Bikes

Road | Mountain | Hybrid | Kid's

Our Bike Shop sits in a separate building on the south end of the property. We stock a huge variety of bicycles for just about every type of rider; we build everything from completely custom race bikes to you child's first two-wheeler. Our service department offers a complete menu of maintenance and tuning services, all performed by certified and expert mechanics. Whether it is road riding, mountain biking, or bike commuting, we are the shop that has it all. Come visit us today! 

Learning to Ride

12/03/2018


It's the perfect time of year to teach your children one of the most important lessons of their lives - how to ride a bike! Cycling acts as a form of transportation, a form of exercise, a way to unwind, and a way to feel free. Everyone learns at a different speed and can learn at any age, so there is no specific time by which your child should be moving to a new step in the process. We've put together a step-by-step description of the best way to teach your children how to ride, a method that can be used to teach kids of all ages! Some children can learn this way without having to add training wheels at all, and some people have reported children learning to ride by this method in just one day. No matter what, be sure to take it slow and make it fun, and your child will be riding like a pro in no time!


Safety first! Make sure you teach your children about safety right from the start! As soon as they are introduced to a bike, they should be introduced to a helmet, so they always associate the two.

 

Balance Bikes

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As soon as your child is beginning to walk or even just stand up on their own, you can introduce him or her to balance bikes. These are small, toddler-size bikes without pedals that help children feel comfortable sitting, steering and balancing on two wheels. Children can sit on the bike seat and uses their legs to push off, pulling themselves along and eventually picking up their legs to coast on the bike. These bikes help ease the difficult learning process of balancing before using training wheels. Our employee Slav got his son Maks started on a balance bike at just 16 months old before he was even fully walking on his own. They showed him the bike first and had him explore the different parts of it: "We got him to think of it as a big toy!" He practiced sitting in the saddle and playing with the handlebars, and pretty soon he was comfortable enough to pull himself along with his feet. We carry the Hot Walk Balance Bike from Specialized in bright colors that kids love. If your child is too big for a balance bike when you start the process, simply remove the training wheels and pedals from his or her bike so it can be used as a big balance bike.

 

Training Wheels

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Once your child has mastered the balancing part of biking, it is time to learn about steering and braking on a big kid bike with training wheels! It is important for the child to learn the functions of the different mechanisms of the bike having to worry about tipping. The training wheels offer the necessary stability to begin safely practicing pedaling, braking, and steering. A child's first bike will generally have coaster brakes, also known as back brakes, which require pedaling backward to stop the bike. Kids' bikes are measured by the wheel size, not by the frame size, and it's best to go by the height of your child when figuring out what size bike to get. Kids' bike sizes range from 12" to 24". If your child is between 26 and 34 inches tall, a 12-inch bike will usually be the next step. Izzy and Maks both ride the Specialized Hot Rock with 16" wheels. We carry the Hot Rock in all sizes, and we also carry Cannondale bikes from the Trail, Race, and Street Series.

 

Taking off the Training Wheels

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Once your child is comfortable maneuvering the big bike, it's time to take off those training wheels and relearn balance! When you first take off the training wheels, take the pedals off the crank arms as well, and lower the seat so that the bike becomes a big balance bike. The child can practice coasting again, with more confidence on their bigger bike. It's important for children to know that they can always put their feet down to catch themselves. Falling on pavement can be traumatic, so practicing in a smooth field will help cushion the blow. Next you will want to put the pedals back on, and have your child practice coasting with feet on the pedals. When that feels comfortable, he or she can start turning the pedals, and once the momentum of the slope runs out, encourage the child to keep pedaling. At that moment, your child will experience the joy of biking for the first time, and we have a feeling that he or she will never look back! As your child grows, you will need to start looking at larger bikes. The next step up from a 12" bike is 16", then 20" and 24". The larger bikes will have hand brakes and multiple gears for longer distances and bigger hills. Don't forget about all the fun accessories like baskets, bells, and handlebar streamers that allow children to ride with style!

