2019 New Bike Spotlight: Scott Addict Gravel 30

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We’ve been lusting after this one since it came into the shop very late into the season last fall.

With all eyes on Iceman Cometh from September on, we didn’t get this beauty all attention it deserves. Scott Bikes have always offered some bling-ship bikes, but this one takes the cake. Spec’d to shred, priced to keep to keep a roof over your head, and with looks that make necks snap, the is the do-it-all bike that you’ll have a hard time leaving in the garage.

Now, when we say ‘do-it-all’ we don’t necessarily mean this is going to be your top choice for Mud, Sweat, and Beers, although you could certainly give it a go on this bike. It’s not going to clear 650b tires with a 47 or 2.0 tires, but it should fit a nice wide 32 or 35 that should see you happy on everything but the worst sand. And those skinwall Schwalbe G-Ones don’t just look pretty; they’re tested as some of the most efficient tires on the market, with low rolling resistance and a plush, supple ride. For pavement, gravel, and even some early and late season Vasa Pathway, you’ve got a great tire to just go.

The build is all Syncros for the cockpit, with Shimano 105 everywhere and matching hydraulic brakes. It’s a workman’s bike, tough enough to handle your dusty, muddy rides and keep ticking. We also took a look at the geometry, and we’re pretty happy with how they’ve set up a bike that really has a lot asked of it. The top tube is really true to size, with plenty of head tube for those long days in the saddle. It’s also a nice balance between snappy and stable at 1,017mm, which really suits a bike that will be tossed into the Tuesday Night Ride and onto the gravel roads east of Traverse City.

Scott packs a lot of perks into this bike, and to see that skinwall/tan accent spread from the tires to the seat right out of the box shows just how much Scott pays attention to detail. We’re really excited to get a few more riders on this bike as the roads slowly start to clear and we roll into April. Stop by and see the Scott Addict Gravel 30, or check out what other rigs we’ve got to toss you on!

Spring Riding Essentials: Be Ready For The Thaw

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While we shoveled just two days ago and the shop windows were lined with frost this morning, spring is coming. With temps hitting the 40s and even 60s over the next few days, even a cold snap or two during the ides of March won’t slow the approach of spring.

To get ready, we put together a few bits of gear you might want to nab so you’re ready to roll when the roads are clear. With so much snow in the woods and much of the trails almost sure to turn icy, hitting the pavement is likely the best way to enjoy the warmer days.

  1. Tires. Even with mostly clear pavement, you’re going to find plenty of splotches of ice, dirt, debris, and water out on the roads. For more grip, put the widest tires you can on your road bike. We’re rocking a mix of Panaracer GravelKings in both the slick and treaded options in a nice wide 32c. We’ve had a ton of luck with these tires on the dirt and on the road over the past two years, and they’ve proven to be extremely durable for high miles and puncture resistant, too.

  2. Check Your Flat Kit. It’s been a long while since you’ve looking in your bag. Make sure your tube hold air, your chuck or pump aren’t rusted out, and make sure you’ve got a lever, a patch, and maybe a quick link, too. There’s nothing worse than flatting on a cold, soggy spring ride, only to find you don’t have everything you need to get moving again.

  3. Dress For Anything. Spring weather is notoriously changeable in northern Michigan, and if you head out in sun, seeing rain clouds unleash overhead just a few miles later isn’t a surprise. Always bring a shell or rain jacket, which will also come in handy if you have to stop for a flat. Grabbing a second pair of gloves for the second half of the ride isn’t a bad idea, either.

  4. Tubeless? Get Refreshed. Your wheels haven’t turned in a while, so you’ll need to make sure your tubeless sealant is refreshed. We usually take the extra second to take the tire off the rim and clean out the old, dried up sealant. If you don’t have an air compressor, it’s usually easier to just drop off your wheels and let us tackle it.

