Thursday, July 26, 2012

2013 Road Bike?? Cardboard? What Do You Think?

Will this bike one day become the cheapest we've ever sold at our Lexington bike shop?
A newly designed bicycle from Israeli entepreneur Izhar Gafni, is made from light-weight, durable, eco-friendly, inexpensive, and waterproof cardboard! Does it sound too incredible to be true? That's exactly what the experts said.
Gafni wanted to create a bicycle that would be too inexpensive to be vulnerable to theft, and began experimenting with building a bicycle out of cardboard boxes. Though he was met with skepticism from the engineers he consulted with, he persevered. He now has a working model- a bonafide bicycle made from cardboard.
The prototype may still undergo more changes, but presently the production cost is about $9 to $12 per bike. Gafni has not yet found a manufacturer to produce the bikes, so it is uncertain what the total cost will be, but Gafni says it will cost less than $90 new.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Team's Sky's success secrets in Tour De France 2012

As our bike shop in Lexington watched the 2012 Tour de France, the winning strategy of Britain's Team Sky stood out among the highlights and notable things about the race this year. Sky's overwhelming success was not only due to some incredible individual performances, but an overall strategy of putting the team first, even when doing so was hard on individual riders.
Bradley Wiggins took home England's first yellow jersey, no big shock to anyone who followed the race. Wiggins had held a comfortable lead for a long distance, over many days. By Saturday, the win was more or less certain, after Wiggins won his second time trial. 
When Wiggins finished, his teammate Chris Froome followed just 3:21 after. The closeness was particularly memorable in light of Wiggins-Froome dynamics which had drawn media attention earlier on in the race.
Froome surpassed expectations with his outstanding performance on mountain climbs, testing Team Sky's winning strategy of pushing Wiggins to the lead. The team's faith was on Wiggins' ability to win the time trials, and Froome was held back in several stages to ensure Wiggins' lead. Tension over this strategy erupted in an catty twitter skirmish between Froome's girlfriend and Wiggins' wife, starting in the 11th stage. 
 Team Sky's teamwork also made its mark when Mark Cavendish was assisted in taking a fourth consecutive stage win on the Champs-Elysees. Wiggins expressed appreciation for Sky's teamwork. "It's magnificent," he said. "For us to finish like this as a team, helping Mark to victory and allowing him to defend his record here... it's incredible."

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Cyclist injured in shooting determined to ride on

News of the tragic shooting in Colorado has touched our Lexington bike shop. We received the news that a cyclist riding cross country was one of the 50 people injured in the shooting that killed twelve others. 
The cyclist, Stephen Martin of Connecticut, was riding cross country with his travel partner Ethan, and decided to go to the movies with a friend at the Aurora, Colorado theater. Martin was shot in the back of the neck, and sustained other injuries from shrapnel. He underwent surgery for his injuries, and is expected to recover.
He says hopes to continue and finish his cross country ride, which he has been planning for almost three years. Martin said he has not yet been told whether or when he will be able to finish, but he is hopeful. "In some sense, I'd feel like if we can't complete it, it's like the terrorists have really won...I have some scars, but I'll be fine," he said. "I really want to ride."
Our thoughts are with all those affected by this tragedy.  Stephen Martin, we wish you the very best in your recovery and hope to see you riding again soon!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Wiggins in yellow jersey: bike shop Lexington follows Tour de France

Wiggins in yellow jersey/Nicolas Bouvy / EPA / July 18, 2012
Here at our bike shop in Lexington, we've been following the 2012 Tour de France, now in its final days.
In the yellow jersey, Brit Bradley Wiggins survived the steep, arduous 17th stage of the race today, and said he senses the tour is "pretty much over". 
With just three days remaining in the 2012 Tour de France, Wiggins seems to be secure in his lead. Wiggins finished third in the 17th stage, behind teammate Christopher Froome who came in second. Wiggins kept an overall lead of 2 minutes five seconds ahead of Froome.
The remaining stages in the Tour de France are two flat stages and a time trial, with Wiggins is predicted to perform well, especially in the time trial. With any luck, Wiggins will, in just 3 days, be the first Brit to take home the Tour de France yellow jersey.
Alejandro Valverde of Spain enjoyed an emotional victory in the 17th stage today. This tour marks his return from a two year doping ban, and it started out rough with Valverde crashing three times, but still enduring. A teary Valverde said of his win, “It erases all of the past.”

