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Open Road Bicycles and Nordic Equipment to Close August 2022

They say that all good things must come to an end, and we are sad to report that Open Road will be closing for good sometime mid-to-late August 2022. John has decided to take an early retirement, and Ryan is looking for new challenges after logging over 20 years at the shop. It’s been a good run. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to those who came before us, Cary and Tom, followed by Len and Dan, and of course all our loyal customers over the years. Quite literally we could not have done it without you. At the moment it’s still business as usual, but we will be winding things down through the month of July. Service will transition to walk-in only, and we will start putting all remaining inventory on sale. We’ve already upped the markdown on all remaining Nordic Ski equipment to 30% off, so stop in soon for best selection. We are also happy to report that our good friends at Missoula Bike Works will be picking up the Trek line, so they will be able to take care of all your future Trek and Bontrager needs. And once again, thanks so much for your support over the years!

Need your bike serviced? Better plan ahead!

Hey Missoula Bike nuts, just to forewarn you, it’s shaping up to be an ugly summer in our service department. We are super short staffed on the mechanic side of things, and I’m not very optimistic of that changing anytime soon. We are already 2+ weeks out, and that is likely to grow. Thank you for your patience in these difficult times!

Awesome new mini frame pump!

Hey there fellow minimalists and weight weenies, have we got a pump for you. The pump body is made of carbon fiber, with a titanium cover for the head. If you’re looking for a pump that will get your tires up to max pressure in the fewest strokes, this is NOT the pump for you. But if you just want a pump that will get you back home after a flat, while adding the least amount of weight possible to your fancy, superlight road bike, this IS the pump for you. Pictured below next to our previous (and still a staff favorite for ease of use) smallest, lightest pump, the small Lezyne Road Drive (82g, 19cm long). This new pump by Nana is just 38g and measures 14cm long. And while it will take a few more strokes to inflate a tire, the small volume insures that those strokes are easy and the pump is capable of high pressure. It’s easily rebuildable with a single, standard o-ring too! And the best part… it’s only $38! Often superlight bike gear is big bucks, but this pump is actually $10 less than the Lezyne!

If this sounds up your alley, come on in and check it out!

Annual Spring Ski Sale starts this week!

Hey Missoula Nordic skiers, we are starting our annual nordic ski sale this week. Sale starts Thursday the 17th and will last until the end of the season, but sizes and quantities are very limited, so get in soon for best selection. We have a decent selection of skate skis/bindings left, but everything else is hit or miss. Everything nordic is on sale, including hats, gloves, and waxes. Don’t be fooled by the recent springlike weather, snow is in the forecast and there is a lot of winter left!

Great review of the new Trek Top Fuel from the guys at PinkBike.

From the review… “The Trek has got a lot of personality, and it is a bike that not only inspires precise and confident handling but really encourages you to push on. Ultimately, it felt like a 120mm tailor-made for someone that wants a short travel bike that excels on aggressive XC trails and is light enough to ride all day.” I’ve been riding mine for about 2 months, and couldn’t agree more.

See the whole review + video here.

Another Checkpoint!

Hey Missoula gravel hounds, this past week we received a very rare 58cm Trek Checkpoint SL 5. Full carbon frame with Shimano GRX drivetrain. Stop in if you’re looking for an awesome, ready to rip, gravel bike – it likely won’t last long!

We got an 1120!

Howdy Missoula area bike packers – we just received a rare and highly sought after Trek 1120. Size is XL, so should fit anyone 6′ or over. Custom front and rear racks secure your load and keep the center of gravity as low as possible for improved handling over typical seatpost and handlebar bags. If your looking for a purpose built bikepacking rig, come on in and check it out!

No Bike Rentals for 2021

Howdy Bikers – due to extreme, pandemic related shortages of all things bicycle, we will not be able to offer rental bikes this year. We hope that the situation improves for 2022, but as it is now, bikes are just not available. Keep those fingers and toes crossed!

Trek Slash 8 wins BikeRadar Enduro bike of the year!

That’s the good news… the bad news? If you order today, you can have one by May 16th! Of 2022…
Quite literally, we are in “better luck next year” territory. Oh well, always nice to win a “shootout”.
In the meantime, ride whatcha got!

Glowing reviews for the all new Trek Top Fuel…

It’s been two-plus months since Trek released the new Top Fuel, and the reviews are starting to trickle in. This full-suspension cross country mountain bike is exactly what tons of XC racers, trail riders, and marathoners have been looking for. And now bike media members are singing the praises of the Top Fuel, too:

“It’s devilishly quick, accelerates in a way that makes it seem like my legs actually produce real power. It’s stable, planted, and it tracks like it’s supposed to. Endurance athletes will be able to remain seated over more terrain, saving precious energy over the long haul, while XC pinners will hook up better on steep technical climbs.” –Ryan Palmer, Bike Magazine

“The new Top Fuel might not be a pure XC-race bike anymore, but it’s still precise and very fast. Its new trail orientation makes it a great choice for a rider who wants a fast and light bike with most of the efficiency of a cross-country race bike, but with bit more versatility and playfulness.” – Jessica Coulon, Bicycling Magazine

“Top Fuel is damn efficient heading up, but when you hit a downhill the bike rides much more like a lightweight trail bike than a purebred XC race machine, and has no hesitation getting a little rowdy if you’re willing to let it. It may not be as much of a purebred racer as its predecessor, but that just means it’s a bike you could race one weekend and head out for a big backcountry adventure the next without making too many compromises.” – Daniel Sapp, Pinkbike