Monday, May 6, 2013

The 2013 National Bike Challenge is Under Way

National Bike Month is off the a fast and furious roll with the National Bike Challenge and, this Wednesday marks the second annual National Bike to School Day. And it gets better - May 13th is Bike to Work Day!

Thanks to our friends at The League of American Bicyclists, we are getting all the scoop on nationwide activities that we can share right here in our area.

Healthy You... Healthy Environment

What's good for the soul and great for everyone's health? Bicycling! More biking means less pollution and healthier living. As the country fights obesity in epidemic proportions, increasing levels of bicycle usage among our youth is more important than ever.

The American College of Cardiology is also sponsoring a bike riding challenge as they encourage folks to "hop on a bike", whether it's in the open or at the gym. Just try out their Cardiosmart activity tracker and you might be eligible to win a new bike!

It's Family Time!

What's more important than a good quality bike for kids? It's really critical that the bike be sized properly for the child, and that it is fitted properly as well. It's not just the height of the bike that needs to be considered, but other kid-sized components as well, such as grip circumference.

What's hot right now? Kid's and parents are really into the Trek MT220. This bike is perfect for the 7-12 year old crowd. This is a sturdy ride, yet nimble, with a 21-speed Shimano drivetrain, making it easy for the young mountain biker to climb higher and ride further. Not to mention the great kid friendly colors.

We did a video on kids' bikes a few months ago - have another look:

Get Out and Ride!

National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. Whether you bike to work or school; to save money or time; to preserve health or the environment, riding is a great thing! See you on the trails!

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