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

winter tune up

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!

 

 

 

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

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….

Borealis Yampa Fat Bike Is A Pure Joy To Ride

We recently got out on a ride on a Borealis Yampa Fat Bike that we had the pleasure of selling and building for a valued customer.

In short let us just say that this bike is a pure joy to ride.

We built her up with a Sram XO kit and HED Big Deal Wheels.

In doing so we were able to keep the bike under 23 lbs!! Yep, you read that correctly. Insane.

The bike is just awesome! It climbs like a race oriented hard tail while descending like a short travel dually. Due to the performance of the bike we would feel comfortable making this our daily rider if we had to pick one mountain bike to own. It just does everything well..and of course it has a big advantage in deep snow that would slow non fatties down.

Borealis Yampa Front Tire
45NRTH Dillinger 5 tires are giant tires with lots of studs!
Borealis Side view
23 Lbs of Fat Bike fun! Isn’t she pretty…

Borealis 1

We just added studded 45NRTH Dillinger 5 tires to this beast! Let’s just say that traction is not an issue!

Have any questions regarding Fat Bikes and related products we sell please contact us and we’ll try to answer your questions.

Fat Bikes Are Fun!

2014 Trek Farley Fat Bike
2014 Trek Farley Fat Bike

Well they are here to stay with their giant fatty tires designed to tame deep snow and sand.

And by they we mean Fat Bikes!

Yep , what started as a garage made winter project in parts unknown has become one of the fastest growing segments in the bike industry in recent months. Originally designed as a deep snow/sand machine they have morphed into an all around fun bike to ride. With several makes and models and countless after market accessories and parts available many folks are getting on the bandwagon to fun town and getting themselves a fat bike.

Trek recently released the Trek Farley , a reasonably lightweight aluminum offering a nice value package that will more than do the trick. Being situated in Wisconsin , an area that sees the very harsh side of winter Trek has a good grasp on what makes a good fat bike fat as you will see in the Farley.

So come check out what the buzz is about if for no other reason but to quench your curiosity , you may want to roll a fatty…

More fat bikes here..

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