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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Time for another rant from your favourite cycleshop nutters. Ever present on most peoples agendas is the ongoing recession and the resultant financial burdens this imposes. For many this means having less to spend on recreational activities. So what can you do to ensure you get maximum wear and value from your drivetrain, brake pads, tyres etc.

For most of us drive train replacement is the major running expense. We’ve all been told many times to keep the chain and sprockets clean and lubed for maximum life expectancy. I use turps and a paint brush to clean my drivetrain but any good degreaser (preferably an environmentally friendly biodegradeable style) will do the job.

There are a number of companies who make brush cleaning kits but inexpensive alternatives include the good old toothbrush, old paint brushes, old dishwash brush or similar item. I have a couple of old toothbrushes that I have cut down so the bristles are only a couple of mm long for hard to get places. I also use a basic chain cleaning device. We have them in the shop from as little as $45 however a good clean with a brush will take longer but achieve the same effect. Removing the build up of grime from the gaps between the rear gears is important. If this accumulated grime is left in place the side plates of the chain will be pushed upward which means the rollers will not go right down to the bottom of the depression between the teeth of the sprocket. As you can imagine when the chain is only partially contacting the tooth of the gear both wear much faster and this is probably the biggest contributing factor to short drivetrain life.

Using a good lube is also critical in ensuring longevity. Many people are using the “dry” style lubes to keep their drivetrains cleaner. This type of lube certainly means you can make the gaps between cleaning intervals longer however there is still a considerable buildup of the “wax” in the gaps between the sprockets. Scraping it out with a small screwdriver will help prolong your drivetrain. Dry lubes require more frequent application as they have a self cleaning component to their function. They are a great way for the lube companies to sell more product!!!! Wet lubes are less clean but more economical.

Other issues affecting the life of chains and sprockets are the chainline and paying attention to crossover of gears. Chainline is usually to do with bottom bracket spacing and is best left to the cycle mechanic. For mountainbikers in Wellington who spend a lot of time in their easier gears having the chainline appropriate for these will help. For riders who spend more time in the middle or bottom part of the cassette a chainline that is straighter when they are in these combinations will help.

Brake pads. These wear at a significantly faster rate in wet conditions. Keeping your rims clean and true will help and developing a good braking style are probably the biggest contributing factors. Rims develop a buildup of brake pad material and road grime which contribute to wear and reduce the effectiveness of your pads. A good rub with steel wool will remove this and wiping them down with alcohol (not beer!!!!) or a good metal parts cleaner/disc brake cleaner will improve performance. This will mean you will spend less time applying the brakes because they are more effective hence decreasing the wear rate. A good braking style means spending less time on the brakes and not dragging them unnecessarily.

Disc brakes are much easier to deal with but premature pad wear is almost always the result of poor alignment or sticky pistons in calipers. Regular cleaning of the piston area in the caliper with a brake cleaner product (typically a solvent like acetone, used in a well ventilated area or your maintenance may end up making you light headed!!!!) helps and the use of a short bristle brush to scrape this area helps a lot. Brake calliper pistons can easily develop a memory causing slow retraction. Sticky pistons can usually be eliminated by moving the pistons in and out and dislodging the buildup of dirt and pad material from the piston area. Regular alignment checks and ensuring that you disc rotor is strait will greatly help reduce wear from unnecessary contact between rotor and pads. Never allow any lubricants to contact rotor or pads as this will dramatically reduce the brakes performance and will result in having to replace the pads.

Tyres. Pressures, riding style and compound all contribute to the rate at which tyres wear. I check my pressures at least once a fortnight. This enables you to detect slow leaks and ensures the tyre is functioning at its best. Too low a pressure will increase wear because there is significantly more friction generated between the tyre and the tube. This means the rubber is subjected to higher temperatures making it softer and wearing faster. We often have bikes in the shop that have been ridden for long periods of time with too little pressure. The friction and heat buildup between the tyre and the tube is significant enough to cause them to generate small particles rubber that detach and cause more friction. A self perpetuating cycle (terrible pun!!) Tubeless systems are great because they eliminate the friction between tyres and tubes reducing drag and enabling the use of lower tyre pressures. This results in better traction improved braking and steering, better tyre wear and pinch flat resistance. Tubeless systems obviously also save you money on tubes!!!!

