30 December 2011

Resolve to Ride More in 2012

BicyclingHub.com celebrates your passion for cycling and would like to encourage you to ride more in the coming year. From commuting to work to pedaling thru all conditions, make the time and just ride!

Whether you're looking to make indoor trainers more enjoyable, cross-training tactics, helpful self-care tips or ways to to stave off the winter chill, BicyclingHub is here to provide you with a series of articles, training tips, product reviews and information to help keep your New Year's Resolutions and have your best season yet.

No matter what your favorite style of riding is, we have the cycling gear and advice you can depend on to help make an informed decision and provide the ultimate performance advantage. From year-round commuter to time-trialing specialist, die-hard roadie to mountain-bike maniac, rambunctious randonneur to Sunday saunters with the family, and all the riders in between: we are here to keep you riding in comfort and style. BicyclingHub supports your resolve to RIDE MORE IN 2012.

BicyclingHub.com's resolution for 2012:  continue providing customers with extensive product knowledge, sharing our trustworthy expertise, and offering exceptional customer service through friendly, fun and reliable attention.

27 December 2011

Two Surefire Ways to Stay Warm All Winter Long

Attention ladies!  Two essential pieces of winter cycling gear engineered to keep you warm on rides all winter long-- the Castelli Women's Trasparente Wind Cycling Jersey and the Castelli Mare Women's Headband-- just received glowing reviews in the December 2011 issue of Bicycling Magazine.

A BicyclingHub Staff Pick receiving rave reviews from both employees and customers alike, the Castelli Women's Trasparente Long Sleeve Wind Cycling Jersey has managed to win over yet another group of fans with the latest product review.
Editorial Review from Bicycling Magazine, December 2011 issue

"As you'd expect from Castelli, the devil is conspicuously absent in the details on their new Trasparente W Jersey. For almost 40 years, the Italian company has been at the forefront of technical—and stylish—cycling apparel. But even the best fabrics and head-turning features can be damned if a garment doesn't feel good when you wear it. Castelli has made sure you're going to love wearing this one; thoughtful details abound. 
Castelli Women's Trasparente Long Sleeve Wind Cycling Jersey
Windstopper X-Lite fabric on the front and breathable soft fleece on the back keep you toasty. The company recommends this jersey for temps between 50 and 65 degrees, though I was comfortable wearing it with just a base layer when the mercury dipped as low as freezing. The collar zips up high, and a slight notch in the front saves your neck from zipper chafe; another divot at the back allows room for a low-slung ponytail. The sleeves are blessedly long enough to reach my gloves without leaving exposed skin, and a wide elastic rear waist gripper lays flat without gapping, puckering, or riding up. I appreciate that the black fleece back on the version I tested hides mud spatter, and the splash-resistant white fabric in front has stayed mostly spot free. Vanity may be the devil's favorite sin, but I have to admit the feminine cut is so slimming, this jersey has flattered its way into my regular rotation."—Leah Flickinger

But wait:  there's MARE!

Castelli Mare Women's Headband
A versatile stylish and feminine piece, the Castelli Mare Women's Headband is fashioned in a cashmere-soft acrylic fabric. Use it to keep your head warm, your head and ears warm - or it can also make an excellent neckwarmer. Fold it, scrunch it - however you like it! And like it they did:
Editorial Review from Bicycling Magazine, December 2011 issue

"Use Castelli's Mare headband on the bike and it'll keep your ears and head nice and warm. But it's off-the-charts cute, so you can also wear it while you're hanging out at the 'cross course after your race, watching your kid play soccer early on a crisp fall day, or even while running errands after the Saturday-morning shop ride. The cheery red, silver, and white stripes not only hide even the most heinous helmet hair, but, if you are out among the non-cycling public, also proclaim your allegiance to cycling ("Castelli" is embroidered on the front). The smooth knit of soft acrylic offers a snug, warm fit. Because it's a headband and not a hat, it gives you more styling options, and, even better, you can use it as a neck warmer, too. Castelli rates it for temperatures between 46 and 60 degrees, and it's machine washable.."—Christine Bucher 

23 December 2011

Never Go Thirsty Again with the Showers Pass VelEau 42 Bicycle Mounted Hydration System

When it comes to cycling, Showers Pass has become a brand almost universally known for its ability to keep water OUT.  But with the debut of the new Showers Pass VelEau 42 Bicycle Mounted Hydration System, all that's about to change.

