Archive for August, 2013

A Beautiful Photo Tribute for Jim Karanas by Billy Garcia

By Jennifer Sage On August 31, 2013 2 Comments

Billy Garcia was one of the presenters at the Pedalando No Topo event in Brazil, and was with Jim Karanas when he had his heart attack. He heard his last words, and he uttered the last words Jim was to hear. I cannot even imagine what it must have felt like to Billy to lose his good friend.

Those words that Billy told Jim are priceless: Angela loves you!

These are the words that Billy wrote underneath the video on YouTube: If you knew Jim then you would love the name of the song…Perfect by Cover Guru. I found this song in Jim’s music and it hit me like a ton of bricks…. Jim Karanas was a friend of mine and I was honored to spend the last

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Jeff Wimmer Memorial

By Jennifer Sage On August 28, 2013 No Comments

If you are in California and would like to attend the memorial for Jeff Wimmer, here is the information. If you haven’t read about Jeff’s passing, you can do so here. RIP Jeff!

Jeff wimmer memorial

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Rest in Peace, Dear Jim Karanas

By Jennifer Sage On August 26, 2013 42 Comments

The indoor cycling community is reeling yet again from another very sad loss this week. Jim Karanas, director of education and training for the Indoor Cycling Group, passed away in Brazil yesterday. He was there to be a part of a huge indoor cycling event. Bryon Black, ICA contributor, knew Jim for many years as a mentor and friend. Below is Bryon’s heart-warming tribute to Jim Karanas.

Jim Karanas at TDC

Jim Karanas leading the ride at the Tour de Cove in San Diego. Photo: Bryon Black

This has been an incredibly tough week for the the Spinning® and indoor cycling community with the loss of two iconic individuals.

Last week we lost Jeff Wimmer, the wizard of indoor cycling repair and maintenance. Actually, that title barely scratches the surface of what Jeff meant

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Our Industry Loses a Shining Star—RIP Jeff Wimmer

By Jennifer Sage On August 18, 2013 28 Comments
Jeff Wimmer

Photo: Jeff (right) with Blake at WSSC 2007

I’m so so saddened by the news of the passing of Jeff Wimmer today. The indoor cycling industry will not be the same without him. If you are a Spinning® (or any indoor cycling program) instructor, even if you never heard of Jeff, you most likely benefitted in some way from his expertise. He knew more about every kind of bike in this industry than anyone else…in the world! He lovingly assembled and repaired more bikes than anyone in the world. He wrote the book (literally) on how to maintain these bikes (your club might have his book on hand in their maintenance department). He taught instructors at WSSC and other conferences how to take the BEST care of their bikes.

Jeff found a

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Cycling and Spinning® for Football Players

By Jennifer Sage On August 16, 2013 No Comments

Kellen Winslow on a bikeKellen Winslow is a professional football player, currently for the New York Jets, and formerly for a variety of teams. A motorcycle accident almost ruined his career back in 2005 with an ACL tear and staph infection. Now, to keep himself in shape during the off-season, and even in-season, he rides a bike. A 240 pound football player rides a bike! Oh how I wish there were more of them who could see the immense benefits! Read this article about how Kellen uses his bike to stay in shape, and to keep his knees strong without the stress.

Kellen says, “It helps my knee out, keeps me in top shape. I feel great when I do it, I feel lousy when I don’t,” Winslow said. “For training camp, I

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Indoor Cycling Class Parody

By Jennifer Sage On August 14, 2013 No Comments

I think most of us can guess which program this is a parody for.

My favorite part is the new move called Ask for the Check.

Note: Please watch this with your funny bone intact! 😉

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