Felt F5 Special Edition

With the unbeatable performance of a lightweight UHC Performance carbon fiber frame, built to exacting standards through Felt’s Modular Monocoque Construction, the F5 is equally adept at city limit sprints or long mountain climbs. Balancing a high level of stiff pedaling efficiency with precision handling in sprints, corners and twisting descents, it’s a versatile all-rounder for everyday performance.

Build Specs

Finish: Garmin Team Issue
Sizes: 700c x 48, 51, 54, 56, 58, 61cm
Weight: 17.35lbs/7.89kg
Frame: Felt Road UHC Performance MMC Carbon Fiber Frame w/ 3KP Weave, InsideOut Internal Molding Process, BB30 Shell, External Cable Routing, Carbon Fiber dropouts & Forged replaceable derailleur hanger, 907g
Fork: Felt UHC Advanced 100% Carbon Fiber Monocoque Fork w/ 3KP Weave; ControlTaper 1.125” – 1.5” Steerer tube, Crown, Blades, and Dropouts, 370g
Headset: FSA NO.42 1.125 – 1.5 Integrated, w/ Aluminum 15mm Conical Spacer, 2 X 10mm Aluminum Headset Spacer, 1 x 5mm Aluminum Headset Spacer, Felt Aluminum Top Cap & 7075 Anodized Aluminum Bolt
Stem: 3T ARX Pro 2010 Aluminum 3D Forged Ø31.8mm Bar Clamp, Stainless steel bolts, 150g, 48cm=80mm, 51cm=90mm, 54cm=100mm, 56cm=100mm, 58cm=110mm, 61cm=120mm.
Handlebar: 3T Ergosum 6061 Butted Aluminum w/ Ergonomic Drop, Ø31.8mm, 48cm-51cm=400mm, 54cm-56cm=420mm, 58cm-61cm=440mm
Grip: Felt Gel Ribbon Cork Tape w/ Felt 3D Logo
Bar Ends: Bubble-Tech F Icon End Plugs
Shifters: Shimano 105 STI, 20-Speed
Front Derailleur: Shimano 105 braze-on, double
Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105 SS Short Cage
Crankset: Shimano 105, 50/34T; 48cm=165mm, 51cm=170mm, 54cm-56cm=172.5mm, 58cm-61cm=175mm
Chainwheel: 50/34T
Bottom Bracket: FSA BB30 Bearings w/ 24mm Adaptor for Hollowtech II Crankset
Chain: Shimano 105 10-Speed
Cassette: Shimano 105, 11-25T
Brake Levers: Shimano 105 STI
Brakes: Shimano 105 Super SLR Dual Pivot w/ Cartridge Brake Shoes
Cables: Felt Slick Brake & Derailleur
Saddle: fi’zi:k Pave Team Road Saddle Design w/ Ergonomic dip platform, SLIPSTREAM TEAM ISSUE, Embossed Cover & Hollow Cr-Mo rails w/ Rail Scale w/ I.C.S.
Seat Post: 3T Dorico Pro Forged 6061 Aluminum 2-bolt Design, Ø27.2mm, 280mm
Seat Post Clamp: Ø30.6 6061-AL Forged Aluminum, Cr-Mo 5mm x 0.8mm Bolt, Stainless Steel Nut-Bar. 31 Grams
Rims: MAVIC CXP-22S Aluminum Rim w/ Machined UB Control Braking Surface & Wear Indicator laced 3-Cross Rear, Radial 0-Cross Front
Front Hub: Felt TTR3 Sealed Bearing CNC Machined 7075 Aluminum 28H w/ Cr-Mo Quick Release Skewer
Rear Hub: Felt TTR3 Sealed Bearing CNC Machined 7075 Aluminum 32H w/ Cr-Mo Quick Release Skewer
Spokes: Stainless Steel Bladed, Butted 2.0/0.9 x 2.3/1.8mm w/ Aluminum Nipples
Tires: Vittoria Rubino, 700c x 23c

Price: $2199

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Black Friday Sale

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Post Interbike post…

As many of you know, Interbike ended over a week ago. Interbike is the largest bicycle industry trade show in the US and it’s held in Las Vegas. It plays host to CrossVegas, the official start of cyclocross season, and does a fair job consolidating a small ton of bicycle goodies under one roof.  The first two days are the “dirt demo”, a tangible, tactile, low-speed orgy of everything bicycle. You can ride most of the new rigs, demo sunglasses, helmets, check out new wheels, hubs, forks, etc… If its new, chances are good you can play with it at the dirt demo.  After the dirt demo, the the show opens up for three overwhelming days of bicycle everything. Seminars, meetings, mingling, fondling new product, meetings, and product ordering.  At the end of day three, everyone is exhausted, the beer flows like water, and things start to shut down.

