Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board Demo Day

We are happy to host our second water demo day of the summer! Please join us for a day on the water of Lonestar Lake to demo some of the best kayaks and stand up paddle boards from Wilderness Systems, Dagger, NRS and Starboard.

Lonestar Lake makes the perfect venue to experiment with the boat you'd like to try. We'll have a variety of kayaks and SUP's on the water along with personal floatation devices, paddles and a helping hand. We suggest bringing out the family or your lake crew, and maybe a picnic basket or two. We'll be just west of the Lonestar swimming beach.

 

For more info and updates RSVP on Facebook

July 08, 2016 by Andrew White

Reba and Ted's Excellent Adventure

We're excited to be joined by professional athletes Rebecca Rusch and Ted King to spend an afternoon riding bikes and an evening telling stories. Rebecca is the undisputed Queen of Pain, a seven time world champion, 3 time DK200 winner and Ted has had a storied career in the ProTour peloton, riding on the biggest cycling stages in the world including the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France.

There will be a group gravel ride departing from Sunflower at 3pm that will cover about 20 miles of northeast Kansas gravel at a friendly pace. That evening we'll reconvene at Sunflower at 7pm for an evening chat with Rebecca, Ted and Dan Hughes.


This event is free and open to all. You can get more details as the event draws closer by RSVPing on Facebook.

 

 

May 13, 2016 by Andrew White

Water Adventure Inspirational Informational

The sun rising overhead, water gently slapping against your kayak, and the freedom to explore open expanses of water. If this sounds like your perfect adventure, you won't want to miss this.

Our own kayaking gurus, Dan Kuhlman and Jason Woolery, will be leading a clinic focused on providing you with the information and know-how to guide your kayak in the waters of northeast Kansas and beyond.

 

Join us here in the shop on Thursday, May 26th at 7:00pm.  All are invited to enjoy this free event!

 You can RSVP on Facebook here

 

 

May 11, 2016 by Andrew White

Dirty Kanza Clinic #2: Pit Crew Pro-Tips

 

So you have a friend or loved one tackling the Dirty Kanza and they've talked you into pit crewing for them? ...Don't freak out! We're here for you.

This clinic will be led by the guru of gravel wrenching, Collin Earhart. Collin has pit crewed for a combined 7 DK200 victories between Rebecca Rusch and Dan Hughes. He'll share helpful insights and pro-tips on taking the very best care of your DK rider and organizing for a successful day in the Flint Hills.

Join us here at the shop on Thursday, March 24th at 7pm.  You can RSVP on the Facebook event page here.

February 12, 2016 by Andrew White

Bike Maintenance Clinics

One of the most crucial aspects of having a great bike ride is having a bike in great condition!  Our professional service department is always happy to dose out TLC to your two wheeled friend, but if you’re someone who loves to get your hands dirty, we salute you! 

We are hosting a 4 week series on bike maintenance that covers nearly every facet of keeping your bike in tip-top shape.  These Thursday evening courses can be taken individually ($25 a piece) or as a complete series ($80 for all).  All classes will be led by our Service Department Manager, Grady Underwood.  Clinics will run every Thursday at 6pm from February 18th through March 10th. 

 

Shifting, Feb. 18th

In the Shifting Clinic you will learn how to assess and adjust the gears of your bike.  We’ll cover all types of shifters, from road to trigger and grip shifters. 

 

Brakes, Feb. 25th

The Brake Clinic will educate you on adjusting your bike’s braking system to have confident, controlled stopping power.  We’ll cover rim brakes and disc brakes, and answer any questions you may have.

 

Bearings, March 3rd

An often overlooked, but crucial, topic in bike maintenance.  Your bike’s bearings (headset, hubs, bottom bracket) need adjustments to work properly and dramatically increase longevity.

 

Wheels, March 10th

The Wheel Clinic will cover basic concepts of keeping your wheels straight, true and rolling well for years to come!

 

 

We would appreciate if you call, email or stop by the shop to sign-up for the clinics.  You are welcome to take any single clinic, but those who take all clinics will receive a $25 discount!  Drop-ins are also welcome.  RSVP on Facebook here (not required but helpful to spread the word!)

Phone us: 785-843-5000

Email us: sunfloweroutdoorandbike@gmail.com

 

 

Your maintenance guru, Grady Underwood. 

