Keep It Clean

Keep Em' Clean !
Getting your bike dirty is great fun , just be sure to clean it when you can !

As we all know, getting your bike dirty can be an incredibly fun thing to do. It hearkens back to our youth in many ways , to those carefree days gone by. There is nothing quite like taking off for a spin knowing that there is a very good chance you and your bike may come back home looking like something that the cat dragged in. Once home you look upon your trusty steed with a look of pride and fulfillment , also with a slight twang of horror when you see what you have done to your once pristine friend.

You see , a clean bike truly is a happy bike. As much fun as we all can have getting them dirty , our bikes like us much better when they are clean and in good running order.

As a pro mechanic and avid bike racer and rider I see both sides of this fence. On one hand I know all too well how much unencumbered fun it is to get one’s bike dirty but I also have first hand knowledge of how an unkempt bike can create all kinds of ugly issues for it’s owner.

I see many folks pull up in front of the store in a pristine vehicle only to pull their once spotless but now muddied bicycle out of the trunk and bring it in for service.

After greeting the customer and chatting for a bit we get down to the real reason they are at Dedham Bike , their bike. Oh yeah , the bike.  The item in many folks lives that can take them away from the riggers of the daily grind , take you back to a time when the only thing that mattered was having fun. For many the one thing that in their mind  gives them a smile and never asks for anything in return. And this is true , a bike will give it’s rider hours and miles and miles of joy until that one day arises and it is the rider’s turn to give back to the bicycle.

For most of us one of the best things about cycling is it’s simplicity , something we can do that doesn’t remind us of the daily in’s and outs. Our bikes become a way to escape without having to do much or put much thought into those few minutes or hours except to turn those pedals. We forget that over the many miles of roads and trails that our bikes are breaking down , slowly but surely. They become dirt and grime covered while giving us so much in return. It is up to us to give back to them and keep them in good running order so that they may give us many more miles of fun.

There is more to being a bike owner than just putting air in the tires and lubing the chain. That is not to say that we need to become slaves to our bikes by any means. But , I feel that it is our responsibility as bike owners to maintain our investment.

Too often do I see folks being neglectful of their bikes and when they do finally break down they are upset and blame the bike , the manufacturer or the shop they bought it from for the bike breaking down. In my 20 plus years of experience as a mechanic I would have to say that 90-95% of most bikes’  failures are as a result of their owners not properly caring for them. We spend thousands of dollars a year maintaining and gassing up our cars but when it comes time to put a few dollars into our bicycles we can’t find our wallets ? But we continue to ask our bikes to respond  under all that grime and dirt , with those balding tires and worn brake pads.

Are you aware that a dirty chain can rob you of 10 % of your pedaling efficiency ?

Did you know that that little shard of metal stuck in your tire casing will eventually find it’s way through into the tube and cause you to flat ?

Did you know that those worn brake pads are becoming a safety issue and are causing your rims to wear out prematurely ?

Did you know that simply by changing out your shift and brake cables every so often how much smoother your bike can run ?

Did you know that by running your chain through a lubricated cloth every couple of rides that you will remove much of the road grime that can build up and lubricate your chain at the same time , extending the life of your drivetrain ?

Most folks would answer no to these questions , and that is where your friendly local bike shop can help.

We are bike mechanics and bike enthusiasts  , we love bikes and we love working on them . We take pride in helping riders give back to their bikes. To us there is nothing better than taking a well ridden , worn down bike and bring bringing it back to it’s former glory.

We can help you help your bike .

Our mantra at Dedham Bike is always Keep It Clean !

Things To Do This Cycling Off Season

Stay Fit This Off Season

In the past cyclists referred to the fall and winter as the “cycling off season”, well that really doesn’t hold true these days.

Off season used to mean to some folks that you put your bike away and don’t pick it up again until the weather breaks but most folks take a different approach today.

In recent years we have learned that if you’re a cyclist there really is no “off season” anymore, there is just a change in the type of training and activities we do.

We now take a different approach to the “off season” by reducing time in the saddle and adding in other off the bike, cross training activities.

In the past you’d put your bike away, put on weight, loose fitness and be generally out of shape come spring and have to start all over again.

That sounds crazy right? Especially after you’ve worked all spring and summer to get fit and fast on your bike.

