22 February 2013

Special Winter Clearance Store Event

By Sarah Esterman

It’s February in Portland, which means we’re still looking at stormy weather—at least intermittently—for the next few months. And with our annual Winter Clearance Blowout store event coming up next week, it’s the perfect time to stock up on your cold-weather favorites to keep you warm and dry for the rest of the season. 

Featuring 50–70% off Castelli, Shower’s Pass, Pearl Izumi and Canari cycling jerseys, jackets and more, this is the savings event of the season

So if you're in the Portland area, join us at BicyclingHub.com HQ next Friday and Saturday and shop your favorites at the lowest prices you'll see this season before they're gone. Inventory will not last long, so you absolutely will not want to miss out.

Winter Clearance Hours:
Friday, March 1: 9am–6pm
Saturday, March 2: 10am–2pm

642 SE Stark St.
Portland, OR 97214 

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If you're not in Portland, don't fret: you can still shop our Winter Clearance online here.

19 February 2013

I love my Castelli Gabba cycling jersey by Doug Duguay

I feel like a European pro riding in my Gabba!
I feel like a super hero.  My Gabba, a summer jersey, a pair of arm warmers, a pair of bibs with leg warmers and I am happy in temps between 45 and 60 degrees.  I wouldn't want anything else

Team Garmin Sharp races year throughout the spring classics in their Gabba jerseys.

Tour de France stage winner Tyler Farrar and his Gabba jersey

Castelli has spy pictures on their blog of other European pros riding in Gabba jerseys.

More spy pics.  This one appeared in www.Pezcyclingnews.com

Buy the Gabba here

Eddy Merckx Interview, "I am not the Godfather"

The greatest cyclist of all time, Eddy Merckx, sat down with BicyclingHub.com in September of 2010.  Merckx talks about his bicycle company, Eddy Merckx Cycles, his son Axel Merckx and his best and worst Tour de France.   He even talks about suffering during the Hour Record.

Eddy even offers some career advice "In life, if you do what you like to do, it's a good career." Well said, Eddy Merckx, well said.


Interview by Jennifer Clunie, September 2010.

18 February 2013

How To Get The Most Out of Your Cycling Event

Nicole Freedman
Bicyclinghub.com’s friends over at TeamWILD Athletics have just published a cool, little cycling eBook that they are giving away for free. We thought you might enjoy it. “How to get the most out of your cycling event: Tips from an Olympic cyclist” written by Nicole Freedman, cycling czar of the now bike friendly city of Boston and the TeamWILD cycling coach, even encourages beer drinking as a strategy for success! Check it out and be sure to get out and ride!

Get the most out of your cycling eventDownload the Ebook here http://wildcyclebook.com
Celebrate your success!
Find Team Wild on the web at http://teamwildathletics.com/

13 February 2013

Castelli Winter 2013 Sneak Peek

Castelli Winter 2013 Sneak Peek by Sarah Esterman

Last week, we rode over to Castelli to get a sneak peek of their Winter 2013 line. In brief: it’s smokin’ hot. Here are some of our favorites to watch out for when we get our first shipment in


Misto Jacket in Black
Misto Jacket. This jacket is awesome. The Misto will be the go-to jacket for staying warm, dry and to look good on wet winter rides.  The sleek design features a high collar, seam sealed seams and a waterproof zipper for complete waterproofness. But the coolest part is the nice and stretchy (and not at all plastic-y) Torrent 2.5 fabric with 10,000mm waterproofness and 8,000 MVP breathability. And when you’re ready to lose a layer, the Misto conveniently folds to fit into your jersey pocket.
Poggio Jacket in White/Black/Red

 Poggio Jacket.  We love the look and the function of the Poggio. The Windstopper® X-Lite stretch fabric (the best of the best) on the front is windproof and splash resistant and the back has Warmer fabric for high breathability. Visibility is great, too. Rear reflective tabs and the screen-printed reflective chest logo will assure you’re seen from the front and the back. And really, it just looks cool.

Pampeago Wool Jersey in Anthracite

Pampeago Wool Jersey. This is the perfect jersey to wear on casual rides, or to just wear. Enough said. It’s just that cool.

Flanders Wind SS

Flanders Wind SS. All of the base-layers are pretty awesome, but the Flanders Wind short sleeve is definitely one to add to your closet. With Windstopper® fabric on the front, you’ll be able to ride in surprisingly cold weather in just a jersey. Plus, the multidenier 100% polyester main body acts like a reservoir to keep it from feeling too clammy against your skin.

Arrivo Bibtight

Arrivo Bibtight. Love the Sorpasso but it isn’t keeping you warm enough on your rides? Then the Arrivo is for you. Castelli considers it “the Sorpasso for the far North,” and for good reason. The thick fleecy Windstopper® X-Fast 2 fabric thigh and knee coverage will extend the comfort range to well below freezing. But they’ve kept the Thermoflex Core Due in the front around the seat-pad area for wind protection and warmth and wicking.


Magia W Jacket in Deep Blue/White
Magia W Jacket. This jacket doesn’t just look hot—and that it certainly does—it’ll also keep you warm without overheating. Windstopper® X-Fast 2 fabric on the front is windproof and water-resistant and the Warmer back panel will prevent overheating. Rear reflective tabs will keep you visible in low-light and a silicone gripper at the waist keeps the jacket from riding up. And let’s be real, this is a really flattering look.

