Archive | May, 2010

News from Carnage Corner

11 May

Well, looks like the JMSR finished up. From the YouTube videos and the Facebook posts it looks like  big blue doors of the Highroller saw some carnage. The number of crashes was epic. I am sure there will be some serious consideration that goes into the planning of next year’s course.

The number of crashes and near crashes in this race make me wonder about what motivates the riders to participate in a crit like this one or any crit that is obviously dangerous. I have no issue with pros doing it. That is their job and they get paid (although very little) to do it. I can’t understand the riders risking life,skin, and limb for a high place in a cat 3 or 4 race. It just does’t seem worth it to me.

Dont get me wrong, I am not anti racing or anti crits. You will see me out at the summer crit series this year as many nights as I can get off work in time. I am just questioning the overall level of danger involved in the courses that we are racing on. I, for one, am never going to race on a course that I feel is above my ability or the ability of the others in my group.  Perhaps it is time for the racers to organize their own organization that can work with promoters and course directors to increase the safety of the courses?

This is just a thought. I am not trying to call out any group or individual; only putting into words a thought I had at the shop this morning before anyone was around for me to talk to about it.

JMSR Comes to town

5 May

Every year around this time the Joe Martin Stage Race Comes to town. Highroller is right downtown and is happy to be part of the action. We always see people come in with last minute repairs and emergency fixes. Mostly tubular glue and new tires for race wheels. Cables, housing, chains, and rear ders are also high on the list.

The Pro riders are almost always understanding and easy to deal with. They generally know and understand that the bulk of our business comes from  regular joe and jane cyclist riding for fun on the weekend, not the uber fast cat 1 or pro racer .  So when They ask for an obscure part and we dont have it they understand why. We almost always find a way to fix the issue if they have patience which most high level racers do when it comes to resolving  their issue.

The category or masters racers are the ones most likely to cause a scene when we cant drop everything on Saturday to tune up their uphill specific time trial bike. “What?! What do you mean you don’t have a campy 11 speed left hand shifter to put on my bike right now?!!”. HA.  That was an actual call we fielded earlier.

Don’t get me wrong. We want to help anyone. We just as for a little respect and patience. We will address issues with the same demeanor that we are given with.  We do our best to anticipate most needs and hope we can take care of all the problems we run into.  So far so good but the weekend is just beginning.

See you all out on the roads.

Highroller now caries Felt Bicycles!

4 May

That’s right cycling enthusiast, racers, and weight weenies, we now have Felt Bicycles in the shop.

HR Blog Up & Running!

3 May

Here is a fun video to celebrate our blog: