Monday, December 25, 2006

Midwest Multisport TRI Symposium.

NEWS FLASH: STEVE HED confirmed for Tri-Symposium - Midwest Multisport is proud to announce the inclusion of Steve Hed to the Triathlon Symposium. Hed is one of the leading designers and manufacturers in high speed wheel systems. Spots are still available!!! Come in a register today.

Midwest Multisport-Triathlon Symposium

Location: Prairie Life Center 8525 "Q" St. Omaha, NE 68127
Date: Saturday January 6th 8:00am to 4:00pmSunday January 7th 8:00am to 2:00pm
Cost: $100 / Includes lunch both days and symposium goodie bag

Registration: High Gear Bicycle Store of Omaha 8610 Brentwood Dr La Vista, NE
Trek Bicycle Store of Omaha 7214 Jones St. Omaha, NE
Prairie Life Fitness Center 8525 Q St. Omaha, NE

Featured Presenters:

Chris Lieto. Chris was a top ten finisher and the first American at the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii this year. Chris is also a professional triathlon coach.

Trek Wind Tunnel Engineer Mark Andrews

Bontrager Speed Product Managers John Balmer/Bill Miller

Coach Kevin Paladino Professional Triathlon Coach

Pat Dibase and Carol Olson Professional swim coaches that will introduce Dartfish technology with underwater videotaping.

Highgear Bicycle Store of Omaha
TREK Bicycle Store of Omaha
Prairie Life Fitness Center

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

How Commited Are You?

...Or should you be commited! It'll be January first in a couple weeks, time for new years resolutions and all that stuff. If you belong to a gym it'll be so crowded you'll have to wait to get on a machine. Me, can't stand working out indoors, unless it's a pool.


Time for the January Winter Ride Off, presented by the Midwest Cycling Community. What's this you ask? Welp, I stole the idea from Paddy, our north of the border brutha, who stole it from someone else. Paddy's rules rule. Read below.

Scoring rubric is as follows:

1. Each ride--on or off road--is worth 70 points, minus the lowest recorded windchill during the ride.Example 1: the windchill is 25 degrees. To get your score, you subtract 25 from 70: the base score for that ride is 55. Example 2: the windchill is minus 10 degrees. 70 minus -10 = 80 points.The colder it is the more points you score.Example 3: there is no windchill; then take the lowest temperature: 70 minus 62 = 8 points. If it gets warmer than 70, then enjoy, but no points will be awarded (or subtracted) for the ride.

2. To get your total points, you multiple the base score by the number of hours ridden.Example: Base score is 55; time ridden 2.5 hours. total score = 137.5 points. Let's keep it simple: if you ride for 2 hours and 20 minutes, you round to 2.25 hours, 2:10 goes to 2.25 hours; 2:25 goes to 2.5 hours. In other words, round to the nearest quarter hour.

3. If you convince two or more other idiots to ride with you, add 10 social points to your total points.Example: 50 base score x 3 hours =150 points + 10 social points =160 total points for the ride.

4. If you ride a single speed/fixed gear bike, add ten suffer points. (Or, if you are a nutcase like Paul and insist on suffering mightily, but don't have a SS--yet, get in one gear like 32 x 16 and stay there for the whole ride. No shifting, no, no, no!)Example: 50 base score x 3 hours =150 points + 10 social points + 10 suffer points = 170 total points for the ride.

5. No more than four rides per week may count. Submit your best four. (MOD note: sorry communters, one way = one ride)

6. Running or crosscountry skiing outdoors also counts. Same formula as above.

7. Indoor spinning, weightlifting, roller riding, swimming, etc. do not count. Be a sissy, if you must, but don't expect to be rewarded for it.

So here's how we're doing it Nebraska stylee. All may enter, just e-mail me at mark(at)trekomaha(dot)com and say you want to enter. Write "January Winter Ride Off" in the subject line. Starting January 1st, E-mail your weekly points total to me each Sunday night. Weekly and cummulative results will be posted on the Trek Omaha website and Highgear website.

Awards? Heck yeah there's awards!

1st Place - Pearl Izumi Amfib gloves ($65 value)
2nd Place - Pearl Izumi Amfib botties ($45 value)
3rd Place - Nike Winter riding cap ($25 value)

Awards ceremony will be the first Friday of February. Must be present to win. Details to follow.

I had 279 points last week. Get out and ride!!!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Road Test: Rollin' on Five-O's

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce Aeolus, god of wind. We've been staring at these beauty's for a couple of weeks now. Today, I took it upon myself to take them out for their maiden test ride. But before I give you the low down, lets back up a bit.

The Aeolus wheel was designed and built with one purpose, to help Lance win his 7th Tour. You can read up on them here. The details read like a who's who of speed weaponery.

The Rim: TREK born, OCLV 110gsm carbon. 50mm (5.0) or 65mm (6.5) rim depth. Handmade in Waterloo, Wisconsin, then shipped off to Steve HED in Minnesota for the aero treatment.

The Hub and Spoke: DT Hugi, light, strong, durable. Swiss precision at it's finest.

