Monday, November 28, 2011

Jamis Beatnik 2012 - Velo Wrench BIke

Vinny "the wrench" give a great demo on a 2012 Jamis Beatnik fixie. You can see more at

Friday, November 25, 2011

Jamis Ventura Sport Black

Vinny shows off a 2012 Jamis Ventura Sport in Black. Visit or call 707-451-4706

Monday, November 21, 2011

Kaiser Rolls while Maile Bumps at SacCX6

Sacramento Cyclocross Series, Round 6
Howard Park, Ione

Sarah Maile (Ventana Mountain Bikes)
battles racers and the bumpy course
Sarah Maile (Ventana Mountain Bikes) and Marja-Liisa Magnuson (Kinetic Cycles) jumped out to an early lead in the Women’s Category A race. They were soon joined by leaders from the Women’s A35+ field as Joan Gregg (ProTek Abruzzo) and Lauren Liden (Michael David Winery Cycling Team/Delta Velo) made quick work of their 1-minute start deficit. The Women’s A35+ field included a strong and confident Linda Elgart (Webcor/Alto Velo) but she dropped off due to a flat tyre before catching the Category A women. Gregg was next to suffer a mechanical failure leaving Liden in the right position at the right time to win the Women’s A35+ category.
Although Maile appeared in control, she slowed for a distraction at the finish; finish-line judges were changing the remaining lap counter and the number six briefly came into view. This slower pace allowed Magnuson to make a last dash for the finish line but she needed another wheel rotation to win the race. “I was looking for her shadow on the straight”, remarked Maile, “and I didn’t see her. She actually came on the other side.” Maile said that she did not handle the bumpy course well. “The bumps slowed me down a lot. With my thumb injury I can’t grip strong enough so I was losing my bike under me and my handling [left] me.” Maile did praise the layout of the course but noted the lack of cycling at the park left the course in its condition.

Final positions were Maile on the top step of the Women’s Category A podium, Magnuson in second, Amanda Seigle (Metromint Cycling) came home third, with Stace Cooper (The Bicycle Business) in fourth. After Liden’s win in Category A35+, Gregg followed in second, Trudy Bjornsen (Davis Bike Club) was third, with the unfortunate Elgart finishing fourth.

Cody Kaiser (California Giant
Berry Farms) solos for the win
In the Category A Men’s Race, Cody Kaiser (California Giant Berry Farms) found himself in the second row after the call-up. Halfway into the first lap, however, the World Cup competitor had stamped his authority on the race. Kaiser easily stormed away from a strong field and went on to solo for the win, “It was fun. I had a really good time. Right from the start, I just rolled off the front and kept my pace. I tried to keep my lap times as consistent as possible.” Kaiser continued, “[The course was] really bumpy but I always tend to roll a bigger gear and [the bumps] didn’t seem to affect me too much.” Kaiser will next prepare for the World Cup in Koksijde, Belgium.

With Kaiser away early, the race appeared to be for second. However, Gannon Myall (CalGiant/Specialized) emerged with a sole lock on second. “After the stairs I was able to ride the turns a little faster than the other guys,” said Myall, “I put a little effort in with four to go, held that gap, and just built on it.” After this, Myall had no need to look over his shoulder and joked that the racers behind him were “too young and let the old guy go.”
The final battle in the race then went for third place. “After [Kaiser and Myall] rode off the front, I just had to play the race smart,” said Keith Hillier (Marco Pro-Strava), “As long as I was on their wheel I could come around them and I just had to be first coming through that last corner.” Hillier’s strategy paid off as he did come around the final corner ahead and held off Matt Obregon (Team Bicycles Plus/Sierra Nevada) for third. Obregon finished a close fourth with Collin Samaan (The Bicycle Business) coming home fifth. Full results from these and all races for Round 6 of the 2011 Sacramento Cyclocross Series are available at

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Jamis Kids Bikes - Velo Wrench

Vinny at Velo Bike Shop goes over the Jamis youth bike line up. From the tiny tots on up. See more at or call 707-451-4706

