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Cycling Gift Ideas for Dad

Cycling gift ideas for Dad at Yorktown Cycles

Day in and day out he works hard to provide for the family, always putting the family's needs before his own. This Father's Day, show him just how much he means to you. Skip the tie (y-a-w-n). Resist the same-old gift card. We live in amazing times, so why not give a gift that reflects that? No matter what your budget is, we've got incredible cycling gifts that Dad is sure to love. Our list of favorite cycling gifts for dad includes:

  1. Hydration Bags and Backpacks $30 - $60
  2. Multi Tools and Bike Repair Stands $20 - $150
  3. Bike Computers and Heart-rate Monitors $30 - $200
  4. New Puncture Resistant Bike Tires $40 - $120 a pair
  5. Clipless Pedals and Shoe Combination $160 - $300
  6. Jersey and Cycling Shorts $60 - $300
  7. Kids Trail-a-Bike $150 - $250
  8. Cycling GPS Map App for Smart Phone Free - $20
  9. Light and Durable Wheel Set Up-Grade $200 - $600
  10. An Awesome New Road Bike! $700 +

Best Road Bike Upgrades

Bang for your buck Road Bike Upgrades

 

One of the best parts about cycling is that you can get an entry level bike and be on the road in no time without being forced to make a huge investment. However, it probably won't be long until your addiction to cycling grows and you begin to wonder what road bike upgrades will give you the biggest bang for your buck. Whether you're looking to make your bike faster, more comfortable, or even just a little more unique, we've got you covered with the biggest bang for your buck road bike upgrades. We've got everything from less expensive quick fixes, to large investments that can make a huge impact on your ride.

 

Upgrade #1: Tubes ($3-$15 each)

Do tubes really make a difference? They sure do! There are two types of tube material - butyl or latex, with latex being both lighter and more supple meaning less rolling resistance. Latex tubes are a bit more expensive, and more subject to punctures, but the reduced weight can make a true impact for little cost.

Upgrade #2: Cables ($3 - $30)

One of the least expensive upgrades, and often forgotten, is a new set of cables. A new set can be a quick way to improve braking and shifting performance. Cables should be replaced once to twice per year, depending on how much you ride and in what conditions. We would recommend higher quality cable with stainless steel or coated inner cables to ensure the biggest bang for your buck.

Upgrade #3: Bottle cages ($5 - $75)

Your bottle cage is another upgrade that can often get overlooked, but can make a significant impact. Think about switching to a carbon cage that will reduce weight, as well as get ride of rattling and provide a secure home for much needed hydration.

Upgrade #4: Tires ($30 - $125)

Few parts impact ride quality and performance more than your tires. In fact, a good set of tires can provide almost as many performance gains as a new wheelset, without quite the same investment. A wider tire can save you up to 25% energy compared to skinny tires. Many pros ride with a 25mm tire, sometimes going as wide as 28mm as the frame allows. Make sure you also look for some sort of puncture protection as well as a smooth tread pattern.

Upgrade #5: Cassette ($45 - $220)

If you upgrade your whole drivetrain, you're looking at quite a large expense, so you may want to look into upgrading just one component. The component where you'll likely notice the biggest difference is the cassette. Your bike likely came with an 11-25 cassette; look to upgrade to 11-28 or even 11-32 to help with steep climbs.

Upgrade #6: Saddle ($35 - $330)

Your saddle is your greatest area of contact with your bike, and can be one of the biggest influencers on comfort. Make sure you get a saddle fitted to your body and your riding needs - the same saddle is not going to work for everyone. Talk to us about a bike fit - a necessary step to making any saddle comfortable.

Upgrade #7: Handlebars ($40 - $360)

The handlebars are another contact point you have with your bike. Here, the right width, thickness, and shape is even more important than material. Ask any of our associates for help in determining the right width, reach, drop, and bend for both your body and your riding style.

Upgrade #8: Wheels ($545 - $2900)

Here is where we're starting to look at bigger investments, but there is perhaps no greater impact on ride performance than a new wheelset. A good wheelset can give you faster speeds, superior handling, aerodynamic improvements, reduced weight, better durability, and much increased overall quality.

