Cycling in the winter is still fun

Well, winter is here. Time to put away the bike and stare longingly out the window until spring arrives. Right?

Nope! Don’t let a little snow slow you down.

Here is a simple trick: If you want to keep on biking trough the winter, adding cable ties to your tires will give you traction to get through the snow and ice. Just make sure you bundle up properly — protect your feet, hands, face and wear your sunglasses — that snow is bright!

Bike trails are best in the winter. Stay away from icy roads and traffic if you can. Of course, the right bike rack will make traveling to your local bike trails a cinch. Happy cycling!

DIY Studded Snow Tires from Zip Ties

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Biking towards a healthy Halloween

Halloween is a family favorite. And although every one deserves a treat now and then, this holiday of sugar and chocolate can pack on loads of extra calories. Adding family exercise like bike rides can help you have a healthy Halloween.

According to a report from Time, kids can bring home between 3,500 and 7,000 calories in their haul Halloween night. The same article says that a 100 pound child who consumed those sweets entirely would have to walk for 14.5 hours to work it off. That’s a lot!

So before you and your little ones dive into the treats, plan ahead and follow a few simple guidelines for the evening:

  • Have a healthy dinner: Halloween is a busy night for most. We’re lucky it falls on a Saturday this year, but typically we’re rushing home from work to get dinner on the table, kids in their costumes and out the door. It can be easy to get a pizza delivered or order take out during this crazy time, but try opting for a crock pot meal or maybe even left overs. Filling kids up with a healthy dinner will hopefully help keep them from eating more candy while going from house to house. Plus, it will give them the proper energy to get through the night.
  • Opt for walking: If the weather is less than desirable, it can be ease to fire up the family grocery-getter and cart kids from house to house. Try to avoid this if you can. Bundle up, wear appropriate clothing for the weather and have the family walk it out. Older kids who are allowed to go out on their own can even go old school and strap a milk crate to their bike. Stay active and easily carry a large load of candy!
  • Keep the favorites, toss the rest: There are LOTS of different kinds of candy being passed out to trick-or-treaters, and we all know how picky kids can be. If you’re looking to trim down the haul, have kids choose their favorite pieces and toss out the rest. If you don’t want to be wasteful, perhaps store it all in an airtight tub and enjoy it throughout the year. Having one or two pieces here and there is better than downing all that sugar in a week or two.
  • Earn your sweets: Just because kids stock up on candy Halloween night, doesn’t mean they should always have access to it. Use their loot to encourage good behavior. Do your chores? Get a piece of candy. Homework done? One more piece.
  • Exercise: Plan some family exercise to balance out the extra calories. Fall is the perfect time to go for family bike rides, walk through the park and more. Do what you can to keep kids active and make it a family affair. Of course, you’ll need the perfect car bike rack to get your family’s rides to the park.

Fall bike rides: prepare with a handlebar bag

Avid riders do not stop for rain and falling leaves. Fall is a great time to wind down a season of bicycling. This off season lends you the perfect opportunity to fine tune your entire process, but riding in the colder months usually means more preparation. Utilizing a handlebar bag on fall bike rides makes it so much easier to keep everything you need on hand.

When out on the trails or just your local residential streets during the colder months, it is important to keep a few things on you. Of course, you always want to make sure you have identification and a cell phone. You’ll probably also have your keys and a MP3 player. Once it gets colder, also try to keep a pair of gloves, fresh socks (in case you get wet!), hand warmers and an emergency blanket. It may seem like overload, but these supplies are easy to manage thanks to the Travel Pocket.

This bike handlebar bag is designed with two adjustable, clipping straps that fit over any style handlebars. A top handle makes it super easy to transport by hand as well. This multi-use bag is also great for strollers, wheelchairs and other devices. This bag unzips down the center to reveal two sides. Four zippered, clear compartments hold all of your bike ride necessities and then some.

Travel Pocket Features

  • Great for use as an overnight bag, emergency kit, and so much more.
  • Inside features four storage compartments with clear windows.
  • Transport to and from the car using top and end carrying handles.
  • Durable nylon construction is shock and weather resistant.
  • Buckle system allows you to attach the organizer inside the car.
  • Can attach to any handle bar measuring 1/4 to 4 inches in diameter.
  • Keep several pockets pre-packed for emergency situations.
  • Tubular shape makes it easy to store and transport.
  • Made in USA.

Bike storage solutions for the coming colder months

It is inevitable. The colder months are creeping in here in Michigan.

