Category Archives: Uncategorized

plate wfilter

Why Our Customers Are the Best

We know we’re damn fortunate to have so many good friends and acquaintances that continue to come in and support us, year after year. We work hard to keep your business, and it’s satisfying to see so many of you come back.

Nothing is better than when a customer of ours comes back in to let us know how much they’re enjoying their new bike.

Truly, one of the best parts of what we do is when we make new friends here.

About a month ago we were lucky enough to have Giuliana come in and pick up a bike. Although she’s convinced she was one of our hardest to please customers, we’re going to put that anxiety to rest right now and let her know that she absolutely, categorically was not.

Being Italian, she’s definitely passionate, and that’s a good thing because that passion has translated to loving and riding her new bike.

It also means she’s an artist.

Giuliana came back in last week not just to let us know how enamored she is with the new bike, but to drop off a ridiculously cool plate she made (and some chocolate on top of it that was gone in a matter of minutes) as a thank you.

Look at this thing:

The coolest plate ever. Be jealous, my friends. Be very, very jealous

The coolest plate ever. Be jealous, my friends. Be very, very jealous.

Sellin' n' servicin' bikes and gettin' plates dedicated to us. It's just what we do.

Sellin’ n’ servicin’ bikes and gettin’ plates dedicated to us. It’s just what we do.

We just wanted to publicly say thanks to Giuliana for the truly impressive gift -it’s now displayed prominently and proudly on our wall.

And we want to let all of you know how much we appreciate being your favorite friendly neighborhood bike shop.

Thanks to all of you for making this a great place to be.

Photo: CNN

When Baldwins Ride Bikes (Badly)

For the record:

We love Alec Baldwin. Is he more handsome or is he more funny? We don’t know and that’s why we love him. But that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t get into some $#!%.

The latest:

Apparently Baldwin was arrested in NYC Tuesday after riding against traffic (the wrong way) down 5th Ave and 16th Street on his bicycle. When the police stopped and tried to cite him, he decided to give them an ear full, which resulted in Mr. Baldwin being arrested. He received a summons for disorderly conduct as well as a summons for riding against traffic.

Not one to shy away from criticizing the police and photographers that follow him, after his release the 56 year old actor tweeted, ”New York City is a mismanaged carnival of stupidity that is desperate for revenue and anxious to criminalize behavior once thought benign.”

What bike was he riding when all this went down?

The Cannondale Bad Boy. Not kidding. You can’t make that up:

The Bad Boy for a Bad Baldwin. It looks like it's swearing at you even when it's standing still.

The Bad Boy for a Bad Baldwin. It looks like it’s swearing at you even when it’s standing still.

Hopefully this makes your humpday just a bit more enjoyable; perhaps a little more benign.

And if you have any questions about this or any other Cannondale, stop in or give us a call. Because we love when celebrities getting arrested gives us a chance to sell bikes

CNN has the full story HERE

Our Solar Array In All It's Glory

Did You Know Your Favorite Friendly Neighborhood Bike Shop is Utilizing Solar Power

Cyclists Are Acutely Aware Of Their Body’s Relationship With Energy

Thoughts of it’s production, distribution and conversion are a heavyweight of preoccupation for anyone who rides a bike. We’re either eating because we’re going for a ride or because we’ve just finished one up. And we don’t know what to do with a meal that falls in between those two. What’s the point of eating if the meal isn’t going to be used for, or recovery from, riding?

Food allows our legs to push up Millcreek. Legs turn cranks. Cranks power the chain. That chain drives our wheel. It’s the transfer of energy being turned into work; it’s power, sweat and speed. We live, thrive, hammer and bonk based on the energy and power we’re able to pull from our Lycra-clad, farmer-tanned bodies.

We, as cyclists,realize the production of power is a good thing. It makes things like canyon climbs easier and blending our recovery smoothies possible. And if we can do something to increase our production of power, dammit, we’re in.

A Building Green

When Ryan and Alison had the chance to create their purpose-built dream shop last year, they knew right away that they wanted to build green.

