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Monday, November 19, 2012

Jingle Bikes, Jingle Bikes, Jingle All the Way



Black Friday Yippie!!!
 
The Broken Spoke will be closed Thursday, November 22nd to celebrate Thanksgiving. The Thursday night mountain bike ride will return the following week on the 29th. On Friday, November 23rd, we will open our normal hours 10am-6pm, aka "Black Friday". For those of you who have not already been getting a jump on the holiday season we have got a treat for you. To take some of the stress out of your holiday shopping, we have assembled a convenient list of gift ideas for the cyclist in your life. Ladies and gentlemen, let the shopping begin.


Oh and don't forget to hang your stockings up for Saint Nicholas Day December 6th!

 

Stocking Stuffers under $20

  1. Socks
  2. Patch kits
  3. Tubes
  4. Bike bells
  5. Multi-tools
  6. Water bottle & cage
  7. Seat bags
  8. Tire levers
  9. Nutrition supplements
  10. Minni bike lock 

 

 Gifts under $50

  1. Hats and Headbands: The best ones for cooler to cold temperatures for cycling are in the Endura Baa Baa merino wool collection. 
  2. Jersey: Bontrager Rhythm and Solstice 
  3. Mini lights: Lighting that can keep you safe doesn't need to cost a lot from Cateye and Bontrager.
  4. Socks: A nice gift item that most people don't like to purchase for themselves. Favorites included Smartwool, Bontrager and Sock Guy, which support the cause of your choice.
  5. Gloves: A windproof, water resistant glove at great value is the Endura Dexter
  6. Grips: A good way to give your bike a little flare.
  7. On-the-bike nutrition products or food: These items will always be used. Be sure to find out the drink or bar of choice for your cyclist. 
  8. Over Shoes: The Endura MT500 overshoes is a great item with the colder weather.
  9. Subscription: I'd love a one-year subscription to Trails.com or Bike magazine. 
  10. Mini tools: I'm a commuter and the Crankbrothers Multi-17 is nice when you're in a hurry and broken down on the side of the road.
  11. Scales for weight weenies: For those cyclists concerned, very concerned, with the weight of everything, these scales are used for bikes and bike parts. Several companies make inexpensive hanging digital scales. Topeak has the combined scale and bike stand system (putting this option into the next category). 
  12. Patch kits: Great stocking stuffer, necessity for all riders, and a cyclist can never have too many patch kits. Pair with a Topeak Morph pump to keep your cyclist from getting stranded. 

Gifts $50 to $500

  1. Gloves: The Endura Luminate commuter glove is waterproof and windproof
  2. Rechargeable Lights: The Niterider Lumina series is a compact commuter light. It is USB rechargeable and super bright.
  3. Merino wool Baselayers: The natural fibers are excellent for wicking moisture, preventing stubborn odors,  and keeping skin warm in cooler temperatures. 
  4. Thermal Baselayers: These fitted base-layers wick moisture, are highly breathable and are fitted to keep you warm but not bulky.
  5. Lightweight Vest: Perfect for layering when the mornings are cool, but packable when temperatures increase as the ride progresses. The Bontrager Race Windshell Vest is a great addition to any collection.
  6. Jackets: Warm, waterproof, breathable and visible; who could ask for anything more?
  7. Personal Coach: Giving your cyclist the gift of personal coaching is a real treat. Prices vary on this and certain options can bump it into the next category; but the equipment is nothing without a great engine. 

Gifts over $500


  1. Racing wheels: It would be great to have a nice set of Custom built racing wheels.
  2. Wind tunnel test: Get every speed advantage possible. Locations vary for this. Do an internet search titled "bicycle wind tunnel testing" to find a tunnel near you.
  3. Bike trip to the Tour de France: Trek travel offers Trips to France, Italy and so much more.
  4. New bike: Your favorite cyclist always has bike lust. 


If you are unsure of the specific items you should get, The Broken Spoke also has gift cards available as well as gift receipts.

Can't afford the items you want all in one purchase? The Broken Spoke has Layaway!! 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Sunday's Ladies MTB ride


Clear your schedule, this week Sunday, 18th of Nov, the women's ride will be at Capitol Forest in Olympia.  Deb, Sarah and I will be riding.  PLEASE, please please RSVP as soon as you can. All plans will be made by saturday afternoon. We can do a caravan if anyone expresses interest in going down; which will leave PT around 8am. No idea when we'll be home I'm guessing around 4 or 5pm.  