Incanto W Jersey FZ in Black/White
Incanto W Jersey FZ. It was really hard to choose between the women’s jerseys for this list, but the Incanto makes it because it, yes, looks awesome, but also features stretchy Thermoflex Lite fabric which makes it great for those fall rides when the leaves are starting to change and there’s a chill in the air. And the sublimation-print asymmetrical graphic is awesome.

Fiamma Jersey FZ in Anthracite/Pink

Fiamma Jersey FZ. This is such a great look. We love the flames. Especially in anthracite/pink. Plus, the Warmer fabric makes it warm and moisture wicking.

Gardena W Wool Jersey in Magenta

Gardena W Wool Jersey. This is like the female version of the men’s Pampeago. Perfect for casual rides or to just wear whenever. And the screenprint graphics are awesome.

Sella W Rain Jacket in White

Sella W Rain Jacket. This is the ultimate rain jacket. Fully seam sealed with waterproof zippers this’ll keep you nice and dry. Reflective piping and screen print provide optimal visibility from all angles—and definitely adds to the sleekness of the design.

Sorpasso W Tight in Black/Green Fluo
Sorpasso W Tight. The best tight Castelli has ever made will finally be available for women! Thermoflex  and Thermoflex Core Due fabric keep you warm and dry. The women’s version also features a Progetto X2 Air women’s-specific seat for maximum comfort. And, like the rest of the line, the design looks great.

Can't wait till August? Yeah, us neither. But in the meantime, check out our current Castelli collection.

04 February 2013

"Who Said That?" Cycling Trivia by Dave Campbell - February 2013

February 2013
And now for Something COMPLETELY DIFFERENT…
Quotes from The Big Men
This Months European Professional Cycling Trivia asks
Who Said That…and When!”

Q1. “If I can’t beat Greg LeMond this year, then I will quit cycling!”

Q2. “I am not only the fastest man in the world, but also the best looking!”

Q3. “I never miss a day of training-ever!”

01 February 2013

Diabetes is not the Boss of me! by Lew Alexander

In July, 2008 (45 years old), I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. My Mom, Dad and older brother are all Type 2 so I wasn’t surprised at the diagnosis but was shocked to be faced with it at that age.   I am fortunate to have a Physician who explained this diagnosis in very clear terms: “I can go on with my current lifestyle and he will keep me alive with meds having to increase dosages and types over the years and someday will become insulin dependent. In the meantime, I will potentially be faced with all sorts of medical issues (loss of limbs, loss of eyesight, impotence and many more) and will probably die prematurely from complications from Diabetes.  Or, I can start eating better and exercising more and stave off these issues and live a life much closer to normalcy”.  The next day I was in the gym doing spin class.  I could only manage 30 minutes on the bike at first  but soon I was pounding out one hour classes and working hard.  I shed about 30 lbs. in a matter of a few months and feeling better than I had in a very long time.  The next step was a road bike and then I discovered the joy of riding and the stress that I left on the road.
In March 2010, I was involved in a violent motorcycle accident that severely injured the left side of my body and nearly killed me.  It took nine surgeries over 6 months to get everything sorted out.  My body totally atrophied from all of the time in hospitals and being bed ridden at home.  In January 2011, I started climbing back both physically and mentally using first the Spin bike and then my road bike to recover.  I had set a goal of riding a century (100 miles) that August but could only manage 25 miles (my recovery was bigger than I ever expected).  But I wasn’t discouraged and continued riding with a new goal of 100 miles in August 2012.  Along the way I was doing local rallies; increasing my endurance at each step.  I chose the DFW Tour de Cure as one of those training rides thinking that raising a few dollars for my disease while training was a double bonus.  That ride transformed me; getting to know other diabetic riders, learning about the ADA and what they do for us Diabetics, and seeing the impact they are making gave me a new cause.  After I made my century goal in August, I went on to ride the Houston Tour de Cure a month later (my second century). 
On the drive back home from the Houston TdC, I came up with a goal for 2013: “1,000 miles of Tour de Cure’s and raise $10,000”.  Since then I have been focused on the logistics of fitting 11 events in an 8 month time frame and training to prepare my body for the physical challenge.  My first TdC is in March, so right now this is just a goal but by then end of September I am confident it will be a reality.
Even though I have diabetes, I feel blessed.  I am blessed that I can control my diabetes with diet, exercise and low doses of oral meds.  I am blessed that I am healthy enough to ride my bike for a cause.  I am inspired by my Type 1 friends who depend on insulin to stay alive; who battle daily with a delicate balance of insulin and carbohydrates and the highs and lows that they struggle with.  I am inspired by the kids who are faced with a disease they don’t understand which makes them live their lives differently than their friends; and their parents who have to help them struggle with managing insulin shots, finger pricks, and the right amount of food each day.  I am inspired by my Type 2 friends and family that have to deal with the health issues associated with Diabetes (I have a friend who is now blind in one eye and struggling to keep his sight in the other).  While I know that my contributions to fight Diabetes are small in the grand scheme of things, I am inspired by the prospect that those contributions, along with all of the others who share this cause with me, may someday bring a cure for this disease.
So I ride; I ride to stay healthy and to fight off the eventual effects that diabetes will have on my body.  And I ride the Tour de Cure to raise money so that someday this scourge on people will be wiped away forever.

Castelli Climber's Jersey Video

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