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Biking & Accessories

  • When it comes to bike seats, or what we call “saddles,” there is no way to tell someone what will work for them. Your body is unique and finding a saddle that is comfortable for you will be a matter of choice and at times trial and error. What feels good to me may leave you feeling the pain and depending on the saddle you may not feel the pain until much later. A new saddle is one of the easiest and at times the least expensive way to upgrade your bike. Although choosing a new saddle is a personal decision, these lists were compiled to take some of the guess work out of narrowing down your choices. These lists will give you a great starting point, your local bike shop will help you find the proper fit for your riding style and body type. They can also set up your saddle in the exact positioning you need for the most comfortable ride and the greatest performance.Whenever possible, always opt for checking out your choices up close and in person. You put a lot of thought into what bike to buy; your saddle is just as important.
    February 02, 2016
  • Everyone has times where they want to get on the bike and feel the wind in their hair as they ride. There is a long standing debate about whether a helmet is a necessary piece of equipment. I admit to the occasional helmet free ride. If you have been on the road with some of the crazy people behind the wheel of a motorized vehicle you know that riding without a helmet is traveling at your own risk. You may not be able to avoid complete injury but you can protect one of your most valuable body parts, your head. If you are a parent, protecting your kids is top priority. No matter what age they are, a helmet is a necessary piece of equipment even for a short ride. Kids tend to be fearless and willing to try things that send them flying off the bike. The last thing you want for your child is a head injury. Today's helmets are constructed with safety features that, not that long ago, were only a dream. They are lightweight, durable, and have great ventilation. The styles, designs and color options are sure to please and you will find helmets for every riding style and budget.
    January 29, 2016
  • When shopping for a rack for your bike there are many things to consider. What will be compatible with your vehicle? Do you want to be able to remove it when not in use? How easy is it to use? What will work with your bike and your vehicle?Those are just a few things to consider. You may decide that you want a rack that is low profile, doesn't need to be removed when not in use, and that keeps your bikes up and out of the way when traveling with them in place. That would be where a roof rack comes into play.Roof racks can be a convenient way to keep bikes out of your line of sight when you travel and they are barely noticeable when not in use.Keep in mind that lifting a bike in place can take some muscle, depending upon what kind of bike you have and how much it weighs. For that reason, these racks aren't for everyone. Just like any style of rack, there are advantages and disadvantages to any rack system.The racks on this list were chosen for there strength, ease of use, ease of installation, and versatility.
    September 10, 2013
  • There are bike racks for most any vehicle and to fit most any size bike. They are a great way to escape the city and head out to the open road with your bikes in tow. Many manufacturers offer compatibility charts and ways to see what rack will work on your vehicle. This feature is great if you don't have a local dealer that can help you out. Most standard racks will carry up to 4 bikes. When looking for a hitch mounted rack, you will find models that swing out of the way for easy rear access to your vehicle. The less expensive models are fixed and can make access a bit tougher. There are also models that have a hinge to lower them for limited access to the rear of your vehicle. The racks on this list were chosen for their quality, ease of use, and versatility.
    August 20, 2013
  • Cycling gloves aren't just for looks. Yes, they do make even the beginning rider look like they know what they are doing, however a great pair of riding gloves is so much more. Gloves are a necessary part of almost any ride. The right gloves can dampen road vibration, offer better grip, and keep your hands drier as you start to sweat. If you take a spill, they can save you from some painful road abrasions. One glove does not fit all. There are gloves for every riding style and every rider. You need to look for gloves that fit both you and your style. The gloves on this list were chosen for fit, function, and features.
    July 08, 2013
  • Biking should be fun for the entire family, no need to leave the littlest members behind or stop riding until they are older. No babysitter necessary. All you need to turn any ride into a family affair is a great child carrier bike seat. There are front and rear mounted seats and you will find both on this list. I personally prefer having my child in front of me. It is easier to communicate, I feel they are better protected, and their view is unobstructed. Having the child centered in front of me feels more stable and I feel I have better control when riding. When it comes to safety, you just can't put a price on it. When the seats on this list were chosen, price wasn't a factor. The deciding factors were safety, ease of use, and quality. When it comes right down to it, this will be a personal choice, buy what feels right for you and your child.
    June 18, 2013
  • Active vacations are becoming more popular each year. Many companies offering organized active vacations will provide you with equipment you can use, but anyone who rides a bike knows that there is nothing more enjoyable than riding your own bike. It has been fit for you, you know all there is to know about it, and you have broken in the saddle. Whether you are participating in an organized trip, planning your own active vacation, or maybe even moving a long distance, you need to protect your disassembled bike. The easiest, most effective way to do that is with a travel case. Travel cases, come in many shapes and sizes and almost as many price ranges. You can buy a hard case, soft case or something that is a combination of the two. Buying a case is a personal choice and will depend greatly on what kind of travel you are doing, the method of transport, how often you will be traveling, and how much you have to spend. The cases on this list cover a wide variety of needs and come in a variety of styles and prices. They were chosen for their ease of use and protective factors.