Upgrade #9: Power Meter ($500 - $2180)

Once again, a power meter is a pricey investment, but with great returns. A power meter is what is going to allow you to hone in on your training as it provides vital and objective information on your energy output. If you're getting serious about road biking, a power meter is a must to take you to the next level.

Upgrade #10: A New Bike (whatever you can fit in your budget)

You knew this was coming. Before you do too many upgrades to your current bike, consider if you'd be better served just upgrading to a new road bike. By the time you fork over the money for many of these upgrades, a new bike may make more financial sense than you think.

Every mom is a hero at Yorktown Cycles!

Great Cycling gifts for Mom at Yorktown Cycles

Let's face it - the modern day mom wears a multitude of hats, constantly juggling a multitude of responsibilities. The simple fact is every mom is a hero. This Mother's Day show your mom a little appreciation with some of our favorite gifts from Yorktown Cycles! Check out the list below!

Want to make sure mom is safe on her bike? Bring her in for a FREE safety & comfort evaluation. We will get her set up so she is comfortable on her bike and make sure that her bike is in tip top shape AND safe.*

*Price varies based on what mom and the bike needs in terms of accessories and parts.

Cycling Gifts for Mom

  1. Fun cycling socks - come check out some of the great colors & fun patterns we have!
  2. New cycling lights - from bright colors to even brighter lights, we're sure this gift will light up her face.
  3. Chamois cream - bring a little luxury and comfort to mom.
  4. Quick fix tool kit - make sure mom is prepared for mishaps on the road.
  5. Jerseys - we've got a great selection of styles, fit, color, and pattern. You're sure to find one mom will love!
  6. A new helmet - did you know bike helmets should be replaced every 3 to 5 years? Is it time for a new helmet for mom?
  7. A new bag or backpack - if your mom loves cycling as much as we do, she'd much prefer a ride friendly bag over a fancy purse.
  8. New cycling shoes - just like helmets, shoes need frequent replacing. Come check out the latest technology available in shoes.
  9. A new cycling computer - keep mom up to date with the latest technology so she can remain in tip top cycling shape.
  10. Sunglasses - a woman can never have too many pairs of sunglasses. Come check out our selection of both stylish and practical women's cycling sunglasses.

Busting Bike to Work Myths

Yorktown Cycles Busting Bike to Work Myths

Call them myths or call them excuses, we all have a list of reasons why biking to work can't possibly work in our situation. But in honor of Bike to Work month, we're here to bust 8 of those most common myths, and get rid of the excuses. We want to help show you that even YOU can make biking to work a regular habit.

Myth #1: It's not safe

One of the first concerns that is often mentioned about biking to work is the safety. It's true, biking does come with some risk, but so does every other method of commuting to work from driving to walking to taking the bus. It's true that according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013 there were 743 cyclists killed and an estimated 48,000 injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes, which account for two percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities and injuries in the US. This might seem like an alarming number until you realize that in the same year there were 4,735 pedestrians killed, which amounted to 14 percent of the total motor vehicle crashes. The vast majority of fatalities and injuries comes to drivers themselves.

The good news is that as cycling grows in popularity, there are more and more dedicated bike lanes and bike paths, as well as awareness of cyclists on the road. You can make your commute safer by following the rules of the road, wearing your helmet, and always using lights, reflectors, and brightly colored clothing to make sure you're seen.

Myth #2: You need a certain bike

Many different bikes can serve as commuters - from a hand me down mountain to a craigslist special, it doesn't take much to start commuting. Different bikes do present different advantages (and disadvantages), though, so if you're looking for a dedicated commuter, stop in and let us help you guide you through the choices.

Myth #3: You'll need to wear special clothes to commute by bike

The growth of the bike industry, as well as commuting, means the clothing options have vastly expanded. You can now apparel that is not only comfortable and practical for the bike, but will also look great in the office. Even traditional jeans can be sturdy enough with enough stretch for biking. Come on in to check out flexibly cycling apparel - it goes far beyond spandex now!

