Archive for March, 2010

Feedback Sports Home Mechanic Repair Stand

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

As a mechanic who works on a lot of bikes, I’d been thinking about buying a home repair stand for years but after using a shop stand none of the home repair stands I was familiar with seemed to measure up. I looked at the Park stands and, while the price was right, I just never wanted to spend the money for them. They just never had all the features I was looking for. Don’t get me wrong, the Park Stands are great, but I needed something a little smaller and easier to fold up so it would fit in my small apartment without making my wife too mad. The PCS-10 folded pretty easily, but it wasn’t quite stable enough for my needs.

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Five Quick Ways to Avoid Costly Bike Repairs

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

We’ve all been there – suddenly your derailleurs stop shifting accurately, the crank starts squeaking, or the chain brakes unexpectedly.  Unsure of what the problem is, you bring the bike in to your local bike shop only to find you have to replace a host of parts for a heavy price.  While upgrading parts can be awesome, it’s not always fun when you have to due to an unexpected and costly repair.

The following list comprises of five quick and easy ways to prevent potential repairs.  All are relatively simply techniques that even a beginner can perform, and can exponentially increase the life of your components.
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Tree Fort Bikes Presents: The Steel Wheel Duo “SpokeSongs Bicycle Tour 2010″

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Tree Fort Bikes Sponsors Steel Wheel Duo’s Michigan Bicycle Tour

Tree Fort Bikes is a “by cyclists for cyclists” company.  Founded in 2001, our driving force has been to promote and spread the enjoyment of bicycling and the ability to use a bike as a viable form of transportation.  Cycling is environmentally and economically friendly, and promotes huge physical and mental health benefits.  Tree Fort Bikes has grown over the years, both as a brick-and-mortar shop and as an ecommerce website. Though we have a large and growing web presence, our initial vision has remained unchanged.  With a staff comprised of mountain, road, commuting, and touring cyclists, we are a home base for all bicyclists and are dedicated to promoting the love of riding for both experienced riders and the curious novice just looking to start.

When Jay Lapp of The Steel Wheels approached us with the idea of supporting their bicycle tour, we jumped at the idea for several reasons.  For one, they make great music and we wanted to support that.  But equally we wanted to help promote bicycling in a way that is environmentally positive and provides a good example to aspiring cyclists.  What better way is there to show that commuting, touring, or even recreational riding is attainable than by using The SpokeSongs bicycle tour as an example?  If two regular guys can ride through several states on modified bikes while carrying multiple instruments and still meet show deadlines, it makes a 10 or 20 mile commute, or even just getting out and enjoying a ride, a much less daunting task for the rest of us.

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The 2010 Tree Fort Bikes Triple Trail Chalenge

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

The 2010 Tree Fort Bikes Triple Trail Challenge is scheduled for September 18th, 2010 this year.

We are glad to be the title sponsor once again this year and hope for an even greater turn out than the hundreds of riders that have come over the past years we have sponsored the event. As in previous years there are tons of great things that happen at the event.

Here’s just a little list:

  • Free Food (chili, etc.) prepared by Tree Fort Bikes and local cooks
  • Free Beer provided by Arbor Brewing Company
  • Event T-shirts available to support the MMBA
  • Special event items given away and for sale before and after the event
  • 50 miles of trail, much of which is off-limits to bikes most of the year
  • A large raffle after the event
  • Maps provided by Tree Fort Bikes
  • Trail prep and marking by the MMBA
  • Great people and even better times!

This year we hope to have even more to offer everyone who comes out to share this great event with us.

Mt. Bohemia Snowboard Trip 2010

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Mt. Bohemia's Beautiful Yurts!

Gotta get away from the bike shop every once in a while and what better winter Midwest location than Mt. Bohemia. Located at almost the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan, Mt. Bohemia is the perfect location to get completely “out of there.” Some old buddies and I just took a ride up there and spent a great week snowboarding the trees.  It’s such a nice low key place we thought we’d share some pics and a quick description. With an average Mt. Bohemia Logo of 273 inches of snowfall a year they keep it ride-able right up to the last minute.  We were able to grab first tracks on tons of runs and it hadn’t snowed in over a week.  Bohemia does not groom so expect powder runs when it does dump and they are a no beginners hill so learn at the local hills.  The back side of the mountain is serviced by a lift but if you get to far out they run a shuttle that picks up about ever 10 minutes.  I found myself in awe of the amount of time you could spend on a run for a Midwest location and would certainly suggest it as a low cost 5-10 hour away vacation for a long weekend.

Scott jump red cup grab 5000 from Derek K on Vimeo.

Tree Fort Team Jerseys

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Show some love on the road and trail with the newly released Tree Fort team jersey!  Available in medium through extra large, stock is limited so order soon.  Find it here.  

Already have one?  Send us pictures of you in your jersey and be featured in the blog header.