When we began planning our expansion we wanted to create special promotions as a thank you to all our customers and the cycling community at large for their continued support, so we stole an idea from one of our vendors and here it is - every Monday throughout our expansion we'll be rolling out super deals that will last the week and then POOF, they'll disappear. So don't hesitate.Read More
A few weeks ago we talked about why cyclists need to practice yoga. This week we are taking you a bit further, and actually getting you on the mat; we’re talking all about hip openers!
Tight hips and cycling go hand in hand, and unfortunately perpetuate each other. When you are crouched into a forward position and pedaling for long periods of time, your hips, while consistently moving, never actually go into a full extension. What happens, is your hip flexors hit a point of being over worked, which leads them to tighten up and shorten.
Like a perfect domino effect, having tight and shortened hip flexors will ultimately lead to other issues while cycling (or really, just going about your average day), such as putting you at risk for knee and back pain, as well as compromising your glutes. Compromising your glutes means you can’t put as much force into your pedal strokes. Let’s not forget that this will all affect your posture off the saddle, leading us full circle into having poor posture on the saddle.
Borrowing the examples from Yoga By Candace, we’re sharing our favorite...
Hip Openers for the Cyclist!
1 | Supta baddakonasana
You can modify this pose by placing yoga blocks or a rolled up towel under your knees to support the legs. Breathe here for 5-7 breaths. Make your inhales and exhales match in length.
2 | Fire log pose
This is a fantastic pose for the hips. Don't worry if you can't stack your knee perfectly on top your foot and vice versa - just do the best you can. Tip: flex the feet to protect your ankles.
3 | Fire log pose extension
From fire log pose, spider your fingers out in front of you, keeping your shoulder blades drawn toward one another. Breathe length and space into any areas of tension. Then switch legs, and start in fire log pose again before coming back into the extension.
4 | Single leg happy baby pose
Grab the outside edge of the foot and make sure your low back is glued to the mat. Invite your toes back toward your face and breathe 5 - 7 breaths here before switching sides.
5 | Garland pose
This can be done on flat feet or to modify, come up onto the toes. Press your elbows into your legs to open up the legs a bit more. Tip: keep your collar bones broad by drawing your shoulder blades toward one another.
6 | Pigeon pose
This works the hip flexors and also the chest which will do wonders for your posture. Puff the chest out a bit and breathe 5 - 7 breaths before taking it to the other side.
If you prefer to follow along to a video, check out her 15 Minute Hip Opening Sequence! This video is not the same as the poses above, but another great way to stretch.
When we began planning our expansion we wanted to create special promotions as a thank you to all our customers and the cycling community at large for their continued support, so we stole an idea from one of our vendors and here it is - every Monday throughout our expansion we'll be rolling out super deals that will last the week and then POOF, they'll disappear. So don't hesitate.
Are you tired of watching your Instagram feed pile up with photos of your riding pals ripping snow covered trails? Have you been wanting to try a fat bike? Well, then this deal is for you. To start our Expansion Days | Deal of the Week promo we've targeted our remaining fat bike inventory and at these prices, they'll be incredibly hard to ignore.
Once you’ve given into the fact that YES, helmets are a really good idea, you are asked the dreaded question… “So what kind of helmet are you looking for?!”
A seemingly innocent question, but for those new to cycling it can seem a bit overwhelming. Especially when a lot of shops will either have an entire wall dedicated to helmets OR stacks upon stacks of them filling up any free space you can find. So where to begin….
First off, as far as safety goes, all helmets must meet the same general requirements. Which means technically speaking, a $40 helmet will meet the same safety requirements as that $200 helmet. So why would you even consider forking out the extra cash?
Great question! While all helmets must meet the same basic safety standards, not all helmets are indeed created equally. A few main differences you will notice are the weight, fit, and ventilation of a helmet. The more money you are willing to spend, the lighter the helmet will (typically) be, the better it will fit/the more comfortable it will be, and the more ventilation you will get.
QUICK TEST! A great way to visualize the difference in ventilation between helmet models is to make a fist and place the helmet on top. The more space you see between the top of your hand and the helmet, the more ventilation you get. ALSO, a lot of base models will cut the plastic on top to make it appear as though the ventilation is better than it actually is.
My general feeling with trying helmets on is that the more comfortable it is, the more likely I will be to wear it. I feel like the #1 reason people avoid them is because they are hot and uncomfortable.
NOW THAT WE HAVE THE BASICS OF HELMETS OUT OF THE WAY, LET’S TALK STYLES!
Recreation helmets are just that. They are your basic, all around, helmet that will come in an assortment of colors, usually have a removable visor, and typically begin around $40 or so and go up from there.
Mountain helmets tend to be a little boxier, have much better ventilation than the recreational helmets, and come down farther on the sides and in the back. While designed with the mountain biker in mind, these are still a great option for the everyday cyclist and a favorite among a lot of commuters.
