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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! 

Staff Mountain Bikes

12/31/2016

 

We've zeroed in on a few of our most avid mountain bikers here at the store to learn more about their most prized possession: their bikes. Read on to find out what styles they ride, what custom pieces are they love the most, and their favorite parks and trails.

 

Santa Cruz Tall Boy LT (2015)

 

Type: Trail Bike

Owner: Will Maxwell

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What do you love about this bike?
It's a great all-around bike that can do anything and go anywhere. It has a dropper seat post with a trigger to adjust the seat while you ride, so you can adjust for uphill or downhill riding. It's got a carbon frame, making it super light - only 26 pounds.

What parts of this bike are custom?
The entire bike is custom; I bought the frame with the fork and added every other piece, all from different brands. The most significant of these components are the handlebars, the cranks, the 29-inch I9 wheels, and the SRAM X11 drivetrain.

What is your favorite spot to ride?
The Wilton Town Forest is my favorite local spot, but overall, Highland Mountain in New Hampshire.

What will be your next purchase for this bike?
It's perfect! It needs nothing.

How much time do you spend working on your bike?
I spend about a half hour a week cleaning, tuning, and making minor adjustments. I ride a few times a week so I always try to make all the necessary adjustments to keep it in good shape for the next ride.

How long have you had this bike and how many miles have you ridden?
I built it in September of 2014 and have put about 200 miles on it.

 

Cannondale F29 5 (2014)

 

Type: Cross Country

Owner: Evan Tobey

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What do you love about this bike?
It has a lockable fork; when unlocked it gives full use of the front suspension, but I can lock it when climbing to stiffen the suspension and climb more easily. The Lefty fork also allows a tire/tube change without removing the wheel.

What parts of the bike are custom?
Nothing is custom; it is very enjoyable right out of the box and ready to rip!

What will be your next purchase?
I'd love to get a fat tire bike next, such as the Specialized Fat Boy, so I can ride in the woods year-round.

What is your favorite spot to ride?
Locally I like to ride Bennets Farm State Park in Ridgefield, but overall my favorite spot is Ascutney Mountain in Vermont.

How much time do you spend working on your bike?
I spend about an hour a week making adjustments.

When did you get this bike and how many miles have you ridden?
I got it in September 2014 and have ridden about 300 miles.

 

Foundry Auger (2014)

Type: Cyclocross

Owner: Mike Horton

(We don't have this bike in stock, but a very similar bike that we do carry is the Cannondale Super X.)

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What do you love about this bike?
I love that I can ride this bike to work but also use it on gravel and dirt trails. (Although they have dropped bars like a road bike, Cyclocross bikes are made for trails and races on flat-to-rolling, off-road terrain). It has disc brakes, a high tire clearance, and an all-carbon frame, so it's super light.

What parts of this bike are custom?
I added new handlebars, stem, and saddle to give the bike a better fit and make it more comfortable.

What will be your next purchase for this bike?
Nothing! It's complete and doesn't need any additions!

What is your favorite spot to ride?
The Housatonic Valley Rail Trail in Trumbull.

How much time do you spend working on your bike?
I give my bike a weekly 20-minute check-over to make sure everything is tuned up and good to go.

How long have you had this bike and how many miles have you ridden?
I've had it since October of 2014 and I've put around 2,000 miles on it.

 

 

Specialized Stump Jumper 29er Elite FSR (2015)

 

Type: Trail Bike

Owner: Shane McCabe

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What do you love about this bike?
The full suspension is great; FSR is Specialized's patented full suspension system. One of its key features is an inertia valve that senses the movement of the trail but not of the rider, which reduces pedal bob. It has 29-inch wheels which help the bike keep its speed up.

What will your next purchase be for this bike?
The next addition to this bike will be a new wheel set; I would love to get Stan's Flow rims with Chris King hubs.

What parts of this bike are custom?
The bike doesn't have any custom parts... yet!

What is your favorite spot to ride?
Huntington Park in Redding.

