RIDES… RIDES… RIDES!

Back by popular demand Bruce’s Coffee Ride

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Chainwheel’s coffee ride with Bruce has been rolling for 15 years and is a staple ride for beginners or even experienced riders looking for a casual and friendly cycling experience.

Bruce started The Coffee Ride to provide a casual cycling experience for local riders. This ride offers a casual, friendly and non competitive culture. We hope you come out and ride with us.

We are excited to start the 2017 season this weekend April 8thSaturday Morning.

The ride rolls out at 7:30AM from Murray Park. See you there!

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Women on a Roll

Chainwheel is happy to announce a new ride this year in our shop ride offerings.

Description:  This is a for-women/by-women no-drop road ride.  The goal is to empower women, through cycling, to become better riders together, improve their fitness and practice safe group riding skills.  This ride will also provide a social outlet to share experiences and have fun on the bike.  We will cover 20-25 miles, including several stops to discuss skills and techniques, at an average pace of approximately 15mph.  The route will vary depending upon participant goals/skill level.

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Where:  Meet at the BDB bathrooms on the Little Rock side (more parking is available at Murray Park).

When:  Wheels down every Monday at 5:45pm (sharp) starting April 3rd. For now, rides continue thru August 28.]

Check Chainwheel’s Facebook for updates or rain cancellations.

Questions about the ride?  Email info@chainwheel.com

 

Tuesday night ride now on Wednesday

FullSizeRender.jpgSo you all can race 12 weeks of Crits on Tuesday night… they Tuesday night ride is now on Wednesday.

 

Starting April 12th The Chainwheel Tuesday night ride leaves The Clinton Center parking lot every Wednesday  evening at 6PM

The route is unique as it passes through a national airport on its way out to a loop of some classic Arkansas Delta.

We look forward to seeing you on board!

Full Route Map and Turn by Turn for 25 Mile course: https://www.strava.com/routes/4588513

(Note) as the days get longer we will add a 30 mile A group option.

Rules, Cautions and Instructions

We are excited to lead the Tuesday night road ride once again. Each Tuesday night we will roll out at 6:00pm from The Clinton Library parking lot. We ask you to help us by following a few safety rules on our Tuesday night ride:

  • Helmets are mandatory
  • No Headphone or music, everyone needs your full attention.
  • No time trial bikes or TT bars, please.
  • Know the route and help each other.
  • Be courteous, helpful to all riders. Call out road furniture, road kill and such.
  • Yellow line rule is effect for the entire route. Please don’t cross into oncoming traffic.
  • If riders in your group are getting dropped yell “Gap” to slow down for them.
  • All riders ride at their own risk.
  • Know who you’re A group and B group leaders are; they will be announced before we roll out.
  • Flat repair kits are recommended for this route. Prevent flats by checking your pressure before the ride.
  • If you do not know the route, do not get ahead of the group and ask “where do we go?” Follow your group leader, please.

What to expect / Route:

(Abbreviated version below, see Strava route for full turn by turn directions)

Leaving the Clinton Library parking lot, follow South West trail toward the Airport. This will be a neutral section till we cross over I-440. Watch for utility hole covers and railroad tracks. While on Airport road please do not cut the route on the 2 roundabout’s.

After airport terminal area we take the first left onto E Roosevelt. Follow for about 1 mile and make a right on Fourche Dam pike. Follow to Thibaut and follow right.

Watch for rumble strips on Frazier pike, commit to taking these on and do not swerve to avoid. Let’s keep everyone upright.

Look for the right hand Turn onto Harper Road. Watch for loose dogs. These guys tend to be playful and not aggressive, but still dangerous to a bicycle wheel.

This is a great area for Sprints and attacks, have fun be safe. Watch that Yellow line.

Continue on toward Sweet Home and ride toward 365. Continue on 365 and watch for traffic heard toward the 3M plant. Onward up to Confederate Blvd and Sprint to the Hill top to 3M road. Regroup at the top of the hill. Once we are rolling be careful on descent back to Frazier Pike, there can be water on the road and it can be slippery. This is a very fast downhill please be careful.

Onward and left on Frazier Pike back toward the Airport and back into the start area via Bond St.

Good job! And now it’s off to Diamond Bear

Women on a Roll

Chainwheel is happy to announce a new ride this year in our shop ride offerings.

Description:  This is a for-women/by-women no-drop road ride.  The goal is to empower women, through cycling, to become better riders together, improve their fitness and practice safe group riding skills.  This ride will also provide a social outlet to share experiences and have fun on the bike.  We will cover 20-25 miles, including several stops to discuss skills and techniques, at an average pace of approximately 15mph.  The route will vary depending upon participant goals/skill level.

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Where:  Meet at the BDB bathrooms on the Little Rock side (more parking is available at Murray Park).