There a few key factors you can almost always expect from road helmets. They are light, sleek (arrow dynamic), and usually won’t have a visor. If an incredibly light and breezy feeling helmet is top of your list for important features, a road helmet is the way to go.
Commuter helmets tend to be a little more rounded, have less ventilation, and focus more on style. A lot of people reference them as looking more like “skater” helmets.You will also find that a lot of these helmets will come ready to swap out the interior as the the seasons change (i.e. a “winter kit” that will protect your ears when the temperature drops).
While there are other styles out there (full face, aero, etc.) these are what you are most likely to find in your local bike shop. Hopefully this makes that initial question a little less daunting!
What’s you’r preferred helmet style? Comment below!
It’s no secret that what you do off the bike will greatly affect how you perform on your bike; no matter what your cycling discipline is. So it will come as no shock that the argument in favor of yoga is a simple one. However, in case you need a little more convincing as to why and how it will benefit you…..
1 | Flexibility:
Yoga will increase your ease of motion, and therefore your range of motion. Flexibility will also aid in preventing injury, as well as speed up your recovery time in between rides.
2 | Strength:
Yoga allows you to work on full body strength training. Sure, weights will allow you to target specific areas, however, consistency is key and that is exactly what you get when you are relying on nothing but your own body weight.
3 | Endurance:
Yoga is all about pacing yourself. Learning how to balance mind and body, you can turn long rides, even the hard ones, into a form of meditation; committing for the long haul.
4 | Balance:
Regularly practicing balancing poses will aide in your overall sense of balance in everyday life as well as on the saddle. Naturally this will aide in preventing falls and injury.
5 | Core Strength:
Nearly every pose in yoga will work your core. Having a strong core equals a strong, supported, and healthy back. Not to mention, more strength and alignment in your whole body.
6 | Stability:
When practicing yoga, you are working all of the little stabilizing muscles that go untouched in other physical workouts. Working with and strengthening these muscles are vital in protecting your joints and spine.
7 | Recovery:
Cyclists spend a lot of time contracting their muscles, and yoga is the perfect counter action to elongate those muscles. Whether you are coming to yoga after an actual injury or simply as an injury prevention, regular practice will only speed up your recovery time.
In short, yoga will allow you to move, bend, and perform with ease, all the while giving you strength and flexibility. Again, the perfect counter action to hours on the saddle.
We’ve got more yoga tips and suggestions coming your way. In the meantime, if you have any questions or would like to add anything, feel free to comment below or shoot us message!
It's not every day someone walks a handmade frame through your front door let alone one made in Cleveland. When Craig called and told me he had his eyes on a Bringheli frame a buddy of his once owned I got excited. I'd come across frames made in Joe Brignheli's shop before - our former crew member Sean built his beautiful road machine with Joe and one of our favorite customers, Bonnie, owns one as well. But I never had a chance to do extensive work with one. And, after some serious back and forth, Craig decided he had to have this bike. I think the final results speak for themselves but let me walk you through some of the slicker features of this beautiful machine.
When Craig purchased the frame it was orange (I should've taken a photo). It was pretty much striped of badging but the lug work was impeccable. After some thought (and some negative reinforcement from us) Craig decided to powder coat the frame a beautiful robin egg blue. Then came the assembly. First we had to tap into Craig's extensive Campy collection, choosing a beautifully ridden in Record group he had chillin' in his closet. Then we went to the catalogs and picked some classic cockpit pieces from Nitto and Velo Orange to maintain that classic aesthetic. To top it off, add some Brooks bits where the body contact and voila - you have a piece of machinery that would make any bike lover drool for days.
Oh, and the cherry on top is the custom head badge made by Craig's buddy Mike. He'd kept it all these years and was kind enough to dedicate it to the project. In my opinion it completes the bike. Huge props to Craig for allowing us to be apart of his bicycle obsession - the man has taste and always builds up trick rides.
Stay classy folks.
Updated 25 January 2018 : Craig was kind enough to supply us with a photo of the frame prior to the project.
January is nearing it’s end, which means riding season is that much closer. If you aren’t out riding much these days, then you have plenty of time to start thinking about the season ahead and preparing for your best riding year yet!
We’ve compiled a list of our goals for the 2018 season to get you started with creating your own:
1 | Ride New Places.
The possibilities of adventure on a bicycle are endless. Whether you go all out and plan a whole trip around riding out west or simply picking out new (to you) local trails to hit up on the weekends, branch out. Stretch those legs and find places only your bicycle can get you to!
2 | Sign up for a Charity Ride.
An easy way to get yourself motivated to ride, even on days you think you aren’t up for it, is to set a goal. Many local rides will offer multiple distances, making it accommodating for everyone. So not only do you get to ride your bike, you get to ride with a purpose.
3 | Shake it up and try something new.
If you strictly ride road, why not give mountain biking a try? It will help build up your handling, cadence, and power. Mountain bike already? Riding road will boost your endurance. Heck, why not add a commuter to your collection and ditch the car all summer long?!
