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CDC's Savor Summer Sale!

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Recently, we made a huge mistake. We looked at a calendar. 

Less than two months, it said. On September 22, the sun will pass the celestial equator, the earth will tilt on its axis, and things will get dark, chilly, and rainy. The Autumnal Equinox is now less than two months away, and with school a month off, summer is feeling like a rather fleeting thing. 

Look, we love fall, and honestly, winter isn't so bad, either. But right now, we really appreciate having a really long evening to ride after work, riding with bare arms and not even having to think about arm warmers or jackets, and with a dry summer, rain hasn't stopped or altered many of our ride plans. Sure, as we get closer to apple cider, Halloween, and night rides we'll be pumped about those things to, but they can take their timing getting here. 

We're trying to savor every ice cream cone, beach day, and hot, sunny bike ride we can this August, and we want to make sure you can, too. Starting right....NOW...you'll find up to 40% off select 2017 and 2018 bikes from Kona and Rocky Mountain. We want you to get the bike you've always dreamed of, then immediately ride the snot out of it while we have the warm temperatures and the daylight to do so. 

Of course, we're going to give you plenty of chances to ride it with us, too. Our weekly Wednesday night Funduro ride is on for August, so make sure you join us from City Built Brewing at 6:30. We're also cooking up another Dirt Church or two, as well as working out some final details for a Labor Day Sabbatical to a destination as yet undetermined. 

There are some sweet rigs on the floor right now, and you can see most of what's in stock right here. Make sure you stop by to everything built-up, as well as for the official sale price for each bike. 

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Meet Bob, CDC's Service Slayer

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Have you met Bob? If you've been in the shop, you almost certainly have met our hardworking manager with an eye for detail and a passion for shredding. He's a BMX rider who never grew all the way up, and a suspension expert that can dial in your full suspension rig like no one else in town. 

1. What was your first bike?

Schwinn Predator

2. What is your perfect bike ride?

Either a stroll with my wife and son. Carving some turns in a bowl at the skate park or hitting some big delicious dirt jumps hidden in the woods

3. If you could tell a customer one maintenance tip, what would it be?

Check your tire pressure regularly.

4. What is your proudest accomplishment on the bike?

Still being able to ride after all the stupid things I’ve done on a bike so far. Still being able to ride a BMX bike as an old guy.

5. If you could have any 2018 bike from the CDC line-up, what rig would you take home?

Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt. GX spec with RockShox suspension.

6. What is your favorite trail to ride in West Michigan?

Maple Hill. Or Charlotte skate park. Undisclosed Dirt Jumps.

7. What is your favorite place to ride in the WORLD?

Haven’t been yet, but will be Whistler in July 2018. Ray's is amazing.

8. What makes CDC different from other bike shops?

We cater to the mountain bike/gravel crowd. We’re different than a lot of shops. We live and breathe dirt.

9. What’s the one tool/snack/item you won’t leave home without?

Shock pump.

10. What would you tell a new rider about getting into cycling?

Have fun and don’t take it too seriously.

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Book Your Tune-Up Online! The Best Thing To Hit The Internet Since Cat Videos

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People really like the Internet, and since we're thinking it might be sticking around, we're making it useful. Now, you can book your next tune-up with CDC on the world wide web. 

You're busy. And you like riding bikes. It's only natural that you'd like to know that when you drop off your bike, you're going to be at the top of the list to actually get said bike into a repair stand, tuned up, and back into your loving arms as soon as possible. We're making that easier by taking something that's famous for cats and viral videos and making it a tool in your bike repair experience. 

That's right, now you can book your service online, right here. The new system from Bike Bookings lets us be more efficient and more organized because we know what's coming in the door and when, getting us a head start on orders and giving us a better idea of what we can finish. 

Everything you need to tell us, you already know! The make and model of the bike, your contact info, and any notes about the repairs needed all make the process quick and simple. And with rainy, wet, and grimy riding on the way this spring, being quick and efficient with help make sure we get more of our customers in, out, and back on the trail. 

Don't forget, this is the last Thursday night Shifting Clinic before we take a pause over Spring Break. Learn more about shifters, cables, derailleurs, and all things drive train from Bob from 6-7pm. You can even bring your own bike and we'll show you what to pull, poke or pride for silent, smooth and buttery shifting. We'll also take a look at how to identify worn parts and how to judge when they might need to be replaced. 

