Time is running out for this Limited Edition Bicycle. 15% off the list price of $9750 ends at the end of this month. Still a few units left. Revolutionary hydraulic disc brake road bike paired with Shimano Di2 Electronic shifting. Enve Composite Carbon clincher wheels. Have your position Professionally set with the purchase of this bike.
Stop the presses! Cannondale has added a ground breaking road bike featuring their top end Synapse Hi-MOD carbon road frame tweaked to accept disc brakes. Dressed up with Dura Ace Di2 electronic drive train and get this,,,,hydraulic disc brakes! Never again worry about rim brakes not working in the wet. For those long tortuous descents your brakes will work just as well at the bottom as they did at the top. Push button shifting, hydraulic disc brake performance, unparalleled disc specific carbon clinchers from ENVE Composites all coming […]
Shown this fall at the Eurobike trade show, this is a brand new offering from Cannondale. We don’t have the disc version in the US yet but hopefully soon. The Synapse frame is completely re-vamped for 2014 with added plushness built into the back end with the new SAVE PLUS. Smaller diameter 25.4mm seat post for more shock absorbency and compliance. Along with that the more comfortable less aggressive road position. Here is a closer look at the new bike; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaSLW2b76JM
Elite T Class Triathlon bike brand handmade in Philadelphia
small medium with a 51cm top tube
sram shifters and rear deraileur, shimano ultegra crankset, dura-ace front deraileur and shimano RS20 wheels
blowout sale price $1699
true triathlon geometry with a 77 degree seat tube maintaining a good angle when in the carbon fiber aero bars
Cannondale’s premium CAAD10 bicycle model the Black Inc. equipped with electronic Ultegra Di2 components is on sale! Normally $4100 you can ride away on this sweet road machine for $2999. Over 25% off. Fully electronic shifting, Plum Grove Cyclery at Rockland Farm can update the firmware of your new Di2 components and customize the performance. You get to choose which buttons shift up or down. You can pick the shifting speed and you can also activate the Multi-shift mode to shift 2, 3 or all the gears if you hold the rear shift button down. All sizes available. Classic styling […]
A clear and crisp Saturday morning greeted over 500 hardy racers on hand to compete in the seventh annual Leesburg Bakers Dozen race held on Rockland Farm. Organized and hosted by Plum Grove Cyclery and Go Time Racing. Course conditions were as good or better than we have ever experienced. Friday’s rain shower kept the course from getting dry and dusty and increased traction in some very fast corners. Campers came prepared with lawn mowers to trim the piece of pasture they picked and shovels to clean up after the cows who had just […]
Just finished building up a brand new SliceRS which is Cannondale’s super narrow Time Trial bike. Internal cable routing keeping the cable housing stationary with relation to the handlebar. Integrated v-brakes hidden behind the front fork and under the bottom bracket. Hinged front end affording an extremely clean and narrow profile for the leading edge of the bicycle. Sleek, stout and comfortable this thing looks fast just sitting still!
I have been riding my trusty IF Ti Deluxe as a single speed now for more than two years. It’s sleek and beautiful frame fits me like and glove but the lack of gears limited my ability to enjoy some rides. Specifically I could not see myself racing the Shenandoah Mountain 100 without gears. With over 14,500 feet of climbing I knew that even if I finished it would not be fun. When I read about the new 1×11 SRAM XX1 drivetrain coming out it seemed like a match made in heaven. I pre-ordered the drivetrain and waited impatiently while […]
The foundation of any bicycle, the wheels represent not only the connection to the ground but the piece of the bike that takes the force from the pedals and turns it into the speed that squeezes tears from your eyes. Picking the proper spokes to do the job matching the gauge to the rider. Choose the lacing pattern and appropriate nipples all contribute to a wheel that disappears underneath the rider but also launches with a little squeeze at the pedal. Lacing over and under, threading the nipple and crossing […]
Inspired by the Paragon Machineworks aluminum slider dropouts on my Ti Single Speed, Nelson decided to build a 29er Deluxe for himself with a unique twist. Ordering the dropouts with a derailleur hanger, he had me build two sets of wheels. One has a Chris King ISO traditional rear hub while the other has a Chris King Single Speed ISO rear hub. By switching wheels, cutting a few zip ties, unbolting the shifters, derailleurs and shortening the chain you have a lean and very clean single speed. The Slider dropouts allow a huge amount of adjustment for chain tension and […]