Monday, November 14, 2011

Jamis Hot

Jamis Hot Rod for your little guy or gal available at Velo Wrench Bike Shop

Friday, November 11, 2011

Rotem brings home more Collegiate National Championship medals

The 2011 MTB season….that’s a wrap !
The last mountain bike race of 2011 season – The U.S. Collegiate National Championships.
It’s been a long season of racing mountain bikes, one to remember for the good for sure.
I’ve been on quite a few new race venues this year – Missoula, Armstrong’s ranch, Slovakia and a
few more. It’s always sweet to arrive at a new race venue and race course that you I have never
been on. It’s like a whole new world of opportunities.
Checking the race course for good new lines that other riders may have missed, “A-lining” a big jump line instead of a B line (Missoula !). Every course has it’s unique flow in the uphills and downhills, and so did the new course in U.S. Collegiate nationals at Angel Fire Resort, New Mexico.
It was a long, snow stormy drive to Angel Fire with the Fort Lewis College cycling team from Durango, a mere 200 miles away.
The closer we got to the resort, we all left our notebooks and reading aside and started wondering out
loud :”how the hell are we suppose to race in this weather?!”.
The first reaction was that we should just have Cyclo-Cross nationals at that weekend, since it’s already so brutal, and instead of having CX nationals in Madison, WI in January (who thought of that idea??), just reschedule it somewhere nice and warm like Arizona.
Knowing the course is covered with almost a foot of snow, I waited until almost all the college guys
and girls pre-ride the course before I did my pre-ride. I really didn’t feel like pedaling through snow…
Cross-Country was the first race day, so there wasn’t much time for traffic or drying out on the course. Our Fort Lewis girls killed it with a 9am start, and crowned Lauren Catlin as a national champ on a frozen course. The guys started at noon, so we had a totally different story – it was a mud-slop-fest. I will never forgot the long brutal climb we did three times, climbing from 8,500 to 10,000 feet, no rests in between, all just sloppy mud and puddles… climbing at about 5 miles an hour it took forever. If I thought that I’m better off running fast some sloppy parts, I realized after 30 feet that I’m totally out of breath because of the high altitude. It’s either riding super slow or walking at “push the grocery cart” pace.
The challenge of the climb was followed by the sweetest snow descending ever, it was somewhat packed, not too steep for the snow, just pure pleasure for your ride-buds ! I had a decent race dealing with a little after-sickness from the past week and finished a strong second place, while we, the Fort Lewis College team, swept away the whole podium taking the top three!
The short track the next day was a simple up and down 1 kilometer loop, ain’t nothing much to it.
Lots of places to pass, no technical elements. So simple make it so hard – because it’s just about
putting the power !
I did my thing and opened strong, fading a little midway my teammate Howard Grotts tagged along with me. The two of us kept a really strong pace, lapping almost the whole field (except places 3 and 4). With the last bits of power I kept my wheels at front and went in first for the last corner and keeping it safe for first place on the line. That’s a 3rd national championship title in a row for me in the last 3 years! In addition to that, Fort Lewis got the 1st place omnium for the championships, what can be a
better way to wrap up my mountain bike season !?
What do I do now?, well, after the hangover and sugar rush from nationals’ party and Halloween
went away, I’m taking some time off the bike completely, back on school work, relaxing and
being lazy for a while before I’m hitting the winter activities that are just on their way – skiing,
snowshoeing, intramural sports etc… some CX too for sure!
Thanks to Chad “Chainsaw” Cheeney for the awesome photos…
Rotem Nats
Rotem Nats
Rotem Nats
Rotem Nats

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Track World Cup #1 learning experience for Americans

Eight Americans contested eight different events at the 2011-2012 UCI Track Cycling World Cup #1, November 4-6 in Astana, Kazakhstan, but came away without a medal.

Staff helps give Godby a jump start.
Staff helps give Godby a jump start.
"I've been very happy with the general morale of the team,” stated USA Cycling Sprint Track Program Director Jamie Staff. “It’s hard going into a race knowing you are likely to get beaten, but we have to remain focused on ourselves,   improving piece-by-piece and keep our sights set on our long-term objective. It’s going to be like a boxing match to get to London, but its going to build character and hunger for the next Olympic cycle. We will succeed 98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed!"

The competition opened in the Astana Velodrome on Friday with Cristin Walker(Houston, Texas/Broadmark Atomic) and Madalyn Godby (Louisville, Colo./US Pan Am) posting a 35.906 for 15th place in the women’s team sprint. Giddeon Massie (Cypress, Calif./Bike Religion), Michael Blatchford (Cypress, Calif./Project 2012) and Kevin Mansker(Long Beach, Calif./Project 2012) were next up in the men’s team sprint and posted a 45.116; well off the American record pace set just last month by Blatchford, Dean Tracy and Jimmy Watkins at the Pan Am Games in Mexico. That time was good enough to give the trio 14th place. Nineteen year-old Kit Karzen (Beverly Hills, Calif./VRC/NOW-MS Society) also just missed qualifying for the scratch race finals on Friday, finishing 13th in his heat where the top 12 advanced.

Bobby Lea (Mertztown, Pa./Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA) finished 15th in the newest event on the docket for the Olympic Games, the omnium. In the six-race event, Lea’s top finishes came in the individual pursuit and the elimination race where he came in 10th. 

“Overall placing not what I wanted, but I’m ok with second best personal times in kilo and flying lap, third best for pursuit,” Lea said via Twitter.

