Monday, June 29, 2009

Origin8 Del Pasado

The Origin8 Del Pasado now in stock we currently have a 50cm white, 53cm black, 56 white.
We also have all the parts you need to complete this beautiful frame set.
Stop by today we might even be able to build it while you wait!

Cyclists' Forum July 8 - Downtown Orlando Public Library

Are my duties the same as a driver?
What do I do if I am stopped by police?
Can I refuse a search by a police officer?

Come join us Wednesday, July 8, 6:30-8 pm at the Downtown Orlando Public Library Cypress Room. Free and open to the public.
Discussion will include a presentation by attorney Glenn Katon and Mighk Wilson of Metro Plan Orlando.

For more information please contact: Americal Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida (407) 340-3550

Happy 4th of July!

Retro City Cycles will be closed Saturday, July 4, in honor of Independence Day.

Thanks, and have a great holiday weekend!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Riding with Hans Rey!

Dano and I had the amazing opportunity to do a downhill run with Hans Rey in Park City. For those of you not familiar with Hans "No Way" Rey... Hans is considered the world's leader in extreme mountain biking. He is a former trials riding world champion, a showman, a stuntman and an adventure mountain biker. He has traveled the world extensively; riding his GT mountain bikes, over and through areas previously considered unrideable. Hans has been riding for GT for 27 years.
Not only is Hans an incredible rider, but just an overall nice guy. Hans also started the charity Wheels 4 Life where he raises money to provide people in Third World countries with bikes for transportation in order for them to get out of the vicious cycle of the poverty trap. In addition to providing them with transportation, he also teaches them the trade of building a bike. For more info, or to make a donation to Wheels 4 Life, please visit

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Critical Mass Tomorrow!

Critical Mass is tomorrow, June 26, and the last Friday of every month. Join us! 5:30 pm at Loch Haven Park... park at Retro City Cycles and we'll ride over together!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Back from Park City!

Dano and I got back into town last night after three days of epic riding on GT, Schwinn and Mongoose's 2010 line. What a treat! Here are a few pics of the sweet bikes you can expect to see in our shop in the coming months:

Schwinn Tailwind Electric Bike (fast, even in the mountains!)

Schwinn Madison in two color schemes - yes, the top one has gold grips, chain, rims and crank arms - bling!

My new bike? The Marathon Team

Dano on the GT Sensor 1.0

GTR Type CX - They have also created a second cyclocross bike for 2010, retailing at $1,000. In case you are wondering, I am standing on the podium at the 2002 Olympic winter games park!

Dano on the Schwinn Panther beach cruiser... so easy and comfortable to ride, using your legs is optional!

Keep an eye out for these bikes to start arriving in the fall!

Jamis XCT 3 Featured in Decline Magazine!

Jamis builds the Dakar XCT using a Kinesium aluminum main triangle and 7005 aluminum rear end. It features Jamis’ 130mm-travel “mp3” linkage design with cartridge bearings at all of the pivots. The frame has an integrated headset with a gusset at the down tube, a full-length seat tube and a brace under the rear shock that links the seat and down tubes. The brace adds strength to the frame, allowing Jamis to use a lightweight butted down tube while providing a lighter and stronger frame overall. The down tube is also curved to help preserve the pivot locations of the mp3 linkage design. Jamis sells three versions of the Dakar XCT and we tested the XCT 3, which is the top model. The XCT 1 and XCT 2 use the same chassis design but come in at lower price points. Suspension Jamis equipped the XCT 3 with Fox suspension, using a 32 Talas R fork and Float R rear shock. The 32 Talas R features a 15mm thru-axle and adjustable rebound damping and travel. The Talas travel adjuster works on-the-fly, keeping the fork active in all three travel settings: 100, 120 and 140mm. The rear shock uses 10mm oversized hardware and has adjustable rebound damping. Parts Kit All of the XCT bikes are budget-minded with carefully chosen parts to give the bikes a solid ride while keeping the price reasonable. Along with the Fox suspension components, the XCT 3 comes with a Shimano XT gruppo, Ritchey bar, post and stem, FSA V-Drive MegaExo cranks and Shimano XT hubs laced up to Mavic XM317 rims.

