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Video Proof

18 Dec

Thanks to Joe Jacobs of Arkansas Outside for covering the State Cyclocross Championship. He wrote a great article for the site. Find it here.

He also shot a really cool video of the event too. Check it out below.

2013 Arkansas State Cyclocross Championship from ArkansasOutside on Vimeo.

A big thanks to all the people who made this cyclocross season one to remember.

Thanks for reading.




23 Oct

The next cyclocross races in AR are coming up in less than two weeks.

De Pijp Cyclocross Federation, Symond Bicycles, and the Highroller Cyclery are proud to present a another weekend of racing in a familiar venue with a totally new course.Lake Fayetteville North Shore Park has been host to many cyclocross races in the past. This year we are changing things up a little.

This is a good idea of what the course will look like. Some minor changes will possibly happen but nothing major.

We are putting on a pretty low fi event and basically hope to get 40 – 60 people. There is no online registration for this event. Register onsite. We will have some food for racers and families after each days racing. We will also have Arsaga’s on hand with caffeinated beverages.There will be a location for all the teams to set up tents near the start finish for prime area to Heckle riders as they pass (be sure to bring weights to keep them from blowing away if it is windy).

Payout in open races and women’s races race will depend on the number of riders registering. For more info regarding the race you can contact Branton Moore at Highroller Cyclery 479-442-9311.

For Non Racers the NWA Area offers lots to do. Here are a few links to things we like.

Fossil Cove Brewing
Crystal Bridges
Tanglewood Branch
Walton Arts Center

Feats of Strength 2012

6 Jan

We all ride bikes for different reasons. Two wheels, a chain, and a support frame combined in various configurations yield almost unlimited possibilities.

Charles Atlas knew about feats of strength.

Recreation, adventure, stress relief, exercise, competition, touring, commuting, working. …..

Many of us may start off in one discipline. As our skills improve and our desire to expand our horizons grow; we seek out new challenges. After a while we may need to increase the quiver of bikes available to us.  Ultimately we have a garage full of bikes and gear for all types of riding situations.  It seems that there is always something more on the horizon to peak our cycling interest. Something that you had not thought about before.

For 2012 Highroller Cyclery is planning on participating in events that we think fall into the category of “FEATS OF STRENGTH”.

What is a feat of strength you ask?

It varies for everyone, and these events are going to appeal to several different levels of riders and cross many disciplines. The events will address multiple types of strength and will not always be what you would expect. The event list will be updated as we hear of or come up with new feats throughout the year.

Feat of strength number one:

You never know about January weather in the Ozarks could be nice or naughty.

The Headwaters Challenge: January 28 2012. This is a long technical mountain bike ride. The Challenge begins with 15 challenging miles of singletrack riding around the Headwaters on trails that have recently been given official designation by the Ozark National Forest as the Upper Buffalo Mountain Bike Trail System. This is a very technical ride and will take expert and intermediate riders 2-3 hours to complete. These 15 miles make up the Half Challenge and finish at the start line. Lunch, snacks, beverages and a warm fire are waiting for all riders. After the break, riders can continue on to complete the entire 35+ mile Challenge ride. This requires 20 more miles of mixed Buffalo Headwaters singletrack, doubletrack, and Forest Roads. Riders must be ready to start at 10 AM SHARP! Call How Kuff at 870 861 5613 or email for more details. Note that this is an invitational only ride for OORC members. Memberships may be purchased before the start at Foggy Rock Farm. If you plan to attend, it would be very helpful to contact the OORC prior to the week of the Challenge.

Stay tuned for more updates on upcoming Feats of Strength.


If you have an idea for a Feat of Strength in 2012 let me know.

Highroller’s Cyclocross Adventure

3 Oct

The summer is making way for the cool mornings and evenings of fall. In the natural order of things a young man’s heart turns to …. CYCLOCROSS!!

Seriously, This year promises to be the best year for cyclocross in Arkansas that we have ever seen. Highroller is on the cross train in a big way. In fact we are hosting the Arkansas Super-Prestige series opener at Walker Park on Sunday Oct 16 2011.

The Arkansas Super-Prestige is a points series that is designed to promote more participation in cyclocross events across our fine state.
You can find more info on it at the fine blog of Steve Ericson

In preparation for the USAC race we have been hosting weekly practice sessions that we call MICROCROSS. We meet at Walker Park on Tuesdays at 6pm and try out new options for the course as well as introduce new riders to cyclocross.

