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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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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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 Flat Bar Road Bike: Smooth + Comfort

The flat bar road bike is the most popular style of bicycle and for good reason.  This bike is perfect for many cyclists because it combines a comfortable and efficient ride.  These bikes don’t put the cyclist in an overly aero position that many find uncomfortable.  But at the same time, these bikes can go!  Chances …

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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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2017 Specialized Roubaix Review

I’ve ridden quite a few endurance road bikes over the years, but I have never ridden a bike like the Specialized 2017 Roubaix. Specialized has released the newest – some say revolutionary – 2017 Roubaix and Ruby.  I was granted the honor of giving it a test ride and I was blown away! Why? Because …

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Cycling Knee Pain

10,000  That’s how many pedal revolutions a cyclist will do over the course of an average two hour ride.  If your equipment is not set up correctly, or if you have a muscle imbalance, or are not pedaling efficiently, you have 10,000 opportunities to develop an overuse injury.

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