I love to work on classic bikes. Steel, aluminum and rubber with very little if any composites or exotic technologies. Cleaning and overhauling all the bits I have to go back in the archives to remember working on loose ball bearing hubs and headsets. Peeling the packaging off of the frame after Tom Kellog at Spectrum Bikes re-painted it was like uncovering a work of art. A really fine example of a hand made lugged steel frame and fork sporting one of the finest finishes in the industry. A real pleasure to re-build and create a […]
After four years of almost perfect weather for each of the preceding versions of the Baker’s Dozen, Mother Nature decided to test the mettle of both the race organizers and all of the hardy racer’s that plan to spend a weekend matching themselves against the rock and dirt of Rockland Farm. Fortunately for Mike and myself at Plum Grove Cyclery and Rob and Kelly at Go Time Racing, the racers that have decided to grace us with their presence each year are of the highest caliber and a little cold and wet combined with a sticky muddy trail that was […]
The newest addition to Mike’s Mooto X YBB 29er is perhaps the ultimate wheel set. With every other component representing the best and lightest Mike decided is was time to do away with the Gold Chris King hubs (sniff) laced to Salsa Delgado rims. We did try to build those wheels light with ultra-light DT Revolution spokes but even Mike who tips the scales at just over 160 lbs. found them to be just a tad too flexy. The obvious choice for replacement hubs were the DT 190 Center Lock hubs boasting a weight savings […]
Preparations on Friday for the Snotcycle this Saturday did not go quite as planned. Trying to lay down a tire track on the race course proved too difficult to accomplish. Mike and Harriet then picked up the gauntlet and cross country skied the entire course which took them over 3 hours. At least we thought people would have a track to follow in the woods because the course was buried under 8 inches of thick wet snow. The morning of the race dawned and people started to arrive. We quickly discovered our plans for parking […]
Following the directions available on BikeReg, come onto Rockland Farm via Farm Lane and park in the pasture. I will have a table set up with the waivers and hopefully a nice big warm fire in the fire pit. Come by to sign a waiver and get pointed in the correct direction to ride the race course. The weather looks like it will cooperate with temperatures well below freezing. However, if the temps raise too close to freezing and/or the sunlight softens up too much of the course I will END the Pre-Ride […]
Last Saturday was the first of two pre-rides for the upcoming Snotcycle winter race. Rockland Farm was open from 9AM till 2PM although. Conditions were excellent early in the morning but the combination of warming air temps and some sunlight softened up the trail which is holding a lot of moisture. Because of that we had to cut the pre-ride short to keep the trail in good shape for the race which is scheduled for January 29th. Next Saturday is another pre-ride and the Farm will once again be open from 9AM till 2PM. […]
Mike and I would like to thank everyone who has supported us in 2010 and we look forward to a great 2011. Can’t wait for the Snotcycle coming up at the end of January, our new Nightryder nightime race in March and of course the Baker’s Dozen in April.
Hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year and we look forward to seeing everyone on the trail or the road in the New Year!
Standing out in the pasture with the temperature hovering in the 30’s and rain a constant companion all day it was amazing to see all the excited racers drive up and prepare to cover their bikes and bodies with some of the finest Rockland Farm mud. As the ruts grew deeper, the track grew wider and lap times got longer and longer in classic Cross fashion these competitors slogged it out and then enjoyed the fire and the barrel of beer. One racer was planning on competing in the Single Speed event which went off last after racing earlier in […]
Spending the week in Saratoga Springs with Serotta International Cycling Institute attending a personalized class for my continuing education in fitting. Loads of great information and TONS of toys to make the job easier and more accurate. Paraic and Chris have successfully combined to blitz me with an overload of information that I look forward to sharing with my friends and customers. Will be following up with more information on some more advanced services coming.
