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It’s been awhile since I wrote. I debated about a couple of topics I’ll get to each but for today I thought I would write about the bike, the environment and our health.

When you talk to your friends about some of the issues that concern them the conversation may turn to: Obesity, especially childhood obesity, dependence on foreign oil and the length of their commute in the morning, i.e. traffic congestion. Guess what? The bicycle can help us with all of those issues.

For me one of my concerns is obesity especially childhood obesity and the affects it has on today’s youth. It amazes me how many children are obese. Additionally on my mind and I am sure I am not alone is rising fuel costs. Yes lately they have been much better.

Interestingly the bicycle can help in both of these areas.

Did you know?

FACT

  • In the US 50% of car trips are less than two miles.  Currently less than 1% of trips in this country are made by bicycle.  (In Holland it is 30%)  Some cities are doing a better job then others; Boulder, CO is already at 21%, Davis, CA is at 20%.  Minneapolis is at 2% – well above national average, but with room for improvement.

FACT

Children bicycling to school.

  •  “In 1969, about half of all students walked or bicycled to school.  Today, however, the story is very different. Fewer than 15 percent of all school trips are made by walking or bicycling, one-quarter are made on a school bus, and over half of all children arrive at school in private automobiles.”

THINK ABOUT:

What if we started to reverse this trend? Think about what it could do to help with childhood obesity. Or better yet the rise in childhood diabetes. One great place to start is Safe Routes To School.  If kids include cycling as a part of their life when they are young they are more likely to continue to ride as they grow older. What a great health gift you would be giving your child!  Cycling is a healthy low impact fitness activity that they can participate in for life.

Do you have children? What if you rode your bike with your children to school? For families that’s have children within walking distance to school you could certainly ride your bikes there.

I live near a school and it amazes me how many parents are driving their children to school versus walking or better yet, riding their bikes. The cars waiting to drop their children off at school backs up in front of my house almost every morning. Sure some parents look like they are dressed for work and dropping their children off on the way, many do not.

Most Americans can easily ride a bike 2 miles. How many of your errands could be done on your bicycle? What if you used your bike for only three or four errands a week? Think how that could improve your health and save on your gas bill and reduce the maintenance needed on the family car? What if you brought your family along? Now the family is participating in a healthy activity while spending time together and getting the errands you need done.

The bicycle of today is easy to ride and ideal for basic errands such as going to the grocery store the video store or even your local hardware store. I’ve set up my wife’s bike for some basic errands. We’ve installed a rear rack on her bike and some grocery bags. These bags are made by Bontrager and are the exact size of a brown paper grocery bag. You can take the bags into the store do your shopping and then attach the bags right to the back of your bike. She rides down to the store for the little odds and ends we need from the week for the store. Since we live so close to the store she often takes the longer route to either get there or come home to add to the work out.

If you think of some of the simple trips you make today and would get in your car for, how many of them could you be doing on your bike?

Here are some more interesting facts that I found from the League of American Bicyclists Web Site

Ride for the Economy

  • According to the Surgeon General, approximately 300,000 U.S. deaths a year currently are associated with being obese or overweight. This compares to 400,000 deaths a year associated with cigarette smoking. In 2002, obesity-related medical care spending accounted for 11.6 percent of all private health care spending, compared to just 2 percent in 1987, concludes Health Affairs.
  • Bicycles cost far less than automobiles to purchase and maintain, and do not require a continual intake of increasingly expensive gasoline. Between six and twenty bicycles can be parked in the space a motor vehicle requires for parking. Bicycles also cause little, if any, wear and tear on roadways.
    Source: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

 

