Friday Night Ride

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Two weeks seem to have come and happy to announce that in fact, yes, this week there is a Friday Night Ride.  Don’t miss out on your choice to join in on what’s likely the coolest tour of town.As usual, expect to chat with some solid people and listen to the music.  Swing by before 8:00 p.m. and enjoy happy hour, 2 pints of Asahi for ¥30.  Read more

8/8-8/18 Apparel Sale

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Come by this week and pick up some Natooke swag on sale.  We’re trying to clear our shelves to make room for some interesting stuff we’re cooking up in the coming weeks.  Check out these super discounts on great quality Natooke apparel.

1. Natooke T-shirt

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Printed on American Apparel 50/25/25, these shirts are incredibly soft and have that well worn feel straight way.  They’re available in small-XL (western sizes) and come in 3 different colors for both the men’s and women’s styles.

Regularly ¥150, now 40% off at ¥90。

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2. Friday Night Ride

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To commemorate our long standing community group ride we hold twice each month we designed a great T-shirt just for this fun event.   So many riders have participated and taken home one of these high quality 100% cotton T-shirts as a keepsake.  Come by and grab one of the few remaining stock.

 Regularly ¥150, on sale for $75 this week while supplies last.

3. Cycling Kits

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If you’ve never worn cycling specific jersey or shorts now’s your chance.  The functionality of a quick drying, full zip, breathable jersey with rear pockets for your keys, phone, or patch kit is great when you just want to carry a few things and don’t want to be bothered with bulging pockets or with carrying a small bag.

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Riding a few hours in the saddle on a bicycle outing, people often start to feel the discomfort in the old caboose.  Lets face it, after three or four or more hours even the most comfortable bicycle saddle starts to take its toll.  Its no accident so many cycling enthusiasts get all lycra’d up before heading out and by the end of the ride they always appreciate that extra padding the chamois provides.  The shorts fit snuggly to allow your legs to move obstruction free and the chamois in the seat helps keep you dry and comfortable.  Wear them by themselves paired with the jersey or under your normal riding shorts or pants.

Jersey is regularly ¥360, now just ¥200;  Bib shorts are regularly ¥320, now just ¥190;  Get the full kit for just ¥340.

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4. Cycling Cap

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Keep the sun, sweat, or rain out of your eyes with one of our classic cycling caps.  The thin fabric and short bill allow these hats to be worn alone or under your cycling helmet.

 Regularly ¥100, this week just ¥40.

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Transcontinental Race 2017

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Now that the Tour de France (TDF) is over, the ultra-endurance cycling world is getting going on a its second major event of the summer.  After the Trans American Bike Race earlier in June, a race, coast to coast across the USA, we’re ready for the next one. Touted as one of the toughest ultra-endurance races in the world, this year’s fifth annual Transcontinental Race (TCR for short), put on by PEdAL ED, just started from Geraardsbergen,  Belgium on Friday July 28th, 10pm, heading to Meteora in central Greece as fast as the riders can make it.  By the time this is published the riders will already be about halfway done with a 3,200 – 4,200km, multi-day time trial.  That’s right… time trial. Read more

Friday Night Ride

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If you move around too much in this oppressive summer heat you’re bound to work up at least a little bit of a sweat.  We’re so concerned about keeping you properly hydrated we’re doing something special this week.  This week we’re partnering with CHEERS who opened a new location recently in Tongzilin.  They’ll be offering VIP prices for everybody (10% discount of regular price), free VIP sign up, and wine by the glass for more special prices. Read more

Carbon Fiber Frame Repair and Refinish

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Many carbon fiber bicycle and parts manufacturers claim that their frames or parts can’t and shouldn’t be repaired if damaged.  While they all offer warranties against manufacturer defects, the damage to frames sent to them are usually declared as unequivocally the rider’s fault.  Their recommendation: “Just buy another frame/part from us.  You wouldn’t want to risk it breaking again while riding.” Yada Yada Yada. Read more

Say ‘Speedhub’ Five Times Really Fast

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Writing about a custom build for any one of our great supporters is always enjoyable.  Through the features of a frame and array of components chosen we get to feature an ardent cyclist and some of the highlights of their journey to get a great custom bike for themselves.  Not only is this just one of those occasions, its even a bit special for us too. Read more

Some TDF Trivia

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The 104th Tour de France is well underway and now about to enter its final stages.  This week the riders have had the second of two rest days and will be completing the last stage (#21) on Sunday July 23rd .

A key tradition of the tour are the coveted jerseys that riders get to wear throughout the race, signifying the leaders in various categories.  Over the years the jerseys and categories have evolved a bit but we thought it relevant to know some history behind the most important three jerseys. Read more

Friday Night Ride

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Two weeks seem to have come and gone in the blink of an eye.  Happy to announce that in fact, yes, this week there is a Friday Night Ride.

Don’t miss out on your choice to join in on what’s likely the coolest tour of town.As usual, expect to listen to some solid tunes, chat with some solid people and have a solid good time.  Swing by before 8:00 p.m. and enjoy a happy hour ¥20 pint of Asahi.

Balance Bike

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Modelled after the ‘dandy horse, which was invented in the early 19th century as the adult “running machine,” balance bicycles have become the new learning vehicle to get kids enjoying the riding experience early.  Just like the original velocipede, kids balance bikes are pedal-less, two wheel bikes that kids as young as about 20 months can ride. Read more

Tips for Cycling in Hot Weather

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You don’t need us to tell you it’s hot outside.  The intensity of the sun and humidity in the Chengdu Basin, surrounded west, north, east, and partially to the south by mountains, the heavy, humid air just sits and gets even heavier.  Now that we’re at the start of almost 2 months of this type of weather let‘s see how we can deal with it and keep ourselves in the saddle.

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