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01/13/12
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The Bicycle Trailer to Meet EVERY families needs!

Now in stock at Down Cycles! :>>

The Weehoo iGo is a revolutionary new approach in the design of children's bicycle trailers. While there are a multitude of options for bringing your child along for a ride, none offer the same flexibility as the Weehoo iGo Trailer.

=> Traditional bicycle seats, while secure, limit the child's movement and involvement with their parent, and with riding. Not to mention all regular seats on the market today have an upper size and weight restriction that limits most riders over 5 from fitting properly.

=> Tag-a-long style trailers attempt to solve the size, weight and involvement problem by freeing the child from restraints and placing them (almost) on their own bike that mom or dad can pull along. The drawback? Kid's rarely will want to stay focused long enough for you to enjoy the length ride you had originally planned, and once they start getting tired...that's it, time to go home.

=> Canopy style trailers solve the weight, size and exhaustion issue by providing a secure seat for the child to ride in. But unfortunately, it's usually quite tough for the rider to keep an eye on their kid(s) inside and obviously, the child is almost completely detached from the experience of riding.

:idea: The Weehoo iGo Trailer solve ALL of these problems. By placing the child in a secure recumbent cycle, they can be properly secured so if they do get tired and fall asleep (or aren't quite old enough yet to really want to participate in pedaling) the rider has no worries about them falling off. For those children that want to participate, the Weehoo iGo trailers accommodates riders from 2-9 years old and places them in a great position for viewing everything the ride has to offer.

The Weehoo iGo Trailer is truly the single best product on the market today for parents that want to take their younger riders along for a ride.

NOW IN STOCK AT DOWN CYCLES....rental program coming this summer!
^:^^XXX!

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10/04/11
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Right Now Down Cycles has 2011 and previous model year Bikes discounted! We are having our Fall Sale! Hundreds of dollars off brand new bikes by GT, Cannondale, Mongoose and more. We even have a Demo Cannondale RZ 120 available in a size Large in mint condition for $1000.00 off MSRP!!!

Check out the GT Distortion, Force and Sensors, all on sale and all award winning bikes!

Also worth noting: 2012 Bikes are rolling in as we speak. We have kids 12, 16, 20, and 24" built up and ready for the holidays. Down Cycles is also stocking road bikes. We have race bikes starting at $750 and up. The new 2012 Cannondale EVO is in stock!

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08/14/11
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GT is releasing a new whip for 2012 (Frame only). A 29er Titanium Xizang! This frame will retail in the US for $2200!

Interesting spec: Cable guides for continuous cable (nice for all us East coast racers),post mount 74mm rear disc tab and a tapered steerer tube!

Interested buyers should lock in with a down payment. This frame is being produced in limited numbers.

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04/29/11
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I have a new bike in the quiver and she’s an odd bird, one I never thought I’d invest in. I’m now the proud owner of a 29er, specifically the EWR Ti-motion 29er.

Like most of you I’ve been curious, to say the least, to test out a 29er. The hype has been that they outperform 26” wheel bikes. Most people who have made the switch say they will never go back. Last summer I (briefly) demoed a GT Zaskar 29er on two lift assisted runs at The Canyons in Utah. I walked away impressed.

The bike was quick and handled amazing, well beyond my expectations. I returned from this trip with this grandiose idea of selling off my 6” travel carbon, high tech, XTR full squishy and replacing it with a 29er hardtail. It took me long enough, but I finally built up a raw Titanium EWR with working man’s parts (rat rod style). My new rig weighs in at 26lbs (with tubes and pedals). This bike could easily be built lighter.

My first ride was in not so favorable conditions, just like each ride since. This season the woods are greasy on the east with roots that are dripping in green slime. Even so, what I noticed immediately was an increase in traction thanks to the larger tire to surface contact patch. The larger tire also gives fair warning if it’s about to break loose and spin out unlike a 26” tire that just bloodies your knee into the shifter before you can do a thing about it.

The gains in traction are also noticeable when cornering. The tires hook up like mad in the turns and give plenty of warning when you’re pushing hard. The big tires drift long before you get pitched! This sensation, as you can imagine, inspires confidence!

A 29er is not necessarily faster than a 26er. It’s only faster if you can keep it spinning. Let me try and explain: The big wheels must be brought up to speed and that takes slightly more effort, but once up to speed they roll faster than a smaller wheel. The catch is this: you need to keep the wheels spinning. This riding “style” may not suite certain riders.

29ers are wonderful and faster if you ride wide open. A rider who is constantly on the brakes will not recognize or reap the rewards of an increase in speed. However, the 29er wheel will roll over the lumps and bumps better than a 26er which a novice rider will appreciate! Speed demons will not notice the rolling over benefit since pinners jump the lumps never riding through them.

