Steed Ride Club Winter Training

Due to the overwhelming success of our Zwift Rides in December we are back with more rides!

All the details to get set up are below. If you have any questions please email ridegroup@steedcycles.com

After rolling out from the starting gate, the Steed Cycles ride leader we will begin with a  brief warm-up (for about 5 minutes) and ramp up to ‘club-pace’ of 2.5 – 3 W/kg, slowing down briefly at times (1.5 – 2 W/kg) for the club to re-group – please keep with the ride leader during this time.   In the final 10 minutes, riders will get to ‘stretch their legs’ and can break loose from the pack to the end if they choose – or just hang with the group.  Enjoy!

Everyone is welcome – you do not have to be apart of the Steed Ride Club to attend so encourage your friends and family to ride along.

Steed Ride Club’s winter training event link via Zwift will be live 5 days before each event.

How to join the ride?

– Use the Zwift Mobile Link app on your mobile. Click the Events tab and Join the “Steed Ride Club Winter Workout” on Sunday at 8:05am. You can also join the event directly on the Zwift app on the morning of the event.

– Add the letters STEED to the end of your name using the user settings of the Zwift app. This will make it clear who is part of the club ride. (We will use this to identify ride club members for prizes.)

– Try and get on Zwift at least 5 – 10 minutes in advance of the start time to make sure you are not late and get in a bit of warmup.

– When it’s nearing time for the event to start, you’ll see a popup letting you know it’s time to officially join and get to the starting line.

– You can click “Let’s Go” or just let it auto-select to teleport automatically to the starting gate. You can also click on “JOIN EVENT” at the bottom left.

– Zwift will take you the virtual starting gate with all of the other riders and the countdown will begin.

If you are not on Zwift, here’s some links you can follow for more information on how to get started.

https://support.zwift.com/hc/en-us/sections/201145285-Getting-Started

http://road.cc/content/feature/213282-get-started-zwift-and-make-your-home-trainer-sessions-more-fun-virtual-races

There are also tons of Youtube videos with tips on how to get started.

We have trainers available in store or to purchase online:

https://shop.steedcycles.com/collections/trainers

 

Have fun!!

John’s Tour Aotearoa

Tour Aotearoa – Bikepacking New Zealand

We are excited to share JOhn Ramsden’s adventure across New Zealand by bike. Learn more as he prepares for this ride of a lifetime and follow along.

Tour Aotearoa is one of the world’s great bikepacking trips: stretching 3,000km from Cape Reinga to Bluff it follows a combination of cycle trails, tracks, paths and lanes connected by the most enjoyable country roads available.

I first heard about it from Anka Martin at TransProvence 2015. It was her intent to participate in the first event which occurred in February of 2016. The event is the brainchild of Jonathon Kennet who has patched together the collection of roads and trails that trace the entire length of New Zealand.

The event is a Brevet. There are a few rules. They can be essentially broken down to

  1. It is self-supported – no outside help
  2. You must complete the exact route in more than 10 days and less than 30.
  3. You must have 6 hours rest in the 24 hour period from 9am to 9am, and
  4. There are 30 photo control points where you must take a picture to prove you were there.

And that is essentially it.

I have had a fair amount of time to think about the event and the logistics involved. I have used the information I learned from bikepacking the Stagecoach 400 as well as reading many blogs from the original event in 2016 such as http://www.ankamartin.com/blog/2016/3/23/bw0vmhh3b905dydeblh1nlyaeht5lb  

I will provide more on my choices in another blog.

You are required to carry a SPOT or similar tracker for the entire event. Follow us at www.maprogress.com under Tour Aotearoa 2018. There are 6 waves of 100 riders each. The first wave of which I am a part starts February 10, 2018 and the last wave starts February 28. I will be posting as I travel along.

Follow John as he rides here: https://share.garmin.com/JohnRamsden

 

Digger Kneeds Knees

Photo by Pinkbike

Back in 1996 I was first introduced to Todd “Digger” Fiander on a bike ride on Mt. Fromme. At the time all the good trails were the secret ones and Todd rode them all. I was lucky enough to get the invite on a few of these rides and knew Todd was going to be a big part of the next revolution in mountain bike trail creation.