Myth #4: Commuting is all or nothing - and I can't do all

Biking to work does not have to be all or nothing. Just choosing to commute by bike one or two days a week can have a huge impact on your health and the environment. Think you live too far from work to bike there? Try combining biking with public transit - ride your bike to a train station or bus stop, or take a bus from home part of the way with your bike and then ride the rest of the way.

Myth #5: It's much quicker to drive

Hello rush hour traffic. You know those long lines of cars you get stuck parked in? Wouldn't you rather ride on past them? In many cities, it actually can be faster to go by bike due to traffic and congestion during the commuting hours. Still not convinced? Just consider the fact that you're killing two birds with one stone - you're saving time you'd need to spend in the gym later by hopping on your bike.

Myth #6: You won't be able to carry everything you need

There are plenty of options these days for transporting your stuff on your bike, from backpacks to messenger bags to panniers to baskets to seat bags...there's a never ending list of solutions we have right in our shop. We'd love to give you a tour of all of the advances in recent years entirely devoted to busting this myth.

Myth #7: Too much sweat

Ok, this myth is one that is hard to prove false. It is true that particularly during some times of the year, biking to work is going to result in sweat. However, there are solutions. Does your workplace offer a shower? Or is there a gym nearby with showers available to use for a small fee? For many people, a few wipes or wet towel and a change of clothes is all they need to freshen up for the day.

Myth #8: You can't ride in the (fill in the blank)

Whether it's the dark, or the rain, or the cold, or the heat, we all have a condition we love to throw at the end of that sentence. However, most of these conditions can be ridden in with the right tools. Be it the right clothing, the right tires, the right lights, or the right accessories, most of these conditions can be quite easily overcome. Got one you think will leave us stumped? We challenge you to come on in and see if we can't find a solution for you.

5 Tips to Increase Your Cycling Speed

5 Tips to Increase Your Cycling Speed

You're riding regularly, working hard, but you seem to have hit a plateau. You're looking for some tips to increase your cycling speed, but you're not quite sure where to turn next. Ramping up your speed is always going to involve improving your use of your body's energy systems. Here are just a few tips to help you notch up that speed.

Tip #1: Build Tolerance

Tackle hill repeats or other hard efforts that train your body to cope with increased amounts of lactic acid. Doing this will allow you to ride above your lactate threshold for longer periods of time, which will improve your climbing and sprinting. Try a workout with intervals lasting from 20 seconds to three minutes, interspersed with 30 to 60 seconds of recovery. You will want a short recovery interval to make sure the lactic acid level in your muscles stays high. Another workout method is longer 20- to 60-minute workouts at lactate threshold intensity with no recovery period.

Tip #2: Go farther

Did you know that your VO2 max is mostly determined by genetics? That means that it can be really difficult to change. However, it's high intensity endurance workouts that are going to make a difference. One popular training method is to ride just below lactate threshold for as long as possible. How do you track that? Use a heart rate monitor or power meter. At the beginning, try to maintain this intensity for 10 to 30 minutes. Your endurance will begin to increase, and then you can lengthen your workouts accordingly.

Tip #3: Riding & Resting

Interval training is one of the best ways to increase your lactate threshold. This type of training prevents lactic acid accumulation from destroying high-intensity efforts. Actually, this type of training can increase the amount of creatine, phosphate, and ATP in your system, therefore enhancing the use of some of the lactic acid.

Here's your workout tip - using a power meter or heart rate monitor to guide you, ride for 10 to 20 seconds at a pace that produces a pulse equal to 80 to 90 percent of your VO2 max. Next, ride at a lower-intensity for one to three minutes. As your lactate threshold rises, you will want to increase the work interval and shorten the recovery period. After a day of training like this, make sure you give yourself a rest day or at least an easy riding day.

Tip #4: Change things up

One of the worst things you can do - but a very common mistakes - is riding at the same speed during every workout. It's all about riding harder than you ever had before - as well as easier than you've ever ridden before. If you consistently ride at a medium-hard page, you'll just get tired without seeing the improvement you desire.

Tip #5: Get your sleep

This may seem like quite the simple tip, but it's absolutely pivotal if you're trying to increase your cycling speed. You should be getting an absolute minimum of seven hours of sleep a night, and ideally as much as nine hours a night when you're doing intense training.