Suspension Components & Eastern Sierra Fall Trip

 
Suspension Components & Eastern Sierra Fall Trip!
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What you need to know about suspension.
Here at Studio Velo we love bikes. Whether they are made for the dirt or pavement, made of carbon or metal, we can't get enough!

We pride ourselves in carrying the finest brands on the market, including Pivot, Ellsworth and Independent Fabrication. Each company is at the forefront of mountain bike technology and are constantly working to stay ahead of the competition.

Through our many years of industry experience  and thousands of hours on the trails, we have gained valuable knowledge about mountain bikes and mountain biking.

Here are a few things we think you should know about maintaining your bike. These tips will lengthen the lifespan of your bike and help you get the most out of every ride!


Check out our great selection of mountain bikes and road bikes here. Or stop by the shop to see them in person, take a demo bike for a ride, or talk to us about what bike might be best for you.
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Suspension Components
For maximum performance, suspension forks and rear shocks will require regular maintenance.

Air sprung suspension components require pressure to be maintained properly and regularly. Improperly inflated air sprung suspension components will bottom out too frequently, putting extra strain on the oil damping systems. All forks and shocks rely on rubber seals and o-rings which degrade overtime. Regular maintenance reduces wear on fork legs and shock bodies.


 
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Bottom line: Fox and other companies recommend outer seal and oil replacement after 30 hours of riding. We believe every rider should have a shock pump.
 
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Hydraulic Brakes
Hydraulic brakes that use DOT fluid, such as Formula, Avid and Hayes should be flushed and re-bled periodically.

DOT fluid is hydrophilic, meaning it absorbs water. Atmospheric moisture gets through the seals and around the pistons of the brake which causes performance to degrade. This can actually produce bubbles in the system as the moisture boils under hard braking.

 
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Bottom line: For best performance of DOT systems, consider changing the fluid and replacing the pads at the same time.
 
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Suspension Pivots and Linkages

Suspension pivots, linkages, and shock bushings that are not maintained can cause extra wear on the bearings and mounting points. Often, unmaintained pivot hardware will seize to the bearings, causing creaking. Commonly, unmaintained bearings will develop play. This can cause them to literally fall apart as the balls corrode and lose surface area.
 
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Bottom line: Suspension pivots and linkages should be disassembled, cleaned, have bearings inspected, greased or treated with loctite, then re-assembled to torque spec once a year. Or more often with wet riding.
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Join us on one of our favorite local trips to the High Sierra of Eastern California.

We have put together a biking adventure that includes some of the most majestic and challenging cycling available anywhere. This 4-day trip will inspire and excite you from your bike while our professional chef serves up the most delectable meals.

Learn more and sign up online here!


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KASK Helmets now at Studio Velo!

     
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Ride like a Pro!
Here at Studio Velo we are ecstatic to introduce KASK Helmets to our select lineup of cycling apparel!

All KASK products are 100% made in Italy and passed through the most rigorous safety and quality tests of the KASK’s distinctive CSD Project – Comfort-Safety-Design.


Maintaining a perfect balance between technological excellence, functionality, safety, and attractive design in their products, KASK, has made huge strides in the cycling community.

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The Mojito.
The Mojito is the most compact and lightweight helmet in the Kask cycling range. Thanks to the reinforced in-mold construction, the Mojito is every bit as crash-proof as it is comfortable. Featuring Kask's superlative, Up-N-Down double-pivot fitting system for a supremely dialed fit not just over your head, but on the back of your neck as well.
 
See more details and purchase your Mojito here!
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The Vertigo.
The Vertigo is Kask's top of the line road helmet. Italian leather straps coupled with 3D Dry padding provide ultimate comfortability.

An innovative internal strengthening frame offers greater mechanical strength keeping you safe all ride long!

See more details and purchase your Vertigo here!

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- Pivot Cycles are in! Looking for a new mountain bike? Look no further! With Pivot's wide range of top of the line bikes you are sure to find the perfect fit.
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- Take a look at your shoes! Are they broken down, old or just plain uncomfortable? Good shoes can make a huge difference in your ride. See select range of mountain and road shoes from Sidi and Mavic here!
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- Train Better! Our Garmin Edge 810 and Edge 510 are now on sale! Learn how to use heart a rate monitor and zones to improve your cycling. Also, map out your last ride and try to beat previous times!
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Couldn't make it on one of one of the SV:Travel Trips so far this year? See what you are missing on the Studio Velo Cycling Trip Photos page.
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Built to Succeed: Studio Velo & Our Beloved Sprinter

Building Business and Customer Loyalty

 

When Studio Velo, a high-end bicycle shop in Mill Valley, California, wanted to give its business a competitive edge, it created SV:Travel. “Our new division lets us offer our customers on-the-road travel adventures that create community, strengthen customer loyalty, and drive sales,” says founder and owner Scott Penzarella. “And the focal point of that experience is our Studio Velo Sprinter.”

