We just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who came out for the Bike Lakewood Fall Social. The event was a huge success, with new memberships and lots of face time shared with the incredible advocates that keep our bike community growing and safe.Read More
What's better then riding SICK bikes on a brand new trail whilst eating cookies and drinking some beer? No - really, what's better then all of those things. I'm asking. Check out our recap of an incredible day with Rocky Mountain, the Austin Badger Crew and the amazing mountain bikers of our beloved Northeast Ohio.Read More
My love affair with Spot Brand began back in college. I had just begun a long-ish career of riding a 1x1 in the woods and I discovered Spot's incredible product line of high end bikes and parts tailored to like minded people. While I couldn't afford one of their frames then I did use many of their components - hubs, chain rings, a wool jersey (that I still have and still wear). Ahh - those were the days.
We became a Spot dealer in the fall of last year and since that time we've had some beautiful bikes come in through the back door and shred their way out the front. This one though - this one was special. Friend of shop and all-around awesome human being Matt came in and told us he wanted a single-speed to shred around the local trails. The result was nothing short of magnificent.
The Spot Brand Rocker frame was an obvious choice for its all-around capability. Riders have the choice of 100mm or 120mm of front wheel travel and the option of running a 29" or 27.5"+ tires. And belt drive - did we mention you can run a belt on all the Spot frames. In short, whether you like to get the wheels off the ground or love the lightning speed of an XC geo, the Rocker will do it all.
I would say the frame was the first piece of the puzzle but it wasn't, the fork was. As someone who's put serious trail miles on Lefty's Matt knew this was going to be the fork of choice for his single-speed and thanks to Cannondale's Lefty-For-All kit we were able to attach it beautifully to the tapered head tube of the Rocker. Finishing out the full Race Face cockpit is a set of the always incredible Shimano XTR XC disc brakes.
The drive train was pretty simple to narrow down seeing all we really needed was a crank. First choice, Race Face Next SL. Just think trail strength with cross country weight. Next came the wheels. Matt wanted wheels with great engagement and a low scale reading so we opted for a hub combination of a Hope Pro 4 Evo Boost (148x12) rear and a Chris King Lefty front. Red - of course red. Laced to Stan's Crest rims, Matt's Rocker got one sweet pair of shoes.
We've had the incredible opportunity to build some beautiful bikes but this one takes the cake. I just hope Matt doesn't mind when I build an identical one for myself.
You can tell alot about a person just looking at their bike. Some people customize through accessories, others choose a frame and piece them together little by little. Soma Fabrications has been a great outlet for some of our customers interested in putting their creative talents to the bike building test. The one thing I've truly loved about each Soma build we've done - John's Rush Project, Craig's Wolverine Project - is the careful selection and attention to detail from each owner. Our job was simple, putting it all together.
Keith started thinking about his dream bike in the fall of last year. He knew he wanted something capable of longer distant rides, all while maintaining a sporty feel for quick jaunts around town. The Double Cross was an excellent platform for the build because of its versatile geometry and hauling capabilities. And so the project began.
Keith knew he didn't want a traditional drop bar build so sizing was critical in maintaining proper handling. Comparing the geometry to a bike he had at the time we were able to pinpoint an ideal size for the type of bar he wanted to use. Once the frame hit the door we started putting it together little by little.
The drive train is spec'd around a traditional 2x9 cross gearing, with a slightly wider range in the back adding to the bikes longer range versatility. Sourcing some of the parts became a tad daunting but after several orders we had everything we needed to complete this classy project.
With a blend of great parts from Soma Fabrications, Interloc Racing Design, Velo Orange, Brooks England, Shimano, Velocity and Continental I'd say this is one unique build. Thanks Keith, for making an otherwise routine winter, interesting.
We love urban cruisers. When we were in the planning stages of Beat (ideas to napkin) we knew we wanted to partner with a bicycle brand that found the perfect balance of style and function. In the late winter last year, the dustiest part of our build out, we sealed our relationship with Brooklyn Bicycle Co. with a virtual high five. Their perfect blend of ride quality, comfort and aesthetic captured the hearts of cyclists in Lakewood, Cleveland and beyond. When we were sketching the plans for 2015 (more napkins) we wanted to find another an additional brand to add to our expanding urban cruiser category and after some searching we found another great match, Simcoe Bicycles.
Simcoe brings a fit and style all their own while providing the functionality and fun we look for in all of the products we choose. Options range from single speeds with full coverage fenders to internally geared 7 speeds with fenders, rear racks and Brooks saddles. Side note, all geared models come equipped with Shimano Nexus hubs for smooth shifting and little maintenance. We're certain you'll love them as much as we do. In fact, our urban cruisers are guaranteed to make anyone develop and overwhelming desire to drink bordeaux and listen to Billie Holiday.
In stock now : Classic Step Through in Burgundy and Yellow (pictured below).
A BICYCLE FOR NORTH AMERICA
Simcoe bicycles draw inspiration from a forgotten era of North American cycling. They are a product of both experience and necessity, built for the cold of the northeast and the boardwalks of the southwest. A story lies behind every angle, creating an upright ride and agile feel - bridging modern geometry with classic form.
Clothing is an integral part to being comfortable on your bike. Whether your out for a casual ride about town on a warm, sunny summer day or planning a 3 hour off-road epic, the right clothing could mean the difference between a good time and a bad time. For 2015 we've made a conscious effort to focus on both the casual and performance ends of cycling apparel and have chosen some exciting product offerings from Cannondale, Club Ride, Giro and Sugoi.
Here's a little gallery of some of our offerings for the ladies.
Gents, we've got you covered as well.
As you may have noticed, much of the clothing we featured has a more casual style but don't be fooled as all of it is well suited to any type of riding. Stop in and check it out - we think you'll like it.
The Bike Cleveland Membership Social - January Edition was a blast. Here's a recap of the nights festivities.Read More