Transit Cycles

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Transit Cycles is a shop dedicated to making bicycles fun, easy and practical for those interested in commuting, touring and cargo bikes in Tucson Arizona.

October Is Happening

I can't believe its already October.  This year had flown by hasn't it?  

A few quick things before I lay out the month.  This will be the first in our new monthly series of Blog posts that will give you important info regarding the month ahead as it pertains to Transit and the cycling community here in Tucson that we hold dear.  These posts will NOT be an exhaustive list of the goings on in Tucson but will be focused on events that we will be directly involved in or think our little community may be interested.  

Coming up October 8th we are REALLY excited to host this month's Bell Joy Ride Event.  For those of you not familiar with Bell's Joy Ride event program it was built to "enable Female mountain bikers with regular, structured, fun and social rides that appeal to all levels of riders".  Transit will provide some coffee and pastries before the ride as well as offer a quick talk about bike touring/bike packing/bike camping.  Oh, and I hear there will be some cool stuff to win and some discounts available to those that participate!  All the specific event details can be found HERE.

Did you know that we do a MONTHLY social ride to visit the fine folks at Dragoon Brewery?  We do.  It is typically on the third Wednesday of the month.  We take a super easy/mellow cruise up the Santa Cruz River Path and a handful of blocks to a super secret Bat Cave* type entrance to the Brewery.  The trip is less than 5 miles and we ride slow and mellow so just about ANY bike...or unicycle would work if you would like to join us.  Dragoon is kind enough to offer all participants a $1 off their first beer in the evening and I hear that Transit may start offering some special raffles each month.  We usually meet at 5:30pm and leave the shop as close to 6:00pm as possible and it typically takes us about 20 minutes to arrive at the brewery.

One of Tucson's best and biggest events, Cyclovia will be on the 30th of October and will feature a brand spanking new route.  Even if you only love this event only half as much as we do you should consider donating to help ensure we have another 7 years of Cyclovia.  Hope to see you out there!

Just a few more items for this month.  Also on the 30th is the El Grupo Fall Fundo.  This is possibly one of El Grupo's funnest events and one of their ever so important fund raisers.  Last but not least our friends over at SDMB are having a Pint Night fund raiser hosted by the folks at Catalina Brewing.  All the details for which can be found here.  Is that too much bikes and beer in one place?  I think NOT.  I hope everyone has a fun, bikey and safe October!

Fall is coming

And just like that Summer comes screeching to a halt.  The kids are back in school.  The evening air is a bit cooler.  We have lots of stuff going on around the shop so lets jump on in.

First, from now until September 7th our friends at Linus Bikes is offering everyone a 20% discount on all of their bikes.  For some reason they feel like they need to "Hang on to Summer".  

Next for some new product news.  We added All City Cycles to the family of brands we stock here at the shop a few months ago but we didn't really tell anyone as it was sort of close to summer vacation season.  Well as we transition into a new season we are seeing the release of some new bikes from All City and we are really excited about some of them.  At the top of the list is the new Pony Express seen here:

This rad machine is based on their Space Horse frameset making it a super comfy, versatile machine ready for which ever road you can imagine yourself on.  The Pony Express is built up with flat bars and solid 10 speed drivetrain so it is ready to carry you off to school, work or drinks with friends on Monday but its just as capable of caring you off to say the Colossal Cave Campground for a night or two of bike camping and hammock hanging on the weekends.  Decide in the future you want an ultra comfy drop bar bike for some longer miles?  Well swap a few parts and you can easily convert the Pony Express into it's big brother the Space Horse.

But that's not it!  Are cargo bikes more your thing?  Well good because they certainly are one of our's.  We are super excited to announce that we will soon be selling Bullitt cargo bikes.  If you aren't familiar with Bullitt they are one of the best riding, best values available in a front loading cargo bike.  In the US Bullitt is imported by Splendid Cycles in Portland Or. where they are custom spec'd for the US market before being shipped off to dealers around the country.  We will initially have two models on the floor for you to check out similar to the bikes pictured below...

Bullitt SLX build in Blue Bird.  Image Credit: Splendid Cycles

Bullitt SLX build in Blue Bird.  Image Credit: Splendid Cycles

Shimano STePS equipped E-Bullitt

Shimano STePS equipped E-Bullitt

Are you still reading?  Hello?  Oh, sorry, did you nod off asleep?  No? Ok, good because there are still a few things to let you know about.  

We have all the usual fun stuff happening including our monthly ride to Dragoon Brewer, Cyclovia and that sort of thing but we are also going to be adding another monthly event.  We are working out the details but it will include a bike ride and probably fried chicken!  In addition to that we are working on finalizing a few events that are centered around bike camping, one in particular may include some exciting out of town guests.

Thanks for lending us so much of your time.  We appreciate it and are looking forward to seeing each and everyone of you out on the roads, or enjoying a beer, or maybe at a campsite one day soon!

A Month Pedaling the Mongolian Steppe

A while ago my friend Daniel Molloy called from Oakland and asked if I wanted join him for a bikepacking trip in Mongolia. "Why Mongolia? " I asked him. "Because it's really out there and seems like a hell of an adventure."  He left me no choice.