Ride for the Environment

  • Motor vehicle emissions represent 31 percent of total carbon dioxide, 81 percent of carbon monoxide, and 49 percent of nitrogen oxides released in the U.S. (The Green Commuter, a publication of the Clean Air Council). A short, four-mile round trip by bicycle keeps about 15 pounds of pollutants out of the air we breathe. (WorldWatch Institute).
  • According to the Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey, 25 percent of all trips are made within a mile of the home, 40 percent of all trips are within two miles of the home, and 50 percent of the working population commutes five miles or less to work. Yet more than 82 percent of trips five miles or less are made by personal motor vehicle.
  • 60 percent of the pollution created by automobile emissions happens in the first few minutes of operation, before pollution control devices can work effectively. Since “cold starts” create high levels of emissions, shorter car trips are more polluting on a per-mile basis than longer trips.
  • Michael Oppenheimer, the chief scientist at Environmental Defense, said, “If you reduced carbon dioxide, you’d begin to get rid of most of the stuff that causes these everyday respiratory problems. You’d start to get rid of the nitrogen oxides, which lead to the generation of smog. You’d start to get rid of sulfur dioxide, which leads not only to acid rain but to the tiny particles that people breathe, and which cause respiratory and cardiovascular problems.”
  • A Rodale Press survey found that Americans want to have the opportunity to bike to work instead of driving, with 40 percent of those surveyed saying they would commute by bike if safe facilities were available.
  • According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) October 2000 Omnibus Household Survey, 41.3 million Americans (20.0 percent) used a bicycle for transportation in the 30 days measured in the survey. Bicycling is the second most preferred form of transportation after the automobile, ahead of public transportation. More than 9.2 million (22.3 percent) of the 41.3 million people who bicycled did so more than ten of the 30 days.
  • Several findings from the BTS study indicate a growing concern among Americans with the impact of transportation choices on quality of life—and a willingness to consider bicycling as part of the solution. Half of all Americans (99.0 million people) believe that cars, SUVs, pickups, and vans are the primary cause of air pollution in their communities and 65 percent (135.4 million) are concerned about the level of traffic congestion on the roads in their communities. (They have a right to feel this way: Americans spend 75 minutes a day in their car.) Some 79.1 million (38 percent) of all Americans feel that the availability of bikeways, walking paths, and sidewalks for getting to work, shopping, and recreation is very important in choosing where to live.
  • Motor vehicle emissions represent 31 percent of total carbon dioxide, 81 percent of carbon monoxide, and 49 percent of nitrogen oxides released in the U.S. (The Green Commuter, a publication of the Clean Air Council). Short car trips (over distances that could easily be bicycled) are much more polluting than longer trips on a per-mile basis because 60 percent of the pollution resulting from auto emissions is released during the first few minutes of operation of a vehicle.

A few bike parking vs. car parking statistics:

Number of bikes that can be parked in one car parking space in a paved lot: 6 – 20.Bike Corral

Number of racks for bicycle parking in Seattle: 1,900.

Estimated cost of constructing one parking space in a paved lot: $2,200.

Estimated cost of constructing one parking space in a garage: $12,500. (from seattle.gov).

Ride for Your Health

  • Recreational bike riding is a safe, low-impact, aerobic activity for Americans of all ages. Bike commuting is an ideal solution to the need for moderate physical activity, which can be practiced five times a week. A 130-pound cyclist burns 402 calories while pedaling 14 miles in an hour. A 180-pound cyclist burns 540 calories while pedaling 14 miles in an hour.
  • Bicycling can help solve two of our nation’s leading crises: skyrocketing healthcare costs, which are damaging every sector of our economy, and the obesity epidemic, which in 2000 caused 400,000 deaths, 16.6 percent of all deaths recorded, due to physical inactivity and poor diet. A study of almost 200,000 General Motors employees found that overweight and obese individuals average up to $1,500 more in annual medical costs than healthy-weight individuals. By getting people moving again, bicycling can help improve Americans lose weight and improve their physical fitness. This could not only save lives, it could help greatly reduce the total costs to society of obesity, estimated at $117 billion per year (including $39 billion a year through Medicare and Medicaid programs, which cover sicknesses caused by obesity including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and several types of cancer).McDonald's Quarter Pounder
  • Recreational bike riding is a safe, low-impact, aerobic activity for Americans of all ages. A 150-pound cyclist burns 410 calories while pedaling 12 miles in an hour-almost the equivalent calories of a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder®. A 200-pound cyclist burns 546 calories while going 12 miles per hour-almost the equivalent of a Big Mac®.

Sources: Exercise and Your Heart — A Guide to Physical Activity. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute / American Heart Association, DHHS, PHS, NIH Publication No. 93-1677 and McDonald’s.

