303 THANKSgiving

By Bill Plock

I’m stumped. How can 303cycling, 303triathlon and 303radio even begin to thank everyone that supports us? Where do we start, who do we include? Everyone of course. Everyone who rides bikes, does triathlons, starts a race, pops a wheelie, runs on a trail, and just has fun doing what so many of us love.

Originally I thought I would like to thank those organizations and people who support us and make 303 even a possibility. But that just seemed too limiting and sort of missing the point. The point being we exists to celebrate pretty much anything that has to do with moving any direction on a bike, in a wetsuit or with running shoes on. But more than that, doing it with a smile, in places that make us smile, in events that challenge us and sometimes it’s just hanging out with our friends and community that makes it all worthwhile.

It’s about the smiles, the relationships and the community. So as Thanksgiving is upon us the entire 303network thanks you, our readers, for simply being part of the journey to share Colorado’s athletes, participants, organizations, races, events, and companies that make it all possible and put smiles on our faces. Please check out this album on Facebook of a few smiles collected over the year!

The 303 Team is forever in gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving.

CS Bike Swap 2017

This event is free to the public!

Go check out our sponsors!

  • Soccerhaus Colorado Springs http://soccerhauscs.com/
  • Kids on Bikes http://kidsonbikes.net/
  • Mountain Equipment Recyclers http://www.merecyclers.com/
  • Colorado City Creamery http://www.coloradocitycreamery.com/
  • Criterium Bicycles http://criterium.com/

Available spaces:

  1. $15: Basic 10’x10′ sales area – this is for those that bring their own table & chairs
  2. $25: Basic 10’x20′ sales area – this is for those that bring their own table & chairs
  3. $15: An 8′ table and folding chair will be provided
  4. $10: Per bike for bike corral. Want to sell your bike, but don’t want to sit at a booth all day? Our staff will wrangle the bikes while prospective buyers take a gander! Drop it off at 10:45, and pick it up by 4.
  5. Day of booths will be available at the door: $20 for a 10’x10′ and $30 for a 10’x20′

Vendor setup is from 10am to 11am and tear-down is from 4pm to 5pm. Doors open to the public 11am-4pm.

This will be a cash only event, but there are ATM’s within walking distance.

What can be sold or traded?

This is a Cycling & Outdoor Sports Specific Swap Meet and we would like to limit the Sellers to anything that would be considered useful, helpful or directly related to cycling or the cycling and outdoor culture. Here are some examples: This is not an exclusive list!

Bike disciplines: mountain, road, cross, singlespeed, commuter, bmx, vintage, antique , tank, electric, trikes bikes – it doesn’t matter.

  • All parts, accessories, racks, etc. for all disciplines.
  • All riding and casual clothing & apparel, shoes, hats, jackets, jewelry, assessors, etc.
  • All outdoor hiking, camping, skiing, kayaking, etc.
  • Foods, sports drinks, sports bars, etc.
  • Outdoor, hunting, camping, hiking, etc. gear.
  • Cross Sport equipment, hiking, skiing, kayaking, etc.
  • Fitness gear and equipment.

Also, if you are a

  • Bike Shop
  • Outdoor Sports Shop
  • Tour Company
  • Cycling Group/Club
  • Training Company
  • Trainer
  • Coach
  • Service Shop
  • Parts/Bike Manufacture

REEB Cycles, The Bike Shop at CyclHops

by Bill Plock

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What would you do if your bike was stolen and never to be found? Probably go get a new one right? Well not Dale Katechis of Oskar Blues (as in Dale’s Pale Ale) who decided to build himself a new one when his was stolen in 2011. Thus, the birth of REEB cycles with its character and edginess that mirrors the award winning brewer in Longmont.

This statement from their website tells it all; “REEB was founded in 2011 by some folks at Oskar Blues Brewery who eat, breathe, sweat, and bleed bikes. When the boss man’s old bike was stolen, the do-it-yourself mentality that pervades OB took over, and a bike company was born. We knew that we could make the bikes we dream about, and get people excited about them in the process.”

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During a visit with Chris Sulfrain, fabREEBcator (I make da bikes), I learned about the care and precision they instill in each bike they make–by hand, in Longmont, Colorado. Their steel frames are made by True Temper in the United States–something they are insistent upon–using as many American made parts as possible. Each bike is then welded and made to order. It takes Chris about a week to make a bike depending upon how customized it is. A full service bike shop is located inside of CyclHops Bike CANtina in Longmont where you can check out the full line-up of REEB bikes. 

The line has grown over the years to include: Mountain, Fat, CX & Gravel, Road, Dirt Jump and Street. With catchy names like SixFidy, TyREEB, and Dirt Diggler it hard not to smile from the get go. A look at the detail and attention to these bikes tells you of the commitment to not only the high quality, but to designing frame geometry and component combinations tried and tested by the passionate riders employed by the company. Many of the bikes are available with titanium frames and many other options.

Their popular cyclocross bike, The Dirt Diggler is offered with two groups or as a single speed using Gate’s Carbon Drive. . In addition, it’s available in both steel and titanium and in six colors.  For a slight up charge you can pick your own color too!

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But more than just great bikes, built to your specifications, REEB cycles is a culture and an extension of a lifestyle. No doubt beer and bikes go together like hot dogs and baseball. But at Oskar Blues, in addition to REEB, they have the REEB ranches, located in North Carolina and at the Oskar Blue Hops and Heifers Farm just outside of Longmont. Both locations are a testimony to quality food, beer, and a lifestyle that revolves around cycling, the outdoors and recreating. Both locations host musical events, private parties and invite nothing but good times—often on a bike or with a beer. 

In about three months, on February 12th, Oskar Blues will host the annual Old Man Winter Adventure Bike Rally and Run  where many REEB bikes will be found on potentially snowy trails outside of Lyons finishing with a “killer post-ride party with great music, a fire pit and a massive raffle”.

This is a great place to feel the passion Oskar Blues has for the cycling lifestyle and try a new REEB bike you surely want for Christmas!

Old Man Winter Adventure Bike Rally and Run details here