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TOP FIVE MUST HAVE ACCESSORIES FOR BEGINNER CYCLISTS May 23, 2016 at 3:21 pm

TOP FIVE MUST HAVE ACCESSORIES FOR BEGINNER CYCLISTS

Some purchases in life make things easier. Running to a laundry mat at night might be a good way to meet interesting people
but owning a washer and dryer is far more convenient. Some purchases keep your favorite things safe. A sturdy cell phone case will not make your phone work any better but you’ll be glad you have one the first time your phone sails out of your hands on to the floor. So, when starting new hobby like cycling, its important to budget for the items that will make riding not only safer but more enjoyable. These are the top five must have accessories for beginner cyclists.

HELMET
1. A good helmet is a must. Remember the cell phone comparison? You should spend at least as much protecting your head from cracks as you would your phone. Todays helmets have come a long way from the ugly, hot ones you remember as kid. New technology like MIPS makes serious head injury even less likely. Need some suggestions? Try the Specialized Echelon if you want something with more ventilation to keep your head cool.

REPAIR KIT
2. Like any teenager in an eighties horror movie can attest to, it sucks to be stranded. While you may not have Leather Face
running after if you stop, a flat can ruin your ride. Having a repair kit with at least an extra tube, tire lever, and some form of inflation will save you from having to call a significant other to pick you up or worse, walking for miles. Throw your repair items in a hydration pack, saddle bag or jersey pocket on every ride. Grab a Genuine Innovations Seat Bag Inflation Kit Deluxe for an all in one kit.

PADDED SHORTS
3. Just like your first time back in the gym, if you are just starting to ride or starting for the first time in a while, you will be sore. There is something that you can do help alleviate your soreness, though. A good pair of padded shorts, also called a chamois (pronounced shammy), can go a long way to relieve discomfort. Remember the more comfortable you are, the longer you can ride and the more enjoyable it will be. Try Specialized’s Enduro Sport Short
for a great pair of baggies or Pearlizumi’s Quest short . Also, how come nobody has every produced a Chamois Davis Jr. pair of shorts?

FLOOR PUMP
4. Unfortunately, bike tires (tubes actually) loose air pressure over time just like car tires. That’s just the way it is. If you ride with lower pressure you are more likely to rip your tube’s valve and flat. Checking your tires with a floor pump before ever ride will help eliminate unnecessary flats. So, what’s to stop you from using a hand pump or co2. Well, nothing really except it takes three times the effort with a hand pump and using co2 cartridges regularly can be costly. Make things faster and easier buying a floor pump. The Specialized Air Tool Sport SwitchHitter is a long lasting pump with a great warranty.

WATER BOTTLE/ HYDRATION PACK
5. We live in the desert and it gets hot here. You don’t need to watch Mad Max: Fury Road
(but you should, its really good) to understand the importance of water in a hot climate. And while you probably already know that you should carry a water bottle with you when you ride, you may not know how many different carrying options you have. Go with Camelbak’s Podium Ice to keep your water four times colder than your standard bottle. Or if you are out all day on the mountain, get yourself a
Camelbak Mule with a one-hundred-ounce bladder.

By Geoffrey Waller
A born and raised El Pasoan with an English degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and a passion for cycling. Contact him at GeoffWaller@live.com or follow him on Twitter.


Safe Riding Guidelines August 24, 2015 at 2:20 pm

Although it goes without being said that safety is an absolute must when riding, it is often an overlooked aspect when excitement and adrenaline kick in. Instinct, although helpful in certain situations, cannot and should never replace basic rules and tips in riding.

General Rules of the Road for Cyclists

When signaling make sure to do so with enough time for drivers behind to anticipate change in direction.

Ride without distractions. Although everyone enjoys jamming out to a favorite tune, wearing ear buds impairs a cyclists ability to listen to oncoming traffic, and other potential approaching obstacles.
Keep view unobstructed. If you decide to shield your eyes from the sun, be sure sun glasses are appropriately fitted to avoid adjusting while riding. These will also serve as a first line of defense for your eyes in the case rocks or debris are kicked up by other riders or passing vehicles.