Get your bike in before Melting Mann and Dirty Thirty, and you'll be riding a fresh bike for any event this spring! 

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No Tubes, No Problems: Tubeless Tires and YOU!

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Tubeless is everywhere; from fat bikes, mountain bikes, and road bikes, fewer and fewer riders rely on tubes when they ride. Believe it or not, just how tubeless rims and tires work is a bit mystifying. Don't worry! Bob breaks it down here, and he'll show you how it works in real life at this week's tubless clinic! 

What makes a rim tubeless ready?

A tubeless ready rim will have a sidewall with a hooked design, which helps catch and hold the bead. Older rims will appear rounded without a hook shape. The shape of the rim will force the bead up snug against the outer hook, and will have a deep section in the middle to make it easier to remove.

The most reliable tubeless systems are those marked UST (Uniform System Tubeless standard). Rims and tires must meet a certified standard to use the UST label. A UST tire will have a square shaped bead to match the UST rim. Inside the tire carcass will be a butyl liner, basically inner tube material formed into the inside carcass of the tire body. This extra material does make the tire heavier compared to non-UST tires.

UST rims will have either no nipple holes in the rim tire bed, or these holes will be completely sealed. The UST rim bead seat is designed to accept and hold the beads of the UST tires. UST tires can be used on a UST rim without tire sealants. The most common brand to use UST rims/tires is Mavic.

You must use a tubeless ready/UST tire and rim for the appropriate seal.

Best tubeless rim tape?

The best rim tapes will vary from person to person. In the end, I think that any company that produces specific tubeless rim tape will work just fine. I prefer a more pliable tape when setting up a new wheel. My preferred tape isn’t actually tape at all. I love using the Effetto Mariposa Caffelatex rim strip. Made using a proprietary polymer blend, Caffélatex Strip has very high mechanical strength and resistance to punctures. It’s also very stable from a chemical standpoint and cannot be damaged by water or sealant. They are also reuseable. Because they have don’t have a memory, changing the strips from different wheels have very little effect on the sealing properties. This method is by far my choice when setting up fat bike wheels. Because of the exposed spoke nipples, using tubeless tape can be very tricky to get a proper seal. With the Caffelatex strips, they set flush to the rim with very few imperfections. If I had to use tape, I’d either use the Velocity tape or Stans. The Stan’s tape is slightly more pliable than the Velocity, to help reduce creasing in the tape. However, I don’t feel as the Stan’s tape holds up as well as the Velocity tape.

Tubeless tire choices?

Pretty much every company in the bicycle tire industry offers some sort of tubeless tire. In my experiences, if a company makes a tubeless specific rim and tire, using the same brand for both applications is ideal. Obviously, you can mix and match but the easiest tubeless setups are when I use the same company for rim and tire choices. Mavic’s UST system, in my opinion, is the least problematic, and the easiest to set up.

A very useful tip when setting up and new tire to a rim is to unpackage the tire and lay it flat on the floor for a few hours to let the tire take shape. New folding tires can be a pain to set up, because of the way they’re packaged.

Tubeless sealant?

There are a ton of sealant options. I really like the Orange Seal, but they do have a tendency to clog the valve stems far more often than other sealants. Orange Seal Sealant consists of multiple sizes and shapes of solid particles or what they call "nanites". When a puncture occurs, the nanites quickly seal the hole keeping the air in the tire and you rolling down the trail or road. They mix the nanites with their proprietary latex sealant to co-exist with the nanites and prevent added clotting.

The Stan’s sealant (preferrably the Extreme sealant) works well for most conditions. Instead of the “nanites” Stan’s uses something more similar to fine grit sand. I think that it dries up more quickly than other companies. I also feel that I have to add a decent amount more during the initial set up than other brands.

Our preferred sealant here is the Serfas Tire Medic sealant. It works very similarly to Orange Seal and Stan’s, the one exception is that the clotting particle is more similar to tiny fibers.

Tubeless valve stem?

There are a billion different companies making tubeless valve stems. I’ve not found any that really work better than others. The only exception that I’ve found is the Mavic UST valves when used with the Mavic rims. Velocity valve stems work very well as long as the inner channel of the rim allows for proper fitment. DON’T FORGET TO TIGHTEN THE LOCKNUT!

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Welcome Back, Bob!

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Greetings!

I’m Bob.

