SRAM Red 2013 – A Perfect 10

Sure, 11-speed drivetrains are all the rage these days in the world of high-end road components, but for Nashbar that means the cream of the 10-speed crop is ripe for the picking at stunning price reductions.

And what a ridiculously sweet deal we have for you regarding a groundbreaking and utterly awesome gruppo in SRAM Red 2013: the lightest 10-speed group out there, chock full of carbon goodness, ingenious Yaw front derailleur shifting, superb ergonomics, and stunning aesthetics.

SRAM stated that in their flagship 10-speed group “each part was engineered with the twin goals of eliminating the superfluous while focusing on an overall synergy”. Translation: Each component will blow your mind.

SRAM Red 2013 Rear Derailleur

SRAM Red 2013 Rear Derailleur

Behold the SRAM Red Aeroglide Rear Derailleur, gracing the cover of our most recent catalog. If you like smooth, quiet, precise and efficient shifts – all in a svelte 151 gram package – then the time is now for an upgrade.

And if running lower gears in a compact drivetrain is more your cup of tea, then the SRAM Red Aeroglide Medium Cage Rear Derailleur is just the ticket. With its extended cage, an 11-32T cassette can be utilized to scale any mountain.

SRAM Red 2013 Shift/Brake Lever

SRAM Red 2013 Shift/Brake Lever

We’ve also got ripping deals on the 2013 SRAM Red 10-Speed Shift/Brake Lever Set – re-engineered for better ergonomics and lighter weight from the original 10-speed Red – plus the game-changing 2013 SRAM Red Front Derailleur with its YAW technology which eliminates the need to trim the front derailleur.

SRAM Red 2013 Yaw Front Derailleur

SRAM Red 2013 Yaw Front Derailleur

And who doesn’t want exquisitely crafted stopping power at one’s fingertips? The 2013 SRAM Red Caliper Brake (sold individually for front/rear) – light, sleek, and aerodynamic – will drop you down out of warp drive with precision modulation.

SRAM Red 2013 Brake Caliper

SRAM Red 2013 Brake Caliper

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Nashbar Welcomes Worksman Cycles

Seeing “Made in the USA” on a bicycle is a rare event these days, but did you know that a manufacturer has been continuously producing American-made bicycles in New York City since 1898? And that their distinctive, classic, and timeless creations are now available for purchase on Bike Nashbar?

Worksman Cycles Retro Cruiser

Chrome galore on the Worksman Cycles Retro Cruiser

Say hello to Worksman Cycles.

We at Nashbar know a thing or two about longevity in the bicycle retail business with more than 40 years of experience under our collective belt, and we’re proud to partner with New York City’s venerable Worksman Cycles brand whose 116 years in the bike biz makes us feel very young.

And speaking of young, all of Worksman Cycles’ offerings on Bike Nashbar will make you feel young at heart – whether it’s a retro cruiser chock full of chrome, versatile single or multi-speed roadsters, or even a retro trike for those enamored with pedal-powered pleasure on three wheels. Additionally, there’s a special edition cruiser that benefits the Wounded Warrior Project and pays tribute to our nation’s military heroes.

Each and every Worksman Cycles bicycle is built on-demand and once your order is placed then their craftsmen commence to building your bike truly from scratch – machining, welding and painting the frame; hand-building the wheels; topped off with final assembly of the components – all at their manufacturing facility in Ozone Park, Queens, New York City.

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Worksman Cycles has had plenty of time to hone and perfect their craft. They’re proud to be the USA’s oldest bicycle manufacturer, tracing their roots back to 1898 when Morris Worksman started the eponymous bicycle business in lower Manhattan on the very footprint of what would become the World Trade Center. Now located in Queens, in a facility that meets 25% of its energy demands through solar power, they’ve continued to crank out a range of bicycles built to last, from workhorse industrial bicycles to chrome-festooned cruisers.

And now’s your chance to make one of these beauties your own!

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A Tribute to Road Bike Party 2 to a Goat on a Bike – Nashbar Video Round Up

Every now and then we like to do a quick roundup of the most entertaining viral bike videos we’ve seen lately – this week definitely needs to start with Italian trials superstar Vittorio Brumotti, who was inspired by Road Bike Party 2 and Martyn Ashton:

Next up is a fan-made GoPro video of the ascent of Monte Zoncolan during the 2014 Giro d’Italia – while we certainly don’t condone interfering with the riders as they make their way up these difficult ascents, it’s pretty cool to see the pros at the back of the peloton having a good time with the crowd:

Another one that caught our attention was this video of some trials riding on bikeshare bikes in London. OK, maybe the bikes have been heavily modified, but it’s still some impressive skill:

And finally, it’s a goat riding a guy riding a bicycle – we have nothing to add to this. Just watch:

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Danny MacAskill Rides Epecuen

The standard Red Bull Player.