He was building trails and filming friends insane enough to ride his trails to make his famous North Shore Extreme Videos. Todd asking me to be in his first NSX video not only got my name into the video and out into the community but also gave publicity to my new bike shop – Steed Cycles. The timing was great and so was what Todd was up to.

The North Shore Trails are well known not only locally but by mountain bike enthusiast all over the world. This is all owed to the hard work and passion of one man – Digger. Because of Diggers work on and off the trails we were able to captialize on the growing mtb scene. People wanted bikes that would allow them to keep up with Todds work and to make sure that their bikes were North Shore worthy. This meant that bike manufacturers changed their suspension requirements, tire sizes and geometry to keep up with Todd’s trails.

Steed Cycles and myself personally owe a lot to Digger not only for his constant support of Steed but for making trails that I personally love to ride and get so much enjoyment from.

We have learned that Todd will be taking some time off from the trails later this Summer as he goes under the knife to replace both of his knees. He will potentially be taking 1 year off and the community has banded together to create a fundraising campaign for the man himself – Digger Kneeds Knees!

Please contribute what you can or share the story with those you feel could give back. We look forward to seeing Todd back on the trails in 2018 better than ever. The Shore wouldn’t be the incredible mountain biking haven it is without the passion and dedication of this man.

https://www.gofundme.com/digger-kneeds-knees

Thank you for everything Digger! Heal up!

July 8th – Demo a e-bike with Specialized

Saturday July 8th join us for a day of e-Bike Demos with our friends at Specialized!
They will be bringing their Turbo Levo Mountain e-bike for you to take out and demo!
Email sales@steedcycles.com now to book in your bike! You can book the bikes from 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm.
We look forward to getting you out and riding!

Giant Demo Day!

This Sunday June 4th join us for a day of Bike Demos with our friends at Giant!
They will be bringing their Mountain Bike Demo Fleet consisting of the Trance, Hail, and Full-E Bikes for you to take out and ride!
Email sales@steedcycles.com now to book in your bike! You can book the bikes from 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm.
We look forward to getting you out and riding!

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Specialized Demo Day July 16th

Specialized Demo July 2016

Saturday July 16th we are hosting a Demo Day with Specialized Bikes for you to test ride the Stumper Jumper, Ryhme and Electric Levo. The demo will be running from 9am – 1pm in the Parking Lot of Parkgate Library in North Vancouver. From Mount Seymour Parkway you will turn left onto Mt. Seymour Road and left again at Banff Court and we will be set up on your immediate left. Please bring a credit card and piece of ID with you to demo a bike. Call or email the shop today to book your Demo! sales@steedcycles.com (604) 987 -2168

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Bike To Work Week Station

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Let’s celebrate! Bike to Work Week starts Monday May 30th – Sunday June 5th and we are kicking things off with Brandon Crichton from VPG Realty with a Party on the Bridge Monday on your ride home. From 4-7pm we will be set up on the North Side of Lions Gate Bridge with tunes, tune ups, snacks & drinks! Stop by, say hi and log your miles with HUB. Join our Steed Cycles Bike to Work Week Team HERE.

Don’t forget to snap pics of your rides to and from wore, because if you didn’t ‘gram it it never happened 🙂 @HUBcycling #BTWW @steedcycles #steedcycles

2016 Remastered Party!

On Thursday May 12th 2016 we celebrated the Remastering of Steed Cycles. Thank you to all our customers, Ride Club, team members, staff, suppliers, brands and friends who can out to help us celebrate this new adventure! We couldn’t have done this without your support and wanted to thank you with our favourites : Beer & Tacos! Thank you to Bridge Brewing, Tacofino & Tinhorn Creek  for entertaining our friends! Cheers to everyone! Take a look below at the new store and fun party times!

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Steed presents NSMBA Fiver

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Join us in celebrating the return of the North Shore Mountain Bike Associations Fiver season with the kick off event on Thursday May 5th! For more details on the race series, to purchase your membership or pre-pay all your fiver races visit NSMBA.ca

Wear your tightest & your brightest as we will be giving away prizes for the top 3 outfits along with the winners of the race. Head back to Steed after for BBQ and beverages where the winners and prizes will be announced! Looking forward to amazing race season with this lively community! Details of the race course will be announced on NSMBA.ca the Monday before the race and the course will be marked the Wednesday evening. See you there!