Check out this site if you'd like for more info:  http://friendsofcapitolforest.org  

Bring food, water, all your gear and everything else for the day. We will be stopping for a bite to eat before we head home.

For those unable to attend, we're sorry you can't make it.  The normally scheduled ride at 4pm will be cancelled. 
Keep your eyes peeled for another email with in two weeks with a few other special events/different ride times.
~Nicole

Monday, November 12, 2012

Don't have anything to do Saturday? Do the Turkey Trot!

Get ready for the family loving beast of a feast and join in the 1st ever Port Townsend Turkey Trot! Saturday November 17th 2012, you get to prepare your body for eating copious amounts of food and give back to your community at the same time.

Jefferson County Parks & Recreation in partnership with Jefferson Trail Coalition are happy to present the 1st Annual Turkey Trot on the beautiful Larry Scott Trail in Port Townsend.


 All proceeds get dispersed between Jefferson County Parks & Rec and to various other local organizations.

Kiddy run/walk: Ages 12 & under (adults in strollers are welcome)
5k run/walk: All ages
Please no dogs, thank you!


 
 1st place in every age bracket wins a Turkey!!

Each 1st place winner has the  option of donating their winning turkey to a local organization in need!
2nd place in every age bracket wins a Pumpkin Pie!!
3rd place in every age bracket wins a Sparkling Cider!!

Age Divisions:
Male/Female (5-10), (11-19), (20-29), (30-39), (40-49), (50+)

Below are the registration forms:
 
        
Otherwise, you can Click Here for a PDF version of the registration form.  


~Pre-registration~
        $10 Kiddy run - $20 Kiddy run w/ t-shirt - $15 5k - $25 5k w/ t-shirt  

 ~Day of Registration starts at 8:00 am~
$15 Kiddy run/walk - $25 5K run/walk
                                  
            Bring 5 cans of food and get $5 off your registration. (Day of registration only!)
Want a T-shirt? They will be available for $10.
They will be limited.
                                            
Please mail all registrations to:
Jefferson County Parks & Recreation
623 Sheridan Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368

Saturday, November 3, 2012

XR4 Tire special!




The XR4 team issue is your tire for rough trails, wet or dry. The aggressive tread design with deep, lateral cupped blocks, long shoulder blocks and buttressed tread block edges is ideal for loose and rocky conditions. It's a tubeless ready, all weather tire with a unique aero wing design to improve airflow where the tire meets the rim, so you use less energy to ride faster.

    XR4 26
  • Light and fast rolling
  • Designed to out-corner any other tire on the market
  • Engineered for XC and Trail riders in loose and rocky conditions
  • Inner Strength casing (on TLR Team Issue tires) dramatically increases sidewall cut resistance and improves cornering stability
  • Covered by our Unconditional Bontrager Guarantee
  





If you love your Kenda Nevegal, you'll love the XR4's even better. They offer the same mud gripping tread with an even lighter profile. The Nevegal 26x2.35 weighs in at 836g (+-35g) and the XR4's weigh in at 582g, saving you 254g! 
Not sold yet? How about $20 off? We know you will like them so much, we are selling them for $45.00 each instead of $65.00.

Get 'em while they last!!! 























Friday, November 2, 2012

Maintaining Our Beloved Larry Scott Trail and the Singletrack Around It



 "The Larry Scott Trail", An acrylic painting done by Larry Eifert

The Buckhorn Range Chapter work party this month will be on another important project, brushing the “horse” trail along the Larry Scott Memorial Trail.

We will be brushing the section of trail between Thomas Street (by the Mill)  and the SR20 overpass.   We will be meeting at 10am where the trail crosses Mill Road (turn by the Honda shop when coming into Port Townsend).   There are several places to park along Mill Road by the trail crossing, including by the dead fish head (which hopefully will be gone soon).    Be wary of chip trucks going to and coming from the paper mill.

Brush cutters/weed whackers and clippers are needed.   We will be working in both directions from Mill Road.   PLEASE try to be at the Mill Road trail intersection meeting site at 10AM on Saturday November 3rd.   Workers need to be available for a small safety meeting, and once we spread out and start work, really late comers may not have much idea of where we are working.   Remember gloves and boots.

Let's get out there and help keep our local trails as pristine and we want them to be.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Tuesday, November 6th

Hope your Halloween was frighteningly fantastic! It was so nice to see everyone in their costumes for the windy Water Street parade.

**Please Note**

On Tuesday, November 6th, we will be closing at 5pm instead of 6pm. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.