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MindBody Registration Update

Update March 2, 2015: Registration for Spring 2015 classes is open.  To return to the main ICE page, click here.  For registration FAQ, click here.

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Cycle U’s Winter Indoor Cycling session will begin December 1 and run through January 25 at both Sand Point and West Seattle locations.  This is a walk through of our new registration process, which will make registration, make-ups, and wait listing much easier.  For general program info and registration, click here.

ICE Registration Walk-Through:

We manage class registration through MindBody.  If you are a new client, use the link below to create an account.

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Step 1: Select a Class

When you log in to your MindBody account, you are met with this page.  Select the appropriate tab at the top of the screen, and be sure to select the correct date. Spring classes begin on March 23, 2015.  Find your class and click “Sign up Now.”  Please note that Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday classes are no longer automatically bundled.  If you want to take two or more classes per week, you will have to sign up for them individually.

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Step 2: Single Class or Recurring Class

You have the option to sign up for an individual class, or to make a recurring reservation. To schedule a recurring reservation, use the drop down menu for “End Date,” and select the appropriate date.  Winter classes run for eight weeks, through January 25.  Click the “Make a single reservation” for individual classes, or “Make a recurring reservation” for multiples.  You may be notified that you do not have enough credits for the reservation. Click “OK” to move forward to payment options:

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Step 3: Select a Payment Option

We offer two payment plans: 4 classes for $99, or individual classes for $29 each.   If you plan on a recurring schedule, the 4-class pack is for you.  If you are unsure how many classes you wish to attend, the drop-in option may be better.  Note that purchasing a 4-class pack does not require immediate registration.  You may use your credits any time between March 23 and April 19.

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Step 4: Check out and Payment

Once you select a payment option, you will be taken to your Shopping Cart.  Note that you are shown which classes you are registering for, along with your order total.  If you would like to add additional classes, select “Continue Shopping,” otherwise, select “Check Out.” Enter your payment information and place your order.

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Dean’s Letter: Bike Fitting and a Journey Into the Past

My journey to Colorado started many years ago in 1982. I was riding my first real bike in college at the UW and starting to frequent bike shops and read cycling magazines. I quickly learned that Colorado was the place where racing happened.  The Red Zinger classic was the biggest race in America and I wrote the promoter asking if I could get a job helping him put on the race.  I got letter back saying that if I flew out I could volunteer.  4 years later I loaded up my ‘67 Volvo 142 and drove to Colorado to chase my dream. 28 years after my first visit, the dream called me back to Boulder. I was returning to receive bike fit training from Sean Madsen and Dr. Andy Pruitt, who developed Specialized’s BG fit system.

Although the future of bike fitting brought me back to Boulder, the past beckoned me down familiar streets. I grabbed a bike from the hotel, and even though it was dark, rode down into the Pearl Street mall past all the coffee shops I remembered. Wow, has that place grown up!  Instead of the single floor shops from my first visit, there are now blocks and blocks of 5 story condos with retail on the ground floor. I parked by the Yellow Deli, and grabbed a beer next door. I noticed a couple young guys locking up their S-Works Tarmacs so I went out to chat them up. I told them I would watch their bikes because they were crazy using a cable lock on those in Boulder. They laughed and said they had just rode in from Florida and arrived a few hours earlier!  They were both young guys who raced in college and now were moving to Boulder to train and work in bike shops. For now they were crashing with a friend.

I sat down with them and heard about their adventure getting to Colorado, the multiple close calls with bad drivers and narrow roads and all the cool people they met along the way.  We talked racing, and I shared the story of the cycling dream that had brought me to the same spot 28 years earlier. They were just like my friend Matt and I were back then, but they were much better riders on much nicer bikes.  I went back to the hotel late and was awestruck at the serendipity. That was the only night I went out to find two such travelers on similar paths. I wondered where they would end up and I was reminded how immensely lucky that I have been. Not many people are fortunate enough to make their passion their life’s work!

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Colorado is both a journey to the past and a leap into the future. Alongside long standing tradition, there resides cutting edge innovation. The bike fit training I received from Dr. Andy Pruitt and Sean Madsen comes from the best in the world. Their fitting advice is sought by riders like Tom Boonen, Vicenzo Nibali and Alberto Contador. I first heard about Andy Pruitt in 1988 when I had ridden so much in my new look pedals that I was on crutches from overuse. He was the go-to guy then, and still is today. Today’s Body Geometry fit is a product of Andy Pruitt’s work with the intense founder of Specialized Mike Sinyard . They recognized earlier than anyone else that better performance and comfort go hand in hand. Ever since the rest of the industry has been taking notes.  Both Coach Colin and I have been trained by Andy in the BG Fit method. Together we have over 30 years of experience, allowing us to guarantee each fit for an entire year of adjustment.

The best endures.  I might not be the best, but over time in cycling and in life, the persistent and the hard working prevail over the naturally talented or lucky.  Specialized and Cycle U are a good fit, because we have both stood the test of time. The same is true for cycling. Stay focused on improving and being the best you can, and soon you will look back and be amazed and the distance you have traveled.

