Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The snow is coming.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
For starters, with the exception of the weather we’ve had this weekend, the riding has been amazing this fall. The roads are clear and we’ve had very few windy days, the Cyclocross practice series is going great (thanks Newlin), and the trails have never ridden better. We opened up a new section at Sidie and a new mile of trail at Hubbard Hills (with more to be completed yet this year). We have added a half dozen fancy new lighting systems to the crew of regulars and now we are seeing a full-on “train” of lights on our Friday night group rides in the woods.
While those fun activities are going on outside, here’s what is happening inside.
We added Felt Bicycles to our already strong line of bikes at the shop. We are very excited to be working with these fine folks and have seen some beautiful bikes come through the shop. I was feeling that Bluedog Cycles was missing out a bit on the road market and with Felt onboard I feel like we have it all now. I guess others feel that way too, as we’ve sold more road bikes in the past month than we did all season long. But don’t overlook Felt when it comes to mountain and Cyclocross offerings. I’m now personally in possession of a gorgeous new carbon fiber 29er that tips the scales at just 23 pounds and a Cyclocross bike that is way faster than I.
On a day like today when the wind rips through to the bone, it’s great to be wrapped from head to toe in wool. If you’ve paid attention to my rants and strong opinions in the past, you know I love wool. Ibex wool wears are starting to come in and if you haven’t pulled the trigger on this stuff in the past, now is the time. Nothing feels better in the fall and winter than wool. It is warm and cozy and it doesn’t build up that nasty stink that all your poly-plastic does. To sweeten the deal, Bluedog Cycles offers all of the Ibex line at 20% off all the time. Whether we have it in stock or we have to order it for you, you will get it on sale and not pay shipping. Makes mail order seem like a rip off eh?
On November 1st, our Atlas snowshoes and Rossignol Nordic skis are shipping to the shop. We have been a proud supplier of Atlas snowshoes for four years now and last year was our first year with skis and it went great. We are renting both snowshoes and skis and with both you can apply that rental fee towards a purchase of new stuff for you and your family. We are also moving stuff around in the repair shop to make room for the ski tuning equipment and we will be providing the area skiers with great ski tech support.
Lastly, Brewdog is coming!! The coffee corner has been in the works for some time now and hopefully by next month we will be pouring steaming cups of Joe from the gang over at Kickapoo Roasters (Roast Magazine’s 2010 Roaster of the Year). Kait Keeley will be bringin’ it with her barista skills and lovely charm very soon, and the shop will smell better than ever.
To all our loyal followers over the years, Thank You! And to you folks that haven’t made it in yet, we are excited to get to know you and hear about your adventures. Stop in and see what we’ve got going on at the shop and let us help you make the most of your valuable “play” time.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
The event, which always falls on National Public Lands Day has logged over 1000 volunteer hours, seen 300+ volunteers, and produced 9 miles of wonderful “shared-use” trails for all park visitors to enjoy. Over the past four years Vernon Trails has been working closely with Vernon County Parks to create a trail network that has become an invaluable resource for the community and a considerable draw to silent sports enthusiasts from a much broader regional scope.
After the work day concluded, volunteers were invited to stay for a barbeque, a door prize raffle, and entertainment from four local bands. Over 150 people attended the event to “play in the park” for the day. Several attendees stayed to camp for the night and have a big pancake breakfast on Sunday. Guided trail tours were given by bike and foot after breakfast and the new sections of trail were “stomped down”.
Vernon Trails would like to thank the many, many volunteers who showed up to work in the woods, the great bands that entertained us, The Cakery, The Viroqua Food Co-op, Organic Valley and Central Waters for the food and drink, Dairyland Printing, Bluedog Cycles, Mt Borah for their continued support, door prize schwag, and the use of their cool shuttle van, Human Powered Trails (of La Crosse) for the use of their trail tools, and the tireless friends who help out all year long with the random volunteer efforts.