Cables!!! The biggest causes of indirect wear to drive trains and brakes is poor cable maintenance. Poorly lubed cables wear much faster because the steel inner cable wears away plastic particles from the sleeve inside the outer cable housing. The resulting increase in friction causes the chain and gears to wear faster as the chain is less likely to be aligned with the gear correctly. Lube your cables and replace the rear derailleur cable regularly. I replace mine at least twice a year and more frequently if riding my MTB in mud over the winter. If you ride your mountainbike in wet conditions a lot use a full length outer cable. The front derailleur has a much stiffer spring than the rear and will handle significantly more friction before it gives grief. Sticky brake cables can lead to unwanted contact between pads and rim increasing both pad and rim wear.

Wheels. Hubs are the area we see most problems and this has been significantly increased with the use of disc brakes on mountain bikes. The heat generated from braking is transferred to the hub through the rotor and results in expansion and contraction as the hub heats and cools. This results in a much higher chance of cones coming loose with bearings failing and accelerated wear to the cones. Bikes with rim brakes are less affected. Loose, worn, cones obviously generate more friction resulting in more rolling resistance and maintenance costs. Check wheels for play in the hubs and regularly inspect disc rotor and calliper mount bolts. The bolts are steel and they are mostly thread into aluminium. These two metals have vastly different coefficients of thermal expansion. Aluminium expands much faster than steel when it heats up. This means the hole gets bigger faster than the bolt. Always use a thread locking type of product (ie loctite or similar) when mounting rotors and callipers. Wheels also need to be true (preventing unnecessary brake rub) and tensioned. Loose spokes result in a less rigid wheel. On a rear wheel this means every time you crank the pedals the whole wheel flexes and unflexes (is there such a word) which results in uneven (pulsing) transmission of energy. This increases tyre wear and means you are wasting energy.

The bottom line is: regular maintenance will save you money which you can then use to buy more cool kit at the bike shop!!!!!

On the retail front we have some outstanding distributor specials at the moment with companies specifically targeting dual suspension mountainbikes. Call for details as we have access to great deals on Jamis, Diamondback and Commencal dualies. Jamis have an outstanding range available with travel options from 100mm to 180mm. Jamis carbon road bikes have been getting awesome reviews by cycling journalists. At the entry level for road the Bauer Flite and Lyon stack up as some of the best packages available with great spec at sharp prices.

We have just received a load of Maxxis detonator tyres 700 x 28C size. These are great for training, commuting, or just to get a more compliant ride quality. Normally around $30 we have them available for $24.

We are still overstocked on women’s cycle tops so are able to continue offering the tops we have in store for 50% off the normal retail prices.

For those of you running tubeless tyres or tubes with puncture proofing goo inside we have a new liquid designed and made in Australia called True Blue puncture goo. Cheaper than other similar products on the market it has proved to be very effective in tubeless conversions utilising standard tyres. The product has no ammonia or glycol in it, the presence of which has occasionally led to the de-lamination of the carcass on some tyres.

The volatile exchange rate has begun to affect pricing so there are some great savings to be had on older model bikes and accessories.

Cold wet weather has limited cycling opportunities a little but there have still been some good riding days. Wear layers and don’t forget to keep your knees covered when it’s below 16 degrees. Medical experts all agree, if you plan on continuing cycling long term keep your knees warm or you will cause deterioration of the joint.

Till next time

Cheers

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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Johnsonville Cycles blog

State of the Industry Ranting and election year perceptions.

It’s been a long time since I last subjected you all to some of my ranting so in the interest of alleviating some winter lethargy here we go.

As Bob Dylan put it so succinctly “The times they are a changing”

The cycle industry has been as turbulent as ever over the last couple of years and the Wellington area has seen more change than other parts of the country. Per head of population we have always had fewer shops than the more cycle friendly flatter areas such as Christchurch and Hamilton however we now have too many shops and not enough cycling public to support them all. This will inevitably lead to change and predictions from the larger importers are that at least one or two Wellington cycle retailers will disappear over the next year or two.

The escalating cost of property and commodities over the last few years have caused significant change to society particularly in discretionary and luxury spending. Property ownership is increasingly becoming beyond the reach of the middle and lower income members of society and the statistics department figures show the gap between the rich and the poor is widening at an ever increasing rate. Political scientists and philosophers who study the evolution of capitalism have all concluded that after a certain period it begins to work in the opposite way to that originally intended. As the rich in society become richer they are able to gain ownership of more and more property and raw materials. They are then able to control prices and eliminate smaller competitors by out pricing or absorbing them.
For those of you with an interest in political systems this book gives a picture of where capitalism is headed long term.


