Tonight (December 3rd), Infinity Bike Shop joined forces with Space Coast Velo Sport (SCVS) to help build several kids' bikes. These bikes are being donated by SCVS to underprivileged children in our local community. We had a great time building while sharing ride stories, pizza and refreshments. To Mike Garrison (President of SCVS) and the rest of the crew, job well done!!
No need to wake up at 5am to make Infinity's Black Friday Sale. Our specials will be running from 10am to 6pm Friday AND Saturday! We have the perfect deals for stocking stuffers. BUY ONE GET ONE on tubes, nutrition and socks. All IN STOCK Bontrager items are 75% off and IN STOCK Trek bikes are 50% off. Stop by for these and other awesome deals. See you Friday.
Here's another familiar face from the shop, as it should be... he's one of the bike shop founders. A life long athlete, Marshall has competed in 11 ironman competitions, RAAM (Race Across America) and even has himself a Leadville belt buckle. You might say that endurance is his sweet spot, others might say speed... but still more would say puns... lots and lots of puns. When he's not piloting for Delta, you can find him kicking back at the shop or blazing through the trails on the Thursday Night MTB rides. Recently, we had the opportunity to find out a bit more about him...
How long have you been riding?
How often do you get out and ride?
Three days a week, unless I'm training for something specific. Then it's 5 or 6 times a week, for as much as 500 miles.
Do you compete/train in any other sports? If so, what?
I played soccer back in college and over the years I've participated in triathlons (11 iron mans), until my joints rebelled. I also enjoy golf!
What do you enjoy when you're not rolling along on a bike?
My job as a pilot. Music.
What do you like most about being a pilot?
The obvious, like travel and the view from the office window, but also in finding something you have a knack for.
How about your interest in music, is it an appreciation of music or do you also play?
Both really, I listen mostly to indie folk and alternative rock, but I also sing and play guitar.
Ever been in a band?
No, not yet!
What's the most embarrassing moment you've had on the bike?
I finished the bike leg of an ironman tri (112 miles), and realized the discomfort I endured through the ride was due to my bike shorts being on backwards.
How about your most embarrassing moment off the bike?
Well, I once requested a song from a musician that he had just finished playing.
What's your favorite curse word?
"son of a bitch" ... It is so versatile.
If you could ride anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Pacific Northwest. Great mountain biking.
If you could try any other profession other than your own, what would it be?
What advice do you have to those new to cycling?
Talk to people who cycle to learn from their experience.
Lukas may come off as the most soft-spoken of the Infinity Bike Shop crew, but don't let that fool you. He can muck it up with the best of them. He's been with the shop for over two years now and is known for offering salient advice to friends and customers alike about what gear and nutrition works best, especially in our hot, humid, Florida climate.
How long have you been riding?
I do not remember when I started riding, I just remember a lifetime of skinned knees.
How often do you ride?
At least twice a day, whether I like it or not rain or shine. I commute to work.
Do you compete/train in any other sports?
Nope. I barely compete and train in this sport.
When you’re not out on your bike, what do you enjoy most?
Reading and working on bikes.
What do you like to read?
Thrift store literature. I seek out old books with familiar titles by familiar authors.
Most embarrassing moment on a bike?
Crashing... Falling over while learning clipless pedals.
Most embarrassing moment off a bike?
I have no shame, so this doesn't happen very often. Let's go with laying there on the ground after falling over while trying to learn clipless pedals.
What is your favorite curse word?
The F-bomb, it is the most f-ing versatile curse word there is.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Honestly, I've always just wanted to ride my bike across the US. There's something about that journey... there are a lot of cultures and places to see right here in the US and from a bike, you'd get to see so much of it.
Do you have any advice to someone new to cycling?
Keep the rubber side down.
Kristin Campbell Apotsos
One of the familiar faces you’ll see at the shop and on our weekly Thursday Night Mountain Bike Ride is Kristin. She’s been with the shop for just around two years now and her insight in to the sport of cycling has been invaluable to our customers and friends. No Thursday night is complete without her witty banter and fast-paced race through the trails. Recently, we asked her to share a bit more about herself...
How long have you been riding?
Just about 34 years now.
How frequently do you get out and ride?
My frequency depends on the season, but I average about 2-3 rides per week. It would be great if I could make that 4+ times...
Do you compete/train in any other sports?