 

The qualities and capabilities Sprinter provides Studio Velo are important to all its clients, but especially to those attempting their first long distance rides. “From the moment you depart to the moment you arrive, the Studio Velo Sprinter becomes your home away from home. It’s what you see from the distance, awaiting you at every turn.

It’s the safety blanket for our clients and our staff on a long, challenging ride down the California coast,” Penzarella says. “Purchasing the Sprinter was far and away one of the best decisions we made in SV:Travel’s first years of operation, not only for our business, but for the experience of our clients.”

 

 

 

 

 

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter: My Sprinter, My Way

 

Studio Velo’s Sprinter is built on a 2500 High Roof Passenger Van with 144-inch wheelbase, and it’s routinely put through its paces on cycle adventures of one to four days duration in all kinds of conditions across a wide range of terrain. It’s outfitted to please Penzarella’s demanding clientele, sporting custom cabinetry, a full mobile kitchen for the professional chef who accompanies every trip, even a wireless hotspot. The front and rear receiver hitch mounts

welded to the chassis support bike racks, equipment racks, and portable work stands, adding important practical advantages to the comfort and luxury features. On-the-road bike repairs and adjustments are handled with the same aplomb as the gourmet meals and café lattes are dispensed.

 

“The Sprinter provides comfortable seating for the long drive home and ample storage for gear and equipment,” he says. “It easily tows our trailer with up to 14 bikes with incredible fuel efficiency, and its driving prowess over the long, windy roads we travel is unbelievable. In short, it does it all.”

Yeti Clearance Sale at Studio Velo!

 
Save up to 50% on 2013 Yeti Bikes!
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Save up to 50% on 2013 Yeti Bikes
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Yeti, Yeti, Yeti.
 
The 2014 season is rapidly approaching and we are making room for new models. For a limited time only we are offering some of Yeti's top 2013 models 30-50% off!

Now is your chance to swoop up one of the industries top performing bikes at bargain prices!

Orders out-of-state will be charged $150 for shipping.

Check out all winter sale and clearance items here!


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ASR 5
Light and stiff, this is a great trail bike. Made with an aluminum front triangle with a carbon rear triangle. Come try out our demo and see why this is such an awesome bike!

 
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Check out the ASR 5 here!

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Everything about the frame screams speed and efficiency, the perfect blend of carbon that is able to take a beating on the trails but remains super lightweight.

 
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Check out the ASR Carbon here!
 
  
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The Big Top is a well reinforced aluminum hardtail with a carbon rear triangle. Surprisingly nimble and quick, those technical sections just seem to melt underneath the bike.
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Check out the new Big Top here and the demo Big Top here!
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Weighing in at a svelte 6 pounds while still boasting 6 inches of travel the light weight of the frame coupled with Yeti's new Switch Technology makes this one of the most capable all-mountain rigs on the market. If you want to get to the top of the climbs first and then put even more time into your friends on the descents, this is the bike for you.
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Check out the new SB-66 here and the demo SB-66 here!

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SB-95
It took Yeti three years and countless prototypes to create a bike that we feel embodies the characteristics of a true Yeti trail bike. It has loads of tire clearance, corners quickly and descends technical terrain confidently - while still reaping the benefits of its 29'' wheels.
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Check out the SB-95 here!

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Winter Clearance
Long sleeve, tights, gloves & more!

Don't forget to check out our clearance section for top-of-the-line gear brands you like and prices you'll love!

 
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Also, new and discounted Rapha items at Studio Velo now! Call or email (kyra@studiovelocycling.com) at the shop today to place your order! (415) 380-1882

                   

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Why does a cyclist climb a mountain? Because it is there, right?

 

Does the same cliché spoken by many mountain climbers apply when a cyclist climbs a mountain because it is there?  I think perhaps it does.

