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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Instagram Photo Favorites 6-20 // #citygrounds

We’ve gotten a lot of new #citygrounds tagged Instagram photos since we started our new blog series last week! It’s good to see a lot of you out riding in this beautiful summer weather and reppin’ City Grounds while doing it! Check out some of our most recent favorites:@countfeffula representing City Grounds out in DC!Costa Mesa staff member @mancvb with some shots from the road. Poor possum.My personal favorite from this weeks photos, @switchbladecomb with a great combination of scenery and a good looking build.@arbot with another bike/scenic shot out on the beach with dual City Grounds water bottles.and last but not least @chanrathty stopping for a quick photo on a ride out in Long Beach!

Want to see your photos up on the blog? Tag your Instagram shots with #citygrounds and if we like it enough it will end up on here! Make sure to follow us at @citygrounds!


Wheel Combo Review // Chukker, Resist Nomad

If you’re in the market for a strong and durable single speed wheelset, look no further! Our Velocity Chukker Combo Deal is an excellent upgrade, especially for those of you working within a budget. This combo deal includes the following for only $249 (normally $400)!!

- 700c Velocity Chukker 36 hole Black Rim
- Origin 8 Fixed/Fixed Hubset Black
– DT Swiss 2.0 Spokes Black
- Zefal Rim Tape x2
- Tubes 700x45c x2
- Resist Nomad 700x45c (your choice of black or tan sidewall) x2

Although majority of the Chukker wheelsets we sell are targeted for 700c FGFS, this would be a great wheelset for Bike-Polo and/or street riding. And what good is a solid wheelset without some sticky rubber?! That’s why we chose the Resist Nomad; this lightweight wire bead tire can take plenty of abuse and skids, and will provide plenty of grip on all sorts of terrain.

I’ve built up my old school GOrilla Kilroy with the same wheelset with the intent of building up a commuter bike. Even though this would be considered a 700c FGFS bike back in 2008, I’ve raised my saddle and installed a longer stem to transform this beast into a daily commuter. I’ve got a nasty one mile stretch of pavement that mimics the cobble stones in the Paris Roubaix, and this wheelset rolls over it like butter. The 700x45c Nomad tires doesn’t roll as quick as my 700x22c Continental tubular tires, but I’m willing to sacrifice a couple minutes difference in my commute for more comfort and durability.

Be sure to check out our other wheelset Combo Deals in our Summer Sale Section! SHOP NOW>>

Pake Bodacious Blowout $109!!

We’re blowing out our neon yellow/black Pake Rum Runner frames for $109 (normally $249)!! The only size availability we have is 59cm and 61cm. So if you’ve got tree legs and want a radical looking bike, swoop yours now because we only have limited quantities available. And if you’re feeling extra bodacious, be sure to pick up a set of neon yellow Soma Quad Toe Clip!!

Instagram Photo Favorites // #CityGrounds

Each week from now on we will be selecting our favorite photos from Instagram with the #citygrounds tag and posting them up on here! Make sure to follow us (@citygrounds) and tag your photos with #citygrounds to get a shot at being featured on here. Check out some of our most recent favorites:@phillysaurusrex showing off his Bianchi build and skateboard. Looks good!@jdrizzy10 picked up some new pedals and shop exclusive CG pins!@vdeckerv showing some City Grounds sticker love on his downtube.@marcgalera with a tire closeup/blur effectand lastly it looks like @chrisbrinlee visited our shop out in Long Beach, snapping a shot of the sign outside.

Remember, if you want your picture to show up on the blog just add the #citygrounds tag and it just might get on here! If you aren’t already, follow us at @citygrounds.

Pedal Combo Review // MKS, All-City, Cadence

We often get customers asking “What pedal setup do you ride/recommend?”. Many of us here at City Grounds have different preferences, but here’s a look into what I (Paul) like to ride.

MKS GR-9 – $38
All City Plastic Double Toe Clips – $9
Cadence Double Toe Straps – $65
COMBO DEAL – $90 (save $22!)

I’ve been riding this exact setup for roughly three years, and I have yet to change out my components.

MKS GR-9 – $38
- I’ve tried the MKS Sylvan, MKS Touring, MKS RX-7, and many other branded pedals, but the MKS GR-9 takes the cake! Now depending on the style shoe you wear, you may have felt the discomfort created by the edge on the MKS Sylvan pedal (or other similar track pedals). The GR-9 is designed with a flat platform for a comfortable shoe-to-pedal contact surface. My particular pedal has gone through hell and back; whether it was being used in bike polo matches, ridden in the rain, dropped on its side, and installed/removed countless times between bikes. Through it all, it’s withstood all the abuse and still spins like butter. This pedal is the best bang for your buck when it comes down to an affordable platform road/track pedal.

All City Plastic Double Toe Clips – $9
- Have you ever had to bend your steel toe clip back to place? I’ve snapped many steel toe clips; whether it was trying to bend the toe clip back into place after accidentally stepping on it, or from the tensile strength giving out and snapping on me while riding. The shape of this particular toe clip fits most shoes comfortably, and you get a lot more ‘pull’ when climbing or skidding using these toe clips. The forgiving All City Plastic Double Toe Clips can take plenty of abuse, and is one of the most comfortable double toe clips around!

Cadence Double Toe Straps – $65
- Remember the days where we had to pay over $100 for some legit Toshi Double Straps or MKS Fit NJS Double Straps? Since Cadence introduced their version of the double strap years ago, our customers have been able to save a lot more $$$ by spending pretty much half the price on a pair of straps that feel and function just as well as a pair of Toshi’s. Made from some sexy suede, Cadence has perfected the double strap. I’ve been using this particular strap for close to two years, and this strap has yet to budge from its original spot. I’ve ripped plenty of other branded toe straps within months, but my Cadence Double Straps have withheld all my abuse!

Click here or any of the images above to shop for the pedal combo and be sure to check out our other COMBO DEALS!

NEW Aerospoke Track Wheels In Stock!

NEW Aerospoke 700c track wheels are now in stock! Choose from great new colors including Metallic Purple, Lime Green, Maui Blue, Raw or White (not pictured).  These wheels always sell out fast and are only available in limited quantities so grab yours now by clicking here or the image below.