What is New?
Nordic Ski Gear is in stock
If you are interested in purchasing new equipment or your first set of cross country skis please come and see us. We can help you decide which is the right ski for you and help with sizing. If you are new to the sport the information below might be helpful.
A Basic Guide to Nordic Skis
Nordic or cross-country skis can be divided into 3 main categories-classic, skate or backcountry.
Classic Skis are the most common. Usually they are used in a groomed track. They require a grip zone under your foot and there are 3 ways to do this:
Wax skis require grip wax (dependent on snow conditions and temp) applied to the kick zone.
‘Waxless’ skis have a contoured, ‘fish scale’ grip zone or recently a mohair (or similar) skin in the kick area. Waxless skis still require glide wax applied periodically and some products are required to clean and rewaterproof the skin area.
Skate Skis do not need a grip zone. They have glide wax the full length of the ski (this wax is also temperature dependent) The poles used for skate skiing are longer and different boots are needed. Some people will use a Combi boot for both techniques. Skating requires a fairly wide groomed trail.
Backcountry Skis are wider and have metal edges. The binding on back country skis is usually different and compatible with a specific Back Country boot. These are designed to be used off track.
Whichever style you choose your Nordic ski length is determined by weight, while pole length depends on height The bindings must be compatible with your boot.
Fat Bike and Ski Season is coming.
We have Fat Bikes in stock-Trek Farley 5s, Otso Voyteks and Otso Arctodus. Come and take a look and ask us which is right for you.
You Can Now Browse Our Inventory!
Until now you have not been able to see what we had in stock from the comfort of your own laptop. Now much of our inventory can be perused on Locally.com. This will not cover all the items in our shop but it is certainly a useful addition. Please check it out-you will also find other local businesses on the site. Additionally, for the holidays we have added a feature where you can reserve an item as you browse. We will confirm if we have it and it will be ready for you to swing by and pick it up.
New Bikes 2021
We are stocking cargo bikes from Yuba again this year. With a variety of thoughtful accessories they are perfect for transporting your kids, friends or groceries. We have a Yuba Kombi in stock right now and an electric powered version is coming soon.
In other e-bike news, have several Trek Verve +2 hybrid bikes and are expecting a Trek Rail mountain bike pretty soon.
Otso Voytec fatbikes are still available and we are looking forward to seeing the new Otso Warakins. You can read about Otso bikes here. One feature of the Voytec is that you are able to switch out the wheelset and fork to create a sweet hardtail.
Finally a Transition Spur will be arriving at our door very soon. We don’t expect it to be here very long-this is a sought after bike!
Fall 2020 update
We are expanding our hours but continue to do business primarily outside. Appointments preferred.
- Mon to Fri 10-6pm
- Saturday 9-5pm
- Closed Sundays
Bike inventory is low with many models not available until Spring 2021 or later. We are getting in some inventory to see you through the winter months-snowshoes, nordic skates and cross country ski equipment.
If you are planning on getting a new bike next year, come and talk to us now-that way we can make sure we have what you want backordered.
We usually take Nordic ski preorders in December but due to likely shortages, we are ordering early this year. Please call or email to discuss ski packages. We have put together some packages but all items are subject to availability.
COVID-19 update: open.
We continue to operate in a modified fashion for sales and service
- We are offering curbside only service (or at least the front deck) and are asking you to make an appointment between 1-6pm weekdays or 9-1pm on Saturdays. This will ensure that we do not have multiple customers at one time.
- All forms of payment are now accepted. (Well… not bitcoin and we still don’t have Apple Pay or Garmin Pay)
- We still feel the shop is too small too allow customers full access safely although we are making preparations for you to come into the front of the shop when the weather becomes inclement.
We miss seeing and talking to our customers. Please be careful and stay healthy. Look forward to seeing everyone when this is over.
Coronavirus plan-not business as usual but regular hours are in operation
We are hoping to stay open to continue operating through this crisis. As well as the all the benefits of fresh air and exercise, bike riding is good for the anxious mind. (And a great way to occupy kids who cannot go to school or sports.)
With our small staff we feel we are able to continue service and sales whilst being very aware of infection risk. We are washing and sanitizing surfaces you come into contact with and will be sanitizing contact points on the bikes we service. If you feel uncomfortable coming in to the store, you can deliver your bike to the front porch and we will discuss it by phone. Payment by credit card can be taken over the phone. For your part, please don’t come if you are unwell. So far supplies of parts and bikes have not been compromised but everything is day-to-day.
Please call 866-3525 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
New Transition Scout
Rose Bike have been Transition Bike dealers for around five years now. We have always been impressed by the bikes turned out by this small company on the West Coast and were delighted to host them for a demo day the last two years.
The 2020 carbon Scout has been completely redesigned. We feel rather special that we were given details ahead of the media release and had one in the store before it was released to the public. You can read about the Scout here. And here is a review of the bike.
A new decade!
Snow has been in short supply this winter, nevertheless there have been excellent fat biking conditions at Swan’s trails (especially if you have studs) and the Nordic Skating conditions have been great too. If you don’t have the equipment for these activities we can help you out: we sell nordic skates, also the necessary safety equipment and we rent and sell fat bikes.
Have you seen the new Rossignol fat bikes-you get a lot of bike for a good price? We also still have most sizes of Farley 5 fat bikes available. Other news-we are now Garmin dealers and can get any device we do not have in stock for you. We also have nordic ski accessories and can order from Rossignol, Swix or Salomon.