The Rise And Fall Of Capitalism
Y.S. Brenner, Professor of Economics, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

‘This engaging and intelligent book argues that the unbridled impact of deregulated market forces will lead to social polarization and ultimately to the destruction of capitalist society as we know it today.

After providing a lucid and accessible overview of the development of capitalism, Professor Brenner explains how human greed was confined within legal boundaries and shows how ingenuity rather than brute force ultimately became the source of wealth. He explores the interaction between ideas, behaviour and economic change and points out comparisons between scientific ideas and the phases of economic development. He warns that, by an inner logic, deregulated capitalism must necessarily lead to increased inequality and to the waning of those elements in bourgeois culture which are necessary for the proper functioning of a technologically advanced industrial economy.

Written in a lively and non-technical style, the book will appeal not only to economists but also to other social scientists and historians concerned with the history and development of modern capitalist society.


We are already seeing more large chain store style bike shops owned by investors rather than individuals. They invariably aim to sell product they have in store rather than ordering it in. This inevitably leads to compromises for the customer as the bottom line (ie investor’s dividends) becomes the main focus of their operation. There are also more on line stores offering product at prices that smaller retailers are unable to match.
Few small retailers have the resources to set up online stores. Manufacturers with integrity (Fox suspension) who believe in supporting retailers are helping to level the playing field by monitoring the price their product is selling for and eliminating the supply to retail chainstores and online stores who are discounting excessively.

One of the higher profile online stores in New Zealand recently received some media attention for their alleged business prowess. The same week we received an email from the Bicycle Industry Association informing us that there were six cases presented to the Commerce Commission against the company for false advertising and unethical trading. I believe there have subsequently been more. It amazes me that the public continue to support businesses that lack integrity and are prepared to lie to sell product. Their reputation for warranty and supply is appalling.

So how does that affect smaller shops such as Johnsonville Cycles?

Manufacturers and importers will have a significant effect on the survival of small cycle shops. Importers will always support large shops in order to sell volume. In order for the small shops to be able to retail goods at the same prices as the larger stores we need to have access to the same purchasing prices from the importers. Johnsonville Cycles has supported the Jamis and Bauer importers (Adventure Brands) who have shown a great deal of integrity when dealing with these issues. Bauer is a New Zealand based brand and whilst the cycles are manufactured off shore I believe it is important to support NZ based companies and brands whenever possible.

Small shops will have to become more service and workshop focused in order to survive. Small suburban style stores are convenient for locals when it comes to speedy repairs however without the support of local customers at a retail level (ie parts accessories and bikes) they will not survive. The bottom line is: In order for us to provide a convenient and viable place for local customers to have their bikes worked on we need support at a retail level. Cycle shops regardless of size cannot survive through servicing alone.

As Kitchener put it: “Your Country (local bike shop) needs you”


GREAT DEALS FOR SPRING

We have recently been offered some outstanding closeout deals on product

IRC tyres are going through a restructuring process so we have some excellent tyre deals.
The wet conditions this winter have made for very muddy trails so tyres with a nice sharp edge and more aggressive tread are a necessity at the moment

Mythos 2.1 wire bead knobblies. Outstanding grip and good rolling resistance usually @$45 are down to $30ea or $50 for a pair.
Mibro 1.95 kevlar 127 tpi 450gram fast rolling, usually $70 now $45ea or $80/pr
Tamashi DH tyres 2.25, 2.35,and 2.7 (std and UST) usually @$98 now $60ea
These are awesome tyres at a superb price.

Road tyres with extra puncture resistance have been our best selling product this winter as there have been unusually high levels of glass and debris on the roads from the incessant rain.
Maxxis Refuse road tyre has been getting great feedback for performance and puncture resistance. For those who need an even more puncture resistant tyre the Specialized Armadillo is a great option.