I was able to run much higher psi in both tires since the tires get so much traction. I’m at over 50 psi at the moment even in early season East Coast mud! The harder tires are faster and less likely to flat, but they do ride hard as a rock. The Titanium frame absorbs some, but Ti seems to ride more similar to alloy than 4130. This is my first Ti bike and I expected a softer ride, but EWR built this bike for racers. I’ll take the stiff responsive ride over a spongy wet noodle any day.

The bottom line is this: Consider a 29er if you’re an experienced rider who likes to ride fast or if you’re a newbie with guts that’s chasing down your bro’s who have been riding forever and if you race XC/marathon events. All I know is my new Ti-motion is a keeper for sure and I like that it already looks old!

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01/07/11
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The problems associated with consumer reviews:

Consumers have developed a false sense of security when it comes to relying on star ratings. As a retailer, I take the time to review comments made on the internet for products that I sell. Down Cycles is confident in every item we sell. If an item we sell is rated poorly, I research the issue. We certainly do not want unhappy customers. So far, I’ve been able to easily debunk every poor online rating.

For example, a customer called interested in bikes that sell for under $400.00. I recommended one in particular that I like that fit the bill. We have been selling this particular model successfully for years. I know that for the money, the bike I recommended would be hard to beat and it was the perfect choice for this person’s style of riding. This customer took it upon herself to Google the bike and found some negative reviews! This scenario plays out on a daily basis. This time the customer alerted me of the poor reviews. Most of the time, I’m sure, the customer reads the poor reviews, considers our shop one that doesn’t care or lacks knowledge of bikes and never calls us back.

I understand that customers take precautions and research purchases. This is fine and dandy and I recommend everyone continue to do so. It’s simple to pull up information on virtually anything these days. I read views myself before diving in with a purchase. Please be smart and weed through the nonsense in these reviews. Understand that you are not reading reviews submitted by experts!
This customer that confronted about the poor reviews on a bike that we love to sell was willing to send me the links. This is what I found and always seem to find with customer reviews:

Six reviews of the bike were found, three of which were negative. The consequence of a half positive half negative review set the rating of this bike at 2.5 stars. Not an attractive item to consider buying! I could see why this customer doubted my recommendation!

To be frank, I was shocked and dismayed. How could a bike that we find perfectly sound and incredible bargain be such a lemon? After all, I got in this business not to rob or upset customers, but to offer them a quality product that they will enjoy for many years. I prefer that customers actually ride their new bike, not use it as a clothes hanger.

Consumers have a tendency to never blame themselves for a poor decision. The first negative review was from a rider who obviously purchased the wrong bike for his style of riding. He complained that the wheels bent the first week and he constantly had problems with flat tires. Surprisingly, he admitted that he rides hard and jumps. He felt as though a $350 was a lot to spend for a bicycle and it should to hold up to his punishment. One of two things went wrong with his experience. Either the shop he bought from didn’t ask the proper questions before selling him the bike or this customer didn’t bother to explain his style of riding to the shop before buying. I got the vibe that the parent of an aggressive child who they bought the bike for was writing this review. My conclusion to the first negative review: “Busted” as they say on Myth Busters. This review should be tossed out. The customer bought the wrong bike and should have saved up for a bike designed for jumping. Star rating now at three, still ugly.

Next negative: This person was really “***” angry. They just can’t get comfortable on the bike. The fit is all wrong. It turns out they are 5’9” tall and bought a 15” size bicycle. The rider is 5’9” tall! They bought the wrong size bike! How dare they give the bike a negative review? A size 15” fits riders 5’ tall! The specifics were left out, but I assumed they bought online and didn’t consult a professional. This hell bent moron tried installing a longer/lay back seat post and longer stem to compensating for buying too small a bike. They complained about flipping over the bars on every ride and issues with toe overlap. Conclusion: “Busted”… There is nothing wrong with the bike itself. There is something wrong with the consumer. Star rating now up to 4 stars and looking pretty good!

Last negative rating: The consumer has listed a 2002 year bike along with the rating for a 2009! Not only that; the model is not even the same! This review should be omitted entirely! Conclusion: “Busted” Star rating for the bike now at 5 stars or 5 flaming chili peppers or 5 whatever’s.

People, don’t be sheep! Read these reviews and be smart! You were slick enough to do your research, at least do it right. Learn to trust the experts in the shops. We did not open a bicycle shop to steal your money and sell you junk! Most shops are sincere (probably 99% of them) and prefer you enjoy cycling. You should be able to tell in 10 seconds whether you’re talking to a shop that cares or not. Come in and visit us, explain to us your style of riding, and ball park price range that you’re able to spend. I know it’s hard to believe with all the scams and sensationalism on TV, but we will sell you a quality product that is sure to last you many years and bring you enjoyment. Buying the proper bike at a shop that cares could change your life for the better!

