Here at Noble Sports, we get asked lots of bike questions, but there is one that gets asked about 10 times as much as any other. Customers walk into the store and whether they are there for a road bike, mtn bike, or just a tube…they catch a glimpse of the Cannondale Lefty Shock, and for many it blows their mind. “Why does that have only one shock?” “Is that actually stable?” “I wouldn’t trust that thing?” “How does it work?” “What are the advantages?”
We’ve heard them all and some of us are better at explaining it than others. Whether you know the workings of the Lefty or not, if you’ve ridden one you know they can withstand the tests of hard riding and that their ride quality surpasses that of any other fork. So, let me ‘splain how it works. No, there is too much…let me sum up…ok ok, better yet, check out this video where Cannondale explains it better than I ever could:
1) Thursday the 26th of June at 7:00pm we will be holding a FREE hour long mechanics class where we will go over the basics of tuning a bike. after the class, mechanic related items at the shop will be put on sale for class attendees.
2) We are working on solidifying a date for a Noble Sports Century Ride, and mtn bike group ride, probably in the next few weeks so tune in for more info.
Did you spend too little time on the trainer and too much time eating pumpkin pie this winter?. Now that the weather is finally turning and the Holidays have passed, are you ready to get out and ride? How’s your motivation? Here are our top 4 ways to get yourself motivated for the riding season (in no particular order).
1) Get a fitness app.
There are a number of apps to choose from. We here at the shop are partial to Strava because it is geared towards the racer who is seeking results. Fitness apps provide a well organized and easy to use exercise journal. They monitor your progress and help you set goals. The next best thing to riding is being able to look back on your ride and see what you accomplished.
If you don’t have a smartphone, there are other ways to record your rides. A GPS cycling computer such as a Garmin 510 can easily be mounted on your bike and later recorded data can be uploaded onto your favorite fitness app online. Many cycling computers are able to sync up with wireless cadence sensors and heart rate monitors. Stop by the shop and we’ll be happy to show you some great options.
3) Clean and Tune up Your Bike
Cycling is only enjoyable if your bike and gear are functioning properly. Dust off the cobwebs and bring your bike in for a spring tune-up so that you can enjoy your exercise.
4) Get a New Bike!
You might find this crazy, but nothing motivates like a new bike. Sell your old bike and come grab a new one. The same principle can be applied to new gear. Come grab some new shorts, gloves, shoes, pedals, helmet, etc…All these things are going to enhance your riding experience and are guaranteed to add some motivation.
What motivates you to ride? Sound off in the comments, and remember:
Why do you ride? Have you ever thought about how you would describe it to a bike skeptic? What about describing it to your child? We thought that summed it up real well for us:
” We ride for fun. We ride for fitness. We ride to get from here to there, to free ourselves from the daily grind, and to make our world a better place through bikes. Sometimes we ride for no reason at all.
We ride because we love how riding a bike creates a cool breeze on a still morning and how, after a long day at work, hopping on a bike makes us feel like the day has only begun. We ride so that our kids can enjoy the simple pleasure of two-wheeled adventures around the neighborhood. We ride to make familiar places new again.
But mostly, we ride because it’s fun.”
So if you can agree with this, what does it make you want to do? The first option for most of us would be to get out and ride. One possibility is to write down why you feel the way you do about riding and share it with those around you. Peopleforbikes.org also points out how important it is for us to take a stand and let our leaders in the local governments know about our thoughts on making cycling safe for all levels. Join the close to 800,000 just like you on Peopleforbikes! Cannonadale has People for bikes as their key advocacy sponsor. In their words: Now is the time to help influence the direction of cycling as an alternate form of transport and recreation. Help support those who spend every waking moment creating more ways for all of us to enjoy our bicycles.