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New Cassette + New Chain + Proper Tune-up = Awesome Ride

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Cleaned, Tuned and Awesome

It’s been a while since I took my 23-year old, geared bike in for a tune-up. It was a combination of bad timing, limited funding, do-it-youself pride, embarrassment for putting it off, followed by the morbid fear that it would cost more than a new bike, that kept me from taking it in.

Bad timing, because I don’t give myself much of a down season. I didn’t feel like making the time to be without my bike for too long. Limited funding, because money for my bike is low priority compared to other expenses. Do-it-yourself pride allowed me to fudge my way around basic maintenance and cleaning. This led to my bike getting to an eventual state of serious wear – leaving me too embarrassed to bring it in.

My bike was showing some serious wear in the drivetrain. The chain, gears, shifters and hubs (all original) were really worn and loose – which made the bike hard to pedal. It was a rough ride, at best. I feared the cost of replacing or repairing these things may have been more than the bike was worth.

I decided to bite the bullet and take it in to my local bike shop, Richardson Bike Mart. One of their great mechanics took a quick look and gave me an assessment that took me by surprise. The repair and tune-up was going to cost me far less than I had anticipated. It needed a new cassette and chain, both would cost me about the same as a tank of gas. They said they would look at the hubs, shifter and everything else with the tune-up. If it needed any other new parts, or a more extensive repair, they would let me know. Fortunately, it didn’t.

When I got my bike back, I was blown away with how great it looked. That was nothing compared to how great it rode. The new cassette, chain and proper tune-up turned my old clunker into a sweet ride, and I truly enjoy riding it again.

If you’ve been putting off a good bike tune-up, I strongly recommend not being like me and waiting so long. Get it tuned-up now! Life is too short to ride a poorly adjusted bike. If you can’t tool on it, yourself, take it in to your favorite local bike shop. They can take care of you, and you’ll be putting money back into your local economy.

New Chain and Cassette

Old, Worn Out, Parts

Pics From The 5th Annual Great Southwest Bike Swap

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5th Annual Great Southwest Bike Swap – March 4, 2012

I’ve missed the Great Southwest Bike Swap for the last few years, so it was a priority to make it out to Fort Worth for this year’s event. Having never been to a swap meet before, let alone a bike swap meet, I had no idea what to expect. Admittedly, I had delusions of a massive hall, with rows and rows with dealers dumping extra inventory, enthusiasts ready to unload their spare parts for next to nothing, collectors willing to part with some of their bikes and artisans with unique bike crafts.

In reality, it was probably a fraction of that delusion. There was a little bit of everything that I expected, but it was somewhat underwhelming. Perhaps, if this event were down the street from me, I would have had a lower expectation. However, trekking to the complete opposite end of the Metroplex, my hopes were higher. The swap seemed more like a big garage sale with lots of used stuff that nobody wanted.

I guess if I could have geeked out a little bit more and comb through everything, I might have found a little treasure. But with family in tow, my visit ended before any great finds.

I did leave the event a bit inspired. I’d like to see about setting up something like this in my neck of the woods. Perhaps a Dallas Bike Flea Market – sort of like what Bike Friendly Oak Cliff did with last year’s bike fair, but with more individual participants and food trucks.

5th Annual Great Southwest Bike Swap – March 4, 2012

5th Annual Great Southwest Bike Swap – March 4, 2012

5th Annual Great Southwest Bike Swap – March 4, 2012

5th Annual Great Southwest Bike Swap – March 4, 2012

5th Annual Great Southwest Bike Swap – March 4, 2012

Click here to see all of my pics.

While we were in Fort Worth, we stopped by the new Trinity Bicycles location at Sundance Square in Fort Worth. They were still setting up, but it’s coming along nicely.