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09/15/10
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It’s that time of the year again, Interbike time. The 2011’s will be unveiled in a couple weeks and 2010 bikes are officially on sale.

Down Cycles 2010 models are available as of now in desirable sizes. Check out the latest posts for bike that are in stock and ready to go. Call us if you are interested in any of these bikes posted even if they’re not posted to purchase on the web site. Make an offer if you like! We do not want to go into winter with any of these bikes.

We have 09 Marin Wolf Ridge Models on sale at shop cost! 2008 Mongoose bikes are on sale at hundreds below cost (08 Mongoose Black Diamonds at $1500.00, size L only). Peruse the inventory and score yourself a deal. Bargains aren’t only found on eBay. Sometimes the best deals are down the street at your local shop.

We have Free Agent BMX and Eastern Bikes on closeout and don’t forget clothing and accessories. We have tons of clothing. I’ll be posting apparel on a daily basis.

Just a note to all: I’m proud to announce that we are now a dealer for Vaude backpacks! I’ve been a huge fan of Vaude equipment for over a decade. We have the full US line of packs in stock.

Marin has demo bikes available for purchase! 2010 Marin Demo’s are selling fast and are in almost perfect condition. Please enquire for desirable models that still may be available.

GT bikes have been our best selling full suspension bikes this year. GT still has a few 09’s on closeout, so give us a call if you’re interested. We have 2010 GT’s in stock and a 2009 Force Carbon Expert (size M) at tremendous savings. The 09 GT Force Carbon Expert is upgraded with wide 26 1/2'” 2010 Ritchey Carbon bars and is only $3200.00! That’s a savings of over $1100.00! The Force Carbon frame will remain unchanged until 2013. No reason to mess with perfection.

Cross season is fast approaching. Marin has a few cross bikes still available for reasonable prices. Don’t forget Surly Bikes. The Cross Check has always been one of my favorites. It’s a bike that can’t be killed, the Tonka truck of cross bikes. GT has a nice cross offering and don’t forget the beautifully crafted Cannondale bikes.

Well, here we go wrapping up yet another year of amazing cycling experiences. It’s time to prepare for the off season, lick our wounds and get pumped for 2011 racing. Down Cycles will be hunkering down building kids and adult bikes for the Holidays. We were fortunate to have had amazing weather, perfect for cycling this season. Hope you had a blast out there on the trails and thank you to all who support our shop! We love what we do at Down Cycles. We are going on 12 years in business this January!

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09/09/09
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Chain Stretcher XC Race 2009

This Sunday, September 13th is the Blue Mountain Reservation Chain Stretcher XC race. Like races past, DOWN Cycles is donating some sweet prizes. New for this year we will have a four Marin Bikes available for demo/test rides. Anyone is welcome to test out a Marin Mount Vision 5.8 full suspension bike. Riders are also welcome to race the bike during this event!

Marin Mount Vision 5.8

The Marin Mount Vision 5.8 retails for $3465.00. The demo bikes are for sale as this is the last event they will be used for. They will be radically reduced in price down to $2300.00!!! We will have three sizes available for purchase/demo: medium, large and extra large. They are in amazing condition, come with a full 5 year warranty and are professionally tuned. We will also have a 29er hardtail, size 20" for testing!

The guys at the WMBA shortened the track up this year. In a nut shell, the track is designed with a few lung buster climbs and some ripper fast downs. The new layout starts in the opposite direction from years past. See a track map at Chain Stretcher XC Race Map.

I know these trails inside out and I can see three spots that are going to cause bottlenecking. These sections are very technical and can be cleaned, but I can see spastic racers flounder and cause congestion.

First section with issues will be the immediate entrance into “Switchback”. The root step up into this single track will dismount 90% of the racers.

Second section will be most of “Criss-Cross”. Things are going to get ugly after the first few sweeping turns. Criss-Cross becomes very steep and technical with rock sections that resemble something you’d find at a trials event. The steep climb out will finish off any rider lucky enough to get that far.

The section of "Monster" will ride nice in this direction (opposite of years past). Exiting onto "Dickey Brook Trail" will be a pinner section. Get ready for death at marker #34. This is the worst climb on the track. The third section to boggle minds and flip out (or maybe over) most racers will be the rock ups on the first section of this climb. Get past that and grind your way up to “Yang”.

Yang will be a blinding fast run back to the parks start/finish. This section will offer few options to pass so take advantage of any opportunities to when you can.

Have fun out there and please be courteous to other racers. The Chain Stretcher always has a positive vibe. Thanks to the people at the WMBA for running the event! They have been out there buffing the trails out for the event, cutting downed trees and reinforcing areas damaged from rain/overuse. Come visit us at the DOWN Cycles/ Marin Bikes tent. I'll be the one licking my wounds and rubbing out the leg cramp.

