Friday, May 31, 2013

2013 Trek WSD 7.6 FX – A Mid-range Cyclists Dream! Scheller's Fitness and Cycling Have it Ready for You!

It's not hard to see why Women love the 2013 Trek FX 7.6 WSD. 

Trek knows that a great fitting bike is a joy to ride. They implement their Women's Specific Design to maximize comfort, stability, power, and control. Some may call it a fitness bike, but there is so much more to it.

Alpha Gold Aluminum is Trek's standard for mid-range road bikes, but the 7.6 is anything but a standard road bike. To start, Trek engineers have spent more than a year designing what they call the IsoZone damping feature that absorbs road buzz at a critical point on the frame, reducing rider fatigue. It effectively kills vibration in the range the rider feels most at a rate twice that of any other system on the market. The lightweight carbon fiber legs on the fork  only help to soak up that hand-numbing road vibration.

Don't be fooled, this bike isn't all comfort. It's got 20 gears with an FSA Vero Crank and Shimano Drivetrain. The Shimano Deore 10 speed shifters are trigger actuated, making it amazingly easy to shift. The Shimano Tiagra front derailleur and Deore Shadow rear derailleur make compatibility a non-issue. 

Tektro RX 1.0 brakes complete this bike, giving just enough stopping power to your awesome ride. The pads are easy to adjust, and the levers can be fine tuned to brake as hard or soft as you need.

Come to any one of the five Scheller's Fitness and Cycling Locations today to check out this incredible fitness bike. We have two locations in Lexington, two in Louisville, and one in Clarksville. You can also reach us by phone at (812) 288-6100 or visit our website for more information and a complete catalogue.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Ever Wonder How They Make a Bicycle Chain? Find Out

The Bike Chain is Extremely Important for A Great Ride. How Do They Make Them?

A bicycle chain is essentially a roller chain. It's designed specifically to transfer pedal power to the bicycles rear drive wheel.

The manufacturing process starts with a punch press. It cuts and presses steel into the shape of chains inner link, which looks a lot like a figure eight. Incredibly, the punch press generates 10,000 links per hour! Each of the links have been made to interconnect, their contours formed to travel easily across the bikes gear sprockets.

Samples of these inner links are sent to a measuring station  to confirm the space between the holes is precisely twelve point seven millimeters. The tester also guages the diameter of the holes which must be accurate to within a fraction of a millimeter.

Then the links are baked in an oven at more than 1500 degrees fahrenheit. The blazing heat followed by a quick cool down hardens the steel. They now shovel these interlinks into a donut shaped machine. They add ceramic and silica powders, and poor in a small amount of water.

They then close this lid on the machine. It shakes vigorously causing the powders and water to form an abrasive paste that polishes the links. They load the polished inner links into a metal basket and shut the door.

Machinery plunges the basket into a series of chemical baths to give these inner links a nickel teflon veneer. The nickel teflon surface will resist corrosion, and it's smooth texture will allow the chain to travel easily over gear sprockets.

The bike chain's outer links get a different kind of finish. Unlike the inner links, they don't travel over sprockets so simple nickel plated will do.


They are now ready to assemble the chain one section at a time. Tubes feed the parts one by one into an assembly machine. Gripper arms adjust their position to assemble the links to other chain components such as retainer rings and spacers.

The machinery presses pins into the links holes to secure the assembly. Then grippers move the completed section of chain down the line.

It takes a whole lot of little pieces to build one short section of bicycle chain. The sections are linked together in one long chain, which winds by an inspection station to be examined for flaws.

After that the chain takes a dip in hot oil to lubricate the links preventing squeakiness and wear down the road. The chain exits the lubrication station and travels through an absorbent material which soaks up the excess grease. A laser tool then signals the location where the chain has to be cut and blade chops it at the exact spot.

A standard chain is just over fifty six inches in length. It consists of one hundred fourteen inner links and one hundred fourteen external ones.

And that's more than you will ever need to know about chains!

