What was your first bike?
2017 Specialized Rockhopper Sport
What is your perfect bike ride?
Technical Singletrack, all day, 55°, light breeze, no gap jumps!
If you could tell a customer one maintenance tip, what would it be?
Wash your bike after every ride🤘
What is your proudest accomplishment on the bike?
Currently: finishing Marji Gesick 100 in ‘17
If you could have any 2018 bike from the CDC line-up, what rig would you take home?
Rocky Element 999
What is your favorite trail to ride in West Michigan?
Does Owasippe count? If not, Cannonsburg Ski Hill/ State Game Area. (Ed. Note: We'll count Owasippe.)
What is your favorite place to ride in the WORLD?
South Marquette, so far...
What makes CDC different from other bike shops?
Two things: Cranky Nate and Happy Nate.
What’s the one tool/snack/item you won’t leave home without?
What would you tell a new rider about getting into cycling?
Ride, travel, ride, travel. What do you want to do? Gravel, road, singletrack? Buy a bike you gel with and ride the living hell out of it.
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We're cooking up some serious fun this May. Here's where you'll find us.
Central District Cyclery is whipping out some sweet stuff this spring, including two new weekly rides, plus a road trip south to Maple Hill.
In case you were distracted by the run of Barry-Roubaix, Yankee Springs TT, and Fort Custer, your weeknights are getting a bit more spicy, too. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, you're busy. On Wednesday, we're chasing glory and tacos with our pals at City Built Brewing with the FUNduro. Two timed segments, two transfers, and 100% chance of tacos every Wednesday at 6, rolling from City Built.
Thursdays, we're staying at the shop with Dirty Thursdays. Some of you hood rats already joined us last week, so you'll get it. If you missed it, don't miss out again. We ride the pump track, make it bigger, weirder, and incrementally more dangerous until it's dark. Interval training, but with beer. It's also a great chance to dial in your suspension, too.
On May 20, we're taking the show on the road to Maple Hill. We'll carpool from the shop at 9am, or you can meet us down there. Maple Hill is a new trail that was just completed in August of 2017 at Markin Glen Park, just outside of Kalamazoo. We'll do a few loops of the 5.5 mile trail, pick some downhills to shred, and throw a little shrimp on the barbie, too.
Of course, it's also a great time to help get the trails ready for summer. WMMBA has a number of opportunities to donate a pint of elbow grease to help Luton, Cannonsburg Ski Hill Trail and Ionia Rec get all polished up for the rest of the season. Remember, we'll make a donation to WMMBA every time you buy a mountain bike from us!
Do you like Christmas? Easter? Halloween? The Daytona 500? For bike nuts, a demo day is all of those things wrapped into one, dunked in chocolates and sprinkled with carbon fiber.
We've got a literal truckload full of awesome. The demo truck is packed with the latest Rocky Mountain rigs for you to enjoy. Test the line-up and see if the bike you've been lusting over lives up to the hype. Here in West Michigan, we're really lucky to have so many trails to ride, and we're making the most of the terrain at Cannonsburg for some thorough testing.
Due to the copious amounts of rain in the forecast for the weekend, we've moved the demo to Friday from 3-? When will it end? When it's too dark, when you're too tired, or when we're out of beer. Whichever comes first.
Weather permitting, we'll head back out Saturday from 10-3, but please check with us for official word on the Saturday demo.
You'll need a helmet, pedals, and a form of ID, then you're off on the bike that tickles your fancy. Rocky Mountain's demo truck is currently stocked and loaded with the following bikes:
-Thunderbolt 790 MSL BC
-Element 990 RSL
-Pipeline 750 MSL
-Instinct 990 BC
Stay up to date on all things Demo Weekend here on our Facebook page.
Want to check out the demo bikes and the rest of the Rocky Mountain line-up? Here you go! Let us know if you have any questions.
Name: James Gunderman
Job Title: Lead Sales
Astrological Sign: Capricorn
Baggies or Spandex: Spandex all the way
1. What was your first bike? Tell us about it.
Well, I don't remember what my actual first bike was since I was just a wee lad but I do remember what bike got me into cycling. It was a mid 80's Schwinn Worldsport. I stripped it down, repainted it, threw some upgrades on then ride that baby all over for a year before upgrading to a fancier machine. Still have it too.
Although it has changed into my single speed and doesn't see as much as action as it should I'll probably keep it forever.
2. Where is your favorite place to ride in West Michigan?
Pretty much any dirt road I can find. Other than that I thoroughly enjoy the stretch of Leonard between GR and Grand Haven.
3. What's the one piece of equipment, one tool, or one piece of tech you recommend to everyone?
Hand pump. Whether it's CO2 or a manual, never leave home without it. Flats can happen anywhere, anytime and you can generally patch it with just about anything to limp back home but if you don't have a way to put pressure back then you're screwed.
4. How would you describe Central District Cyclery? What's the vibe like?
My take on it is that it's a lot of bike shop in a little space; you're going to get great service without being overwhelmed by product. There's a sense of community there that you just don't find much of these days.
5. How long have you been riding bikes? What got you into it?
Going on 6 now. The sense of freedom that comes with riding is what got me started but after my first race I was completely hooked and the rest is history.
6. If you could pick any 2017 bike that's out or coming out, what would it be?
The Kona Sutra LTD we currently have in the window at the shop is really calling my name!
7. Do you have a beard? Why or why not?
In the winter, yes because it keeps my face nice and warm. The rest of the year I tend to go with just a stache.
8. Favorite beer? (There ARE wrong answers to this)
I sure am a sucker for espresso. I've been hitting up all the local coffee shops trying to find the best one in town and so far Rowster's has been my favorite.