What Happens in Greenwich, Stays in Greenwich…


October 23, 2014    5pm – 8pm
Signature Cycles Greenwich

You don’t need to travel to Vegas to see the newest 2015 products from Zipp, Assos, Rapha, Shimano, Specialized, Cycleops, and SRAM. Spend an evening with us in a “Trade Show” environment seeing, touching, and learning about the latest greatest cycling products. Manufacturer Representatives from each company will share their knowledge and expertise.

Want to learn what makes the Zipp Firestrike the fastest, most efficient new wheel? Try the all new PowerBeam from Cycleops … one of the coolest indoor training systems on the market. Ride strong and fast in the new 2015 styles from Rapha and Assos. Take a test ride on a Fat Boy from Specialized, guaranteed to spread a smile across your face.

Spread the word, bring a friend. RSVP is appreciated: lori@signaturecycles.com

CT Challenge Kick Off Party – Join Signature Cycles’ CT Challenge Team

Signature Cycles in Greenwich, CT is proud to host the 2014 Connecticut Challenge Kick Off Party on Thursday, March 27 at 6pm. Join us for light refreshments, video clips from previous rides and hear about how you can become a participant or join the Signature Cycles CT Challenge Team. Jeff Keith, cancer survivor and co-founder of the CT Challenge and The Center for Survivorship will share his inspirational story of survivorship.

Update: Jeremy Howard – Ultraman and Ironman finisher, USAT coach for Lifesport, and event technical advisor for the CT Challenge Ride – will be on hand to greet guests and give his perspective on the CT Challenge. Scroll down for more info on Jeremy and his accomplishments.

The CT Challenge tops our list as “The Best Organized Benefit Ride in CT”. On July 25 -26, 2014, over 2000 riders will embark on various cycling routes in Fairfield County and will raise over $2,000,000 for cancer survivors across the State of Connecticut.

The CT Challenge supports hospitals and community organizations across the State through the CT Challenge Survivorship Network so survivors can receive the unique care they need, right in their local community. Last year, CT Challenge programs impacted over 38,000 cancer survivors.

CT Challenge Bike Logo

Please join us:

March 27, 6:00 pm
Signature Cycles Greenwich
14 Railroad Avenue

Your RSVP is greatly appreciated: lori@signaturecycles.com

Strength Conditioning & Injury Prevention Clinic with ML STRENGTH

Clinic with ML Strength

Join us in our Greenwich Studio on Thursday, March 13th at 6pm for a hands-on clinic on strength conditioning and and injury prevention.

Andrew Laux, MS, from ML Strength in White Plains, NY will share his insight and expertise on training aspects specific to cycling. Andrew will lead us through a variety of exercises teaching proper form and execution.

The goals of the clinic are to provide those attending with strategies for reducing tension, developing strength in deficient muscle groups and improving pedal stroke efficiency.  A portion of the clinic will focus on injury prevention through exercises geared towards the development of strength in stabilizer muscles to reduce the wear and tear of joints, while insuring all energy is placed linearly into the pedals.

Please wear comfortable clothes that allow for movement and bring a mat or towel to lay on.

ML Strength is a small, private sports performance facility located in downtown White Plains. The mission of ML Strength is to provide a professional athlete experience for all clients.

RSVP required as this will be an active clinic and space is limited.

Respond to Lori Hoefer: lori@signaturecycles.com

March 13, 6:00 pm
Signature Cycles Greenwich
14 Railroad Avenue

Signature Greenwich welcomes Abraham Soler

It’s not just the leaves that are changing in Greenwich!  We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our new team member, Abraham Soler.  Abraham, who brings 10 years experience in the cycling industry, will be working in our Greenwich Studio.  We asked Abraham to tell you something about himself.  In his own words:

“I was born in Bogota, Colombia and I have been around bicycle wheels and frames since I was a baby in my crib. My father was a professional cyclist who raced in the 1986 Tour de France with the “Cafe de Colombia” Team.

