Archive | October, 2010

Highroller Clothing Is Ready To Go

26 Oct

So, the time has come. For a long time now we have been talking about getting Highroller custom clothing for the store. We didn’t want it to be a “team kit” rather a tasteful kit that lets us represent the shop on local rides.

In talking to local cyclists we found that many other people had intrest in the clothing as well. We began the process of design and manufacture selection about a year ago. The design took a while to get ironed out, and we  chose to go with Pearl Izumi as our supplier because of the high quality of their equipment.

We received our custom clothing shipment last week and now have begun selling it. We kicked off the line with a great shindig at the store. We had Tiny Tim’s Pizza and several choice beverages on hand for refreshment.  A good time was had by all.  We opted to get both team and club fit jerseys which turned out to be a good idea because it makes a big difference in how the jersey feels. It was about half and half on the selection team fit versus club fit. The ladies kit also turned out really nice.  Notice Cindy sporting her new outfit below.

We have all sizes and styles right now. The shorts are the Pearl Izumi Elite Short. I rode in them yesterday and really was impressed by them. If you are familiar with the pearl line think Ultrasensor or the new elite chamois. Call or email if you want to reserve one.

One question has arisen through the process of all this. Why do we call a riding outfit a kit? Seems kind of silly. I cant think of any other sport that calls their uniforms “kits”. Then again, there is no other sport quite as great as cycling.

Thanks for reading.

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USGP or Purcell Double Cross?

12 Oct

So I have a dilemma on my hands. I am going to race my cyclocross bike on the 23rd and 24th of this month. However, I don’t know where that will be. I could drive 4 hours to Purcell OK and race double cross or I could Drive 10 hours and race the USGP Derby City in Louisville.

I really want to go to Louisville but don’t know if I can handle that much time in the car. Plus, if I go to Purcell there is a better chance that I could make some $ not just spend it.

That brings me to my next point. Racing is expensive. I am remembering now why I stopped racing in the first place. Hotels, extra wheels, gas, food, etc. really drain the coffers for those of us that are not sponsored.  Not to mention that the constant travel and preparation are taxing on the body and wallet almost as much as the race itself.

So, I have been trying to figure it out all day but to no avail. I  guess I will have to sleep on it.

Another Summer Gone

4 Oct

Wow! Another summer is in the record books.

The summer of 2010 was a big one for us here at Highroller. It seems like we barely had time to put our wrenches down and get out and ride. We cant complain though, our repairs were at an all time high this season.  Even with two new shops opening in Fayetteville, and the city starting to charge for parking in the downtown, our sales are still very healthy. I guess it doesn’t hurt that the brands we sell are the strongest in the industry.

With all the bike shop work we have not had time to rally connect with our cycling community as much as we would have liked. We plan to remedy that this fall and winter with classes oriented toward maintenance and also some basic skills classes for all cyclists (like how to change a tube) keep an eye on our website or facebook page for more info on those.

We are also putting on a basic cyclocross practice race every Wed in October in Walker park at six PM. This is a great way to experience the fastest growing competitive segment of cycling in the US today. You don’t have to have a cross bike you can use your mtb for these practices.

2011 Product is rolling through the doors every day now. Check our Face book page for new product photos and also for deals on older stuff. We are heavily discounting carbon road and mtn models in order to make room for the highly sought after 2011 line of bikes from Specialized.

With the Temps falling look for a new post soon about the appropriate way to dress for all riding occasions. Until then, see you on the roads.