A helmet is not an accessory. Consider it a mandatory part of your uniform, as it could potentially save your neck in a head on collision.
Riding gloves are preferable, in the case of a fall your gloves will help serve as a barrier between your skin and the hard pavement.
Attire should be comfortable and suitable for the weather. Light and breathable in the harsh summer sun, and multiple layers for colder climate. But more importantly chose clothing that is fitted to avoid getting it tangled within the mechanics of the bicycle.

Sunscreen is always recommended regardless of ride length, and hydration is a must. A sip of water every 15 minutes, and 20oz bottle of water every hour is the recommended intake whilst riding.
Prepare for the unexpected, by always carrying an emergency kit that includes the basics in bike maintenance (spare tube, tire lever, CO2 inflater, and patch kit). Also recommend a blinking tail light and bright (white) colored clothing if riding at night.

Always let someone know where your headed before a ride, as well as a rough time frame for when you should be returning.
Ride defensively, anticipating obstacles that might be experienced so as to mentally and physically prepare for any emergency.
And most importantly ENJOY yourself. By following these general guidelines, cyclists with all levels of experience can ensure a more positive and pleasurable outcome.


Cycling in Cold Weather February 10, 2015 at 4:20 pm

When going for a ride during cold weather it is very important that you check the weather forecast for potential hazzards and remember to underdress just a little. We want to start the ride feeling just a little cold because the physical exertion will generate body heat and we don’t want to perspire to the point that our riding clothes get wet. The most useful pieces of winter clothing for cycling are arm/knee warmers and a light vest that can be used from October to March. Try to dress in multiple thin layers that can be removed as it gets warmer during the ride.

Suggested layers depending on the weather:
Normal = bib, base layer undershirt and short sleeve jersey.
Cool = add light vest, arm and knee warmers
Cold = add long sleeve jersey, winter gloves and heavy weight vest
Colder = add long pants, glove liner and jacket
Coldest = add skull cap, neck gator and face cover


Summertime Riding February 10, 2015 at 4:20 pm

Riding during the summer in the El Paso region means being properly hydrated and prepared for the sun’s rays. Ideally the best time to ride is before 9 AM or after 6 PM and summer night rides on mountain bikes can be a blast with proper lighting systems. If bike riding between 9 AM and 6 PM, having adequate sunblock is a necessity. To avoid overexposure to the sun some cyclist wear SPF long sleeve jerseys or sun sleeves. While riding drink fluids before you get thirsty. An easy rule of thumb is to take a sip of water every 15 minutes and drink approximately one water bottle every hour. Adding electrolytes to your water will insure that potassium and sodium lost during perspiration is replenished and will minimize the possibility of muscle cramps.


Safety Guidelines for Riders February 10, 2015 at 4:19 pm

Although it goes without being said that safety is an absolute must when riding, it is often an overlooked aspect when excitement and adrenaline kick in. Instinct, although helpful in certain situations, cannot and should never replace basic rules and tips in riding.

General Rules of the Road for Cyclists

When signaling make sure to do so with enough time for drivers behind to anticipate change in direction.

Ride without distractions. Although everyone enjoys jamming out to a favorite tune, wearing ear buds impairs a cyclists ability to listen to oncoming traffic, and other potential approaching obstacles.
Keep view unobstructed. If you decide to shield your eyes from the sun, be sure sun glasses are appropriately fitted to avoid adjusting while riding. These will also serve as a first line of defense for your eyes in the case rocks or debris are kicked up by other riders or passing vehicles.

A helmet is not an accessory. Consider it a mandatory part of your uniform, as it could potentially save your neck in a head on collision.
Riding gloves are preferable, in the case of a fall your gloves will help serve as a barrier between your skin and the hard pavement.
Attire should be comfortable and suitable for the weather. Light and breathable in the harsh summer sun, and multiple layers for colder climate. But more importantly chose clothing that is fitted to avoid getting it tangled within the mechanics of the bicycle.

