STOKED! on cycling

Do you remember when cycling was exciting and new? When you got that little rush of excitement when you were gearing up and heading out to tackle a ride?  Getting stoked on cycling is as easy as trying something new, and these days there is no shortage of new stuff to get excited about.  The gear, the clothing, the electronics, the disc brakes, the fat bikes, the gravel.  There are hundreds of splinter-cell cool things going on in cycling right now besides the traditional Road, Mountain, Cyclocross and Track, so pick one and get after it!  You don’t have to race, you can just try out something new. 

You have to be stoked and a little “in love” with the whole thing or it won’t keep you working. That is what keeps me coming back and finding fresh excitement for something I have done non-stop since 1985.   I have been through 3 year obsessive phases in road racing, mountain bike racing and cyclocross racing, and that only got me to 1997.  If you are starting off this season and not feeling the “Stoke” then you need to mix it up.  Show up to a new ride, sign up for a new event, or try a different kind of cycling to keep it fresh and challenging.  The cool thing is that when you come back to what you first loved, in my case Road cycling, it is fresh once again years later like returning from a long around the world trip to your home.  Get out there and get stoked!!! –  Check out Meet Up to find new things, here is our page to get you started that lists all our rides and clinics for the summer:  Meet Up-Find cool groups or events to try near you



This weeks free clinics and rides at Cycle U

This Saturday May 2nd we do our Fix a Flat, lube your chain and basic maintenance clinic at West Seattle store 11-11:45am.  We then lead a free shop ride at noon of about 20 miles with Head Coach Craig Undem.  Learn to paceline and ride correctly along with finding a new route!

Sand Point shop there is a free ride at 11am, going to Seward Park and back from the shop.  This is a classic “bread and butter” route that everyone needs to know, from here you can launch to Mercer Island, South end of Lake Washington or anything on the East Side.  We don’t want to see anyone riding up through the Arboretum (down or North is OK if you are going fast) because there is no shoulder.  Learn the right way to navigate through the North end to South Lake Washington by bicycle.

Our 11th anniversary sale also continues with everything in both stores on sale 20-60% through this weekend. 

Ride with Cycle U


Other upcomming free events in May:

How to Fix a Flat and Lube your Chain, basic maintenance. 
-Saturday May 2nd 11-11:30am West Seattle shop. 

Try Road Racing!  Clinic at Pacific Raceways.  info at Budu Racing the race promoter website
-Tuesday May 5th 5:55pm AT Pacific Raceways 

How to Commute by Bicycle or use it as basic transportation.
-Wednesday May 6th 6:30-7:15pm West Seattle shop.

Get Ready to Ride! safety, mechanical and fitting check on your bicycle
-Saturday May 9th 11-11:30am West Seattle AND Sand Point shops, same times at each.

Winning Cyclocross, the secrets to a winning season by Head Coach Craig Undem
-Tuesday May 12th 7:30-8:30pm Sand Point shop.   Link to sign up, limited seating

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Push the pedals down…ALL the way down

The thing that most new cyclists don’t know, is that they won’t die.  They can push harder than they can imagine, and when I started racing I remember it was my biggest hurtle, learning how to suffer more, because that is where all the big gains are.  The more I pushed myself, the more I was able to push myself, the stronger I got, the more I enjoyed riding.  It helps if you get a little angry or remember when someone was mean to you, fuel for the effort.  Your not going to fall off the bike even if you are near exhaustion, your already sitting down! 

 The focus and willingness to work hard…

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Indoor TT Series 2013

Indoor TT Series press release, January 5, 2013

Our Sand Point training studio currently features 16 CompuTrainer units, and is host to 21 training sessions per week, counting our ICE program and sessions for sponsored teams and groups.  But as a premier Northwest training facility, we are always looking for MORE.  This is why we are happy to announce a 12-race indoor time trial series in partnership with the Peak Centre for Human Performance in Vancouver, BC.


Here’s the deal:  Cycle U will hold one indoor TT per week starting in mid-January, continuing for 12 weeks through the end of March.  The courses vary from week to week–flat, hilly, and everywhere in between.  What they share in common is that they take most riders between 35 and 45 minutes, depending on strength.  That means one killer threshold workout!  Why pay to ride indoors when you could just go and train on your own?  A few reasons.

First, indoor racing creates conditions that are tough to replicate until race season rolls around:  continuous effort uninterrupted by weather, stop signs, traffic, etc.  This type of effort is challenging when your legs are used to taking 10 seconds rest here and there during a steady tempo ride.  Prepare yourself for longer rides and races with longer efforts!

Second, the atmosphere in a training studio packed with other racers is motivating.  Riding rollers in your garage can sometimes be less than inspiring; racing alongside other riders will get the adrenaline going and help you push yourself.  Plus, your results are measured against the more than 200 racers at more than twenty training studios in Canada and the US who participate in the program, so racing is fulfilling your patriotic duty to represent your country.  USA #1!

Third, prizes.  Your $10 race fee will help Cycle U provide an uncommonly high prize purse for this type of event. Cash, Joule 2.0 Computers, coaching consultations, bike fits–these, and more, are all on the list, and up for grabs.

IJM CompuTrainers

Farestart riders feeling the pain! Photo credit Gabe Templeton

Interested? Full details, including dates, times, and a more detailed prize purse will be out within the week, and the first race will be held some time between January 9th and 15th.  If you want some input, then head over to our Facebook poll to help us decide which day/time to hold the races, then get ready to giv’er!

Happy Riding,

Colin Gibson