I started out riding bikes like most kids.  At first just around my neighborhood as a mode of transportation. I grew up in the small town of Allendale where there isn’t much to do. To entertain myself I started making jumps in my parents’ driveway and yard. It wasn’t until I was fifteen when I started getting hooked on BMX bikes. A friend from school raced at the old BMX track in Wyoming and around that time started making bigger jumps. Every day after school, we’d get together and ride our bikes until it was too dark to see. 

My first bike shop job was in 1998 where I started at Village Bike Shop. I was fresh meat and would do the jobs that included tasks no one else wanted to, but I also did new bike assembly and sales. 

I eventually moved to Cycle Therapy in the Standale area.   It was there that I started to really get involved with more of the service side of bicycles.  I learned a ton from Scott, and many of the things I learned there are still necessary for the repairs I do today.

In late 2011, I heard that Nate was going to open a shop in the downtown area, and I knew that I wanted to be a part of it. We got together and figured out a plan. The shop opened in February of 2012 and provided service to the downtown Grand Rapids area.  In February 2013 we parted ways on good terms.

I started at Alger Bikes in March of 2013 where I became the service manager. Since bikes were getting more and more technologically advanced, I decided I wanted to learn to do everything myself. To me, bikes should not have to be sent out to have work done when services can be done locally.

In January 2015, I attended a week long, intense schooling at SRAM Technical University in Colorado Springs, CO. It was there that I earned certification in the service of all SRAM, AVID, and RockShox parts. I now have the knowledge to diagnose, overhaul, and tune all of their components. Repairs can now be completed in-house which not only saves time on service work, but also makes it so I am able to bond with customers and make sure their bikes are working perfectly.

I also developed a great understanding of the Lefty fork. I pushed for several years to become a Lefty service center. Although the service center never came to fruition, we were able to service all our customer’s forks in-house.

After nearly 5 years, I’m back at Central District Cyclery, which is where I met my wonderful wife Emily in 2012. We got married in 2014 and reside in the Midtown neighborhood of Grand Rapids with our son, Miles, and our two insane dogs, Frank and Ramona. We all love riding bikes as a family, especially at our favorite vacation spot — the Leelanau Peninsula. 

I love riding bikes and want others to enjoy it as well.  I primarily ride BMX and commute to work, with some single track thrown in there for fun. I started riding DJ bikes a little over a year ago and having been having a lot of fun doing that, when I’m not crashing super hard.

It is because of this love and knowledge for bicycles that I treat every repair as if it were my own.  I assure you that the quality of work that comes out Central District Cyclery is one of the best, and I aspire to make it the destination of service work in the Grand Rapids area.

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Thanksgiving Week at Central District Cyclery

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Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays because it gives you all morning to ride and work up an appetite. We're very thankful for every single ride we get to enjoy, and every single customer that has supported us since we opened. It's been an incredible year, and we are grateful for each and every one of you. 

We'll be closed Thursday to eat and stay closed Friday to ride it off. Spending time with friends and family is always a treat, and having both days to enjoy are really a treat. We hope you can skip the lines and sales and do something outside. Take a new friend or family member biking! Go for a wintry hike. Whatever you love to do, share it with someone special. If you're lucky enough to have the day off, make sure you do spend it wisely. 

Don't worry, we've got you start on holiday shopping figured out. The crew will be back in action on Small Business Saturday from 10a-5p. And we're making it worth your while to step away from the leftovers and swing by. We're really doing you a favor and letting someone else eat that last slice of pie. 

This Saturday, support local and shop our special of the day. Everything in the store is 10%! Even our "Clearance Conifer", which is already stacked up with clearance items and special deals. Whatever a sale item is listed at, take an additional 10% off, this Saturday only! 

Not sure what to grab that cyclist of yours? That 10% is good for gift cards, too; your $100 gift card is just $90! 

If we don't see you before Thursday, have a fun, safe, and delicious Thanksgiving and a great turkey-burner of a ride after. We appreciate all of our Grand Rapids cycling community, and we can't wait for more adventures. 

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Rocky Mountain Demo Weekend UPDATED

Do you like Christmas? Easter? Halloween? The Daytona 500? For bike nuts, a demo day is all of those things wrapped into one, dunked in chocolates and sprinkled with carbon fiber. 

We've got a literal truckload full of awesome. The demo truck is packed with the latest Rocky Mountain rigs for you to enjoy. Test the line-up and see if the bike you've been lusting over lives up to the hype. Here in West Michigan, we're really lucky to have so many trails to ride, and we're making the most of the terrain at Cannonsburg for some thorough testing. 