Here are a few pics of the venue Walker Park so you can get a good idea of what the course could look like.

Lots of tight sections in between the trees

A sand pit?? Hmmmmm.

There are sure to be some open sections for the roadies too.

Here is the Flyer:

Racer Racer Racing Racer

9 May

Ahhh, the racing cyclist.

You can’t live with them and you can’t live without them.

Racing is a strange endeavor. Taking something enjoyable and turning it into a strange mix of suffering and obsession seems like a bad idea at first. However, the elation and euphoria that can come with a win or good placing can be unlike any other feeling in the world.

Cameron Peterson on his way to victory in the Pro Crit.

We here at Highroller have done (and still do) our fair share of racing. You would not guess it, but even our fearless leader Chris was a force to be reckoned with on the mountain bike circuit and even on the road race scene. Hard to imagine that now because of how much grief he doles out to Jonathan and I about racing.

This time each year our city is descended upon by hundreds of racers in town for the Joe Martin Stage Race. The teams of emaciated humans ( that make us bike shop guys look fat) start to trickle in on Wednesday. By The afternoon, they can be seen riding amuck on the roads around town spreading no good will with the drivers in the area.

It is not all bad, though, the added exposure of the riders on the road helps to remind drivers that cyclists have rights to the road too. The Sunday crit is like NASCAR on bikes, and watching it has become a favorite past times for many Fayetteville residents.

Inevitably there are the last minute repairs etc. Chain Tubular glue cables and housing top the list of items we sell to the riders. They also have to keep their bodies topped off on fuel so we sell a significant amount more nutritional items for the event. On the whole, we enjoy our racers. Of course, there can be some who are unruly and lack basic common courtesy.

Take the following fictional exchange. (The video is worth the time to click on it.)

We look forward to the challenges that these racing cyclists pose to us each year, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to poke fun at a few of them.

Thanks for Reading,


BUILDING a cycling future.

21 Mar

Greetings all!

As many of you know I have been at a frame building class the last week. The following is a brief synopsis of my time here so far.

The frame building class started Monday the 14th and we have been working 13-15 hour days consistently until last night at sundown. It is structured with a class style atmosphere in the morning with Doug lecturing on History, Theory & How things are to be done. The afternoons begin with demonstrations and then we get to work. Thus far it has been an amazing experience. My fellow classmates are excellent in asking important clarifying questions and they are a real asset to the learning process as we all think of different things to ask at different times. Bob is from Michigan and is building a bike for loaded touring. Bud is from Vermont and is building a Sport Touring bike.

We started learning a quick history of frame building & moved right into our bike fit. Doug has a Fit Bike here that we used to transfer our current bicycle fit to and then we would adjust from there taking into account the type of frame we are building. Since I am building a commuting bicycle it needs to be much more upright & comfortable than something I would race on etc… After we reach the appropriate fit we transfer those measurements to a special fixture on an alignment table and begin the building process.

Lugs were the first items on our agenda and as a custom frame builder one needs to file these pieces to, not only be be aesthetically pleasing but also, accurately fit the selected tubes for the bike build. We also have to miter the bicycle’s tubing to fit together and the goal is to be within .003″ accurate. That is a tough tolerance to hit but that is where the best joint can be made and, during brazing, the filler metal will flow best (Brazing is basically soldering at a higher temperature — this is a simplification but it is similar in the mechanics of the process, but the technique is different).

The last thing we were working on was brazing technique and building the fork. Now I realize some of the things I did wrong in my own garage with a torch and some fake joints (Doug would have been unimpressed I think). Learning from a master builder helps the learning curve drastically! My first practice braze went okay but I was very nervous. The second was much better and I kept both joints as mementos. My third braze was joining the steerer tube to the for crown — the first part I have built for the bike!

This experience has exceeded my expectations and I am becoming more enthusiastic as we progress. I am excited for tomorrow so we can get back to it.

Here is a video promo of the Frame building school I am attending.

I hope everyone is doing well and I will send a link to some photos when I get them uploaded.


