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So… Santa came and dropped off heelys for everyone.  (Our efficiency has since improved by 67.3 percent.)

 
“Oh hey, here comes a customer!  Quick, let’s go greet them!”

 
“Mizuno Wave Elixirs in a 10.5? Coming right up!”

 
Peeing in pants 101.

 
Gliding our way to efficiency.

 
“Here… Let me show you this Roubaix Elite.”

 
Don’t try this at home.

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So, Athlete Focus is still in Beta and hasn’t been officially launched yet (call this a… soft launch), but it isn’t stopping cyclists, triathletes and other action sports athletes (like snowboarders, waterskiers, etc.) from signing up in steadily increasing numbers.  Cool stuff.

Seriously: Take the twenty seconds it takes to register for an account (it’s both free and painless), and start uploading photos, race schedules, etc.  The site will take a few more months to start filling up, but it will quickly become a great little cycling and triathlon hub, and a fantastic place to access sports-specific forums, find training buddies, and also (perhaps more importantly) find sponsors for yourselves, your teams, events and clubs.

Sign up now, tell your friends about it, and become a part of what is most likely going to be come a pretty important part of our sport’s infrastructure in the next few years.

Click here to get started.

10pm tonight: Our very own band Robocop Smoothie is playing at Connolly’s Irish Pub, Downtown Greenville.

All the cool kids will be there. 😉

So, someone told me yesterday that the average Thanksgiving meal intake is around 3,000 calories. Let’s see… turkey-lurkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, broc-au-gratin, salad, cheese, wine, pecan pie, etc.

So… Yeah, 3,000 calories. Ahem. Wow. You’d need to walk about 45 miles to burn all of that off. (That’s a lot of walking back and from to and from your mailbox… or the water cooler.)

Good thing some of us went out for a little 50-mile ride in the morning then. (Mea-culpa: I had to cut mine short because I had to be at my in-laws by a certain time, so I only rode 43 miles… but still. “Burn it before you can eat it” is always a good plan.)

Incidentally, if you start a ride at 8:30am on a sunny and relatively windless day and the temperatures are around 38 degrees F, DO NOT wear a winter jacket. An underlayer, jersey and vest are enough. You might feel a little cool at the start of your ride, but as soon as you get warmed up (about 10-15 minutes) you’ll be glad you didn’t overdress.

So, to recap:

Bike start conditions – 38 Degrees F & Sunny with no significant wind @ 8:30am

Top: underlayer (or light summer jersey) + long-sleeve jersey OR short sleeve jersey with arm warmers + Medium-weight cycling vest.

Bottom: Tights + oversocks or medium-weight booties.

Other: Medium-weight long fingered gloves + ear warmers or skullcap.

The advantage of the layers is that you can take items off as needed. If the weather never warms up (say, the weather report was wrong and clouds start rolling in,) you’ll be fine with what you started the ride in. If the weather warms up, you can take off the vest, arm warmers, and maybe even one of your jerseys. The tights, booties and gloves can also fit in a pocket or two.

Some shopping ideas for the perfect 30-40 Degree ride start:

  1. Defeet underlayer tank ($34)
  2. Castelli cycling jersey – long or short sleeve ($75-$109)
  3. Hincapie cycling Sto-away Wintex vest ($89-$119) – see below
  4. Hincapie tights or bib tights ($109-$149) – see below
  5. Defeet oversocks ($19)
  6. Pearl Izumi gloves ($25) – see below
  7. Pearl Izumi ear warmers or skullcap ($15-$20) – see below
  8. Hincapie arm warmers ($35) – see below

Here is what some of that stuff looks like:

 

If you haven’t had a chance to burn off those Turkey-calories yet, join us tonight @ 6:15 at the Downtown store for our weekly beer run (the free beer is optional), and/or for our weekly Saturday morning ride tomorrow. (Rollout is at 8:00am, and we should be done by 9:45am.)

Happy Super-sales Friday, everyone. 😉

(Lost in translation.) I need to start recording some of the conversations that go on at CT and post an audio feed on here. Seriously. Priceless.

While we’re at it, here are our holiday hours for the Thanksgiving holiday thingie:

Wednesday: 10am-2pm

Thursday: Closed

Friday: 10am-8pm

Saturday: 10am-5pm

Sunday: Closed.

As a footnote: Friday is a tax-free holiday, so take advantage of it with us! (Booyah.)

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