Keith and I made it into Vegas late on Monday night. We checked into Treasure Island, deposited our bags, and headed out to find food. Being exhausted and not very crafty, we settled on overpriced burgers and fries, totally unaware that we were mere blocks from $1.99 steak and eggs.  Food in belly, a quick stop in Walgreens to get sunscreen for the morning, and no energy, we headed back to the room to call it a night.

7am Tuesday morning we were up and at ‘em. We packed our stuff, checked out of TI and headed over to Harrah’s where we would be staying the week. We checked our bags with the bell desk and headed over the the Harrah’s buffet. Overpriced and not very good, we left feeling a little sore about the $20 breakfast buffet. (to it’s credit, neither of us got hungry again until much later in the day) A quick hike through a labyrinth of casinos and we found ourselves on the shuttle bus to  Bootleg Canyon, home of the dirt demo. Oh, I should mention, we left TI dressed in our full race kits. Helmets, shoes, and a Skinsuit.  We arrived at the Demo to find it full of people just as excited as we were. We went straight to the Felt Racing tent to demo some bikes, but the line was long and the sizes we wanted were out so we put it on hold and went over to Salsa. They had LaCruiz Ti cross bikes ready to go, so we signed them out and took them up to the XC trails. I loved it. (as a side note, we are getting our 55.5cm frame in any day now…) The bike climbs well and rolls smooth. I am a fan of both the frame and the Sram Apex groupo that it was built with.  After the LaCruiz Ti, I managed to get my hands on a Felt B2 with Shimano DI2 electronic shifting… I couldn’t get the hang of it and managed to accidentally shift on both of my out of the saddle, uphill sprint attempts. It shifts quickly, but I would need a few rides to get it down. 

 

Keith and I split off, he went to ride some of the new Raleigh bikes and I went off to poke my face in random tents and see what new items were being brought to market. I found lots of energy chews, electrolyte drinks, and protein bars. I still think Cliff Bloks are my favorite chew, Nuun my favorite drink, and I prefer protein shakes to bars all day long (monster milk and muscle milk). I spent the afternoon catching up with friends from all over the place and had a really good time. As I was sitting on the shuttle bus, waiting to go back to the hotel, I saw Keith riding another demo bike, the Salsa Spearfish, up the the demo trails.

I got checked in at Harrah’s, took a shower, got some pool time in, met up with Keith, played some Craps, met up with Marilyn (my mom, and the shop bookkeeper) and we went out for food.

Day one of Interbike played out as expected. I was immediately overwhelmed, had several sales meetings, made orders with Sidi and Camelback, and walked until my feet hurt. I cut out sometime around 3pm and headed back to the hotel. Food, shower, nap, a few hours of Craps, and time to meet up with everyone for CrossVegas.

We took a shuttle bus for a 10 minute ride to go literally across the street. I didn’t know where we were going so it didn’t seem so ridiculous at the time, but in retrospect, it seems kinda silly. Our shuttle bus dropped us off at another shuttle bus that took us out to CrossVegas. CrossVegas is one big party. Taco stands, giant fire spewing Mantis, singing Elvis, and pro cyclists from all over the world! The race was fast paced and epic. The sprint for the finish was amazing and it was eye opening to see CX being raced at that level!

Day 2 of Interbike brought more meetings, revisits of products that required a second look, and trips to several of our vendors, most notably, Bianchi. Keith and I were able to make a solid plan for what products would be showing up for 2011 and we started to put that plan into action.  We became the Gainesville dealer for Mission Workshop and we are eagerly awaiting our shipment of bags. Keith and I each took home a bag from their display and couldn’t be happier with the quality.  Mission Workshop was founded by the same guy that started Chrome and hes upped his game with this line of bags.  I will post some photos when they show up.  The end of day two took us to the Blue Man Group and good food.

Day 3 of the trade show. Keith has flown back to Gainesville, and Marilyn and I are back to the trade show to tie up loose ends and look at any last minute products that got missed the first two days.  Around noon we took a taxi to the airport and picked up our rental car. We took our new wheels downtown to Freemont street and dug into a $5 prime rib. (budget prime rib is a bad idea.) We played around in old Vegas and Marilyn learned to play Craps at the Golden Nugget. She actually won some money, it was really fun. We headed off to find the “World Famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop” that is featured in the show Pawn Stars. When we drove buy earlier, it had a line of a hundred people waiting outside and we drove right by it, but on the return trip, the line was gone and the shop was fairly slow, so we went in. It’s a neat little pawn shop, but it’s nothing super special.