And while fall doesn’t officially begin for another ten days, the cool crisp wind of autumn is already blowing through my open bedroom window every night.

This colder weather is the beginning of lots of things, but what it mostly means to us here on the Bike Rack Blog is — you guessed it — winter storage. We have lots of great options for storing your two-wheel transportation for the winter. Whether you’re looking to keep your family’s bikes accessible, or want them completely out of the way to make space for other items, we have you covered.

Here are just a few bike storage solutions:

Motorized bike storage system
Don’t break a sweat getting your bike up and down in the garage thanks to this awesome motorized lift. The flip of a switch hoists up to 125 pounds to the top of your garage ceiling. This lift not only makes it simple to store bikes without lifting much weight, it makes it super easy to keep your ride accessible for those year-long committed riders.

Hoist bike lift
This hoist lift works in a similar way to reduce the need to manually lift the weight of your bike. This storage piece is designed to store a single bike and hoist it up with the pull of a cord, similar to the way the blinds on your windows work. Pull the rope to lift and lock the bike in place and loosen the rope to lower it again. This storage piece is super safe and designed to cinch at the top so it will not fall if you let go.

Classic wall mount
If you want to go simple, consider a classic wall mount. This inexpensive and easy to install holder is perfect for any size garage. Clear up floor space so you can keep cars tucked in the garage all winter long by using this storage piece that is designed to hang one bicycle vertically. The top hook and rail holds the front tire in place while the bottom plate protects walls from the back tire.

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Back to basics with car bike racks

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The weather is starting to cool down here in Southeastern Michigan. Long summer days are growing dark earlier and a crisp wind circles through the nights. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to pack away the bikes just yet.

Enjoy the last weeks of summer by hitting the trails on your bike. Hitch up one of these useful bike racks and get out into the world!

Car bike racks

If you’re working with a hitch, this four bike rack is perfect. Small and easy to manage, this Trailer Hitch Bike Carrier is ideal for family rides. This rack attaches to a two inch hitch on the back of your truck, SUV, car or van. The durable steel frame with powder coated finish supports up to four standard sized bicycles or up to 120 pounds. Tilt it to the side to access your trunk or cargo area.

Another great addition for truckers is the Bedrack 4-Bike Rack. This handy design is meant to secure up to four bicycles in the bed of any pickup truck. The rack extends from 54.5 inches to 72.5 inches, depending on spacer. Packed with a cable to secure inside the truck bed, this rack is ready to hit the road.

If you’re looking for something lighter, consider the Car Trunk Bike Rack. This alternative system is designed to hold up to three bicycles or a combined weight of 90 pounds. Rubber grips prevent scratches and scuffs on paint or glass. The weather resistant steel construction is perfect biking in any season.

Any of these quality car bike racks are sure to keep you connected to the outdoors and on two wheels.

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Car Mounted Bike Rack Lets You Get Away

The weather has finally started to show signs of improving! That means that maybe you will have a chance this month to get out and get some rides in. I know I have been pretty cooped up trying to cope with this winter vortex that has us all huddling indoors. Maybe you want to go on a trip and go on a destination ride – in that case be sure you have the proper car mounted bike rack to get your bicycle from point A to point B safely and securely.

One great choice for your next bicycling adventure is the Four Bike Car Bike Rack. This car mounted bike rack is a good choice for those of you that want to go on an adventure with the entire family or with a group of friends.

Car Mounted Bike Rack

What makes this car mounted bike rack so excellent is the durable construction that goes along with soft vinyl padding. That keeps the paint job on your car and your bicycles safe from scratching and other damage. The bike rack folds up nice and compact, which makes it really easy to store when not in use.

I am so happy that I can finally get out and go for a ride and really enjoy my surroundings. I tried to go on a few local rides during the worst of the winter storms, and let me tell you that those trips were a bit of a disaster. I was sliding around on the icy sidewalks, trying to avoid reckless drivers and eventually falling into an icy puddle. That put a terrible end to an already frustrating bicycle ride.

But now I am getting ready to drive out to the countryside and take in the beauty of the warm spring day. Hopefully there is enough time for the grass to have turned green and the lowers to have bloomed!


Stationary Bike For A Freezing Week

I can’t believe how cold it is! Let me revise that statement – I can’t believe how cold it is where all of you guys live! Here in Pasadena, CA it feels like a mid-summer day, with highs in the 70s. But for those of you in the rest of the country, getting all of that precipitation that we so desperately need (seriously, what is going on), it sure feels impossible to get your rides in. Instead of holing up and missing all of your much-needed riding time, look to a stationary bike for exercise!