Over the past four days, a group of cycling enthusiasts tackled some of the hardest climbs in the entire United States-- if not some of the hardest climbs in the world.  Why you ask would one seek out to climb over 30,000’ feet in less than 4 days?  Why would one endure the staggering heat of the Owens’s valley while seeking to climb over 6,500’ to summit White Mountain Road at over 10,000’ high?

To some it’s a mystery; to other’s it’s the challenge and the rewards that come with it.  To talk about this area of California doesn't do the area justice. Indeed, if you want to learn more about this area, you can just as easily read Cadillac Desert.  I think it's much more interesting to learn about this fine place in the world by meeting the people, the SV fan club if you will, who just spent four days with us at SV: Travel. 

Allow me to introduce you to  the 10 riders who “conquered” the high mountains of the Eastern Sierras of California this past weekend.   These are the ten riders who joined us on our semi-annual trip to one of the world’s great wonders -- to cyclist and to all who visit this incredible area.

 

 

First and foremost, coming all the way from Dallas ,Texas, is Kevin, avid cyclist and Ironman tri-athlete whose most challenging hill climb is the overpass  near I-35. Wanting to test the limits of his physical and mental abilities, Kevin came to the Eastern Sierras with his game face and Texas twang.

 

 

Recent graduate of his first double century, Dean, who returned for his second consecutive year, came bad to experience the “glory through suffering," a phrase we don't use loosely here at Studio Velo. If Dean says there's pleasure in suffering, there must be just that (see below). 

 

 

 

Bill, the only Studio Velo client to join  us for each and every Eastern Sierra trip since our first trip 3 years ago, never seems to get enough of "its magestic beauty and kick-ass challenging climbs. Both match anything I have ever done in the past and both take my breath away," he reminds us. No one knows this place better than Bill and it will never be the same without him. 

 

 

 

Brian, Muir Beach resident and daily bike commuter nearly every day to San Francisoc, comes for the inherent “challenges against the most demanding climbs in the world.”  To our dismay, he sure makes it look easy, taking the KOM each and every day with a smile on his face and a homemade vegan bar in his pocket! 

 

 

 

 

Steven,  having heard about these trips for years, he sought out one of the most demanding trips in an effort to see how hard he could push himself. After day two, he shared “After doing over 9 Ironman races, this is the hardest thing I have ever done.”  Well, if doing something this hard makes him look this good climbing up White Mountain, then he probably needs to come back. Well done Steven. 

 

 

Video producer and world traveler, Scott joined us from Scottsdale, AZ – a nine-hour drive up to Bishop.  Ready for the heat but perhaps not the hills, Scott was introduced to the “big boy” climbs of the Eastern Sierras. And he did them in style and grace. 

 

 

Steve, soon to race his first Master’s Cat 5 road race this coming weekend, sought out “the best way to reset his fitness bar” while at the same time learning what it means to really suffer on the bike…. with a smile on his face and full of Pie. Raising the bar, while raising a fork.

 

 

Taylor dreamed of riding in the Alps one day.  Notwithstanding the need to travel so far, he sought out what are actually harder, steeper and longer climbs than some of the most infamous Europe has to offer.  With a little bit of welcomed coaching and encouragement by the SV Team, he thrived and thanked us for it. 

 

 

SV:Travel veteran, Dillon,  wanted something new, something more challenging than all of the great rides he has done before.  Though  a 7-hour drive stands in the way for most weekend riders, Dillon “begged” for something his legs never knew they could conquer. His favorite climb, and what he called “epic” not only for the climb itself  but the scenery that surrounds it, is White Mountain, a climb that leads you into the heard of The Bristle Cone Pine Forest, home to the oldest trees on earth.

 

 

Testing himself to his limits and perhaps beyond, Dave was, as he put it so kindly,  “inspired by not only his fellow riders, but by the sponsors of the trip.”  On SV: Travel trips, it’s never about age, but rather about spirit, enthusiasm and desire. Dave has all three. 

 

 

 

An eye “wide opened” by the beauty and grandeur of this area, Luke, SV mechanic and SAG extraordinaire for this year’s trip, has already begun planning a return trip.  He'll be bringing his fishing pole and downhill bike! 

 

 

Living vicariously through Luke, of course, the entire group of this year’s Spring Eastern Sierra Cycling Adventure hopes he gets some pie… high in the skies of beautiful California.

 

Scott & Chris – SV Guides