BioWheels co-founder, Eric Krause, chose a BLUE RD1.2 for his road ride. In this video he discusses this great bicycle. Starting at $1950, The RD series bikes from BLUE are perfect for that century ride, ripping the back roads, or credit card touring.
Blue Competition Cycles offers a lifetime warranty on all their frames. Check out their full line of road, TT, cyclocross and mountain bikes at http://rideblue.com/
BioWheels can fit you to the bike, and then we’ll give you free tune-ups for as long as you own the bike!
UltraMotor has done it again. In the 4th generation of electric bikes, the weight is down, simplicity is improved and fun factor is increased. At a retail price of just under $2300, this is the year to buy. Stop into BioWheels-Asheville for a test ride.
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When it comes to cycling, but more specifically cycling equipment, not too much comes cheap. The idea of buying an entire new bike for most is quite a daunting thought. I was in the market for a new racing bike, when I was informed by the Mars Hill Cycling coach, Hugh Moran, that the team would be given a deal with Blue Bikes. I had already been looking at their AC1 aero frame, but caught draft of a new frame for 2011, the Axino. Without hesitation, and on a budget, I checked out this mysterious new frame.
Because it hadn’t been released yet, it was difficult to decide, but after taking one look at the bike on Blue’s website the decision was made! The Axino simply screams “race” with its compact geometry, BB30, sleek internal cabling, and downright badass looks. A frame weight of 995g doesn’t make the decision too difficult either. When the frame arrived at my door, I knew that I had made the right choice, and carefully tucked it in bed with me that night.
The first pedal stroke I took on our first journey on the road together, I seemed to move forward with ease. The Axino is undoubtedly fast, and after only a few rides I can already tell you that this is my favorite bike I have ever owned. It’s speed, stiffness, and comfort make it absolutely perfect. Adding to this perfection is the fact that the geometry “fits me to a tee.” My old bike left me a bit stretched out, but with the Axino it feels as though I’m on a custom frame!
As I get more rides in over the next few months, but more importantly take it out for racing, I will post a detailed review about the bike.
Blue is beginning to make a much bigger name for themselves in the U.S. cycling scene, and with this frame along with its fair pricing, it’s sure to be a huge success!
We have always loved steel frames, but steel 29-ers have always been hard to find, kinda crappy, over $2000, or too dang heavy. At $1150, Jamis is right on the mark! Great geometry, excellent parts, trail ready.
In this video our founder, Matt, builds and examines Jamis’ brand new Exile 1 entry level 29-er. He is impressed with its fit and finish. “You’ll be hard pressed to find a comparable 29er elsewhere in the market.”
Add in BioWheels Lifetime Tune-Ups and Free Upgrade Installation, and you are talking serious value here people.
BioWheels has sold the Jamis Ventura road bike series for many years. In this video, Jon Kelman walks you through this $900 entry-level road bike from top to bottom. It is available in both Men’s and Women’s versions.
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BioWheels high-brow sales monster, Jon Kelman, breaks down the best selling Jamis Coda. This is our $550 flat bar road bike. You’ll see over a hundred of these on Asheville’s streets. The Jamis Coda is probably our best selling bike of all time. It is a wonderful commuter and flat bar road bike. The high quality steel tubing frame will give you a very smooth and comfortable ride. Shimano and FSA components give you a reliable and solid drivetrain for many miles of great adventures.
Electric bicycles have been mostly ignored in the US until recently. They have generally been spurned by the cycling community, where human powered fitness is respected most. However, electric bikes also had trouble winning converts from elsewhere. In addition to being expensive, they were heavy, they were slow, and they needed very frequent recharging. Put plainly, electric bikes sucked. Most previous models died as misshapen orphans.
That equation is about to change. For one, electric bicycles have been getting a lot better. The advent of reliable lithium-ion batteries means that electric bikes are lighter, much more powerful and can go greater distances between charging. Even better, they are cheaper than many earlier models. At the other end of the equation, the many costs of fossil fuels are more apparent than ever, both direct (price at the pump) and indirect (the spill in the Gulf, climate change, financial support of questionable regimes, etc.). These costs are not going to diminish, and more and more Americans are looking to move away from this model of energy use. All of these changes mean that the awesome potential of electric bikes is about to be awakened.
The biggest potential of electric bikes is that they will bring new converts to bicycles in general. There are a lot of folks out there who want to get away from a car-dependent lifestyle but are carrying extra weight in the meantime. For those who are not already fit, the prospect of biking everywhere can be quite intimidating. Electric bicycles can remove that intimidation. New models allow the user to set the level of power assist that they receive, and there’s always the throttle-only mode as a back up. Thus, even out-of-shape riders can get exercise while running errands without fear of being too tired to get back home. A more physically fit population that is less reliant on fossil fuels is a clear win-win.
Electric bikes have excellent car replacement potential. Even for relatively fit riders, having the option of electric power assist makes carrying heavy loads (think groceries, kids, other bikes, kegs, etc.) much more palatable. Electric bikes are also a relatively cheap form of practical car replacement. Full electric cars are only just now coming to market, and are likely to remain relatively expensive in the immediate future, even with subsidies. In addition to being lower impact, electric bicycles are well within the financial reach of most Americans. This is still true when compared to the cost of a conventional gasoline car.
Electric bikes are also very compatible with small-scale, renewable energy generation. Given their relatively small batteries, electric bikes can easily be charged by home-sized photovoltaic arrays, small wind turbines or even micro hydropower.
Lastly, a good electric bike is fun. The customers who’ve rented our electric bikes thus far have come back with enormous grins on their faces. They’ve been grinning not only from the endorphins of exercise, but because they got to see more of our city than they would either by foot or in a car.
All in all, electric bikes have major potential as sustainable transportation. Thus, we at BioWheels dig electric bikes. For those in the cycling community who remain skeptical, we would suggest not mocking electric bikes and their riders. After all, would you rather such riders be piloting a gas guzzler instead?
Long known for nice steel bikes, Jamis has married a cyclocross bike with a lightweight touring bike, thrown on some disc brakes, and Voila – perhaps the most practical bike we have ever seen. The Bosa-Nova will last a lifetime, and thrive on any road and moderate trail you travel. Perfect for WNC’s varied terrain!