t’s kind of fun that our four year anniversary coincides with the United States presidential election. Makes it harder for folks to forget. In case it happened to slip your mind, use this as a reminder.
This Friday starting at 7 p.m. we’ll be offering wine and Asahi at only ¥5 a cup. At 8 the price jumps to ¥10. At 9 it settles at its final price for the night, ¥15.
As usual, the start of a new month marks the beginning of a month of rad events. Though we haven’t got any countryside rides to expect, there’s a variety of other things to look forward to, including gold sprints and an especially special Friday Night Ride. Favorite our schedule so you can pull it up whenever!
10/7 FNR Panda Ride
What says more about Chengdu than pandas. To spice up the ride a bit we figured a panda theme would be fitting and fun. We’ll provide a little bit of panda for everyone who joins in this ride but we strongly encourage going full force and wearing anything panda related, black and white you might have.
10/7-10/21 Women’s Riding Competition
Our women’s riding competition starts. Be sure to read up our post on rules and requirements for participating. There’s an awesome raffle prize up for any participant and four categories to compete in. Take home a title for bragging rights and more awesome prizes.
10/12-10/14 China Bamboo Cultural Festival And Sichuan International Bamboo Product Trade Fair
We’re off to Meishan to represent our wares. Keep your eyes peeled for shop hours or more info regarding our sojourn down to Meishan.
10/16 Full Moon Ride
Our pal Peter’s famous full moon ride has returned for this month’s iteration. Setting out from Tianfu Square at 10:30 p.m., be sure you don’t miss it!
Can you believe it? It feels like we opened our doors just yesterday. Alas, we’re fast approaching our our 4 year mark serving the community.
To celebrate we’ll be partying at the shop. Stop in Friday evening, September 30. We’ll be running specials on beer all night. From 7 to 8, Asahi is only ¥5 per pint. From 8 to 9 it’s only ¥10 per pint. Don’t fret, after 9 it will still be discounted to ¥15 per pint. We’ll also be running the same special on wine if beer’s not to taste.
Start off your Golden Week right and join us for some fun. Read more
This week marks a special occasion. With our beloved mechanic Wen Chen leaving our ranks this will mark his last Friday Night Ride before departing Chengdu. In honor of the occasion Wen Chen himself will act as the master of ceremonies and lead the group.
As for the rest? Expect the same good old fashioned fun. Show up a bit in advance to have a frosty beer and socialize before we depart and be sure to catch Wen Chen to wish him well in his future endeavors. Read more
Our pal Todd has an extensive history with bicycles. From a young age he’s been an ultra avid rider, has raced road and still to this day, despite being a family man that’s also often caught up with business, makes regular time to ride.
Over the past few years we had the fortune to service a few of his bikes which naturally meant we got to pick his brain about anything bikes. An integral figure in the early Chinese recreational bicycling scene he’s responsible for helping Trek get their foot in the door as well as cooperating to help build a bevy of local clubs, races and organizations.
His collection of bikes is also nothing to scoff at. Everything from custom hand built steel race frames to former pro race rigs we’ve seen and heard of half a dozen of his prized rides. And finally, we get to join the ranks.
Todd’s kept his eyes on Source Cycles before it was even a thing. From our earlier prototypes he waited until the moment was right to pick up his own ride. Naturally when he decided on his bike he went for something that spoke best of bamboo’s ride qualities. His choice? A custom 1×11 gravel bike.
A halfway point between a race-ready road bike and a versatile cyclocross machine, this bike was built for him in a size spec akin to his favorite bike while offering a ride quality that spoke to his desired attributes.
Fast and lean, this bike rides like a dream. With special cable routing it’s also prepared to be put through the mud without jamming up the shifting or brakes. Topped off with a selection of parts from his own personal collection it’s a bike unlike any other.
We just hope that this steed will find itself right at home amongst his stable. Because certainly there’s a little something about it that will make it stick out from the rest. Read more
As we approach our fourth anniversary we’ve got an increasing amount of experience with which types of bikes people are looking for, whether they’re new to riding or are interested in exploring a new area of cycling.
One thing we always recommend is that if you’re interested in getting a new bike that it’s best not to rush your decision to purchase. On the market anymore there’s hundreds of brands, styles, materials, you-name-it and with so many choices it makes getting a new bike pretty daunting.
It helps to first loosely familiarize with what type of bike would suit your needs, the sizing, the cost and most importantly the ride quality. If you invest the time in these things you’ll get far more out of your purchase in the long run.
This may mean taking a couple trips to a few different shops to scope out whats on offer. The internet also offers an enormous amount of information for the budding bicyclist. And when you’re ready, you won’t be buying any old bike, but what you’ll be getting is your bike.
And honestly this is our favorite thing to do for our friends. Take for instance this recent rig and its owner. She took her time considering bikes and only got one when she knew she was ready. When the bike resembles the rider and the rider’s grinning from ear to ear, you know that her patience has paid off. Read more
As you may recall, the last pair of bikes we pieced together and put up for sale managed to find their way out the door before we even had a chance to hang them up.
In keeping with the spirit of getting more butts on bikes, we’re continuing our focus to bring quality rides to the table at a fair price. Up for grabs now we’re got this complementary pair of single speed city bikes.
The frame is a lightweight chromoly steel. The eyeleted aluminum rims are a broader profile than the usual, which when paired with a lower profile tire creates better contact with the road, even in tight corners. This keeps the wheel weight down and also means you roll fast and far with minimum effort.
The rest of the parts selection insures a comfortable and quick ride. But the best part is the paint.Available in a ruby red or a royal blue, these bikes are beautiful with a more traditional style.Both have a 52cm seat tube, a size suitable for anyone between 170 and 180 centimeters tall.
Interested? We recommend hitting us up quick because these are bound to disappear fast. In fact, a red ones already out the doors! At only ¥1888 it’s no wonder why. Read more