Here’s Jeff breaking down the ABCs of riding. A quick and easy way to remember what to check before each ride.
A is for Air. Check out floor pumps with a pressure gauge to make things easy.
B is for Brakes.
C is for Chain. We’re partial to the Park Tool Chain Scrubber for quick and easy cleaning. Don’t forget to relube your chain.
We’re excited to announce our Trade Up Program! One of the most asked questions we’ve gotten in the past is if we accept trade ins. Until last week the answer was no. Used bikes can be tricky to appraise and often time consuming to tune up and (hopefully) eventually resell. Over the past couple of months we’ve drawn up plans, done plenty of training and partnered with Bicycle Blue Book to offer our Trade Up Program.
It’s simple, load up our Trade Up Program appraisal widget, input your bike’s make, model & year and it will list out a range of trade-in values for you. From there stop into one of our stores. A team member will give your bike a quick 10 minute once over and confirm your trade-in value. It’s all down hill from there, pick out your new bike(s) of an equal or lesser value and we’ll take care of the rest.
The Trade Up Program couldn’t have come at a better time. We just had our Santa Cruz demo last weekend and have a Giant Demo ride coming up on November 22nd at Lake Hodges. Feel the rush of the latest technology and peace of mind of trying before you buy. Come ride some badass bikes.
Even if you’ve already done plenty of homework online the most important part of buying a new bike is actually riding it. No amount of specs sheets and forum reading can compare with the satisfaction of throwing your leg over a bike and knowing that it’s the one for you.
Here’s a video from our main man at Bicycle Warehouse Pacific Beach, Mitch.
He gives a rundown of a few of his favorite items for bike commuting at night. With daylight savings time here and it getting dark before some of us even get out of work. Being ready to ride safely at night is the best way to make sure you still get time on your bike this time of year.
Nite Rider Lumina 750/Solas 40 Combo
Giant SuperLight Wind Jacket (Hi-Vis)
Pearl Izumi Elite Gel Gloves (Hi-Vis)
That’s right, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. Stop complaining about it on Facebook and get outside and ride your bike! We will let you know the best bike lights for night riding, whether you are cycling socially with friends, going on a night-time group ride or mountain biking at night. You can stay safe and have fun while riding your bike long into the night.
It is NEVER safe to ride your bike at night without proper lights. When you are dealing with traffic while riding on the road, being visible is your number one priority. Safe night riding starts with your clothing.
PRO TIP: Charge your lights the day before your night ride and have them set aside ready-to-go. If try to charge them quickly before your ride and do not get them fully charged, you might find yourself riding home in the dark. Most lights will have different levels of brightness and will last longer on modes that are less bright. So, use your high-beams sparingly!
With the days getting shorter and weather getting colder it can seem to some like there’s less time for riding.The truth is fall and winter months can be a great opportunity to see a different side of your favorite routes and trails with the right gear and preparation. Check out our list of must-haves for an awesome night ride.
Helmet-Mounted Light – many models of nicer headlights either come with or have aftermarket helmet attachments available for them. Mounting a light on your helmet will make sure the area you look at is illuminated so you don’t turn into any surprises.
Handlebar Mounted Light – a must-have for any night right, the more lumens the better. Remember all LEDs are not created equal. Cheaping out on a light today can mean buying another one sooner than later.
Arm & Leg Warmers – even if it’s warm when you start your ride the thermometer can drop quickly as the sun goes down. Arm and leg warmers stow away in a seat bag or backpack easily and are the most affordable option for keeping warm on the trail.
Tail Light – a good tail light with a blinking feature will keep you visible from behind, some up two miles away. Let your fellow riders and cars know where you are with a blinking tail light.
While some mountain bike trails close an hour after sundown lots of them are open 24 hours a day and WAY less crowded than they would be on a weekend afternoon; you’ll likely have them all to yourself.
Here’s a video about the NiteRider Lumina series of headlights, our top pick of the week. It features Christos, former Bicycle Warehouse superstar.
Bicycle Safety at Night
The #1 thing you can do to stay safe while bicycling at night is to both be seen and see your surroundings properly. Along with the lights mentioned above reflective clothing and tape for your bike can make you more visible to cars and other riders.
There are two great opportunities to ride your dream bike this coming November. Both Santa Cruz Bicycles and Giant Bicycles are bringing their demo rigs to town. Santa Cruz will have a wide selection of their mountain bikes available and Giant will have both road and mountain.
Be sure to arrive early for the best selection of bikes!
To Demo a Bike Please Bring:
- A valid driver’s license
- A credit card (don’t worry, the demo is free)
- A bicycle helmet
- Your own shoes/pedals if you prefer something other than platform pedals.
Saturday November 7th, 8AM-1PM
Sunday, November 22nd, 9AM-2PM