We just received our first shipment of the Bell Super Enduro Helmet. We have been looking forward to this helmet for months. Enduro helmets are gaining a lot of popularity and we think this is the best one we’ve seen yet. Loads of protection around your dome including low coverage on the back of your head and temple coverage as well. These helmets work extremely well with goggles and even have a quick adjust visor to help keep your goggles in place when they are off your face and not in use. Bell has created a velcro-in GoPro mount for these helmets as well. All of these features combined with a great fit and revolutionary front venting make this a very exciting helmet.
I used to think that Troy Lee Designs only made shorts for the downhill and moto crowds. I knew they had the best reputation in the business for building bomber gear for the gravity guys. Then I discovered the Ace Shorts.
The Ace Shorts broke the stereotypes I had in my brain about Troy Lee. The fabrics used are much lighter than the beefed up moto-style shorts I was used to seeing from TLD. These are serious light for baggy shorts. The fit is slimmer than most baggy shorts as well. These are a short that mean business out on the trail.
A mesh stretch panel on the back helps the Ace shorts stretch in all the right places to keep the shorts from getting too restrictive while the adjustable waist makes sure you don’t lose your drawers mid-shred.
Venting is not lacking either. Zippered vents, vent holes, and exhaust vents help the air move through the shorts and keep everything nice and cool.
The Ace shorts also include the TLD chamois liner short. The liners are a lightweight mesh material to aid in ventilation and the chamois is a good form fitting, multi-density foam. I road these shorts for the first time in the True Grit 50 Mile and didn’t have a single problem.
I absolutely love the Ace shorts and practically refuse to wear anything else.
Happy Trails – Grant
Ken Gibbons is one of our most loyal customers. His children have worked for us and he regularly brings in blueberry donuts and animal crackers for us. We were very excited to find out that he was featured in Cycling Utah this month with a big article about his impressive commute to work (Complete Article Here). Ken keeps things humble which seems to be his way with everything. We are stoked to call Ken a friend of the shop, he even rode our Cinco de Mayo Century on his fat bike and offered support to those who needed it. Seeing such a great guy and dedicated cyclist get some recognition in the community is always awesome, especially when they are as deserving as Ken. See you on the road Ken!
“By far the best thing I’ve ever done.”
Meet 56-year-old, local high school teacher, Kelly Oram. Though Kelly didn’t start cycling until 2011, in the last two-and-a-half years, he has dropped 45 pounds with the help of his roadbike.
Kelly leads a busy life. He teaches during the day and supervises night school twice a week. In the summer he leads an Art History tour in Europe. Outside of his vocational activities, Kelly is well-rounded, with an avid love for books, classical music, learning and an involved father of four. With so much time dedicated to helping others, it’s easy to see how Kelly, like a lot of us, had let his physical health slip from priority.
Kelly said, “I was a pretty lethargic, ordinary, pretty crappy-eating, basically lazy human being – in a physical way.”
Kelly had several students that were cyclists. After speaking with a few pupils in a past class he decided to get on his old mountain bike again. He rode it to the gate at Antelope Island and back. He loved it.
When asked if jumping into cycling was difficult, Kelly responded, “I liked the fact that, as opposed to running…I was going somewhere. A bike you can go miles and miles away and back again. It wasn’t a hurdle, it was an adventure.”
Kelly had discovered the simple joys of cycling; the feeling of freedom, to go where you want in the early morning with birds chirping as your company. He was hooked on the high that cycling can give you.
He started to YouTube videos of cycling races and soon discovered that he needed a road bike. With the help of Biker’s Edge, Kelly walked away with a better bike and more clear understanding of the lifestyle.
Kelly said about his experience, “They were very good about explaining everything, and they weren’t trying to up-sell me – which I really appreciated. They were very good at being patient with someone who didn’t know anything. Very helpful.”
Kelly ended up purchasing a composite Scott CR1 with Shimano 105. He has never looked back. That first season, Kelly lost 20 pounds. The second season, he shed another 20 pounds. “You get started on this, and you watch what happens over time,” Kelly said.
As time went on, Kelly began to see that what he was eating was impacting how he was riding. After many hours of research, Kelly completely cut out junk food and became a vegan. Impassioned, Kelly offers his advice for those who think they can’t afford to eat healthy.
Kelly said, “You’re faced with a serious choice in your life, and you need to look at the long term ramification of what you’re doing. And if you want to spend the last 15 years of your life on dialysis, you know, your joints wearing out because you’re carrying around 75 extra pounds, and you want to be on medications for the last 15 years of your life - you can die slowly and painfully at 85 or you can die at 85 in your sleep healthy. What do you want? You really have to think long term – how do I want to die? And that’s what triggered it for me. That’s what made it easy for me. I don’t want to spend 20 years on meds hobbling around with Type II Diabetes.”
His willpower and the massive change of lifestyle are impressive, but says Kelly, “The only real hurdle is writing the check for that bike…but look at all the money we waste – people waste money – you can adjust your priorities.”
Kelly started at 220 pounds and has now lost 45 pounds. His goal weight is 155. That will be a total of 65 pounds. Kelly said that purchasing this bike and changing his lifestyle was, “by far the best thing I’ve ever done.” It has changed everything about his life. It has given him more energy and made him think more clearly and accurately.
In the words of Kelly Oram, “It’s a healthy proactive way to live your life, you’re not a victim of the great American diet anymore. You can get yourself in charge of the way you feel, the way you look, and the way you think. Its unbelievable and I can’t wait for it to get better. And then when its gets better, that whole spandex thing becomes part of the deal, its like, yeah I can wear this – with pride.”
Kelly has become one of our favorite customers. His outlook on life is contagious. Take wisdom in the words of Kelly, because there is much to gain. He is a teacher by occupation, but also by nature.
If you’re really looking to change your life, take Kelly’s challenge.
“I really mean this, if it can happen to me, it can happen to anybody, and I don’t care if they’re 300 pounds – you get started on this and you watch what happens over time. It is so worth it –so worth it. Anybody can do this. I’m just ordinary.”
Sprint finishes. Solo attacks. Breakaways. Proven through third-party wind-tunnel tests to be more aerodynamic from every yaw angle tested when compared to other leading aero road bikes, the Propel Advanced SL sets a new standard. Tests also showed that, at 40 kph, the Propel Advanced SL saves 12-36 seconds over 40 kilometers. Add in its class-leading light weight and superior ride quality, and the result is clear. Propel Advanced SL is faster from every angle.