In Sunday’s women’s Keirin, Feiss and Walker finished 19th and 25th respectively after each competitor finished third, fourth or fifth in their respective heats of both the opening and repechage rounds. Blatchford and Mansker missed qualifying for the men’s sprint tournament finishing 28th and 36th respectively. In the men’s Madison, Karzen and Lea recorded a second-place finish in their qualifying round before finishing 14th in the final.

Overall Germany won the medal tally with eight while Australia collected the highest number of gold with three. The second of four rounds of this season’s UCI Track Cycling World Cup is set for Cali, Colombia, Dec. 1-3.

UCI Track Cycling World Cup #1
Astana, Kazakhstan
Nov. 4-6, 2011

Women’s Team Sprint
1. Australia 32.938
2. Ukraine 33.313
3. Germany 33.388

15. United States - Cristin Walker (Houston, Texas/Broadmark Atomic) and Madalyn Godby(Louisville, Colo./US Pan Am) 35.906

Men’s Team Sprint
1. Team Erdgas.2012 43.474
2. Team Jayco-AIS 43.661
3. France 43.757

14. United States - Giddeon Massie (Cypress, Calif./Bike Religion), Michael Blatchford (Cypress, Calif./Project 2012), Kevin Mansker (Long Beach, Calif./Project 2012)  45.116

Men’s 15-kilometer Scratch Race
1. Gijs van Hoecke  (BEL)
2. Angel Dario Colla (ARG)
3. Nikias Arndt (GER)

Kit Karzen (Beverly Hills, Calif./VRC/NOW-MS Society)  Missed qualifying by one spot in heat #2, finishing 13th

1. Roger Kluge (GER) 24
2. Sung Cho Ho (KOR) 24
3. Elia Viviani (ITA) 34

15. Bobby Lea (Mertztown, Pa./Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA) 85

Women’s Keirin
1. Clara Sanchez (FRA)
2. Kristina Vogel (GER)
3. Ekaterina Gnidenko (RUS)

19. Dana Feiss (Telford, Pa./Home Depot Center)
25. Cristin Walker (Houston, Texas/Broadmark Atomic)

Men’s Madison
1. Australia 22
2. Switzerland 14
3. Lokosphinx 12

14. Kit Karzen (Beverly Hills, Calif./VRC/NOW-MS Society) & Bobby Lea (Mertztown, Pa./Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA) 0

Men’s Sprint
1. Chris Hoy (GBR) 9.938*
2. Denis Dmitriev 9.971*
3. Shane Perkins (AUS) 9.982*

28. Michael Blatchford (Cypress, Calif./Project 2012) 10.337
36. Kevin Mansker (Long Beach, Calif./Project 2012) 10.382
*qualifying times 

Men’s Keirin
1. Christos Bolikakis (GRE)
2. Chris Hoy (GBR)
3. Sergey Borisov (MTT)

DSQ Giddeon Massie (Cypress, Calif./Bike Religion)

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Jamis Ventura Sport Female Specific

Vinny demonstrates the 2012 Ventura Sport not only in standard, but FEMALE SPECIFIC TOO!!! Visit or call 707-451-4706

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Race tech: Colorado Cross Classic and Boulder Cup