I moved to the US after I finished school, looking for a better future. When I arrived in 2003, I started working in a bike shop as a mechanic and then moved into sales, all while learning English the hard way. At the same time I started competing in the road racing scene in NYC. My goal was to work my way up to be a Category 1 and one day return to Colombia and do a local race, just like my father.  In 2009, I was ranked number 1 Category 3 road racer in the US and in 2013, I achieved my upgrade to Category 1. This allowed me to compete in my first UCI event in Bucks County, PA with the top professionals in the US and get invited to Trinidad to participate in my first international race.

I have been part of Foundation’s Elite Cycling Team in NYC Elite Team for the past 5 years. I currently live in Manhattan with my wife Karen. I am very happy to be part of the Signature Cycles team!”

Please stop by the Greenwich Studio to meet Abraham, or join our 9am Saturday Ride and chase him up a few hills!

Fall Foliage Ride 2013

Sunday October 20th at 7:30AM
Signature Cycles Greenwich

Time sure does fly!!! This year marks the 5th anniversary of the Signature Cycles Fall Foliage Ride.

Our favorite ride of the year will be held Sunday, October 20.

This scenic 40-mile ride through Fairfield and Westchester counties will begin at Signature Cycles’ Greenwich location and will wind its way up to Armonk, NY on some of the best cycling roads available. After a brief refueling and puppy petting at our rest stop located at Adopt A Dog, riders will ride back to Greenwich on equally scenic and cycling friendly terrain.

Ride leaders will accompany various groups accommodating paces starting at 14mph and up. Road bikes are required for all group riders. Cue sheets will be available for any riders wishing the tackle the route on their own.

Registration begins at 7:30am and the ride leaves at 8am sharp. A $40 cash or check donation will go directly to The Greenwich Boys and Girls Club and to Adopt A Dog to support their untiring efforts to better the lives of families, children and pets in our area.

RSVP/Questions : lori@signaturecycles.com

Signature Cycles Greenwich to Host Women’s Cycling Information Panel and Networking Night

April 4th Event First in Series of Women’s-Only Clinics

What should I eat before a ride? Why does my saddle hurt? I think I want to race but how do I get started?

Cycling can be an intimidating activity for many women, but Signature Cycles is here to help answer these and many more questions during its special women’s-only “Ladies Night: Women in the Know” information panel and networking event on April 4 at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Signature Cycles is located at 14 Railroad Avenue in Greenwich.

Women of all levels of experience and ability are welcome and encouraged to attend. Topics to be covered will include women’s health, injury prevention, gear, competitive racing, and more. A field of women panelists will be on hand to answer questions, including:

Ann IvanUSAT Level 1 Coach, Rye YMCA Fitness Center Director, Age Group Triathlete, 2-Time Ironman Finisher, Cancer Survivor

Carrie Goldkopf – Personal Trainer, Certified Massage Therapist, Nutrition Counselor, Avid Mountain Bike Enthusiast

Clare Zecher – USAT Level 1 Certified Coach, Personal Trainer, USAT Team USA Qualification, Multiple-time Marathon Competitor

Genevieve X. Boulanger Owner and Founder of GXB Yoga and Pilates. Certified Pilates and Yoga Instructor

Gloria C. Cohen, MD Specialist in Non- Operative Sports Medicine. Team Physician for Columbia University Varsity Athletic Teams. Former Team Physician to the Canadian National Cycling Team andCanadian Olympic Games Medical Team

Lucia Deng – Co-Captain of the Rockstar/ Signature Cycles Womens Racing Team,Board of Directors of Century Road Club Association

Madeleine Marecki – Member of Rockstar/Signature Cycles Womens Racing Team, Former Division 1 Cross Country and Track Athlete

Abigail Smith, PT, DPT –  Owner of Forward Motion Physical Therapy in Westport CT, Adjunct Professor at Norwalk Community College for the Physical Therapy Assistant program.  Triathlete and Marathon Runner

Melissa Moo Harkins Founder of MooMotion Apparel, 3-Time Ironman Finisher, Alumni of Parsons School of Design

The event will include food, drink, and great giveaways. This is an evening not to be missed! Reservations can be made by emailing lori@signaturecycles.com.