4 | Go for the distance.
THIS is the year to push through and put a few extra miles under your belt. If you usually top out at 35 miles, why not take your ride just a little bit farther? Make it an even 50.
5 | Make a new riding buddy/ or convert your non-riding friends.
Riding with people you like isn’t only fun, it holds you accountable. It gets you motivated to get out and ride no matter what. So whether you’re planning that dream route, riding for charity, venturing into a new discipline of cycling, or preparing for that grand century ride, you’ll have company along the way!
Cheers to making 2018 your best cycling year yet!
We will be closed January 22nd - 31st for our annual Winter Break.
We're hoping when we come back you'll see a slightly different shop.....
For any immediate assistance shoot us an email - we're local and always try to be here for
our people, even when we aren't here.
Have a wonderful week - stay warm - have fun.
Well, the snow is back but that doesn't mean your outdoor fun has to end. Be sure to check out the sick deals we just added to our remaining closeout fat bike inventory. At these prices, these bikes won't last long.
This sale only applies to 2017 product.
We applaud those who suck it up, bundle up, and get out on their bikes no matter the weather. The die hards who have the mentality of “there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.” But let’s be honest here. The majority of us just don’t have it in ourselves to brave the bitter cold, harsh winter wind, slush, ice, and “winter driver’s”. If the past month has been a preview for what is to come this season, we’ve still got several more months of hardcore winter. That doesn’t, however, mean you have several more months of excuses not to ride.
We are thrilled to announce that Kinetic Trainers have hit the floor, and here's why we love them...
Road Machine Smart Control - Take your indoor training to the next level with a power trainer that combines our best-in-class frame, breakthrough electronic resistance unit and data delivery to Bluetooth-connected devices for a world of training possibilities with apps like Kinetic Fit, Zwift, TrainerRoad, Rouvy, Kinomap Trainer and FulGaz.
A massive flywheel delivers super-realistic road feel and the quiet, app-controlled resistance unit simulates everything from rolling hills to alpine climbs. The Road Machine | Smart Control will reinvent your indoor training experience. When you combine this powerful platform and the peace-of-mind of the industry's best warranty, the Road Machine | Smart Control system is the smart choice for any cyclist ready to take training to the next level.
Road Machine Smart - Accurate, affordable and easy to use, the Road Machine | Smart combines intuitive app-based power training with our benchmark fluid trainer. Kinetic inRide sensor technology allows riders to connect with a world of training possibilities with apps like Kinetic Fit, Zwift, TrainerRoad, Rouvy, Kinomap Trainer and FulGaz on Bluetooth®-connected smart phones, tablets and laptops. No additional sensors or add-ons are needed. Enjoy real-road feel from the precision-calibrated fluid resistance unit and access online training tools, content and power data - all at your fingertips. All backed by the industry's best warranty.
Road Machine- The best combination of value and performance in fluid bike trainers. Quiet, smooth, and 100% leak-proof, the Road Machine is the perfect platform for all of your workout plans, from threshold and interval work to recovery spins. You'll get genuine real-road feel in the saddle thanks to our large fly wheel and precision-calibrated fluid resistance unit and the added peace of mind from the industry's best warranty.
The Kinetic Road Machine is compatible with the Kinetic Fit power training app when paired with the optional Kinetic inRide Watt Meter.
We get it. No one actually WANTS to ride inside, but sometimes you NEED to ride and when you’re stuck in the midst of this glorious Cleveland weather, going outside isn’t really an option. (Have you seen Craig’s cassette?!).
Come check out our trainers today! We can have you up and riding throughout the new year!
EVEN THOUGH THE SALE HAS OFFICIALLY ENDED WE STILL HAVE SOME INCREDIBLE DEALS RUNNING.
WHO'S READY FOR SOME SNOW?
YEAH, didn't think so. But in typical fashion we're rolling out our annual
NEVER MIND THE WINTER SALE
to keep you motivated and moving during these colder months.
<<<Plus loads more deals>>>
Sale prices apply to in-stock items only
OH, AND THEN THERE ARE THESES SICK DEALS....
To say this was the most chaotic year I've ever worked in the bike industry would fall short of the mark. It was as if someone turned the hustle meter to FULL ON once the clock struck midnight and away we went. While I won't speak for Mike, Dizz or Sean, the chaos knocked me off balance. Being in a constant state of catch-up is not a game you want to play in this industry and I went 9 full rounds. Holding it all together became the new goal and the finish line just seemed further and further away.
As some semblance of normalcy settles in around us (and I mean some) I wanted to take a moment to fill you in on some exciting news. Beginning in 2018 the foot print of Beat will begin change as we tear down our western wall and take over another storefront. Business has grown on a level I never anticipated and this opportunity will allow us to improve and add services our current space simply won't allow. We have some incredible plans on deck and you'll get to see the process every step of the way so here's a preemptive "PARDON OUR DUST".