Bring on Sufferfest

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Sufferfest

The weather is changing and it is getting darker earlier so it is that time of year where we bring out the bike trainers and start suffering inside together. Though Fall and winter we will be doing Sufferfest indoor cycling workouts Tuesday and Thursday evening starting at 6:30p. Once the rain really starts we will start Saturday morning sessions as well.

The Sufferfest – Introduction from The Sufferfest on Vimeo.

We just ask for $10 for drop ins or $200 for one year unlimited as part of Crew membership to help cover things like towels, water, the purchase of the videos.

So join us each week for a different Sufferfest video to keep things fresh and fun (in that painful sort of way). All you need to bring is your bike, a towel (we usually have some if you forget), a water bottle and get ready for a good :45 min to an hour+ workout! Trainers are first come first serve and come a bit early to set up and warm up, sufferfest will start at 6:30p.

Mr Crampy's Sufferfest Group

Open water swims

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swim-2-620 Sunday morning open water masters swim group at beaver lake!

These swims we will be focused on an open water swim workout with a couple variations of drills to help build your open water swim skills while getting great workout in. Buoys will be set up and we will have a couple coaches on paddle boards to help out. The more people we get, the better the experience will be so invite your friends.

Open water masters swim

Please be there by 9a and ready to get in the water by 9:15a. We swim rain or shine, though if for some reason there is a conflict we will post on our facebook page that there will be no swim at least a week in advance. Be sure to bring your wetsuit, goggles, towel and BRIGHT Colored swim cap.

*Please note: there is a $10 fee for the workout to cover expenses and coaches time. Thanks!

**Fee included as part of Mr Crampy’s Crew membership

Pivot Mach 429 – Review of a Mountain Bike (more or less)

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Pivot Mach 429 – Review of a Mountain Bike (more or less)

I know almost nothing about mountain bikes or mountain biking. Until recently, my impression was that a mountain bike was a heavy version of a ‘cross bike with this straight handlebar and weird shifters. Then my buddies started getting into mountain biking, so I needed to get a decent bike. Having had the pleasure of riding on several different road, tri, and cross bikes, I knew that it wasn’t “all about the bike”, but the bike could help…or hurt. In any sport, good equipment can make the learning curve much nicer and bad equipment can make you think the sport is too hard.

So I started to do a bit of research. The Internet shorthand, “tl;dr” came into play. There are hundreds of options, and each of those options has hundreds of options. Downhill, cross country, free ride. Inches of travel, hard-tail, full suspension. Rebound, CTD, lockout. I’m still not sure how many inches of travel my shock has. Totally confused by all the options, I applied some rigorous science to the problem, “Kyle, which one of these should I get?” I got the Pivot Mach 429.

I’d like to now go on and give you a detailed review that would make you think you just picked up a recent copy of Bike, but as I pointed out, i’m new to mountain biking. Being new though, I’ve abused the [redacted] out of this bike and it’s held up without complaint (I did lose a dust cover on one of my trigger shifters). In very little time I’ve gotten comfortable on the bike and learned, to some degree at least, how it’s going to react. I don’t have to spend a lot of brain cells thinking about what I need my bike to do, I just ride it.

I can climb up a trail without problem (or at least without the bike being a problem) and especially if I’ve flipped the little levers on the shocks, I can transmit more power into the drivetrain than I have in my legs. As the slope turns the other direction, the bike’s full suspension comes into play. It soaks up the little bumps and roots nicely. I still have some learning to do and tend to be in the saddle when I shouldn’t…I’m very thankful for the suspension. As I go through a trail with “flow” (I’ve come to learn that word means that it will be fast, twisty, and present many opportunities to damage Ken) the bike responds and is easy to navigate; I’ve ridden it with both flats and mallets and in both cases the bike feels connected to me. (I do break this connection at times, but I think it’s usually my fault).

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At the end of the day, the real proof for me is how much I’ve improved and wether the bike has gotten in the way of that improvement or helped. I’ve been absolutely blessed with stellar friends that are inducting me into the sport (big thanks to Alex, Andi, Mac, Kyle, Mike, Ryan, Tim and Tom*) and while they’ve helped me adjust the bike to better suit me, the bike has not gotten in the way of learning. Contrariwise, the bike has allowed me to progress at a pace that surprises me. I was out at Soaring Eagle last week and noticed that I was “adding in” little features, going over a rock, taking the more difficult line through a root field, pumping as I hit a dip. I’m actually getting better at this mountain bike thing…and I think my Pivot is helping.

My Pivot 429 lives at the shop; feel free to stop by and introduce yourself…it’s a medium if you want to take it for a ride.

*I went with “ladies first, then alphabetical”, so don’t read anything else into the order.

 

-Ken

Kicking off 2013 Mr Crampy’s Crew

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First crew meetings of the year.

Lets get ready for lots of riding, new activities, awesome new kits, and brand new sponsors. Join us on either Sat Feb 16th at 11:30a or Tuesday night Feb 19th at 7:30/8p after Sufferfest to learn more about what we have planned for the coming year!

The Crew is non-exclusive, we welcome member of other teams and organizations. There are no coaching programs offered by the club, instead you are free to work with any coach you choose. As a member it is expected that you take your turn in leading or organizing activities and share your experience with the other members.

