Hi all, Tech night is tomorrow night at Dutch, Doors open at 6pm, we'll start at 6:30
There's always something bittersweet about having to do something indoors, but it's too crappy to be outside anyway!
The purpose of Tech night is to show Spoke n'Hot riders how to change a flat and perform some basic maintenance. Freddy will also show you how to wear a helmet correctly. It's pretty casual, and we want you to have fun so please dress comfortably. Bring your front wheel only and we'll get you working! If you are an experienced rider and know how to change a tire then you do not need to come.
One thing we insist on is that all riders carry the equipment that they need to fix a flat. You may not know how to do it but someone can always help if you have what you need. Next Monday we will be doing Skills and Drills at the Conexus so please ensure that you have your flat kit by then. See the boys at Dutch Cycle, 1336 Lorne st. and they will sort you out.
See you tomorrow,
Mark and Theresa
A couple of weeks ago, Freddy showed me the new 2017 Specialized Roubaix. I've been thinking about a new bike for a while now,Theresa has been rocking the electronic shifting on her Lulu and I really liked the way it worked for her.
But better shifting was not enough for me to make a change so I hummed and hah'd and put it off until Freddy mentioned the suspension on the Roubaix. Intrigued, I went to the store. Well, I was impressed and that was the end of the humming and hah'ing!
We decided that I'd better get fitted to the bike so at 0900 on Tuesday I showed up at Dutch with shoes in hand. Roy was busy setting up the Retul bike fit system.
So after Roy had set things up I jumped on the Retul and he put the sensors on all the pivot points of my body. These points are tracked by the scanner to see how my legs move.
By looking at the monitor and making adjustments to my position "on the fly" he was able to get the best fit for me, maximising power and comfort. The whole process was very quick and my riding out here in Penticton has been better because of it. The Retul video below is worth a look at and if you're thinking about whether you need a fit then stop by Dutch and talk to any of the staff. Personally I think you're better off spending a little less on your bike but getting a fit done. It makes a huge difference.
We had a bit of a communication mix up last week. I thought one thing, Freddy thought another and we were both wrong. Anyway, the Tech night that we scheduled for Monday the 17th has been cancelled. We will have our tech night next week on Monday the 24th. We have enough Ride Leaders and staff to make sure that all attendees will have time to deflate and repair a tire so you will definitely learn!
If you were booked for the 17th, just assume that you have been rebooked for the 24th. The 1st of May will be our Skills and Drills night at the U of R. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the date.
By this time tomorrow night I'll be wandering around at Dutch visiting old friends from last year and introducing myself to our new Spoke n'Hot riders. It's an exciting evening for all, but especially so for the new Spokies. It can be a little intimidating when you step out of your comfort zone, especially when you join a Club, but the great thing is just how welcoming everyone is, especially when we have a glass of wine in our hands!
It should be a fun night. Freddy has arranged the wine and nibblies and is clearing out some space in the store. We try to keep things pretty light, we'll have conversations, a few draws for door prizes, meet each other and have a laugh or two. Freddy is giving away a $500 Gift card to the store and I'll be giving away a free membership to Spoke n'Hot and a couple of free entries to the Gran Fondo in August.
Paul posted an update on our Ride Leaders for 2017 on Facebook last week and most of them will be there. It's great to see more women taking over the role of Ride Leaders and helping to build the cycling community in Regina.
If you are a new rider we will have your jersey there for you to pick up. If you are a returning rider we will also have a small quantity of sleeveless jerseys available for purchase.
We officially start the evening at 6:30 but we'll have the doors open at 6:00. This is a purely social event so you do not need your bike! We'll have the Grand Prize draw by 7:45 and have you on your way home by 8:00, hopefully with a smile on your face.
Dutch Cycle, 1336 Lorne St, Regina, SK S4R 2K1
Theresa and I look forward to seeing you all again!
I tend to be the noisy one, Theresa and the Ride Leaders are the real story.