Ides of March BikePacking Overnight and Salsa Demo

Hello Fellow Adventurers,

 

Spring is in the Air and We are Happy to Have Ethan Frey and the Salsa Cycles Demo Van for a one of a kind opportunity. If you didnt know, Salsa Cycles is all about #adventurebybike,so they are bringing bags and Demo Bikes for you to take on an overnight ride. We will leave the shop at 630 pm and ride 30 miles to Bunk Camp in Seminole Forest . ON our way Out, We plan to stop Central 28 Beer Co. for a cold beverage. Once at Bunk Camp, We will Set up camp and enjoy the outdoors, Pizza and water will be brought to camp. We will have bags to lend for folks who are not geared up to carry their stuff OR the option to shuttle your camping supplies to the location. On our way back, YOLO Bar & Grilled Cheese DeLand will be hosting the after party. 

Fun, Bikes and Adventure, what more can you ask for. To Participate you must sign up. As well, the Demo Bikes are limited in sizes and quantities so check the sign up form for details. 

https://goo.gl/forms/nygUi9WUqDJDBUKy2

FAQ (FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS).

1. WHO is this ride for?  

The ideal participant is someone who has been wanting to bikepack and has been searching for the perfect beginner level ride and also good for an experienced bikepacker who is dying to DEMO a Salsa Bike.

2. HOW FAR is this Trip?

Expect to do about 30+ miles day one and 25-30+ miles Day two.  Terrain will vary from pavement and renegade trails.  To Sand, single track and clay roads.  BRING YOUR ADVENTUROUS SPIRIT.

3. WHERE ARE WE GOING?

We are riding to Bunk Camp in Seminole Forest.  At BUNK Camp there is an enclosed Shelter that can accommodate 8 riders.  This minimalist shelter only has wooden bunks, so you will need at the minimum a bed roll or something similar.  YOU DON'T Have to carry any gear aside from what you would normally carry as the JCS BIKE SHOP van will be coming to camp later that evening to drop off supplies and your camping gear if needed.

4. WHEN do we START?

IF you plan on taking a DEMO bike for your overnight, then come to the shop around 4 pm on March 15th so you can pick up the bike you like and then if you plan on loading it up, we can lend you bags and get it outfitted.  SO this is a great chance to learn from more experienced bikepackers on how to load your bike.

5. IS THERE A COST?

The  DEMO and CAMPING ARE FREE.  BUT, drinks at Central 28 and the expenses you incur at the YOLO after party are all on you.  Makes sense?

Hope to see you out there, it's gonna be a blast,

KARLOS

 

Ladie's Night: Fit, Form & Function Clinic Coming March 8th!

Its Truly a pleasure for us to host Elizabeth with Liv Cycling for this clinic.  At JC's we are huge advocates of Women in cycling and jumped on this great opportunity to bring this valuable resource to the local area.

Let's Show Elizabeth a good time by making sure we take full advantage of her visit and having a huge showing. 

So Ladies, whether you are a recreational cyclist, a weekend warrior at your local trail, an avid road cyclist or a long distance veterano, take some time to join us at the Shop, for a clinic full of information specifically catered to you.

So Join us at This FREE Event, Please RSVP by calling the Shop or clicking on this Facebook event page and choosing "Going"

We are going to be serving Beverages and Snacks so it is Key to RSVP.

See y'all soon

Karlos

Holiday Gift Buying Guide #1: Ten Gifts Under 20$ that The Cyclist in your life will LOVE and APPRECIATE

The holiday season is in Full Swing and WE understand the challenges of shopping for that Cyclist you Love.  In our First installment here, I am going to take a moment to highlight Ten things that make for a good gift that cost less than $20! 

1. JC's Bike Shop Custom Neoprene Lizard Skin Chainstay Protector

Cyclist Love to take care of their investments and Neoprene Chain Stay protectors from Lizard Skin protect the Bicycle Frame right from chips caused by the chain bouncing from Shifting or Road/Trail Vibrations. MSRP $9.99

2. Halt Dog Repellent

As much as we all Love Dogs, sometimes it can be dangerous for both the Cyclist and the Animal when they give in to their natural instinct to Chase.  Halt Dog Repellant stops the dogs in their tracks and encourages them to return home, insuring safety for everyone involved! MSRP $7.99

3. TACX Tire Levers

Tacx Tire levers come in sets of three and help riders unseat the tire when completing a road side flat repair or tire maintanence at home.  Key tool that every rider needs, and a thoughtful gift as well. MSRP $3.99

4. ParkTool Multi Tools

Every cyclist tinkers with their bike at their home repair shop or sometimes during a road side repair.  Park Tool offers various multi tools that have a combination of allen keys and screw drivers perfect for adjusting almost every bolt or screw on the bike.  MSRP $9.99

5. MIRRYCLE MTB and HYBRID BIKE MIRROR

Lots of Recreational and Road Riders really enjoy being able to keep an eye on whats going on behind them while they are riding.  The Mirrycle Bicycle mirror is THE BEST in the GAME.  Using Real glass and fully adjustable, another perfect gift for someoneyou love. MSRP $17.99