The name “XCT” means Cross-Country Trail and that’s a perfect description for the character of the bike. Made for ripping sweet singletrack, it comes equipped with 130mm of rear travel, 140mm of front travel, an XC-length stem, steep seat angle and a slack head angle. It’s a bike that caters to high-paced riding, whether you’re motoring up a long climb or blazing down a flowing trail. The XCT’s forte is its ability to cover ground like a cross-country bike while offering comfortable geometry on descents. Shake It Up The XCT is an anomaly when compared to similar trail bikes. Unlike most bikes in the 130mm-travel range, it has a rare combination of a steep seat angle and a slack head angle. The 73-degree seat angle (sizes 15, 17 and 19”) puts the rider in a good position for pedaling while the 67.5-degree head angle and low 12.87-inch bottom bracket height cater to fast, rough riding. It’s a cool setup for riders that want a bike that can maintain a high tempo on trail rides. Automatic For The People The XCT has a great pedaling chassis that feels more “cross-country” than most all-mountain bikes. The seat angle caters to aggressive pedaling and the uninterrupted seat tube allows for a full range of saddle height adjustment. The head angle will prompt you to make use of the Talas travel adjuster on climbs and you might even like using it on slower terrain to provide quicker handling. Jamis designed the XCT to be a bike that you “set and forget,” so once you set the shock sag, the bike is ready to ride. The Float R shock doesn’t feature a ProPedal lever and comes set up with the ProPedal threshold level already tuned. The stock setup gives the bike a firm feel at the pedals that propels it forward with minimal bob from the suspension. Would the XCT be a better bike with a ProPedal adjuster? Probably not. It might allow for a slightly more sensitive setup but it would change the character of the bike by requiring the rider to manually turn the ProPedal adjuster on and off rather than the automatic feel of the stock setup. Greatest Hits The low BB and relaxed head angle make the XCT much more comfortable at speed than typical 130mmtravel bikes. In fact, it may take a little adjustment time before you tap into the potential of the bike, especially when speeding down rugged trails. It skips over rocks and roots, and carves high-speed singletrack like it’s on rails. The firm feel of the suspension tiptoes the line between cross-country and all-mountain, creating a well-balanced ride that can handle rowdy terrain. We were impressed with how well the front end navigates steep sections and plows over bumps. Even though the BB is lower than most bikes, it only takes a little awareness to avoid whacking the pedals on rocks and it make the bike feel very stable. Overall, the XCT is a bike made for technical trails that wills you to pick up the pace.

Born from the efficient XCR chassis design, Jamis gave the XCT 130mm of travel, a slack
head angle and low bottom bracket height to make it an all-around trail machine. With the help of the adjustable travel fork on climbs, the suspension has a firm feel that effectively covers terrain while the geometry makes the bike more comfortable on rough trails.
PRICE: $3,050; WEIGHT: 30.71 lbs.;
SIZES: 13, 15 (tested), 17, 19, 21”;
COLORS: 2-Phase Black

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Origin 8 Del Pasado

Just got a call from my inside guy and the Origin 8 Del Pasado frame set just landed!
We should be seeing these awesome frame sets in a couple of days.
Stay posted for more details.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

GT, Schwinn, Mongoose in Park City!

Dano and I are out in Park City, Utah, for the Cycling Sports Group (GT, Schwinn, Mongoose) annual preview of their new bikes! Not only are we in heaven because we are surrounded by 100s of brand-new, 2010 bikes, but Park City is a-maz-ing!

We arrived yesterday to a cold rainy day... but not ones to let the weather stop us, we grabbed the Schwinn Tailwind electric bikes. What a blast! If you've ever said the words "I would commute to work if..." this is the bike for you. Not only is it assisted by the electric motor (even riding through the steep Park City streets), it has full fenders, a covered chain and cassette, lock, bell, and front and rear lights. An awesome and comfortable ride.

