Sep
30
Oct 1

Adventure Cycling Bike Your Park Day

Join us for a trip to one of our local NH State Parks. We will be riding from the shop to a location TBD and spending the night camping there before riding home the next day. 

Details to follow. 

www.bikeyourparkday.org


Jun
3
Jun 4

Adventure Cycling Bike Travel Weekend

Join us for Bike Travel Weekend! Interested in getting into bikepacking? Have new gear that needs an adventure? We'll be heading out on an overnight, most likely to Bear Brook.

Detail will be coming as we get closer but you're not going to want to miss it!

Stay tuned... 

May
20
May 21

9th Annual Concord Area Bike Swap

The Central New Hampshire Bicycling Coalition (CNHBC) is holding the 9th Annual Concord Area Bicycle Swap with the goal of raising thousands of dollars to support bicycle programs and projects in Concord and the surrounding communities. 

The Bicycle Swap will be held at S&W Sports and is a fun event for families and for bicycles riders of all ages and abilities. Whether you are looking to buy, sell, or donate a bike, you don't want to miss this event! 

Important Dates and Times: 

*Drop off for consignment: anytime between 11am-6pm Weds, and 11am-7pm the Thurs and Fri before the swap.
*Drop off for donation: anytime between now and May 19
*Sale: May 20th 9am-5pm and May 21th 9am-1pm
*Pick-up: by Tuesday following the event, bikes and checks not picked up at this time will be donated.

Important Details:

*Location for consignments and donations will be at S&W Sports
*If a consigned bike sells at the Swap, the owner will receive 75% of the proceeds and 25% will be donated to CNHBC
*Unsold bikes and/or checks will need to be picked up May 23rd; CNHBC and S&W are not responsible for unsold bikes not picked up
*Be aware that this is a very well-attended event and credit card processing can take up to an hour; for quickest service, please bring cash or check
*A designated area will be available for test rides and helmets will be available for use
*If you are uncertain about what kind of bike you want, our staff will be ready and willing to find the right bike for you!

CNHBC is a non-profit bicycling advocacy organization with a volunteer board of directors comprised of community members. With a goal of making bicycling safer, more enjoyable, and more accessible, projects include: bike valet parking, bike lane stenciling, the Merrimack River Greenway Trail, downtown bike parking, bike education courses, the Recycled Cycles program, Bikes for Refugees, and many others.

Apr
29
Apr 30

Killer Bee Bike Ride

2017 WATERVILLE VALLEY “KILLER BEE” RIDE: OUR 33rd!

The Ride

This year’s Waterville Valley Ride will take place April 29 (East Concord to Waterville Valley) and April 30 (return). As in years past, we will be staying at the Snowy Owl Inn, and have again been promised a hearty and diverse menu for our Saturday evening buffet dinner at the Waterville Valley Conference Center.

Please read this description of the 2017 Ride carefully, as there are a number of changes from previous years. Departure Point To reach the Ride’s assembly and departure point, take I-93 North to Exit 16; turn right at the top of the exit ramp; proceed straight through the next intersection (Mobil Station) up the hill (Shawmut Street) for 3.2 miles; and watch for “Killer Bee” signs. GPS: 263 Oak Hill Road, Concord NH 03301. Typically, after checking in for the Ride, riders leave between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. The last departing sag wagon carrying luggage will leave at 9:30 a.m., and any riders leaving after that time will be responsible for getting their own luggage to the Snowy Owl.

As in the past, this year's “package” will include: 1) sag wagon support up and back; 2) cold (or hot, as appropriate) “porch drinks” upon arrival at the Snowy Owl; 3) Killer Bee social hour (cash bar); 4) Saturday evening buffet dinner (with awards, door prizes, etc.); 5) entry in the post-dinner raffle (including for the S&W Sports 2017 Trek Domane); 6) Snowy Owl overnight lodgings; and 7) Sunday morning getaway breakfast. The Tariff 1) adult: Saturday bike up only (includes Snowy Owl reception) $ 60 2) adult: no bike up, Snowy Owl reception and buffet dinner $ 70 3) adult: bike up, Snowy Owl reception and buffet dinner $ 100 4) adult: no bike up, Snowy Owl reception, buffet dinner and overnight $ 135 5) adult: bike up and back, Snowy Owl reception, buffet dinner and overnight $ 175 6) child (16 or under): Saturday bike up only (includes reception) $ 15 7) child: no bike up, reception and buffet dinner $ 30 8) child: bike up, Snowy Owl reception and buffet dinner $ 50 9) child: no bike up, reception, buffet dinner and overnight $ 65 10) child: bike up and back, Snowy Owl reception, buffet dinner and overnight $ 80 11) other combinations? - please check with me Single Room Option In response to popular demand, we have set aside a limited number of rooms that may be taken up as “single” rooms (i.e., one person only). Cost: $190 all included. These rooms are not subject to the 15% “Early Bird” discount (see below), and may be reserved strictly on a “first come, first served” basis.