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Ride With Us

06/25/2018


We've teamed up with the SoundCyclists Bicycle Club to offer weekly Sunday rides led by our staff and SCBC Members. These rides will leave from the store parking lot every week, at 8 am riding anywhere from 20-30 miles. Once you get the swing of things, you should join the SoundCyclists Bicycle Club to get access to other hundreds of group rides and routes, maps, and directions. Only $25/per year! Please join our Facebook group to receive all of our Group Ride updates. We encourage everyone to RSVP to our Facebook invitations for the Sunday morning rides so that we can have an idea of how many people will be joining us.

For those who prefer the trail, join us every Wednesday night for a group MTB ride. 
We will be alternating locations each week between, riding Wilton Woods and Trout Brook Valley Preserve.Our meeting location will be posted on our Facebook group each week, but rides always take place at 6:15 pm. 
Open to all ability levels. We will be riding a no drop ride, at a social pace. Expect to ride for up to 2 hours, since we have the daylight for it. Group rides will run every week until September 15th.  Rides are lead by Outdoor Sports Center employees: Brad Fries, PJ Vogric, Kevin Stefani and Shane McCabe. Make sure to stay well hydrated, pack extra water, tubes and bug spray. See you out there!

 

 


Here's some helpful details.

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MTB-Groupride
When:
Road Rides: Every Sunday, Starting June 10th
Arrive by: 7:45am
Leave at: 8:00am Sharp

MTB Rides: Every Wednesday, Starting July 11th
Arrive by: 6:15pm
Leave at: 6:30pm

 


Where:
Road Rides: Outdoor Sports Center parking lot
80 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT 06897

MTB Rides: Location varies, check our Facebook group.


Road Rides:
C+ | ~30mi | 14-16mph | led by Ed Benision
C | ~20mi | 13-14mph | led by Kevin Stefani


What to bring:

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  • Appropriate attire (Road jersey, bib, etc.) if unavailable, purchase at OSC or wear sport-oriented high vis clothing.
  • Water bottle
  • Extra tube
  • CO2/Frame Pump
  • Tire lever
  • Helmet
  • Multitool


About Sound Cyclist Bicycle Club 
The club schedules social activities throughout the year and regularly hosts clinics that feature speakers from cycling and sports-related professions. More than 30 bike shops in the tri-state area offer free bike safety check-ups and a range of discounted prices to members. 

Sound Cyclists hosts the very popular Bloomin' Metric® every Spring, a premier cycling event offering rides from 15 to 60 miles that draws riders from near and far. This year’s event was held May 20 and once again received rave reviews from participants. 

In addition to being a community of cyclists that share a passion for cycling, Sound Cyclists is an advocate of safe cycling in Fairfield County and the State of Connecticut and actively supports cycling and related charitable activities in the area. 

Why Tune Your Bike?

05/18/2018


Getting your bike tuned is absolutely necessary if you want it to perform as safely and efficiently as possible. We created a short 2-minute video that explains how we tune your bike and why the process is so important. Not sure if you need a tune-up? We've put together a list of four telltale signs that your bike needs some love, below: 

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1. If you can't remember the last time you did it.You should get your bike tuned yearly, even if it sat in the garage all season or if you were riding it every day. The last thing you want is to go for your first ride of the season and find out parts are misaligned, tires are flat, or worse, your brakes aren't working.

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2. If you feel your brakes getting "sticky." Sticky brakes happen when the brake lever doesn't spring back to its original position after you depress it. Disc and padded brakes can wear differently, but regardless, all brakes must have well-lubricated parts to prevent lag and maximize safety. Your pad brakes might wear down quicker, but they'll be cheaper to replace.

3. Difficulty shifting.
If your bike is taking a long time to shift between gears, your front or rear derailleurs could be out of alignment. Your shifting cables could be stretched too. Our mechanics will determine the exact cause and consult with you before they replace any parts that might cost extra.

