13 West Campbell Street
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Saturday, April 21, 2012

No attitude here

I'm happy to install or assemble that bike related whatever you just got a great deal on. My first "Home Shop" client is going to be getting loads of new PR's on his new TT machine.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Barson Bike Repair

Well, it took a few weeks, but I finally got my home workshop set up, drop a note to set up an appointment if you need work done on your bicycle. I have limited parts, but plenty of tools & knowledge.

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Location:Arlington Heights

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Still finding stuff to do

Just made the last edit ever to our website, but it seems likely I will continue to Blog as bike stuff occurs to me. Since I will continue to work out of the house and stuff. The website will die when the current contract runs out. In November I think.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Final Weekend

Our Final day for Business will be Sunday March 25.
Thanks for everything Arlington Heights.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Closing our doors!

We have decided that the time has come for us to close the shop. We will be open until the end of March 2012. Please come by soon and get great deals on our remaining inventory. Be SURE to check our calender before you come down, our hours might be a little goofy!
Parts, Tires, Tubes, Accessories, Shifters, Brakes, Saddles, Helmets, Tools, Racks, Bags, Books, Bikes, Handlebars, Derailleurs, you name it. Take a discount on anything left in the Store! Tell your friends, Tell your neighbors.
20% to 40% off, Make an offer!

Friday, January 27, 2012

We have a bunch of used stuff for sale:

You never know when you might need this stuff: Derailleurs, handlebars, stems, shifters, brakes & levers, chain rings, crank sets, saddles, posts, and some miscellaneous stuff too. Swing by soon for the best selection. Grab what you want, make an offer. Help me clean out my garage! Cash sales are great, cards are ok too. Sales on used stuff are final.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

2011 Surly Pacer 56cm Demo model for sale

This guy has seen a few miles, but not many. Legendary Surly Steel wearing a road bike. MSRP:$1,175. yours for $500

Component Type Description
Frame Surly Pacer Surly 4130 CroMoly steel. Main triangle double butted.
TIG welded
Fork Surly Pacer Surly 4130 CroMoly steel. Lugged and brazed. 1-1/8" threadless
steer tube, uncut
Headset Ritchey Logic Comp 1-1/8" threadless, w/30mm spacers. Hset black, spacers silver
Stem Kalloy AS-008 1-1/8" threadless, 26.0mm bar clamp. Silver
Handlebar Salsa Short & Shallow Ergonomic. Silver
Handlebar wrap Co-Union Cork Black. Grippy
Brake/shift levers Shimano Tiagra STI ST4500. Short reach inserts installed for 42 – 54cm frame sizes.
Brakes Tektro R358  Silver
Front derailleur Shimano Tiagra FD4500. Bottom pull
Rear derailleur Shimano Tiagra RD4500SS. Short cage
Crankset FSA Vero 50/34t. Silver. 110mm BCD
Bottom bracket Shimano  UN54 square taper. 68 x 107mm
Seatpost Kalloy SP-248 27.2 x 350mm. Silver
Seatpost clamp Surly stainless Black. 30.0mm
Saddle WTB SST Vinyl, Lionel. Cro, Molly. Black, Jack
Cassette Shimano Tiagra  HG50 9-speed. 12-13-14-15-17-19-21-23-25t
Chain SRAM PC971 9-speed 3/32"
Hubs Shimano Tiagra FB/FH4500. 32h w/QR
Spokes DT Swiss Champion 14g/2.0mm stainless. 12mm silver brass nipples
Rims Alex R390 32h. 700c. Black
Tires Continental Ultra Sport 700c x 28mm. Steel bead. Black

Used Diamond Back Comfort Bike

In good shape, everything works. Shimano 24 speed drivetrain, 26" wheels, 20" frame. It even comes with a rear rack. $200 gets you a pretty nice bike. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Fuji Wins Tour Down Under Stage 2!

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 Champion System's Will Clarke Wins Tour Down Under Stage 2!  
Fuji's First World Tour Win of 2012!