How much time do you spend working on your bike?
I haven't had this bike long enough to need to do any work to it, but it took about an hour and a half to build.

How long have you had this bike and how many miles have you ridden?
I got it in April of this year and have put around 80 miles on it so far.

 

Specialized Demo (2014)

 

Type: Downhill

Owner: Eric Gance

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What do you love about this bike?
This bike is made to perform on steep downhill runs. The rear shock is by Öhlins and is a crossover from motocross; the suspension is easily tuned to the rider's size, riding style and track.

What parts of this bike are custom?
Everything! I started out with just the frame and added all the other components. I just ordered a new set of 26-inch wheels from Industry Nine; staying with 26-inch wheels for hitting big jumps and drops in the bike park. While most downhill bikes come with a 1x9 drivetrain, I put a 1x10 on mine.

What will your next purchase be for this bike?
My next addition to this bike will be new Bladerunner pedals from Deity, which have excellent grip.

What is your favorite spot to ride?
Highland Mountain in New Hampshire.

How much time do you spend working on your bike?
I spend about an hour every two weeks making minor adjustments and tuning.

How long have you had this bike and how many runs have you done?
I got it in November of 2014, and I've ridden about 45 runs.

 

Specialized P1 Steel (2010)

 

Type: Dirt Jumper

Owner: Christian Friberg

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What do you love about this bike?
I love that it has a rigid fork and not a suspension fork. Apart from being more technically difficult to ride, it's also faster than using a suspension fork.

What parts of the bike are custom?
I have grips from Specialized and a seat from Nice.

What will be your next purchase?
I'm thinking about getting a downhill bike, most likely a Specialized Demo.

What's your favorite spot to ride?
I like riding at Highland Mountain, but I spend more time riding the pumptrack and dirt jumps that I built with my friend in his backyard.

How much time do you spend working on your bike?
I periodically adjust the chain tension and true the wheels, but apart from that it's bulletproof!

When did you get this bike and how many miles have you ridden?
I got it in the summer of 2011, and this is my fifth season riding it.

 

Santa Cruz 5010 Carbon S (2015)

 

Type: Trail Bike

Owner: Greg Newkirk

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What do you love about this bike?
It's a light travel bike, so it doesn't have too much travel for cross country riding, but it's still nimble enough for technical terrain. It's got a dropper seat post that I can adjust while riding, and I can also adjust the rear suspension depending on the terrain. The rear suspension is the Fox Float CTD, and I can switch between climbing, trail, and downhill.

What parts of this bike are custom?
Nothing yet!

What will be your next purchase for this bike?
I plan on getting carbon handlebars and carbon wheels to make it lighter, and the wheels will also help make it stiffer.

What's your favorite spot to ride?
Huntington State Park in Redding.

How much time do you spend working on your bike?
It's too new! I haven't had to work on it at all yet.

When did you get this bike and how many miles have you ridden?
I got it in April of this year and have probably put about 50 miles on it.

 

Specialized Demo (2013)

 

Type: Downhill/Freeride

Owner: Will Maxwell

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What do you love about this bike?
It has long travel, which is great for downhill; the Cane Creek double barrel shock and Rockshox Boxxer fork provide more than 200 mm of travel. The drivetrain has a narrow-wide chain ring with a SRAM XO rear derailleur, which allows the bike to be ridden without a chain guide.

What parts of this bike are custom?
Everything is custom; I started with just the frame and added every component. My favorite addition to this bike is probably the LG 1+ crank set from E13; they're purpose-built for downhill and very resilient.

What will be your next purchase for this bike?
New 26" wheels from Industry Nine.

What is your favorite spot to ride?
Highland Mountain in New Hampshire.

How much time do you spend working on your bike?
I work on it after every ride for about 30 minutes.

When did you get this bike and how much have you ridden it?
I got it in the spring of 2013 and have gotten three great seasons out of it so far.