  • The President, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Surgeon General, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services have all recently expressed concern over America’s overweight problem. According to the CDC, 61% of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese; 13% of kids aged 6 to 11 and 14% of kids 12 to 19 are overweight. Obesity is second behind tobacco in U.S. health risk factors, contributing to 300,000 deaths a year.
  • According to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, approximately 70% of US adults are sedentary. This includes 28% who engage in no leisure-time physical activities and 42% who undertake less than 30 minutes of physical activity (such as walking) each day.
  • The Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health said, “Physical activity of the type that improves cardiovascular endurance reduces the risk of developing or dying from cardiovascular disease, hypertension, colon cancer, and type 2 diabetes and improves mental health. Findings are suggestive that endurance-type physical activity may reduce the risk of developing obesity, osteoporosis, and depression and may improve psychological well-being and quality of life.”

Ride for Transportation

  • Bicycles are solely human-powered and use no fossil fuels. Bicycles currently displace over 238 million gallons of gasoline per year, by replacing car trips with bicycle trips. – League of American Bicyclists.

THINK ABOUT:

The bicycle is ideal for so many things. Many, many countries have embraced the bicycle for their primary means of transportation. While it is not likely in America that all Americans can fully embrace the bike because of our existing infrastructure. We can greatly increase our use of the bicycle while at the same time making a healthier lifestyle for the environment and ourselves. For a lucky few who live in cities or close to where they work they have the ability to fully embrace the bike. Over the years mass transit has made great strides in helping cyclists get around more with their bikes. Many buses are equipped with bike racks and it is easier then ever to take your bike on the train today.

Great things get started and happen with small steps. What can you do? Are there three or four errands you can use your bike for? Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started and making something new a part of your daily routine. So don’t delay get riding today!

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A bike is 30 times less expensive to buy and maintain then a car.Last year I wrote the Bicycle as a great solution. It was full of compelling reasons the bike is a great solution to a lot of our countries issues.

Check it out here.

With Bike to Work Day this Friday May 18th I wanted to share a few reasons why you should considered riding to work at the least, some days.

  • It’s Fun
  • You’ll arrive feeling better
  • You Save Money

It’s Fun

Riding is certainly more fun than sitting in your car. Set a goal for yourself. Maybe once a week, two or three times a month. Then be sure to track it. Goals that you track are more likely to be accomplished. Make your initial goal something easy for you to achieve. Picking a modest goal will allow you to ride to work on the “Chamber of Commerce Days” so you get comfortable with it.

These are fun goals that you should look forward to completing. After all, work may not be fun, it should be, but riding to work will certainly start the day off right.

You’ll Arrive Feeling Better

“Increased Productivity – Bicyclists and walkers arrive at work with less stress than those who commute by automobile. The Berkeley Wellness Letter reports that “chronic exposure to traffic congestion produces an increase in baseline blood pressure, lowering of frustration tolerance, increases in negative mood, and aggressive driving habits.” In contrast, bicyclists and walkers often report feeling relaxed and more alert after arriving at work, ready for a more productive day.”

Source: biketoworkmetrodc.org.  http://www.biketoworkmetrodc.org/employer-resources/benefits-of-bicyling-in-the-workplace

Feeling better and being healthier is always a good thing.

You’ll Save Money

You’ll also save money. Both on your medical bills and on your parking costs.

“According to the Centers for Disease Control, moderate physical activity (such as bicycling to work) saves 5 to 12 percent in annual medical costs, compared with a 6.5 percent savings from employees who don’t smoke.” Biketoworkmetrodc.org

Increasing your activity will decrease your absenteeism at work. While that may not sound like a great reason it does mean that you’ll be healthier when you’re not at work allowing you to have more fun.

Fewer miles on your car, especially commuting miles in traffic means less wear and tear and maintenance.

Be sure to check out tomorrow’s post. 5 Steps to Start Commuting to Work.

The right accessories are essential to your riding enjoyment. Having the right accessories can make all the difference in your riding enjoyment.  If you read Ernest’s bike buying rule blog you’ll see the importance he places on the right accessories.

I break Accessories into three categories:

1.)    “The Essentials”

2.)    “You Are Going to Want Them”

3.)     “Nice to Have”

“The Essentials”

These are the accessories that I think everyone who rides needs to have.

1.)    Helmet – Need I say more? It’s a law for children under 16 years old in Maryland.

