Cannondale Synapse Clarence

In Conjuction with our End of Season Sale we have our remaining stock of 2019 Cannondale Synapse Endurance bikes on massive clearance…

Synapse E-TAP was $8,499 sale $5,499 (56cm)

Synapse Ultegra Di2 was $5,999 sale $3,800 (56cm)

Synapse Ultegra was $4,499 sale $3,200 (54,56,58cm)

Synapse Ultegra W was $4499 sale $3,200 (51cm)

Now is the time to secure a bargain on these fantastic endurance road bikes…first in best dressed !!!

All bikes come with our customised fitting service included free of charge to make sure that your purchase is the best it can be.

SMP Saddles – A Bike Riders Best Friend

Problems with the seat you ride on? There are seats out there that will help you ride better…

There would hardly be a customer we have dealt with that hasn’t has a problem with a seat at some stage through their cycling adventures. There is literally thousands of saddle options available from narrow to ultra wide, from firm to super soft to try and your rump from screaming at you.

Here at Wagga Cycle Centre we keep a large variety of saddles in store to help weekend riders through to die hard roadies. We advise customers which seats will suit them and their riding style, along with discussing any specific issues they are having with their current seat.

Our in store bicycle fitting program for serious cyclists also takes the seat into account when making adjustments to riding positions and pedaling techniques.

The number of issues that people have with seats varies greatly and is specific than “it’s too hard” or “my bum gets sore!!!”. There can be issues such as sore sit bones, numb genital area, sore glutes and thigh rub affecting all sorts of riders out there. Your rump is a series of muscles that needs to get used to a seat, no different to doing weights at the gym, you build up and condition to the stress. But a seat is dealing with some pretty important and sensitive areas of the body.

This is where Selle SMP saddles come into play.

Developed in Italy, SMP have actually been around for 70 years, but their current range of saddles that we highly recommend have been one of the best developments with seats in the last 10-15 years. SMP-4-Bike is the most iconic saddle shape on the market, and it can draw lots of looks and lots of questions. Whether you are a serious road rider, triathlete or a recreational rider, the idea behind the interesting shape of SMP seats is the same. Shape is the key to SMP, not just how soft or wide it is. Here is a quick break down of what is happening:

  1. The curved shape of the seat:  as a person leans forward to reach their handlebars, the hips tilt forward and as a result human “sit” bones actually poke slightly backwards. This means they will push into the curve of the seat and have something to support them (think of a runner with their heals on the starting blocks). With traditional flat seats more muscles are being tensed up to hold you in position instead of leaning into the seat. Certainly the vast majority of people say they feel like their rump is more relaxed when sitting on the SMP, this curve is the main reason for this.
  2. large flow channel: after the sit bones have something to nicely  push and stabilise against, the flow channel takes the pressure away from the sensitive areas of the genitals and the pudendal artery / nerve area. This is a great way of avoiding the numbness that many people associate with their seat and bike riding. This issue has been a major talking point with men’s health and the affect on men’s testicles. SMP seats are certainly a great way of avoiding some of the underlying problems with men spending a lot of time in the saddle and the affects on reproductive potency and testicular health.
  3. front curve / nose: the front curve and nose of the seat help to stabilise the user as they lean forward, and SMP have done a great job of making this section of the seat soft to avoid pressure whilst still doing the job well.

Many specific issues people have had with seats can be eliminated with the SMP philosophy… forget men’s and women’s specific seats… eliminate the actual issues that affect you. SMP stands out in a market full of seat brands promoting generic remedies…

Now that you have a bit of a grasp of why SMP saddles have their iconic shape, the great thing is that this philosophy has been applied to a massive range of saddles – many of which we keep in stock.

SMP have too many models to list and hold in store, but we make sure to keep the most relevant models and the models that have provided the best feedback from real riders out there:

Performance models $300-$400: Leather covered with firmer padding for riders doing many miles – check out SMP Lite 209, Drakon and Avant.