 

 

 

Our bike shop staff is a team of dedicated experts who can help you find the perfect mountain bike for your style of riding. We sell top brand mountain bikes, from cyclocross to park bikes and everything in between. Our mechanics can help you customize your bike any way you want, and are always here whenever you need a tune-up or a repair.

 

 

 

Teach Safe Cycling

06/02/2016


Last year we gave you the top tips and tricks for teaching your children to ride, and this year we want to zero in on making sure they stay safe on the road! The same safety precautions apply whether they are riding in the backyard, local trails, or around the neighborhood streets. When children learn biking safety at a young age, these guidelines become second nature to them, ensuring that they continue to practice safe cycling throughout their lives. We've put together a few of the most important rules to follow to make sure your little cyclists continue to stay safe and have a great time!



Always Wear a Helmet:

  • Be sure your child's helmet is the right size: tight enough that it can't be pulled up or twisted around when buckled securely, and big enough that it covers the child's forehead.
  • On the off-chance that your child does have a crash that impacts the helmet, it is mandatory that you replace the helmet right away. Helmets are considered a one-time use product, and after they have been heavily impacted once, they are no longer safe to use.


Check the Following Features to Ensure a Safe Ride:

  • Brakes: make sure they are working properly.
  • Tires: check that they have plenty of air, and the correct PSI.
  • Bolts: the seat, handlebars and wheels should be screwed on tightly.


Additional Safety Tips:

  • All the kid's bikes we sell come with reflectors, but it is wise to also use a taillight even during the day to be sure that drivers are aware.
  • Be careful of loose pants and shoelaces, which can get stuck on the chain.
  • Riding barefoot or in flip-flops is not very safe, so be sure your child has a good pair of sneakers.



Kid's Bikes for All Sizes

If you're shopping for your child's first bike, or need to go a size up from last year's, here is a quick guide to our kid's bikes and the different sizes we offer. Kid's bikes are sized in inches based on the wheel size. Be sure to always have your child sized by a professional here in our bike shop; riding the wrong size bike can be very unsafe. Once your child has outgrown a 24" bike, it is time to move on to adult bikes!

 

Cannondale

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Trail 16"   |   Trail 20"   |   Street 24" (also available: Trail 24" and Race 24")

 

Specialized

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Hot Rock 12"   |   Hot Rock 16"   |   Hot Rock 20" Single Speed (multi-speed options also available)   |   Hot Rock 24" (cross country, street, and Rip Rock fat tire options also available)

 

Balance Bikes - 12"

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Strider   |   Specialized Hot Walk

Safe Summer Riding

05/01/2016

 
Rumor has it that temperatures will be higher than average this summer, and it is important to remember when heading out on your bike that safety comes first! There are several steps you can take to make sure you are good to your body when biking in the heat. We've come up with a list of guidelines to follow when biking in hot weather to be sure that your body and mind stay healthy and happy.

 

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The Golden Rule: Stay Hydrated!

Electrolytes offer the essential minerals that your body needs to continue working hard. You naturally lose electrolytes when you perspire, so adding electrolytes to your water bottle will help you work harder and recover faster. We carry Clif Shot Electrolyte Hydration powder, GU Hydration Tablets, Skratch Labs Hydration Mix, and Generation UCAN Hydrate Electrolyte Powder. Always drink water before and during your ride to stay hydrated. To keep your water cold on a scorching day, we recommend the 23 ounce Purist Insulated water bottle from Specialized.

Listen to your Body
New technology can help you zero in on what your body is trying to tell you when you're riding in the heat. Certain Garmin watches, such as the Vivoactive, 520, and 1000, can monitor your heart rate and maximum exertion level. If your heart rate goes up significantly, or you start sweating harder, it's a surefire sign that you should slow down the pace a little bit. In addition, if you stop sweating completely, it might be a sign of heat exhaustion, and you should stop to rest up and drink water.