This year the annual Thanksgiving Eve night ride will be held Tuesday November 23rd here at the Plum Grove Cyclery Shop on Rockland Farm. Riders attending will gather at the shop at 6:30 PM and we will ride out at 7 PM. Plan is to hopefully ride two laps or so and then re-group at the Shop to burn some wood, perhaps have a celebratory libation, eat a big glazed donut and howl at the moon. All are welcome. Type Plum Grove Cyclery into the address field of Googlemaps and our location pops up. For […]
Built up originally with Paragon Machine Works slider dropouts to accommodate a Rohloff Speedhub with 14 internal speeds giving you a gear range close to that of a traditional geared bike. Riding it like that for three years I enjoyed flawless shifting with virtually no maintenance. Lately though I have been lusting for a substantial weight reduction and not just the usual kind that affects my waistline(always working on that one!). Although I loved the Rohloff Speedhub it is a bit of a weight penalty, so I embarked on re-making my beautiful
This work of art out of Steamboat Springs is not only pleasing to the eye but also packs more technology in each tube and part than any titanium bike that has come before it. The frameset weighs in at an amazing 2.5 lbs with the build pictured coming in at 15 pounds without pedals. Large diameter internally butted down tube and top tube seamlessly welded to an oversized BB30mm shell offer drivetrain power transfer comparable to carbon or oversized aluminum frames. Combine that with the sublime ride of titanium and its unparalleled durability and […]
Kevin wanted a dream machine that would be light, lively and go anywhere his heart desires including where pavement might not go. Being the thoughtful person he is, he settled on the beautifully handcrafted Moots Psychlo-X cyclocross frame. After determining his appropriate fit utilizing his current road bike and double checking his current riding position, we settled on a stock size for optimum fit offering plenty of options to adjust his position as time and application changed. Next was the soul searching involved in picking out components. Having his hear set on Campagnolo […]
Mike and I managed to sneak away for the weekend of July 18th to enjoy the cool weather in Davis, WV, have a Shovelhead Burrito at Hellbenders and race in the WV State Mountain Bike Championship series #8. I opted to race in the Clydesdale division while Mike signed up for Expert Mens Vet for more punishment taking in two long laps instead of the one lap I had to complete. Beautiful singletrack with exceptional rocks and roots to test your technical skills, this course will make you appreciate dual suspension. A remarkable job in organizing was done […]
Potomac River Running
and Plum Grove Cyclery have partnered to bring you trail running on Rockland Farm. Featuring a beautiful 8 mile course that takes you from the pine trees along the edge of the property, across the pasture and into the woods where you eventually find the Potomac River and then back. The inaugural Running Rocks was blessed with perfect conditions. Temperature at race time was in the […]
Saturday July 10th started out overcast and wet. That did not stop those erstwhile mountain bikers from showing up on Rockland Farm for the inaugural Hotcycle race. They were rewarded with dry skies by the time the races went off starting at 0900 with the beginners. The track conditions were a bit slippery at first with plenty of evidence of how slippery adorning many jerseys and shorts as they wheeled out of the woods. Quickly though, the trail firmed up and as the winds kicked up by noon it was almost completely dry. The Single speeders were the last to […]
Spectacular spring weather beckoned my wife and our neighbors as we left Leesburg on our mountain bikes last Saturday. We rode up the W&OD path west to Purcellville where it conveniently terminates next door to Magnolia’s bar and restaurant. Having completed just over 11 miles we were suitably thirsty and hungry for a nice sit down at the bar. After a hearty burger washed down with a few ales, my neighbor Annie decided it would be a grand idea to pedal our way to Sunset Hills Vineyard on our way back east to Leesburg since […]
The weather and conditions were as perfect as they could be for the last Pre-ride for the 2010 edition of the Baker’s Dozen. Although I only managed to carve out time for one lap plus an extra loop in the Pine Trees, the trail is about as fast as I have ever seen it. As long as you keep your tire withing the 8-12 inch beaten down path and carve a line around the roots and rocks, your maximum speed is really predicated on tire traction. I could not believe how impossibly fast some of […]
Couldn’t resist getting out on one of the first non-snowy and relatively warm Saturdays of the new decade. Took the IF Ti Deluxe 29er out since it was windy and tackled the gravel roads of Loudoun. We are blessed with an abundance of “unimproved” roads that I think are a HUGE improvement over most of the paved ones. Mapped the ride so someone else less familiar with the fun routes can follow at their […]
Finally starting to see some dry blacktop and dried out dirt roads around the county. Seems like it was last decade that I got to ride my bike outside. Managed to get home a little early Monday to get in 90 minutes in on my IF Ti Deluxe 29er. Rode out Old Waterford and of course right at the bottom of the first hill, Scott came by on his Cyclocross bike to say hello and then ride by me. I managed to keep him in sight up the first climb and most of […]
Ted Wojcik’s booth at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show was very busy and what was attracting quite a bit of the attention was his homemade pedal lawn mower. His bikes are amazing in their beauty and craftsmanship. The Mower with that big fat back wheel was at once functional and quite a piece of design. Rack and pinion steering with gears so he can cut grass on the uphill and keep up his speed on the way back down. […]
The Richmond Convention Center was home to the North American Handmade Bicycle Show this year and it did not disappoint any of the cycling enthusiasts that made the trip. I was stunned at the quantity of eye candy in both bikes, components and accessories like clothing as well as fancy ways to open up a bottle of beer. Although there was decent representation by carbon fiber, most of the hand crafted beauties were fabrications of steel alloys and titanium alloys with some pretty hard to believe paint schemes. Then there was the occasional wooden bicycle […]
Mike and I are heading down south to Richmond to attend the North American Handmade Bicycle show this weekend. An incredible selection of artisans showing off what is best described as “found art”. Function combined with aesthetic beauty, these bikes and crafted components are sooo sweet, I am going to make sure to leave my checkbook at home. We will make sure to bring the camera so we can post some of the more memorable shots on the site.