2.)    Bell or Horn – In Maryland it is a law that you have a bell or horn on your bike. Many will say that your voice counts, but it doesn’t meet the requirement of the law. A bell is such an easy way to let people know you are approaching them.

3.)    Hydration – You need to stay hydrated while you ride. A water bottle and cage is a small investment. Need to carry more water? A hydration pack can allow you to carry up to a hundred ounces of water and provide you with additional carrying capacity for stuff.

4.)    Gloves – I don’t know what you do for a living but I imagine you use your hands on a daily basis. Gloves are a lot easier to replace then to clean your hands of debris from a fall and nurse them back to health. They also make holding the grips a lot more comfortable.

5.)    Floor Pump – Proper tire inflation is one of the keys to avoid flat tires. A floor pump is the best way to inflate your tires. My favorite is the Bontrager Turbo Charger.

6.)    ID – I like RoadID so if the worst occurs people will know who to contact. Another great solution is to take a luggage tag and include your important emergency contact information and medical information on it. Place this in your jersey pocket or in your saddle bag.

“You Are Going to Want Them”

While not essential, if you ride on a regular basis the accessories in this category are going to greatly increase your riding enjoyment.

1.)    Fix a Flat Kit – Seat Bag, Inflation Device (pump or CO2), Patch Kit, Spare Tube, Tire Levers and a multi tool. In many ways I think this is an “Essential” accessory. Even if you don’t know how to fix a flat tire a fellow rider who passes by may be able to help you as long as you have the right stuff. It’s in the Cyclist Creed that you don’t ride past a fellow cyclist stop on the side of the road without asking if they are okay. Now a days with cell phones you are less likely to get stuck without a ride home, but your ride won’t have to end if you can fix your flat.

2.)    Cycling Shorts – Shorts provide you riding comfort. If you ride on a regular basis and our distances of 10 miles or more a pair of cycling shorts in going to make all the difference in the world. There are two styles Traditional and Baggy.

3.)    Shoes – Cycling shoes bring comfort to your feet by adding a constant platform for your feet. Riding longer distances, I think these move into “The Essentials” category. If your riding in cycling shoes I also think clipless pedals are a necessary accessory.

4.)    Sunglasses – To protect your eyes from the sun, bugs and road debris. Glasses for cycling will offer you greater protection for your eyes and have features that keep them from fogging up and slipping off your face.

5.)    Cycling Computer – It’s always fun to know how far you’ve gone. Did you ride your twenty mile loop faster today then last week? If you are riding in an organized ride your going to need a computer so you know where you should be turning.

7.)    Chain Lubricant – Keeping your chain properly lube will keep your bike shifting smoother and increase the life of your chain.

8.)    Car Rack – A car rack will make it easier for you to get you and your bike to all of the great places to ride. Make it easy to ride and you’ll ride more often. Check out my post about car racks.

9.)    Lock – If you are going to leave you bike somewhere while you are riding a lock is going to give you peace of mind.

When I think about important areas on the bike I always look at the contact points of your body. Consider these when you think about your cycling accessories and when you plan to purchase them.

1.)    Hands – Gloves and Grips

2.)    Rear End – Shorts and Saddles

3.)    Feet – Shoes, Socks and Gloves

“Nice to Have”

As you get more and more into your riding you’ll see many of things being added to your cycling items.

1.)    Cycling Jersey – Jerseys can keep you cooler while riding by helping your body manage it’s moisture.

2.)    Bicycle Cleaning Kit – Keeping your bike clean will increase the life span while protecting the finish. Items can be bought separately or in a kit. I recommend a bicycle cleaner like Pedro’s Green Fizz, a bicycle polish like Bike Lust, chain cleaner, some cleaning brushes and a gear cleaning brush are a good start.

3.)    Cycling Socks – A good pair of cycling socks will give your feet support and help them manage the moisture. I love Swiftwick socks and they are the only ones I’ll wear now. My wife was shocked at all the benefits a true pair of cycling socks offered. Now she is hooked!

4.)    GPS – If you’re a data junkie or just want to know where you are a GPS well serve you well.

5.)    Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) – If you’re trying to improve your fitness a HRM is a great tool to help you do that. HRM’s start around fifty dollars and also can come integrated into a cycling computer.

