Bikes

Road | Mountain | Hybrid | BMX | 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! 

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.

 

 

 

 

Youth Mountain Biking Season Sign-ups!

01/30/2016

Join the Fairfield County Youth Cycling Team this spring for an all new mountain biking season! Organized by CCAP and sponsored by Outdoor Sports Center, this team centers around teaching kids the essential skills needed to learn mountain biking techniques and safety. Participants will flourish by competing in a team-based setting and traveling to regional and local cycling events. 

 

The spring season for the junior mountain bike team is three months long, beginning in April and running through June. The cost for the three-month season is $299, which includes a team jersey, a USAC Junior Racing license, and supervised practices by USAC & USAT-licensed coach Clare Zecher. Practices will be held twice a week at Cranbury Park in Norwalk, starting April 2nd, 2016: Wednesdays from 4:00- 5:00 PM, and on Saturdays at 4 PM when it is NOT a race weekend. Kids ages 9-18 of all riding levels are welcome! 

For more info, please stop in our bike shop, or contact Program Director Karen Franzen at Karen@ctcyclingadvancement.com or   Click here for more info & to register

Learning to Ride

11/20/2015

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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New Farrier Road Bikes for Kids

07/18/2014

Cycling is unique in the world of sports; it's something you can do for your entire life. Cycling is low impact, keeps you in shape, and is a great way to see new places. Cycling is also the perfect way for the whole family to get out and enjoy the outdoors. We now stock Farrier road bikes for kids, so the family can enjoy longer rides together.

Slayer650bIn the past, manufacturers have built kid's bikes to be similar to mountain bikes, with upright geometry and limited gearing. With a traditional geometry, kids won't move as far for the effort that they put in, so they end up struggling to keep up. Many kids need a miniature road bike so that they can join their parents on longer rides.

Slayer243We're used to getting the question all the time, "Do you carry road bikes for kids?". The problem is that very few companies make them, and the bikes out there have been either too expensive or poor quality. Farrier Bicycle Works makes bikes that are priced fairly and built with quality components. 

Slayer650b3With quality kid's road bikes from Farrier Bicycle Works you can go on a ride with the family, and the bike won't be holding your child back. Farrier bikes are light, fast, and built for the long haul. 

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