It’s not that their weren’t options for staying in cycling shape, folks just didn’t look at those options like we tend to now.

So, we’re going to go over some of the fun options and ideas for the new “off season” !

 

Fat Biking

Fat BikingIf you’re a rider who has the desire to stay on the bike in the winter months, fat biking is just for you.

Fatties allow you to ride year round but their fun quota goes way up when the white stuff starts to fall.

You get saddle time while keeping the pedals turning while putting a huge smile on your face!

 

 

Indoor Trainer

Indoor Bike TrainerBack in the day indoor training could be drudgery for most folks.

However with today’s advances in bike trainers and the evolution of smart trainers and their software, indoor training can be a blast!

Get yourself a smart trainer, sign up for  Zwift or Rouvy and get after it!

 

Cross Country Skiing

Cross Country SkiingCross country skiing is back on the rise.

It’s an amazing aerobic workout that gets you outside while working many muscle groups that you miss on the bike.

If there’s snow on the ground you can just head out your back door onto the local woods or head to a local trail system.

 

Gym Membership

Gym MembershipGyms have been around for what seems like forever.

Today’s gyms have evolved from just weights and aerobics classes into true do it all fitness centers.

Jump into a spin class or hit up the weight room after a great yoga session. Or go dive into in the pool for some laps!

 

Crossfit

CrossFitCrossfit is sweeping the nation.

It’s a high intensity, full body workout that helps you build real world strength.

CF gyms are in every town these days with many gyms having CF programs included in their offerings.

Get fit..get Crossfit this cycling off season!

 

Yoga

YogaAs we age our flexibility lessens over time.

Cyclists tend to become very tight in the lower back, hamstrings and shoulders from hours of pedaling the bike.

Yoga is a great way to regain lost flexibility and release stress.

Better flexibility leads to more efficiency!

 

Snow Shoeing

Snow ShoeingMuch like cross country skiing, snow shoeing is a great aerobic alternative to riding the bike this off season.

It works muscles we ignore on the bike to help deal with muscle imbalances created from pedaling.

Strap on a pair of snow shoes and get outside!

Alpine Skiing

SkiingIf you’re one to enjoy high speeds and the wind in your hair then alpine or downhill skiing may be for you.

It doesn’t pack nearly the aerobic benefits punch that XC skiing does but it will keep you moving and get you some fresh air.

Be sure to get a ski tune up before heading out to the mountains!

Get A Bike Fitting

Bike FittingThe off season is a great time to get a bike fitting under your belt.

By getting fit now you can spend time on the trainer feeling things out and making tweaks before hitting the road or trail.

Plus many shops offer discount fittings in the winter.

 

Winter Tune Up

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We know this isn’t fitness related but it is bike fitness related.

Getting your bike tuned in the off season gets you set up for the nice weather and can save you money as many shops offer of season tune up discounts.

See our off season winter tune specials!

Summing Up The Off Season

In reality there are many options for cyclists to hold onto hard earned fitness they’ve gained over many miles and hours of riding.

What’s important is that we do something!

Sitting around waiting for spring to arrive is a horrible way to spend the fall and winter.

So, get off the couch and get moving this off season.

Come the spring you’ll be refreshed and chomping at the bit to get that PR you’re after!

If you have any questions or feel we can help you please contact us.

Have fun and take care!

 

 

 

Commuting By Bike – Top 10 Reasons To Go By Bike

Commuting By Bike

Top 10 Reasons To Commute By Bike

Have you given some thought to riding your bike more or even commuting by bike to work or school via bike?

Well, if you have already started taking steps towards getting on the bike more bravo to you!

If you haven’t started yet but are thinking about it here’s a list of reasons why you may want to get started go by bike.

#1- Did you know that 40% of trips from your house are under two miles?

  • Two miles! Think about how many times you could have jumped on your bike for a quick ride  instead of the car.
  • Imagine how much gas money you would have saved over the course of a year!

#2 – In 2003 cars stalled in traffic wasted 5 billion gallons of fuel.

  • 5 billion gallons of fuel! Stalled in traffic…that’s just crazy.
  • If we all rode our bikes to work one day a week, imagine what a difference that would make.

#3 – Despite the fact that cyclists breathe two to three times more air than motorists, motorists breathe about 60% more carbon monoxide and significantly more pollutants than cyclists.

