It’s a bit of a general goal to set, but hey, some things in life are just that simple. You just want to spend more time with your wheels rolling and we absolutely understand that. This is an especially tricky time of year when it comes to getting quality time with your bike. The days are short, nights are cool if not cold and dark and many of your regular riding companions may be in cycling hibernation. We have just the tips you need to get and stay out!
Tip 1: Join a Group Ride
Pretty much all the bike shops and cycling clubs offer a selection of weekly and monthly rides so finding one that fits your style and schedule should be a snap. For example, your favorite people, right here at Infinity Bike Shop, currently offer 3 weekly and one monthly ride.
Every Thursday evening we set out from our Hibiscus shop down to the Turkey Creek Preserve for a little mountain bike adventure. We don’t let the short days slow us down, bring lights and join us for an adventure on the trails at night!
Every Friday morning we kick off the day with Easy E’s Coffee Creep. Join Earl & Biron for a mellow, 1-hour beachside ride to recover or loosen the legs up for the weekend rides. They ride up to Starbucks for a coffee along the ride.
Every Sunday morning we roll out for a somewhat laid back, 25 mile, C+ ride from our beachside shop. We ride south to the blinking light on A1A and roll back.
The Last Sunday of every month is our All Levels Ride. No matter your skill or fitness, you are welcome to join in the fun.
Another benefit of joining in a group ride is that you’ll get to know more like-minded cyclers like yourself. This means you’ll be more likely to be "in the know" about desirable upcoming events, small groups looking to venture outside our regional bubble for a cycling adventure and *gasp* even the occasional hash ride. Who says you can’t add a little fun and debauchery to your cycling New Year’s Resolution?
Tip 2: Commute to Work
Let’s face it… for most of us, our cars are a lot of steel doing a lot of work just to haul our bag of bones to and from the office. Cut it out and hop on your bike instead. With a little adjustment you’ll have plenty of space for your lunch, laptop, wallet, morning coffee, etc. and with an inexpensive set of lights you’ll be ready even on the nights when the boss asks you to work a bit later than usual. Not only will you save on gas, you’ll shave a little off your a**.
Tip 3: Lighten Up
Are those dark, creepy nights keeping you off the roads and trails? We have just the solution! Proper head and tail lights will not only help you see what’s up ahead, but it’ll also help drivers spot you along the roadside. You’ll also want to consider donning a lighter jersey while you’re at it. We know just the spot to find all the bits and pieces you need.
Tip 4: Change Your Routine
Maybe you save your ride time for after work. Perfect to clear your mind after a busy and stressful day. Sure, it would be great if you could do that all year long, but with the shorter days it can be tricky (if you don’t want to invest in lights). Instead, consider getting out before work. The roads and trails are especially quiet in the morning hours and watching the sun come up can be a pretty amazing sight over the river. Not so sure about waking up early? Bring your bike to work and roll out at lunch instead. Any time on the bike is a good time if you ask us.
Tip 5: Sign up for Computrainer
Looking for a challenge without the risks of the roads at night? Join us beachside for our computrainer classes. This is the perfect way to build up fitness in the “off season” while enjoying the adrenaline of friendly competition. This year promises to be even better as the system has been upgraded to include real video with real riders. Woohoo! Phil will even wag the cowbell at you to cheer you on ;)