6.)    Lights – If you think you may be completing your ride around dusk lights are essential to keeping you safe.

7.)    Bags – If you are riding for several hours or day touring a handlebar bar or rack trunk will come in handy for storing your camera, bringing along food and much more.

8.)    Cleat Covers – If you ride with clipless pedals cleat covers will increase the life of your cleats while making them easier to walk in.

9.)    Repair Stand – If you like to clean your bike and do basic maintenance a repair stand will make your life a lot easier.

10.) Indoor Trainer – Sometimes it is just too ugly to ride outside or your schedule doesn’t permit it.

5 Steps to Start Bicycle Commuting to Work

1.       Set a commuting goal

2.       Plan your route.

3.       Check your bike over.

4.       Plan your clothing and gear needs.

5.       Commute by Bike Your First Time

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Set a Commuting Goal

One of the easiest steps but also the most important. Set your goal of how often you want to commute to work by bicycle. Is it once a week, giving you flexibility in your schedule and weather? Is it so many times of month? Set one and then write it down and create a way to track it. Goals that are written down and tracked are more likely to get completed. Share your plan with your friends and co-works, this will create some accountability. Maybe you’ll even have some people interested in joining you.

Plan Your Route

You may or may not be able to ride the same route you drive to work every day.

When you’re driving to work look at the shoulders and road conditions. Do you see other cyclists on the roads you use? Drive other routes to work and see if they are better. Ask others who bike to work how they go.

Use Google Maps with the bike feature for some inspiration if you are not sure about the best route. Strava heat maps are another tool to help your planning.

Maybe you don’t commute the full distance to work. We know of several people who drive to a certain point and then ride the rest of the distance in to work on their bike. They enjoy the benefits of riding and often save a lot on parking.

Do a dry run one day when you are off. You’ll familiarize yourself with the route and not be as worried the first time you’re doing it for real. Bring some friends along for the ride and have fun with it, get breakfast or lunch close to your work and then ride on home.

Check Your Bike Over

Just like you maintain your car to make sure it is reliable you’ll want to make sure your bike is ready for its new roll. Check the conditions of the tires and the gears and the brakes. A bell on your bike will come in handy to alert others of your presence. If you are going to ride in low light or darkness you’ll want lights. If you have any questions come by the store and we can go over your bike together. Do you have a way to fix a flat if you were to get one?

Here is a link to help you inspect your bike.

If you increase your bike commuting there are accessories that you’ll want to consider but aren’t necessary to get started.

Puncture Resistant Tires – These reduce the likely hood of getting a flat. If your route has rougher roads or sections with debris you’ll want to consider these.

Fenders – If you ride in wet conditions or after a rain shower these will help keep you dry and your bike a little cleaner.

Clothing – There really is no bad weather to commute in just poor clothing choices. Cycling apparel has come so far from gear to keep you dry to apparel to keep you warm. If your desire is there you can commute in temperatures below freezing to over a hundred degrees.

Plan Your Clothing and Gear Needs – So how are you going to get your stuff to work?  Can you ride to work in the clothing you work in? An easy solution is to drop off some extra clothes when you drive to work one day. Many commuters bring in their cloths for the week and drop them off the first of the week and bring the dirty stuff home at the end of the week.

Pro Tip: If your clothes are dry cleaned find a cleaner near work to take your clothes to or have your clothes picked up and dropped off at work.

Lots of bag options are available to get your gear to and from work. Many commuters use a messenger style bag to carry their clothing and electronics in. It can be multipurpose on and off the bike. Backpacks are popular as well.  You can install a rear rack on your bicycle and attached bags. Panniers are popular but there are also briefcases for laptops that attach to the rack and bags made to carry dress clothing.

When starting out you want to keep it simple to keep it fun. Just drop off your clothing prior to the day you plan to commute to work.

Commute by Bike Your First Time

You did all the preparation and the hard stuff now do the fun thing and enjoy your commute to work by bicycle. Have a great ride. Don’t forget to take a few photos to document the occasion! Congratulations on your accomplishment!