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Coach Craig

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Safety First: Winter Riding Tips!

It’s been a great summer, but we all know Fall is on the way.  Soon enough, everyone will be dealing with lower light and wet, cold conditions. In order to continue riding and commuting safely into the coming months, adjustments have to be made to your ride preparation. Luckily Cycle U is here to help you prepare! Here are some tips and gear suggestions to help you tackle winter weather riding. Whether a first time commuter or a lifelong winter rider, these are some must have tools to get you through Seattle’s rainy days!

 

  1. Lights – Unless you are planning your ride or commute smack dab in the middle of the day, chances are part or all of your ride will be in low-to-no-natural light. Not only are bike lights a legal requirement in Washington at night, they are essential for your safety and the safety of others around you. Investing in a good quality front and rear light will certainly give you more peace of mind on the road.The price of lights has gone down considerably in the past couple years. Serfas offers headlights 155 lumens and up starting at only $35. Many lights now available are USB rechargeable, especially convenient for those who commute to work.

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  2. Fenders – Do yourself, your bike, and those riding around you a favor, and fender up! Nothing is less appealing than arriving to your destination with a spray of mud reaching up your back. Adding fenders will not only save you from having a skunk stripe- it will help keep gunk from building up in your drivetrain. A clean bike is a happy bike! You have several different options when it comes to fenders: bolt-on fenders are semi-permanent and once they’re on, you can  ride without worrying about maintenance or taking them on and off.  For those who like the less-permanent solution, strap on fenders are available as well and take only a minute to remove.

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  1. Layer up!   
    Make sure your outer gear is bright and visible. Some clothing companies integrate their rain and winter jackets with built in lights and reflective strips (Endura is one example, see our review below). Whatever you wear, make sure it’s bright for low light conditions. This may be a tough decision for some as fluorescent, slightly baggy clothing is not usually not at the top of the fashion list. There is no skimping on safety however, so get used to rocking those 80’s colors! The brighter the better! While you’re at it, other essentials in wet and cold weather riding are:  base layers to insulate while keeping you dry, shoe covers to keep your feet warm  and long-fingered, insulated gloves. Make sure whatever you buy is truly waterproof, not just water resistant. it gets wet out here!

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  1. Tires and bike maintenance – Keeping your bike clean may be a hassle, but it’s important to go over it regularly and so you can make sure that all the parts are debris free and in good working order. Hosing your dirty bike off is an option, just make sure the spray is light so that none of the parts are damaged, and that the chain is then dried off and lubed. Finally, make sure that you have a set of tires with tread, or appropriate grip if they are road tires.  Continental, for instance, makes several road tires options that are both sturdy and extra grippy for wet conditions, such as the Continental Grand Prix Four Seasons or the Continental Gator Hardshell. The former tire is a lighter-weight option that has slightly more grip, while the latter  has sturdier flat protection while still offering traction.

 

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Endura: The Difference is in the Details

With winter weather comes a shift in Seattle riding. A unique set of individuals emerge onto the streets, dusting off last year’s rainslicks, and adding  lights to fend off the coming darkness. They are Seattle’s all weather riders, relying on experience and reflective gear to keep them safe through rain and early winter nights. Luckily for these adventurous souls, there are many companies which applaud their dedication and make gear perfectly suited to tackle northwest winter riding. One such company is Endura, whose well constructed Luminite series is perfect for Pacific Northwest winters.

When Endura first came into our shop, it looked like we had doused an entire wall in dayglo paint. Bright pink, red, green, yellow and blue cascaded down our back wall like an alien waterfall. Many of my coworkers were excited and readily vouched for Endura’s durability and quality, so I decided to take a closer look.

The Luminite series consists of head to toe reflective gear, including helmet covers, gloves, rainshells and booties. What most interested me were the jackets, with their ‘80s neon cool factor and built in taillights. Taking a closer look at them, I found that Endura had lived up to their reputation.

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Bright reflective detailing stylishly outlines pockets, zippers and both sides of the shoulders and arms, ensuring you will be seen from all sides. In the back, a roomy zippered pocket allows easy access to edibles, money, keys and cellphones. On the inside, a hidden flap covers an easily removable rear light, with three flash and brightness settings. The battery case is quickly removable with just your fingers, and come preloaded with a standard CR2032 button battery.

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Small zippers under the arms allow for increased ventilation, a feature sorely missed in many rainshells on the market. Front pockets hide an elastic cord at the bottom of the jacket, allowing for convenient fit adjustment. The ends of the cord themselves are securely attached inside the pockets, so no more fishing for lost strings! The collar has similar adjustment located under a small flap with reflective detailing.

The jacket fits well, loosely form fitting with room to add an under layer, and allows excellent range of motion in the shoulders. The sleeves are a bit long for me, but are easily held back with sturdy, plastic Velcro straps.

Overall, the Endura Luminite series provides a colorful, comfortable and bright way to stay seen, safe and keep out the rain. Both men’s and women’s selections of gloves, helmet covers, jackets and booties are available at our West Seattle location.