When:  Wheels down every Monday at 5:45pm (sharp) starting April 3rd. For now, rides continue thru August 28.]

Check Chainwheel’s Facebook for updates or rain cancellations.

Questions about the ride?  Email info@chainwheel.com

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2016 Year End Sale

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All in-stock… Bell, Giro, Blackburn, Smith and POC 25% OFFCycleps-Turbo-Trainer-Range.jpgAll in-stock… Cycleops & Wahoo trainers 25%OFF

 

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2016 CX Championships 11/19/16

Cyclocross is where Happy Gilmore and cycling meet. This off season sport brings together hooligans and cycling fans for an event some people consider a race and some consider a party.

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The race consists of short laps on a diverse course with obstacles. Cross is the most definitely the most spectator friendly form of bicycle racing. Spectators are highly encouraged to heckle and be rowdy. Just please don’t touch the racers or impede their path.

We encourage you no matter what level of cycling you are to give it a try or at least come out for a super cool time.

Note: you do not have to have a Cyclocross bike, Mountain bikes are just fine.

Still not convinced? there are clinics to help get you ready.

Link to the clinic flyer:http://www.arkansascx.com/skills-and-drills2.html

Link to the Race details: https://www.usacycling.org/events/getflyer.php?permit=2016-2803

 

MTB Epic Series

So you think you want to ride a Mountain Bike Epic? If you have put thought into riding an Epic ride or race but aren’t sure if you can do it. Well… let’s dip your toe in that water.

We will step you up in degree of difficulty with a series of rides. All dates are subject to change as we cannot predict weather at this time. Each ride will post as an events on Chainwheel Facebook. You must let us know you are attending via the FB Event. We need to know what size group to plan for.

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1st course… 2 laps @ Cedar glades. Ride first lap as a group then ride second lap at your own pace or with lead group. October 1st – Details. 

2nd course 1 full lap of Iron Mountain. November 5th – Details.

3rd course ride the Womble section of the Ouachita Challenge. 298 to North Fork lake and Fire Road back.  November 26th – Details

4th course ride the OC section of the Ouachita Challenge. Leave Oden… ride OC course to Story and ride road back to Oden. Date TBA soon via FB Event.

At the end of this training series you will see some amazing Arkansas trails and know if you want to click that sign up button on upcoming Arkansas Epic MTB events.

Rides are semi supported, we will help with mechanical needs. You are expected to have everything with you to fix a flat or a broken chain. You are also responsible for your nutrition. We can advise you on what is recommended before events.

We look forward to riding with you. Any questions please reach out to danandaddie@chainwheel.com

Cane Creek MTB – Star City AR

Here’s a description of my ride at Cane Creek, it was fun but warm.

I left the visitor center and followed the ladies advise to go counter clockwise around the lake, which is best in the summer time, out in the sun early then in the shade during the heat of the day, Temp at start 85, temp at finish 97 high humidity, Rode the Surly ICE Cream Truck FAT Bike. You start out on a small trail that leads you to a pavilion by the lake, then onto pavement for a while, you turn onto a levee, the levee is bush hogged down the middle, the grass was 6 to 12 inches tall which creates a drag, it’s a long ride around the levee with beautiful views of the lake, you then turn into the woods on a bush hogged trail for a little while then it turns into single track, the back of the trail was littered with debris, logs, limbs, vines, and LOTs of SPIDER WEBS, there are also several swinging bridges and low water bridges that are fun to cross. I think during wet season they would really be fun, about 6 miles from the visitor center the trail improves and it flows much better I guess from bikes and foot traffic.

If I lived near star city I would ride it all the time. As an adventure bike rider it was worth the drive down from Little Rock. Load up and check it out.

The ladies at the Visitor Center are the Best, thanks for all the help.

-Charlie Westphall

 

Helmet hygiene

Do the guys in your club call you names? “Stinky Head”, “Rotten Helmet?

If so, learn helmet hygiene 101.

Step 1 – When your wife asks why you are taking your helmet in the shower, it’s pretty much the same conversation as when she saw you shave your legs for the first time. Simply explain that this is just something cyclists do.

Step 2 – Lather up a bath scrubby with your favorite shampoo or body wash. Bar soap has tallow and this will leave weird spots on the shell. Not pro!

Step 3 – Clip the chin strap together and tuck it inward, where your head goes. Now pre rinse your skid lid. Next, swirl your lathered up scrubby inside your helmet to clean pads and straps gently. Don’t go too hard and rip your pads out. Last, scrub any bugs and gnar off the outside of your helmetFullSizeRender.jpg

Step 4 – Rinse helmet under shower head.

 
Step 5 – Hold the straps firmly and whip your helmet to ring out any excess water.

 

Step 6 – Dry over a vent from the air in your home.

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Step 7 – Ride fresh as a daisy grown in an Irish Spring.