Recently featured on Tech Toys 360 - Discovery Velocity Channel, this new breakthrough cycling hydration concept promises to change the way cyclists think about drinking fluids and staying well-hydrated.

How it works

The Showers Pass VelEau 42 addresses many issues that might keep us all from acheiving adequate hydration on the bike.  Whether a road cyclist/century rider, long distance randonneur/Gran Fondo rider, 12 or 24hr time trialist, mountain biker, cross racer, triathlete, or RAAM hopeful - this system will enable you to take a drink anytime in most any situation with maximum ease and efficiency. Great for any rider, it also boosts confidence for those less experienced who may not be comfortable reaching down for a bottle.

Easily fitted to most any bicycle and a cinch to dismantle for cleaning (if and when required) the VelEau system houses a fully recyclable food-grade HDPE bottle; the rugged outer pack incorporates a roomy storage pocket for the usual essentials (i.e., spare tube and tire levers), while the outer pack offers a tail light attachment loop. The whole thing fits conveniently under your seat with one secure ratchet strap.

A hydration tube feeds along the top-tube of the bike to a bite valve on the end. The tube and valve are held in place by VelEau reels and magnets - secure but at the same time a breeze to raise and replace whilst on the go. The bottle will hold 42oz of valuable fluid - use it on its own, or supplement what you can carry in your existing bottles on those super long rides where water stops may not be available.

Showers Pass is a brand that has long-been recognized and sought after by cycling enthusiasts and long-distance riders as offering some of the best-fitting, best-ventilated and most breathable cycling rain gear and outerwear on the market.  Now cyclists can thank the Portland, Oregon-based company for their continual commitment to innovation and ability to adapt products to meet cyclists' specific needs.

Showers Pass VelEau 42 Bicycle Mounted Hydration System
An amazing new and revolutionary product, the VelEau 42 Bicycle Mounted Hydration System is sure to boost your performance in a safe and effective way.  Order yours directly at BicyclingHub.com and you'll swear, ala Vivien Leigh, "As God is my witness...I will never go THIRSTY again!"

21 December 2011

What to Wear When: a Primer for Winter Riding Fun

"I really can't stay - Baby it's cold outside
I've got to go away - Baby it's cold outside
This evening has been - Been hoping that you'd drop in

So very nice - I'll hold your hands, they're just like ice"
… I simply must go - Baby, it's cold outside"

"Never let a little snow keep you from riding," says Mario Bartel.
Whether you're a year-round bicycle commuter, an endurance athlete needing to log some base miles, or a cycling enthusiast who has a serious case of cabin fever, we understand that "winter" and "hanging up the bike" needn't be synonymous terms. After all, as the Norwegians say, "There's no such thing as bad weather--only bad clothing." BicyclingHub.com is here to help you beat the chill and stay warm, dry and FIT all winter long.

We're not going to lie: cycling in inclement weather can be tough. There’s so much to deal with – negative temperatures, freezing rain, snow, sleet and relentless wind. Not to mention important health concerns, including frostbite and hypothermia. But with a little planning and the right equipment, the worst day of the year may be your best ride yet.

BicyclingHub.com wants you to be prepared--which is why we’re offering some of the best protective winter cycling clothing on the market to keep you pedaling strong through all four seasons. We've also recently developed new At-a-Glance Rating Charts to help our customers easily determine what pieces of gear will meet your needs. Categorized by Waterproof, Windproof, Warmth, Breathability, Chamois (if applicable), and quick summation ("BicyclingHub.com says"), educated consumers can now easily navigate through product pages and rapidly determine what item(s) will best suit their needs.

For example: when it's overcast, 50 degrees, and spitting rain (read: a typical January day in Portland, Oregon) and you're looking for something to get you through a 3 hour training ride, Castelli's Pave Bibtights raise to the top of the selection criteria.