I race stand-up paddle boards during the cyclocross off-season, but I also enjoy running, snowboarding and surfing when the weather is right.
When you’re not riding, what do you enjoy most?
A first rate day would involve a full day of outside play followed by lots of good food and microbrews.
What’s your most embarrassing moment on the bike?
Swamp Cross Single Speed race 2014. My chain fell off moments after the start. I had to run, carry and ride my bike around the entire course before I was allowed to go to the pit, get tools, and help. I still owe Steve Noble a beer for his assistance!
Most embarrassing moment off the bike?
I never made it to the off-shore starting line of stand-up paddle board race held at Cocoa Beach. The waves were 6-7 feet and the shore pound was massive. During my attempt to make it past the break, my bathing suit top came off! I didn’t realize this until my friend John, who was on the beach, pointed it out. Exposed. Failure. (Luckily the race organizers agreed to give me back my entry fee - perhaps it was for the free show.) ;)
Personality Quirk: What’s your favorite curse word?
The f-bomb… don’t tell my Mom or Mother-in-Law.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
There are several:
1. Designer of swimsuits for athletically-chested women.
2. Return to my biology roots and become a leading expert of mycology - the kind of expert that National Geographic or NPR calls for all their fungus-related questions.
3. Writer of science-based children’s books (maybe on mushrooms).
Any advice to offer someone new to the sport or intimidated by the sport?
Ironically, 10 years ago I was intimidated by road bikes! The thought of riding next to traffic on tires more than half the size than I was use to made me feel anxious. I thought aerobars were beyond my skill level. Once I bought a road bike and rode it, I found all of my fears were entirely unfounded.
The last weekend in March saw Mikey complete a tri with team White Tri-ash (Katie Rose, Ryan Gomiela, Mikey, and cheerleader Coach Phil Moore). They trained as a team and raced as a team (Ryan even sporting some lovely trashy cut off shorts) and took second place as a team. What Mikey loved most about the experience, however, was hearing from the shop's friends and fans about how well their bikes performed. That gave Mikey a nice burst of pride... good work pays off in competition.
There are a lot of Tri's coming up in the weeks ahead and we'd like to give a shout out to those who have already raced and paced, but also a wish of steady pedals and speedy legs for those with races still to come.
Congratulations (and thank you for supporting Infinity Bike Shop) to:
Ed Donner took 1st overall
Kristen Faust 1st Female 50-54
All For One Relay Team 1st with Debbie Phelps on bike
Angela Coram 1st Female 35-39
Julio Castillo 2nd mens Omplyic
Lisa Saturday 3rd womens Omplyic
Frank Silva 1st Duathlon
Alex Colon 2nd Duathlon
Upcoming Triathlons (if you haven't yet registered):
We love our fans and clients and we know that you all depend on us to be here when you need us. That said, it's seemed pretty clear the last few months that nearly all of you are out riding the roads and trails between 6 and 8 pm (that or maybe you're busy eating dinner and relaxing with your families). We're going to take this opportunity to shift our hours back to a regular 10 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday so that we can do the same. We look forward to seeing you out there on trails and on the roads. :)
So as you know, Mikey likes to ride his bike. Big Whoop. That's not exactly a news flash,... but if you know Mikey, you know he likes to ride fast and when he can, he likes to beat Marshall up the hill (even on his Farley).
The question is, how does Mikey ride so fast? Yes, he eats a lot of cookies and candy... and yes, he drinks a LOT of coffee, but don't let that fool you. He knows that regular training at Beachside Computrainer can make the difference between a good ride and a great ride. Each 8-week session is built specifically to help riders of all levels improve their endurance, efficiency, and power. It doesn't matter if you're a seasoned cyclist or a newbie, the first step is assessment of your physical fitness and tailoring of your settings to meet your specific needs.
We can load nearly any course you may be training for into the system and you'll feel the ride just like you would on race day. The Computrainer system is capable of replicating true road feel including wind resistance and inclines.
When does the next 8-week session start?
March 16th (claim your spot by the 13th)
Do you offer morning & evening classes?
Yes! So if you need after-work classes or early or mid-morning, we have you covered!
What do I need to bring with me to class?
A road bike (or we can rent one to you for classes), your riding shorts, shoes, water and a change of clothes
Can I shower after class?
Oh yeah, you might want to ;) We have showers at the shop.
How can I find out more?
Check out our Beachside Computrainer page.