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WINTER CLOTHING SALE!

50% OFF All Jackets, Tights, Winter Gloves, Sweatshirts, Beanies, and More!

Come stop by The Block Shop and check out our racks of sale items at AMAZING DEALS that you wont find anywhere else. Many items being blown out to make room for new things! DONT MISS OUT on this opportunity to get clothing from some of your favorite Road, Mountain, and BMX companies While we still have them!

The Block Shop

604 West Ave. L

Lancaster, Ca 93534

661.729.2800

 

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May 16, 2011 Posted by | av bicylce shop, bike clothing, lancaster bikes, lancaster road bikes | , , , | 1 Comment

CYCOLOGY- THE LANCASTER RIDE – A Social Community Bicycle Ride

We at Block Bikes realize that there is a huge bicycle rider community in the Antelope Valley. Unfortunately there has not been any harmony in getting all of the riders together. This summer we hope to change all of that with our Wednesday Night CYCOLOGY – The Lancaster Ride. For the past 3 years we have put a ride together that draws between 50 & 80 riders and travels all over the Antelope Valley. This year we hope to pull over 100 riders every week. The ride does a different route every week. it is totally social and averages between 10 & 12mph covering between 20 to 25 miles in just over 2 hours. 

The CYCOLOGY ride originates from the Lancaster City Park and Ride on the south west corner of 10th Street West and Ave K-8. We gather at 7:00pm and depart promptly at 7:30pm. Helmets and lights are strongly recommended and it is a good idea to carry a spare tube and toolkit in case of unexpected happenings. With over 50 riders there is always someone to lend a hand when needed.

This year we also have incorporated The LanCoaster BLVD Experience into the CYCOLOGY ride. What this means is that on the second Wednesday Night of the month we will meet at 6:30 at Lancaster City Hall (44933 Fern Ave Lancaster – just off of Lancaster BLVD). We will start riding promptly at 7:00 and head over to the Lancaster City Park & Ride to pick up the CYCOLOGY group at 7:30. The ride will continue for a total of 15 miles and end back at Lancaster City Hall. This ride is Police Escorted and will be a slow (10mph average) social pace. This is the safest and most accountable ride that you can do. The CYCOLOGY ride will continue on to finish it’s typical 20+ mile route.

The LanCoaster BLVD Bicycle Experience will happen the second Saturday of every month from May until October. It is totally organized with set routes, police escort from the front and chase vehicles behind. Everyone is invited and we hope you’ll comer out and join us!!!

For more info on either of these two rides call Block Bikes @ 661 729 2800 or got to our website:

http://blockbikes.com

 

May 3, 2011 Posted by | av bikes, bike clothing, lancaster bikes, lancaster block shop | , , | Leave a comment

6th Street Crit Practice Thursday Night – 6th Street West (north of Ave M)

  Thursday night road bike crit practice – meeting at 7:15pm and riding @ 7:30pm. We will meet up on Ave L-14 between 6th Street West and 7th Street West (just across from the Fire Station) just north of Ave M. It is a one mile street lit route and we will ride pace lines. It is relatively flat – one slight incline and a sloped back straight. We ride an hour to an hour and a half.

Some people come out for race training others for basic fitness. The group typically splits up into groups of riders with the same fitness. The fast group will average around 23mph. Depending on how many people show up we could have 3 groups (23mph, 20mph, 17mph averages).

The slower riders stay to the right and faster riders pass on the left so it is a safe environment. You can ride solo as well. There is accountability with riders around and no one is ever more than 3 minutes away. Weather is good right now so hopefully this will be able to continue on through spring.

 

May 3, 2011 Posted by | lancaster bikes | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Thursday Night MTB FUNdeMental Ride

FINALLY a mountain bike group ride that EVERYONE is invited to ride!!! A mile square flat area provides the perfect setting for pros to train and beginners to learn. Singletrack trails weave through the desert from a main hub. Riders of all levels can ride together and challenge themselves or just simply have fun. The best part is that you are never more than a mile away from the Block Shop for security and accountability.

The Block Jr Development Mountain Bike Team has been training for almost a year together and now you can join us. We work on simple skills, turning, shifting as well as fitness and training. Every week is a learning process as well as a solid training foundation.

The ride starts at 5:00pm from the Block Shop. Showing up late is not a problem as we are always less that a mile away and easy to locate. It is easy to take the dirt roads and take short cuts to catch up to the group. The trail system is starting off a little primitive but will improve week to week and become more detailed as the weeks go on.

From beginner level to pro – everyone will have a good time – TOGETHER!!! The all new Block Bikes location @ 604 West Ave L Unit 101 Lancaster, CA 93534 provides the perfect location for a mtb group ride. For any questions feel free to call us at 661 729 2800. The group will leave together from the Block Shop at 5:00pm and take the trail on the east side of the shop, next to the sand wash, heading south out to the trails. If you miss the start time don’t worry – you can follow the same road and once you cross the watch the group will be easy to find!!!

May 3, 2011 Posted by | lancaster bikes, lancaster cycling | , , , | Leave a comment

CYCOLOGY- THE LANCASTER RIDE

WEDNESDAYS

7:30PM

MAY-SEPTEMBER

**FIRST RIDE THIS WEDNESDAY MAY 4, 2011**

Meet at Lancaster City Park – Park & Ride on the South/West corner of 10th Street West & K-8 @ 7:00pm.
Start pedaling promptly At 7:30pm.
Average ride speed is 12 mph for a 20 to 25 mile street lit route that takes a little over 2 hours. The ride is designed to be social and efficient. Fixed, Mountain and Road Bikes make up the majority – with an occasional Cruiser and Comfort Bike making the journey.
Tour Lancaster with us!
Helmets, headlights, and tail lights are strongly recommended.

 


CYCOLOGY
The Lancaster Ride is designed for a group of cyclists to ride socially and safely around Lancaster. It is not a race although we have been known to stop and throw events in the middle of the ride. It is designed as a no drop ride meaning that if you have a problem the entire group stops and waits. We advise all riders to show up with their bikes in good working order (meaning tuned up) so as to know disrupt the progress of the group. We also ask every rider to carry a spare tube, inflation device and tools in order to handle problems as the arise. The most common problem is flat tires. Even if you cannot change a flat tire yourself there will be someone in the group to assist you quickly and efficiently. It is not the groups responsibility to provide you with a spare tube so be prepared. If you elect not to bring a tube – bring a cell phone for your ride home.
We ask that everyone who shows up for the ride to be experienced in the ability to ride 20 miles. The group is slow and social but it is not designed to be your Everest. If the furthest you have ridden a bike is 5 miles than this is probably not the ride you are looking for. The wind can make sections seem miserable for a few minutes then we turn and the ride becomes effortless – that is the AV… We do the best we can with what we’ve got. All in all CYCOLOGY – The Lancaster Ride is the most fun cycling event in the valley. Come join us it promises to be a good time!!!

May 2, 2011 Posted by | av bikes, lancaster bikes, lancaster block shop, lancaster cycling, lancaster road bikes | , , , , | Leave a comment