“We wanted to have an overall green presence” Ryan says, “Everything in the new shop is electric. There’s no gas, so we needed a good green source of electricity.”

Last October, three months after moving into the new shop, Ryan and Alison had an array of 60 solar panels installed on the roof of Contender HQ. Not only would the new array allow them to run a leaner, greener shop, but the investment in solar energy was a way to make more power- something cyclists can never pass up.

Intermountain Wind and Solar finishing up their installation of our new solar panels

Intermountain Wind and Solar finishing up their installation of our new solar panels

The array was installed by Intermountain Wind and Solar and it’s impact on the day to day operations of the shop have been heavy.

The Stats:

Since we haven’t had the panels a full year, it’s been exciting to see what kind of power these longer, sunny spring days have been able to produce. Lately, each day has been showing us a new record high as far as the kilowatt-hours produced from the array. As of this writing, the highest amount our panels have produced has been 119 kilowatt-hours (on May 1st)!

What does 119 kWh of energy produced mean for a shop like Contender? On average, year round, the shop uses 125-130 kWh per day. That number will rise significantly in the winter and summer months when the heat or A/C is going full blast and the CompuTrainer classes are in full swing (to around 250 kWh in January) and drop just as significantly during the milder spring and fall months (we averaged a usage of about 73 kWh this April). So the amount of power being produced is very significant. The array is not just supplementing Contender’s energy usage, on some days its production provides all the power we need. 

Here’s some more stats:

Since the array has been installed, it’s generated about 10.1 megawatt-hours. That’s enough energy to light the Eiffel Tower for 50 hours -no small feat considering it takes 3.37 kWh to light the tower for just one minute.

Our energy produced also equates to planting 183 trees, powering a light bulb for nearly 90 years, or powering 12.5 commercial airline flights full of passengers from New York to Los Angeles. Not too bad for your humble, neighborhood bike shop and an array that’s only been operating for six months.

Look at our graphs! click on the link below to check out our stats for yourself

Look at our graphs! click on the link below to check our stats for yourself

If you want to check out a very colorful graph that gives all kinds of stats and info on our array and it’s energy production, click here.

Throwback Thursday – Ryan Littlefield

This week’s Throwback Thursday goes to Ryan Littlefield and the 1987 Brighton High School Yearbook. As a sophomore in high school, Ryan was already wearing spandex. The caption reads “A couple of bikers take a break to chat with some friends at a football game. It often seemed that more people went to games to have fun with their friends than to watch the game.” Ryan is sitting on the ground while his friend is standing over Ryan’s bike, a Schwinn Super Sport. The look is accentuated with his Duegi cycling shoes and the classic Cinelli cycling cap with the brim up and the bangs out. Ryan was riding with his friend Adam who sported Campagnolo cycling shorts and a sweet bandana.

Ryan Littlefield

How Much Do You Love Your Bicycle?

How Much Do You Love Your Bicycle?

love

SHOW US HOW MUCH YOU LOVE YOUR BICYCLE
- WIN A $50 GIFT CARD TO CONTENDER BICYCLES -
CONTEST ENDS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14th @ MIDNIGHT 

Submit a photo of how much you LOVE your bicycle to info@contenderbicycles.com and win a $50 gift card to Contender Bicycles.

You can submit a photo on Instagram too, just use hashtag #contenderlove.

Be creative and show that bike some good lovin’.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

The beauty of Utah

There will always be something to criticize no matter where you live. Lately it has been easy to get down on Utah when you look at the air quality in our valley or our never ending conflicts in politics. But at the end of the day you have to love Utah. At least I do. I cannot think of a state where there is so much at your fingertips within such a short distance.

Ski & Shred

Ski & Shred

Snow Biking SLC

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.

Round Valley Park City

Round Valley Park City

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!

Nick - Morgan County

Nick – Morgan County

Nick - Salt Lake County

Nick – Salt Lake County

Ryan - Summit County

Ryan – Summit County

Come down to Contender anytime to check out some snow bikes and learn more about this fun winter activity.