Bright Ideas

Whether we like it or not, it’s that time of year again. Night is creeping up on us faster every day. Next week will be our last road ride of the season due to the earlier sunsets. But we’re not ready to give up riding yet and neither are you! You’ve invested in your bike and it only makes sense that you get as much use out of it as possible. The solution: Night riding lights.

Live from the Berlin Fashion Show: Adam is shining star in town with his ensemble of assorted light accoutrements. Photo courtesy of Tom Bishop.

With a night riding light, you’re not limited by the changing seasons. Not only do these lights help to extend your riding season, they also offer a whole new riding experience. Trails you’ve ridden countless times in the day feel completely new at night. What’s more, your lights will also point out wildlife on the trail that would otherwise go unnoticed: There’s nothing like shining your light into a field and being met with the illuminated eyes of dozens of deer.

What happens when you get almost 80 riders together for a night ride? Good times. Keep your eye out for this year’s iteration. Photo courtesy of Phil Szczepaniak

Freewheel’s got you covered with night lights from Serfas ($149.99 for the True 500 and $164.99 for the True 750), Nite Rider ($184.99 for the Lumina 650), and Blackburn ($84.99 for the Scorch1.0). Compared to previous generations of lighting systems, these lights last longer, shine brighter, weigh less, and cost less. Gone are the days of your battery occupying a water bottle cage. Rather, the batteries of these devices are integrated into the light themselves for a cleaner, simpler system.

Once you’ve got your new light, make sure that you’re mounting it right: Night lights most often come with two separate mounting options – one for your handlebar and another for your helmet. If this is your first and only night riding light, be sure to make use of the helmet mount first. Simply put: the light shines on what you’re looking at rather than where your bars are pointed. In the tight, twisty single track trails of Southern Ontario, this is a huge advantage.

The trails aren’t going anywhere just because it’s dark. Getting yourself a night riding light can help extend your riding season and offer you a whole new riding experience. Investing in a light gives you more time to enjoy the sport you love and to add a whole new dimension to it.

See you out on the trails!

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Shimano Ultegra Pedal Sale!!

Upgrading your old road bike pedals? Considering shoes and pedals for your new road bike?  Shimano’s Ultegra pedals have been bestsellers in Shimano’s pedal lineup for years.  Smooth-turning bearings, low weight, and a low stack height make them top performers.

Good news!  They’re now on sale!

Ultegra 6700 Carbon: Was $299.99  Now $199.99 !!

Ultegra 6700: Was $199.99  Now $149.99 !!

Shimano Ultegra pedal

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Shimano Shoe Deal!

Treat Your Feet to some Fresh Kicks!

Buy $100 or more in Shimano footwear and receive up to $110 in product at retail value.

Here’s the nitty gritty:

Spend this much…

$100.00 to $199.99

$200.00 to $299.99

$300.00 or more

*before taxes 🙂

Receive this much…

Peal Izumi Water Bottle. $10 Value

Pearl Izumi Attack Socks. 3-Pack. $25 Value

Shimano 10L Unzen Hudration Pack. $110 Value

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This deal expires August 30th, 2013 so twinkle your toes on in here and freshen up your footwear!

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Women’s Learn To Mountain Bike 2: Advanced Skills

Womens Learn To Advanced

Ever wanted to take the next step and actually use your mountain bike for what it was designed to do? This one day course will help you do just that, giving you the skills and confidence to tackle the gnarliest of single track.  Among the skills you will have by day’s end are: how to clear logs; ride the rocks; descending and climbing with power and speed; and other skills to help you become a more confident rider.

Date: July 21, 2013 9:00am to 3:00pm

Rain Date: July 28 2013 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: meeting at Freewheel Cycle, Dundas, Ontario. We will be carpooling up to Kelso Conservation Area.

Cost: $85 includes instruction, lunch, snacks

 

To sign up you can either call (905 628-5126) or visit Freewheel Cycle at 9 King St West in Dundas, Ontario.

What you will need to bring:

  • your bicycle (shop quality mountain bike)
  • helmet
  • water bottle(s) or camelback
  • wear comfortable riding clothes

We will be spending the day on the trails in at Kelso. To practice your cycling skills we will be using the available terrain and some man-made obstacles.