Adding Layers Can Cool You Down
You might not think to add extra layers in the heat, but adding a moisture-wicking base layer will help your skin stay cool and dry. These layers are like tank tops (wear them under your bib and your jersey), and are generally made of polyester that will pull moisture away from your skin so it can evaporate faster. We have sleeveless base layers from Pearl Izumi and Castelli. Castelli even makes a base layer called the Active Cooling Sleeveless that offers additional cooling properties, thanks to the ProSecco ICE fabric.

 

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Shield your Eyes
Since high heat is often accompanied by bright sunlight, it's important to have a good pair of shades that will protect your eyes from the effects of the sun. Oakley has a brand new lineup of lenses called the Prizm that are made for specific sports and environments. There are two lenses for biking, the Prizm Road and the Prizm Trail. The Road enhances your vision in bright light and in shadows, so you'll be able to spot changes in the texture of the road. The Trail enhances reds and browns so you can notice roots, rocks, and other terrain whether in bright light or shadows. We carry several different frame choives for the Prizm Road and the Prizm Trail.

Eat Right for a Better Ride
Don't fill up on heavy foods prior to your ride; you can get all the fuel you need from a smaller meal that is high in nutrients, such as a protein shake and a bar. With lighter foods in your stomach, your body won't have to work as hard on digestion, and can focus more of its energy on staying cool. Try a Clif bar or a Generation UCAN SNACK bar, which contain a slow-releasing carbohydrate called SuperStarch that produces longer-lasting energy by releasing the carbs into your body slowly instead of all at once.

 

And remember, the earlier you leave for your ride, the cooler it will be and the less time you will spend riding in hot temperatures! Now get out there and enjoy the warm weather!


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The Bicycle Commute

04/26/2016


Our state is known for having beautiful back roads, as well as paved trails in the woods and coastal views. Instead of sitting on a slow-moving highway, you could take advantage of these opportunities to take a beautiful bike ride to the office! This year, Bike to Work Day is May 20th, but the entire week of May 16th-20th is Bike to Work Week. Biking to work helps the planet by saving fuel, and the health benefits are endless, giving you increased energy and allowing you to get your workout in while you commute. Your first ride to work might seem a little daunting, but biking to work is easier than you think. We have compiled a list of common questions, with feedback from members of our staff who regularly commute via bike!

 

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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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2016 Spring Bikes

02/28/2016


We're tuning our bikes and mapping out our routes in preparation for an amazing season of riding ahead! The new lineup for the 2016 bike season is arriving daily and Cannondale truly stood out this year, with re-designed frames that were shockingly light and new features that were unexpected and innovative. They've taken their racing bikes and given them a major facelift, and also introduced a brand new bike to the lineup that is truly unique. Read on to decide which new C'dale you just can't live without!

 

 

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CAAD 12


We're excited to introduce the newest member of the CAAD family, the CAAD 12! According to Cannondale, the CAAD 12 is the most sophisticated, highest performance aluminum road bike ever made. It's lighter and stiffer than many elite carbon frame bikes out there. 170 grams have been shaved off since the CAAD 10, and the frame has been ergonomically designed for added comfort up-to 50%.

 

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Super Six EVO Ultegra


This bike has been redesigned to be lighter, stiffer, and faster--everything you want in a racing bike! The frame has been reconfigured to be smoother and lighter, while also undergoing an increase in stiffness. These improved features have amped up the comfort, efficiency, acceleration and speed, making for an impressive ride.

 

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Slate


Last year we were raving about Specialized's new Diverge, and this year we have something to be equally excited about--the Cannondale Slate! Similar to the Diverge, the Slate is a full-blown road bike that has impressive off-road capabilities. With 650b wheels and big 42c tires, you're getting the exceptional grip of a big tire with the speed and handling of a small road bike tire. It even has suspension, with 30 mm of travel in the lefty Oliver fork. Cannondale brand ambassador Tim Johnson referred to the Slate as the "swiss army knife of road bikes," because it can truly do it all.

 

 

 

 

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