6. Socks From Swiftwick and Sombrio

Socks, Riders cannot have enough of them.  We have a variety of options, brands like Sombrio and Swiftwick with compression abilities and merino wool to keep toes warm, we have something that we gurantee they will love! MSRP $10 - $16

7. Giant Flex Combo Coil 12

Bicycle security is important and we try to keep every price point in mind.  The Surelock Flex combo coil 12 offers nominal bike security at a low price point. MSRP $19.99

 

8. Chamois Butt'r

Whether a long ride or a short ride, its critical for cyclist to protect themselves from Chaffing.  Chamois Buttr provides soothing relief from existing saddle sores and helps to prevent them from forming when used properly.  A well thought out gift for any rider, MSRP $17.99

9. TACX Water Bottle Cages

Hydrate or Die is really a thing. AND every rider who has a bike needs a place to put their water bottles.  Made out of a mix of composite glass fibers and carbon, these TACX cages are light, and come in a variety of colors.  Pricepoint is excellent as well, MSRP $19.99

10. GU Hydration Kit

The GU bottle kit that we have in stock is a perfect little gift for any rider.  INCLUDED in the kit is a water bottle with a few extra drink mixes at no additonal charge.  What a bargain! MSRP $7.99

AND as always, keep in mind, if you are still out of ideas, NOTHING beats a Gift Card that you can load for any dollar amount of your choosing. 

Thanks and we Look forward to seeing you soon,

 

Karlos

Jakes First Cyclocross Race

     So for the past three months, the only thing I ever speak about is cyclocross…. The cyclocross race season, cyclocross bikes, the awesome cyclocross family, the insanely hard cyclocross race courses, the heated battle in the points race, the misadventures of traveling with the fun loving crowd, yadda yadda yadda..you get the idea.

 

     Fellow DeLand aficionado of rad things, Jake, has endured a non-stop rant droning in his ear this entire time as I continually harangue anyone and everyone about this rather obscure sport. Finally he had enough, last Friday he bolts up from his desk and says “Hey I'm going to take a long lunch” then he comes back with a brand new 2017 Giant TCX cyclocross vessel from JC’s Bikes! Suuhweeeettt! I’m so jelly. ... really, I am, this bike is just awesome. Just marvel at its awesomeness. Pause for dramatic effect here..

     THEN, not even 24 hours later he shows up in Dade City for the Wicked Awesome Racing cyclocross weekend extravaganza for his first race! It also just happens to be on the toughest course of the season, so naturally he’s gonna pick this one, ‘cuz he’s Jake and that’s what Jake’s do.

                     Here he is, doin’ what he does: lookin’ serious

                     Here he is, doin’ what he does: lookin’ serious

     Without further rambling introduction, here’s the exclusive interview with Jake the following day.

“This weekend I competed in my first cyclocross race  at the Wicked Awesome Racing event in Dade City, FL. and I absolutely loved it! I first heard of this unique sport through my co-worker Wayne roughly three months ago, through all of his hype, one phrase that was consistently repeated like a broken record was “it is extremely fun but really tough”. I clearly underestimated “tough” and took the challenge anyways. Come race weekend, I’ve got all of my gear ready and I pulled up to the park where the race is. I see the taped off course and I’m starting to get excited. I could only see grassy sections and some small bumps on the course. It wasn’t until I rode the unseen back section of the course did I realize this is no ordinary day at the park.”

     Here’s the huge climb in the back section. That’s Jake at the top, everyone all together say “wow, that looks like fun!”

     Jake goes on to say “Cyclocross is extremely tough. Taking a road bike with knobby tires through natural terrain is so unnaturally hard that it is fun and comical at the same time. I was exhausted after two laps (of 7) and just thinking “who could think up this stuff?” By the end of my first race, I had fallen a few times, had a flat tire and had an absolute blast. Everyone who attended were the nicest people and super cool. It is too fun and weird to explain which makes it a must-try sport.”

 

     What a great way to get introduced to this wonderful sport, just jump right in….. my usual description is this is one of the hardest bicycle sports out there, yet amazingly one of the most fun and safe. It's family oriented, spectator friendly and darn challenging. There are categories for everyone from the lil’ ones 7-8-9 yrs old on up to us old fogies in our golden years of shuffleboard and Fixodent. This is a sport everyone can enjoy and participate in. You can just ride the course for fun in any number of wacky costumes (as many people do, it’s a thing, really….and it’s just crazy fun) or you can be one of the racer types out front trying to shave seconds from their lap times. There is also a large contingent of amazing women racers who are guaranteed to be faster than you are and look better doing it than you guys do.

     There's not really any risk as the speeds rarely go over 14 miles an hour, usually in low grass circling a field or through some singletrack path. There's usually some type of sandpit to traverse and barricades to jump over.

     Treat yourself to a visit to the absurd and try to catch one of the last few few races left in the season, the next one is early December in nearby Ocala. Anyone in the shop can help you with any questions. All in all, it's rather silly from the outside and difficult to explain to people what exactly is going on ….maybe that's the magic of it ... we just don't know ourselves ...but I do know is it’s darn fun.

-resident chest puffer, lifelong bike dork and humblebragger extraordinaire-

Wayne Keller