The “Deal”

Late registrations complicate immensely the smooth administration of the Ride, including in particular the process of reserving Snowy Owl rooms and meals for the Saturday evening dinner. Accordingly, this year ALL REGISTRANTS WHOSE CHECKS ARE SENT (POSTMARKED) BY MARCH 15 MAY DEDUCT 15% FROM THE RATES SET FORTH ABOVE (discount not available for “Single Room Option”). If the Ride is cancelled because of inclement weather or for any other reason -- which has happened only once in 32 years! -- all checks will be returned. Participants registering after April 1 cannot be assured of overnight accommodations at the Snowy Owl, because we have a limited number of rooms reserved. When those rooms have been filled, we are not likely to be able to reserve additional rooms.

How to Register

If you plan to participate in this year's Ride, send me a confirming e-mail (KillerBeeCycling@gmail.com) indicating the number and names of the people in your party, as well as the “tariff” categories in which members of your group fall. Please indicate any rooming preference(s), and forward a check payable to me in the appropriate amount to the following address: Irvin D. Gordon 63 Roberts Road Contoocook, NH 03229 PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT OR SEND MONEY TO THE SNOWY OWL, AS ALL ROOMS AND MEALS CHARGES AT THE SNOWY OWL ARE HANDLED THROUGH A SINGLE REGISTRATION, ON A SINGLE CREDIT CARD (MINE).

Sag Wagon Drivers

We need 5-6 sag wagon volunteers to drive participants' overnight luggage to the Snowy Owl on Saturday, and back on Sunday. Sag wagon drivers will have $50 of their registration fee refunded, following the loading of vehicles for the Sunday return.

Awards

The Ride recognizes annually the youngest, the most “mature,” the fastest, and the most “distant” rider. We will again award the Munro Proctor, Sulloway & Hollis, S&W Sports and Dennise Maslakowski trophies, respectively, recognizing riders in those categories.

Support the Ride's Supporters!

Please bear in mind, as you equip yourselves for the Ride, that S&W Sports Shop in Concord (296 South Main Street, Concord NH; 603-228-1441, www.swsports.net) has for years been a generous supporter of the Ride, and that S&W's very capable staff are eager and willing to assist with your bike and bike-related needs. S&W will, once again this year, donate a 2017 Trek Domane Shimano 105 carbon fiber road bike for the Saturday evening raffle. Any KB registrant who presents a copy of his/her confirmed registration (see “How to Register” above”) is entitled to a 10% (nutrition), 15% (cycling accessories), and 20% (clothing, service) discount at S&W Sports.

Additional 2017 Event of Interest

As each of you fills in your 2017 calendar of cycling events, please keep in mind that on August 26, 2017 the Hopkinton (N.H.) Rotary Club will stage, for the fifth year, a hill climb time trial event in Warner, NH, utilizing the access road to (and up!) Mt. Kearsarge. For further details regarding this event please consult the event's website at www.mtkearsargehillclimb.com.

A Final Request

Note that, again this year, I am issuing notice of the Ride via e-mail. I do not, however, have e-mail addresses for all prior years participants, or for all people who have indicated an interest in participating in the Ride this year. Therefore, please forward this notice to any family, friends, fellow employees or acquaintances who you think might be interested in participating in the Ride this year.

See you April 29!!!

Mar
30
6:00 pm18:00

Women's Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic

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Come spend the evening with like minded women to learn about bike maintenance. We will be covering parts of the bike, performing a safety check, and wheel removal and installation.

We will also go over what to bring on a ride and how to fix a flat tire. 

Refreshments will be served!

Jul
30
9:00 am09:00

S&W Community Bicycle Flea Market and Back to School Bike Swap

Join us the last Saturday of July for our Community Bicycle Flea Market and Bicycle Arts events. Hosted at S&W to benefit Greater Concord Area Bicycling projects. We will be combining the Flea Market with our Back to School Bike Swap. 

Bring your bikes, parts, clothing, or bicycle themed art. Buy, sell, or barter. Bring change if you're selling as you are your own bank. Set up in lot across street from the shop, 12x12 paved plots available ($10-20 suggested donation if you sell items), no electricity available. 

No consignments or drop offs, if you would like to consign a bike you will have to wait for our May 2017 spring swap.

Set up from 8-9am, shopping from 9am-2pm. Held rain or shine. 

Any questions call 603-228-1441 or email info@swsports.net

Jul
22
8:00 pm20:00

Friday Night Lights

Join us every Friday evening for a night time MTB ride.

