Watch out for the Night Ninjas!

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Anyone driving up Pershing in Balboa the night of January 18th was in store for a treat!  Dozens of mountain bikers were charging up balboa, headlamps on full blast, to try and take the lead. Last night the 2nd Annual Ninja Night Race took place, and it was a sight to see!

Arriving at the race all lights were off and racers were taking practice laps around the velodrome.  Small illuminated lights circled the track accompanied by live music and tamales on the infield.  Once the race started no riders were to be found.  The track was scattered around Morley Field which made it difficult to watch the riders trek up the steep hills.

Near the finis2014 ninja night raceh, above a hill, a few logs were positioned for friends and family to cheer on.  The hill was set up so riders could pump it and finish strong with a jump.  Spectators cheered on to the very impressive jumps.

The night race was a lot of fun and the different categories allowed for a range of skills.  The track ranged from 10-22 miles depending of category and was organized by Ride like a ninja Mountain Bike Skills organization with sponsors from Spy, Sock Guy and many more.

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If you did not get a chance to race, or found out too late, be sure to follow the Mountain Bike Skills org.  Train like a ninja and prepare yourself for next year!

Here is a listing of the scores

Rides are back! Shop Rides – 2015

Saturday, February 21st, Ride #1 for the A/B Group (see below), and regular C route (see below).

Are these rides for me?

Our rides are for intermediate level riders. They are not competitive race training pack rides, so if you are looking for those types of outings you are probably better off joining one of the local racing clubs for their group rides (i.e. Swamis or SDBC). All rides will have several rest stops that will allow the groups to stay together for the vast majority of the ride. Our goal is to keep everyone together, but these are not “no drop” rides; cyclists should always review the posted routes just in case they get separated from their group, or discover that their fitness level does not allow them to keep up with the tail end of the group. Most rides will usually have 20-40 cyclists comprised of both men and women. Tri bikes are welcome on our group rides, but we ask that the aero position (arms on pads) is not used due to safety considerations. Please, no earbuds/headphones; save those for your solo outings.

The Rides

The rides will typically be in the 45-50 mile range, with around 2500 ft. of climbing. The average moving speed for the entire ride will usually be in the 17-18 m.p.h. range, but there can be sections when the pace will ramp up to well over 20 m.p.h.  Again, these are not race training “hang on for dear life” outings, and will usually include several regroup spots.

The early part of the ride will be a warm up for the faster pace and climbing that is to come; there will be plenty of opportunities to go all out later in the ride, especially on some of the hills. Faster riders can ride ahead to the next scheduled rest stop and wait for the rest of the group. There will usually only be one ride leader up at the front of the group, but no “sweep” rider. Again, these aren’t “no drop” rides, but we do provide route slips for each ride, so if you are unsure about your fitness level, it’s best to make sure you have a map in case you get separated from the group.

If you are a beginner, or have had a long layoff, we recommend having completed at least 2-3 solo rides of at least 35 miles in length averaging around 16 m.p.h. on rolling terrain (at least 1500 ft. of climbing, or more).  The bottom line is that the rides suit those cyclists who would like to try riding in a group, but in a fairly low key setting. If you are looking for a good workout, but don’t want to be hanging on for dear life due to an extremely fast pace with no rest stops, then these rides are probably for you. Competitive cyclists who are looking for a slightly easier day in the saddle will also feel right at home with our group.

Housekeeping items

These rides are free of charge, but we ask some things in return:

1.  Helmets must be worn

2.  Obey all traffic rules and ride single file when there is not a dedicated bike lane.

3.  Please have at least one spare tube, two water bottles, and enough nutrition for a 3+ hour ride.

4.  Please make sure your bike is in good working order (if not, Revolution Bike Shop offers a basic tune-up for $60).

Please plan to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the posted roll out time to pump your tires, use the restroom, etc.

Where is Revolution Bike Shop/HERevolution?

Both Revolution Bike Shop and HERevolution are located at:

235 S. Hwy. 101; Solana Beach, CA  92075

Google Maps link to the shop.

