Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Stay Safe Out There! These 10 Tips Should Help




Safety Is A Cyclists' Number 1 Priority!

(yieldtolife.org)

1. Cycling Citizenship

Along with the right to cycle come responsibilities. Familiarize yourself with all applicable traffic laws and cycling rules. Each state has its own set; be aware of them. Motorists will be much more willing to accept cyclist’s rightful place on the road if cyclists act lawfully and respectfully. Do not run stop signs or red lights or use the wrong side of the street. It is best and safest to ride single file. If you are not blocking traffic and if the laws in your state permit it, there are times it is safe to ride two abreast. However, on narrow curvy canyon roads it is always best to ride single file. Riding responsibly will do wonders towards easing tensions and fostering a more harmonious environment between motorists and cyclists.

2. Right On

It is generally either illegal or unsafe to ride on a sidewalk or on the road towards oncoming traffic. As a rule, it is best to ride in the direction of traffic, staying as far to the right as is practical. However, make sure there is room to handle emergencies and that you do not ride so close to the right that you run the risk of hitting the curb and being thrown into traffic. There are times when you simply cannot stay to the far right—whether it’s to overtake another cyclist or vehicle, to make a left turn, or to avoid a hazard. Be sure to wait for a safe opportunity and use the proper hand signals when you take a lane.

3. Join In

If you are traveling at the same speed as other traffic, it may be safer to jump in and ride with traffic; because, this may make you more visible to motorists. Joining traffic is sometimes necessary because the road is simply too narrow for both a bike and a car. It is a particularly good idea to take a lane and join traffic before an intersection to make your presence known—especially for right-turning drivers who may not see you as they start their turn.

When you do join traffic, make sure you never pass on the right. This is always dangerous, but particularly so in an intersection. By waiting directly behind a vehicle, you can see a car’s signals; otherwise, you never know if the motorist is about to make a right turn and hit you.

 


4. Use Your Head
Regardless if you’re going to the corner store or heading out on a marathon ride, always wear a helmet. Make sure it is properly fastened and fitted. (The helmet should fit snugly and not move when you shake your head.)



5. Seeing Eye to Eye

Make eye contract with drivers whenever possible. This ensures that the motorists see you and helps you assert your rightful place on the road. This “personal connection” reminds motorists that you are indeed real LIFE in need of attention and protection. Once you make that connection, motorists may give you more respect on the road.

6. The Road Straightly Traveled

Try to ride consistently and predictably. For instance, at an intersection, do not veer into the crosswalk and then suddenly reappear on the road again. Don’t thread through parked cars. With such erratic behavior, motorists will not be aware of your presence when you try to re-emerge into traffic. (Inconsistent conduct increases your chances of being squeezed out of traffic or, worse, getting hit.)

7. Playing Defense

Make sure you are always aware of your surroundings. Know what is behind you and watch out for what is in front of you. Always be on the lookout for road hazards; sand and gravel, glass, railroad tracks, parked cars, snow and slush can wreak havoc on you and your bike. Sewer grates and cracks in the road can catch your wheel and cause you to be thrown from the bike. Watch for parked cars where people may be opening doors on the driver side of the vehicle without looking. Always wait until you have ample time to make your move, whether you are changing a lane or turning a corner. Do not expect to be granted the right of way in any instance.

8. Flaunt It

Make your presence felt. Wear bright color clothing. At night or in inclement weather, it is important to use reflective lights in the front, side and rear that make you visible from all directions.


9. Helping Hands

Emergencies happen. Be prepared. Always make sure you have at least one hand on your handlebars, no matter what. Know and use your hand signals whenever you are changing lanes or making a turn.

10. Brake Away

Make sure your brakes are always in top-notch condition. Be aware of how weather and road conditions can effect your ability to brake.


Visit any Scheller's location today to take care of all your cycling needs! We'll be waiting for you!



Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bontrager Trip 100 Cycling Computer — All the feedback you need at a great price

Wirelessly Receive the Important Information that You Want to Know on Your Bontrager Trip 100 Computer.


Receive useful information such as: Speed, mileage, time/clock. The Trip 100 also has the capability to transmit other recorded features such as heart rate and calories burned, which is a great way to keep on top of your training programs. The computer gives off the vital information all in an easy to operate and easy to read display, allowing you to keep your stats under control.