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4. Strange reoccurring noises from the wheels. This could be your wheel coming out of alignment and make braking uneven. In some cases a strange noise can be solved by truing the wheels, which is included in our tune.

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How To: Bike to Work

05/01/2018



May 12-18th is Bike to Work Week, ending on National Bike to Work Day, Friday the 18th. We're all for ditching the car to get out and pump our pedals, so Outdoor Sports Center employees have pledged to ride a total of NN miles on Bike to Work Day.

If you're looking to join the cause and don't have a bike or your commute is long, consider checking out an E-Bike, like the Specialized Turbo Vado 6.0. It has 3 boost settings, meaning it’ll make your commute a breeze and get you to the office on time. Built-in powerful headlights in the front and rear means cars will be able to see you on the road even if you have late nights at the office.  Whether you’re riding through the trail or on the road, the Turbo Vado 6.0 can conquer both. Plus, climbing a dreaded hill is a breeze with its assisted pedaling.

To help you have a safe commute, we've put together 5 helpful tips for Bike to Work Day below.

 

 

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How can I carry everything I need for the day?

Narrow it down to the essentials by planning ahead the day before you ride and leave a change of clothes at work, with your toiletry bag and an extra pair of shoes. Remember to bring plenty of water, and stay safe with a helmet, a GPS, sunscreen, sunglasses to block bugs, and biking gloves. If you still need to bring your lunch and paperwork we recommend a backpack that is sturdy, and clips over your chest to prevent slipping down. For the ladies, try not to carry a purse while riding, because they can easily throw off your balance and cause distractions.

How can I make myself presentable before the work day begins?
The best bet is to leave extra time in the morning to allow your heart rate to lower, so you can cool down and then freshen up. Lucky for you there are tons of products that allow you to skip the shower and still look and smell presentable. We recommend keeping body wipes, deodorant, dry shampoo and extra socks at the office for just this! Don't forget to stretch, to prevent sore muscles and help your body recover.

How can I make sure I'm safe?
It goes without saying that you should always wear a helmet! Other than that, alert your co-workers the day before that you will be biking to work, so they know where you are. On the off chance that anything should happen, it is also a good idea to wear a Roadrunner ID bracelet. Listening to your headphones while biking can be dangerous, but if you want to listen to music or your GPS, keep the volume low and only use one earbud.

What if I have to ride home in the dark?
The more visible you are on the road, the safer you'll be. By law, you are required to have a light on your bike after sundown. We suggest a blinking light on both the front and back of your bike. It is also just as important to wear reflective gear, on your helmet or jacket.

What hand signals do I need to know?
Always use your left hand when signaling to cars when you are making a turn. Holding your left arm out straight means you are turning left, and holding your hand up with your elbow bent 90 degrees means you are turning right. When coming to a stop, hold your left hand down with your elbow bent 90 degrees.

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Buying Your Kid a Bike

05/13/2014


Buying your kid a new bike is an exciting experience for both you and your little one, we are here to guide you in any way we can. There certainly are lots of options to consider in the search for a new kid's bike, and there are some concerns to be aware of too. 


We have our opinions (read hands-on experience) of some of the lower priced box store bikes, and we realize that our bikes are not your cheapest option. We carry kids bikes from Cannondale and Specialized. The quality of these bikes is very high, they are built with parts that take longer to wear out and will be around for a while. That means that you can hand them down between kids, resell them, and most importantly you can rest assured that the parts aren't going to wear out while your child is riding the bike full speed down a hill.


This brings up a topic that is very important to all of us: Safety.

  1. Our bikes are built by certified mechanics, infact we have the only two Barnett Bicycle Institute graduates in CT right now.
  2. Our bikes are backed by 2 of the biggest brand names in cycling.
  3. Our bikes all come with a FREE 30 day Tune-Up and Safety Check to be sure that you continue to be safe after you leave our store.


These things are very important to us. We want you and your family to enjoy cycling for years to come, and we want you to do so safely. Please come visit us and we can tell you more about what makes the perfect bike for your child.