stock!

Our shipment of Verde 2011 completes arrived and they are nothing short of amazing! Their attention to detail does not go unnoticed. Models starting with the Prism have integrated crown races on the forks for the lower headset bearings to rest in. This eliminates the tedious task of installing a crown race, which can be frustrating for many. All bikes include sealed Mid Bottom Brackets & a 25-9 gearing. All cables, including straddle cables, are now black. And the casting of the Verde logo on headtubes is a the aesthetic icing on the cake. It feels like Christmas having these in the shop!

The following bikes are the models & colors we have in stock...
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PRISM—Flat Grey/Orange
PRISM—Flat Grey/Green
THEORY—Flat Purple
RADIA—Flat Black
LUXE—Black/Gold Flake

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

CULT Faith Grips, Doomsday Pegs, & Pivotal Post Now In Stock

We just received our first shipment of Cult BMX products from our very awesome distributor Greenhouse. Cult was founded in late 2009 by Robbie Morales, who originally started Fit Bike Co. Robo has been a legendary name in the BMX industry for as far as I can remember. Team riders who followed Robbie from Fit to Cult were Chase Dehart, Chase Hawk, & Dakota Roche. As Robbie put it, " This company is in no way about “reinventing the wheel” per say. It’s actually more of appreciation for classic looking BMX parts." It's great to see this appreciation for quality and very minimalistic packaging with no plastic.
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Photos: Greenhouse BMX

 Cult Faith Grips—$13.99
• Made in the USA by ODI
• Comes with bar plugs

Cult Doomsday Peg—$13.99 Per Peg
• Internally machined to reduce weight
• 100% heat-treated chromoly
• 3/8″ (10mm) or 14mm
• 35mm diameter
• 100mm length
• 7 oz. per peg


Cult Counter Culture Pivotal Post—$26.99
• 6061 aluminum alloy
• 25.4mm diameter
• 130mm length
• 3.5 oz.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Marin County Bicycle Coalition

We have just added the Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) to our Links page for you. There Website is such a great resource for the cycling community in Marin. There main aspirations are the following...
  • increased opportunities for daily physical activity,
  • teaching your children to be skilled and safe bike riders,
  • reduced road congestion and greenhouse gas emissions,
  • transportation equity for our low-income neighbor
  • for 20% of all trips in Marin to be made by walking or bicycling by 2020
Their site offers constant updates on their campaigns for improving riding bikes for us in Marin. Currently, they're working on the Cal Park Hill Tunnel, which will connect the Larkspur Ferry Terminal & San Rafael. It is designed to accommodate SMART passenger trains, bicyclists and pedestrians.

"When completed, the 12-foot-wide, two-way, paved asphalt path will have emergency call boxes/blue light stations, closed-circuit television cameras, tunnel ventilation, a new pedestrian/cyclist overpass bridge in San Rafael where Anderson Drive crosses underneath Highway 101, and tunnel and pathway lighting with emergency call boxes."

Completion of this tunnel is estimated to open this summer. It will offer a much more direct, quicker, and safer route to ride. Man are we fortunate to have these improvements happening. The MCBC site also offers an incredibly helpful Marin Bicycle Map, originally created by local bike legend, Joe Breeze, who created Breezer bikes, one of brands carried at Old Town. There's plenty of news articles on the site, a calendar of scheduled rides, and volunteer opportunities. Hopefully this post was very helpful for you. We're always open for feedback.

BMX Inspiration // Tim "Wolfman" Harvey Stranger Video

Here's some riding inspiration for the 4th of July Weekend. Our good friend Tim Harvey had a nice little edit for Stranger BMX not too long ago. Tim is one of the most genuine guys you will ever come across and is beyond talented on a bike. Enjoy and have an amazing holiday weekend!

STRANGER/WOLFMAN/C.O.T.R. #7 from THEM on Vimeo.

Monday, June 21, 2010

1953 Schwinn Hornet Restoration

One of our new customers, Ann, gave us the opportunity to restore her Schwinn Hornet from the 1950s. It was passed down to Ann from her Mom, who originally owned the bike at age 12. This bike is amazing and as classic as it gets! New wheels, some classic white wall tires, a serious drive-train clean, and the Hornet is set for cruising again. This was truly a pleasure to work on. Hope you enjoy the photos!
1953 Schwinn Hornet
Chainguard Logo Detail

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Preview of 2011 VERDE Complete Bikes

As usual, Verde has created some of the cleanest and most solid designs for their 2011 line of bikes. Whether you ride BMX or not, the aesthetics and design are beautiful to look at. Man are we excited about these! All bikes now feature a 25-9 gear ratio & sealed mid bottom bracket. The Cadet model has also been introduced for the little guys getting into BMX at a very affordable price. We should be seeing our first shipment of these in the shop in July, so be sure to swing by and check them out for yourself.
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Luxe—Black & Gold Flake






Prism—Neon Green