Sunscreen is always recommended regardless of ride length, and hydration is a must. A sip of water every 15 minutes, and 20oz bottle of water every hour is the recommended intake whilst riding.
Prepare for the unexpected, by always carrying an emergency kit that includes the basics in bike maintenance (spare tube, tire lever, CO2 inflater, and patch kit). Also recommend a blinking tail light and bright (white) colored clothing if riding at night.

Always let someone know where your headed before a ride, as well as a rough time frame for when you should be returning.
Ride defensively, anticipating obstacles that might be experienced so as to mentally and physically prepare for any emergency.
And most importantly ENJOY yourself. By following these general guidelines, cyclists with all levels of experience can ensure a more positive and pleasurable outcome.


10 Reasons to Ride Your Bike February 10, 2015 at 4:16 pm

Whether we are sweating amongst friends or racing past competition, we recognize that riding is an action driven with PURPOSE! We never need an excuse to ride, but these are just a few of our inspirations.

1 .GENERAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Bicycling is the perfect activity for anyone looking to improve their health. Whether utilized as a primary means of exercise or as a complimentary activity along with other sports, cycling helps increase cardiovascular fitness, in a manner that is very forgiving on the joints. Studies also show that even in a moderate level cycling helps strengthen immune system, respiratory muscles, and improves oxygen exchange, while reducing high blood pressure.

2. STRENGTH/TRAIN/CONDITION

Cycling provides an excellent means to train year round because it is an aerobic exercise utilized both in and outdoors. Although primarily felt in the legs, cycling incorporates the entire body as the rider is forced to engage core strength in the abdomen, stabilization through back muscles, and arms and shoulders to support the body on the handlebars.

3. RELEASE THE STRESS AND TENSION OF DAILY LIFE

Cycling has the ability to relax the body and mind, through its assistance in balancing out hormones. Also the simple act of physical activity helps tire the body so that sleep is easier to fall into and deeper as well. This in turn, helps the body to wake more refreshed and ready to handle the following days hurdles. Cycling outside also provides the necessary exposure to sunlight to improve our circadian rhythm. This is beneficial as it helps in the removal of cortisol from the body, a stress hormone that is often at fault for preventing regenerative sleep.

4. BURNS CALORIES

Health issues aside, who doesn’t love the aesthetic benefits cycling offers. Even leisure riding will burn an average of 300 calories an hour, and cycling can train the body to use up fat reserves.

5. SAVES MONEY

Regardless of whether money is being invested in gasoline, basic maintenance, insurance or even more costly repairs that comes with car ownership, cycling can help greatly reduce transportation costs and eliminate a number of the frustrations we are subjected with when gas prices are completely out of our control.

6. MAKES YOU FRIENDS

Riding on a bicycle makes you more approachable. No longer hidden behind the framework of your vehicle, instead you are exposed to your surroundings and the people living within your neighborhood. And although the sport can certainly be enjoyed alone, cycling generally serves as a highly social activity, as it helps to better engrain you into your community.

7. EASE OF ACCESSIBILITY

Step outdoors and you’ve just walked into your own personal gym. Because the world of cycling offers so many types of riding, there are truly few boundaries to where your bicycle will take you. Whether sticking to paved roads, or exploring rockier terrains, the range of bicycles available today make for perfect means of transportation. Giving a leg up, particularly when traffic is at a standstill, a bicycle creates an entirely new opportunity, taking you to destinations only your mind can limit.

8. DO OUR PART TO PRESERVE OUR ENVIRONMENT

Bikes are created using a fraction (.05) of the energy and material that is necessary to make a vehicle, bicycles not only take up less space, but produce no pollution. Not to mention parking is a low-hassle task. No more fighting for the single remaining spot, instead a handy bicycle chain makes entry parking easy and conventional. Even more so, as the popularity of the sport increases, more business are providing bike racks in ideal places for commuters.

