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Free Workshops Every Thursday Evening Through May 19th

Thursday Evenings from 7:00 to 8:00’ish at Stedman’s Bike Shop

Class Schedule
March 31st   – Basic Roadside Repair: Road & Time Trial Bikes
April 7th        – Training for Performance: Making Every Mile Count
April 14th     – Basic Trailside Repair: Mountain & Fat Bikes
April 21st     – Technology: Introduction to GPS & Web Based Services
April 28th     – Intermediate Repair & Maintenance
May 5th          – Riding for Health, Fitness & Recreation
May 12th       – Technology: Smart Trainers, Power Meters & Advanced GPS
May 19th       – Advanced Repair & Maintenance

All classes are free and open to anyone who’s interested in getting to most out of their riding experience. We’ll provide beverages and light snacks to maintain that homey feel.

Weekly Raffles: Each week we’ll raffle off a $25 Stedman’s Gift Card for all in attendance … That’s right, the class is free and you could walk away a winner!

Grand Prize Raffle: At the end of the “semester” we’ll raffle off a $100 Stedman’s Gift Card for everyone who’s attended a class. You’ll get a raffle ticket every time you attend a class … The more learn, the better your chances of winning the grand prize!

RSVP: While it’s not required that you RSVP, it won’t hurt. Please feel free to let us know you’ll be attending. Just shoot a message to: info@westedman.com

First Ride: CycleOps JetFluid Pro Trainer

Trainers are one of the few things in the cycling world that do not really appeal to me. I’m one of the last people you will find riding one when the weather turns. I’d much rather be on my mountain bike in the woods than  in the living room. Problem is, I’m between bikes; my trusty Specialized Epic has been sold to fund a Specialized Fatboy fatbike. While parts slowly trickle in for the fatbike, I will be forced to train indoors to get ready for spring.

Luckily, Santa brought us a shiny new CycleOps JetFluid Pro on Christmas morning.

cycle ops jetfluid pro
CycleOps JetFluid Pro

 

Out of the box the first thing you notice is it’s ready for action while other models such as the Mag, Magneto, and Fluid2 models require  some assembly, this baby is good to go right away. The arms fold out with a push of a spring-loaded pin… a nice touch.

pins, push
Legs unfold and snap into place with the push of a button

 

On the left leg is a yellow dial to adjust for uneven floors. A quick turn does the trick. This could be very useful when using the trainer to warm-up for a race on natural, lumpy ground.

cycleops jetfluid pro, adjust dial

The resistance unit is the masterpiece though. Almost entirely enclosed, one end accommodates a fan/flywheel while the other houses the business end with slick cooling fins for extra style points.

cycleops jetfluid pro, fins, resistance unit, housing
Lookin fast!

 

sharp unit, cycleops jetfluid pro, resistance unit

 

At this point all that’s left to do is ride the thing. Simply place the drive-side axle nut into the right side of the trainer and rotate the yellow skewer clamp, which features definitive ‘clicks’ as the appropriate amount of tension approaches (usually 3-5 will do).

yellow skewer clamp, cycleops jetfluid pro, yellow

As mentioned before, I’m not crazy about trainers. But my wife Ellen has been using it nearly everyday since Christmas. I couldn’t be shown up too badly so I saddled up and decided on a 45 minute interval workout.

In a word: Impressive. It gets up to speed easily enough but you really feel the resistance come on strong from 20-25mph. Even at those speeds it was quiet and smooth, and the unit holds momentum very well. Best part yet: it fits everything from 26″ to 700c hybrid/road bikes to 29″ mountain bikes.

cycleops JetFluidPro, resistance curve
Resistance climbs sharply over 20mph, perfect for realistic road feel and intervals

 

CycleOps makes some of the best trainers out there. Every model we carry features high quality parts and a lifetime warranty. The Mag, Magneto, Fluid and Silencer models are great options whether you are simply looking to lose a few holiday lbs or prepare for that big race next summer.