  • While we’re sitting in traffic wasting gas in our cars we’re actually breathing in tons of pollutants and carbon monoxide.
  • What is that doing to our bodies?

#4 – Did you know that you can park 14 bikes in the space you can park one car?

  • Yep, that’s right 14 bikes for 1 car.
  • Imagine what that would do for congestion in downtown city areas.

#5 – When you ride your bike to work or school you don’t have to pay for parking!

  • How much money do you spend on parking in the city or at school campuses etc. each year?
  • Take the bike and save some money!

#6 – Take your bike on the train?

  • If you feel your commute by bike is too long to pedal you can always take your bike on the commuter rail to a point closer to work or school and ride from there.
  • Be sure to check with your local train transportation service to see what their policies on bringing bikes on their trains are.

If you’re in Massachusetts look here for bike/train policies.

#7 – In general biking to school and works saves you money!

  • By now we know that commuting by bike saves money but do you know how to figure out how much you can save?
  • We’ve got a basic money saving calculator here….

#8 – Commuting by bike is much more healthy and better for your body!

  • Did you know that a 140 pound cyclist can burn 500 calories an hour pedaling at 14 MPH?
  • Cycling has been shown to reduce overall stress and anxiety.
  • Folks who ride have been shown to get more quality sleep and are better lovers!

#9 – Just 3 hours of cycling a week can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by as much as 50%.

  • Now you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realize there is nothing bad about this figure…

#10 – It’s more healthy for our kids too!

  • Kids who participate in sports do better in school.
  • Children who walk or ride their bikes to school have less chance to be overweight and have a much lower chance of getting Type 2 diabetes.

Kids who get more activity fall asleep faster at night…

  • For every hour a child sits during the day, they need three minutes longer to fall asleep at night. Short sleep duration is associated with obesity and lower cognitive performance.

More sleep equals more downtime for parents too!

  • So in a nutshell we should all consider commuting by bike more often, even if it’s a day or two a week.

We can all benefit from more saddle time and our wallets can too!

Bike Commuting Pointers And Excuse Busters

  • If you’re still not sure if commuting by bike is for you or you’re coming up with excuses not to ride in here’s a list of good excuse busters.
  • If you’ve made the decision to get on the bike and give it a shot but aren’t really sure where to start here’s a good list of bike commuting tips and tricks to get you rolling.
  • So your feet get cold in the chilly weather? Check out these excuse busting winter biking boots.
  • Keep your bike in good running order with a periodic tune up.
  • Carry some cash on you for the occasional coffee stop or bite to eat or in worse cases..a cab ride home.
  • Ride with a bag packed with a change of clothes, rain gear and essential tools.
  • Buy a good bike lock and use it! You want to protect your bicycle from thieves.
  • A comfortable and well fitting bike seat will make your ride more enjoyable!

Bike Commuting Safety Suggestions

  • High visibility clothing should be a must
  • Daytime running lights should be used to increase daytime & night time visibility
  • Be sure to have an i.d. and an in case of emergency (ICE) contact info on you. This is in the event of a medical emergency, first responders etc. would be able to contact someone for you and alert them of the situation.
  • If you’re riding on the road’s edge, wearing headphones while riding is not suggested. You cannot hear oncoming cars and overtaking riders. Good bike lights help here too!
  • While riding on heavily trafficked bike paths or city streets a quality bike bell is a good idea to let pedestrians and other riders you are in their vicinity.
  • Always obey the rules of the road while riding. Yes, you are on a bike but many of the same rules that apply to motor vehicles apply to cyclists as well.
  • To find your state’s rules of the road look here…http://bikeleague.org/StateBikeLaws

 

For more great info and to get involved join People For Bikes

 

Have fun and be safe!

 

 

Winter Service Specials

winter service specials

Well folks it’s that time of the year again. (Winter service specials generally run from mid – November until spring. Please call us with any questions)

If you’re planning on commuting on your bike this winter you’ll want to take advantage of this offer too!

The time when we start thinking spring and all the great riding we’re going to do this season as well as the cool new places you’ll go.

It’s time to inspect your bicycle and gear to make sure they are ready to roll for the upcoming season.

Sitting around idle is one of the worst things for your bike. Things get stale, lubricants and tubeless sealants dry up and can’t do their jobs properly.

