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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Cycling Lights: What You Need To Know

Right now in the Midwest, we’re experiencing an exceptionally balmy late winter. We may not need studded tires anymore, but we’re still contending with short days and dark rides. Cycling lights are especially important during this time of year.  For riders looking for lights, there is one essential question you need to ask first: do …

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Specialized Bike Fleet Grant Program

Like many kids, Mike Sinyard struggled with ADHD growing up. Unlike many kids, Mike grew up and became the Founder and CEO of Specialized Bicycle Components, one of the top 3 bike manufacturers in the US. Though he learned to manage the inability to stay focused and being easily distracted, he noticed that cycling muted …

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