Castelli Pave Bibtight
Castelli Pave Bibtight at a glance (1 through 5 scale)




Bicyclinghub.com Says
Nanoflex Water Resistant Material with Normal Stitching

Need something a little warmer, and wondering if the mid-weight Sorpasso Bibtights by Castelli are going to do the job on your next Sweat and Ice Century on a cold and dry day in Upstate New York? Survey (and chart) says: YES!

Castelli Sorpasso Bibtight

Castelli Sorpasso Bibtight at a glance (1 through 5 scale)
ChamoisProgetto X2 Chamois Pad
Bicyclinghub.com SaysHollow-core fabric is light and very warm. Kevin's Staff Pick. 

Rain, Rain Go Away

In the market for some serious rain gear and trying to decide amongst all our Showers Pass catalog for the best year-round commuter or touring piece? Ranking 5 out of 5 for Waterproof, Windproof and Breathable, you'll quickly understand why Showers Pass Elite 2.0 Rain Jacket is universally considered "The Gold Standard in Rain Protection."

Showers Pass Elite 2.0 Rain Jacket

Showers Pass Elite 2.0 at a glance (1 through 5 scale)
Bicyclinghub.com SaysThe Gold Standard In Rain Protection

Head, Shoulders, Knees and TOES

Castelli Pioggia 3 Cycling Shoecovers (Black)
Last but not least, don't forget the extremities. If your fingers, toes, and head remain unprotected, chances are you'll have a cold and miserable ride. Optimal temperature ratings (when available from the manufacturer) are cited on every product page, aiding cyclists in determining which piece of gear is going to best work in which conditions.

For example, the waterproof and seam-taped Castelli Pioggia 3 Cycling Shoecovers have an optimal temperature range of 46 to 57 degrees Fahrenheit.

Still wondering what to wear when? Trust the cycling clothing experts!

Looking for the best bib short on the market under $200, the most ventilated waterproof rain jacket to take on a bike tour, or which jerseys make the perfect gift? Check out our BicyclingHub.com Staff Picks.

Unsure about sizing, fit or temperature range? Call the cycling clothing experts toll-free at 1-888-817-8060 or email sales@bicyclinghub.com and get concierge service from staff who ride and test the products we sell. Honest opinions and personal recommendations at no extra charge.

19 December 2011

Sneak Preview: Get what You REALLY Want blowout deals coming your way!

Just in case Santa forgets to bring you some new cycling clothing this year, BicyclingHub.com has you covered.  We're pleased to offer a sneak preview of our upcoming Get What You REALLY Want year-end sale, ready to be unwrapped Christmas morning.

Strengthen your resolve to Ride More in 2012 and start the New Year with a bang!  From December 25th thru January 1st, 2012, select cycling apparel from all of your favorite brands, including Castelli, Pearl Izumi, Retro, Twin Six, Icebreaker, Canari and Primal Wear will be deeply discounted 30% OFF or more.  Below are some highlights.

Castelli Body Paint Bibs
Regular Price: $249.99
Sale Price:  $159.99
Castelli Body Paint Bib Shorts only $159.99
So unobtrusive your body feels as if you're wearing nothing at all, Castelli Body Paint bibs are constructed with a single piece of Power Stretch Lycra that eliminates seams and covers your body as if it was painted on. Featuring Castelli's top of the line Progetto X2 seat pad, these bibs remain a favorite of Garmin-Cervelo pro riders and everyday cyclists alike.

This Year Ride A Bike T-Shirt by Retro
Regular Price:  $23.99
Sale Price:  $19.99
Remember Cycling Tees for Apres-Ride Comfort
Display your velo love off the bike as well as on it with one of these cycling-themed t-shirts from Retro and Twin Six. Constructed with 100% pre-shrunk cotton and offering eye-catching prints for both men and women, you'll be eager to shed that damp, smelly jersey after a hard training ride for some soft cotton comfort next to your skin.

