Free “Bike U” for Cyclists Set for Jan. 23-24, 2009

Houston – Dec. 5, 2008. . . .Sun & Ski Sports will kick cyclists’ training for the 25th anniversary MS 150 charity bike ride into first gear with its annual “Bike University” Open House Friday, January 23, 5-10 p.m. and Saturday, January 24, noon-6 p.m. at Sun & Ski Sports, 6100 Westheimer. The free event, open to the public, will feature customized bike fit sessions, cycling courses, clinics and hands-on demonstrations to enhance cyclists’ safety and overall bike riding experience.

“Whether you’re a longtime cyclist or brand new to the sport, Bike U provides the latest product information and safety, nutrition and maintenance clinics that help keep everyone safe on the road,” said Dale Mikulan, Sun & Ski Sports Merchandise Manager-Bikes, whose stores sell more bicycles in Houston than any other bike shop in the city.

“Bike University” will feature close to thirty 30-minute presentations led by cycling, fitness and nutrition experts on road safety, maintenance, bike fit analysis, training, nutrition and women’s specific cycling clinics. The program will offer the CRM body scanning laser fit and an “on your bike” fit evaluation at the store’s customized fit station. Sun & Ski Sports’ permanent fit station customizes the bike’s seat height, cockpit length and knee-to-pedal relationship to allow for the customer’s ultimate comfort and power on his or her bike, enabling them to ride further and faster while expending less energy.

There will be cycling-oriented door prize give-aways every two hours.

Instructors include representatives from such premier manufacturers as Marin Bicycles (Houston exclusive of Sun & Ski Sports); Masi Bicycles; Look; and Scott Bicycles – including the “Addict R3,” ($3,599.99, equipped with Shimano Ultegra SL components; Shimano Components and Shoes; cycling apparel by Pearl Izumi, Sugoi, She Beast, Zoots, Canari Cyclewear and Giradono; and accessories by Yakima (bike racks), Mavic, Polar, Continental Tires, Surfas, Giro, Black Burn, Rav X and Shimano.

The “Bike U” complete course schedule is listed on and includes.

Maintenance Clinics
Flat Fix and Wheel Truing; Break and Gear Adjustments

Training For a Two-Day Ride

Cycling Safety Clinic
Safety is a Frame of Mind; Ride Etiquette for Slower and Faster Riders; and Group Cycling Safety 12-Step Program

Bike Fit Analysis
Complimentary CRM Body Scanning Laser Fit and “On Your Bike” Fit Evaluation for Maximum Efficiency and Comfort. Be sure to bring your bike.

A-Line Foot Alignment System; Free Evaluation
Laser Aligns Feet for Maximum Pedaling Efficiency

Women’s Cycling Clinic
What Women Need for Cycling; Women’s specific products and why they need them; and How to improve the cycling experience for women

Nutrition Seminar
What to eat two weeks out, one week out and during the ride

MS 150 Weekend Prep
Veteran Tips for the Weekend
What to pack & what to expect

A full-service bike store, Sun & Ski Sports sponsors the fourth largest fundraising team in the MS Society Lone Star Chapter’s MS 150 and Tour de Houston and is title sponsor of the Southern Elite Cycling Team (seven years), Sun & Ski Sports Criterium Races and Sun & Ski Sports Tour de Donut. Known for its highly individualized approach to outfitting cycling experts as well as beginners, the store provides customers free customized bike fits and lifetime adjustments on its bikes with bike purchase.

Sun & Ski Sports, the “guide to the great outside,” outfits enthusiasts who ski, run, hike and bike around the world.

For further “Bike University” info, contact T.J. Jones, Sun & Ski Sports Corporate Bike Coordinator, (281) 340-5000, ext. 128, or visit

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