Monthly Archives: April 2012

Mount Davis Challenge Bicycle Road Race

Course map of the Mount Davis Challange

The Mt. Davis Challenge Bicycle Road Race is a 42-mile race that traverses the highest point in Pennsylvania, Mt. Davis. The course is lollipop style that starts in Confluence, PA and utilizes the hilly back roads of the Mt. Davis area and climbs to an elevation of 3,213ft. Once over the top it descends on the eastern side and climbs back up on Savage Road before returning to Confluence. Prolonged climbs and fast descents on some rough road surfaces make this a true challenge. A portion of the race proceeds will benefit the Confluence Creative Arts Center.

 

For more information or questions e-mail Jim Sota or call (814) 926-2840.

 

Spring Bike Swap!

BUY ► SELL ► TRADE

Kid's bike at Route 31 Bike, Board and Ski, Somerset, PA.

Join us throughout the entire month of May to sell your old bikes or to purchase a used one. Make some extra money or pick up a great deal for those growing kids. Call for details. (814) 443-1282.

Michael Baker: Rodeo off the pyramid

Here's another shot of Michael Baker, local rider from Somerset, PA, doing a rodeo off the pyramid at Seven Springs Resort.

Michael Baker: Inverted in The Alley

Pictured is Michael Baker, local rider from Somerset, PA. He's inverted in The Alley at Seven Springs Resort. This shot, taken by Carter Shafer,  was so awesome we featured it on our home page. If you'd like to submit a photo for us to post, email it to words@route31boardandski.com. Be sure to include all relevant info, and naturally by submitting permission to use it on our site is implied.

Spring Clearance 2012

Trek bicycles on sale at Route 31 Bike, Board & Ski

TREK bikes up to 25% off!

BURTON snowboards up to 33% off!

TREK cycle shorts up to 30% off!

ELAN skis up to 42% off!

TUNE-UP SPECIAL!

Buy 1 Standard Bike Tune-Up for $29.95
and receive the second at 50% off!

Sale prices expire 4/30/12

ROUTE 31 DOES NOT SELL TREK OR GARY FISHER PRODUCTS THROUGH THE MAIL OR OVER THE INTERNET. ALL TREK AND GARY FISHER PRODUCTS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE AT OUR RETAIL STORE

What’s a 29er?

Although around since the '90's, lately there has been an upsurge in interest in 29er (or two-niner) mountain bikes. So, exactly what is a 29er?

Most mountain bikes use what is commonly called a 26 inch wheel which technically is an ISO 559 mm wheels. A 29er uses an ISO 622 mm wheel which is often used for road-racing, trekking, touring and cyclo-cross. For those of you adept at converting millimeters to inches, note that the 26" and 29" refers to the outside diameter of the wheel with the tire mounted.

 So, what does a larger diameter tire do for you on the trail? A higher "attack angle" and increased momentum allows the tire to roll over obstacles and rough trails easier, smoothing out the ride and reducing the energy you expend. The larger tire also has a greater area of rubber in contact with the trail which improves traction and control especially when climbing or turning. Riders also report a feeling of increased stability. 

Since there is no free lunch, what is the downside of a 29er? The larger wheels require slightly more engery to start rolling and to turn. In addition shorter riders (5'5") often have a hard time getting a good fitting bike due to the larger wheels. 

Route 31 Bike, Board & Ski currently stocks two models of 29ers. Both are entry level sport hardtail bikes featuring Alpha Gold Aluminum frames in the Genesis 2 configuration and mechanical disk brakes. The frame and fork geometry create a bike that is nimble in tight, twisty trails without compromising high-speed stability. The Gary Fisher Wahoo has an MSRP of $599.99 and it's bigger brother the Marlin comes in at $679.99. Upgrades from the Wahoo to the Marlin include suspension fork lockouts and upgraded rims, derailleur and stem.

ROUTE 31 DOES NOT SELL TREK OR GARY FISHER PRODUCTS THROUGH THE MAIL OR OVER THE INTERNET. ALL TREK AND GARY FISHER PRODUCTS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE AT OUR RETAIL STORE.

 

 

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