New York Yankees Cycling Jersey
Regular Price:  $79.99
Sale Price:  $49.99

$30 OFF all Major League Baseball jerseys
Hit a home run these season and root for your favorite team in one of these officially licensed major league baseball cycling jerseys. Currently on sale for $30 OFF regular price, there's no better time to buy and get ready for some spring training of your own in 2012.

Icebreaker Short Sleeve Circuit Merino Wool
 Cycling Jersey - Rocket Red/Silver

Regular Price:  $139.99
Sale Price:  $99.99
Wool with Sex Appeal: All Icebreaker Cycling Apparel 30% OFF
Recently dubbed "Wool with Sex Appeal" by fashionistas at the New York Times, Icebreaker "takes tough, old-fashioned Merino wool and spins it into whisper- light layers that keep you warm but let you breathe." An investment in premium cycling clothing you'll reach for again and again, here's your chance to grab 100% fine Merino wool bib shorts, jerseys, warmers and hats for 30% OFF list price.

Pearl Izumi Attack Cycling Shorts
Regular Price:  $74.99
Sale Price:  $59.99
Save 30% on all Pearl Izumi cycling shorts and bib shorts for men and women
Pearl Izumi cycling shorts and bib shorts feature anatomical designs for both men and women with amazing 3-dimensional seat pads that ensure long-lasting comfort. Other key pieces of technology include new In-R-Cool and Minerale fabric, UPF protection, antimicrobial odor-reducing treatment, non-chafing leg grippers and reflective details for safety. Our best deal on Pearl Izumi bottoms all year (including Pearl Izumi Elite In-R-Cool Bibs and Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Bibs, both BicyclingHub Staff Picks), you'll want to stock up for 2012 NOW.

The Ritz Cycling Jersey by Primal Wear
Regular Price:  $59.99
Sale Price:  $49.99

Go Primal: screaming deals on all Primal Wear jerseys in stock
Out with the old, in with the new is how the saying goes. Looking for short-sleeve cycling jerseys designed with bright sublimated graphics, rapid moisture- wicking breathability, and durable construction? Look no further than Primal Wear's latest offerings.  Between now and January 1st, you can take advantage of special pricing for all Primal Wear men's jerseys and women's jerseys in stock.

Be certain to open your browsers to BicyclingHub.com Christmas morning for the full gift bag of savings, and let us help you resolve to ride more in 2012 in comfort and style.

12 December 2011

Warm up to WOOL this holiday season with Icebreaker

Heeding our customers' requests for more high-quality, breathable and long-lasting wool cycling apparel, BicyclingHub.com is proud to announce we've recently added Icebreaker into our selection of outstanding brands that keep you rolling in comfort and style.

Icebreaker's line of wool cycling clothing is designed for serious road riders and mountain bikers who want rapid-wicking, temperature regulating, fast-drying and odor-resistant technical garments that will take a beating and last season after season. Enhanced with 3% LYCRA® for a perfect fit, these 97% Merino Wool technical cycling jerseys, bib shorts, warmers and cycling caps are and comfortable in any conditions--wet, cold, dry, warm, or any variation of in between.

JennJenn says:
Warm up to WOOL!

To know wool is to love wool: that's my motto, especially on crisp autumn day trips, chilly winter commutes, and breezy spring training rides. Sweating one minute up the hill and shivering the next as the road or trail slopes downward, fine Merino wool fibers retain warmth yet breathe easier than many synthetic fabrics I've tried.

The moment our shipment from Icebreaker arrived and I tried on the Women's Rhythm Merino Wool jersey, it was love at first touch. The soft, silky feel of the 97% Merino wool was like receiving a nice warm hug for riding your bike; the beautifully scripted spiral pattern reaching out of the back pockets and across the torso ensures we look as good at the coffee shop or food cart snack break as you do while riding; and the five--count 'em, FIVE--rear pockets meant I could store all my energy gels, electronic devices, keys, pump, windbreaker and arm warmers without ever feeling I was going to spill the beans.

True story: took this jersey out for a test ride on a cool Sunday afternoon in October on some of the well-known scenic hills in Portland. As my friend Maria and I were cutting through downtown on our way to Mt. Tabor, a woman rode up behind us and and said, "Excuse me: can you you tell me where you ladies got such cute cycling clothing? I love what you're wearing!" My answer: "BicyclingHub.com, baby!" Be prepared for similar questions and compliments on your 1st--or 50th--time in this gorgeous wool cycling jersey.