Come to Scheller's Fitness and Cycling for all 
your Fitness and Cycling needs.
We have 4 great locations across Kentucky to serve you best. We also have a location in Clarksville, IN, and our newest location in Evansville, IN.

We hope to see you soon!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

2014 Trek Fuel Ex 29ers Now In Stock at Schellers!

The new 2014 29er bikes from Trek: the Fuel 7, Fuel 8, Fuel 9.8 and Remedy now come in 29er!

Trek first released information about this bike a week ago, releasing a brand new 29er model based on the highly successful 26" Fuel EX platform.

Typically Trek and other bike manufacturers make a huge deal out of a bike launch, consisting of marketing campaigns and a huge amount of media attention.

This time, Trek has taken a new approach to their bike launch, keeping it a secret from everyone. Then, last week, trek pulled off our blindfolds and allowed dealers to put their orders in for immediate delivery. Their official 2014 global launch at the end of this month.

Trek has shown three versions of the 29er EX — the alloy-framed EX8, EX9 and carbon EX9.8.

The alloy EX9 receives a RockShox Reverb Dropper post, Deore XT shifting and braking and a Fox Kashima fork. Sounds great, right?

Now check out the specs of the EX9.8:

• 120mm Travel Front & Rear
• Fox DRCV Float CTD Rear Shock
• Fox Float CTD Fork
• ABP Rear Suspension Design w/ Full Floater Shock Mount
• One-piece Magnesium EVO Link
• BB95 PressFit Bottom Bracket
• ISCG Tabs
• Upper Direct Mount Front Derailleur
• 142x12mm Rear Thru-Axle
• Tapered E2 Headset w/ Net Molded Head Tube
• Internal Cable Routing for Derailleurs & Stealth Reverb Dropper Post
• Integrated Carbon Armour and Custom Chain-Slap Protector

And the EX 9.8 gets a well-rounded spec with a full Shimano Deore XT groupset and a Rockshox Reverb Stealth Dropper Post. 720mm low-rise Bontrager RXL handlebars tie all the controls together along with lock-on grips and a stubby Bontrager stem. Stay on the lookout for more posts about 2014 Trek Bikes as well as other product reviews and much much more!!

Schellers Fitness and Cycling has 4 great locations  all over Kentucky to serve you best, plus Clarksville IN bike shop and fitness center, and our Newest Evansville IN bike shop and fitness center!

Make sure you visit our site to find the location closest to you.....

8323 Preston Hwy
Louisville, KY 40219

11520 Shelbyville Rd.
Louisville, KY 40243

Clarksville-Veterans Pkwy.
1000 Veterans Parkway
Clarksville, IN 47129

Lexington-Harrodsburg Rd.
1987 Harrodsburg Rd.
Lexington, KY 40503

Lexington- Woodland Ave.
212 Woodland Ave.
Lexington, KY 40502

Evansville - Virgina St.
5625 E. Virginia St. Suite A
Evansville, IN 47715

Monday, May 20, 2013

*VIDEO* The2013 Trek Madone 5.2 is A Lightweight, Carbon Fiber Rocketship.

Fast, Light, and Fully Equipped for the Road

2013 Trek Madone 5.2

All carbon fiber frame, full Ultegra group and proprietary brakes are the main reason this bike is so sleek, fast, and light.

The brake that Trek provides on the Madone 5.2 eliminates redundancy in that it is directly mounted to the front fork. At the pull of the brake lever there is plenty of action, but the entire system is lighter and more efficient.

The wheels are Bontrager Tubeless Ready Race Wheels. A $200 kit will allow you to run tube less by providing you with tires, sealant and in-rim liners. NEVER run road wheels without road specific tires.

Extra comfort is provided through the e2 bearing on the headset. The larger bearing eats up a little road vibration, which saves your hands on those longer rides. Which, to be honest, holding a Bontrager Race Lite Handlebar with Bontrager Gel Grips is pretty comfortable on its own.

The 2013 Trek Madone is a really awesome, popular bike. Come check it at any of our five great locations, and take it for a test ride.