Trinity at Sundance Square

Trinity Bikes at Sundance Square

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March 5, 2012 at 8:38 am

Dallas Bicycle Cafe – Now Open

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It’s finally happening. Dallas is starting to become a bike friendly city. Not only are we beginning to see bike friendly businesses, but also places that are actually built for cyclists. Dallas Bicycle Cafe is now one of those destinations. Parked close to both the White Rock Creek Trail and the DART White Rock Station, this place will be a great hub for cyclists and commuters. Here’s there information:

Dallas Bicycle Cafe
Addresss: 7510 E. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75214
Phone: Not Available Yet
Website: http://www.DallasBicycleCafe.com Not Up Yet
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BicycleCafeDallas
Hours: 
Tue – Thu: 6:00 am-10:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 6:00 am-12:00 am
Sun: 6:00 am-10:00 pm
Description: Health Food, Green Nutrition, Coffee, Tea, Beer, Wine, Bicycle Storage Lockers, Changing Room. @White Rock Lake

For more information, check out this post over at BikingInDallas.

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February 4, 2012 at 7:18 am

Grand Opening Of Performance Bike – Midway at 635

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Performance Bicycle Grand Opening - Midway

There’s a new bike shop in the Dallas area. I’m sure some of your are pretty familiar with the discount store, Performance Bike. There are 4 others in the Metroplex area, Dallas, Plano, Fort Worth and Southlake. Now they have a new location in Farmer’s Branch at Midway and 635 (LBJ).

We’re supporters of locally owned and operated bike shops. Although, Performance Bike would be classified as a retail chain, they still hire locally and their sales taxes go back into the local economy. Plus, they offer pretty good discounts for cyclists on a budget – especially if you buy their branded products.

Discounts come at a price. Because they are a large chain, they offer a pretty generic lineup of components and supplies. If you are looking for anything pretty specialized, you might need to check with a smaller shop. Since discounts and value are Performance’s big focus, you won’t find many high end names in their bike lineup either. Still, Performance has great quality bikes – like Fuji, Diamondback and GT – that are priced to make them more accessible for folks who want to start riding or add a second (or third) bike to their lineup.

Another thing to consider is that all of the Performance Bike stores that I have visited are staffed with really friendly and knowledgeable people. They understand that there are different types of riders out there, and make you feel comfortable to ask even the most rookie questions. This alone is what really keeps me coming back. Saving a few bucks doesn’t hurt either.

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June 5, 2011 at 6:57 am

Pics From The Switching Gears Cyclery Grand Opening Party

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Switching Gears Cyclery OPEN

We popped over to Switching Gears Cyclery yesterday, to check out their grand opening party. We missed some of the earlier events, including the Dale’s Dash alleycat, but we were able to catch some of Sea Lion (a really awesome local band), check out the new store, and see some really great people.

Of course, with any bike store grand opening, there we lots of bikes to see.

Click here to check out our other pics from the event.

Back Entrance

Inside Switching Gears Cyclery

Out Front

Sea Lion

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May 15, 2011 at 8:43 am

WIN a $200 Gift Certificate From Villy Customs

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DeVille with cruiser

"DeVille with cruiser" © Tripledub Images - please visit TripledubImages.com

Our friends over at Villy Customs are having a Facebook contest. If you invite friends to join their event, you are eligible to win a $200 gift certificate from their shop. Plus, if you become a fan of their Facebook page, they’ll give you an instant $50 discount. The contest runs from April 14 until June 8.

Here are the details from the Facebook event page:

To help you start the summer off right… 
We are raffling $200 to go towards an awesome Villy Customs beach cruiser!
AND just for becoming a fan on our facebook page we are giving an instant $50 discount to EVERYONE! 

To enter:
1. Invite 100 of your friends to this event page and post a screenshot of the invite count on the event wall. This will get you one entry.
2. For an additional entry “like” our official Villy Customs page here: http://www.facebook.com/VillyCustoms

At the end we will put one entry for every fan on our page and extra entries for every 100 people that you invite.
Good Luck!
The winner of the $200 certificate will be announced June 8th, 2011 11:59 PST.
And don’t forget! we ship to 49 states 😉

More details:
What kind of bike can you get with this?
ANY! 