Orono Community Pump Track*
We are very excited to be part of this community grassroots project. The Town of Orono was kind enough to let us construct on their land and have assisted in various ways. The labor was all volunteer done by a group of local enthusiasts (including many high school bikers) using dirt donated by Owen Folson and some heavy machine operation by James Zuhlke and Matt Qualey. Construction was done on a very low budget, funded by donations. We have been lucky to get donations from Marsh Island Brewery which will be used for maintenance and improvements.
*What is a pump track? It is an short track with bumps and berms used to practice bike skills for all levels of riders. And it is lots of fun! Come and try it out. ( Pump track is closed over winter and in wet conditions)
Sale on in-stock Domane road Bikes and Fuel EX7 mountain bikes.
If you would like a fast comfortable carbon road bike with Shimano 105 and bump absorbing Isospeed technology you are in luck. We are heavily discounting the Domanes we have in stock. Come and give one a test ride.
Mountain biking your thing? We also have Fuel EX 7 full suspension bikes with SRAM Eagle NX drivetrain and 130mm shocks front and rear on clearance. You could have a lot of fun on this bike!
Now renting hybrid bikes
We have added some Verve hybrid bikes to our rental fleet. Fat bikes are also still available to rent.
E-Bikes are here
Just in are Trek Verve+ pedal assist bikes. These have the ability to extend your ride, get you back on a bike or make commuting by bike a reality. Verve + comes with lights and fenders, racks can be added for commuters. It is powered by the Bosch active line drive unit
We can also order power assisted mountain bikes-The Trek Powerfly.
Click the link for more information or come and see us with your questions.
Swan’s trails winter grooming.
The new snowdog purchased by Rose Bike Cycling Club was put into action at Perch Pond this winter. Thanks to some dedicated volunteers there were approximately 10 miles of excellent fat bike trails to enjoy. So far it has definitely lived up to expectations!
Try a Fat Bike! Now renting.
You keeping hearing about them; you are kinda intrigued and now you can rent one from Rose Bike to try out.
We have Trek Farley 5 bikes to rent- $35 half day (4 hours) or $55 full day.
Most people will agree these bikes are maximum fun on a well groomed snow trail but they can be ridden on trails year round. Stop in and find out more. We have a full size run and one kids bike.
(Please note that when there is snow on the ground we will restrict transportation of bikes due to the damage from road salt.)
The Snowdog is Here!
With fundraising through Rose Bike Cycling Club, we have purchased a new trail groomer for fat bike trails at Perch Pond (The Rick Swan System). The snow dog comes highly recommended and we are pretty excited to put it through it’s paces!
Many thanks to everyone who donated to make this possible. If you intended to but have not yet, your money is still very welcome for running and maintenance costs. You can donate through gofundme or cash or check.
We have not received enough snow to use this for grooming yet, but Jim took it out for a spin! Please contact the shop if you would like to be trained as part of the grooming crew.
Do you have an old bike you love too much to get rid of? This is your chance to polish it up and show it off! Don’t have a retro bike? You are in luck-check out the ongoing silent auction at Rose Bike (see our facebook page or call the shop) to get one. Profits go to the fund for a new Snowdog to groom winter fatbike trails at Swan’s trails, Perch Pond.
This ride will be very relaxed ending back in downtown Orono where we can hang out, partake of cool refreshments and talk about all things bicycle.
New Bikes for 2018
Santa Cruz and Juliana full suspension bikes are in stock. We have the redesigned 2018 Transition Smuggler and a full range of Trek Bikes from the affordable 820 to the Fuel EX.
‘Gravel Grinders’ are a popular bike these days and open up the possibility of some different rides on paved and dirt roads. We have a couple of options that we really like in the store: the Trek Crossrip and the Otso Warakin. Come and ask us what we like about them.
If you are more of a road rider but would like the option to ride some dirt you might want to look at the new Trek Domanes. Disc brake models have clearance for 32c tires and Isospeed absorbs some of the road jarring for a more comfortable ride. Of course both the Domane range and lightweight Emondas are a great choice for any road rider. Most are available with disc or rim brakes.
We are constantly looking for new products on the market. As well as reading reviews we often test them ourselves. Whether you are thinking of getting a dropper post, wondering how to carry tools and snacks because you already have a dropper post or just want a new look for your road bike this spring we have options for you.
Running tubeless tires? Ask us about Dynaplug tools.
If you ski as well as ride we can sell you wax for your cross country skis or can do the job for you.
We have stocked up on high visibility and reflective clothing so you can be seen better. We also have a large selection of lights so you can see and be seen! Many of these are now USB rechargeable which means no more batteries!
2018 Bikes are Arriving.
New Farley fatbikes have arrived and the popular Stache with midfat tires is back in stock. A new addition to the Trek lineup is the Roscoe with plus sized tires for a fun ride. You can see these bikes on the Trek website.
The Otso Warakin is a steel framed gravel-grinder: an interesting new addition. Come and take a look at it and get more info. Otso makes one other bike that is also cool and just got a great review.
We have a few Transition bikes still in stock. This west coast company makes some very nice bikes (with 27.5 and 29inch) wheels. Changes are in store for the 2018 lineup which means current bikes are on sale!
This trail enduro bike is a lot of fun with 27.5 inch wheels and 160mm travel. Now on sale. Large frame size. Call or stop in for details!
Trek Farley Fat Bikes
2018 fat bikes are on sale-just a few left in stock.