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05/21/09
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5/20/09, 75 degrees, Sunny and the dirt is tacky. EC, his mechanic Sniper, and my GT bicycles rep Adam Andre all hit up Blue Mountain Reservation for a shop ride. We filmed a bit of XC on XC bikes at DH speeds. The vibe was positive, the GT bikes are stellar and everyone had a killer ride!

I bounced around on the GT force bikes and was very impressed. These bikes are fast! They're also very lightweight and simply gorgeous. The craftsmanship is top shelf and the build spec is impressive. I also hopped aboard EC's Proto GT Fury. The Fury is the first production full carbon fiber DH bike (I know, I know, BCD has been building full carbon DH rigs for years). The Fury rides just as you'd expect, like a full on World Cup custom bike. The rear suspension felt, well, pretty much perfect and the bike accelerated easily. I was impressed to say the least.

Best of all was the good times had by all! We had a blast tearing around my local trails and I was proud and excited to have a world cup racer and all time legend of the sport amped on trials I built. EC even gave me props on my riding and filmed a bit with me as well!

Thanks again to Team GT for visiting my shop!ecgec

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09/30/08
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Once again the Chain Stretcher race is upon us!

This weekend October 5th Blue Mountain Reservation will host the 2008 "Chain Stretcher" Norba sanctioned XC event.

The WMBA crew always picks the choice trails for the race and this year is no exception. The length of the track has been reduced to less than 8 miles per lap (racers request) and "My Favorite Trail" and the Peekskill sections have been dropped. Both Upper and Lower SIS, Stinger and a section of Mix Monster will keep things interesting.

DOWN Cycles is offering up $150, $75, $50 CASH prizes for any team riders who place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place finishes! Just ride with the jersey and fly the DOWN colors for the race!

Speaking of prizes, DOWN Cycles is also donating some very cool swag for all race winners for the Beginner and Sport Categories! Pint glasses, filled with socks and or chain checker tools (I thought would be appropriate considering the name of the race), stickers, water bottles, T shirts etc..

Good Luck to everyone who signs up. I will be out there once again trying to fight off leg cramps. This year I'll be on my EWR. Yes, I have decided to not race on my IF cross bike.

A heads up to everyone: The new section of Mix Monster is open! I rolled up Sunday ready to help with the new section and the trail was already done! I think the guys finished in like 4 days!

Anyway, I got some fresh tracks on some familiar terrain as the new section of Mix Monster crosses directly over some of the old renegade DH runs. This new section of trail rides best one way and is thrilling to say the least. I can't say I don't miss the wide open pinner section of old, but the new line has it going on with techy off cambers, some steeps and packed in rock gardens.

This trail section is not in the race,thankfully, as it need to be broken in and feels like you're riding on flat tires.

A huge thank you goes out to the guys who dedicated their time and energy to build those stream crossing rock gardens! A lot of time was spent cutting in shelves to ride on as well.

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08/08/08
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Down Cycles 10 year anniversary party!!!

Thank you to all the customers who support the shop. This Saturday August 16th 2008 is a celebration for all to enjoy. Come by for the event and meet Eric Carter, professional mountainbike racer for the Mongoose Team.

That's right, Eric Carter the legend is coming to my rinky dink prison, I mean DOWN Cycles to sign some autographs, chit chat with the droolers and eat some pizza/burritos. Maybe you'll get some swag if you time it right.

We are setting up a bunny hop contest to keep everyone occupied. It's not going to be one of those sanctioned contests. Just a bunch of knuckheads hopping over a pole.

This event should be pretty chill, good times, bikes, food and your favorite rider of all time, EC stylin and profile-in.

This event is going down (it's all about down) on Saturday August 16th. Eric Carter is in the area for the Jeep DS race that's at Diablo Freeride Park the following weekend. He's building the track for Diablo, so he should arrive around 3:00 or so. Call DOWN Cycles if you need further information.

Directions:

From South: Take Rt 9A North to Rt 9 North (9A N merges into 9 N around the Ossining area). Get off the Montrose Exit. Make a right off the exit (you can see the shop from the exit ramp) and we are the 4th drive on the left. 2015 Albany Post Rd. Do not plug this address into your GPS. Your GPS will send you in the wrong direction!!!

From North, Taconic State Parkway: Get off the "Underhill Rd" exit. Make right off the exit ramp. At bottom of Underhill Rd, (road ends) take a right on Rt129. Take Rt 129 all the way into the town of Croton (Watch out for the cops in town). At second light take right (follow signs to Rt 9 North). You will go through 1 light (cross over Rt 9a, Albany Post Rd) and the entrance to Rt9 North will be on the right. Get on the high way and now follow the directions I have above "From South" to get to the shop. I know it sounds weird to now be south of us, but trust me this is the easiest way to get to the shop.

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