Wednesday, May 30, 2012

See the 2012 Gary Fisher X-Cal at Schellers Cycling in Louisville




Jesse Roberson from Scheller's Fitness and Cycling introduces us to the 2012 Trek X-Cal Mountain BIke. Redesigned for 2012, the shop employees rate this best in class. Rock Shox fork specially made for Trek with GT offset

Monday, May 28, 2012

Bike shop Clarksville, IN: Top Ten Bike Dangers- #5 Red Light of Death

This is part of a series from Schellers bike shop Clarksville, IN  drawn from the website Bicyclesafe.com about staying avoiding the most common car-bike collisions.#5 Red Light of Death
You come to a stop to the right of a car already waiting at a red light or stop sign. They don't see you. When the light turns green, you go forward, and they turn right, right into you. Even small cars can miss seeing you in their blindspot, but this scenario is especially dangerous when it is a bus or truck that you're stopping next to. An Austin cyclist was killed in 1994 when he stopped to the right of a semi, and then it turned right. He was crushed under its wheels.


How to avoid this accident:

Never stop in a car's blind spot. Simply stop behind a car, rather than to the right of it, as in the below diagram. This makes you easily visible to traffic on all sides. It is impossible for the car behind you to miss you when you are directly in front of it.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Bike shop Louisville: Top Ten Bike Dangers- #4 The Wrong Way Wreck

Schellers bike shop Louisville brings you a report on the most common collisions from the very well researched website Bicyclesafe.com.

You're riding the wrong way (against traffic, on the left-hand side of the street). A car makes a right turn from a side street, driveway, or parking lot, right into you. They did not see you because they were looking for traffic only on their left, not on their right. They did not expect that someone would be coming at them from the wrong direction.
Even worse, you could be hit by a car on the same road coming at you from straight ahead of you. They had less time to see you and take evasive action because they're approaching you faster than normal (because you're going towards them rather than away from them).

How to avoid this wreck:

Don't ride against traffic. Ride with traffic, in the same direction.
Riding against traffic might seem like a good idea because you can see the cars that are passing you, but it is much safer to ride with traffic.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Bike shop Louisville: Top Ten Bike Dangers-#3 The Crosswalk Slam

Schellers bike shop Clarksville, IN is presenting a series of biking safety posts from the excellent website Bicyclesafe.com. These tips could save your life!
You're riding on the sidewalk, so you cross an intersection at a crosswalk, and a car makes a right turn, right into you. Drivers aren't expecting cyclists in the crosswalk, and it's hard for them to see you because of the nature of turning from one street to another, so it is very easy for someone to get hit this way.  This collision is very, very common.  One study showed that sidewalk-riding was twice as dangerous as road riding, and another study said it's even more dangerous than that.

How to avoid this collision:

1. Use a headlight for maximum visibility. Many places this is required by law at night.
2. Slow down. Slow down enough that you're able to stop completely if necessary.
3. Its generally wise to avoid the sidewalk. There are exceptions to this when the sidewalk is very long, not requiring you to cross the street, and there are few pedestrians.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Bike shop Louisville: Top Ten Bike Dangers- #2 The Door Prize

This is part of a series our bike shop in Lexington is doing on how not to get hurt or killed on your bicycle, from the website Bicyclesafety.com. A driver opens their door right in front of you.  You can't stop in time, and run right into it.  This kind of crash is more common and more deadly than you might think:  It's the second-most common car-bike crash in Toronto, and the #1 crash Santa Barbara. The folks at Bicyclesafe.com have compiled a huge list of cyclists killed by car doors opening. Defensive cycling prevents tragedies.

How to avoid this accident:

1. Ride further to the left! As talked about in the first post, riding to the left prevents a number of the most common cycling collisions. Many cyclists feel nervous about moving to the left because of traffic passing them, but it is the safest place to ride.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Best Value Home Treadmill at Schellers Fitness & Cycling in Louisville


Best Value Home Treadmill
If you are looking for a home treadmill to fulfill all your home fitness needs, look no further than the 2012 AFG 3.1.  Priced under $1000 the AFG 3.1 has all the features and benefits you need at a price you can afford.  As you explore speeds up to 12 mph and inclines up to 15%, you'll love the 3.1's comfy, elastomer-cushioned, 55- by 20-inch deck, its sturdy frame and its 2.75-HP motor. The easy-to-use console delivers motivation, feedback and entertainment with several programs (including intervals, hills and custom courses), contact heart-rate monitoring and an iPod holder, input jack and speakers. And, you can easily fold up this treadmill to store it out of the way when not in use.