Cycle clothing. We have too many tops in stock so all tops are reduced to half price. We have a great selection with plenty of women’s specific jerseys. Great opportunity for all you guys with cycling partners to sort out an early Xmas present!!! Reduced prices start at @$45.00

Velodrome action!!!! Inspired by the Kiwi track effort at the Olympics?? Have we got the track bike for you!!
Raceline Record: 56cm, Sealed bearing hubs, Sugino cranks, Awesome light bike. Was $1799 now $1250
Jamis Sputnik: 53 and 55cm, Reynolds 631 Cromoly tubeset, Carbon fork, Was $1400 now $890


NEW PRODUCT FOR 2009


29’ers and Single speeds: Interest in these has been increasing to a point where cycle manufacturers have included several in their ’09 ranges.

Jamis: Dragon 29’er: Reynolds 853 Cromo frame, Reba Race 100mm fork with lockout and damping adjusters., XT gruppo, Juicy brakes. This is the nicest off the shelf 29’er I have seen RR$3399.
Jamis Dragon One 29’er: Single Speed, Reynolds 520 Cromo frame, Rockshox Tora Race with rebound & compression adjusters and lockout, Juicy 3 brakes $1799
Jamis Durango 29’er: Kinesis 7005 triple butted frame, Deore gruppo, Hydraulic discs, Rockshox lockout 100mm fork, Maxxis Ignitor tyres. $1299. This is the best priced 29’er I have seen and would make the ultimate commuter/MTB
Diamondback Morning Glory: Two models the Lite and the Street. Essentially big BMX/Urban style bikes with 80mm forks and robust double butted cromo frames. Both are single speeds and priced at $1599 and $2199
Haro: Ally SS: Alloy 29’er single speed with rigid cromo fork. Super light fast rolling single speed. $1299
Haro Mary SS: Double butted cromo frame and fork 29’er. Awesome value and light weight. $1699
Haro Mary XC: Double butted cromo frame 29’er. Fox fork with lockout and rebound adjuster. XT gruppo, Avid BB7 brakes, Sweet Cromo ride $2549
Haro Thread 1: Alloy dirtjump singlespeed hardtail. Truvativ Ruticon/Howitzer crankset. Marzocchi Dirtjump fork $1299
Haro Steel Reserve 1: Double butted Cromo steel frame single speed dirtjump hardtail. Marzocchi Dirtjump 2 fork, Tubular Cromo crankset. $1499

For anyone wishing to try a single speed we have one available for demo use.

The astute among you will have noticed the revival of steel as a frame material. I have just built up a Jamis Dragon hardtail with a Reynolds 853 butted cromo frame. After riding a $5000 Merlin titanium frame for the last 14 years I expected the steel frame to be a little harsher in its ride quality. This perception vanished 5 mins into my first ride. The Dragon is every bit as compliant as the ti bike and the more modern geometry make it handle superbly. Steering is great, it tracks beautifully and is very confidence inspiring. After riding dual suspension bikes for the last few years I had forgotten how well hardtails accelerate out of slow corners and how responsive they are. If you’re looking for a great low maintenance bike that doesn’t give a punishing ride, handles superbly, will last for years and is inexpensive to buy the Jamis range of Dragons is well worth considering. We can supply the Dragon Team frame for @$1250. or whole bikes from @$2660.

Steel is real as the saying goes. A few things to factor into your buying decision when considering frame materials.
Carbon: Pros; Light, nice ride quality, nice aesthetics. Cons; easier to damage, environmentally unfriendly as it’s almost impossible to recycle, expensive and likely to become more expensive in the near future. Difficult to repair.
Aluminium: Pros; cheap, easy to manipulate, recyclable, can be alloyed with other elements and made very light. Cons; Suffers from cumulative fatigue so it will fail eventually, Fat tubes usually have a stiff unforgiving ride quality.
Steel: Pros; Great resilience ride quality, easy to manufacture, manipulate, repair and recycle. The best value for money of all frame materials. Environmentally the “greenest” option. My 18 year old steel hardtail is the best handling rigid frame I have ever owned. Cons; About 10% heavier than an equivalent priced alloy frame.

We have all the info in store for the 2009 ranges of road and dual suspension bikes from; Jamis, Bauer, Commencal, Diamondback, Haro, Trek, and Gary Fisher. Come and check out the hardcopy or go online and see what’s new for 2009.

For those of you wanting to satisfy your competitive urges our noticeboard is currently loaded to the max with entry forms. From 5 day road tours to short XC mtb sprints there’s lots happening in the next few months.

Don’t forget we have recreational MTB rides happening every Wed evening and Sat afternoon. Skill levels vary but a reasonable level of fitness and skill is required and the rides typically last 2 – 3 hours.