Benefits Overview
10% discount at Mr. Crampy’s year round
Additional crew shopping days with larger discounts on all items including bikes and trainers
Training facility for indoor/outdoor cycling, running and strength training
Free indoor cycling classes/video series ($10 each value)
Summer open water masters program with buoys, paddle boards and a large group ($15 each value)
Free clinics based on the crew’s intrests ($25 each value)
Bike team including Cyclocross, Track and Mountain Bike
Social group of other athletic people with a casual and freindly atmosphere

The Mr. Crampy’s Multisport facility have several very cool elements for the club’s use…
lockers, towels and water service
spinning area with trainers, projector and sound system
bike storage for $10 a month or $100 annual ($35 a month or $250 annual value)
meeting place for activities
free wi-fi
kitchen area with fridge, coffee maker and griddle
TRX, grid roller, trigger point and exercise balls

Truely Multisport
Group training sessions for swim, bike, run (on and off road)
Cyclocross, track and mountain bike teams
Snow sports; alpine & nordic skiing and snow shoeing
Standup paddle boarding
Hiking and climbing
Orienteering
Biathlon
Scuba diving & snorkeling
Sky diving
The options are only limited by the interests and experiences of the club members!

Holiday Events

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Illumination Ride on Dec 14th at 6p

Bundle up and join us for an Illuminated ride though Redmond!
Everyone is welcome to join including kids though if they can’t do the distance on their own please have them in a trailer or on a tandem so we can stay together as one merry group.

The Ride details
Start at Mr Crampy’s and ride make a stop for Holiday drink or treat and then ride back to the store for some more holiday cheer.

Please invite your friends and RSVP so I can let any place we stop know how many of us there will be!

Flashers on your bike and helmet are recommended for this NIGHT Ride but lets display some holiday spirit and decorate with christmas light and get creative!
Add to the evening’s festivities by adorning your bicycle with brightly colored lights, garlands or other holiday decorations. Most creative bike wins a prize!

Holiday Party, Sufferfest and evening Potluck on Saturday Dec 15th

We would like to celebrate the Holidays and thank all of our great customers!

15% off almost everything in store as a thank you for helping us have such a great year. We have lots of great holiday stocking stuffers and gift items for the special triathlete/cycling/runner in your life.

We will start the day (at 9:30 am) with a morning spin session and Hawaiian themed pancakes. Bring your own trainer or RSVP to test out one of the Lemond fitness trainers.

Through out the day we will have cookies and other treats to help bring in some holiday cheer.

Then at 5:30p join us to meet some of the Crew for an end of Cyclocross Season Celebration and Holiday Potluck!

Fall 2012 Sufferfest

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Fall 2012 session of suffering starts Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 7p.

Just $80 for the 10 class punch card or $10 for drop ins. Free for Crew members
Join us each week for a different Sufferfest video to keep things fresh and fun (in that painful sort of way). Once it starts raining we will also be doing saturday morning sessions so stay tunes.

Check out the videos at http://www.thesufferfest.com/

Bring your bike, a towel, a water bottle. Come a couple minutes early to get your bike set up and ready for a good :45 to hour long workout!

Cyclocross Clinic with Matthew Hill

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We are excited that Matthew Hill will be helping us with a cyclocross clinic this Saturday to help get everyone warmed up before the race on Monday.

Check out Matthew’s blog http://crosssports.net/ and/or fallow him on twitter @crosssports

Plan on meeting at the store at 1p and bring your cross bike (or mountain bike) ready to ride off road!

*Please note: there is a $10 fee for the workout to cover expenses and coaches time. Thanks!

**Fee included as part of Mr Crampy’s Crew membership

Cyclocross Team Meeting

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A meet and greet for all interested in finding a fun CX team to ride with for this fall season. For those interested we have the fit kit for our new cx kits available to try on and will be taking pre-orders.

If you can’t make the meeting please drop by the shop sometime this week to try on the kits so we can get orders done by the end of the week

Please join us for the good times and pass it on to others who might be interested in joining. RSVP to the Facebook Event

Open water master swim

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On Sunday May 6 we will be starting an open water masters swim group at beaver lake!

This swim we will be focused on an open water swim workout with a couple variations of drills to help build your open water swim skills while getting great workout in. Buoys will be set up and we will have a couple coaches on paddle boards to help out. The more people we get, the better the experience will be so invite your friends.

Be sure to bring your wetsuit, goggles, towel and BRIGHT Colored swim cap. Please be there and ready to swim at 9am

*Please note: there is a $10 fee for the workout to cover expenses and coaches time. Thanks!

**Fee included as part of Mr Crampy’s Crew membership

Crew Update

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To those of you who were able to make it out to last Friday’s kickoff party, thanks! It was allot of fun, especially seeing how many new connections were made. I am really excited for the momentum we have.

If you were unable to attend or did not grab a set of forms and order sheets off the table please download the digital versions. It would be great to get these all filled out so we can order the swag as well as get to work upgrading the clubhouse! If you are not able to pay this week just let us know so we can start getting an idea how many people we have to get started.

Thanks to those who have already paid their dues Cory has started work on the shower!!! As dues roll in we will be able to put in the TRX rack and bottle/towel service, not too mention pick a couch for the lounge (please keep your eyes and ears open for people selling or giving away couches).

Our first team meeting will be next Monday at 7:30pm, these will happen once a month and we encourage any and all to join us and help organize and drive the club.

– Mr. Crampy