Throwback Thursday – Colnago Tecnos
Just as the top tube says…definitely art! Beautiful chrome detailing as only Colnago does.
Our own Nick Gaitan just got this Addict Team Issue. Scott has spent the last 10 years at or near the top of their field developing high tech methods to make the lightest road bikes without sacrificing ride quality. In 2011, it was a bit sad to see them stop production of the Addict model in favor of a more race oriented bike called the Foil. The Foil is still a great bike that favors someone who can appreciate it’s added stiffness and increased aerodynamics. Little did we know that the new Addict was already in development. For 2014, Scott has moved back to the front of the field with the new Addict. The SL version is the lightest frame and fork combo on the market at this point eclipsing Cervelo’s RCA and Cannondale’s Evo Black. More important, Scott has incorporated more compliancy and more aerodynamic features into this frame to make it a bit more of an “all-arounder” rather than a “one-dimensional” frame focused on being light. Nick’s bike is finished up with Fizik’s new cockpit parts and a full Dura Ace 9000 kit including the C24 wheelset. A great frame with great components add up to less than 14 pounds. Maybe our favorite thing about it is it’s high-gloss black and green graphics that are a bit subtle and bold at the same time.
Snow bikes are on the rise as you see more and more on our local trails these days. No matter the conditions, you are always sure to have a great time riding in cleaner air above the city. The bikes handle very well, get plenty of traction and will offer a great workout in a short amount of time. Whether you ride Shoreline Trail, Pipeline or Round Valley in Park City, you are sure to have a big smile on your face as you pedal away through the snow and enjoy all the great trails you are used to in the summer months.
Ryan and Nick pedaled their snow bikes through three different counties this past weekend during a long ride that started up Big Mountain and ended in Park City. Salt Lake County, Morgan County and finally Summit County were covered as they glided the snow bikes along beautiful groomed roads. Check out some of these photos!
Come down to Contender anytime to check out some snow bikes and learn more about this fun winter activity.
We are in the final countdown until Christmas and still have a few more last minute gift suggestions for the cyclist in your life. Ryan Littlefield has selected the iconic Briko Stinger Sunglasses as his holiday gift pick. Bring back early 90′s coolness with the re-release of Briko Stinger sunglasses. Great for riding, skiing or any outdoor activity, the Briko Stinger is sure to turn some heads and bring up some memories.
The Briko Stinger’s come with two sets of Briko decals to put on the lens and a softcase for safe storage. Relive the days when you wished you were Mario Cippolini winning a sprint, Alberto Tomba shredding a giant slalom or Paolo Pezzo winning the first Olympic mountain bike medal in her famously unzipped skinsuit. Please visit www.contenderbicycles.com to order a pair online or come down to the store and try them on yourself! Please stay tuned for a couple more gift ideas for this holiday season from the remainder of the Contender crew.
The look of excitement on your child’s face when they see a new bike under the tree on Christmas morning is priceless. Cody Wignall has selected the Pinarello Speedy Kids Road Bicycle as his holiday gift pick this year due to the unique styling and great design. Perfect for the younger crowd, this youth road bicycle will work great for small children who want to get out and follow in their parent’s footsteps.
The simplistic drivetrain found on the Pinarello Speedy is made up of Shimano 2400 parts featuring an 8-speed (11-26) cassette and a double (46-39) crankset. The Speedy comes stock with a MOst 90mm alloy stem that can easily be swapped to help fine tune the fit for any child. Pinarello took weight into account while designing the Speedy and were able to keep the bicycle under 20 lbs with pedals. Perfect for a child who is enthused about bikes, this small road bike will allow them to efficiently pedal and keep up with the big boys and girls on the roads. Safety was taken into account as this bike features front and rear wheel reflectors to help be seen by traffic and other pedestrians on the roadway. This children’s road bicycle is offered in either a Black or White paint scheme with great looking red accents to top it off. Stay tuned for a couple last holiday gift ideas from the Contender crew.
If you live in Utah you already know how cold the temperatures drop during the winter season. Bill Sherman picked the Giordana Knitted Neck Gaiter as a perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season. If you have a cold commute in the morning, ski on the weekends or decide to brave the cold on your bicycle, this versatile neck gaiter is sure to protect you from the elements. Bill uses the Giordana Knitted Neck Gaiter every morning during his ride to work and would definitely recommend this piece to anyone.
If you are after one more item to stash in a stocking this christmas, Bill recommends the new apples & cinnamon Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix. Designed to be consumed with warm or hot water, this all new flavor is a great choice for all the riders out there who want to stay warm and hydrated. Skratch Exercise Hydration will replace both the fluid and electrolytes you lose in sweat while providing enough calories to help fuel working muscles. Containing no artificial colors or preservatives and flavored only with real apples and cinnamon, this hot drink mix won’t upset your stomach or leave a bad taste in your mouth. Stay tuned for more great gift ideas from the rest of the Contender crew!