Friday, May 17, 2013

13 Years Has Seen 47% Increase in Americans Cycling To Work Increased by 47% — Bike To Work Week Special!

May is National Bike to Work Month, May 13-17 2013 is national Bike to Work Week, and Bike to Work Day (if you can't commit to the entire week) is this Friday, May 17th. 

Bike to School day has already passed on May 8th, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't encourage your children and school age nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, and friends to participate in this healthy and fun event!! Who knows? Maybe once the week is over they will desire to keep riding their bike to school!

According to the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey, the share of Americans Commuting by bike has grown by 47% since 2000! AND - Many Bicycle Friendly Communities have more than DOUBLED their bike commuter share since 2000!

Also since 2000, the 39 Bicycle Friendly Communities, (taken from America's 70 largest cities and deemed such by the League's Bicycle Friendly America program) saw an average of an 80% increase in bicycle commuting. In contrast, the bike commuter rate in the 31 largest non-Bicycle Friendly communities grew only 32% (which is still great!)

In celebration of these facts and to kick off National Bike to Work Week, the League announced it's latest round of Bicycle Friendly Communities. They have added 17 new BFCs, which brings the 47-state program up to 259 Bicycle Friendly Communities. This program has been helping transform the community's priorities and evaluation of life quality by promoting cycling, hosting education programs in regards to cycling, and investing in infrastructure and municipal policies.

How can you help make your community more Bicycle Friendly? The League of American Bicyclists has provided these steps to get your community more involved in the BFC program:

1. Download the Bicycle Friendly Community Overview Here.

As you review the materials, you'll see that all types and sizes of communities can be positively affected by increased bicycle accommodations. Whether decisions that affect your bicycle plan, routes, and facilities occur in a township, town, borough, city, or county level. this application can help framework a discussion with your decision makers. Also take a look at The League Of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly America brochure. You can order free copies of the print version by sending an email to

2. Evaluate your community with the League's Bicycle Friendly Community Scorecard

Take a few minutes to complete this quick scorecard to see how your community stacks up in bicycle friendliness. The scorecard allows you to take an objective look at your community to determine if it already has the basic foundation for a Bicycle Friendly Community.

3. Review the application yourself to see how bicycle-friendly your community is today.

Is there a written policy on maintaining bicycle safe streets? Is there a bicycle advisory committee and/or a bicycle coordinator? These basic resources can be vital to a town's ability to respond to bicyclist's needs. Highway engineers often will not change their practices unless written policy tells them to do so. A bicycle advisory committee is a good structure for getting such new policies written and formally proposed. Having someone on staff designated as bicycle coordinator can be crucial in achieving these measures. (Remember, it is a cardinal rule in every bureaucracy that any task not specified as someone's job is a task that will never get done. Click here to view the application. Pleas note that only applications submitted on-line will be accepted.

4. Plan your strategy for pitching bicycle-friendly improvements.

Obviously, if the mayor is a ride leader in the local bicycle club, your strategy is simple - show him or her the application! Most communities will take a little more work. First, you must identify the decision makers responsible for the policy changes you seek. In big cities, the mayor's office would typically delegate responsibility to the city's head of transportation or public works. In a smaller town, there may be a full-time city manager that reports to a citizen city council. In any event, you must make some calls to determine who needs to be persuaded before you can set out to persuade them. Next, find one or two bicyclists who have some influence with the decision maker. If you're lucky, there is a local government official who is an avid cyclist. Without such a person, identify the most visible bicycle dealer in town and the leader of a local bicycle club. Ask around and find support. If you are a bicyclist who is already known and trusted by government leaders, your work will be much easier.

5. Gather support.

Ask for a letter recommending the Bicycle Friendly Community program from any organization that might be inclined to support better cycling. The local bicycle club is a natural first choice, but local environmental groups, civic organizations, businesses and others will tend to cooperate if you make it easy enough for them. Draft the letter for them so they know exactly what you need to minimize the amount of work you ask of them. The Bicycle Friendly Community program frames positive change for bicyclists into the form of a "yes or no" question to a political leader: "Will you support this program?" Politicians hate to say "No" to anyone. They especially do not want to say "No" to an organized group of people. And it's not likely they will want to say no to many different groups.