9. INCREASES SELF-CONFIDENCE

Because of increased energy, mood enhancing endorphins released during and after your ride, and the ongoing way the sport changes the body physically, cycling offers an array of opportunities for anyone to increase their self-confidence. In so many ways, cycling also represents what so many people yearn for, and that is freedom and independence. For those unable to get a driver’s license or unable to afford the cost of a vehicle, a bicycle is the gift of self-sufficiency. It is the gift of self-reliance that cycling rewards us. When all else fails, we can feel confident knowing we still have the power to drive to our desired destination.

10. INSPIRES OTHERS

Regardless of your purpose for riding, simple pleasure, training/competing, or the countless health benefits cycling provides, the act of riding is unavoidably inspirational. Each rider becomes a message board for all those who have yet to find that necessary balance of health, wellness, and happiness in life. Through the act of bicycling we believe we can give back to ourselves and our community, and in doing so become our very best versions.

This are just a few reasons why riding your bike is good for you. Why do you ride your bike? Let us know in the comment section below.


CCC Helmet Buying Guide February 10, 2015 at 10:30 am

“I’m Not Lance Armstrong; Why Do I Need a Good Helmet”

First of all, it’s a good thing you’re not Lance Armstrong. Word on the street is he has been going through a tough time with his revoked tour wins, lawsuits and what not. So, while you may not be Lance Armstrong, everyone not only needs a good helmet, but also needs to know what makes a good helmet: Fit, ventilation and application are only some of the things to take in account when purchasing a new helmet. Hopefully, this article helps. I am also willing to help Lance too, if he needs it, but I can’t offer any legal advice.

“To Wear or Not to Wear, That is the Question”

Let me just get this out of the way: everyone needs a helmet. They are a lot less expensive than a hospital visit (insert Obama-Care joke here.) If you are concerned about looking “cool,” I would stop to consider if football players ever wonder if they look cool before other two-twenty plus pound men smash into them. I would bet they are probably more worried about brain damage. If they’re not, they (and you) would do well to start.

As far as protection goes, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approves all helmets manufactured or imported to the United States. Companies such as Trek, Specialized and Giant all do rigorous testing on their helmets for safety. In other words, be safe and wear one.

“Guys, You Have Been Lied to: Size Does Matter”

When has anyone seriously benefitted from something called “One Size Fits All?” That sounds like a phrase “Mad Men’s” Don Draper pitched to a company to cut manufacturing costs in the ‘60’s. Lower-end helmets usually subscribe to the “One Size Fits All” mentality. I always suggest trying on different helmet shell sizes before you buy. Different companies and models all have different shell fits. See which one works best for you.

“I’ll Take the White Helmet; It Will be Cooler in The Summer”

Ventilation is what makes a helmet cool (as in temperature, not like The Fonz.) That is why if you have a well-vented black helmet, it will feel cooler on your head than a white helmet with fewer vents. So, the above quote; not true at all. I’ve always preferred the Johnny Cash “Man in Black” look myself, but at least now you know you’re not limited to color choice to keep your head cool.

“A Good Retention Strap is Hard to Find”

Who wants to be messing with a retention strap while trying beat your buddy’s top descent time on Strava (you know who you are.) Gone are the days where your only option was buying a helmet where you have to keep adding or subtracting padding until it fits your pea or beach ball sized head. Most companies have moved to different retention straps to dial in the perfect fit for your head. Higher end helmets generally have better, more comfortable retention straps that help to stay on your head.

“What Kind of Helmet Should I Get”

If you are a roadie, get a road helmet. They are lighter and usually more vented then their mountain counter parts. If you are pulling cactus needles out of your legs regularly, get a mountain helmet (or stop picking fights with cacti.) Mountain helmets have more protection on the sides and back of the head. These are just two of several uses not including triathlon, downhill, and BMX among others.

Remember, you can always come into any of the shops if you have any questions over which style or fit will suit you the best. I personally use my road for everything (heresy, I know!)

“This is the End”

Hope this helps with your helmet hunting. This is the helmet I currently own. Come to the shop and ask me why I like it. Just don’t get the same color as me, please. I like to feel special.