Sport models $100-$190: Vinyl covered with medium padding levels – aimed at riders on their road bikes and more serious recreational riders – check out SMP extra, Well and Well Plus

Recreational models: called TRK seats with wider and softer vinyl covers – aimed at hybrid riders, mountain bikers, comfort bikes and E-bikes – $99-$150

SMP saddles can be purchased  and taken home by a customer, but as a bike shop committed to not just selling product, but to also making sure it works correctly, we always offer to fit the saddle for customers. There is quite a technique and measurements to take into account to get the most out of SMP saddles, and admittedly, the advice available from SMP website regarding fitting often needs a bit more of the personal touch to get right for users.

Here at Wagga Cycle Centre we provide all SMP seat fitting at no extra cost. We also provide demo models of some of our most popular models so that riders can get a feel for the right saddle over a number of rides.

 

 

HUMM FINANCE

Humm | No Intrest Ever… Taking over from Certegy Ezi Pay…
For many years Certegy’s No Interest Ever scheme has been a great way for customers to get the bike they want.
Customers walk out with the bike and accessories they need on the same day as the paper work is done!!!
Our big window sign for Certegy has greeted customers of Wagga Cycle Centre for a long time.
Well except for the name and signage, nothing else is changing.
Humm Finance have amalgamated a number of instore finance providers and its business as usual.
Many customers ask us what’s the catch or what’s the fine print in using No Interest Ever to pay off a bike purchase.
The great thing is that Humm Finance means you pay back an exact amount over a nominated time frame, there is no hidden catches, no going over the time frame with interest kicking in.
It’s the price of the bike plus any other accessories you need, a deposit is normally paid and the time frame is worked out based on how much you are spending – typically between $700 and $6000.
Time frames  are 6, 12, 18, 24 months and repayments are always fortnightly.
Yes there is an establishment and account keeping fee, but this is worked out at the time of purchase, so once again it is an exact fortnightly amount you pay back until the end of the contract.
This gives customers the ability to really get the bike and gear they want with most repayments being worked out at well under $100 per fortnight !!!
HAVE YOUR SMART PHONE WITH YOU? Of course you do, so the contract can be approved on the spot via SMS or Email and you are ready to head out the door and onto your bike…
So whilst you might see a few changes to our instore displays and fliers, it’s business as usual.
Make the way in store or contact us via email and we can talk you through a quote calculation and the terms and conditions…and you can get ready to ride your new toy !!!

IN DOOR TRAINERS for Recreational Riders

Keep the love for your bike going all year round…
Well winter is just about here for the Riverina and southern NSW.
And for many of our customers that means indoor trainer time!!!
Most riders know what an indoor trainer is but what a lot of people don’t realize is they are not just meant for serious road riders. Nearly any road, and many recreational bikes can fit a simple rear wheel trainer or a serious high power direct drive unit. So keep yourself going this winter with the advise and the right unit below…
Who uses indoor trainers besides serious riders? 
The answer is everyone – from one day a week riders to that person you always see commuting to work and MTB riders who can’t get to the tracks during the week. We sell as many trainers to people who consider themselves weekend riders as we do to those on their rig everyday.
The most forgotten reason to buy an indoor trainer is that you are getting used to your own bike…so you will be getting used to how to sit and control the bike, get familiar with how you like to push hard on the pedals, and for many recreational customers it’s a good opportunity to get used to that seat they don’t get familiar enough with before their next weekend ride comes around.
This all in turn means you have stayed away from an exercise bike that will never feel as good as a bike and trainer for the same cost. Even our basic $250 rear wheel trainers are going to take advantage of the mechanics in a real bike instead of basic parts in that unit you saw in the latest catalogue from a chain store (or on a late night infomercial).
Units from reputable brands are only getting smoother and quieter so they are enjoyable to ride with the headphones banging or Netflix streaming…
Here at Wagga Cycle Centre we don’t expect people to just walk up to the cash register with the box to purchase…it has always been about showing people through the range of units and giving sound advise based on how much you will use it, how hard you will go and will there be multiple bikes going in it.  Naturally we will show you how it works but more importantly show you how to get your bike in and out of the device with some tips from long time users.
We stock rear wheel units at $250,$350 $500 and $800. Smart trainers and direct drive trainers are also pretty achievable for recreational riders with units from $749.
If you are a regular MTB rider, direct drive trainers also provide another forgotten benefit. Knobby tyres and rear wheel trainers don’t mix because of the aggressive treads running over the roller. Making a purchase of a direct drive trainer removes the rear wheel and also provides an incredibly stable and smooth riding experience – that any rider will benefit from.
Anyone who has visited our store might have seen our direct drive trainers in use for bicycle fitting sessions that myself or the other staff perform for new purchases and bike tweaking – feel free to ask us for a demo if you think direct drive is for you…
Please check out the great units we stock from Elite and Tacx brands
We will have a more in-depth analysis of Smart Trainers in an upcoming newsletter so watch out for that in the coming weeks.
So if you had previously thought that an indoor trainer is only for your serious riding mates then think again. We have the range to suit your bike and staff familiar with all the units that the market offers.
Most importantly we keep in stock what we recommend… so make the journey in store and we can set you up on the spot!!!
Thanks again for your time, and as always if there is something you read here that you want to know more about please contact us via the link
cheers
Andrew