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The cyclist today is not limited to the traditional; Speed, Max Speed, Average Speed, Trip Distance, Odometer, Cadence, Time Ridden and Clock, there is so much more out there. If there is a metric you want to track there is a piece of equipment that will allow you to do so. You could dive deep into your cycling data and get lost in it if you so choose. The upside is it makes it super easy to track the riding you have been doing. If you are interested in improving your riding there are tons of tools and information to assist you in that. Many of these tools will allow you to improve your riding on your own. Yet if you really want to take it to the next level a coach is the right person to help you. A coach armed with the right data could improve your cycling to level you’ve never imagined. It wasn’t that long ago that this sort of information was only available to the elite cyclist with money to spend, not the case anymore. Now you have the ability to compare yourself to your riding buddies by viewing there data or even comparing performance over specific segments of your riding. (the Strava app) You can even track your performance over certain segments to see if you are improving as time goes on. If you so choose you can share all of this information with your friends in the app or over social media so your non riding friends can see what you are up to. Don’t have anyone to ride with but want to be motivated? You can virtually ride against your best time of the route you are on. If this isn’t what you enjoy about cycling and you are more about the riding, technology can help you plan routes and then guide you along the way. (a Garmin with maps and if you want use of an app like Ride with GPS) No more paper cue sheets needed. Visiting a new area and looking for a 30 mile ride to do? No problem. Joined a group ride and got lost and need to find your way back to your starting point, there is a solution for that. Bad weather approaching you while you ride, no worries there is an alert for that. (just link your phone to your Garmin) Want to go for a ride but afraid you may miss that important call or text from someone. If you want it will show up on your cycling computer so you won’t miss it, but if the call didn’t come in you didn’t miss your ride.  Then when you are home, on a preferred WiFi network or linked to your cell phone you can log your ride and share it with the world. Heading out for a ride alone and want your spouse or your friends to know where you are, send them link to follow your ride live. (Garmin Livetracking) As the roads get a little busier and automobiles more quiet there is technology there to let you know how many cars are behind you and how far. (Garmin Varia radar) Heaven forbid something happens to you and you need assistant there is an alert that will sent an emergency notice to your “in case of emergency” contact with your location.

You can even document your favorite ride and save it for a rainy day to ride on your smart trainer. Got video on the front of your bike, take a video linked to your ride data and you can ride your ride on a trainer with video. Participating in a ride or race far from home but you want to “pre-ride” the course or train for certain segments. You can do it virtually from your home. Modern technology has literally opened up a whole new world for cyclists today. No matter what your passion is in cycling there is technology that will improve your ride. Not to forget all of the ride information that is available on the web that has been shared by thousands of cyclists like yourself, helping you to plan your next great ride.

Note – This is part of a series we  will be sharing that Ernest wrote about cycling accessories and components. While they aren’t intended to be full on “Buyers Guides”  We do hope they will help you with things to consider when thinking about them or to view them a little differently. Then in future post we will dive deeper into each one of these.

Over the next several days we  will be sharing several blogs Ernest wrote about cycling accessories and components. While they aren’t intended to be full on “Buyers Guides”  We do hope they will help you think about things to consider when thinking about them or to view them a little differently. Then in future post we will dive deeper into each one of these.

Trainers

As I wrote in Don’t Stop and Lose Your Fitness there are plenty of good reasons to keep riding year around. Unless you live in a southern climate a trainer is an important piece of equipment to make that happen. If you do live in a climate that is warmer year around the trainer may still be an essential piece of equipment for the days that are simply too hot to ride outdoors. They are also great to use when you have a time crunch and want to get a great workout in a defined time period. Or maybe you simply have run out of daylight in your day and still need to get your workout in.

Wahoo Kickr

Smart Trainer – Wahoo Fitness Kicker

All of these are good reasons to be using a trainer. More good news, there are more and more tools available to make indoor training more fun and to improve your overall fitness level. Some examples: Zwift, Trainer Road, CycleOps Virtual Training. Many of these programs are designed and work best with a smart trainer but will work with a non-electronic trainer. There are also plenty of video based options (Spinervals and YouTube) to keep you engaged and focused on your training goals while you ride. Time will certainly pass by a lot quicker. No matter your riding style and fitness goals there are solutions available. When considering and selecting a trainer it is important to think about how you want to use the trainer and the goals you have. Are you just going to be riding it to build your base and maintain your fitness? Are there specific types of workouts that you want to do? Intervals, hill climbing, power based, heart rate based. How often are you going to be using the trainer? How many hours a week will your training be? All of these questions will help us in helping you select the perfect trainer for your needs.