James Huang


Victory Circle Graphix Boulder Cup
This past weekend's UCI C1 and C2 cyclo-cross races in Boulder, Colorado brought out some of the sport's top talent, along with some high-end gear and some insight into how teams and pro riders manage their tires in varying conditions.
Saturday's race posed the geographically unique problem of goathead thorns – notoriously evil little buggers that ruin many racers' hopes of glory. Despite the very real threat of puncture, attitudes towards the use of preventative sealant were decidedly mixed. The relative proximity of the pit area (and a fresh bike) was one factor but most of the mechanics we spoke with said they simply don't like to use the stuff.
Maxxis-Rocky Mountain head mechanic Gary Wolff and Rapha-Focus mechanic Brian Dallas both occasionally use sealant in new tubulars, both to make the stock latex tubes a little less porous and also provide some insurance out on the race course. Others are more leery of injecting anything into a fresh high-end tire.
Geoff Kabush's (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) mechanic, Gary Wolff, says he occasionally injects some Stan's sealant into the team's custom Dugast/Maxxis tubulars
Geoff Kabush's (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) mechanic, Gary Wolff, says he occasionally injects some Stan's sealant into the team's custom Dugast/Maxxis tubulars
For example, Ryan Trebon's mechanic, Dusty Labarr, told Cyclingnews that he generally only uses sealant after a tire has punctured and team manager Stu Thorne held the same opinion. "It screws up the valve stem and makes it difficult to get accurate tire pressure readings," Thorne said.
Post puncture, Thorne says he exclusively uses Effetto Mariposa Caffelatex in the team's Dugast tubulars, while Labarr cited Clement's pending release of their own sealant mixtures. According to Clement principal Donn Kellogg, the company are soon to release two formulas – one for flat prevention and one for repair. Not surprisingly, given who actually manufactures Clement's tubular tires, the sealants are essentially rebranded versions of Tufo formulas.
Tubulars or tubeless?
Sealant is an integral part of the equipment strategy for Jake Wells and the rest of the NoTubes 'cross team, however, with their conventional Kenda clincher tires and tubeless rims. Wells adds about 45ml of NoTubes sealant to every new tire installed and 30ml to each tire that has already been set up. The system seems to be reliable.
Stan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team rider Jake Wells says he uses about 40cc of sealant for new clincher tires and 30cc for ones that had already been sealed up
Stan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Team rider Jake Wells says he uses about 40cc of sealant for new clincher tires and 30cc for ones that had already been sealed up
"I was a little skeptical at first when the whole deal was coming together but I haven't had any issues burping or rolling any tires and that was definitely one of my biggest concerns," Wells told Cyclingnews the day after the Boulder Cup. "I'm running the exact same pressures I've been running the last two years on tubulars. I don't run notoriously low pressure but I don't like my tires to be really foldy anyway."
Wells says he ran 27psi front and rear on Sunday's mixed-conditions course in Boulder's recently opened Valmont Bike Park but claims he's successfully run as low as 24psi up front – and some of his lighter female teammates regularly go as low as 22psi. He says tubeless tires are much more convenient in terms of race day equipment setup.
"It makes for a much more versatile setup, especially for someone who doesn't have a truckload of tires and wheels and options ready to go," he said. "For me this year, I bring two bikes and just extra sets of tires in my bike bag. You can usually find someone with a compressor if you need but we've had pretty good luck with putting the [Kenda] Kwickers on with a hand pump. On race day you can just wait and see what the conditions are going to do so you don't have to travel with four set of wheels."
Most pros will still prefer to stick with high-end cotton tubulars – especially as conditions worsen – for their uncanny ability to conform to the ground but as the NoTubes team seem to be demonstrating, tubeless is becoming a more viable option for amateurs.
When 33mm might really be 34mm
Sunday's race had both USA Cycling and UCI officials on hand, and both were measuring tire casing widths on the start line with federation-issued go/no-go gauges. The UCI version was a crude widget machined from a chunk of plastic while the USA Cycling gauge was much more convincing, made from two aluminum plates bolted around 33mm-long standoffs – and even machined with the official's name.
UCI officials use these rather crude-looking plastic gauges to determine if a 'cross tire is legal
UCI officials use these rather crude-looking plastic gauges to determine if a 'cross tire is legal
USA Cycling's tire gauges are much more official looking, with machined aluminum construction and even the official's name etched on the outside
USA Cycling's tire gauges are much more official looking, with machined aluminum construction and even the official's name etched on the outside
The idea behind each was simple: if the tire fits in the gauge, it's good to go. However, there apparently is still some interpretation of how the gauges should be used, particularly when the nuances of tread width versus casing width are considered. USA Cycling official Randy Shafer told us that the rule was meant to prevent grievous abuses of tire size, so as long as the gauge could be squeezed on without much force, the tire was good to go.
We'll continue to monitor the situation as the season progresses. Interestingly, tires were only being checked as the riders were called up into the start grid. Pit bikes weren't being checked, as far as we could tell, and bikes weren't being checked after the race finish, either.
More tweaks for the team bikes
Remember those new Cannondale SuperX Disc 'cross bikes we showed you the other day? As it turns out, rider Tim Johnson tested the new bike on Saturday but didn’t end up racing on it on either day. Johnson told Cyclingnews that he was really happy with the bike's braking performance overall but he was still going to need a bit more time on it before committing to using it in competition for a UCI C1 event. offset some of the extra weight of Tim Johnson's disc-equipped bike with titanium hardware offset some of the extra weight of Tim Johnson's disc-equipped bike with titanium hardware
New titanium rotor bolts and caliper hardware helped trim the total weight down even further from when we looked at the bike the Friday before the races but Thorne said it was more a matter of getting used to how differently it could be ridden. For one, he said the bike would "stand up" more in a corner under really hard braking but also that the more reliable braking allowed him to accelerate deeper into the corner than he was used to.
Thorne was busy this weekend hopping up the rest of the team bikes with custom green-anodized aluminum bits from team sponsors SRAM. The new pieces may not have lent any performance benefits to the Avid Shorty Ultimate brakes but they were a nice finishing touch to complete the pro look.
This article originally appeared on BikeRadar
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