Bike Rack Visit 4-3-2011

Following Up On An Alert

While visiting with Hal Honeyman at his store yesterday he mentioned an indoor ride that was going to serve as a fundraiser for a young man who had contracted Hodgkins Lymphoma after having placed 8th World Wide in a cycling event of recent days.

The Kane County Chronicle published an article about the event here:

Kevin McDowell

Preps 24/7: Bike Rack fundraiser for Geneva’s Kevin McDowell

We’ll have an article with more on Geneva triathlete Kevin McDowell and Sunday’s fundraiser in Saturday’s Kane County Chronicle. In the meantime, here is a verbatim press release with info on Sunday’s fundraiser:

Triathlete Kevin McDowell, 2010 Youth Olympic silver medalist, 2010 ITU Junior World Championships bronze medalist and USA Triathlon’s Junior Athlete of the Year in 2009 and 2010, has inspired us throughout the years not only with his amazing athletic ability but also with his kindness and mentoring of fellow MulitSport Madness Triathlon Team (MMTT) teammates. Now Kevin, a recent Geneva High School graduate faces another challenge. Kevin has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

On Sunday, April 3rd the Bike Rack will host “Miles for McDowell,” a Computrainer marathon that will offer a great opportunity for team members, family, friends and local riders to share their encouragement and support for Kevin. Riding sessions will begin at 5:00 a.m. and go to 5:00 p.m. There is no set amount of time to ride. So, if you only have 30 minutes to spare or if you have all day, we encourage you to join in. Each rider can sign up for a session(s) for any amount of time they want to ride. Riders should bring their own smooth-tire bikes that will be set up on the Bike Rack’s Performance Center equipment. With 144 rider hours to fill, we hope to complete a total of 3000 rider miles – about the distance from the west to east coast. Please go to http://bit.ly/Miles4McDowell to register to ride.

Riders can then donate to Kevin’s cause at the event or online. There is no minimum amount. Just give what you can. The donations collected will go toward two important causes.

You can donate to travel/expense fund so that Kevin can travel with his team to support them at some of their national and international races this year. Donations can be made online at http://www.mmtt3.org or by mail to MMTT (a 501c3 charitable organization) for benefit of Kevin McDowell and send to MMTT, 2135 CityGate Lane, Naperville, IL 60563.

And/or, you can donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Kevin’s honor at http://pages.teamintraining.org/il/AveGiant11/cpalmquist.

In addition to the Computrainer marathon The Bike Rack will have an early launch of their spring Trek Fest sale with a percentage of Sunday’s sales going to Kevin and LLS. The Bike Rack will open their doors to customers from 5am until 5pm on Sunday, April 3rd. For more information about The Bike Rack Performance Center and Trek Fest visit http://thebikerack.com.

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A Tour of the Shop

Versa Trike

Hal Honeyman and his family run a first rate operation in St. Charles. If you have not been out to visit please take the time to do so. We need all the good bicycle dealers we can get in an economy like this one. Pleasantly they seem to be thriving and that is well deserved.

If you are lucky Hal’s dog Mattie will be guarding the front door. She’s a LabraDoodle who knows her way around the shop and it gentle and attentive to all the visitors who happen by.

In addition to an abundance of upright bikes of all sorts, it should be noted that Hal was one of the early adopters of recumbents. He has a nice assortment on hand sitting on the floor just inside the front door and hanging from the ceiling. Hal is one of the few ICE Trike dealers in the area. If you are in the market for one of these gems this is one place to visit.

In addition he is a dealer for the Versa Trike that Hal’s special needs business Creative Mobility sells to those with disabilities. This trike has a compact design that makes it ideal for those who need to stow it for transport and use away from home.

We Will Return Next Week

It’s the beginning of a new riding season and innertubes are essential for avoiding being stranded miles from home. So next week Hal is having more 20-inch Presta valved tubes brought in and we hope to stock up for the season.

I hope that Spring has begun to permeate your area. It’s been a “too long” winter. And I think that everyone is ready to get back on their bikes and log some miles in warm weather. At least I know that we are.

Take care. Enjoy the video of some of the work being done by Project Mobility.