The last day in Vegas was fairly slow. We shipped back all my paperwork and info (it still has not arrived) as well as my clothes and shoes so I only had to carry on a backpack. We went out for breakfast and then I dropped Mairlyn off at the Airport. I still had another 8 hours to kill in Vegas so I did it in the casinos. I had great luck at the Craps tables so I decided to do that for all 8 hours. If there is one thing that will make you glad to leave Vegas, it’s getting sucked in and playing Craps for 8 hours. I felt like a zombie and was glad to be going home.

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Racing Season Begins Again…

Everyone in Florida knows that “The Tour” is the official end of the off-season and the start of training for Fall racing. The road racing is back in full swing and the XC riding is about to start. The season opener for the Florida Points Series (FPS) is knocking on the door… hopefully all those long road miles will pay off  with massive endurance gains! Several races into the XC FPS we will begin to see the start of the Florida CX racing series. In Florida, we have done away with all the boring aspects of CX racing, like spectators, technically difficult yet fast courses, and starting grids. In their place we have races attended only by other CX racers, leaving the Pro, Cat1 combined race (last race of the day) as something that is assumed to have happened but nobody knows for sure because everyone finished their respective races earlier in the day and are now dozing off comfortably to the hum of an air conditioner unit in a cheap roadside motel.

Needless to say, CX racing is not as big in Florida as it is in ____________ “<——– insert any other state name here”. The folks that have adopted CX as their sport of choice are few and far between. Gainesville has a hand full of eager CX racers that have been putting off training as long as possible and are now reluctantly dusting off their knobby 700c tires and trying to wrap their heads around an hour of soul crushing, lung hammering, leg crushing fun.

I don’t know where this is going, but let me skip ahead to the final point Cyclocross riding is, hands down, the most fun that can be had on two wheels. Period.

yeah bikes.

Cyclo-cross

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A cyclo-cross racer carrying his bicycle up a steep slope.

Cyclo-cross (sometimes cyclocross, CX, CCX, cyclo-X or ‘cross’) is a form of bicycle racing. Races take place typically in the autumn and winter (the international or “World Cup” season is September-January), and consists of many laps of a short (2.5–3.5  km or 1.5–2  mile) course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike whilst navigating the obstruction and remount.[1][2] Races for senior categories are generally between 30 minutes and an hour long, with the distance varying depending on the ground conditions. The sport is strongest in the traditional road cycling countries such as Belgium (and Flanders in particular), the Netherlands and the Czech Republic .

Cyclo-cross has some obvious parallels with mountain bike racing, cross-country cycling and criterium racing. Many of the best cyclo-cross riders cross train in other cycling disciplines. However, cyclo-cross has reached a size and popularity that racers are specialists and many never race anything but cyclo-cross races[citation needed]. Cyclo-cross bicycles are similar to racing bicycles: lightweight, with narrow tires and drop handlebars. However, they also share characteristics with mountain bicycles in that they utilize knobby tread tires for traction, and cantilever style brakes for clearance needed due to muddy conditions. They have to be lightweight because competitors need to carry their bicycle to overcome barriers or slopes too steep to climb in the saddle. The sight of competitors struggling up a muddy slope with bicycles on their shoulders is the classic image of the sport, although unridable sections are generally a very small fraction of the race distance.

Compared with other forms of cycle racing, tactics are fairly straightforward, and the emphasis is on the rider’s aerobic endurance and bike-handling skills. Drafting, where cyclists form a line with the lead cyclist pedaling harder while reducing the wind resistance for other riders, is of much less importance than in road racing where average speeds are much higher than in cyclo-cross.

A cyclo-cross rider is allowed to change bicycles and receive mechanical assistance during a race. While the rider is on the course gumming up one bicycle with mud, his or her pit crew can work quickly to clean, repair and oil the spares. Having a mechanic in the “pits” is more common for professional cyclo-cross racers. The average cyclo-cross racer might have a family member or friend holding their spare bike.

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Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day! We will be laboring from 10:00am to 6:00pm @ Bikes and More. Stop in and say,”hi”.

(yes, we are open…)

 

Labor Day

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Labor Day
Labor Day
Labor Day Parade, Union Square, New York, 1882
Observed by United States
Type Federal Holiday (federal government, DC and U.S. Territories); and State Holiday (in all 50 U.S. States)
Date first Monday in September
2009 date September 7
2010 date September 6
2011 date September 5
Celebrations Parades, barbecues

Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September (September 6 in 2010).