Friday, July 13, 2012

2013 Electra Townie Cruiser Single Speed and 7 Speeds

New in our 2013 lineup is the Electra Townie, available as both a single speed and 7-speed bicycle, for those who would like to be able to traverse hilly areas in comfort. The ever-popular Townie is known for being one of the most comfortable bikes out there, and while its style has been updated for 2013, it is still as cushy a ride as ever. Electra has a patented flat-foot technology for the most ergonomic pedaling position. You will be seated upright on this stylish cruiser, able to enjoy the scenery as you cruise along on beach or street.
Check out the array of colors and accessories available from Electra to bling out your bike. The Townie is all about personal style. Customizing this basic in-town errand and leisure bike with baskets, lights, panniers, saddles and bells heavily encouraged. Come into one of our bike shops in Louisville, Lexington, or Clarksville, IN to take one of our new 2013 bikes for a spin.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

2013 Trek Dual Sport 8.1 and 8.3: Road Bike and Off Road Combined

Scheller's bike shop (Lexington, Louisville, and Clarksville, IN locations) introduces the new 2013 Trek Dual Sport series. We are carrying the 8.1 and 8.3 models of this versatile bicycle. The Dual Sport is a light and nimble hybrid bicycle, speedy on the road and tough enough to make it over rough terrain. 
The 2013 DS attractively-styled bike has a generous tire clearance to accommodate chunky tires, a comfortable seat and ride position, great grip, SR Suntour NEX MLO front suspension with lockout mechanism, and Tektro Novela disc brakes.
In short, this bike can take you where you want to go. If you are the type of rider that wants to transition easily from your morning work commute, to some recreational trail-riding, to running weekend errands, this is a bike gives you everything you need. This bike is priced in the mid-range making it a great option for someone who desires quality and versatility in one bicycle for under $700.

Monday, July 9, 2012

2013 Trek Fitness Bike 7.2 FX

We have just the latest 2013 models from Trek in our bike shops in Lexington, Louisville, and Clarksville, IN, including the new Trek Fitness Bike 7.2, Trek's most popular bicycle.
This bike is built for versatility, going easily from road to trail, casual, commuter, fitness or athletic riding. Its combination of comfort, affordability, and versatility make it a great choice for beginning cyclists, but its quality and performance will be appreciated by more experienced riders.
The FX 7.2 has been redesigned for 2013 and features the light Alpha Gold aluminum frame, puncture-resistant tires, and Shimano EF51, 8-speed trigger. The FX is available in a women's specific design, with reach, bar width, saddle and other details designed for female riders' maximum comfort and fit. Priced at under $600, the FX 7.2 gives you a lot of cycling power for a reasonable price.  Come in and take the 2013 model for a spin!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Aston Martin One 77 (the bicycle)

What is the most drool-worthy bicycle in the world? Opinions vary. We might have some contenders at our shop in Lexington, but not every bicycle can be found at a local retailer.
With the legendary sports car manufacturer Aston Martin partnering with  Factor Bikes to introduce the One 77, the question may be already settled.

The One 77, being called "the world's most technologically advanced road bicycle" combines elements of the exclusive Aston Martin One 77 sports car to the world of cycling, such as its construction from a unique ultra light-weight carbon fiber composite, super advanced computer system, and the beautiful design and details you might expect from a bike called One 77. The bike is outfitted with Shimano Dura-Ace components.
The seventy-seven One 77 sports cars have all been sold, with reports of one crashing in Hong Kong last month. The One 77 bicycle, estimated to cost around $40,000 is sure to sell out quickly as well.
Contact Factor with inquiries.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Sheller's bike shop Lexington: Tour de France 2012 highlights (w/ video)

Follow the 99th Tour de France with our bike shop Louisville, as the race approaches the end of its first week.
There were plenty of unexpected news developments in the race's lead-up this year.  This year has been marked by a number of special situations including  injuries, changes of teams, and doping charges that stripped Tour de France legend Lance Armstrong of his titles.
The beginning of the race was also full of excitement, with a few crashes, such as a multi-bike pile-up that included Olympic hopeful Mike Cavendish, in the closing of Stage 4. Cavendish emerged from the crash uninjured, but unhappy.
Germany's Andre Greipel won Stage 4, and he came through the finish roaring with emotion over his 1st-ever victory in the Tour de France. He came through victorious again in Stage 5, pulling in front in the final hundred meters in what he called "the hardest sprint of my life."
Stay with our blog in the coming weeks for Louisville's updates on the Tour de France!

2012 Trek 1.5 C Road Bike at Scheller's in Kentucky/Louisiana

Jesse Roberson from Scheller's Fitness and Cycling introduces us to the 2012 Trek 1.5 C Road Bike.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Check Out the 2012 Trek 8.3 Dual Sport at Schellers Cycling

Jesse Roberson from Scheller's Fitness and Cycling introduces us to the 2012 Trek 8.3 DS. DS stands for dual sport which means this bike is equally at home on the road or the dirt.