You Have a Bike. Now What?
Attention new riders - we're stoked to hear that you are loving your new bike! As you begin any new sport, you probably have some questions. We’re here as your local bike shop to answer those questions and assist you in getting the most out of every ride. We present to you our brainchild: A New Cyclist's Guide to the Perfect Ride. It’s a combo of common questions from new riders with a sprinkle of our professional advice on top.
Performing Basic Bike Maintenance
As a bike owner, you benefit from spending a little time keeping your bike finely tuned. That sounds more intimidating than it actually is. If you follow these quick, easy guidelines at home, you and your bike should both be in good shape!
Before Going For a Ride
- Check your tires
- Check your wheel's quick releases or thru axles for tightness
- Check your brakes
- Pedal backwards - if your chain is squeaky, it’s time to add some chain lube
If you ride your bike regularly, scheduling a tune-up every 6 months is recommended. For bikes that are lightly ridden, a tune-up every 12 months is adequate. We have a great team of professional, friendly mechanics on staff - not only to service your bike, but also to offer you free professional advice.
Build Your Home Bike Maintenance KitChoose one of each.
Making Your Rides More Comfortable
Your bike should be comfortable. If you are feeling sore, we can help you find the perfect remedy.
Where Are You Sore?
- Legs & Butt
Try adding a pair of padded shorts, and/or switching out your seat (known as a saddle) for a more comfortable model.
A pair of gloves will do you wonders! You can also add/change the grips on your handlebars to make riding more comfortable and to add a pop of color and style to your bike.
If your feet are feeling it after a ride, you have a couple of options. A new pair of shoes might do the trick, or it could be time to try out a new set of pedals. Our team can help you find the perfect pair of shoes and/or pedals based on your riding style.
We want you to feel comfortable, so let us help! Give us a call and tell us what's going on. We can give you a professional recommendation on how to improve your level of comfort based on the issues you are experiencing.
Deciding What to Wear and Why
These basics make a big difference.
Choosing Where To Ride Your Bike
Looking for new places to ride or the best way to get around town on your bike? There are some great resources out there. Here are a few of our favorites.
This app is your comprehensive mountain biking guide to the trails you want to ride - with offline maps, full GPS route info, elevation profiles, and more.
This is an ideal app for discovering great routes. You can also use Ride Spot to learn about upcoming local rides.