A 90-second tour of our Redwood City remodel

24 years in the making. I’m looking at this as the Bay Area’s newest bike shop is 32 years old!

We’ve still got more to do, and a now modern-looking facility that’s worthy of better upkeep (which means more sweeping & wiping & keeping things in their place). And I’m still trying to figure out where everything is, but remarkably, the most-significant thing that got lost in the transition was a paper shredder (OK, a week later, we found it). Might have ended up in the massive pile of old electronic stuff we’ve collected over the past 24 years at this location.

Stop by and check out the place. Same friendly and helpful people as before, but a much nicer presentation. –Mike–

Why we ride #487

Passing the torch. OK, it didn’t feel like that as it happened last weekend; I hung with my son for the first mile up Old LaHonda, hit a steep part, and as I slowed down he accelerated. By the time I got to the top he’d had over two minutes to rest. Several years ago I looked forward to this happening. Today? I’m thinking revenge. Time to coax whatever I can out of this body, while I can! –Mike–

It was a great run while it lasted; one of the best! A solid month without rain, giving us some of the best winter rides ever. Now it's time to get out the rain bike and check to make sure there's still life left in the brake pads, and run down all your wet-weather gear, because it's going to get... wet. Good thing my new Contour cycling video camera is waterproof!




Happy New Year!

What's new for 2012? A newly-remodeled Redwood City store! We break ground (or tear up carpet) Monday morning and the plan is to be finished by 1/13. It's not going to be business as usual, so best to give us a call before coming in, just to make sure we didn't have to close for a few hours. Our Los Altos store will be open normal hours. Thanks!

We have it first! Women’s Ultegra Di2 Madone. Affordable Electronic Shifting!

Just arrived at Chain Reaction, the latest Trek Madone road bikes with Ultegra Di2 shifting. Women’s only in the first batch. Why? Because women have had more issues with shifting, particularly front derailleur shifting, than men (smaller hands, shorter fingers make it difficult to push the shift lever far enough to easily engage the larger chainring).

Electronic Ultegra Di2 Shifting comes to a specially-priced Trek Women’s Madone bike at Chain Reaction

These bikes are available for test rides today! They feature the Trek’s top-of-the-line Madone women’s frame (6-series H3), Ultegra components and Bontrager Race wheels. A 16.5-pound package for $5189.99, $435 off Trek’s website price. Customization is encouraged! Choose from a huge array of color and component options (cost varies with options chosen) with delivery of your built-to-order bike in as little as 3 weeks.