Questions: Please contact Revolution Bike Shop at 858-222-2453; or Darcy Eaton (HERevolution) at 760-560-7077.

Regular Rides and Routes –  leave the shop at 8:30 Saturday morning

  • C Ride – This route will be the same each week and is geared toward riders who are not quite ready to make the jump to the faster pace of the regular A/B group.  The ride is 30 miles long with about 1800 ft. of climbing. The average speed will be around 14 m.p.h.. The following route link is from Ride with GPS, which allows you to print the CUE sheet: Cue sheet and route for C Ride
  • Ride #1: Del Dios/Elfin Forest/Coast Loop. 42 miles with approximately 2300 feet of climbing.  Most of the climbing is bunched in the middle third of the ride, and the pace generally picks up on the Elfin Forest segment. Cue sheet and route for Ride #1 (via Map My Ride).
  • Ride #3: Rancho Sante Fe/Elfin Forest/Del Dios Loop. 45 miles with about 2700 ft. of elevation gain. If you think the entire route might prove a little too challenging, there is an option to cut the ride short by heading to the coast by making a left at La Costa (corner of La Costa and Rancho Sante Fe), which works out to about a 30 mile ride with very little further climbing. Cue sheet and route for ride #3b (via Map My Ride)
  • A note on Map My Ride: Each of the rides can be sent to your smartphone, but you can’t print the maps or directions.  Also, if the notes/directions don’t immediately load, click on the full screen button and the turn-by-turn directions will appear on the left hand side of the screen.  Lastly, some of their elevation gains are nowhere close to being accurate.  If you are trying to gauge the difficulty of a route by the amount of climbing, you should use the numbers supplied in the descriptions listed above (taken with a Garmin Edge 500), rather than those from Map My Ride.

2014 – Product Highlights – Tires

Happy New Year!2014

2013 was a good year, and with all of the new advances in design and technology, there are lots of amazing new products!  Here is a spotlight on some new tires for 2014!

Continental – Grand Prix 4000s II

With the patented BlackChili compound, Continental is able to increase all areas of a riders needs. Developing a tire at the nano level, BlackChili is able to  create 26% less rolling resistance, a 30% higher friction value (grip) and a 5 % increase in mileage.  While claims by companies are usually bias,  from many comments and reviews, people have really noticed the grip these tires give.

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• advanced BlackChili compound for low rolling resistance, high mileage and maximum wet         weather grip
• A proven tyre with a facelift, new colours, new design, tried and tested technology
• New sizes in 23-571, 20-622 and for poor conditions, 28-622
• Vectran™ breaker for unsurpassed puncture protection
• Available colours (23mm): black, yellow, red, orange, blue, green, silver, transparent

Try them out for yourself here!

Other Continental 2013/2014 tires

Michelin – PRO4

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Michelin has 6 variations of the new 2014 PRO4 series, ranging in durability, efficiency and color.  The dual compound tired give better wear resistance and better grip around corners.  With a new series, improvements to come all around.  Pick the model that is right for you and give them a spin.

PRO4 Service Course – Lands right in the middle of durability and efficiency.  Service Course tires increases safety and cornering speed on wet roads.

PRO4 Endurance – Best tire to use for top end of performance, durability and mileage.

PRO4 Comp Limited Service Course – This tire gives the least resistance and top end speeds, but sacrificing on longevity.  When you are looking for top speed, this tire is for you.

PRO4 COMP Service Course –  Will give low resistance and grip on wet roads, but won’t sacrifice as much on longevity. This tire also weighs 25% less than Service Course

PRO4 Grip – Cold weather and wet roads?  This is your tire.

Find our selection of PRO4 tires here

Got any new gear you would like reviewed? Find any interesting bike rides or races?  Leave us a comment so we can investigate!

Revolution Bike Shop
235 S. Hwy 101
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Phone: (800) 985-7814
Local: (858) 222-BIKE
revolutionbikeshop.com