Monday, March 11, 2013


Over the next two weeks Tom's Pro Bike is hosting two local tri clubs meetings - This Thursday March 14th the Ionraic Triathlon Club will be meeting at the shop.

Next Thursday March 21st from 6:30 - 8:30 the Buffalo Triathlon Club will be meeting at the shop.

With this in mind we are going to focus on Triathlons this week and today since Monday's are all about Mountain Bikes I figured we could discuss the Off-Road Triathlon series called XTerra.  The only triathlon I ever raced was the old M2 Extreme Xterra Race at Ellicottville which has since stopped running.  It was a very challenging race and the venue and course was outstanding.  In looking at the schedule it looks like there is a race in the Albany area, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Michigan for close proximity to us.
The general set up of the XTerra is an open water swim, off road bike course, and off road running course.  Ellicottville had the snow making retention pond/lake at the ski area for the swim and that was great.  You did not have to worry about huge waves or salt water and the water was the perfect temperature but the year I raced it wetsuits were not allowed because of the warmth of the water.  We exited the water and did the bike ride on the trails of the ski area and the county forestry land on the back of the mountain that most mountain bikers in the area are very familiar with.  It was a very demanding course but a great test of your overall conditioning.  The run was on some of the same trails and if you have run the Ultra Trail Race down there you would be very familiar with the run course.
So what does Tom's Pro Bike do for you the triathlete that is interested in taking on an Xterra?  We stock Specialized Mountain Bikes and can order from a variety of other manufactures to find the bike that works best for your price line.  I do not know what the terrain is like at other venues but for local trails I find that the most comfortable bike would be something with Full Suspension.  This does not mean that is the only way to go because I see a lot of rigid and hardtails out on the local trails, but for comfort and to me, a fresher way to ride - full suspension is the way to go.
We highlighted the Specialized Camber 29 in the past and it is a solid 29'er Full Suspension bike that would give you many good years of riding!
Specialized says:
Designed to get out and explore, the Camber is a classic well rounded trail bike every rider will enjoy. With a custom RockShox Monarch RL shock with AUTOSAG, Tektro Draco 2 hydraulic disc brakes, and Shimano 9-speed drivetrain, the Camber 29 create a lightweight full suspension bike that is comfortable on any trail.
  • New M5 alloy FSR frame with 29er-specific geometry has 110mm of travel, 142+ dropouts, an all new concentric sealed cartridge shock link and features internal cable routing for the Command Post BlackLite to create a lightweight and responsive trail weapon
  • RockShox Monarch RL air shock with Specialzied's proprietary AUTOSAG smooths the trail and is simple and accurate to set up
  • Responsive RockShox XC 30 29 coil spring fork with 100mm of travel uses externally adjustable rebound, Turn Key damping, and lockout for fine-tuned bump performance
  • Specialized Hi Lo disc hub has a higher flange on the disc side, which stiffens the 29er wheel in this high-stress area. Combined with 142+ spacing, OS28 end caps, and sealed cartridge bearings, this wheelset punches well above its weight
  • The 2.3" Ground Control tire has a fast rolling and versatile tread for premium traction on technical trails
  • The 700mm-wide Specialized XC Mini Riser handlebar is built to control rough trail riding
  • All-new Sip Grip, a lock-on, Aramid infused, half-waffle MTB grip boosts durability, comfort and control
  • Tektro Draco 2 hydraulic disc brakes/levers with Light Wave rotors create increased control and superior stopping power for more confident descents
  • The 9-speed Shimano Shadow rear derailleur shifts super crisp and has increased clearance from trail obstacles
  • Specialized Body Geometry Riva features patented BG design for increased blood flow to sensitive areas
MSRP is $1900.00 for the Camber.  If you are interested in learning more about our mountain bike selection stop by the shop and check out some of the bikes we have in stock and we can discuss others that we can order for you.

Just a reminder that the Spring Wheel Sale is still taking place through Friday at the close of business and we have extended shop hours!

Less than 1 week left for the Spring Wheel Sale - Ends March 15th Close of Business!  Don't miss out on some great deals for new wheels for the upcoming season.  Wondering what you could do with your old wheel set?  Make it a training set and that way your new wheel set will be for races only!

Also a reminder about our new shop hours:

We have new hours
Tom had been hearing from his customers that it was not always possible to get to the shop with his hours that he had been using since the shop opened.  So he listened to his customers and effective March 1st here is the new schedule (yes they are in effect now!)

Monday: 10-8
Tuesday: 10-8
Wednesday: 10-6
Thursday: 10-8
Friday: 10-6
Saturday: 10-6

Tom's Pro Bike Service
3687 Walden Avenue
Lancaster, New York 14086
T: (716) 651-9995
F: (716)651-0858

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