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  • 10 Essential Tips for Bike Commuting

    If you're not already doing it, you've probably at least started thinking about riding to work. That's great! With a little preparation, riding your bike to work has all kinds of benefits. And it's a lot more fun than sitting in a car, stuck in a traffic jam!

    If you're new to the whole commuting thing or just haven't done it in a while, I've put together our top 10 bike commuting tips to help you get over the learning curve sooner than later.

    1. Plan your route.

    bike-lane

    Narrow, busy roads are no fun when you're on a bike. Big trucks and careless cars zooming by while you try to stay within a 1-foot shoulder can create a lot of anxiety, and for good reason. So before you start, check out a map and run through the options. If bike paths or roads with bike lanes are available, use them, even if they're not the most direct route. A couple of added minutes each day are much less worse than getting hit by a truck, and the commute will be much more enjoyable if you have plenty of space.

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  • 8 Things I Learned with a Bike as My Sole Method of Transportation

    Urban bicycle commuter

    After graduating high school and moving out of my parents' house, I found myself without a car, a job, or any money. Finally securing a part-time job, I saved up and bought a bike for $300. This old Giant road bike became my primary form of transportation for the next five years, carrying me from home to school to work and back home every day. Recently, I purchased my first car, causing me to think back on all the things I learned from biking nearly every day for those five years.

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  • 5 Reasons to Keep Cycling Through the Rain and Snow

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    Take a look at any graph showing cycling popularity throughout the year. You'll see a huge drop-off during the winter season. That's no big surprise; riding in the rain or snow is just not as comfortable and fun as riding on a nice summer's day.

    But there are some huge benefits to riding through the whole year, including the cold, wet season. This article will go over these benefits, and hopefully will inspire you to keep on riding your bike no matter what the weather is like. So grab your rain jacket, waterproof panniers, warm gloves, and everything else you need be prepared. Here goes.

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  • 17 Reasons Cycling is Better than Running

    1. You are on a bike.

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  • The Top 7 Reasons to Ride a Bike

    There are a lot of great reasons to ride a bike, but today were going to highlight our top seven reasons. Let's get to it.

    1. It's great exercise

    Road bike

    Biking is phenomenal exercise. It exercises the large muscles of the leg, such as the hamstring and quad, and also hits smaller muscle groups in the core, the back and the arms. Cycling is also phenomenal for the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Whether you prefer long, more leisurely rides or the thrill of the sprint, you can build a strong heart and strong lungs on a bike.

    One of the great things about cycling is that it is a low-impact activity. Unlike running, which can be difficult on the joints, bicycling is an activity that is accessible for almost anyone. As long as your balance is decent, you should be able to ride bike. Even the elderly, the infirm, and people recovering from injuries can use cycling as a great way to keep their blood circulating and their muscles in good shape.

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  • 5 Awesome Bike-related Pranks

    As is evident from the email we sent out to subscribers this morning, we like to have a little fun on April Fools' Day.

    To keep it going and give you some ideas for next year, here's a list of some of the best bike pranks on the Web.

    1. Bike stuck on a pole

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  • Eight upgrades for your mountain bike

    mtb-upgrade

    There are a hundred different things you can do to get your mountain bike back faster and stronger than ever, but here we focus on eight basic, relatively inexpensive upgrades that will show big improvements. This list is in no particular order, but is meant to give you some ideas on getting the most out of your rides.

    1. Tires

    New tires can dramatically change your riding experience instantly. As your bike sits in the corners of the garage or shed, cold temperatures crack and dry out the rubber tread and sidewalls. This leaves your tires with less-than-stellar grip, puncture protection and sidewall stability. Getting good tires can give you the grip needed to conquer any trail and terrain you encounter.

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  • Six upgrades for your road bike

    Road bike

    Believe it or not, it's that time of year again. The snow is melting, the temperatures are rising, and your bike is calling your name. Each year you make upgrades to your bike to shake off the dust and get back to doing what you love.

    There are a hundred different things you can do to get your road bike back faster and stronger than ever, but here we focus on six basic, relatively inexpensive upgrades that will show big improvements. This list is in no particular order of importance, but is meant to give you some ideas on getting the most out of your rides.

    1. Tires

    New bike tires can dramatically change your riding experience instantly. As your bike sits in the cold corners of the garage or shed, cold temperatures crack and dry out the rubber tread and sidewalls. This leaves your tires with less-than-stellar grip, puncture protection and sidewall stability. Getting good tires can fix all of that as soon as you mount them on your wheels.

    2. Saddle

    There are only three contact points from your body to your bike, and your rear end is the most significant one. Having an under-performing saddle can really limit your riding ability and stamina. Good, quality saddles these days are made and designed to enable cyclists at all levels to get the most comfort for rides, whether you're spending one hour in the saddle or all day.

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  • Top 5 Rules of MTB Trail Etiquette

    When you have a skill in the outdoors like climbing, kayaking, or biking, there seems to be an instant bond with those you meet in the process. You meet people to take you to the "hidden gems" or some of the "virgin territory."

    There once was a time in the not too distant past where mountain bikers would greet each other as they passed by. Riders going downhill would kindly move to the side so that those who struggling uphill could keep climbing, and biking would turn into a social event with total strangers

    As we head into the fall MTB season, we have come up with some simple tips to keep riding fun and safe, all while keeping your self-esteem and dignity in tact. WA beautiful day for a ridehether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, it's always nice to have a friendly reminder:

    1. Pull over: If you are going downhill and you come across someone going uphill, be kind and pull to the side. Yes, it's fun to go fast, but it's frustrating and demeaning to be steadily climbing, only to be brushed off by a screaming hooligan.
    2. Give a head count: When you come across a rider, let them know how many are with you, even if it's just you. This may sound too simple to make a difference, but it gets annoying to keep pulling over for riders every five seconds. All you need to do is say "just me," or "three behind me." That's all you need to do, and it makes a world of difference for overall ride experience.
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  • Anyone want some Lance memorabilia? Anyone...?

    We've stored a lot of Lance Armstrong memorabilia on our shelves over the past few years. Some of it has come in and sold. Some of it has come in and stayed -- but not because we haven't wanted to sell it! We're thinking it might be even more difficult to move these days, but since it's Tour time, maybe someone will want to remember the good ol' days before the titles were stripped and ignorance was bliss.

    Right now, if you come to our local shop, we would be happy to give you this sweet shirt.

    Lance T-shirt

    Or maybe you'll be lucky enough to get this book.

    Lance book

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