  5. Fenders. Especially if you ride with pals, a set of fenders are a real treat. Many bikes will have dedicated mounts to fit sturdy, full coverage fenders. Even if your bike doesn’t have those mounts, there are plenty of clip-on options that fit a wide range of wheel sizes and tire widths. They do more than just help keep you dry, too. Fendors also help keep your drivetrain, bottom bracket, pedals, and frame protected from slush and salt.

  6. Get Visible. Drivers often just aren’t used to seeing riders back on the road in March and April. This makes it more important than ever to wear bright, visible colors to stand out against the grey roads and white, snowy shoulders of the road. Even if you’re riding during day, use a pair of bright front and rear lights to draw more attention and give yourself a little more room.

  7. Get In Soon. Need a tune-up? Get in now. The first sunny day with temperatures over 50 and we’re going to get a big rush of bikes needing work. The sooner you can get your bike to Natron and Jeff, the better. Call ahead to reserve a spot or check in on our current turn-around time!

We’re exciting for the new season to get here, and we want to make sure we’ve got everything you need to hit the spring at full speed!

Two Duby's, Two Series Winners at Short's Brewing Fat Bike Series Finale!

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The winter racing season wrapped up on Saturday with Beard of Zeus, the party/fat bike race that serves as the unofficial start to the spring countdown in northern Michigan.

With over 100 racers, Beard of Zeus was a big event to cap off what has been an extremely fun winter for the City Bike Shop Racing squad. For John and Cindy Duby, it was a full-on winter campaign. The pair took on each of the Series’ events dating way back to January 20’s Fat Chance at Crystal Mountain. Both posted consistent results, but few quite as impressive as Cindy’s four straight wins. Staying perfect was perhaps a bit of a luxury, but she pulled it off on Saturday and picking up all the points possible for the Series and bringing the title home to City Bike Shop!

John relied on consistent and aggressive racing. At Fat Chance, Vasa, and on Saturday, it was our rider glued to the front of the chase group, his rivals holding onto his wheel for as long as they could. He ended up an impressive fourth his category, but 9th overall, showing just how stacked some of the older age groups are this winter.

Just 19 seconds back was Mike Walters, who was able to swap time on the grooming snowmobile for some saddle time this weekend. It’s really great to see such a dedicated Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association advocate throw his hat in the ring and mix it up on the trails he has done so much to bring to life and maintain!

It’s been a great winter, and a casual glance at the ten-day forecast shows that the snow isn’t going anywhere soon! Make the most of it by tuning up your well-ridden fat bike, or renting one to give fat biking a try for the first time. March might actually be the best month for riding, with more sun and warmer temperatures making the trails more accessible than ever. Got questions? Call and let us get you rolling before the snow is gone!

Duby's Impress at Dogman Challenge

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After three races, both John and Cindy Duby are looking golden in the Short’s Brewing Fat Bike Series.

This past weekend, the Dogman Challenge saw 75 racers take on a two-mile circuit race for a full two hours of tough, snowy racing. Even with warm temperatures and the chance of rain, the course held up exceptionally well, as did our two Master-category crushers, the Dubys! Even with some of the best racers in action, our duo put in strong rides to bring home top results and keep City Bike Shop on the podium.

Cindy picked up another win in the women’s Master’s category, staying perfect this winter in that category and all but assuring herself the Series win with just one more race to go. It wasn’t easy, either; Cindy spend most of the day trying to stay out of the clutches of Amelia Hasenohrl and Kamie Wade, both of whom finished just a few minutes back, even after two hours of tough racing. Cindy will head into the final race of the Series with a comfortable lead, but she’ll want to make a clean sweep of things and make it a perfect four wins in 2019.

John finished second in the Master’s category, a huge haul of points that should see him inch closer to the lead of the Series. He’ll be hard-pressed to leap front Saturday’s winner and the Series leader, Paul Olson, but John has been the revelation of the Series this winter and has put in some top ten finishes since things kicked off in January. John was just three minutes behind the day’s overall winner, Rick Wetherald, and was one of the just 15 riders to put in a sub-10 minute lap!