Get Those High School Athletes in Shape this Summer with Schellers Fitness


Home Fitness for Your High School Athlete

Summer is approaching and now is the time to motivate those teens to get serious over the summer about there fitness.  Since the mid 1980s treadmills have been gaining popularity as a tool to increase speed for power sports like football, soccer, and basketball. Research has proven that running uphill on a treadmill can increase the muscle activity in quads, glutes, & calf muscles. And with virtually no impact, treadmill training is not only effective in increasing speed and agility, but is extremely safe. Help your high school athlete improve their mechanics, increase strength and conditioning, and overall begin the new school year in top-notch shape without even leaving home.  

Get ideas and check out a few great treadmill workout plans in Fitness Magazine by CLICKING HERE.

May Fitness Sale at Schellers Fitness & Cycling in KY & Louisiana



Get those summer bodies in shape by joining in on our May Fitness Sale.  Steeply discounted prices means you get the equipment you have been dreaming of right inside your home.  Home gyms save time and energy allowing you that daily work out in the comfort of your own home. 

ENDS May 27th
CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR ENTIRE SALE
  Vision Fitness R2050 Recumbent Bike

reg. $899
SALE $799



Life Fitness 
X3 Elliptical 

reg. $3,099
SALE $2,799



True Fitness  
PS 300 Treadmill 

reg. $3099
SALE $2,899



Life Fitness
 
G7 Gym  
W/200 lbs Steel Weight Stack 
 
reg. $2,999
SALE $2,799




Schwinn Airdyne   
AD2  

reg. $599
Sale $399 

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Bike shop Louisville: Top Ten Bike Dangers- #1 Right Cross

Schellers bike shop Clarksville, IN  brings you a series of biking safety posts from the excellent website Bicyclesafe.com.
#1: The Right Cross

This is the most common way to get hit (or almost get hit).
A car is pulling out of a side street, parking lot, or driveway on the right.  Notice that there are actually two possible kinds of collisions here:  Either you're in front of the car and the car hits you, or the car pulls out in front of you and you slam into it.
How to avoid this collision:


1.
Get a headlight, for maximum visibility.

2. Wave. Waving is sometimes easier for a car to see than an oncoming bike, so if you need to, grab the driver's attention this way.

3. Slow down, so you have time to get the driver's attention or stop if necessary

4. Ride further left. While many cyclists ride to the right because it feels safer, riding to the right puts you in the danger zone for a number of the most common accidents.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Bike shop Lexington: Intro to Rollers and Trainers

If you are getting serious enough about cycling that you can't afford to let a little sleet or a hurricane get in your way, or if you want to have controlled training conditions for a customized workout, its time for you to check out our bike shop Lexington rollers or trainers. These are devices that allow you to use your bicycle in a stationary position indoors.
The basic difference between rollers and trainers is that trainers usually attach to the frame of your bicycle so you do not have to balance.
Rollers require that you balance the same way you have to to ride down the road. Imagine your bike sitting on three rolling pins- two for the back wheel and one in the front. Some riders use rollers because they require you to physically stay balanced, using proper form.
Rollers and trainers are recommended for warming up and cooling down, as you can easily control your intervals without external conditions, so even when the weather is pleasant, you can use them daily to optimize your riding.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Bike shop Clarksville, IN: We buy bikes!

Did you know every Schellers bike shop (Clarksville, IN, Louisville, Lexington) purchases gently used, name brand bicycles and fitness equipment?
If you are one of our long-standing customers who has some equipment you aren't using, if you have a bicycle you've outgrown, or just too many bicycles for one stable, let us know.
You do not have to bring your equipment in! All you have to do is take some photos of the equipment in a well-lit area, or with a flash , and fill out the form on our website. You name your price. If we are able to buy it, we will let you know.
If you are looking to purchase a bicycle or fitness equipment and don’t have a lot to spend, consider used equipment at a retailer like Schellers. Your money goes further on good used equipment than on cheap big box store items.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Bike shop Lexington: Scott reveals meals that let him lose 333 lbs


Our bike shop Lexington spotted this article in TwinCities Business magazine, interviewing Scott Cutshall, who lost 333 lbs through cycling and eating a special meal plan- but he does not call the changes he made a diet. The goal was lifelong health, not to be a certain weight.
He explains how he researched what a person needs in terms of essential vitamins and nutrients, and included all of it in his meals, which are the same each day. Indulgences include daily shot of espresso and glass of wine. Cutshall said he never tires of the menu, as it was designed to include "everything a human craves. There are things that are hot, cold, salty, creamy, chewy, spicy, savory, and crisp."

Breakfast: 1 organic banana; 1 bowl of vegan soup (vegetable stock, dried herbs, rice noodles, pepper sauce, lime juice); 1 espresso — approx. 250 calories
Lunch: Homemade hummus on pita wrap with pan-seared Portobello mushrooms, alfalfa sprouts and mustard; water to drink — approx. 400 calories
Dinner: "The Mega Salad" (1 to 2 pounds of organic romaine lettuce, 2 organic tomatoes, 1 medium bunch of organic spring onions, organic garlic powder, pepper, Caesar croutons); Newman's Own "Lighten Up" Caesar dressing cut 50/50 with water; cup-and-a-half of pasta w/red sauce; 1 glass of wine — approx. 600 calories

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Bike shop Clarksville IN: Amazing results of learning on balance bikes

Balance bikes are one of our big sellers at our bike shop Clarksville, IN. Have you heard about balance bikes like Strider? These bikes are replacing training wheels and tricycles and toddlers are not looking back!
The balance bike allows children to safely experience the real balance of a bicycle. As they develop the balance in steering and posture, they gradually rely on their legs for balance less and less. These bikes have kids riding much earlier, with fewer spills, and instill great confidence in little riders. Check out this video to see youngsters taking them over boulders, jumps, and BMX track. wow!
If you want to check out Strider balance bikes in the Lexington, Louisville, or Clarksville, IN area, come into one of our shops. We are happy to let littles try em out.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The secret to bike shop Louisville success

Our bike shop Louisville was recently rated #1 bike shop in the CityVoter Louisville A-List.
We so appreciate the great feedback we get from our customers!
We think that our customer service commitment is a big part of what has made us successful. Our warranty policy guarantees that our bikes, no matter what their price, will be high quality enough to handle normal riding conditions. You might be surprised how many stores cannot make this guarantee. Most big box stores, for example, only offer slightly lower prices, but the quality of the bikes they carry is notoriously poor. Even our lowest-priced bicycles are made well with quality components.
We offer a free early-use tune up on all new bicycle purchases. This is a comprehensive service covering adjustments to all major and minor systems. So don't forget to come in for your free early-use tune-up within 30-90 days of buing your new bike.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Weight loss wisdom and inspiration from cycling blogger Scott Cutshall

At our bike shop Lexington we love to hear how bicycling and fitness have changed people's lives in positive ways.
When Scott Cutshall, blogger at Large Fella on a Bike was told by his doctor that he was on death’s doorstep, he got a bicycle custom-made to bear his near-500-lb frame. For the first 2 months, he didn’t ride it for fear of breaking it.  Slowly, he built a routine of cycling daily and changed his eating habits radically. Now, he says, "Everything I do, from the time I get out of bed, is a lead-up to being on the bike. I'm connected to it, big time. It's not love, but it's huge. I wouldn't be here without it. That bike is a piece of me."
After a few years of cycling, Scott had dropped more than 300 lbs, though he was never competing to be “biggest loser”, he just wants to be healthy. "It's not about a goal weight. I'm just doing what's healthy for my body, and the results will follow."


Friday, May 4, 2012

Why bikes are great for fitness

Many folks walk into our bike shop in Lexington with the goal of getting in shape. Bicycling is a great fitness activity. Studies have shown benefits of cycling include reduced risk of heart disease, lowered blood pressure and cholesterol, and stress reduction. Cycling may also be used as the exercise component of a weight loss plan with great results. In order to reap the weight loss benefits, you will need a riding routine designed for this purpose. Bicycling is low-impact fitness. Low-impact fitness is recommended for all body types, ages, and fitness levels. Many people who cannot run for exercise, can ride a bicycle easily and pleasurably. If you are overweight, the non-weight bearing nature of cycling can mean greater stamina in your workout routine as compared to something like walking. Even if your mobility is limited, cycling can offer freedom of movement that give people joy and a sense of accomplishment. There are bicycles available for all sizes of people, there are also adaptive designs that are available for people with physical limitations: recumbent bikes, hand cycles, walk-through design, and adult tricycles. Cycling tones the stubborn areas of the body- the butt, thighs, waist, hips. A professional bicycle retailer can help you maximize these benefits, by assisting you in finding the right bicycle for your body type and that it is fitted so you get the most exercise benefit.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Bike shop Lexington: Three Surprise Warm-up Tips

Scheller's bike shop Lexington reveals 3 secret tips about warming up.
1. Less is more
A study released last year showed that the standard 20 minute warm-up routine used by cyclists caused fatigue, and a shorter, less-strenuous warm-up routine produced better peak power output.  
2. Do it inside Riding through busy intersections, across uneven surfaces, through throngs of people, and inclement weather can really reduce the effectiveness of your attempts to warm up at the beginning of your ride. The continuous, controlled warm-up you get inside on a stationary trainer is more effective, and is preferred by many racing cyclists.
3. Intermittent is better than continuous When you pedal continuously as hard as you can and really get your heartrate up, you may feel like you are getting a better warm-up, but evidence points to the contrary. Continuous exercise tires us out , and before we can even perceive it, performance is affected. Instead, try a warm-up of 20 second high intensity pedaling, followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated for 8 cycles.