The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City.[1] It became a federal holiday in 1894, when, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with the labor movement as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.[2] The September date was chosen as Cleveland was concerned that aligning an American labor holiday with existing international May Day celebrations would stir up negative emotions linked to the Haymarket Affair.[3] All 50 U.S. states have made Labor Day a state holiday.

The form for the celebration of Labor Day was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday: A street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations,” followed by a festival for the workers and their families. This became the pattern for Labor Day celebrations. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civil significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. The holiday is often regarded as a day of rest and parties. Speeches or political demonstrations are more low-key than May 1 Labor Day celebrations in most countries, although events held by labor organizations often feature political themes and appearances by candidates for office, especially in election years. Forms of celebration include picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays, water sports, and public art events. Families with school-age children take it as the last chance to travel before the end of summer recess. Similarly, some teenagers and young adults view it as the last weekend for parties before returning to school, although school starting times now vary.

In U.S. sports, Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and college football seasons. NCAA teams usually play their first games the week before Labor Day, with the NFL traditionally playing their first game the Thursday following Labor Day. The Southern 500 NASCAR auto race was held that day from 1950 to 2004.

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O hi. I’m back at my blog post.

You guessed it… life got in the way of my life. I got too busy to be busy.  Another TDF came and went, cycling heros are dropping like flies into the stink that is “doping scandal”, and Amanda and I got to welcome Bela Maxine Schmidt into the world. With new child in tow and a renewed vigor for sharing my thoughts, I proudly welcome you back to the blog! Welcome!!! (back to the blog)

As some of you may know, Bikes and More is rapidly approaching it’s third year under it’s new and current ownership/managment. The crew has changed slightly over the past few years, but most of the same faces are still hanging around. Three years is a heck of a milestone, as it seems like yesterday the shop was changing hands. We are more committed than ever to our mission of bringing you the best possible service and the most accurate technical info available in our cycling community. We strive to get better every day and really take pride in our shop and in the services we offer.

I would like to take a moment to offer up thanks to my family for the unwavering support, to my staff for the solid performance they exhibit each and every day, to the other shops and shop owners that have allied themselves with us, and ultimately to our loyal customers… without whom we would have nothing. Thank you to everyone that helps support Bikes and More.

With love and gratitude,

Paul

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The ‘New’ Website…

We have a new website that should allow me to be more interactive with it. I am working on that now. I’m expecting this to take a while to catch on, but once it does, expect photos and updates all the time.

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2011 Raleigh Venture

Build Specs

Frame Steel Comfort Geometry
Fork OS Steel Threaded
Derailleur (F) N/A (R) Shimano TX-31
Cranks Prowheel 40t w/Double Guard
Shifter Shimano SL-RS31 Revo 7spd
Rims Weinmann CN-520
Color(s) Blue Silver (M), Blue Silver (W), Dark Silver (M), Dark Purple (W)

Price $320

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Nice words from Dan.

Dan, rider especial, former Bikes and More Employee, bicycle kicker, and all-around good guy has good things to say about his old stomping grounds. It was good seeing you and Nat too! Dan’s nice words can be found HERE.

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Spaniard's win overshadowed by plucky Brit's amazing feat (and legs!)

Contador is King. He has earned it, nobody questions it. He rides clean and works hard. El Pistolero knows how to use his resources and was able to take help from his amazing team and pull off a great win. However, when it comes to team work and teams making things happen for riders, nobody comes to mind more than Mark “my mouth is as large as my quads” Cavendish. Cav IS the fastest rider on two wheels, Period. He is not so much the sportsman, in fact, he’s a trash talking jerk, but he IS the fastest sprinter in the world and that is no small feat. His performance in this years tour really was more spectacular than  Contador’s overall win. Utilizing the amazing power and precision that is Team Columbia HTC, Cav was able to shove his trash talking mouth across the line 6 times,  making him stand alone in the field of sprinters,  (and making him easy to spot, as all the other notable sprinters are wearing green jerseys and they are hard to spot in out in that field…) and frimly entrenching him in cycling lore as the fastest, stage winningest Brit ever. Congrats to Astana for an expected and well earned victory, and thanks to Columbia HTC for the unexpected, nail biting excitment!

It’s kind of sad that the Tour is over… it swings through like a whirlwind, and just as soon as it shows up, it’s gone again.  I’ll stop crying and get back to work. We have bikes to fix and a shop to prepare for the return of the students… They too will swing through like a whirlwind, and will disappear with another TDF on their heels and so goes life at the bike shop. We love the Tour, we love our customers, and we love bicycles.

Paul Out.

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