The final fat bike race of the winter is back home in Traverse City on Saturday, March 2. Beard of Zeus is one of the most fun events of the season, with a short, circuit-style course offering fast racing and plenty of entertainment if you can make it up to watch at Timber Ridge. We’re going to see a ton of City Bike Shop racers jump back in the fray, and after getting a hefty snowstorm Sunday night, we’re going to have plenty of snow and ideal conditions for racing!

Also important to note, proceeds from Beard of Zeus go to Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association, the organization responsible not just for our groomed trails all winter, but for the miles and miles of trails we enjoy all summer long in Traverse City, at the Cadillac Pathway, Glacial Hills, and the new trails at Palmer Woods. Your race this weekend can help give you a place to ride this summer; you can’t beat that!

Registration is open, sign up and say hi to the City Bike Shop racers you line up with at Timber Ridge this Saturday!

Strong Showing at Vasa Fat Bike Race for CBS!

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It was a perfect day for a fat bike race. Not too cold, not too warm, and with the trails groomed to perfection, the sunshine overhead was just the icing on the cake for another glorious edition of the North American Vasa.

Since the Vasa added a fat bike race, it’s consistently offered racers from around the state a rock-solid event that always delivers great organization, a killer course, and professional-level grooming. It’s one the fat bike race is one of the largest categories of the weekend, with well over 100 bikes toeing the line at Timber Ridge.

We were proud to have John and Cindy Duby line up as two big favorites on Saturday after their stellar rides at Fat Chance back in January. If anything, the Vasa course suited them even better than Fat Chance, with Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association’s brilliant singletrack mixed in with a few sections of wider trail that allowed plenty of room to pass. After a blistering start, John was leading the way for CBS, spending the entire race patrolling the top ten overall and well ahead of the bulk of the Master’s competition. He finished off the day 9th out of the whole line-up, and first in the Master’s category, which puts him well ahead in the points series.

Cindy had to pick her way through traffic but put down four consistent laps to win the Women’s Masters and put herself on perfect points after two of four total Short’s Brewing Fat Bike Series races.

The Duby’s are looking solid of the Series, and Vince Mack has been just as steady. He finished in the top 30 overall and 16th in Master’s and is building towards a top ten in the Series if he can put together a strong ride at the Dogman Challenge on February 23 and Beard of Zeus on March 2.

Have you given fat bike racing a try? Stop by and we’ll give you pointer on racing, preparing, dressing, and fueling for winter’s most enjoyable sport!

The Best Mountain Bike Team In The World Wears Stripes

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Okay, it might not be us, but the Scott-SRAM mountain bike team features two World Champions and the best fleet of bikes to choose from.

2019 is shaping up to be an incredible year for Scott-SRAM. Already known for seven-time World Champion Nino Schurter, the squad wasn’t happy with settling. This winter, they went after, and signed, newly-crowned women’s XCO World Champion Kate Courtney, putting both World Champions in the same team for the first time in the modern era of mountain biking.

It’s a pairing that promises big results in the season ahead, and they have some serious firepower to back them up, too. They squad has Lars Forster and Andri Frischknecht also on the roster. The quartet spent the last few weeks getting ready for an ambitious campaign that starts in earnest with the Cape Epic in mid-March.

Kate Courtney, the first American to win a World Championship in over two decades, will focus her season on the full World Cup and defending her world title. It’s a special season as she looks to hold onto the rainbow jersey, with the 2019 World Championships taking place in North America at Mount Sainte Anne in Canada this Septemeber.

At the shop, we’re really excited to see just how far SCOTT-SRAM can push this year. For Nino and for Kate, it’s a season where one will look to continue a dynastic dominance and the other looks to begin her own.

Check out how the team is preparing for the new season here, and stop by City Bike to check out the same bikes they’ll be riding in person!