    June 17, 2013
  • Having the correct tire pressure is half the battle when it comes to avoiding a flat tire while you are out riding. It is important to remember to check your tire pressure often and even more important when it has been sitting around and you think it should be fine. No matter what tires you run, eventually you will need air. Investing in a good floor pump will save you time and money. A good floor pump is cheaper than constant flats. Check your tires before every ride, you will be happy you did. Generally speaking, floor pumps aren't that expensive, can be transported in your vehicle and take up almost no space. The pumps on this list were chosen for durability, features, and even style. You will find something on this list that fits your needs.
    June 14, 2013
  • A bike computer can be one of your greatest training companions but not all cycling computers are created equal. The prices are almost as varied as the functions. You can find computers that offer just the very basic information and measure your speed, distance and time. If you want to invest more, you will find computers that measure your cadence, wattage, heart rate, calories burned, and give you a map of where you have ridden. If you want to go all out you can opt for a GPS version. Cycling computers are a matter of personal preference and how much you are willing to spend. Do you want a wired version or a wireless version? Again, the choices are endless. Some are easier to install than others and some are easier to use. It is sometimes easier to get your local bike shop to install whatever computer you decide to buy. If you opt to install it yourself, follow the instructions carefully. The computers on this list were chosen for their features, wireless installation, and cover a variety of cycling needs. There is something on this list for everyone from the beginner to an advanced rider.
    June 14, 2013
  • If you are looking for a bike that is simple, easy to maintain, quick, and lightweight, then a single-speed bike is the way to go. If you are considering a single speed bike, there are some questions to consider. How long is your commute? Will you be tackling hills? If you have a long commute and your ride is filled with hills, you don't want a single speed. If you do know that this is the bike for you, then there are some important things to consider when choosing the one you ultimately buy. The single speed bike is great for a fast trip through the city and is perfect for someone who doesn't want to deal with cables and gears. Single speed is not one size fits all. These bikes are geared two different ways and you need to know your riding style before buying. A fixed-gear single speed has a rear fixed cog. When you pedal, the bike moves. If you stop pedaling, this bike stops- you can't pedal and coast. Fixed gear bikes only need a front brake. If you want the option to pedal, sit back and relax while the bike coasts along, you want to look at a single-speed freewheel bike, not a single-speed fixed gear bike. The bikes on this list have all you could want in a single speed bike.
    March 21, 2013
  • No matter how many new innovations come along in bike designs, some people will always be drawn to the classics. Cruisers today aren't your grandma's bike of yesterday. These bikes have sleek lines, quality build, and they are incredibly versatile. A cruiser, also known as a "Beach Cruiser," still sports the vintage look but goes beyond the beach and the boardwalk. They are still built for comfort with the big balloon tires, comfort saddle, long wheel base and upright riding position. Cruisers, with their bigger tires and added stability, are a great place to start if you haven't ridden a bike since you were a kid. This bike is a great choice if you are looking to use riding as part of your fitness routine and just want a calm, leisurely ride around town or your neighborhood.If you want low maintenance that anyone can learn, you want a cruiser. These bikes are built for simplicity, leaving not much more than chain maintenance and an occasional flat tire to change. You can find cruisers for everyone, adults and kids alike. That makes this bike perfect for a family ride to the park or a cruise on the beach.
    March 21, 2013
  • You're looking for a little help with the work involved in that commute to the office. You have heard about electric bikes, but aren’t really sure you know where to begin. All that comes to mind is a vision of the mopeds from yesteryear. The electric bikes available today are much cooler and more sophisticated.One of the most important things to consider is how you will use the bike. Are you just commuting to work? Will you need to pull some hills? Do you want the option to pedal, or would you just like a throttle? Is weight and size an issue?When searching for an electric bike, look for the best bike for your lifestyle as well as your budget. You will find models that will work for whatever kind of riding you do.
    March 18, 2013
  • Bike thieves make their living stealing bikes, so to beat them at their own game, you have to be conscientious, prepared, and watchful. Though theft is worse in cities than it is in small towns or suburbs, it still pays to be smart when locking up your bike. After all, spending $40 on a lock is a lot cheaper than spending $400 on a new bike.I've worked with some people who make the argument that, "This bike only cost me eighty dollars. It doesn't make sense to spend forty on a U-lock." Or, they say, "My bike is a piece of junk. I'll get a piece-of-junk lock. Nobody will steal my piece-of-junk bike." Both valid points. But I offer this: bike thieves don't discriminate. If a bike is easy to steal, they will steal it, good or bad. Someone will pay twenty dollars for your piece of junk, and you'll be without a set of wheels and wary about ever owning a bike again. And if they can't sell the bike at the flea market, they'll sell it for scrap. And that's just wrong.Still, you're on a budget. You'd like to spend $100 on a nearly theft-proof lock, but you don't have that much to spend (though if you do, I encourage it). What are some locks that are cheaper but still able to deter the prowling eye of the thieves with the big, white, windowless vans? Following is a list of just a few locks I recommend for protecting your bike.
    June 28, 2010