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(Philadelphia, PA) January 18, 2011 - From an end-of-the-season Grand Tour victory to a first-of-the-year World Tour win, Fuji proved today - perhaps more than ever - that it belongs in the pro peloton.    

Staying away for an entire stage, Will Clarke - racing for Uni-SA (University of South Australia national team) before joining his Champion System teammates - triumphantly crossed the Tour Down Under's Stage 2 finish line Wednesday atop his Fuji SST 3.0: a bike he received just days before the start of the race from Fuji distributor Oceania Bicycles.

Oceania Managing Director David Hall couldn't be more thrilled with the win, not only for what it means for the country but what it means for the Fuji brand.

"We are ecstatic that an Aussie won right here on home turf. Clarke wowed the world today with such a dominant and inspired ride. Everyone at Fuji Australia is very proud and feels as if we played a little part in this great victory."

He added, "What I think is really worth noting is that the frame and fork Clarke raced on are the stock frame from an SST 3.0 - a mid-level bike that is clearly ready to win at the Pro Tour level."    

Clarke broke away from the peloton only 1 kilometer into the 148-km stage from Lobethal to Stirling. 

The initial break consisted of Clarke and Martin Kohler of BMC. While Kohler ate up the initial sprint points, Clarke claimed victory on the Category 2 Lenswood climb and then dropped Kohler, pushing ahead solo.

His lead peaked at a remarkable 12 minutes and heading into the final circuit, he retained a more than 10-minute lead.

While it significantly diminished in the final lap, an exhausted Clarke refused to give up. As the finish line came into sight, he was greeted by what many called a "hero's welcome," an eruption of cheers for the underdog who left an unsuspecting peloton in the dust.  

The 26-year-old's first-ever victory on the World Tour stage, Clarke called the win simply "unbelievable" and the "biggest win of his career." He now leads both the Sprints Classification and the KOM heading into the Tour's final four stages.

"What a great way to start the season. The first of many wins, I hope," said Champion System General Manager Ed Beamon.   

This is the second time Fuji has won a stage at the Tour Down Under, the first under Manuel Cardoso in Stage 3 of the TDU 2010. Both Cardoso and Clarke won aboard Fuji's aero carbon bike, the SST.

Watch Clarke power through the final kilometers - 1 minute ahead of his nearest chasers - HERE!

Learn what Clarke's Champion System teammates have been up to at Fuji's pro team blog: www.fujibikes.com/proteam. Photos and insider details from Team Training Camp coming tomorrow!  

Established in 1899, the Fuji brand is one of the oldest surviving bicycle brands in the world. Fuji's steadfast philosophy in utilizing the most advanced technology and incorporating elite athlete input into its high-performance products has enabled the brand to endure while others have faltered. Fuji offers a complete line of premium bikes - road, specialty, mountain, women's, kids, urban, transportation, comfort, and cruiser - through its network of specialty bicycle retailers across the globe. To learn more, please visit www.fujibikes.com


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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Comedian Mastermind

I am a fan of the Fat Cyclist. I read his blog, follow him on twitter, and appreciate his work against cancer.
My Brother in Law lives not far from Elden Nelson's part of Utah, and even raced against him in the Tour deDonut
He recently wrote a book and was kind enough to send me a copy. He even signed it, and I don't think it was the same signature he used for everyone, because he used the word "Awesome" which I tend to use.
So I finally managed to finish reading the book, and figured I would make with the review:

Comedian Mastermind: This is essentially a compilation of blog posts. With clever additions where Elden deems it necessary. You don't have to be a Fat Cyclist to read and enjoy it (although I am, and I did). You are likely to get more out of it if you or someone you spend a lot of time with rides.
Lots of opportunities to laugh out loud, and more then once I considered going to the blog to find the posts just so I could comment on them.
Definitely worth mentioning, the "Best Cake in the World" Recipe, is not misnamed. It really is yumtastic.
To sum it up: Buy this book. Fatty is cool, it's entertaining, cake is good