Race Across America (RAAM) 2010 proves hot or cold, Icebreaker wool can go the distance.

In May of 2011 I bought my first Icebreaker baselayers at their warehouse sale in Portland, Oregon and I have been a convert ever since! I wear their clothing almost every day, including warm summer months.

In October, BicyclingHub.com received our first shipment of cycling clothing from this brand, famous for their Merino Wool technical garments made for outdoor sports. Normally, I wear a size XL in most bibs we sell, but in the Icebreaker I was a pretty roomy large. Other staff members noticed the same thing, that they were wearing a smaller size than their usual.

On the bike, the bibs feel very comfortable. Merino Wool does an incredible job of wicking away moisture from my skin. My skin feels dry and I'm warm in the winter and cool in the summer. In the interests of maintaining the highest level of quality and comfort, Icebreaker have sourced the chamois for these bibs from Cytech - firmly established as amongst the best in the business - seatpads are what they do! I don't have to fret about issues with saddle comfort at all, however long my ride. These bibs are all about premium functionality – better temperature regulation, sweat management and a great interface with the seat.

I love these bibs!

09 December 2011

Guaranteed Hits for the Holidays

1. College jerseys are #1!

College cycling jerseys make wonderful gifts for students, recent graduates and alumni year round, but are consistent top-sellers during the holiday season. BicyclingHub.com proudly stocks top-ranking official collegiate cycling jerseys from your favorite teams across the U.S. And don't forget the matching college cycling socks for the complete package!

2. Sports jerseys

If your passion is major league baseball or hockey, our collection of sports team cycling jerseys ensures you'll find a favorite to root for this holiday season.

3. Beer Jerseys and Cycling Caps

Cycling beer jerseys and beer-themed caps, such as Canari's Arrogant Bastard Ale jersey and Micro Beer Jerseys' Lucky Lab Cycling Cap (pictured here) and jersey are the perfect pairing of two things many cyclists love best: a day on the bike, and a fine micro-brew enjoyed with compatriots afterward. Now you can give the essence of both, in one tasty, refreshing package.

4. Castelli NanoFlex Arm Warmers

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Winter-weight warmers are always a great way to extend your cycling wardrobe as well as battle ever-changing weather. Featuring a lightweight fleece interior and a revolutionary new exterior fabric that sheds water from that occasional rain shower, Castelli Nanoflex arm, knee and leg warmers are multi-season and multi-purpose: you can't go wrong!

5. 7-Eleven Cycling Cap

Give the gift of cycling history! One size fits all in this great cap that celebrates America's first Tour de France team.

6. Castelli Viva Thermo Skully - Black

When it comes to blocking out wind, retaining body heat and keeping comfortable, Castelli's Viva Thermo Skully helmet liner has got you covered on all levels. So dapper you'll likely wear it just as much on your off-bike adventures as on them.

7. Castelli Radiation 1-2-3 Jacket

One jacket for three seasons, comprised of the most technically advanced winter clothing system ever. Now available in both black and grey, this jacket is ideal and adaptable for almost every situation, and promises to keep you riding strong no matter what Mother Nature decides to throw your way.

8. Showers Pass Portland Jacket

Freshly updated and now available in both men's and women's cuts, you can finally kiss that Neon Day-Glo rain jacket farewell. Named after Showers Pass's headquarters in Portland, Oregon, this jacket goes from on-bike commuting and 'round town errands to off-bike ventures without blinking an eye (or blinding your koffee klatch companions).  With stylish patterns and stealthy, hideaway reflective flaps, you won't need a phone booth to transform from cyclist to urbanite. Rainy commutes are no match for the Portland!

9. Green Eggs and Ham Cycling Jersey for Men and Women by Retro

Do you like green eggs and ham ? ... if so you'll love this jersey, Sam I Am! Relive those fond childhood memories and share them with the rest of the pack on your ride. This bright and cheery jersey will be sure and raise a smile.

