Wednesday, June 28, 2017

My Adventure in an LBS

Ten years ago, following a divorce, I decided to do something for myself and buy a bike for the first time in a decade.  I had enjoyed browsing one of my LBS’s, so I figured I would go there for this quest.  They were kind and helpful, but I was scared about what type of bike to get, so I “settled” for a Giant Cypress LX hybrid.  It was an okay bike—nothing fancy.  And, as a fairly casual rider, I figured it would suffice.  That being said, it was kinda big and bulky for me, ugly, and weighed a ton.  Plus, I think the frame was way to large, but the clerk insisted it was fine.

Now here is where I make a confession—every time I go into a bike shop, I get anxious and feel judged.  I am overweight, don’t know the mechanical side of the sport very well, and I don’t act or dress like a “typical” cyclist.  I always have to prove myself in terms of knowledge about the sport instead of people seeing an overweight person trying to buy a bike get healthier.  Even when I use a musette as a purse and wear my t-shirts from races I’ve worked to try to lend credence to my credibility, I usually have to answer a series of pointless cycling trivia just for anyone to take me seriously.



Everything changed, however, this past week.  After working Race Across America again, I was inspired to get a new bike.  Due to my discomfort with my other LBS’s, my bike had fallen into a state of disrepair.  Furthermore, I resented it for all the faults I just named.  So, I decided to try an LBS a little further from me—Cycle Werks in Whitehouse, Ohio.


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Stephen Hyde - Cyclocross Blog

Progress Report

My name is Stephen Hyde. I am an American professional bicycle racer living in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. I’m the latest product of the infamous JAM Fund Development program. Finding myself on the top steps of podiums at both road and ‘cross races, I have become an ever present and versatile racer in any race I find myself in. Being a person willing to take chances in life and work hard to reach goals has proven to be a great combination and always offers me new adventures.

If you would like to contact me to ask a question or just send a note please feel free to use the contact form. And follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

It’s been a year now since a knee injury stopped me in my tracks. My first UCI cross win this year came pretty early on, and it helped calm all the nerves I had built up inside my mind. The mind of an athlete can be a weird and terrifying place, especially when things start going in the direction you actually planned on. Maybe thats actually the scary part: the part where, when all the hard work and planning you’ve done actually come together, and you start to see what the out come could possibly be.

Stephen Hyde

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GIANT Bicycles Important Notice


Giant Recall photo

Giant Bicycle, Inc. Recalls 2013 Model Year XtC Advanced SL 29er 0
and 29er 1 Series of Bicycles and Contact SLR 27.2
After-Market Seatposts Due to Fall Hazard

(Sold from November 28, 2012 through May 28, 2013 for between $4200 and $7700.)

The seatpost can crack, posing a fall hazard to riders.
(The recall does not include any other models of Giant brand bicycles or seatposts.)

Consumers should stop riding bicycles equipped with these seatposts and bring them to an authorized Giant dealer for a free inspection and replacement of the seatpost. For further information regarding this product recall, contact Giant Bicycle, Inc. toll-free at:

(866) 458-2555

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday

For more information, please also visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

RAAM's Ohio Cycling Challenge

An "Official" Look Inside

For most people, the prospect of riding a bicycle hundreds of miles in a weekend seems ludicrous. However, to some endurance athletes, this is viewed as an exciting challenge. And, for ultra cyclists, there is possibly no greater event than Race Across America (RAAM) to test their fortitude.  

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2013 Tour de France Preview

Stage Previews of the 100th Tour de France By USCR's Scott Dueker

-Text by Scott Dueker

Depending on how you count it, this is either the 100th running of the Tour de France or the 110th edition.  Regardless of the semantics, this course is billed as one for the climbers.  Mountains figure into the strategy early and often throughout each week.  Unlike other editions, mountain and sprint stages aren’t divided by weeks; there are both in every week.  If Cavendish or Sagan hope to bring home a green jersey, they must endure the high mountains to get the points necessary.  General classification riders like Froome, Evans, Contador, and Schleck will need to stay out of trouble during the intermediate stages because any mishap can lead to disaster.  The balance of the stages throughout will definitely make for an interesting race to watch.  Let’s break it down by week.

Tour de France


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