Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Reston Century on August 23 and looking for "ride ambassadors"


I returned from RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa see convinced that I need to reach out to people participating in rides like the Reston Century. On RAGBRAI I saw an increase in recumbents, trikes, and crank forward bikes from last year. As usual I encountered lots of questions from other riders about the Barcroft Columbia I rode with my wife, Ces, and the Rans Dynamik that I rode a couple of days.

So I've decided to make an offer to our customers who have purchased recumbents, trikes, or crank forward bikes from bikes@vienna. Register and ride in the Reston Century (routes of 34, 65, and 103 miles) as an ambassador for bikes@vienna and I'll reimburse you $20 towards your registration for the Century, supply a bikes@vienna shirt for you to wear on the Century and keep, and provide promotional materials for you to distribute. Your job is to enjoy the ride, smile as you ride in comfort, and tell other riders about your bike or trike.

Interested? Go to You'll find information on the event and how to register. If you register before August 12th the cost is $35. Let me know by email that you have registered for the Century and what size shirt you wear. On Sunday, August 23rd I'll be in the bikes@vienna booth at Reston Town Center waiting to hand you a packet that will include $20, a bikes@vienna shirt, and promotional materials.

This offer is to the first 20 customers with a recumbent, trike, or crank forward purchased at bikes@vienna who register and inform me of their interest to serve as a "ride ambassador". I look forward to hearing from you.

Friday, July 10, 2009

A New Class!

Building Bicycle Wheels

When: Sunday, July 19th and July 26th,
6:00pm - 9:00pm (the 26th might run a little longer, depending on student progress)
Fee: $75, plus cost of whatever parts you choose to use for your own wheel.

Learn how to build and true a traditional, spoked bicycle wheel from scratch. In the first session we will cover parts selection based on intended use, then discuss several methods of determining spoke lengths. I will demonstrate these steps and then the process of lacing, tensioning, and truing a wheel at that time. In the second class (a week later, so you can gather parts), you will build your own wheel. It may also be necessary to offer some follow up time, in case folks don't get as much done as I hope. $75, plus cost of parts. You can either track those down yourself, or we are happy to order them for you. Please come prepared with at least a general idea of what use you intend for your new wheels.

If interested, please email, call, or come by. We ask that folks pay in advance, so we know you'll be there. Class size is limited to the first four people who register and pay!