Festive 500 with Rapha and Signature Cycles

Sunday, December 30th 

Signature Cycles Greenwich    

Once again Rapha challenges riders around the world to avoid the festive flab and clock those miles with the Festive 500 Challenge – Ride 500km between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve posting evidence of your endeavors along the way.

This year Signature Cycles is partnering with Rapha Racing NYC to help make it easier for all of us. After all there is nothing better than suffering with friends!

Join the Rockstar Games / Signature Cycles and Rapha Racing NYC cycling teams as we head on 66.3 mile ride through some of the most beautiful roads in rural Connecticut.

Signature’s Gift Ideas for Cyclists

Each year around this time, cyclists, their friends, and their families ask us for gift ideas. This holiday season we decided to put together a shopping cheat sheet. Maybe somebody close to you needs a little help when shopping for the cyclist in their life. We find that this list is very effective when “accidentally” left on the kitchen table with desired items circled or highlighted.

Also, don’t forget that Signature Cycles Gift Certificates are available for fits, tune-ups, or amounts in any denomination!

We hope this list helps. Cheers!

Under $500 – Assos Zegho Glasses

Through four years of development, a company that does not make sunglasses decided to make the best cycling optics ever produced. Assos Zegho is a product like no other. The Carl Zeiss lenses with zero distortion provide the best optics you’ll ever experience. Zegho feels like you’re wearing nothing, but provides everything in protection. These glasses allow an incredible view of the road and are the ultimate choice in cycling eyewear. Prices range from $400-$470.

Under $200 – Light and Motion Urban 550 Headlight

With short winter days coming, an effective headlight is a must have to see and be seen. This self-contained rechargeable light creates more light than you would believe could come out of such a small package. Not that long ago, to get 550 lumens of output, you needed a big external battery and an expensive headlamp. Thanks to advances is LED and battery technology, you now can fit 550 lumens in your jersey pocket in case you decide to take the scenic route home! Price: $160

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The Bottom Line on Keeping Your Bottom Warm: Assos 607 Tights

Review by Lori Hoefer

Dressing for cold weather riding is a fine blend between art and science.  Knowing just what to wear and when to wear it is the art, and having the proper clothing with the right technical fabrics and features is the science.

Over twenty years ago, when I started riding, dressing for cold weather on the bike was more about luck and what’s in the closet.  No science, no art….and surely not enough protection.

The last two winter seasons I’ve ridden through the winter using thermal leg warmers.  While my knees and legs seemed to stay warm, my hips and bottom side really caught a chill at the start of each ride.  But at last I have found the perfect lower body solution for cold weather riding in the Assos Lady’s 607 long tight.

Assos markets the Lady’s 607 tight as an early winter tight.  Much attention was placed on comfort, fit and function in the development of this piece.  Often women’s cycling products aren’t given the attention or the technical focus that men’s products receive.  This is surely not the case for the Assos Lady’s 607 tight.

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New Staff at Signature Cycles

caffery1-wpIf you have been in our Manhattan or Greenwich studios recently you may have noticed some new faces. We are delighted to announce the addition of Caffery Garff to the Manhattan studio and Darren McNeill to the Greenwich studio. Caffery and Darren bring with them a wealth of knowledge and industry experience.

When not in the Manhattan Studio you’ll find Caffery ondarren3-wp the podium at the local Prospect Park Crits and look for Darren competing at this season’s cyclocross events. Both of them will be riding for team Rockstar/Signature Cycles. To learn more about our newest staff members, you can watch Caffery’s video bio here and Darren’s here.