February 08, 2016 by Andrew White

Dirty Kanza Clinic #1: Training, Equipment and Strategy

Do you feel it? The Kanza draws near! With registration filling up in record time it is clear that folks are still in love with this race-- and those who haven't yet conquered it are eager to have their chance.

There are many factors to consider if you wish to complete the Kanza. Training, nutrition, equipment, navigation and strategy all play a crucial role. Dan Hughes (4-time King of the Kanza) will be presenting knowledge that will help you in your quest to crush the Kanza! Following the presentation there will be a Q&A session, so don't be shy. This event will be geared toward riders of all levels, and the info will be beneficial for all Kanza participants, no matter their event distance.

Information and helpful tips for support/pit crew members will be covered at the Dirty Kanza Clinic #2 on March 24th. This clinic will be lead by the guru of gravel wrenching, Collin Earhart. Collin has pit crewed for a combined 7 DK200 victories between Rebecca Rusch and Dan Hughes. He'll share helpful insights and pro-tips on taking the very best care of your DK rider.
Join us Thursday, February 11th at 7:00 here in the shop!
January 21, 2016 by Andrew White

Kayaks and the Kaw Clinic & Lonestar Lake Boat Demo

 

The water is warming up, folks!  We're excited to be hosting some events that will get your boating season kicked off right.  

On Wednesday, April 29th we'll be joined by the Friends of the Kaw to cover all the information you'll need to navigate the Kaw River.  Boat styles, paddle options, gear, logistics... it will all be covered.  Here is the a link to the Facebook event page for more info!

Later that week on May 2nd join us at Lonestar Lake to demo a variety of kayaks and stand-up paddle boards.  Boats will be on the water from 10am-3pm and it's totally free!  Please visit the Facebook event page for more info!  

 

 

April 16, 2015 by Andrew White

Country Backroads and Gravel Byways and Other Musings from the Universe of Gravel

Gorgeous scenery, little traffic. Isn't that what we all want out of a bike ride? We comb Google Maps for the tiniest, windiest and least traveled roads, because that's the good stuff. And you should join us.

Racing, fitness and exercise, relaxation, back packing to the lake-- the possibilities are endless for gravel riding. Don't let the possibilities be daunting though because we are here to help. Join us for a clinic that will cover all the facets of grinding gravel. Equipment choices, bike styles, preparation and planning and racing knowledge will all be covered. First timers and seasoned racers alike will take away a more in-depth knowledge of the sport. And you Dirty Kanza racers should pay special attention-- Dan Hughes will be freshly back from DK200 Training Camp and he'll be sharing insider nuggets of knowledge about the 2015 Dirty Kanza.

 

Head over to the Facebook event page to RSVP!

March 23, 2015 by Andrew White

Runner's Clinic and Training on the Trail Clinic

 

 

We're ready for spring running weather!  To usher in (hopefully) warmer days and to springboard into training we are having some running clinics!  The good folks at TherapyWorks will be hosting a Runner's Clinic that we are excited to be a part of on Saturday, February 28th.  We'll be available to answer any questions you may have about trail running...  shoes, techniques, benefits, etc.  TherapyWorks will also be offering free running gait analysis and so much more!

The very next day (Sunday, March 1st) we'll be hosting a trail running clinic at the Lawrence Nature Trail at 3:00pm.   Our in house trail running guru, Dan Kuhlman will be leading the event.  As a former running coach, and current trail running fanatic, Dan K. is an awesome resource for all things trail. He'll be sharing info specifically geared toward maximizing training benefits for trail runners, but anyone interested in running is wholly welcome.  The short loops of trail at the Lawrence Nature Trail (near the intersection of Peterson and Folks Road) will be perfect for the clinic, offering multiple points to regroup and learn. Bring some questions, bring some water, and have fun!

We hope you can join us for both events, find more info in the Facebook Event links below:

Runner's Clinic at TherapyWorks

Training on the Trail  

 

February 15, 2015 by Dan Hughes

An Interview with Jane and Trevor Johannsen

We're to have Jane and Trevor coming into the shop next week to speak about their recent completion of the Pacific Crest Trail.  Head over to our blog to read a short interview with the couple-- just a taste of what's to come!

 

Follow this link to our blog, The Sunflower Pedals.

October 02, 2014 by Andrew White