The Bontrager Trip 100 allows for: Analog wireless signal, Current, average and maximum speed, trip distance and programmable odometer, clock and total ride, time with pacer, Auto start/stop, quickview, calories burned, backlight, calories burned, multi-language interface


Mounting: Universal mount
Extra Features: Unconditional Bontrager Guarantee
Notes: Included: battery, universal mount, sensor and strap, and magnet


Come to Scheller's Fitness and Cycling for all your cyclocomputer needs. We also have great bikes from Trek and Electra, as well as home fitness equipment for every use and need.

See you soon!


Monday, April 21, 2014

Trek Soon-To-Be Ready To Launch Disc-Equipped Road Bikes

Are Road Disc Models In The Very Near Future For Trek?


Thanks to large market share and the Trek Factory Racing WorldTour team, Trek is one of the most influential bike brands in the world. If they introduce disc-equipped road bikes, it's likely to have a great impact on the market and the future of road bike design.

Trek has spent some amount of time considering weather or not to implement disc brakes on road bikes, and have remained quiet about their plans for bikes in general; even to the point that they will no longer be holding themselves to producing yearly updates of bikes just for the sake of updating.

Trek was non-committal in their response when asked if they would be a disc option for road bikes. Only months ago the comment was "No disc road bikes for us right now. We are researching them, but we won't bring something to the market unless we're satisfied that it's done right."

That time could be approaching though since Chris Garrison of Trek UK has recently stated "We are working on disc-equipped bikes and Keith Bontrager is a part of that development."

With these comments in mind, it seems that the introduction of disc brakes in the pro peloton will happen much quicker that predicted, and has the capability of changing so much in the world of racing.

Even Keith Bontrager said, "The UCI could change (the rules) soon because the major component makers will have well developed systems available." He quickly added a disclaimer though, "I have no insight into whether the changes will occur at any particular point."


Thursday, April 17, 2014

If It Can Be Reached on Two Wheels, It Can Be Reached On a 2014 Trek 8.2 DS

The 2014 Trek 8.2 Dual Sport Combines Everything You Need in a Bike in One Sleek Package.



Where can you go on a bike? With the 2014 Trek 8.2 DS, the answer is "anywhere". Shimano Altus 7 speed shifters combined with Shimano- model Tourney front derailleur and Altus rear derailleur makes this perfect for the uphill, downhill, stop and go obstacle course of city riding. Bontrager LT1 tires mounted on a Formula FM21 alloy hub in the front, FM31 in the back, keep up top performance long after the sidewalk ends. And with a Bontrager SS1 saddle and two available color schemes, wherever you go on your Trek 8.2 DS, you will go in comfort and style.


The 8.2 DS combines different elements from more specific bike types to give the rider a perfect hybrid bicycle. The sturdy yet lightweight frame gives it the appearance of a mountain bike, and indeed it handles off-road with the best of them. The fork and rear dropouts are both equipped with disc mounts, making for easy modification for someone who wants to get even more all terrain performance out of this bike. The thinner wheels however, resemble a road bike and make for smooth riding on street and sidewalk alike, which is sure to delight the commuter or casual rider, and offers no problems in terms of speed or durability on longer rides. Despite their thinner size, the tires provide plenty of traction, adding to the overall versatile nature of this bike. This combination of strengths makes it a great choice for someone who needs one bike to do it all, or a beginner who still isn't sure where their journey will take them.

Want Something A Little More Road Specific? Trek's 2014 Trek 1.5 Entry Level Road Bike



Online review site The Bike Affair calls the relaxed posture and comfortable seat and handlebars "perfect for the casual rider". The Cycle Centre blog says Trek has "a winner on their hands as far as creating a good all-rounder". And Beaconcycling.com proclaims "This go-anywhere machine is road-bike fast, hybrid-bike capable, and fun anywhere." With reviews like these, it's easy to see why the Trek 8.2 DS is one of the top hybrid bikes among bicycle enthusiasts. And with a lower starting price than most of its competitors, it's one of the more affordable choices on the market, with more bike-for-your-buck than any of its compeitiors.


Come in to Any Scheller's Fitness and Cycling Location today and take a test ride of this great dual purpose bike.

