Saturday, March 31, 2012


Just want to give a quick shout out to our CEC race team to say good luck in tomorrow's first Rott 66 mountain bike race of the 2012 series! I know you are all going to kick some serious tail out there! If anyone is looking for something to do tomorrow, swing down to the race and root our team on!

Check out the website for the series below.

Best of luck to all our guys and girls! Go get 'em team!!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

New Rides & Events on the CEC Calendar

We've posted a few new rides and events on the CALENDAR page. Check 'em out & hopefully, we'll see you out there! Oh yeah... DON'T MISS OUT ON NEMBA FEST!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

2012 Felt F1 DI2 REVIEW

So, I have been lucky enough to borrow a Felt F1 DI2 (thanks, Sean) for a few days of rigorous testing before my new road bike comes in. I went over to Competitive Edge in East Longmeadow yesterday to meet up with Bryant for a quick fit. Bryant is the man! If you have never been properly fit to your bike, or you are in need of a new fit, now's the time & Bryant is your man! He dialed in my fit in no time, and it came out perfect. I was laughing for the first couple of miles about how comfortable I felt(no pun intended) on the bike. Thanks, Bryant!

First off, let me say that I have been utterly blown away by how amazing this bike rides. I was on a Felt F3 last year & I can assure you that these bikes keep getting better and better.

Let's start with the DI2. Like I'm sure many of you are, I was a little skeptical about electric shifting. Would it seem like I was cheating? Can it really be that much better for the cost? Well, let me tell you it is seriously amazing! The speed and accuracy of the shifts were out of this world. The one thing that really blew my mind was the shifting on the front derailleur. It was effortless. At super high speeds, climbing, and any other situation where you are putting a lot of tension on the chain...EFFORTLESS! It just shifts! Any time you want to shift it does! Now, I'm not getting DI2 on my new bike, but after riding this I wish I was.

And now the bike. I'm not going to bother reviewing saddle, bars, or wheels that came with the bike. They're awesome. But since everyone's needs and fits are different, I'll leave that up to personal preference. The bike however is absolutely fabulous! The best thing about the bike is how smooth it rides. For a super stiff race bike, it's amazing how smooth and comfortable it is on longer rides. It's not until you really need it that you start to feel the stiffness. Stand up to sprint or climb and all of a sudden the bike starts to work for you. The responsiveness and pop you get is unparalleled.

Am I a little biased? Maybe. But there's a reason I am riding a Felt F bike for 2 yeas in a row. They are just down right amazing bikes! I know we all have our brand loyalties and I'm not saying that a Specialized, Trek or any other bike company is better or worse. I'm just telling you what I know from riding them. Swing by Competitive Edge and check the Felt Bicycles selection for yourself. You will not be disappointed!


p.s. Bryant is riding a Specialized SL4 this season, so stay tuned for the review on that bike.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Memory Ride

Hi Everyone! I just want to let you all know of a really great charity ride out in eastern mass. Here's the details:

Since 1996 the Memory Ride has contributed over $2.7 Million to Alzheimer's disease research, and is our premier cycling fund-raising event. On Saturday July 14th, the ride starts and finishes in Devens, MA, with 100, 60, and 32 mile route options throughout beautiful Nashoba Valley and southern New Hampshire. The Memory Ride gives riders of all ages the opportunity to raise funds and awareness. With just over $420,000 raised last year, we hope to beat this goal for 2012 with more than 500 cyclists, 200 volunteers and a few hundred spectators to attend this event and get involved in finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease. With your participation we can reach our 500 cyclist goal.

For additional information:​memoryride/

We hope that everyone that enjoys a great charity ride will think about adding this ride to their summer schedule.


Thanks for coming out!!!

We just wanted to thank everyone for coming out the other night to our 2012 Club night and open house! We had some unreal weather and an amazing turnout for our first CEC ride of the 2012 season. It was great to see you all. All of you are what make this club & team so special! Don't forget that the group rides start on April 16th! See you all again soon.

-Scott & the CEC Crew


Hi everyone! It's that time of year again. We've finalized our CEC Club ride schedule. And here it is!!! (click on the image for the larger version)

We'll also be putting it in the CALENDAR page. In addition to this, stay tuned because we will be posting a full calendar of rides, events & more in that same CALENDAR page. Can't wait to see you all again soon!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Tonight's Festivities!!

I hope everyone is as excited as we are for tonight's ride and get together! Just wanted to remind you all that we will be rolling out promptly at 4:30 (route for the ride is posted in the Routes page) so that we can make it back for the start of the open house.

Since parking will be tight, we are asking everyone to please park next door in the Dance Connection/Pride gas station's parking lot.

If anyone has any questions, shoot us an email or call the shop. Hope to see you all tonight.


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Jeremy Powers Wheelhouse Sports Grand Fundo 2012

Hi everyone! So the 2012 Grand Fundo just went live on! That means that you all need to mark your calendars, head on over to and make sure that you're registered for this event! Don't miss out on this one!


Thursday, March 15, 2012


So you've noticed that the blog has changed. Well, it's a new year and as far as I'm concerned, it's time for a visual refresh for our blog. So hang tight as we get all the details & bugs flushed out. We'll have the new look and feel of the blog finalized soon. Thanks for your patience.



Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a great winter(if you can call it that). We've been revving up our cycling engines in preparation for the upcoming season & I'll be the first to tell you that it's going to be a GREAT one! We've got some brand new rides, some revamped rides, events, demos, and lots more!

First up is CEC Club night and open house! See the flyer in the previous post for all the details.

And before that, we're going to be heading out for our first ride of the season. We will be meeting at the shop around 4PM and rolling out no later than 4:30PM. I've put together a mellow 30 mile loop that has some rolling hills. This is going to be an ALL ABILITY - NO DROP ride. Please plan on an 18mph average pace and be sure to check out the route ahead of time.

Also, I want to let you all know that CEC is on Twitter(@CompEdgeCycling)! Make sure to follow us to stay up to date with the latest from CEC!

And as always, if there are any questions, just let us know! Hope to see you all on Monday!


Competitive Edge Open House and Pre- Open House Ride

Join us for a fun night full of deals on bicycles and cycling accessories. Arrive early for the first official CEC club ride of the season! The ride will be leaving from the East Longmeadow location promptly at 4:30 p.m. Make sure your bike is in good working order beforehand, and of course be ready to hang out with the crew afterward. If there are any questions, give the East Longmeadow location a ring (413)- 737- 7495. Hope to see everyone soon!