Cheers for now

The Jville Cycles Crew

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Welcome to early summer everyone

Yes the sunny days are here again!! We have certainly had a taste of some fine weather and as the days get slowly longer the tan line under the lycra will become more pronounced.. Oh yay for that.

This ramble starts with a look to the northern hemisphere which is falling "good pun" into winter mode … the end of the European summer cycling season finalises with the world champs for MTbikes and Road bikes, the big buzz at the MTBike worlds was the preview to the 06 Rotorua event !! bring it on.. No rainbow jerseys for the Kiwi contingent this year some great racing and im sure we will have some advantage on home turf next year. The roadie worlds Wow that was some collection of riders, NZ’s top male rider Julian Dean put on an impressive end of season ride to make the top ten with a ninth placing, pretty impressive!!
These competitions are the pinnacle for our competitive cyclists and even competing for NZ is a worthy highlight for many riders…congratulations to all the NZ representatives..
Ok OK

Europe. but wait I havnt finished ‘the most dominant athlete on earth’ yip that’s what Playboy magazine called Lance Armstrong now that’s a title I believe he deserves !! the worlds toughest sport and almost a decade of dominance, here’s the link to the article hope you enjoy like I did ..
http://www.playboy.com/arts-entertainment/features/lancearmstrong/

On the home front now, our own Road Nationals where recently completed in Ashurst just north of Palmerston North, tough weather coupled with equally tough courses made for some serious grovelling!! Jville.Cycles had a few riders there representing there centre..In road cycling you represent your area or club… So congratulations to our supported riders…and again for you up and coming riders this is the biggest local road event of the year and a step towards competing for your country..
for results check out …
http://www.roadnationals.co.nz/

On the local Dirt scene the PNP series has been another great success with 200 + riders at all events so far again Jville.cycles has been well represented and our shop shirts are extremely obvious by there number. Check out the PNP website for more info and links to pics.
Then there is the Tour De Peak Wellingtons annual Makara park challenge…the boys and girls are training for this one already!!
http://www.pnp.org.nz/index.html

PNP have also started there summer Track season with last Tuesday the first nights racing Sunday afternoons again fro training with bikes available for anyone to ride…if you want to learn more about track racing Sundays is worth going along too, remember marshals and timekeepers are always in demand helping out is a great way to learn the mechanics of track racing. Again any young riders who want more speed and experience this is a great discipline to learn!!
Well the big buzz in the store currently is the annual round taupo event coming up in late November. This event never fails to amaze me it brings people out of there non cycling lives and into our world of pedals, lycra and suffering oops I mean funn!!.
Their excitement, enthusiasm and passion is very admirable! We have riders doing everything from 1 leg of the relay all the way to 3 laps wahoo then there the teams of riders, our biggest group is 35 strong!! With matching outfits as well…Id like to wish them all well and may the day be a great one for all of you…a quick reminder if you are going to get your bike serviced prior.. Please don’t wait till the last week!!

Also in store is the new models for 06 arriving!! And oh boy is there some nice bikes and wheels coming in…of the new stuff Im liking the new Diamondback full carbon-fibre road bike!! come in and check it out and the price WOW!! You will be impressed..
Other new products worth checking out:

PVM protein bars...$4.50 Blair rates these!!
New big squeeze from Leppin great value !!
New 06 Rock Shox first models in store now..
Last call to for 05 Bike specials!! The very last!!
Ok this is a quikkee and I will get back here soon…remember too... now that summers here.......wednesday nite rides...and Saturday afternoons…ring the shop for details..
PS…Rider safety!! Be Bright.. Be Seen…Be safe..

Friday, September 16, 2005

Spring time in the Capital…. Hello fellow cyclists it has been wonderful to feel the warmth of spring again, the odd ride without layers of thermal clothing and even some windless days !! WAHOOOO


I want to make a special mention of a fellow cyclist who passed away recently. Kevin Smith who was the previous PNP club president passed away while out on a training ride. For any of you, like myself who had some contact with this gentleman I'm sure you would have been rewarded by his company, a well spoken, well mannered hard working cycling administrator and keen as cyclist, for me personally I will miss his passion and leadership…for the miles and the smiles thanks Kevin..

