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BIKE SHOP - Contrada Bikes is a San Francisco based bike shop located near the Marina District. We carry Cervelo, Colnago, Pinarello, Focus Bikes, Cannondale, Corratec Bikes, and Bianchi.

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Prepping for the Rainy Season!

Marc Vogel

Preparing for the rain season can seem like a daunting task, but we have some tips and tricks you can use if you decide to partake in some rain riding. Here are 5 pieces of gear that will surely make your rain riding experience more tolerable. 

1. FENDERS 

This is usually the first thing you think of when prepping for a rain ride. We currently have some very affordable planet bike fenders in stock, both clip on and bolt on, for your road, cyclocross, or gravel bike. 

If you plan on riding frequently during the rain season, then the bolt on fenders are a better option sense they will give you a little bit more coverage then the clip on fenders. They will also stay more in place after installation as well.

 
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If riding during the rainy season will be off and on, or you just don't really like the look of fenders, then clip on fenders are for you. They can be on when you need them and off when you don't. They are little bit more annoying to install, but once they are dialed, it's just a matter of clipping them on before a rainy ride.  

 
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2. GLOVES

Gloves can be a crucial rain wear piece depending upon temperature. If your hands get cold easily, it's probably a good idea to get a good pair of gloves to keep water away and keep your hands warm. This is very important if you live in an area where you decend hills or mountains frequently and wind becomes more of a factor. We have some Giro full finger gloves in stock and we can order some ASSOS rain gloves as well. 

 
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3. CYCLING CAP

Wearing a cycling cap under your helmet when it's raining can help keep you warm as well as keep the rain water out of your eyes for better visibility. 

 
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4. WATER PROOF OR WATER RESISTANT JACKET 

Having a good jacket can go a long way in helping you have a better rain ride experience. Obviously, there isn't a jacket that will keep you 100% dry, but it will keep your core warm and shield you from cold rain drops. We currently do not have rain jackets in  stock, but we are an ASSOS dealer, so we can order them for you if you would like one. 

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5. WATER PROOF OR WATER RESISTANT SHOE COVERS

Shoe covers might be the last piece I am covering, but definitely not the last to consider. They will help keep your feet dry, and warm, because no one likes damp, cold, soggy socks! They work better if you are using a front fender which will keep the front wheel spray at a minimum. These are also great to use when trying to keep cold wind off of your toes. 

 
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BBD: Cervelo S5 Di2 Clean-Up

Marc Vogel

We are going to be starting a series within our shop journal called BBD (BUILD BREAK DOWN). We will be covering full and partial custom builds. We are hoping to do this for every custom build. So we hope you'll like it! 

Oct. 30th, 2017 - Cervelo S5 Di2 6870

This customer brought us a repaired Cervelo S5 frame and wanted to do a simple Ultegra 6870 Di2 build. Instead of having the typical Di2 build where you have the Junction Box A on the stem with exposed eTubes, he chose to upgrade to the new Shimano DI2 EW-RS910 3-Port e-Tube junction. This junction box allows you to install it in the frame or in the bar end of your handle bars for optimized integration. It also looks really good too. 

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EW-RS910 hanging out during mock-up. It will be inserted and secured where you typically put your bar end plug. 

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The cockpit is wired up before installing it back onto the bike. e-Tubes are ran through the bars.

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We test the system to make sure everything works and shifts before securing the cables and wrapping the bars.  

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We use heat shrink tubing to wrap the brake cable and e-tube together which goes directly into the frame. 

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Bars are wrapped - This upgrade gives you a very clean look without compromising functionality.