Leaving from the shop at 8pm, we usually head out toward the Bow Town Forest. The riding trends toward fast and flowing with just enough technical riding to keep you on your toes. The ride to the trails acts as our warm up but if you aren't up for that we swing by the Bow Community Center (Logging Hill and Knox Rd) to pick up anyone parking there. 

We will sometimes ride the Quarries but mostly stick to Bow. Ride updates will be posted on FB and Twitter the day of the ride. Rides will be cancelled if the trails are wet or it's raining. Helmets and lights are required, 700+ lumens recommended. 

We'll have some themed rides throughout the year. Canada Day Bike and Brew cruise (July 1st), International Beer Day (August 5th), Mexican Independence Day ride to get some Mexican food (September 16th), and a Halloween Costume Ride (October 28th). 

Jul
20
7:30 pm19:30

Women's Wednesday Ride

Come join us on a no drop, beginner friendly, women's only ride. Meet at the Bow Community Center at Knox and Logging Hill Rd (link). Ride is approx 1 hour long, bring lights! 700+ lumens recommended. Trails are a fun mix of flowy, fire roads, and light technical riding. 

Don't miss out, we'll be doing these all summer!

Jul
15
8:00 pm20:00

Friday Night Lights

Ready to shred? Come out with us for a night ride in the Bow Town Forest. We'll leave from the shop on bikes, regroup at the Community Center, then ride. Loop is about an hour of really fun trails. Intermediate level, no drop. Helmets required, 700+ lumens recommended. If you plan on riding to and from the trails don't forget a rear blinkie. 

 

Jul
13
7:30 pm19:30

Wednesday Women's Ride

Come join us on a no drop, beginner friendly, women's only ride. Meet at the Bow Community Center at Knox and Logging Hill Rd (link). Ride is approx 1 hour long, bring lights! 700+ lumens recommended, helmet required, water definitely. Trails are a fun mix of flowy, fire roads, and light technical riding. 

Don't miss out, we'll be doing these all summer!

Jul
12
5:30 pm17:30

Tuesday Road Ride

Join us every Tuesday this summer on our Tuesday night road rides. The ride will leave from the shop promptly at 5:30, plan on approx. 25 miles at about 16 mph average. Please remember your rear blinking lights, hydration, and flat fixing tools. 

The rides will be led by experienced cyclist and friend of S&W, Eric Dyment. 

We're excited to have you join us!

Jun
26
10:00 am10:00

Bike Walk Alliance of NH Day at the Fisher Cats

BWANH Day at the Fisher Cats is going to be a happening. This family friendly event will feature many opportunities for enjoying some of Manchester’s new amenities like the bridge over the Piscataquog River that connects the Goffstown Rail Trail with the Piscataquog Rail Trail leading right to the Stadium. The complete list of rides into the stadium is still being developed, but there will be something for everyone.

This is a fundraising event for the Bike-Walk Alliance of NH. $4 of every ticket sold through this site will help support BWANH’s efforts to improve cycling and walking across the state. Thank you for participating. With your help this will be the largest bicycle themed event in NH in 2016.

Jun
24
Jun 26

Bike Demo

Join us for a full weekend of bike demos. 

Have you been waiting to try out the latest trail and xc bikes? They'll be there!

Friday is Bear Brook, Saturday and Sunday are at Highland. Bring an ID and your riding gear. Get in touch for any details.

Jun
11
Jun 12

Pats Peak Mountain Bike Festival

Come join us for a weekend of Downhill, Cross Country, and of course 6, 12, and 24 hour racing! 

The course and the camaraderie get better every year, this is not one you'll want to miss!

https://www.bikereg.com/pats-peak-mountain-bike-festival

Jun
4
Jun 5

*Cancelled* Bear Brook Bikepacking Trip *Cancelled*

We've decided to cancel this weekend due to potential weather issues. Keep an eye out for our July event.

 

We are starting up what we hope to be a regular event from us: bikepacking. 

We'll be starting off with a trip to Bear Brook State Park. Leaving from the shop, we'll head through Bow on a mix of roads, singletrack, and logging roads. Next will be dropping into Hooksett and heading into the backcountry of Bear Brook, where we'll ride to the campground on awesome singletrack. 

Riding will be intermediate level and below, count on taking 2-3 hours to get there and the same amount back. We will stay in a tent sight right near nice clean bathrooms. This is a Bikepacking 101 level trip. 

You'll need your bike, helmet, and riding gear obviously, as well as your camping gear. For a primer on bikepacking visit . 

We're really excited to start this and to see how many folks we can get together. Expect a campfire and rad times! Email info@swsports.net or give us a call with any questions.