One of my rides is a Titanium Independent Fabrication Deluxe 29er with Paragon Machineworks slider dropouts featuring an OEM Rohloff dropout. I have what looks like a single speed drivetrain but in actuality it is an internal 14 speed Rohloff 500/14 hub with a twist shift on the handlebar. Rock Shox Reba Race fork with 100mm of travel. DT 190s front hub and both wheels have NoTubes ZTR Arch 29er rims with Maxxis Cross Mark tires set up tubeless. I LOVE this bike!!!
Back in 2009 the very respected Turner Suspension Bicycle company switched their entire product line to the DW Link system. Dave Weagle has designed a patented and revolutionary rear suspension design that Issac Newton would be proud of. Their partners in crime include Turner Bikes, Independent Fabrication, Iron Horse Bikes, Ibis Cycles and Pivot Cycles. Although Dave Weagle’s website will chatter on about physics with terms like anti-squat and variable chainlines, the truth is rather easy to appreciate if you get the chance to ride a Turner with the DW […]
In the ramp up to the Snotcycle I changed the oil and replaced seals on a few suspension forks and I was struck by a few things. First of all, I am quite careful to catch all the oil that drains out of the fork when I disassemble it. A large plastic bin on the ground below the work stand is a great catch basin. Once the lower legs (sliders) have been removed it is a simple process to clean all the surfaces, pry the old seals out with a large flat head screwdriver from […]
Who could have imagined weather like this for the 2010 version of the Snotcycle?? Temps in the teens as I showed up at 6:45 in the dark with five gallons of coffee from Starbucks promised a perfectly frozen and firm race course. Stoking the fires was just as important as matching transponders to racer numbers on this frosty day. The Cat 3 men and women shoved off with prime conditions as the snow had yet to begin falling. When the Cat 1’s took off a dusting was beginning to show, and after their first […]
With the wind kicking up, Mike and I checked out the race course for downed trees and limbs that might slow down the intrepid competitors showing up this Saturday at the Farm. Lots of dead wood littered the course and we had to resort to the chain saw to remove one large tree that would have ruined the flow as you get ready to take a hard left turn and gain a little elevation. The wind did do a nice job of drying the ground up a little bit. It is still pretty soft but […]
Getting set up for the our winter race the Snotcycle put on by Go Time Racing and Plum Grove Cyclery at Rockland Farm, we made sure to pile up a whole lot of wood in the field right by the race course. Just past the Start/Finish tent down the hill will be a fire that will keep everyone toasty warm within 25 feet! Weather still shows good chance of snow the day of the race with high temps only reaching the high 20’s. Looks like a perfect day for a race in […]
Intrepid Snotcycle racers take note of the current weather reports. Although it is still a few days out and weather forecasting is notoriously inaccurate, looks as if we will be racing in the snow for the Snotcycle on Saturday! Those travelling up from the south should take care since current predictions put some of the heaviest snow starting overnight Friday into Saturday morning. This storm appears to be very similar to the December storm that dumped well over a foot of the powdery stuff on us. Could be a VERY interesting bike race. […]
Matt, Erik, Quinten and I managed to carve out 35 miles on the road in what turns out was the only part of the day it wasn’t raining. Started off at the Loudoun County High School and did the traditional Waterford loop in the counterclockwise direction. We felt the sprinkles begin as we motored through Taylorstown but it never got past a mist. Quinten is enjoying any excuse to get out on his Independent Fabrication Ti Crown Jewel since he just upgraded his components to the Campagnolo Super Record 11! Sweet stuff!!. […]
Managed to roll out of bed early enough to be on the trails before it got above freezing. Wanted to assess the trail conditions heading into the week before our annual winter race The Snotcycle. You will be happy to know that the course is in good condition for the middle of winter. Not as fast as it would be in the spring when it is dry but the surface was firm and not too soft. If the temps stay cold it should be a very fast race […]
One week to go before the second annual Snotcycle mountain bike race on Rockland Farm. The weather has warmed up a bit from our bitter cold snap a few weeks ago. The ground is pretty saturated but the trail is usually quite firm. Going to ride a lap or two tomorrow morning to check out the conditions. Will post a report.
Mike and I have been working hard at transitioning from a traditional bike shop to our new model. It took lots of work to prepare the building we will occupy on Rockland Farm north of Leesburg, VA. We also had many chores to address on the property which is also under our care and oversight. We have put quite a few projects behind us and we are excited to embark on our new bicycle adventure. We should have a permit to make things official in the next week or so. Currently the service shop is 98% complete and just about ready to help […]