71 Classic (Well, Sort of)

7 Mar

The 2011 version of the 71 classic went off last Sunday. Of course Highroller was on hand to be a part of this great event and support the BicycleCoalitionoftheOzarks. (BCO)

The line at sign up. The BCO raised over 2K dollars!

Some of the Uof A team. Good to see them out.

The event is one that I love. I missed the 2010 edition, so I was very happy to be able to roll down the hill and join the fun. I like the classic because it has a very relaxed vibe. It is called by some the first “unofficial” race of the NWA scene, but it doesn’t have the uptight air that many other local races can have. Riders of all types are welcome and encouraged to join in.

Wide shoulders and beautiful views all the way to MTNBURG

Because of all the different levels of riders there are also a plethora of uniquie bicycles to look at. Lets see if I can remember them all… NOPE! But there were enough cool ones to keep Sam and I busy running around the start area checking them all out. We took pics of some of our favorites.

The headtube on this one was longer than the fork!

Councilman Petty and his bike.

This guy rolled up and parked next to me. DOWNTUBE SHIFTERS!!

Some AXELS OF EVIL riders came down too. A dog rode in the trailer.

As usual, when Laura Kelly said roll out the local strongman team “Snapple” moved to the front and kept everyone else in check. I rode with my teammates at the front for a while. We were keeping the pace surprisingly tame and no-one really even contested the Greenland sprint sign. Thinking I had the legs to roll off the back and check on some of my other friends; I drifted back through the various groups on the road. I enjoyed seeing all the local riders mixing with new people from out of town. Once I realized the pace up ahead had sped up I tried to make the jump back up to the lead group but it was too late. My 700*34 cyclocross tires just wouldn’t let me do it.

Outside of West Fork

The creeks were a beautiful green.

I wasn’t too upset, though. I continued to see other people I don’t normally ride with,and eventually ran across Quin. He passed me while I was taking a picture of a stream running by the side of the road. I had to chase him down to catch up, and was relieved to see he was also on his cross bike. We were coming up on the Green Bridge and I suggested we go check out a road I had not done before. He was game and we ended up doing a good little gravel road riding and seeing some amazing views of I540.

Quin and a cool View of I540

We arrived back at the Start after about 32 miles. It was just after 11. It was not the ride I had planned but it suited me just fine. I heard later that the pace kept rising and it was a pretty fast ride. “Snapple killed it” said Jason Beebe. Good thing I couldn’t make it back to the group. I would have just gotten dropped later anyway.

I was already worked and wondered why my whole body was feeling tired. I just shrugged it off to poor early season form (That and the 40 psi i was running- I always preach to people how important it is to check your tire pressure but I just cant seem to remember to do it myself) I chatted with Cindy Creel for a minute before rolling back home. She and Sue Taylor were about to start off. Smart idea because the temps at that point were climbing into the mid fifties. Also smart because Sue’s front brake on her new tri bike was rubbing. I was able to tighten the binder nut on the back side of the fork (which was scarily loose), recenter the brake, and get her rolling again.

Once I got home I started felling pretty bad. It was apparent that I had a fever and I just relaxed the rest of the day. I was so happy to have been able to go out and ride though. Thanks BCO for a great event.

Thanks for reading.

Continuing Education

16 Feb

New technical knowledge dropping on your cabeza like an A-bomb.

All the exhibitors at the event

That’s right people Highroller is ready for whatever you can throw at us. Earlier this month Jonathan and Sam flew out to Chicago for the Park Bike Tools Technical Summit. All of the leading component companies in the bike industry were in attendance with their inside tech guys and brought their latest products for the attendees to work on.

This guy from Fox Racing Shox really knew his stuff

Your Fox Talas won’t travel adjust any more…Avid brakes gone spongy….broke a spoke on your high end Mavic wheel…Shimano Di-2 won’t compute……bring it in. Hands on dealer events like the Park Tools Technical Summit are vital to staying on top of how to wrench on all the latest high-tech goodness and picking up insider tricks of the trade.

Fox tech disassembling the new FIT RC2 damper

Sending our guys to the industry seminars like this keeps them on their best game and keeps your bike running smoothly. It also allows us to bring that information to our customers that are interested in learning more about their bike. Through our seminars and clinics that we offer in house you can learn as much or as little about your bike as you want.

Thanks for reading. See you out on the trail (or road).