You can design your dream bike at Villycustoms.com 

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April 28, 2011 at 5:20 am

GRAND OPENING – Switching Gears Cyclery – Saturday, May 14, 2011

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GRAND OPENING - Switching Gears Cyclery - Dallas, Texas

Our friends over at Switching Gears Cyclery will be celebrating their grand opening in a few weeks. Be sure to mark your calendars to attend a great event.

Date: Saturday, May 14, 2011
Time: 3:00 – 9:00 pm
Place: 833 Exposition – Off Parry, Dallas, Texas 75226
Hosts: Andee Pittman & Colin Clarke – Proprietors
Featuring: Lone Star Goldsprints, Live Music By Sea Lion, Team Party Time Race Dales Dash, Door Prizes, And More.
RSVP: Here on Facebook

Don’t forget, please support your local bike shops.

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April 26, 2011 at 5:39 am

Opening Soon! Switching Gears Cyclery

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There’s a new bike shop coming to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. It’s called Switching Gears Cyclery. If you’ve been on any of the 75208 or BFOC rides, you might have met local bike enthusiasts Colin Clark or Andee Pittman. Colin and Andee have decided to join the ranks of other great Dallas bike shops like Oak Cliff Bicycle Company and Transit Bikes and offer a more personalized bike shopping experience.

Their shop will be located in between Fallout Lounge & Amsterdam Bar in Expo Park across the street from Fair Park (just off the DART Green Line). To find out more about Switching Gears Cyclery and what they will be offering, jump over to their Facebook page and Like them. We can’t wait to visit the shop as soon as they are open.

Switching Gears Cyclery
833 Exposition Ave
Dallas, TX, 75226

Also, please remember to support your neighborhood bike shops and buy local. You might be able to save a few bucks online, but it will be at the cost of our city’s bike culture. As with all the DFW bike shops, we wish Switching Gears Cycley great success.

Switching Gears

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February 3, 2011 at 7:26 am

Villy Customs In The Dallas Morning News

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Our friends at Fleetwood’s Kit Kat were forced to leave their establishment on Mockingbird Lane because SMU is putting in a tennis center which had been displaced by the new Bush Library along with a power plant and data center for the school (thanks for the update Kevin).

Moved, but not gone. Fleetwood’s has evolved into their already established custom bike brand called Villy Customs. Their new headquarters is based in south Dallas, in the transitioning industrial district on Akard.

If you pick up a copy of today’s local Dallas newspaper, check out the business section and read a great article about Villy Customs and their plans for future growth.

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September 12, 2010 at 9:31 am

Villy Customs – The Coolest Thing In Bike Cruisers – EVER

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Chase with Fleetwood’s Kit Kat

Before we discovered Fleetwood’s Kit Kat, I have to admit, a beach cruiser wasn’t on my radar for my personal bike line-up. But once Fleetwood got me on a test ride, I have to say, there is definitely one on my wish list.

There’s nothing that screams classic, comfort, casual, cool, hip and fun like a cruiser. There’s nothing that screams classic, comfort, casual, cool, hip, fun AND ‘that bike is so awesomely you’ more than one that is custom designed by YOU and build by the guys at Fleetwood’s Kit Kat. I can’t believe nobody’s thought about building custom styled cruisers to fit individual personalities, sooner. Pure genius if you ask me.

Unfortunately, if you don’t live in north Texas, getting one built to your specifications was a little difficult to accomplish. Good news – Fleetwood’s spreading the love to everybody who doesn’t live in the DFW Metroplex. Now, the rest of the world can enjoy the greatness of having a custom cruiser, built to their specifications and delivered right to their door. Introducing Villy Customs.

The new site enables you to custom configure the cruiser of your dreams. Everything from the frame to the tires can be tweaked to your specific taste. With thousands of combinations, it’s quite possible to build a bike that’s a one-of-a-kind, made specifically for you. These are truly affordable, functional works-of-art that every bike enthusiast should own.

Be warned. It is quite possible to spend good part of your day configuring all your possible favorite combinations.

ALSO, some of the great photography that was on their original site, was created by Wendy Woodruff-Wezensky. Click here to see her Villy Customs image collection.

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December 6, 2009 at 11:41 am