Today we spent a good six hours on the mountain bikes... to include two trips up the ski lift... one with Pro Hans Rey! My first downhill rides, and I can hardly wait until tomorrow to do it again. Dano rode the GT Adventure MTB and Sensor 1.0, I rode the Sensor Women's 2.0 and the GT Force. Incredible bikes!

Looking forward to another great day tomorrow, planning to take a ride on the road and cyclocross bikes, and of course, more mountain biking.

We are all in for a treat when we bring these new 2010 bikes in... stay tuned! And as soon as we return, I will post pics!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Urban Mountain Bike Park Coming to Orlando? With your help it will!

Mountain biking in Orlando? True, we don't have mountains, or hills, or even a vast amount of woods in the City Beautiful. We have been blessed with Snow Hill, Santos and Alafia trails... but wouldn't it be great to save the gas money, and jump off of something other than a curb, right in your own neighborhood?

With your help, you can! We are working with the city to put an Urban Mountain Bike Park right in downtown Orlando! The site we are targeting is on Division Street, north of Gore, right under the I-4/408 interchange.

Seattle recently built the I-5 Colonnade Mountain Bike Park, the first of a new urban model for mountain bike facilities. (see above photo) What an awesome idea! To check out more info on the Colonnade, please visit

Think this is a great idea? We hope so! Please drop Malisa Mcreedy a quick email saying that you would love to see an urban mountain bike park set up on Division Street... she is working with us to make this a priority for the city! Grant money is available to build this project, all we need is a few hands to support this good cause!

Thank you again!

Origin 8 Del Pasado

A new fixed-gear bike is making its debut. From the same guys who brought you the UNO... we'd like to introduce the Origin 8 Del Pasado!

Product Information:
700C Track Frame and Fork
Full heat treated 4130 chromoly frame and fork
Ovalized 28mm tall chainstays
Custom machined horizontal dropouts
25.4mm seat post
120mm rear spacing
1 1/8" threadless headset
Front and rear caliper mounts
405mm chainstays
Room for 35c tires and fenders
Includes integrated seat collar
Frame and fork feature eyelet holes for rack mounting
Straight blade chromoly fork
45mm rake fork

Aside from all of these awesome features, you can't beat the price! $179.99

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Best of Orlando - it's time to vote!

It's that time of year... to vote for all of your favorite things in Orlando! Please vote Retro City Cycles as your favorite bike shop! Go to the Orlando Weekly to cast your vote today:

Down by the Weep Hole: The Story of the Stupor Bowl

For those of you who might not be aware, the Stupor Bowl is one of the oldest, longest running, messenger thrown alleycats in the world. Every winter in the dead of February, over 400 people gather in Minneapolis to do battle. This years speed race was won by NYC badass Austin Horse. The Stupor Bowl is a truly unique, spectacular, spectacle. It is one of a kind and must be experienced to believe.

The film premiers at the NYC Bicycle Film Festival this summer and will travel with the festival around the world. Catch the trailer here:

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


BRAND NEW Weinmann DP18 Fixie wheelsets ON SALE

Regular Price $219.99




Monday, June 1, 2009

Jamis Commuter 1.0 Featured on CBS News on the Early Show!

Biking not only keeps you fit, it can also make make you rich -- well, kind of.

Peddling just four miles a day can burn 19 pounds of calories a year and save over $800 in gas, according to Bicycling magazine. But how do you choose the right wheels?

Loren Mooney, editor in chief of Bicycling magazine, appeared Wednesday on The Early Show to talk about what you should look for in a great new bike. If you’re a commuter, Mooney recommends going with $365 Jamis Commuter 1.0 with a suspension saddle, wide tires for stability and adjustable handlebars for a proper fit.

Another great compliment for Jamis Bikes! Way to go!