Trail work will continue well into the fall at Sidie Hollow as well as on the 150 acres of private land that Vernon Trails is building upon. The long term vision is to connect the Sidie Hollow trail network all the way back to the town of Viroqua. Please contact Vernon Trails for more information on how to become a volunteer or to make your tax deductible donation to the non-profit group so we can continue to create this silent sports paradise.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
The IMBA visit went great! We learned a lot, heard a lot of really great things, opened some political doors, built some beautiful trail, and made some new friends. We have a lot to talk about and digest, and I'm really excited about it.
Check out the blog entry posted by Chris and Leslie of the IMBA Trail Care Crew below:
On the Trail with IMBA
Click HERE to view more pictures from the visit.
Thank you all for your enthusiasm
Volunteer Board President
Vernon Trails Inc.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Wow! What an amazing spring.
While Bluedog Cycles settled in it's new dog house, we sure hope you have been out enjoying this fantastic riding weather.
Here's this week's Blue's news:
- DAWG ~ 1st of the season Ladies Night Ride a big success. I was certain my 6 o'clock ride was going to be rained out, but 10 wonderful women turned out, and the rain stayed away. It felt great to get out on the bike. Being surrounded by such supportive, and fun women makes it all the better. Thank you all who joined in the kick off party and first ride. Hope to see you, and many more faces! Happy Riding.
- Dallas is back! Our first employee ever Dallas Seevers has completed his first year of college and returned to Bluedog for the summer. Dallas was born with a wrench in his hand, and will always greet you with a smile. Come down and welcome Dallas back.
- Welcome Kate Bergen. Kate is the newest member of the Bluedog team. Kate has been riding with the DAWG's, since it's beginning 3 years ago. You will see Kate helping out behind the counter. Kate is a great fit to the Bluedog Team.
- Brewdog. Coffee corner construction soon to get underway. Excuse our mess as we begin this renovation. More details to follow.
Special Thanks to all the Bluedog Supporters out there!
Hope to see you out peddling.
Monday, March 1, 2010
The rumors of the coffee shop are right on. We're working with the gang over at Kickapoo Roasters to set up a super cozy little hang out and that should be going in the next month or so. The flat screen will be looping all the coolest videos and any helmet cam productions that y'all bring me.
I have a returning staff this season that is ready to start rockin' and the group rides are going to be bigger and better than ever.
We had at least 60 folks that helped us move (too many classes, families, and Bluedog campers to mention). Thanks a million, we couldn't do what we do without you friends.
Stop by to see the shop and tell us your stories about where you've been playing these days.
Monday, January 18, 2010
In fact, as a quick side note, it’s difficult to “hot pick” just one thing since every time we went out to play we were technically using some gear from the bike shop. I skied some new Rossignol skate skis, I rode the Surly Pugsley on miles and miles of winding snowmobile trail, we snow shoed on our Atlas shoes while pulling the Burley with the “We Ski Kit” adapter, and I ran in my waterproof Pearl Izumi running shoes with the Yaktrax traction chains strapped on for the ice. But with all that stuff, the thing that I kept forcing Alycann to listen to me rave about was the Ibex woolies that I sported the whole week.
Much wiser folks than I have been wearing wool for about as long as there have been sheep, and pretty much every one in the land that lives above the 42nd Parallel has a favorite pair of long johns. Ibex melds the two and creates the most functional and comfortable long underwear I have worn.
This is also our third year with Atlas snowshoes. We have several models for men, women, and kids including all the accessories for sale, as well as a large rental fleet. Come on in and our staff can help find the perfect winter toy for you.
Skis- We have Rossignol skate, classic, touring, and
backcountry skis for rent.
Snowshoes- We have Atlas 10 Series snowshoes for
men and women to rent.
Item- ½ Day, Full Day, Weekend
Skate Skis $15.00 $25.00 $35.00
Classic Skis $10.00 $20.00 $30.00
Snowshoes $7.00 $12.00 $20.00