Little Bellas Is Awesome!

Know a girl interested in getting into mountain biking?  Encourage them to check out Little Bellas – an organization geared (pun intended) to get young girls into mountain biking and so much more.  We caught up with Martha Flynn, the lead mentor for Little Bellas Minnesota chapter to tell us more about the program and …

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4 Things to do Before Your Charity Ride

Charity rides are a great way to get out and meet new people, get some exercise in, and raise money for worthy causes. Maybe you’re riding 25-40 miles in the scenic suburbs. Maybe you’re gearing up for your first triathlon. Maybe you’re looking at a multi-day ride doing anywhere from 150-300+ miles! Whatever big event …

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8 Items You Need on a Charity Ride

At ERIK’S we often have people come into our shop who will be doing charity rides for the first time. One of the most common questions we get is, “What cycling gear do I need to complete one of these rides?” Obviously, there are a lot of different rides and lengths, but we’ve put together …

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Do I Have to Ride A “Women’s” Bike?

“As a woman, do I have to ride a ‘women’s’ bike?”  We get this question a lot.  The short answer is ‘no,’ but the color isn’t the only difference between the men’s and women’s models.  While most bicycle manufacturers offer women’s bikes, every rider is different and many women ride a ‘men’s’ bike – sometimes with …

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4 Reasons Why The Specialized Vado Is Awesome

Specialized has put together the latest in electric bike technology to create one of the most advanced e-bikes on the market.  (New to electric bikes? Check out this e-bike blog.)  We got a chance to give it a test ride (video below) and we were impressed!  The Vado doesn’t feel like an electric bike; it …

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Bike Saddles (Part 3): Shorts and Cream

This is the third part of our Bike Saddle blog series.  If you haven’t yet, make sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 here. The saddle makes the biggest contribution to posterior comfort, but you cannot underestimate how much a good pair of padded cycling shorts will improve your comfort on the bike …

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Bike Saddles (Part 2): Find Your Size

This is the second part of our Bike Saddle blog series.  If you haven’t yet, make sure to check out Part 1 here. Many riders find the bike saddle to be one of the most unpleasant parts of the bicycle. They expect the bike saddle to be uncomfortable. But did you know you might actually …

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Bike Saddles (Part 1): Get Comfortable

One of the most common conversations at ERIK’S is how to find a comfortable bike seat. It’s difficult to know whether the stock seat on your new bike will fit you, and after a few early season rides some customers find their old saddle just doesn’t feel as though it fits like it used to.  Let’s …

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Get Your Kid The Right Bike

It’s summer time and time to get the kids riding!  Maybe your child has grown out of their bike, or maybe you have a new little one who is ready to start riding. Regardless, you need to purchase a kids’ bike.  Here is a guide to help you through the process of getting the right bike …

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Does Your Child’s Helmet Fit?

It’s tough picking out a helmet for your child when they come in deliberately vague size ranges like “child,” “toddler” and “youth”. A toddler might fit into child-sized helmets or a kid might fit into adult sized helmets.  Each helmet has an inch range, but that doesn’t mean it will fit. Oftentimes the circumference will …

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