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News from Criterium

WANTED: BURLEY Tailwind Rack

October 7th, 2013

…sold with the Kazoo tag-a-long bicycle to at least 3 customers.  This rack has been recalled for replacement with the burlier Moose rack.  Bring yours in for exchange!   Or, if you see someone with a tag-a-long mounted on a rear bicycle rack, ask them if they know about the recall.  Sometimes it takes a village to keep the kids safe.

Update on trail conditions

September 25th, 2013

As the region continues to dry out from recent storms, local trails are in the process of recuperating.  Some trails, however, continue to remain closed.  Below is a list of updated conditions compiled by our friends at the Trails and Open Space Coalition.

CLOSURES:

  • Many Urban Trails are closed, including Sinton Trail and the Greenway from Nevada south, and Tremont to Polk. Please respect all barriers and closures.
  • North Cheyenne Canon Park remains closed, including Lower Gold Camp Road and High Drive, due to heavily damaged roads and trails. In some cases whole sections of roadways are gone.
  • Harlan Wolfe Park is closed.
  • Black Forest Regional Park – active use area open, trails and playground closed.

OPEN:

  • Blodgett Peak – open. Ponderosa, Peregrine and Blodgett trails are passable. Red Squirrel Trail is in good shape. Dry Creek Trail is in very poor shape.
  • Manitou Incline – Several ties completely gone. Watch for holes and questionable stability in spots.
  • Red Rock Canyon Open Space parking lots are open. Damage to trails is said to be extensive.
  • Ute Valley Park is open.
  • Garden of the Gods is open with the exception of Foothills Trail, which remains closed.
  • Rock Ledge Ranch is open.
  • Intemann Trail Committee tells us the Iron Spring Trailhead along Ruxton Creek is still intact. They will be out checking the trail shortly.
  • Cheyenne Mountain State Park is open. Minor damage to most trails from erosion. Blackmer trail closed to bikers due to safety concern. Raccoon ridge trail closed near the campground.
  • Bear Creek Park is open. Erosion damage has been reported all along the creek. Rear entrance to Norris Penrose is completely washed out by the creek.

We encourage all trail users to continue to respect closures and be mindful of potential damage even on trails that are marked as open.   For more detailed information, check www.trailsandopenspace.org or give us a call here at Criterium.

Trail and road conditions update

September 17th, 2013

Even though the sun is finally shining here in Colorado Springs, the recent rainfall has caused havoc on our local riding spots.  According to the Trails and Open Space Coalition, many trails in our area are closed or otherwise damaged.  The following is an update from their website on trail conditions:

  • UrbanTrails remain closed – assessment continues and liability concerns are being addressed.
  • North Cheyenne Canon Park remains closed due to heavily damaged roads and trails. In some cases whole sections of roadways are gone.
  • Red Rock Canyon Open Space parking lots are open. Damage to trails is said to be extensive.
  • Palmer Park remains closed. The paved road has been damaged and the gravel roads are very fragile according to the Guardians of Palmer Park.
  • Harlan Wolfe is closed.
  • Blodgett Peak – open. Ponderosa, Peregrine and Blodgett trails are passable. Red Squirrel Trail in good shape. Dry Creek Trail is in very poor shape.
  • Ute Valley Park is open.
  • Garden of the Gods and Rock Ledge Ranch are open.
  • Intemann Trail Committee tells us the Iron Spring Trailhead along Ruxton Creek is still intact. They will be out checking the trail shortly.

(For more information check out www.trailsandopenspaces.org)

  • UrbanTrails remain closed – assessment continues and liability concerns are being addressed.
  • North Cheyenne Canon Park remains closed due to heavily damaged roads and trails. In some cases whole sections of roadways are gone.
  • Red Rock Canyon Open Space parking lots are open. Damage to trails is said to be extensive.
  • Palmer Park remains closed. The paved road has been damaged and the gravel roads are very fragile according to the Guardians of Palmer Park.
  • Harlan Wolfe is closed.
  • Blodgett Peak – open. Ponderosa, Peregrine and Blodgett trails are passable. Red Squirrel Trail in good shape. Dry Creek Trail is in very poor shape.
  • Ute Valley Park is open.
  • Garden of the Gods and Rock Ledge Ranch are open.
  • Intemann Trail Committee tells us the Iron Spring Trailhead along Ruxton Creek is still intact. They will be out checking the trail shortly.
  • - See more at: http://www.trailsandopenspaces.org/trails-and-open-space-coalition-blog/#sthash.FLiQZzTn.dpuf

  • UrbanTrails remain closed – assessment continues and liability concerns are being addressed.
  • North Cheyenne Canon Park remains closed due to heavily damaged roads and trails. In some cases whole sections of roadways are gone.
  • Red Rock Canyon Open Space parking lots are open. Damage to trails is said to be extensive.
  • Palmer Park remains closed. The paved road has been damaged and the gravel roads are very fragile according to the Guardians of Palmer Park.
  • Harlan Wolfe is closed.
  • Blodgett Peak – open. Ponderosa, Peregrine and Blodgett trails are passable. Red Squirrel Trail in good shape. Dry Creek Trail is in very poor shape.
  • Ute Valley Park is open.
  • Garden of the Gods and Rock Ledge Ranch are open.
  • Intemann Trail Committee tells us the Iron Spring Trailhead along Ruxton Creek is still intact. They will be out checking the trail shortly.
  • - See more at: http://www.trailsandopenspaces.org/trails-and-open-space-coalition-blog/#sthash.FLiQZzTn.dpuf

    We encourage all riders to use caution, respect, and common sense when planning your rides.  All of us here at Criterium Bike Shop are riders ourselves, so we know what a bummer it is to be off the bike for a few days.  However, we emphasize that all riders PLEASE abide by trail closures and restrictions.  DO NOT ride trails that are posted as closed.  DO NOT ride trails that are heavily washed out, wet, or muddy.  Doing so not only aggravates existing trail conditions but puts you and others in danger.  Not to mention, breaking rules give mountain bikers a bad name.  Don’t be THAT guy or girl!