As the saying goes ”  a clean bike is a happy bike

For these reasons we run our Winter Service Specials to save you some money and get your rig ready for the spring.

  • Don’t have a backup bike to ride in the winter? Check out a cool fat bike!

Come in and save on service and repair and upgrade parts for a limited time.

We hope to see you soon!

 

 

OMW Winter Riding Boots | Beat Old Man Winter!

We just received our first pair of the new Bontrager OMW Winter Riding Boots.

These things look and feel awesome!

No more excuses to ride in the cold when it comes to foot comfort and warmth.

The OMW is the perfect winter commuting or Fat Biking boot!

They are SPD compatible but due to their Vibram rubber souls they can be run on flats.

Available to order now, be ready for winter when it arrives!

Covered by Bontrager’s 30 Day Unconditional Ride Guarantee.

Bontrager OMW Winter Riding Boots

Features:

•inForm Tundra last – roomier high-performance fit for thicker socks
•Bronze Series Composite sole – Nylon composite with full Tachyon Rubber outsole and SPD compatibility
•Waterproof main zipper with 2-strap hook and loop closure system
•Stiffness index 6
•Fleece-lined removable inner bootie with 200g 3M Thinsulate insulation
•4-way stretch upper with waterproof breathable OutDry membrane
•Anti-draft, elasticized ankle cuff with toggle-cord closure
•GnarGuard – Outer protection against trail brush and debris

Custom Bikes From Trek!

Have you ever thought how cool it would be to have a custom paint scheme on your new bike?

Perhaps even have your name or the name of a loved one on your bike?

Enter Trek’s custom bike program , you can pick your desired colors and parts to build your ultimate bike!

Available for road and mountain bikes.

Dream big and build bigger!

We’re here to answer any questions you may have!

MIPS – Protect Your Melon

MIPS Logo
Motion Impact Protection System

 

MIPS stands for Motion Impact Protection System.

It has been scientifically shown to reduce brain trauma in the event of an impact.

MIPS is now found in helmets for cyclists and many other sports where a helmet is warranted.

Watch this short video (thanks to Trek/Bontrager!) for a quick breakdown on how MIPS works..

 

Protect your melon with a Bontrager MIPS equipped helmet!

Available for adults and kids!

Starting at $64.99.

Trek FX – Fitness Made Simple

Over the past handful of years we’ve been seeing a shift in what folks want out of their bikes. Fun to ride, light weight and easy to use are among the key phrases heard from our customers when speaking with them regarding what they want from their next set of wheels.

Well, enter the FX series from Trek…Trek FX In Stock Now! #TrekFX #Trekbikes

 

If pavement rides aren’t your thing and you’re looking to go off road but don’t know where to start we can help…

Fat Bikes Are A Blast!

Fat Bikes are one of the fastest growing segments within the bike industry and we love them! They can be ridden year round but they really shine in the snow, mud & sand! A fatty will eliminate any excuses not to get out in the fresh air. With many different price points to choose from we are sure we have a fatty for you!

3 Great Fat Bike Options

One of the coolest Fatties we’ve seen this year is the Cannondale Fat Caad 1 with it’s Lefty fork. There isn’t anything else like it on the trail. Lightweight, agile and capable of sucking up the big stuff this guy will go anywhere in comfort and with a quickness!

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Cannondale Fat Caad 1 with Lefty goodness!

Trek has been smoking the competition for a few years now with it’s Farley lineup of Fat Bikes. We love the Trek Farley 5 in the sub 2k price range. It offers a huge bang for the bike in function and design. You cannot go wrong with a Farley!

Farley 5
For $1650 you cannot beat the Trek Farley 5!

Charge Bikes are a UK based company with a deep history in designing gnarly bikes that just work. They don’t beat around the bush with added stuff you don’t need, their bikes are just plain cool! If you’re in the market for a great starter fatty then you have to keep the Charge Cooker Maxi 1 at $1299 in your sights.

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Start getting out there on a Cooker 1!

So, there you have it.

3 great suggestions for unlimited amounts of fun!

Also, we have a large selection of accessories and clothing to keep you toasty and comfortable while enjoying the fun winter weather!

Please contact us if you have any questions and we’ll get you headed in the right direction!

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If you had a Fat Bike you could be out there riding today….

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