More about trainers – Indoor Trainer Sessions Keep Them Fun

Has this happened to you? You purchase your new bicycle and you get it home and realize, you don’t have a way to properly store it? Proper storage of your bicycle will protect it while you are not riding it and keep it safely out of your way.

So how do you store your bicycle? Of course there is the tried and true kickstand. They certainly do the trick and are great because they come with you where ever you ride. The one downside to the kickstand is if the bike does get knocked over they tend to fall onto the drivetrain side of the bike causing possible damage. Another problem with the kick stand is that they don’t work on every bicycle. As a general rule kickstands don’t work on road bikes and the majority of riders don’t have them installed.

There are several styles of bicycle storage: Wall Mount Storage, Floor Mount Storage, Freestanding Storage and Ceiling Storage

Wall Mount Bicycle Storage:

Wall Hanging Bicycle Storage with Hooks

As the name implies wall storage stores the bicycle on the wall, usually hanging from one of the wheels. Most of the time people hang the bicycle from the rear wheel. I really like this type of storage as you can mount lots of bicycles in a small area of space, staggering the bicycles as needed. I also find it easy to be able to get the bikes down off the wall. The downside to this type of storage is that the bikes stick out several feet from the wall.

This type of storage can be as simple as purchase some padded hooks (we use this method in

Wall hanging Bicycle Storage - Staggered

our BMX section) from the store or using a more advance type of hook that usually comes with a front wheel holder. We really like the Delta Brand for this type of storage and use them in our triathlon section.

Another method of wall storage is to hang them along the wall. The advantage of this method

is that the bikes do not stick out from the wall as much as the hanging method but they take up more space along the length of the wall. For younger people and people of a shorter stature may find this method of storage a little easier to get the bikes down from the wall. If more space is needed you can store bikes above one another.

Floor Mount Bicycle Storage:

This method of bicycle storage is probably the easiest to use. If you have a lot of bicycles to store you may want to

Feedback RAKK Display

consider a bicycle rack that holds multiple bicycles for your garage. Another style of floor storage is an arch style that holds the rear wheel of the bicycle. Some of these are more stable like a Saris Wheel Arch and some come on rolling wheels with the arch. Most are adjustable in width so that they can support a mountain bike or a road bike wheel. Our favorite style of floor mount storage is the Feedback RAKK Display Stand. What is great about the Feedback RAKK is that you just simply roll the rear wheel of the bike into the rack. No fuss no muss. These racks also come with an attachment that allows you to link multiple racks together.

One final advantage of this type of storage is that you can store the bicycles parallel or perpendicular to the wall.

Freestanding Bicycle Storage:

This style of storage is freestanding and doesn’t attach to the wall. Freestanding storage is great when you don’t want to attach anything to the wall but still need the ability to store your bicycle inside. The Saris Bike Bunk works well behind a sofa where space is limited. The Topeak Dual-Touch stand uses suction cups and runs floor to ceiling, comes in two or four bikes and also works well behind furniture. The Dual-Touch racks work well in situations that have taller ceilings. We really like the Feedback Velo Cache that comes in a two bike or a four bike version. We currently use the two bike version in the store.

Ceiling Bicycle Storage:

If you have an area that you would like to store your bicycles that have high ceilings there are bicycle hoists that will lift the bicycle right out of the way and up to the ceiling. Bicycle hoists us a hook onto the handlebars another under the saddle and with the help of some pulleys the bicycles can easily be pulled to the ceiling.

For long term bicycle storage a bicycle cover is a nice addition to protect your bike from the elements.

When considering your bicycle storage needs don’t forget to think about where you are going to keep your cycling accessories. Most of the freestanding racks have options for baskets to store your gear in. Some of the wall mounts racks have hooks or shelves that come with them to hang your helmet from, place your shoes and gloves in. If your preferred method of storage doesn’t have a shelf it is easy to add one, just don’t forget to plan for it when considering the space.

No matter what your storage needs are we have a solution that will keep your bicycles safe until you are ready to ride them again.