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Specs:

Frame: Alpha Gold Aluminum
Front Suspension: SR Suntour NEX w/ coil spring, preload, 63mm travel
Wheels: Formula FM21 alloy front hub; Formula FM31 alloy rear hub w/ Bontrager At-750 32-hole double walled rims
Tires: Bontrager LT1, 700x38c
Shifters: Shimano Altus, 7 speed
Front Derailleur: Shimano Tourney
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Altus
Crank: Shimano M131 48/38/28 with chainguard
Cassette: SunRace Freewheel 14-34, 7 speed
Pedals: Wellgo nylon platform

Saddle: Bontrager SSR
Seatpost: Bontrager SSR, 27.2mm, 20mm offset
Handlebar: Bontrager Riser: 25.4mm, 30mm rise
Stem: Bontrager Forged, 25.4mm, 25 degree
Headset: 1-1/8" threadless
Brakeset: Tektro alloy linear-pull brakes w/ Shimano Altus levers
Grips: Bontrager Satellite Gel

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014

3 Things You Should Think About Every Time You Ride

How To Have The Most Fun Cycling in the Springtime


The warmer weather is soon to show, but don’t think that just taking off the extra layers is all that is needed to keep your bike running great this spring. Riding in the early season has some other very important considerations besides wearing fewer clothes.

Springtime mornings are cool and the temperature changes quickly, roads are dirty, and there are still fewer hours of light than in the summer. By preparing yourself against the conditions, flats, being cold, getting caught in the dark or even falling will be much less of a worry. Preparation can be done by exercising the following:

Pre-ride Bike Check

Every time you ride you should perform a quick pre-ride check. What you’re looking for are issues that could cause problems while out riding. First make sure your tires are inflated to the correct pressure. Depending on the type of bicycle you have this will be between 40psi and 120psi. If you don’t know, your tires should be marked with the correct rating, so just check close. Also, look for any cracks or uneven wear on your tires as these affect the bicycles ability to steer and hold pressure correctly. Next check your brake and shifter cables and housing. If there are frayed or cracked pieces, the brakes or shifters won’t work correctly. Also check your brake pads, if you haven’t replaced them in a while, it may be time. Finally, you want to check to be sure that the quick release levers on your wheels are in the close positions and tight.

Conditions


Weather in the spring can change drastically as you ride. Be sure to take the appropriate clothing. Morning rides start cold but end very warm, and evening rides can finish cold and dark. It is always good to use arm and leg warmers as they pack and shed easily and always have a taillight that works.

Springtime roads have been treated for 3-6 months with dirt, salt, and gravel. This can result in more flat tires, added corrosion to your chain, cables and other components, as well as dangerous gravel at corners and turns so be sure to check your bike, pack an extra tube and think out your route for each ride. The Pre-ride check will insure your bike is ready, now you need an idea of what roads to ride. Early season roads will have a lot of debris, and new potholes/bad road surfaces can exist. I like to plan out my route using a website called www.mapmyride.com, or if you want to spend less time at a computer and more time riding, call your local Scheller’s Fitness & Cycling store to find a pre-mapped or marked route.

Post-ride Bike Check


Hopefully every ride ends with that challenged sprint to the finish from the person behind that whizzed bye before you even knew there was a race, and then a small congregation after that always discusses the route and what a nice ride it was.

Once you get home and the endorphins wear off, it is always best to clean the dirt and grit off your bicycle, especially in the spring when this debris is at its worst. A clean rag or two, a cleaner, some chain lube, and some bike polish are a must, and don’t forget some cleaning brushes. Clean the key areas like the backside of the seat tube and around the rear brake with the rag and cleaner, and then again on the underside of the down tube and the front brake. If you want to get all the dirt you will need those brushes for those tight spaces around the bottom bracket and crank. Park Tool makes some great cleaning tools and some bicycle specific brushes just for the job.



The last area and most important to clean and lube is the drive train, sometimes done with an extra rag and a degreaser, but best done with a good chain scrubber. Cleaning your chain regularly will keep you from getting those grease marks on you legs and vehicle as you transport your bicycle and keep you chain quiet and protect it from wear.

After all the cleaning is done, be sure to protect your frame and parts with a bicycle polish. Simply spray the polish over the frame and spread it around with the second rag.

A shiny bike is a happy bike.

For more helpful articles, cycling tips and bike reviews, keep up with our blog! We are posting constantly about news in the cycling world, specials and more!