TUBELESS TIRES FOR BEGINNERS

How first time users can get friendly and stay friendly with Tubeless…

Tubeless tires are everywhere, there is not a day that goes by here at Wagga Cycle Centre that we don’t either set up a new tubeless system, top up the liquid sealant, sell a bike with tubeless tires or repair a damaged tubeless tire. We have been dealing with tubeless systems since before they got popular back in 2005…

As tubeless tires find their way onto more bikes and cheaper bikes, we are being asked more questions about how it works and what are the benefits – especially from first time users, recreational riders and people doing home conversions (to save money). Many people with high performance MTB and road bikes already know the advantages, but if you want help to convert an existing bike or are looking at a new entry level bike with tubeless, keep reading…

So why tubeless ???

It is smoother riding, feels faster, accelerates better, provides better grip and is generally more puncture proof than conventional tubes and tires. It will also be lighter than if a tube and tire are upgraded to similar durability. If tubeless tires do puncture from thorns, or glass or sharp rocks it tends to be less catastrophic, with the tougher materials “puckering” up and allowing the installed sealants to clot a hole and keep you riding with only a little air loss.

Sounds great – what are the negatives ???

The negatives are:   1. many brands are marketing tires that are very light, at the expense of durability (aimed at high performance riding) 2. cheap tubeless tires that inexperienced users might find appealing, along with budget tubeless conversions for “do it yourself” home use with existing tires. 3. cheaper new bikes are promoting tubeless inclusions for the price – with low quality product to keep the price sharp.

In all these situations the tires simply do not have the right design or strength in the material to be puncture proof to keep you rolling nicely, plus normal tire conversions will have sealing, inflation and durability issues if converted. Don’t do it… these kinds of products are all trying to cash in on the craze…

So what is right ???

Here at Wagga Cycle Centre, we have tried every brand of tubeless tire at every price point and the brand we keep coming back to is MAXXIS TIRES… Nearly every single model of Maxxis tubeless tire is going to provide users with a reliable set up…There are other brands providing quality tires we can recommend but for the purpose of helping beginners (and experienced riders for that matter) Maxxis have MTB, Hybrid, Road and Gravel tires that are the correct materials and design to make tubeless work for very user and intended purpose.

Great, so is tubeless what I need ???

Make the journey in store so we can talk you through the tires and explain the benefits and if it’s right for you – we keep a massive variety of tubeless tires in store, and can show you bikes as low in price as $999 with Maxxis Tubeless Tires !!!

Is there anything else I need to know ???

1. Installing the parts to set up tubeless is certainly an area where people at home go wrong – let us do it correctly in the workshop for you. 2. There are times we will not recommend tubeless, such as children’s bikes and sometimes with heavier riders – the best idea is to talk it through in store or via email

ASK US ABOUT OUR DISCOUNTED RATES FOR PURCHASE AND EXPERT INSTALLATION !!!

Thanks for your time,

 

Andrew T.

Wagga Store Tyres