The Story: A 1700 gram pair of jet turbines for your bike, and at a mere $2200, they're millions of dollars cheaper than a Lear!

Now, back to the ride. Our demo pair is that of the 5.0 kind. They immediately made my Madone 5.5 look like a pro level, staight out of the peloton speed machine. That alone made me feel faster than I've felt in a decade. As I cruised out to the Omaha Trace, the first thing I felt was a definite increase in wheel stiffness and acceleration. What came next was a surprise. These were the smoothest wheels I think I've ever ridden. And when I say smooth, I mean compliant over bumps and road irregularities. Road vibration seemed to disappear.

I was hard pressed to find anything negative surrounding these fine hoops, but I did seem to get blown around a bit more than with my Race Lite's, but that's to be expected with a deep dish rim. Nothing a few more miles of adapting couldn't take care of. Did I mention the 5 year warranty? Yep, that's right, all Bontrager wheels have a industry best 5 year warranty. How's that for security? All this and they sound like an F-18 Hornet whiring down the road, love that carbon wheel sound!

Want to test out some Bontrager wheels yourself? Come in and check out our selection of Bontrager test ride wheelsets.

A Faster Toy

Dan picked up his custom Project One Trek TTX 9.9 the other day. OCLV carbon frame, full Dura-Ace drivetrain, carbon Bontrager components throughout and a performance analysis bike fit to top it all off. All this makes for the ultimate speed weapon. Watch for Dan tearing up the tarmac on both his rides!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Great Gifts for Everyone!

Come check out our selection of BMX race bikes. The racing may be done for the winter but you can get ready for next season with HARO Minis, Juniors and Experts. Models start as low as $275 and come with our exclusive 1 year service agreement and free 30 day tune-up, a $170 value. Buy now and take advantage of our special 10% accessory credit on all new bike purchases

For your cyclist that has everything, check out our new clothing line, TWIN SIX. These are some of the coolest t-shirt and sock designs we've seen. Jerseys are still a couple months away but you can stay warm and look cool in some new Twin Six wool socks. Socks start at $10, Tee's at $22

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Light Up the Night

For just $159.99 you can find your way home with this new Nightrider Newt. At 227 grams it is one of the lightest lights on the market. It will run for 3 hours on high and 6 hours on low and produces a clean whiter light.

Just like Charlie, even though its small, it packs a lot of punch.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Ride with the Herd...

If you are interested in racing your bicycle and meeting other folks that enjoy the same thing, then you should join our racing club. We will be hosting our first Club Night here at the shop on Sunday, December 3rd at 5:oopm. Everyone is welcome.

The Cycling Club of Nebraska will be taking on a new face and we are pretty excited about it. We will be showing our new jersey design and we will have our new 2007 club coupon books available for new and renewing members. Come by and see what the excitement is all about!!!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Show me the money!

Trek VW/Midwest rider Tony Wilhelm grabbing some cash from the money tree at this weekend's Nebraska State Cyclo-cross Championships. Tony went on to take the Gold medal in the Cat 1/2/3 mens event. Congrats Tony!

Congrats to all our sponsored athletes that took home medals in the State Cyclo-cross Championships this past weekend. In addition to Tony's title in the Cat 1/2/3 category, we had ...

Aaron Pool (Lincoln Plating/LeMond) Silver
Troy Krause ( KC) Bronze
Sydney Brown (Lincoln Plating/LeMond) Gold
Marc Walter (Lincoln Plating/LeMond)
Cat 3/4
Kevin Limpach (Highgear/CCN)
I know there are others, but the complete results are not posted yet. Great Job to everyone and thanks for flying the colors!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

New Arrival: Got Cold Feet?

You don't have to if you pick up a pair of these fine Lake winter cycling shoes. Made with Outlast smart fabric and Pittards leather, they will keep your feet warm on even the coldest of days. Outlast fabric is designed to transfer heat throughout the garment keeping the hot spots cool and cool spots warm, while Pittards leather sheds the elements but breaths better than membrane style synthetics. With a SPD compatible sole you're sure to stay firmly attached to your bike as you cruise off into a winter wonderland. MSRP $249.99

Friday, November 10, 2006

Light is fading...

...and it's getting colder, but that doesn't mean you have to stop riding. Join us Tuesday and Wednesday evenings for our Indoor Trainer Nights. Tuesday evenings will again be reserved for all you ladies while Wednesdays will be an open night. Majority rules on what the nights feature film will be. Choose from the latest road or mountain DVD's or ride to one of the CTS workout DVD's.

Each night is $2 per rider, free to active club members.

Don't have a trainer or maybe it's a little worn out. No worries, we have Cyclops' top of the line Fluid2 trainers available to rent. Just $3 a night, first come, first serve, riser blocks included.

Tuesdays ~ Ladies Night, 7:00pm-8:30pm

Wednesdays ~ Open Night, 7:00pm-8:30pm

See you there!!!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Kansas City 'Cross

PBjr and I made the trip down to KC to visit our brothers and sisters from the TREK Store Kansas City. The race course was excellent with technical corners, a bit of sand and a dirt run-up. TREK/VW Midwest rider Bill Stolte won the men's 1,2,3 category. Lincolnite Troy Krause (TREK KC) won the masters event with Trek/Highgear sponsored Midwest Wheelmasters rider Sydney Brown winning the women's. All in all a great day of racing.