6. Call your government official and request a meeting.

Attend with your best spokesperson and copies of the letters of support with you to the meeting. Talk about the benefits that the bicycle improvements you desire, as well as the benefits of a Bicycle Friendly Community designation.

7. Ask for something specific and try to get a specific commitment. 

A good starting point is to ask if the person will submit the application for Bicycle Friendly Community status. Another good ask is how long it will take to designate a bicycle coordinator. One way the city can show its support for building a Bicycle Friendly Community is by adopting the Action Plan for Bicycle Friendly Communities available here. You could also propose working with the new coordinator on implementing the other bicycle-friendly criteria items (such as convening the bicycle advisory committee, proclaiming Bike to Work Day, developing bicycle safe engineering policies, etc.) Be specific in your requests and, if the official raises concerns, ask him or her to be specific. Following the meeting, write a thank you memo that spells out your understanding of what was agreed to.

8. Follow up and Follow up (and follow up).

Lack of persistence is the downfall of many a bicycle advocate. Motivated people motivate politicians and their employees. If you raise an idea and then don't pursue it, they grow suspicious about just how important the idea is to you. So many people are clamoring for their time and attention, they will forget if you make yourself forgettable. Keep calling back and keep going back. Commit to the result and make it happen!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Top 20 Cycling Cities in the World Named

Amsterdam has a long tradition of cycling for basic transportation

No US City Makes the Top 20 Cut - Could the list be Eurocentric?

Polling is a difficult art.  You can generally get about any answer you set out to get by how you design the poll.  So, a new poll produced by Copenhagenize Design Co. adds useful information to the question of cycling friendly places throughout the world, but there is at least a chance that their criteria may have been at least somewhat responsible for 3 of the top 20 being in Holland.  Moreover, almost all of the 20 were in Europe, with the lone North American entry being Montreal.

The study took a look at 150 cities in all, and at least my research online did not come up with any rankings or scores beyond the top 20.  It may be that well known cycling Meccas in the US such as Portland and Davis may have come in 21 and 22.  Possibly the folks at Copenhagenize Design Co. will provide more data later.

Their criteria for selection included:

  • advocacy 
  • bicycle culture
  • cycling facilities
  • infrastructure
  • bike share program
  • gender split
  • modal share
  • modal
    share increase since 2006
  • perception of safety
  • politics
  • social
  • urban planning
  • traffic calming
Business insider did a nice analysis of the list with some great picture of some of the cities.  And then did another piece on why Americans don't get it.  Why we don't have a single city that made the list.  
The article quotes Mikael Colville-Andersen, CEO of Copenhagenize, the consulting and communications company that published the Index.

Even if more Americans wanted to cycle to work, the infrastructure
isn't there for them. In the U.S., planners and engineers are
"incredibly stuck in the last century paradigm of 'cars are the only
transport form that we plan for,'" Colville-Andersen said. "We've forgotten that the bicycle used to be a form of transportation."
Many U.S. cities are working to improve cycling infrastructure, but
don't always do so intelligently. Bike lanes are often placed to the
left of parked cars, putting cyclists between moving traffic and doors
that can open at any time.
"This doesn't keep cyclists safe," Colville-Andersen said, calling the setup a "brain fart."

Colville-Anderson also believes that we in the US see cycling as being all about sport or leisure.  And suggests that we are selling the idea of improving the infrastructure based on global warming and fitness rather than on the practical advantages of cycling in convenience and cost.  Cost for both the individual and the various governments, city, county, state, and federal, is many times higher for each car/mile than bicycle/mile.