10. His &Hers Dr. Seuss Thing 1 and Thing 2 Cycling jerseys for men and women by Retro

Available in both men's and women's versions, it's the perfect gift for tandem riders. With eye-popping graphics that practically jump from the fine microfibers of this rapid-wicking jersey, you won't sweat over Thing 1 & Thing 2's penchant for tricks and tongue-teasers.

11. Rosie the Riveter Women's Cycling Jersey

Next time your favorite female riding companion needs a little bit more inspiration to reach the top of the long climb or the next checkpoint, she can glance down at this iconic piece of WW II memorabilia and shout "WE CAN DO IT!" as she suddenly sprints past the pack. Fuel her passion and reward her ambitions with this gorgeous print guaranteed not to shrink or fade.

12. Chat Noir Women's Cycling Jersey

Le Chat Noir, a classic design made into wearable, functional, art courtesy of Retro Image Apparel. Parisian charm and sophistication meets dry sport wicking fabric, for ladies who like to sweat--and look good while doing it.

13. Pearl Izumi Select Thermal Long Sleeve Cycling Jersey

With 5 fabulous color choices (Green Flash/Black, Screaming Yellow/Black, True Red/Black, True Blue/White, and Black/White), Pearl Izumi's Select Thermal Fleece Long-Sleeve Jerseys for men offer super value, super warmth, wicking and breathability. Comfy thermal fleece fabric will save keep you warm while you bike straight thru Winter and into Spring.

14. Pearl Izumi Women's Select Thermal Long Sleeve Cycling Jersey

Available in four distinct colorways (Blue Jewel, True Red, Pink Punch, and Black Spyro), these luxuriously soft women's thermal jerseys are built to last (as you would expect from Pearl Izumi). Classic solid color styles that will never go out of fashion - neither will warmth or comfort, we are sure!

15. Castelli Mauro Wool Cycling Jersey

Castelli has been making the wool cycling jersey since the days when it was the norm for any and all who rode a bike. The fabric and design still holds up to this day, particularly for Fall and Winter riding. A fitting tribute to Castelli's 134-year heritage. Available in both black and cream; an added benefit of this popular item is that it can double up as off- the-bike smart casual wear.

16. Castelli Women's Opera Wool Long Sleeve Jersey

A great wool blend that is cute cute cute, this jersey is classically styled with cool Castelli embroidery on the chest for great looks. A 50% Merino wool and 50% fine gauge washable acrylic blend makes it easy to take care of and gives a soft feel against the skin.

17. Showers Pass Elite 2.0 Rain Jacket for Men and Women

One of the all-time favorites amongst BicyclingHub.com staff and customers alike, you'll be loved forever if you bestow one of these to your favorite cyclist X-Mas morning (or treat yourself to a well-deserved gift). If it's 40 degrees and raining, the Showers Pass Elite 2.0 is the ultimate go-to jacket. Whether you commute, enjoy fitness/recreational rides, tour by bike, or do all of the above, we hope it'll be yours too.

18. Showers Pass Helmet Cover

This new helmet cover from Showers Pass is perfect for the the rain, the wind, and the WET that is Winter. The lightweight, breathable and waterproof fabric is fully seam taped to make sure nothing gets in, and a removable drop-down rear brim deflects rain down the outside of your jacket, not down the inside and back of your neck. Thrills, not chills!

19. Pearl Izumi Amfib Cycling Tights for Men and Women

Warmth and versatility worth EVERY penny! These winter-weight padded cycling tights protect you from the wind and are extremely water-resistant. The Elite Thermal Fleece fabric helps draw sweat away from the skin and vent it out the rear panels, allowing the material to breathe as you sweat and prevent that cold, clammy feeling from sinking into your bones. A staff favorite!

20. Castelli Merino Wool Long Sleeve Baselayer

Give the gift of WOOL this holiday season! Soft to the touch, this ultra fine and machine-washable 100% Australian merino wool doesn’t itch. Stay warm, dry and comfortable in this incredible baselayer, as you layer on the base miles in preparation for the season ahead.

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