OK back to the business at hand…my monthly ramble abit late this time as I'm spending a couple of weeks in nelson with whanau and more windless days on the bike…I'm reminded on arriving here how tough Wellington cyclists are to survive and even get to the top of their game,, I have always said since arriving in Wellington that your natural geography and weather conditions will make you a far more hardy cyclist and when the hammer is down and you are racing somewhere else in this beautiful country.

Your time training/surviving Wellington conditions will be an advantage…for the recreational cyclist this unfortunately makes it tough finding ways to grow young and new cyclist is hard work…here in Nelson its flat, almost windless and there are cycle paths, so there is a recreational advantage …for all you up and coming cyclists I would recommend finding easy areas to get some miles in …such as up the Kapiti Coast over the Wairarapa for the roadies and for beginner MTBikers the Hutt river trail / Rimatuka incline will help develop the basic pedalling / handling skills you need before throwing yourself headlong into the hills, wind, traffic and Makara peak Mtbike park…stay committed its all there in front of you and long term you will have an advantage..

On a positive note regarding the rising fuel costs!!It has certainly brought out a few of those stored bikes, the workshop is ever busy with folks looking to drop their fuel bill. As we know fuel will always be on the rise give or take a few fluctuations, which long term means that the price of new bikes will increase…however for now we still have some of the best value product the cycling industry has ever had..

Sept..Spring here Autumn in Europe, the winding down of the season over there, the tour of Spain has been another enthralling tour and fabulous to see Julian Dean back on the bike at the top level. Meanwhile the worlds elite roadies are preparing for the world road racing champs..a one day all out nations versus nations event and NZ has some great opportunities…
Go the Kiws.. The World MTBike champs has just concluded unfortunately this year no rainbow jerseys to bring home…still a great showing by our athletes and the world got to preview the 06 event to be held in my old home town of Rotovegas…yes Im kinda proud that all my years of making Rotovegas into the Mtbiking mecca that it is will host this even….So what else the Junior world track champs had some top results!!

Rainbow jerseys for the pursuit team!!
Watch these young guys in the future..and world Tri-athlon champs more great results..sorry to no to have all the details !! hope you all have access to good news sources for your results fix.. My daily page to visit is www.cyclingnews,com..and the NZ site www.cyclingnz.co.nz and the mountainbike scene..www.mountainbike.co.nz…www.vorb.org.nz

Local scene…PNP series up and racing..Makara Peak first round great numbers in attendance a beautiful day and some excellent racing. Unfortunately poor arrowing meant a big chunk of the field went the wrong way and lost time. Which was later adjusted across the board. Hopefully the organisers get on top of this one. It's a tough job I understand..still there are ways to combat these problems anyways sounded like all had a great ride..loads of Jville Cycles clothing out there and more great racing to in the rounds to come!!

The roadies are back into full rock and roll mode as I write this the two up time trial is on this weekend…that's gotta hurt!! and their program is being well supported with good numbers of riders. Event Marshalls are always a big deal at local bike races so if you aint riding!! get on down and wave a flag or help out some way…its often the best way to get close to the action and is rewarding to give something back,,

For more info on the PNP events>>http://www.pnp.org.nzTaupo..Taupo..Taupo..well its in full cry again the mighty great lake challenge brings thousands of cyclists out every spring and this year will be no exception get your entries in early to avoid missing out and get those miles up!! Please don't wait for the last week to get your bike serviced as our mechanic will be running on maximum for at least a month prior…

Taupo also hosts the Day night Thriller and it is the next national MTBike event that will see huge numbers competing in teams for the 12 hour honours and the sheer pleasure of Mtbiking with mates and colleagues…get a bike or 5, Get some mates, do this one its loads of fun..Jville cycles has won categories here b4 and there will be several teams travelling up, if you havnt hooked up a ride...pop in and see us..

Shop stuff…Don't panic… Don't panic Don't panic lol…Jeez with the closure of the PacknPedal shops the Jville.cycles store has been frantic, fine time for me to be in sunny Nelson…however the team is surviving,New 06 bikes arriving all the time, some awesome 05/04 bike deals have been going out the door, there may still be a few left in odd sizes so ask Francis or Blair if you are interested..

To finish with I would like to wish all the best to two of our avid cycling customers who recently agreed live in married harmony. I wonder if they will get a tandem!!…all the best to Wendy and Andy…may your life be full of joy with plenty of sunny miles and adventures….
PS..if you have something of interest to place in here…email it to the shop and I will do my best to include it…be well..safe cycling…

Freddy