**Side Note**: Last Winter I went to one of Frantic Fred Bartlett’s trainer classes at the South County YMCA. He runs a hard show but the workout was dynamite and he even hooks you up with a paper copy of the session to do at home. Simply bring a trainer and riser block to the Y on Saturdays at 9:20am and go for gold. This is one of the best ways to stay motivated and get the most from your investment. This leads to my next point…

TRAINER RENTALS: Did you know that we rent trainers? Either by the day ($25) or month ($75), this is a perfect way to try before you buy. We’ll even put the rental cost towards the purchase if you decide to keep it (most people do!).

Stop by and ask about the sweetest trainers in town. We’ve got additional models from Grabber and Blackburn, and don’t forget to ask about our specials!

Not local? Give us a call anyway, we’ll be happy to tell you all about trainers.

 

Ridden: Moots Vamoots RSL

Last August I became the owner of a titanium Moots Vamoots RSL. I set it up with Shimano Ultegra 11-speed and Shimano wheels. From everything I had heard, I had high expectations for the ride quality of the Moots, but relatively low expectations for the bike to feel fast, especially since I was coming off a carbon fiber dedicated racing frame. The Moots is heavier and more compliant. My first ride began with descending Bear Notch in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and the second ride brought me to the summit of Mount Washington. I have since put in months of riding on both flat and hilly terrain. I’ve found that the Moots has the smooth ride of a classic steel bicycle while being as fast as a carbon frame such as the Specialized Tarmac and the Bianchi Oltre.

Moots Vamoots RSL Mt Washington hill climb
Nearing the finish line on Mount Washington Last August on my Moots

I attend the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont and I race for the school cycling team there. About half an hour south of Burlington, there is a network of fantastic dirt roads, the hard-packed dirt does not require aggressive tires, and a road bike can handle these roads fine. That being said, the Vamoots RSL eats up these roads and springs up every climb the rolling terrain presents. Steel bikes are known to have the compliance to smooth out dirt, but they don’t have that same snap to them that the Moots has as I shift out of the saddle into a sprint. This bike is comfortable and it does not sacrifice performance for that comfort.

One of my favorite things to do is racing my bike. The performance of the Vamoots RSL gives me confidence for the coming collegiate road-racing season. The Moots is still responsive and quick on climbs and in a sprint. It is a little bit heavier than many high-end carbon bikes, but it does not ride any slower for it. Some people questioned my decision to go with titanium over carbon considering my dedication to racing; some of these comments made me doubt myself, but now with some riding time on the Moots, I have no regrets. The bike is fast and can take on any carbon bike of the same caliber.

The aesthetics of high-end bikes is becoming polarized. Frames are either painted up to be flashy with strong reds and fluorescent yellows, blues, and greens or they are simple with a matte black finish or some other simplistic, classic style. All Moots models show off the beauty of titanium with that soft, metallic gray and those black or white decals adorning the bike. It is gorgeous. The Moots Vamoots RSL has a very classic and simple aesthetic that matches its ride. It is not too flashy and it looks incredible. My Vamoots RSL has a titanium, white, and black color scheme with blue accents that keeps it classy. That being said, appropriate bar-tape, saddle, bottle-cage, and sidewall colors could give the bike a little bit more flair if that is your thing. The unpainted titanium gives the Moots frames a classy, timeless look that can easily be made your own.

One amazing part of owning a titanium bike is the assurance that that bike will hold up and continue to be your bike for decades. Carbon is fast, but fragile. I am concerned about the rigors of the collegiate racing season and the high rate of crashes in collegiate races. If carbon is cared for and does not see a crash, there should be no issues, but it would be unreasonable not to expect a crash while racing collegiate. The titanium of the Moots can hold up through crashes and being packed along with my teammate’s bikes better than a carbon bike could. The aesthetics of the bike are not the only timeless part of the bike. The frame will last a very long time and keep the same ride. Moots offers the option to send the frame in and get it sandblasted and have the decals replaced. Between this and the durability of Moots titanium bikes, I know the Vamoots RSL will continue to ride and look like my new bike from last August for years to come.

Moots Vamoots RSL

By Jimmi Hayes

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