The list is interesting, indeed.  What would our cities here in Kentucky and Indiana look like if we were more inclined to cycle whenever possible.  That would seem to be a very good goal for the future of US transportation.  After all, the bicycle has long been called the most efficient transportation system ever invented.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Women's Specific Design Bikes From Trek Have Found Their Queen! The 2013 Madone 6.2 WSD

The 2013 Trek Madone 6.2 Aero Road Bike Improvements Make this Smooth as Silk

James Huang at Bike Radar had this to say about the 2013 Trek Madone:

As expected, the aero claims are eye opening: 25 watts of saved energy at 40km/h compared to the previous Madone – nearly two minutes per hour. We can't verify those figures ourselves without hitting the wind tunnel – and they certainly can't be felt while out on the road – but what we can confirm is that Trek has carried over most of the existing Madone DNA to produce yet another solid ride
Huang goes on to note: 
Virtually everything is carbon fiber, too, including the bearing seats for the integrated headset and bottom brackets and the rear dropouts. Once again, the non-driveside chain stay incorporates a pocket for the ultra-tidy Bontrager DuoTrap wireless speed and cadence sensor.

For 2013, Trek has really improved the Madone 6.2. The frame is 600 series OCLV carbon which uses advanced aerospace materials and weight-saving, performance-enhancing process to have the best blend of frame weight and strength. Trek knows that the better a bike fits, the greater the comfort, stability, power, and control of the ride. They use their H2 fit which features a slightly higher head tube to put less strain on your back and neck. Trek has really taken time to make sure that this frame fits women specifically.

Going from frame to components, the bike comes equipped with an all Shimano Ultegra drivetrain. The shifters are Shimano STI 10-speed. STI is Shimano Total Integration, and it allows the rider to easily switch gears from the same location as the brake, should you need to do both in rapid succession. The STI shifters control the front and rear Shimano Ultegra derailleurs, which means you can be confident that each shift is going to be swift and sure.

You might also be interested in a story we just did on 50 ways to improve your riding  

To ensure your comfort, Trek went with Bontrager for the saddle, handlebars, and grips. Bontrager is the industry leader when it comes to comfort, ensuring the rider that the bike will be extremely comfortable as well as reliable.

To best experience the 2013 Trek Madone 6.2 WSD has to offer, you need to ride it. We offer test rides at Scheller's Fitness and Cycling!

Monday, May 6, 2013

VIDEO: 2013 Trek 1.2 at Scheller's Fitness and Cycing

Only the 2013 Trek 1.2 (under $1000) Can Provide Such Quality at Such A Low Price

To start, the bike comes with a carbon fiber fork which does wonders for the comfort of your hands and performs better because of it's lighter weight.

Bontrager Wheelset and color matched rims for an excellent look to the bike. Bontrager also does the saddle: it's their Affinity saddle. It's a really nice saddle -- you don't have to upgrade it like you would on some other bikes.

The shifters are Shimano Sora which now incorporates a two button shifting system to make it more like the rest of their higher end shifters. 

Take a look at the frame and you'll notice some shaping that's not exactly round for much better performance and strength. 

The compact crank is from FSA which is very durable and matches the spec of the bike well. It's a 2x8 system with a Shimano Sora Derailleur.

Come by any of our 5 great locations to see the bike and to take a test ride!

Scheller's Fitness and Cycling
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Friday, May 3, 2013

Shimano *UPGRADED* 2014 Ultegra-6800 is Very Dura-Ace Like

Fantastic 11-Speed Shimano Ultegra 6800 Groupset for 2014

photos courtesy: Shimano
For 2014, Shimano has released their Ultegra 6800 11-Speed Groupset. Dave Atkinson of interviewed Shimano's Mark Greshon. He has this to say about the new group: "Ultegra normally takes the latest technology from Dura-Ace and provides it at a much more competitive price. It's for real world riders who want good performance."