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Friday, April 4, 2014

[REVIEW] Hybrid Bike- 2014 Trek 7.7 FX

The Trek 7.7 FX is Comfortable and Great Fun to Ride — Any and Every Day of the Week


Two of the key features of this bike are the IsoZone Insert and the Nebula Plus Saddle with Flex Form.




The IsoZone Insert is an elastomer dampener at the top of the seat stays. And though it's not actually "suspension" the combination of the dampener and the super comfortable Nebula Plus saddle are designed for the riding position of the FX series. Throw in a carbon fork and seatpost, and you've got a comfy and road-buzz free ride.



Thanks to its light weight and elements of road bike geometry it's quick off the mark. The 105 controls are great and it's a nippy around town bike. It is an elegantly designed bike from a technical point of view and you will find that it is as good an excuse as any to get out and about on two wheels more often, whether you are off to work or just looking to burn off some calories.






Shimano R770 shifters, 105 derailleurs and a Tiagra cassette make up the drivetrain, with a compact crank arrangement making it suitable for city use when you want to pick up the pace quickly to dash away from the lights and keep ahead of other cyclists. Bontrager Race Lite All-Weather Plus tires are a step above what you will find on the more affordable models in this range, integrating a Kevlar bead in order to enhance the protection of the inner tube from all the spiky objects that can quickly end your cycling fun.


Come in to a Schellers Fitness and Cycling location today to see all the models of the Trek FX line, as well as other great bikes and accessories! We look forward to helping you onto the bike of your dreams.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

2014 Trek Lexa SLX — Something Awesome for the Ladies

Same Great Lexa Look - But Upgraded With Nicer Components Than Ever Before



 Across the frame, the tubing varies in shape and composition, you can really see this around the seat tube which makes for a compliant ride with added comfort. 

Both the Lexa SLX and the Domane bikes feature the IsoSpeed decoupler, probably their main selling point and a comfort bonus for the endurance rider too. Essentially, the decoupler keeps the seat tube and top-tube independent from one another, which dramatically reduces road buzz, vibration and shock, and makes for a very comfortable ride without affecting pedal efficiency.


And it’s not just the frame that offers a comfortable ride, the carbon-legged fork is designed to absorb more of the road shock and increases front to rear compliance. The fork is laterally stiff so you get good steering control, and the sweeping leg shape with the extra curve at the dropout minimizes vibrations traveling up the fork to the frame and rider.

The wheelbase is 3cm longer than the more race-oriented Madone WSD range. The extended wheelbase is achieved with a more relaxed head angle, longer chainstays and a fork with a longer sweep; the effective top tube length is 53cm.

The chainset is made up of high quality Shimano 105 shifters and derailleurs, with a Shimano Tiagra compact crankset and 10-speed cassette.

Another useful detail is the SpeedTrap compatible computer sensor integrated into the fork leg. Recording speed and distance is simple and no need for bulky sensors or wires either.





The Lexa range has four bikes, starting with the entry level Lexa, then the Lexa S and SL. Only the top end Lexa SLX has the IsoSpeed decoupler and Endurance Fit geometry found on the higher priced Domane bikes.






It’s easy to be a fan of the Lexa SLX. The comfort and endurance bias is obvious from the first ride, and yet there’s enough of a responsive and racy feel to make the SLX feel at home on a competitive ride too. If you haven’t tried the IsoSpeed system— put it on your to-do list this weekend.

Specs (Triple Crank)

Frame: 200 Series Alpha Aluminum, IsoSpeed
Fork: Trek IsoSpeed carbon, SpeedTrap compatible
Sizes: 47, 50, 52, 54, 56cm

Wheels: Alloy hubs w/Bontrager Approved alloy rims
Tires: Bontrager R1 Hard-Case Lite, 700x25c

Shifters: Shimano 105 STI, 10 speed
Front Derailleur: Shimano 105
Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105
Crank: Shimano Tiagra, 50/39/30 (triple)
Cassette: Shimano Tiagra 12-30, 10 speed

Saddle: Bontrager Affinity 1 WSD
Seatpost: Bontrager Approved, 27.2mm, 8mm offset
Handlebar: Bontrager Race VR-S, 31.8mm
Stem: Bontrager Race Lite, 31.8mm, 7 degree
Headset: 1-1/8" semi-cartridge bearings
Brakeset: Alloy dual-pivot

Grips: Bontrager IsoZone Microfiber tape
Extras: Fender & rack mounts