    Keep in mind that rainfall damage is not only restricted to the trails.  Some area roads still have standing water in spots as well as lots of debris and gravel. As noted above, sections of local bike paths have also been affected, particularly those running parallel to waterways.

    In the coming weeks and months, many of our local trails will need extensive work. Local trailwork and advocacy groups will no doubt need the sweat of volunteers to help reconstruct and rebuild.  We will keep you posted on opportunities to help out.

    Rental Bike Sell-Off September 2nd

    August 23rd, 2013

    Thanks to everyone who attended the Rental Bike Sell-off.    Surprisingly, we still have the Black Pearl Cannondale tandem here for $999, as well as some employee demo bikes from 2013 models.

    Nic was also able to get a special purchase of FELT road and mountain bikes at very deep discounts, and we are marking down floor bikes as the 2014’s arrive every week.  There are still a lot of bargains, and lots of riding days left!

    ‘cross season arrives early

    August 10th, 2013

    The landslides, mud, and debris have turned some of our favorite road rides into cyclo-cross events here in the Pikes Peak Region.    Most of our sales of ‘cross bikes are for typical Colorado road rides–off to work, back to school, or away for the weekend.  They all have disc brakes and ways to carry cargo, combined with the speed of drop bars and a road bike posture.

    Come by and test ride the Tricross @  $1199, or one of the Cruxes from Specialized or a Cannondale CAAD X.

    ROLL Bike Art Festival August 9th

    July 27th, 2013

    Cyclists will roll up to the Business of Art Center in Manitou Springs on Friday, August 9th for the opening of the 9th annual Roll Bicycle Art Festival.  The opening night features a pedal-powered stage, a cycling bar, BMX show by James McGraw, and live music to put the Rock in Roll.  Festivities start at 5 p.m. at 515 Manitou Ave.  Admission is free.

    Oh, you should know that Roll is the source of many of the original paintings hanging at Criterium, so bring the Gold Card, and put the art in your heart, too.

    Malcolm (and Tom) in the Middle

    July 2nd, 2013

    Criterium now has two Ritchey mountain bikes with 650B/27″ wheels in the new rental fleet.   Are they better than 29 or 26″ wheeled bikes?     That is for our customers to decide.   We have a hunch that they may be more maneuverable in the small and medium sizes than 29′ers, so ours are 15″ and 17″ frames.  Malcolm is the 17″ bike, and Tom is 15.

    To demo these bikes,  just rent them for the day ($30).  We will refund the rental fee if you purchase any bike within a month of the rental date.

    Love at first ride?  Ask for the Buy-it-Now price.

    Big ring time of year!

    June 30th, 2013

    We are shifting into high gear at Criterium for July.  We will have another Rental Bike Sell-off, Thursday, July 4th, beginning at 8 a.m.    You may preview the bikes on the 3rd, but THERE ARE NO PRE-SALES.   This sales event will also include new bike close-outs, employee demo bikes, and mark-downs on our overstocked accessories and personal gear.

    Our service department has done an outstanding job of staying current on repairs, with many jobs done while-you-wait, including all tire and tube installations.

    Behind the scenes, Criterium staff continue to compete with quiet but impressive finishes.  Nic just completed Ironman Idaho in 10 hours, 15 minutes; Chris Kuhn won his 4th-ever mountain bike race, and Kelli won her 24-hour event in June.    We are all ready to help our customers find their inner champions, too.

    smoke clears in Pikes Peak Region

    June 15th, 2013

    After four days of high winds and smoke from the Black Forest and Canon City wildfires, we woke up to a sunny June morning on Saturday.   Many of our rental customers are worried about riding conditions.  It remains very dry here, but most trails remain open to mountain bikes.  Some good road riding north of Colorado Springs has been lost until the hot spot clean-up is complete, but the Air Force Academy loops remain open.

    We are beginning to hear from our customers in the evacuated areas.  Some had their bikes here for repair, some bikes are lost, and many folks have not been back to their neighborhoods yet.  We have rentals for those who would enjoy a bike ride for stress relief.  We are grateful for all who survived.

    the short story on mountain bike shorts

    June 7th, 2013

    Colorado is a state of rugged individualists, so you may expect to see every type of cycling fashion on any given day, even on mountain bike trails.  It is common to see full fashion road kits in the backcountry, right alongside folks riding in knickers and wool jerseys.  The next group on the trail may have a smattering of bike shorts paired with motorcycle logo T’s.   Or even some ski base layer out there in broad daylight.

    At Criterium, we recommend quality lycra bicycle shorts with liner-less mountain bike shorts.  This gives the most options for pairing the shorts with something over them (shorts, knickers, sweats), or just as-they-are on the hottest rides.   Those lycra shorts come in handy in the winter for spin class, too.