The 11-speed phenomenon with Shimano's engineering power to create this new system that "uses technology that's been proven in WorldTour races, proven at the highest level."
Riders can individually choose from a large variety of gearing options for all kinds of riding. You have the choice between a 11-23 and an 11-32 cassete, and chainring combos include 53-39, 52-36, 50-34, and cyclocross specific 46-36. The 6800 crank shares the same 4 arm design as the Dura-Ace in this category.
The brakes feature the same two axle symmetric pivot design as Dura-Ace as well, an improvement that Shimano claims increases power by about 16 percent. They are available in both a traditional and a direct mount version.

Using a shorter lever stroke which Shimano claims requires 35% less force input, gives tactile feedback to the rider that the shift has been completed. A defined *click* sound will ensure you that the gear has shifted. Improvements on ergonomics and control come from the more compact hoods and bracket grip, as well as a redesigned carbon lever.
The new wheel on the 11-speed level is the WH-6800. The wheel is lightweight on an offset rim for high rigidity and power transmission. Compatible in tubular, tube, and tubless setups. As with all Shimano wheels, the WH-6800 is 100% in-house produced and hand assembled.
The chain has also been redesigned for 11-speeds, and is coated with new surface technology called Sil-tec: an advanced surface painting technology adds a low friction surface treatment that runs smoother and lasts longer.

All in all the new groupset is 35g lighter, and 100% improved.

While You're Here, Check Out Our Other New Groupset Posts

2014 New Shimano XTR M980

SRAM Red 22

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Tubeless Ready Bontrager Wheelset: Race, Race Lite, Race X Lite

Bontrager TLR Race, Race Lite, and Race X Lite wheelsets can offer advantages such as better flat prevention and lower tire pressure when riding. This in turn leads to better traction and a smoother ride.

(image courtesy of 

All the wheels can be run with standard tube tires, or tubeless with the TLR system. THey are virtually maintenance free, and because of the design of the TLR rim strips, there is a low weight penalty for tubes and tires at stock specifications.

There are two ways to go tubeless with the new wheels and tires. If you bought a Trek bike that was equipped with compatible Race, Race Lite, or Race X Lite wheels, Bontrager has a convenient TLR upgrade kit that includes everything you need to make the switch: tires, rim strips, valve stems, sealant, even a valve core removal tool. 

If you're buying the wheels as an aftermarket upgrade, replacement wheelsets include the rim strips, valve stems, and internal cam skewers, meaning all you have to add are the tires and the sealant. And Bontrager has all new TLR sealant. It's formula is free of ammonia, a wide effective temperature range, and ability to seal up to 1/4" punctures. Made in the USA, and comparatively to some other sealants, requires less per tire to be effective. Bontrager recommends as little as .8 oz for 700c, 1.6oz for 27 and 1.7 for 29ers. 

The Bontrager designed hubs on the RXL feature DT Swiss 240 star ratchet internals, with straight pull nail head spokes. 18 DT 14/17g bladed spokes hold the front wheel together, while 24 spokes grace the wheel with stacked drive side lacing for increased stiffness and power transfer. All the spokes are anchored to the 23mm wide rims with Alpina locking alloy nipples. 

Bontrager says the Race X Lite is a performance road wheelset for the rider seeking the best in materials, class leading technologies and unparalleled wheel stability. They provide fast acceleratoin and durability for training.

Greg Kopecky of says: "In a few words - it's all about the rim, baby"

He goes on to say, "these rims have a very unique internal shape and accompanying rim strip - and this is where the TLR part comes in. If you want to run standard tires with inner tubes, you are more than welcome to. Just use a standard rim tape, such as Velox cloth. Put on your favorite tires and tubes, and ride to your heart's content.

If you want to run tubeless, you use the Bontrager TLR plastic rim strip. This covers up all of the spoke holes completely and effectively converts the internal shape of the rim to Road Tubeless."

Once you're out on the road, the Race X Lite TLRs deliver great performance with the flat prevention and ride quality benefits of tubless coming as no-cost bonuses. 

For now, this technology is reserved for only their aluminum wheels. Bontrager's has hinted at the possibility of bringing it to other wheels, such as their 50mm deep Aura 5, or even the Aeolus D3 carbon clinchers.