You will be outside for the entire day so please come prepared for the weather. If needed, the decision about canceling due to rain will be made by the Friday before the course and the alternate date will be posted. Please check here on our website or call the shop at 905 628-5126.

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2014 Trek 29er Demos!

*These particular demos are no longer available. If you still want to arrange a test ride on one of these bikes, contact us and we’ll sort something out with our local sales rep. We are also stocking very similar models in the store that we’d be glad to show you.

If you’re familiar with the Trek Fuel or Remedy lineups, you know that each bike is incredibly capable on very gnarly terrain, and Trek manages to pack in an incredible amount of value into each bike. Well now you’ve got even more options with 29″ wheel offerings for each bike. One ride is all it takes to do away with the predisposition that 29ers are too long or clunky. The geometry is quite refined and flickable. These bike climb like a mountain goat, and descend like a demon.

Sound exciting? Come and see for yourself! During the next week (approximately), Freewheel is home to a fleet of Fuel EX9 29 demos, as well as a Remedy 9 29, and a Lush29 SL. Also, this weekend (June 8th) the demo fleet will be set up at Christie Lake Conservation Area for MEC Bikefest.

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POSTPONED: Women’s Learn To MTB: Beginner Skills!

Our forecast for this weekend appears to be too soggy to host the Women’s Learn To MTB clinic. The event has been postponed until June 22nd. There’s still some room in the class as well, so if you’re interested in signing up, let us know!

Women’s Learn to Mountain Bike Course is returning Saturday June 1st June 22nd!

Here’s the scenario: You are a woman. You see people riding mountain bikes on trails in the woods. You think, “that looks like fun and I want to have some fun!”

It sounds simple, right? Well, this is pretty much what it’s all about. You may already have a decent mountain bike, or you may aspire to purchase one, but venturing off the beaten path seems a bit intimidating. You may already venture into the trails but you’re not sure how to tackle the challenges that present themselves.

The goal with mountain biking is always to ride more and walk less. Being able to get over a log, climb a steep hill and flow down a tricky descent are skills that help you to keep on riding, no matter what, and give you the confidence to be more adventurous on your bike. Freewheel’s Women’s Learn To Mountain Bike course aims to do exactly that. Our friendly female coaches take the participants through in-class theory, small obstacle skills and on-trail practice. Plus, we provide lunch at mid-day! All of this for $85.

Womens Learn To MTB

If you already ride a real (ie: from a bike shop) mountain bike, bring it! If you’re just getting your feet wet (or dirty) and don’t have your own bike, we have rentals!

The course is scheduled for Saturday, June 1st, 2013, 10am-4pm, and a rain date of Saturday, June 22nd will be used if necessary. Drop by or call Freewheel to sign up. The clinic begins and ends at Freewheel. If you have more questions, please send an email to info@freewheelcycle.com or dial 905-628-5126.

Hope to see you soon!

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MEC Bikefest June 8th

Join us at Burlington MEC Bikefest to celebrate cycling as an integral part to an active lifestyle! The event is on June 8th at the Christie Lake Conservation Area Lakeside Pavilion from 11AM to 5PM. There will be road and MTB group rides, and you can test ride cool new bikes from Ghost, Giant, Marin and Trek. There will also be skills clinics, workshops, yoga (for cyclists!), and more.

MEC Bikefest

Click here for more info on the activities offered. The intermediate/advanced MTB group ride is sponsored by Freewheel, and will be led by our very own Phil Szczepaniak. Follow the corresponding links on the activities page to register for whatever suits your fancy.

All other event details can be found here.

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We’re Back!

This week, Freewheel’s website fell victim to a malicious attack. A hacker targeting WordPress installations (a popular blogging/content management platform) had compromised our website, and was using it distribute malicious software to other WordPress sites. We were flagged by Google, and all week our customers who visited our site were met with a Malware warning.

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We’ve cleaned up our code, beefed up security, and re-launched our site. Most essential content has been restored, and we’re slowly but surely polishing the rest of our site up. In the meantime, you’ll still have access to important things like our hours and contact info, as well as detailed info about our services.

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