Due to the copious amounts of rain in the forecast for the weekend, we've moved the demo to Friday from 3-? When will it end? When it's too dark, when you're too tired, or when we're out of beer. Whichever comes first. 

Weather permitting, we'll head back out Saturday from 10-3, but please check with us for official word on the Saturday demo.

You'll need a helmet, pedals, and a form of ID, then you're off on the bike that tickles your fancy. Rocky Mountain's demo truck is currently stocked and loaded with the following bikes:

-Thunderbolt 790 MSL BC

-Element 990 RSL

-Pipeline 750 MSL

-Instinct 990 BC

Stay up to date on all things Demo Weekend here on our Facebook page

Want to check out the demo bikes and the rest of the Rocky Mountain line-up? Here you go! Let us know if you have any questions. 

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Meet The Crew: Mark Hendershot

Name: Mark Hendershot
Age: I saw Evel Knievel jump the Snake River Canyon.
Job Title: Rodeo Clown
Astrological Sign: Leo
Baggies or Spandex: None

1. What was your first bike? Tell us about it.

Fast!

2. Where is your favorite place to ride in West Michigan?

Whatever trail I'm on at the moment! 

3. What's the one piece of equipment, one tool, or one piece of tech you recommend to everyone?

Pedals.

4. How would you describe Central District Cyclery? What's the vibe like?

It's like a porn show on acid.

5. How long have you been riding bikes? What got you into it?

Age two. The chicks dig bikers.

6. If you could pick any 2017 bike that's out or coming out, what would it be?

Rocky Mountain Suzi Q -90. It's such a sexy rig!

7. Do you have a beard? Why or why not?

No. Why would anyone as handsome as myself want to cover up his face?

8. Favorite beer? (There ARE wrong answers to this)

Root.

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Meet The Crew: Alex Voorman, Service Manager.

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There are some new, handsome faces around Central District Cyclery these days, and before things get to hectic with summer, we wanted to take a second to introduce everybody. Our crew are experts in the business, but more importantly, they're just great guys. First up, Service Manager and total Leo, Alex Voorman! 

Name: Alex Voorman
Age: 33 years old
Title: Service Manager
Astrological Sign: Leo
Style: Baggies over top of spandex

1. What was your first bike? Tell us about it. 

My very first bike was a blue and white BMX bike from Montgomery Ward that my parents bought me for my 5th birthday, and I really don't remember much about it.  My first proper, memorable, bike was a 1997 GT Timberline with awesome blue/black flame decals.  In 1998 I got my first suspension fork (a Manitou something or other) with the stipulation that I install it myself.  I don't recall having tools beyond a hacksaw, screwdriver and hammer, but somehow I got it together and rode it for years without dying.  

2. Where is your favorite place to ride in West Michigan?

My favorite trail is Fort Custer, which was the first trail I ever rode and is still my favorite.  It's long, challenging, and has more features than my second favorite, Yankee Springs.  

3. What's the one piece of equipment, one tool, or one piece of tech you recommend to everyone?

A good floor pump is invaluable.  Properly inflating your tires is like remembering to tie your shoes - it's not 100% necessary but not doing it makes things needlessly difficult.  

4. How would you describe Central District Cyclery? What's the vibe like?

I haven't been at CDC for long, and I'm sure my impression will evolve with time, but I've always liked the small shop feel and the diverse clientele that has me working on everything from local commuters and neighborhood bikes to high dollar racers and everything in between.

5. How long have you been riding bikes? What got you into it?

I originally got into cycling as a kid through my dad who is himself a lifelong avid cyclist.  I fell off a bit in college but rediscovered cycling as an adult while living in Chicago, where I discovered that it was far and away the fastest, cheapest way to get around town,  

6. If you could pick any 2017 bike that's out or coming out, what would it be? 

The Kona Unit.  I've got a thing for single speed and plus size tires.  Throw a suspension fork and dropper post on there and you've got a winner.  

7. Do you have a beard? Why or why not?

I do have a beard, both because it's warmer in the winter, and because I'm a walking stereotype of a bike mechanic.  

8. Favorite beer? (There ARE wrong answers to this)

I can't commit to a single favorite beer.  How about favorite brewery?  Shorts is my pick for favorite brewery.  

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