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Happy Birthday, Joel!

Top, left to right: Joel all gussied up in his younger days, skiing for the Moon, helping out a customer; Middle: taking a break with the Ercolina; Bottom: Joel and the New Moon sign, helping out with a lumber project, Joel on the trail.

 

Top, left to right: the Harrison clan, Joel and Lauren take a Twizzler break on their roller ski; Middle: this is the meanest Joel has ever looked, Reese and Joel head out to guide on the trails; Bottom: this is the best pic of Joel ever-he looks like an Aussie adventurer, Lauren, Reese, and Joel on their Zion vacation last month.

spring tune-ups

Well, last week we put the skis “away” (they’re never actually put away – our ski-crazed customers routinely peruse the array of skis on the rack on any given day of the calendar). And this week, despite the 2′ plus of snow in the woods and fresh grooming on the Birkie trail, we talk about getting the bikes out and ready to ride. Right now is a great time to get your bike into New Moon (or your local bike shop) for a Spring tune-up. Continue reading spring tune-ups

Populo Spring Sale

SPRING SALE

Populo Quest 16 Speed Gravel Bike

On Sale 30% Off

msrp $599 NOW $399!

Help New Moon make room for this summer’s new bikes!

This Populo Quest was well-received last year.

  • Perfect for Urban and Gravel roads
  • 16-speed cassette and crank
  • Sealed cartridge bottom bracket
  • 4130 Chromoly steel frame
  • Disc brakes

The Quest is a bike that can have multiple personalities and be ready for whatever roads you want to take it on-tackling gravel and blacktop in stride. Its frame and fork are made out of 4130 Chromoly steel, so it’s strong, yet comfortable, on or off road. Quest is equipped with disc brakes, so no matter what trail or type of weather you’re riding in, you can stop on a dime. Shimano’s proven Claris groupset means you have reliable shifting and braking every time and the wide range of gearing that comes standard on the Quest means it can easily carry all the gear you need for your next adventure. Let the Populo Quest expand the roads you ride.

Its 700×32 tires are suitable for rough roads, but the frame and fork can even accommodate wider tires with knobby tread, should you choose to venture onto dirt roads, gravel, cyclocross, etc.

We also have several other bikes with great sale prices including the Troy Road Bike from 6KU.

Give us a call (800-754-8685) to chat about the Quest or the Troy, or stop by for a test ride soon!

Summer Ski Storage

Chris prepares a ski for summer storage.

Although some of us are currently still enjoying exceptional skiing (it’s us!), we will all be putting away our skis for summer. I spoke with several techs here at the shop, all with years if not decades of experience, about the best way to keep your skis protected and ready for next fall. Needless to say, I didn’t exactly get all of the same answers. A few, I won’t name names, just put their own skis in the garage…that’s it. But, in order to cover all “bases” (see what I did there?) and keep your own skis safe, here is a quick primer on the best way to store your skis for the summer. Look below for photos of the process. Continue reading Summer Ski Storage

Rollerskiing and skiing on the same day… Whaaat?

Looks like another week of this primo spring skiing, You don’t know if you don’t go… Joel’s most recent Facebook post. 3/11/18

Spring skiing just might be the ultimate cross country experience. I hear about these amazing outings all year long: super-fast, glazed tracks; warm sun and bluebird skies; rolling up your sleeves and soaking in the day. Continue reading Rollerskiing and skiing on the same day… Whaaat?

High Praise for the Birkie from World Loppet Master, Jay Wiener

Birkie 2018, As Seen By Jay Wiener…

“…  I love the colorful clothes she wears
And the way the sunlight plays upon her hair.
I hear the sound of a gentle word
On the wind that lifts her perfume through the air.”

So begins “Good Vibrations”, a landmark song by The Beach Boys, one of the iconic American bands of the Rock-and-Roll era.
It continues:

“I’m pickin’ up good vibrations.
She’s giving me excitations.”

“…  I love… the way the sunlight plays upon her hair” reflects the perfection inherent in the beautiful days which were Friday’s Korteloppet and Saturday’s American Birkebeiner, this year. Continue reading High Praise for the Birkie from World Loppet Master, Jay Wiener

A look inside the World Loppet with Jay Wiener (Republished from February, 2017)

 

Note: This article is republished from February, 2017. You can read Jay’s 2018 Birkie Update HERE.

Many Birkie skiers are at least casually familiar with the Worldloppet, which was started in 1978 to promote Nordic skiing through races for both expert racers and citizen skiers alike. The Worldloppet Ski Federation since has grown into a series of twenty Nordic ski races hosted in nineteen countries throughout Europe, North and South America, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Hayward and Cable, Wisconsin play host to the United States’ member race, the American Birkebeiner. Continue reading A look inside the World Loppet with Jay Wiener (Republished from February, 2017)

Supporting Your Skier (and other spectating tips)

I’m not what you would call a sporty person. Unless it is a race to the nearest bookstore, baby animal, or worst possible scenario, I’m unlikely to go anywhere in a hurry. I didn’t really even attend any sporting events in my youth unless you count the Ice Capades.

When I met Chris, he was an alpine skier and coach and canoe instructor. While I  do remember becoming pretty fond of canoeing (probably because you can sit down while doing it), I can’t remember once going to one of his college ski races. I just greeted the clunky Northland College van when it arrived back on campus and helped the students pile out with all of their gear.

A few years later, Chris had taken up cross country skiing and racing. Continue reading Supporting Your Skier (and other spectating tips)

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