The countdown to Christmas continues as we have less than two weeks until the big day. Riding a bike with a pack to carry essentials can be tricky if you don’t have a properly fitting pack on your back. Graham Greenlee chose the Shimano Tsukinist 30 Backpack as his holiday gift pick this winter since he uses his Tsukinist every day while commuting to work by bicycle.
Graham enjoys several features about this pack, especially the rain cover and the padded 15” laptop sleeve. Whether you are commuting to work or school, this pack will carry everything you need with ease while distributing the weight across your back evenly. The high visibility rain cover is stored out of the way until needed and will protect the entire pack from rain and road spray. The Shimano Tsukinist 30 Backpack features closed side pockets, a deluxe panel organizer to keep your items central and organized and lastly a smart phone pocket with a key pocket to avoid taking the pack off to answer a call or apply a bicycle lock. The pack is available in black and features reflective elements throughout the pack to help be seen by traffic. Stay tuned for more great gift ideas from the rest of the Contender crew!
Riding with some kind of electrolyte mix in your bottle makes a big difference on long bike rides. This holiday gift pick goes out to all the ladies out there. Alison Littlefield has selected the all new Osmo Hydration for Women after trying the products for herself. Alison speaks very highly of these new products developed specifically for women athletes for many different reasons. Osmo has created three products designed for women called Preload Hydration, Active Hydration and Acute Recovery.
Alison has been using the Osmo Active Hydration for Women while riding in spin class as well as using the product on mountain bike rides. Among all the great features of this product, Alison really enjoys the subtle mango flavor that is not overpowering or too sweet. Do to hormonal changes that happen throughout the month, the internal body temperature can vary by 0.5°C in addition to increased sodium loss and a drop in plasma volume. Dr. Stacy Sims developed Osmo Active Hydration for Women to address these physiological realities to help female athletes increase power output, improve endurance and avoid premenstrual related performance decreases. Get the nutrition that matches your physiology and see how much better you feel and perform is scientifically designed to maximize the rate of fluid absorption into your body, you’ll stay hydrated and more importantly stay moving. Use the Preload Hydration before you exercise to perform at your best, Active Hydration during exercise to maintain energy and stay hydrated and lastly the Acute Recovery to restore progesterone and estrogen levels to inhibit muscle repair and glycogen restoration. Stay tuned for more great gift ideas from the rest of the Contender crew!
With less than 20 days until christmas, you are slowly running out of time to find the perfect gift for the cyclist in your life. Nick Gaitan suggests the Giro New Road Insulated Vest for anyone after a comfortable and versatile piece of clothing.
The Insulated Vest is designed to be worn on and off the bike just like most of the Giro New Road clothing. The Giro Insulated Vest is perfect for riding, skiing, running or just wearing around to stay warm. Nick wears the vest over his sweatshirt during brisk mornings in addition to wearing it while running. The full zip vest offers superior warmth no matter the temperature while remaining soft and compressible. The water resistant material is fast drying and breathable and will take the edge off the wind. Reflective striping is found throughout the vest to help be seen by drivers and pedestrians while riding in the mornings and evenings. Lastly, the vest features two zippered panels that open for added ventilation as well as storage for small items. Stay tuned for more great gift ideas from the rest of the Contender crew!
Riding your bike during the winter months can be a very pleasant experience or a very miserable experience depending on the clothing you suit up in. Shaun Brigdon chose the Assos fuguGloves_s7 as his holiday gift idea since these gloves will withstand the coldest temperatures while keeping your hands warm and toasty. Don’t let winter stand in the way of getting out and having fun on your bike!
Shaun has been using the Assos fuguGloves_s7 for a year now and has a lot of great things to say about them. First off, these gloves really are warm. What looks like a simply designed, fully insulated glove is a complex production of 15 different patterns, 6 different textiles and 8 different components. The exterior features windblock material that will help keep the edge off during those brisk rides on your bike while the inner is soft and cosy for unmatched comfort. Shaun uses these gloves on and off the bike thanks to the versatile design. The palm of the fuguGlove consists of gel padding to help aid in comfort while riding, however these gloves can be used for much more thanks to the low volume construction. Assos tests and tests and tests their prototypes until they feel that they have reached near perfection. The fuguGlove stands up to this testing. If the cyclist in your life needs a nice pair of gloves this holiday season, invest in a pair of Assos fuguGloves_S7. Their hands will appreciate the investment. Stay tuned for more great gift ideas from the rest of the Contender crew!