Peter Boyd (Trek/VW Midwest)

Mark Savery (Trek Omaha)

Thursday, November 02, 2006

The Legend is Coming...

We've been searching the globe for a new brand of mountain bikes to compliment Fisher and Trek's already stacked line of off-road machines. Actually we didn't find a new brand at all. We found an original. Allow us to introduce Yeti Cycles as the newest member of the Trek Store family. Yeti has as deep a tradition in mountain biking as any company around and we welcome them with open arms. John Tomac, Juliana Furtado, Missy Giove, Myles Rockwell, Jimmy Deation and many others got their start racing for John Parkers Durango based company. Now located on the front range in Golden, Colorado, they make some of the best bikes in the world. Yeti's history section on their website might still be under construction, but click on the photo below to take a tour of the factory.

Bikes will be in the store soon. We'll keep you posted.


The TREK Bicycle Store of Omaha along with the Highgear and TREK Bicycle Stores of Kansas City and St.Louis are raffling off the TREK 1500 bicycle used at this years "Race to Replace" event.

This unique bicycle is signed by 7 time Tour de France winner LANCE ARMSTRONG and Indy car driver P.J. Chesson.

$5 per ticket
5 tickets for $20

All ticket sales donated to the

The winning ticket will be drawn on January 1st, 2007!!!

Thursday, October 26, 2006


While it may have seemed like a cold and dreary day, it was a bright day for the future of Omaha and Council Bluffs cyclists. Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey, shown above, shovels dirt in the ceremonial ground breaking this morning on the Omaha river front. The bicycle and pedestrian bridge, pictured above, is scheduled to be done by November 2008. We were proud to represent at this mornings activities. Nice to see the city government starting to support a community in motion!


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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Winter Clothing Guide

Yep, it's almost that time of year again. So I'm re-posted my clothing guide. I've been using this sweet winter clothing guide for a long time and it's never let me down. Hopefully it will come in handy for some of you. The temp ranges are for off-road riding, if you're going out on the road dress for the next coldest range.

50-60 degrees ~ Cycling shorts with lycra knee warmers, short sleeve jersey with a sleeveless base layer undershirt, lycra arm warmers and full finger gloves. add windstopper vest for breezy or moist conditions.

40-50 degrees ~ Cycling shorts with lycra tights or leg warmers, long sleeve jersey with long sleeve base layer undershirt. Rain resistent/windproof jacket for breezy or moist conditions. Full finger windproof gloves.

30-40 degrees ~ Cycling shorts with thermal tights, long sleeve jersey with long sleeve baselayer undershirt, thermal jacket, winter cap, winter gloves and booties.
*Long sleeve jersey not needed with a thermal jacket.

20-30 degrees ~ Cycling shorts with thermal bib tights, long sleeve jersey with long sleeve baselayer undershirt, thermal jacket, winter cap, winter gloves and booties.

10-20 degrees ~ Cycling shorts with thermal bib tights and base layer bottoms, long sleeve jersey with long sleeve base layer undershirt, thermal jacket, winter cap, neck gator or balaclava, winter gloves and booties with toe heaters.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Chilly weekend, fun times!!!

The Trek Store/Highgear family was in full force at this weekends cyclocross event at Swanson Park in Bellevue. TREK/VW team rider Tony Wilhelm won the Cat 1-2-3 event both days. Trek KC store manager Tom Price won the Masters 35+ on Saturday and the Cat 3-4 race on Sunday. The Nebraska Cyclocross series resumes November 18/19 in Lincoln. If you would like to learn more about cyclocross, swing into the shop and chat with any one of our knowledgeable staff members.


Troy with Darin in tow



Men's category 1-2-3


Tony and Bill






Greg's got cowbell











Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Lot's of options this weekend

Another big weekend is on the books here in good 'ole Omaha. First up is the Ride the Best Demo Tour over at Lake Manawa State Park on Saturday. Ken and Steve will have the latest Trek, Fisher and Lemond bikes on site and ready to ride.

If racing's your thing, then come out to the opening round of the Nebraska Cyclocross series at Swanson Park in Bellevue. Your's truely helped design the course and I'm pretty psyched about it. If you've never seen cyclocross before you have to come and watch. It's great for spectating. Our buddies from the Trek Store in KC are coming up with their super pit set up (pictured above). Racing is Saturday and Sunday so come on out.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Breast Cancer Awareness Ride

Over $1400 were raised for the Breast Cancer Reasearch Foundation today. We had over 50 people for the first annual Breast Cancer Awareness Ride. Riders of all ages enjoyed a nice, but chilly, spin up the Keystone trail before heading back to the shop for coffee and cinnamon rolls.

All the staff would like to thank everyone that participated in the ride. We had more riders than any other shop in the nation!

Shirts, jerseys and arm warmers will be on sale throughout the month. A portion of the sales of these items goes towards the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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