Danny MacAskill, the master of the imaginative and artistic trials-riding video, is back once again with a wild new video. This time his travels take him to the Argentinian town of Epecuen, which was destroyed by a catastrophic flood in 1985. Now that the waters have receded, an eerie ghost town remains – but for MacAskill it was the perfect backdrop for another display of his incomparable riding skill.

Here are a few photos from his adventure – looking out over the ruins:

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Even the dried out remains of trees became a playground for MacAskill’s virtuosity:

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Having the skill, vision, and guts to pull off maneuvers like this is a rare talent indeed:

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A trip down memory lane

Bicycles are our bread and butter and raison d’être at Bike Nashbar, but as we’re solidly into the throes of May and National Bike Month even we manage to up the ante and truly have bikes on the brain round the clock. The underlying sentiment of National Bike Month is to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and for those of us with plenty of years and plenty of miles in the bank inevitably conversation swings to magical machines we’ve owned that still strike a certain chord to this day.

And my favorite bike? Behold the following photo and a step back to the 1980s:

A future Nashbar copywriter competes at the 1986 Tour of Somerville

A future Nashbar copywriter competes at the 1986 Tour of Somerville

The Razesa

The year is 1986, the event is the venerable Tour of Somerville in Somerville, New Jersey, a race that doubled as the junior men’s National Criterium Championship, and I’m on board a Columbus SL steel Razesa decked out with the workhorse gruppo of the era in Campagnolo Nuovo Record. There’s probably a 6-speed freewheel on the rear wheel and, yes, toe clips and straps were still the order of the day when it came to pedals.

Aesthetically, this is hands down the favorite of any bike I’ve ever owned. The iridescent blue paint, the chrome, the fastback stays–that’s major league suave style. Razesa is a Spanish bike with quite a pedigree – Pedro Delgado and Miguel Indurain rode Razesas early in their pro careers.

While matching the decals, the yellow Benotto tape was rooted in the Renault-Elf Gitane aesthetics: blue frame, yellow Benotto tape, yellow Turbo saddle, yellow brake cable housing. So many training rides were spent imagining I was Greg LeMond dropping Faustino Ruperez in Altenrhein, Switzerland on my way to the 1983 pro world championship; or I imagined I was Greg LeMond battling Sean Kelly all the way to the line in one of the greatest classics of all time: the 1983 Giro di Lombardia.

The Cinelli 65 criterium bend bars served as homage to legendary fast finisher Davis Phinney, in the prime of his career at this point in time. Somehow, I thought that the criterium bend bars were the secret to developing enviable finishing speed. My career palmares have definitively put the Cinelli 65 Theory to rest since I’ve never won a single race by outsprinting anyone. Ever. I arrive alone or I lose.

Notice the single water bottle cage…Even though I had braze-ons for a seat tube water bottle cage I didn’t use it because my Euro heroes never seemed to need a second cage. Thirst be damned. Of course, I didn’t understand at the time that Euro pros had domestiques or team cars fetching their bottles all day long rendering a 2nd bottle cage moot. Me? I just grew prematurely parched in solitude.

Vintage Nashbar

And what’s past is present as the aesthetic of that bulky, minimally ventilated Vetta helmet has come back into vogue with today’s new crop of aero helmets. And the jersey? ’80s. VINTAGE. NASHBAR! Who knew that years later my life would come full circle as I’m now gainfully employed as a writer by that very same company.

I honestly have no recollection of my results that day other than I finished, neither first nor last, but every time I spy that photo it serves as a powerful reminder of how my life’s path, while as meandering and still evolving as anyone’s, has been rooted and still shaped by a passion for bicycles.  The unbridled enthusiasm and vivid imagination of that wide-eyed teenager, eager for each and every new day that he could get out on a bike and see the world, still flows unabated. Bicycles are truly magical mechanical wonders: a means to travel, explore and roam unfettered fueled simply by your own heart, lungs and muscles, and a creator and repository for memories, from the distant past to just yesterday.

At Bike Nashbar we truly aim to promote the beauty of cycling and strive to be a partner in your own memory-making endeavors.

And with that, what bicycle, past or present, would you count as your favorite?

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