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Pro Tip: Insulated Bottles

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off


What’s worse than grabbing your bottle and filling your mouth with hot water in the middle of summer? Grabbing your bottle and having it be frozen solid in the winter, I’d say. Well here’s something cool: Insulated bottles. Most people only think about them for the summer, but they work really well for the winter, too. Insulated bottles are proven to keep your warm drink warm (and cold drinks cold) for at least twice as long as a regular bottle- depending on conditions. The Purist Insulated bottles we stock use a unique triple insulated design (double wall, a foil-type insulation which keep the outside temperature from getting in, and a blanket-type insulation which keeps the inside temperature from getting out) that is proven to keep your water warm (or cold) for 20% longer than any other squeezable insulated bottle on the market. Plus it has the Purist barrier inside that keeps the bottle from taking on any colors, flavors, or odors of the drink you put in it. Electrolyte-mix drinkers rejoice.

Pick one up, go for a ride, thank me later.


It’s not too cold, you’re just wearing the wrong clothes: A snow bike ride

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off


Four brave souls ventured out for a group ride Wednesday night. The plan was to strap on some lights, ride the snow covered Fox River Trail from the bike shop up to Penrose Brewery in Geneva for a pint and then to return home. 7.75 miles each way and 15°f (actual, not “feels like”). We had a blast. Two fat bikes and two “regular” mountain bikes.

On nights like that, you definitely need something windproof. You’re right on the river and getting hit by some pretty stiff winds. But let’s face it, jackets don’t breathe very well, so once you start pedaling hard you end up overheating, getting sweaty, and then getting *really* cold. I was
20150114-IMG_4361wearing the new Endura FS260 Pro JetStream which blurs the line between jacket and jersey. I’ve always liked it, but this ride really solidified my love for the JetStream. Definitely my new favorite piece of cycling gear. It fits like a long sleeve jersey and has a waterproof & windproof front (body and sleeves) and a fleece lined lycra back which breathes and insulates amazingly. I wore that and a thin Endura BaaBaa merino wool base layer and I was perfectly comfortable the entire time. Remember I said it was 15°f?

The jersey and the base layer are awesome. We have both in stock right now; come try them on if you think it’s too cold outside to ride.

The ride was awesome. We had a blast. We’d love to have you join us next time. Keep an eye on our Facebook page about when the next one is happening.



Tune-up and Storage Specials

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

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Black Saturday Sale

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

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Niner ROS9Plus

Posted by on Nov 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Are you fat bike curious, but not sold on going all the way to a 3.8″ or wider tire? Check this thing out. It’s called 29+ and it has normal mountain bike geometry so it’s super fun to ride, but the 3″ wide tire gives you lots of traction and flotation. Sort of a happy medium kind of thing. This Niner ROS9Plus is super new and super hot. This one is one of the first in the country and almost definitely the first one in the state. It’s so hot that this particular one is already sold and on its way to Saw Wee Kee, but don’t stress- we have another one coming (in medium). If this is what you’re into, call and get the next one on hold.

A better mousetrap

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

About a year ago one of the fine folks over at Crank Brothers called to see if I’d seen their new tire lever. This new tire lever was the best tire lever ever made, he told me. Yeah, sure. Tire levers are a dime a dozen, in my opinion. Everyone thinks theirs is the best, but in reality they’re all the same because they have one simple job: remove a tire from a rim. It’s hard to do that better than it’s currently being done. The essential design of a tire lever hasn’t changed since the beginning of time. I told him all this, by the way (I’ve found that companies like feedback, especially if it’s bad).

He assured me I was wrong and that he wanted to send me one to prove it. I obliged. So here it is, the Crank Brothers Speedier lever, a year later: