Thursday, December 12, 2013

Top Ten Christmas Gifts For Cyclists

Any Of These Affordable Gifts Are Sure To Please The Cyclist On Your List




Bontrager Ion 1.5
 $29.90

 Perfect affordable commuter light for improved visibility and short trips around town. LED produces 35 lumens and has a flashing or constant mode that lasts up to 80 hours!







Handy Andy Phone Case
 $24.99

Handlebar Case for small to midsized phones


Bontrager Flare 3
 $29.98

By far our best selling tail light! Very bright and a long run time on the easy to find AAA batteries. Can't go wrong with this light for all types of riding!


Paceline Chamois Butt'r and 
Her' Chamois Butt'r
 $16.99

Nothing says you care more than a concern for ones blindsides/ Help keep the ride comfortable with skin cream for the more gentle areas under your riding shorts.
Original
Her'


6 Pack of 
Clif Bars/ Clif Shot/ Clif Block
 $8.34-$11.94

Great selection of on the bike nutrition. Keep your riders moving along with food made to help along the ride.


Finish Line Wet or 
Dry Chain Lube  
$9.99

Keeps the bike running better longer, also keeps parts moving quieter so you can enjoy the ambience along the ride.


Scheller's DeFeet Socks
$9.99

The Aireator Sock is the best for keeping your feet cool and comfortable during a ride.


3 Pack Bontrager Tubes
 $26.97

Make sure your cycling friend can get home with a short supply of tubes.

Serfas Thunderbolt Tail Light
 $49.99
 UTL-6 — This USB rechargeable tail light is the brightest rear light we sell. it features a wide non-directional beam to maximize visibility from side angles. Easy to move from bike to bike with silicone attachment system. Runs 2 to 9.5 hours on a charge

Serfas True 150 Simple Light  $64.95

This USB rechargeable headlight is an affordable entry level light for off road night riding. LED light produces 150 lumens on high. Has a number of modes including flashing options.







 If you still aren't sure what to get, you can always pick up a Scheller's Gift Card in any denomination.

 

Monday, December 9, 2013

[Review] 2014 Trek 8.4 DS Does Anything You Want It To

Trek's 2014 8.4 DS is A Road Bike, Comfort Bike, Trail Bike and Recreational Bike — All In One

Many first time bike buyers and people getting back into the sport have trouble deciding between all the options available to them. Some may want a bike that is extra comfortable so they can enjoy their rides to the fullest. Others may want to get a bike that is light and efficient so they can ride back and forth to work. Still others may want to ride around town and occasionally ride a local trail. There are bikes that will fit all of these categories perfectly, and perhaps one of those is something you'd like.

Here are some great examples of bikes that are in the strictly road and strictly mountain category:


2014 Madone 5.2

2014 Rumblefish 29er Pro

2014 7.2 FX

2014 3500 Disc


All of the above are excellent bikes, built to serve one purpose: Road or Mountain.

That's the beauty of a Dual Sport Bike. Not only is the 2014 Trek DS 8.4 light and strong, it's got a load of great features for the versatile cyclist.

First and foremost is:

Comfort

Trek has constructed their 8.4 DS to be one of the most comfortable rides you will get on a multi-purpose bike. They have focused in on the two areas that are most likely to feel the bumps of the road and the fatigue of the ride: your hands, and your rear end.

SaddleThe highly versatile Evoke saddle is packed with features engineered especially for the demands of off-road riding. It's edges have been made more durable, its nose made wider (for comfort on more technical terrain), and Off-Road-specific Zone Density foam padding gives proper supportive cushioning. It's gender specific Contour Relief Zone offers extra soft tissue relief.

Don't count it out as a road saddle, though! The Evoke's light weight and Posture Specific Design make it a great choice for road riders who prefer a more upright stance.

Handlebars/Grips —On this model, Trek included ergonomic Bontrager Satellite Elite grips. They take your hand shape into account for more comfort and greater control over the bike. The handlebar and stem are oversized to increase durability and control as well.

Front SuspensionUnlike the 8.1 DS which has suspension built directly into the frame, the 2014 8.4 DS comes with a SR Suntour NRX front suspension fork, giving you 63mm of travel and preload adjustable lockout. That means you can switch from full suspension; allowing you to easily pass over bumps or curbs in the road, or no suspension; giving you the greatest amount of power transfer and stiffening your front end for climbs and straightaways.

Quality Parts and Construction

Frame Gary Fisher style Aluminum frame using a lighter, sportier version of their Alpha Gold Aluminum frame.

Hydraulic Disc Brakes — This is one of the best features of a Dual Sport Bike. 160mm rotors provide excellent braking power in all conditions — even rainy or muddy! They operate better than mechanical style brakes, and are easier to adjust. The hydraulic discs on this bike are manufactured by Haynes, their Dyno model.




Drivetrain — The 2014 8.4 DS sees a few upgrades from the 8.3 DS. It gets a Shimano Alivio Crank and a Shimano Deore Rear Derailleur. The front shifters also get upgraded from Acera to Alivio 9-speed for a total of 27 gears.

Tires — The bike comes specced with Bontrager LT3 700x38c tires, but the frame has plenty of clearance allowing you to swap for beefier (29x1.8") MTB tire without fenders. You can also mount panniers or racks easily.

All of these features can be said to make this bike the best for a variety of terrain. If you want a light bike that offers a smooth, strong ride. What else would you expect from one of the world's premier Bike manufacturers?

Come on over to any of our great Scheller's Fitness and Cycling locations. We'd love to put you on a 2014 8.4 DS and let you test ride it.

Friday, December 6, 2013

2014 Trek 7.2 FX | Bike Review | Scheller's Fitness and Cycling

City Riding, Commuting to Work, General Fitness - Trek's 2014 7.2 FX Can Do it All

As some of you are reading this, you are putting off writing your New Year's Resolutions. One of the things you may be concerned about for the coming year is your physical fitness.

Maybe you are ready to start a fitness program on January 1st. Or maybe you'd like to save some money at the pump by cycling to work one day out of the week. Maybe you would just like to take some time for yourself cruising around town, running errands or visiting friends.

Looking for something a little more serious? Click here.

The FX Line has a unique geometry that is speedy, yet stable. The tube shapes are inspired by Trek's road heritage for a lightweight ride that is fast and fun. It's a fast, fun, and agile ride that can be used for many different things.

 
Upgrades from the 7.1 FX:
– Bontrager Hard Case Lite tires
– Shimano M131 crank
– Shimano Altus/ Alivio 24-speed drivetrain
– Bontrager alloy handlebar

Other Details:
Colors - Matte Trek Black, Dark Metallic Blue (left), True Blue

Frame: FX Alpha Gold Aluminum
Fork: High-tensile steel w/ lowrider mounts CLIX Dropouts

Wheels: Formula FM21 Alloy front hub, FM32 rear hub w/ Bontrager AT-750 32 hole double walled rims

Tires: Bontrager H2 Hard-Case Lite, 700x35

Drivetrain
Shifters: Shimano Altus, 8 speed
Front Derailleur: Shimano M191
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Alivio
Crank: Shimano M131 48/38/28
Cassette: Shimano HG 11-32 8 speed
 
Components
Saddle: Bontragger SSR
Seatpost: Bontrager SSR 27.2mm, 20mm offset
Handlebar: Bontrager Low Riser, 25.4mm, 15mm rise
Stem: Bontrager SSR, 25.4mm, 10 degree 
Headset: Slimstak, Semi-cartridge bearings, sealed
Brakeset: Tektro alloy linear-pull brakes w/ Shimano Altus levers
Grips: Bontrager Satellite Gel


Come visit us at any of our great locations!  
>>>>>>>>>>See map and directions here

Scheller's Fitness and Cycling - www.schellers.com

Friday, November 22, 2013

Walk and Work with LifeSpan

LifeSpan TR1200-DT Treadmill Desk


The TR1200-DT5 Treadmill Desk is the perfect way to integrate exercise into your daily routine. It has a larger 2.25 HP High Torque motor as it has been designed for those using the treadmill desk for up to 6 hours a day. It includes a sturdy work surface measuring 46.5" wide and 31" deep to easily support your laptop, printer, computer display and other electronics devices. The large armrests create stability as you type and write and the cable slot in the desktop along with the cable tray beneath the surface provide a secure place to stow extra cords and cables from your electronic office.

The whisper-soft treadmill comes standard with two of LifeSpan’s trademark features. Intelli-Step™ counts and records the number of steps you take and displays them on the console. More accurate than a pedometer, Intelli-Step automatically detects the impact of your foot striking the treadmill belt. Intelli-Guard™ automatically stops the belt if you step off during your workout for added safety and is a major development in protecting treadmill users and those around them.

The integrated LED digital display shows steps taken, walking time, calories burned, distance traveled and walking belt speed. In addition, this new console is Bluetooth-enabled so you can connect wirelessly to your Windows or OS X computer to automatically track results while you exercise. Once you’re done walking, sync your data with your LifeSpan Fitness Club account to retain your exercise history online.

The TR1200-DT5 is a commercial quality treadmill backed with a lifetime warranty on the frame and a three year warranty on the motor.

Come by Scheller's Fitness and Cycling to see this great treadmill and much much more!

www.schellers.com

Friday, November 8, 2013

Top 5 Ways To Extend Your Drivetrain's Life

How Much Attention Do You Pay To Your Shifting Technique?




Bike parts can be expensive. It is important to learn how to use all of the equipment on your bike so that you can use it properly and get the longest life out of your investment.

An important rule to remember is to - reduce your applied pressure on the pedals during shifts. As drivetrains have improved over the years, the have been designed to shift no matter how much pressure is put on the pedals. However, if you ease up on the pressure just a bit, the shifts will be smoother and your chain, cogs and chainrings will last longer.

Here are some more tips to help keep your drivetrain in great working order:

1. Keeping Your Drivetrain Clean:

Before we even get into proper shifting, it is important to make sure you keep your drivetrain clean and tuned up to extend the life of your drivetrain. We have chain cleaners for sale in the shop that can help get your chain clean and keep it that way.

2. Every six months or so, inspect your chain and measure to see if it has been stretching.

Pick a chain pin on the top side and measure to any pin 12 inches away. Links are exactly one-inch long, so you should be able to measure exactly 12 inches between two pins. If the measurement is 12 1/8 inch or longer, it's time to replace the chain.

Related Post: See our post all about how chains are made here!

(Check Your Cogs too!)

Remember: cogs wear out at about the same rate as the chain. If you put on a new chain, you will eventually run into skipping cogs - which is at best annoying and at worst dangerous!

Remember to keep the front rings and rear cogs clean. Stay on the lookout for a post about how to clean your chain and drivetrain!

On The Road Tips:

3. Shift Before Hills:

Even though the hardest place to put less pressure on your pedals is when you are struggling to get up a steep hill. Try changing gears before the steep part of the hill so you can make the shift with out stressing the chain and pedals.

4. Front Shifts:

Remember when you are shifting the front derailleur that the chainrings are significantly different in size! This means your derailleur has to work hard to move the chain from one to the other. If you can add some finesse to this shift, you are much more likely to get a clean, smooth shift. And, you'll eliminate problems associated with high pressure shifts such as having the chain come off.

There are three or four set spots (shift ramps/shift gates) on the chainrings to make it shift. The chain (while moving forward) needs to contact these ramps to be pulled up onto or down over the chainring. It is very important to hold the shift until the chain comes into contact with a shift ramp. When the chain is under load (meaning there is force on the pedals) this is the ony spot where the chain will shift. Ideally shifting should be done with little load on the chain. When the chain is under load the derailleur will just flex and laugh at you instead of making the shift happen. When there is no load on the chain the derailleur will be able to move it.

5. Getting Your Chain BACK On:

Usually, you can shift the chain right back on the chainring if it falls off. This is usually impossible when climbing a hill, as you will lose momentum and have to stop. However, any time you are riding and you can coast for a few seconds, you can almost always get the chain back on by gently pedaling and shifting the front derailleur to move the chain toward the ring.

(When a chain comes off repeatedly, something is wrong and you should have us take a look at the front derailleur adjustment.)


Monday, October 28, 2013

Top 5 Features of the Inspire CS2 Cardio Strider

The CS2 Cardio Strider from Inspire Fitness Offers All of the Features and Benefits of More Expensive Ellipticals ... But Cheaper!


5. Stride length ranging from 12" to 15" based on foot position

4. Friction Free Electro-magnetic Resistance System means no wearing parts

3. Silent Poly V Belt Drive System provides whisper quiet operation

2. Low step through height offers easy access to seat

1. Contact heart rate sensors built into handles
 
 Inspire CS2 offers all of the features and benefits of the more expensive ellipticals found in Physical therapy offices at a fraction of the cost. Its Low Step through height, low start up resistance and biomechanically efficient pedal movement is perfect or the new fitness enthusiast looking for a comfortable piece of equipment to get started on or for the Weekend Warrior rehabilitating from surgery or injury. The CS2 is also extremely versatile in that you can isolate your upper body, and lower body. With the upper body you can focus on exercises such as bicep curls, tricep extensions, tricep pulls, and so on.

Other features include:
       - Resistance starts at ultra-easy 10-watts
       - Simple back and forth reciprocating leg movement drives through the hips to reduce knee shear
       - Computer console: Bright blue back-lit LCD display is easy to read in low or bright light
       - Computer has 8 present programs: 6 total body programs and 2 upper body interval programs


Come by a Scheller's Fitness and Cycling near you today to check out this awesome machine!


Friday, October 18, 2013

Massive 199 Bike Blow Out Sale at Schellers in Lexington, Louisville, Clarksville, and Evansville

199 Trek Bikes, 2012 or Earlier, Have to Go to Make Room for New 2013 Treks Arriving NOW!


Now would be the perfect time to buy a bike.  October of each year, our stores just can't hold any more product, and we have to move out the prior model year bikes.  If you were thinking about a bicycle for a Christmas gift or any other reason, you'll save a pile of dough by making the purchase now. 

The sale will continue until the bikes are gone.  However, there are very limited supplies, with only one or two bike of each model/size.  So the sale is limited to ON HAND inventory. 

Here is a special link to a Google Drive Spread Sheet that is not available to the public.  Only to those with the link.  This give you an advantage, so head over to the shop closest to you and secure your bike. 

YOUR SPECIAL LINK.   http://bit.ly/Treksale

We have many videos up at our YouTube channel that review the bikes on this list.  Check those out if you'd like to learn a bit more before you buy. 


Top 3 Intelligent Features of the LifeSpan TR4000i

The LifeSpan TR4000i Could Be Your Intelligent Home FitnessCenterpiece!


Rated the #1 treadmill by Health Magazine and featured in Men's Journal, the folding Home Series is a solid, durable and stable treadmill that supports serious runners. The spacious running surface is 20" by 60" (50cm by 150cm) and can accommodate extra-long strides. The coarse textured, 2.8mm thick orthopedic belt and eight compression shocks provide support, cushioning and excellent traction for more serious runners. The result? A more comfortable running surface that puts less stress on your joints. The TR4000i boasts a multitude of 'Intelli'-features like:


Intelli-Key

Patent-pending Intelli-Key smart lighting system quickly and easily gets your workout started. Each console button flashes in blue in the proper sequence during the set-up process so you can get moving, faster.

Intelli-Guard

The built-in Intelli-Guard automatically stops the belt if you step off during your workout for added safety and is a major development in protecting treadmill users and those around them. With the Intelli-Guard, you no longer have to worry about leaving your treadmill running if you have to step off to take a call. When your foot no longer continuously strikes the belt surface for 20 seconds, your treadmill will automatically pause.

Intelli-Step

Intelli-Step counts and records the number of steps you take and displays them on the console. More accurate than a pedometer, Intelli-Step automatically detects the impact of your foot striking the treadmill belt. Increasing step count is one of the foundations of the American Heart Association's recommendation for improving heart and overall health.

And if that's not enough after your workout, simply upload your workout data to the LifeSpan Fitness Club, a comprehensive online health management program that is included FREE with your purchase. Learn more at
http://www.schellers.com/product/lifespan-fitness-tr4000i-folding-treadmill-9036.htm



Wednesday, October 9, 2013

[VIDEO REVIEW] 2014 Trek X-Caliber 5 Gary Fisher Sieres Bike


Kyle from Schellers Fitness and Cycling explains the ins and outs of one of Trek's most dependable bikes: the 2014 Trek X-Caliber 5.


Trek has spent 15 years developing the rendition of the bike that it is today. It's got G2 geometry for increased handling at low speed, yet maintains stability at higher speeds. The 29" wheels and the RST Blaze front fork eat up a lot of the bumps on the road, and the Tektro Novela mechanical disc brakes with Tektro adjustable reach alloy levers will stop you even in wet and muddy conditions.

There is so much more to this great bike: You should come to Schellers Fitness and Cycling to take one for a test ride!!

www.schellers.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0yo7h8xzu4

Video Produced by Randy Kirk and Associates

Friday, October 4, 2013

Help! I'm Addicted To Cycling!

10 Tells That You Have A Cycling Addition


1. You spend more on your bike than your car

2. Only the bottom 2/3 of your legs are tan

3. Your surgeon tells you that you need a heart valve replacement; you ask if you can choose between Presta and Schrader


4. You have more pictures of your bike than yourself

5. (Guys) You actually shave your legs to gain a bit more speed. Let's not elaborate on this one.

6. When you are forced to drive, you drive with the windows open or the AC on to simulate riding your bike.

7. There are more jerseys in your closet than dress shirts.

8. Biker chick means black spandex, not leather, and a Trek Lexa, not a Harley.

9. Protein bars start to taste better than Snickers or Twix

10. You find out early on a first date that she doesn't ride a bike; and immediately try to find ways to end the date early. 

We hope you enjoyed our list, feel free to comment and add more ways to know if you are a cycling addict!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

7 Best Core Training Exercises For Cyclists

Ride Faster and Finish Stronger Than Ever!

With the weather cooling down, how great it is to have some time to focus on your core!

You know how important it is to have strong leg muscles when cycling, because they provide the most tangible source of power. If you have strong leg muscles, this is how you are able to start every ride strong and get up to a nice riding speed. Soon though, you find yourself getting back aches, and feeling tired in the saddle.



The problem is, "You can have all the leg-strength in the world, but without a stable core you won't be able to use it efficiently," says Graeme Street, founder of Cyclo-CORE, and a personal trainer in Essex, Connecticut.



Your abs and lower back are the vital foundation from which all movement, including your pedal stroke, stems. What's more, a solid core will help eliminate unecessary upper-body movement, so all the energy you produce is delivered into a smooth pedal stroke. It only takes about 10 minutes to complete this intense routine designed by Street


Dimity McDowell of Bicycling.com and Street say that if you do this routine, in this order, three times a week you will create a core that lets you ride faster, longer, more powerfully - and finish stronger than ever.



1. Boxer Ball Crunch
   

    What It Works: Transverse abdominus, obliques, lower back

A. Lie with the middle of your back on a stability ball, your knees bent 90 degrees and your feet flat on the floor. Place your hands behind your head, but don't pull on your neck.

B. Squeezing your belly button toward your spine, lift your upper back off the ball. Keeping your shoulders off the ball, trace a clockwise oval with your torso. Apply pressure with your lower back to keep the ball still through the entire motion. After 15 clockwise ovals, trace 15 counterclockwise.

Why It Works: Despite the straightforward motion of the bike, your body moves in three directions: forward as you head down the road, vertically as your legs pedal up and down, and laterally as your hips and upper body rock side to side. "This fluid, circular exercise builds control," says Street, and that helps you minimize lateral torsion and wasted motion.



2. Power Bridge

    What It Works: Hip flexors, glutes, lower back

A. Lying on your back, bend your knees and place your heels near your glutes. Arms are at your sides, palms down.



B. In one smooth motion, squeeze your glutes, raise your hips off the floor and push up from your heels to form a straight line from shoulders to knees; toes come off the floor slightly. Hold for two seconds. Keeping your toes raised, lower yourself three-quarters of the way to complete one rep. Do 20 repetitions.

Why It Works: In addition to stretching the hip flexors, often extremely stiff in cyclists, the bridge strengthens the link between your lower back and glutes.



3. Hip extension
    
    What It Works: Lower back, hamstrings, glutes

A. Lying with your hips and stomach on the stability ball, put your hands on the floor directly under your shoulders, and extend your legs with toes resting on the floor.

B. With a straight spine and shoulder blades back, as if you're trying to make them touch, lift both legs off the floor, keeping them straight. If possible, raise them slightly higher than parallel to the floor. Hold for two seconds and lower. Do 20 reps.

Why It Works: This movement builds backside strength, for added efficiency on the second half of the pedal stroke.

 

 4. Plank

     What It Works: Transverse abdominus, upper and lower back

A. Lying on your stomach, place your elbows under your shoulders with forearms and hands on the floor.

B. Lift your hips off the floor, keeping your back straight and abs tight, and rest on your toes. Aim for 60 seconds.

Why It Works: The plank builds the strength and muscular endurance you need to ride powerfully in the drops or in an aero position long after others have surrendered to the top of the handlebar.


5. Transverse Plank

    What It Works: Transverse abdominus and obliques

A. Lie on your right side, with your right elbow under your shoulder, forearm in front for stability, and stack your left foot on your right. Raise your left arm over your head.

B. In one motion, lift your hips to create a straight line down your left side. Lower your hips a few inches off the floor; do 10 to 15 reps, then switch sides.

Why It Works: Strong obliques improve your stability in the saddle, letting you take on hairpin corners with more control and speed.



6. Scissors Kick

    What It Works: Transverse abdominus, hip flexors, inner and outer thighs

A. Lying on your back with legs straight, place both hands palms down under your lower back.

B. Pushing your elbows down into the floor and pulling your belly button toward your spine, raise your shoulders off the floor and look toward the ceiling. Raise your leg 4 inches off the ground and scissor them: left leg over right, then right over left. That's one rep. Work up to 100.


Why It Works:  A comprehensive movement that connects key cycling muscles, the kick also builds inner-thigh muscles, which help you achieve hip, knee and forefoot alignment for a proper and efficient pedal stroke


7. Catapult

    What It Works: Entire core

A. Sitting with a slight bend in your knees, press your heels against the floor. Extend arms to the front at shoulder height, palms facing each other.

B. With a straight spine and upward gaze, inhale deeply, then exhale and slowly lower your torso to the floor over five counts as you inhale. Arms are overhead.

C. In one smooth movement, leading with the arms, exhale and explode back to the starting position. Do 20 reps.

Why It Works: Contrary to its name, the catapult encourages supreme body control.


 
8. Boat Pose

    What It Works: Transverse abdominus, lower back

A. Sit, resting both hands lightly behind you, and lean back until your torso is at a 45-degree angle.

B. Keeping your legs together, lift them off the floor as you extend arms forward at shoulder height. Abs are tight, as thighs and torso form a 90 degree angle. If your hamstrings are tight, you'll need to bend your knees a little. Work up to holding for 60 seconds.

Why It Works: As with the plank, this pose builds the lower-back stability and core strength needed to remain bent over the handlebar for hours, or to blast up hills without compromising power or speed



Following this regimen will give you some improvement in your core strength, riding ability and endurance. Stay Tuned to our blog for more cycling tips!



Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Cyclocross Season is Rapidly Approaching

Have Some Fun in The Rain and Mud this Fall and Winter Season

Have you ever thought about riding Cyclocross?

With the Triathlon and Road Racing season coming to an end, many of us default to the cozy indoors in wake of the colder weather. If you'd rather stay out of the bad weather entirely, we have plenty of indoor fitness products to suit your needs.

Stay on the lookout for promotions on indoor fitness products from Scheller's Fitness and Cycling!






But why train in the cold?  What too many triathletes and roadies run into late in the season is a lack of motivation.  It is easier to stay inside, not train, and overeat in light of the holiday season.  The bottom line is training requires a purpose.  Your purpose to keep training through this winter can be cyclocross. 







First, don’t fear the mud.  Yes, cyclocross can get muddy…..OK... very muddy but that is not to fear.  Falling in the mud is no big deal and the most you will suffer from a crash is a mild mannered heckle from spectators.  This sport will challenge your bicycle handling skills in a new way and make you an all around better bicycle handler.





Secondly, the cost of the equipment is nothing to keep you from getting started.  For many casual cross racers, the entry-level cyclocross bike they buy seconds as a wet weather base mile bike and then also as a commuter.  Rest assured this bike will get its fair bit of use and will save that fancy road or tri bike from the salty wet muck of early spring roads.


Come to Scheller's Fitness and Cycling to see all the products we have available in the Cyclocross category, and keep your eyes open for bike and product reviews and how-to's regarding Cyclocross.

We hope to see you soon!






Friday, September 20, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Too Many Options? Let Us Help.

Are You Getting The Most Out Of Your Saddle Bag?

There are so many different types of packs and racks and baskets and bags and pockets and zippers when it comes to bicycle accessories. Sometimes it can be difficult to gauge what size bag you will be needing. Really, it comes down to where the bag attaches to the bike, how many cubic feet it has and how aerodynamic it is.



 

Ride Essentials 


If you're the type of rider that just needs his/her ID, a patch kit and some cash, you won't be needing the 80 cubic inches of the Large 2014 Bontrager Seat Pack — you could stick to something like Scheller's own Seat Pack (32ci).




 


 

Phone Storage


Of course, if you want to store your phone in a bag, you might want to get a slightly larger bag such as Scheller's Tri Phone Pro Bag — which mounts to your top tube at the stem and has a see-through pouch so you can view your phone without taking it out of the bag! There are also systems to attach the phone directly to your handlebar, like the Topeak Dry Bag (Available at Scheller's in iPhone 4/4S and 5 specific models as well as generic "smart phone" model)





Shoulder-Holder


Maybe you like to take your bike to areas that can't be ridden through or you make it a habit of carrying your bike for whatever weird reason (just kidding) — engineers have thought up something for you as well. the Shoulder-Holder bag gives a cushion to the rider that carries his bike over streams or through non-rideable terrain. Perfect for the mountain biker, the trail rider, and even the commuter that doesn't have an elevator in his building.
Man! Stinks for that guy.


Snackers


Nutrition heads and foodies will both like these bags. They allow you to quickly access your nutrition bars, gel flask, tools, or even some cookies for the long ride. Both E-Packs easily attach to the top tube using velcro straps.

 







Speed Concept/ Triathlon
Some of you may have read this whole article waiting for the bags I'm about to mention. Thank you. No seriously.

There is a bag made for this category that actually makes you faster. It's the Bontrager Speed Concept Draft Box: offering 46 cubic inches of room to store gear and food. With integrated aerodynamics and a secure fit, it's a must-have for triathletes. In fact, the bike is actually faster WITH the Draft Box thanks to its wing shape.