Daniel was in the middle of producing his first batch of prototype Tumbleweed frames which he and two other riders, Aaron Glick and Cass Gilbert, were planning to try out in Mongolia. The Tumbleweed is a fat adventure bike, so it can take up to 26x4" tires, which Daniel and Cass were using, or 27.5x3.25" tires which Aaron was going to run. With tires like that I knew they were going to be aiming for remote dirt and sandy tracks with some off-piste routes through the Mongolian countryside. Fat or plus sized tires seemed like the perfect tire for truly getting out there (and I wanted to keep up with the other guys :-)

I've been wanting a Surly Krampus for years and this was the excuse to spring for it. I liked the 29x3" size because I ride larger bikes and enjoy pushing around larger wheels. The Krampus also takes standard mountain bike cranks and uses symmetrical wheels, unlike every fat bike out there (except the Tumbleweed). So I could have a narrow Q-factor, have a plus sized bike and not totally obliterate my bank account because, well, Surly's are a deal for what you get. 

To prepare for the trip I added triple water bottle mounts to the underside of the downtube and the back each fork leg in order to attach Salsa Anything Cages. Rack eyelets were attached to the fork and the rear triangle. I made a water tree rack for the fork, where I could put four bottles on the front and two on the back, allowing me to carry 4.4 liters of water on my fork. With the Anything Cage on the underside of my downtube I carried a 1.9 liter Kleen Kantine bottle, so in total I could carry 6.3 liters of water with a low center of gravity and without taking up space in my bags. Attached to a home made rear rack were a set of Porcelain Rocket Micro Panniers and a 20 liter dry bag, giving me 40 liters of carrying capacity for a cookset, camera gear, clothing and a Hilleberg tent. The Revelate frame bag was used for heavy stuff like food, tools and tubes. On the front of the Jones H-Bar was a Porcelain Rocket MCA that carried lighter things like an Enlightened Equipment quilt, sleeping pad and down jacket. Inside the cockpit a Porcelain Rocket DSLR slinger held my video rig and a Revelate feed bag for snacks. My hoops consisted of a Rohloff Speedhub in the back and a Son28 dynamo in front to charge up a battery pack via a Sinewave Revolution.  

My main form of documentation was capturing video with a Panasonic GH3. I'm in the middle of editing the footage and will shortly have a film up on my Vimeo page. But for the purpose having photographs, I took an Olympus XA and a roll of Kodak Ektar 100 film. Below are a few photos from the roll. 

We spent most of our time riding and camping in the Khangai mountains. Note that there are no fences. Bassically all the land in the countryside is publicly owned and completely open for animal grazing, yurt parking, camping and traveling. 

We spent most of our time riding and camping in the Khangai mountains. Note that there are no fences. Bassically all the land in the countryside is publicly owned and completely open for animal grazing, yurt parking, camping and traveling. 

A nice camping spot was found up that valley. 

A nice camping spot was found up that valley. 

Teams of roaming horses were a common sight.

Teams of roaming horses were a common sight.

This is called an Ovoo and they are commonly made at the tops of passes. They always have blue fabric tied to them as well as vodka bottles and money tucked in the sticks as offerings. 

This is called an Ovoo and they are commonly made at the tops of passes. They always have blue fabric tied to them as well as vodka bottles and money tucked in the sticks as offerings. 

We noticed a lot of old Russian trucks and jeeps in the countryside. 

We noticed a lot of old Russian trucks and jeeps in the countryside. 

Out in the middle of nowhere we came across these deer stones, probably erected around 2000-1000 BCE. 

Out in the middle of nowhere we came across these deer stones, probably erected around 2000-1000 BCE. 

Horses and the Mongolian people have a close relationship. This guy came over to say hi while herding his yaks. 

Horses and the Mongolian people have a close relationship. This guy came over to say hi while herding his yaks. 

Recommend this lunch spot in Tsetserleg.

Recommend this lunch spot in Tsetserleg.

$70 for a sheep...I think.

$70 for a sheep...I think.

This is a common nuclear family set up we came across; two yurts, a truck (probably being used elsewhere here) to transport all their belongings 3-4 times a year, a couple of dogs and 200+ animals. 

This is a common nuclear family set up we came across; two yurts, a truck (probably being used elsewhere here) to transport all their belongings 3-4 times a year, a couple of dogs and 200+ animals. 

So many amazing camping spots.

So many amazing camping spots.

If you want to take a look at some fantastic photos of the trip head over to Cass Gilbert's tumblr page, it's certainly worth a peek. 

 

 

 

 

 

Back to School Sale

Check out those prices! (Limited to stock on hand)

Check out those prices! (Limited to stock on hand)

Transit is having its first ever advertised sale with savings through out the shop.

We will have the following markdowns:

*The New Albion Homebrew reg. $950 now $850

*Soma ES Complete reg. $1700 now !1350

*Linus Bikes Scout reg $489 now $400

All in-stock lights are on sale, SAVE UP TO 50%

Select Bags marked down as much as 50%

Combine the purchase of a bike and lock and save 15% on your lock. In addition to the savings on locks the first few people to take advantage of this deal will receive a free Abus Locks Messenger Bag! (Supplies extremely limited)

The more regularly priced items you buy the more you can save.  Buy a bike with one regularly priced accessory and we will take 10% off that accessory, buy two ore more accessories and we will take 15% off of all accessories purchased with your bike.

Additional items clearance priced but you will have to stop by the store to see them discounts as high as 75%! (All clearance items are limited to stock on hand)

Sale begins Thursday August 13th and ends on the 31st.  

Prices are subject to availability.  Clearance items can NOT be returned or exchanged.  Special order bicycle sales may still take advantage of combo deals and all bikes mentioned above are clearance priced and limited to stock on hand.