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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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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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 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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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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8 Tips On Group Riding

Group Rides at ERIK’S shops start by the first week of May.  There are over 30 rides in total for all styles and levels of cycling.  Riding in a group is a great way to meet new people, spend time with friends and share your love of riding with other like-minded cyclists. During these rides, …

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The Philosophy of A Group Ride: KC Mid Day Mid Week

The Mid Day Mid Week (MDMW) Ride started rolling in the spring of 2006 with a ‘handful’ of riders.  At the time there were plenty of weekend club rides.  And plenty of weekend Fitness Center rides.  On most evenings in the summer one could find a “blow and go” ride launching from a neighborhood drinking …

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Riding in the Rain

So much of the sport of cycling is about overcoming obstacles. Hills, opponents and our own innate physical weaknesses (it never gets easier, you just get faster). One of the most disheartening challenges, however, is rain. It weighs your down, disrupts your vision, and it cools your body and saps your strength. Even when the …

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