It’s a pretty simple solution to this freezing dilemma. Since the roads are about as icy and cold as a witch’s knee, I would recommend staying indoors as much as possible. Otherwise you will end up falling over and injuring yourself. If you get too seriously injured, you may not even be able to get on this stationary bike. So just avoid any unnecessary issues and get on a stationary bike for these cold winter months.

And since it doesn’t seem like this year is a fluke and these frigid temperatures are likely to continue, I would recommend looking into purchasing a stationary bike for your home. A great choice for your home is the Recumbent Stationary Bike by Sunny Health and Fitness.

Stationary Bike

With a cost of just 200 dollars, this is a great choice for those days you just do not want to go out and face the elements. Hop on this stationary bike when it is raining, snowing, sleeting or even just for those days it is too hot and humid to go for a ride.

So go ahead and get this stationary bike so you can continue to work out even though it is just miserable out. That way us riders on the west coast do not get too far ahead of you!

Bicycle Backpack Buyer’s Guide for Any Bicyclist

The other day I was off on a great bicycling adventure across the great metropolitan area of Los Angeles, California when I ran into a very bad situation. I was starting to approach the city center when I heard a drawn-out ripping sound, a sudden weightless feeling and a small crash behind me. My bicycle backpack self-destructed. After a solid 5 years of service, this pack had simply given up on life.

I found myself in the quandary of having a whole bunch of junk, and no way to transport it. It was just a water bottle, journal, some bicycle repair tools and my electronics – but you cannot carry these items in your hand while you ride along a busy urban thoroughfare. I ran into the small grocery mart in the strip mall across the street and got a little black plastic bag – which they had in defiance of city ordinance banning plastic bags. I used the bag to carry my stuff as I headed a few miles back home.

I knew that I needed to start looking for a good bicycle backpack for my next extra-long rides, not to mention my daily commute. So I needed a bicycle backpack with ample storage space for all of the scattered items I need to lug around every day. It would be nice if the bicycle backpack would not just suddenly fall apart five years down the road. I also wanted something that looks a little stylish.

Bicycle Backpack

The Trail Day Pack ended up being the perfect choice for this cyclist. This pack is designed for active lifestyles, and includes a built in hydration station. This backpack is extremely durable and provides ample storage space. And not that I would need it in East Los Angeles – but a concealable rain cover is included with this bicycle backpack.

It makes the perfect bicycle backpack.

Cycling Accessory Storage Is Quick and Easy!

We have been discussing bicycle storage racks quite a bit for the last few weeks, and I think we have been neglecting another very important aspect of cycling. That aspect which we have ignored for a few months now is the topic of cycling accessory storage. Those that are really devoted to bicycling know that there are a lot of odds and ends that go into being the best rider you can be.

And because we have so much stuff that we need every single day in order to be safe and efficient in our riding, we need a good place to store all of that stuff. This is where an appropriate cycling accessory storage system is vital. You can spend all the money in the world on top of the line bicycle accessories, but if you do not have an appropriate place to store them they will just end up becoming as junky as a knock-off you bought in Chinatown.

So instead of allowing your expensive and treasured cycling accessories fall by the wayside, invest in appropriate cycling accessory storage. Believe it or not, it is really not that difficult or expensive to find the perfect place to store your tire pump, riding vest, spoke wrench, tool kit and all of those other vital items you need to be a great cyclist.

In fact, the 32” Bike Organizer Rail is a great choice for those looking to add some great cycling accessory storage. This compact storage rail is made from durable materials such as steel and aluminum, and has fiberglass-reinforced plastic supports. The rack includes a multi use hook, two bike racks and two equipment holds, plus an accessory bag that is perfect for catch-all storage.

Cycling Accessory Storage

Best of all, this rack can be mounted directly onto the drywall. That means there is no need to search for the studs! This is a perfect cycling accessory storage choice!

Bicycle Shipping Options – Not a Tough Task!

One thing we have not discussed lately here on Bike Racks Blog is bicycle shipping options. This is not a very common need for most people, but if you are making a move across the country or planning on having a long-term vacation in a very bike-able location, then it is a good idea to look into the various methods of bicycle shipping.

Another reason you may need to look into bicycle shipping is if you are planning on sending someone the gift of a bicycle. That can be quite difficult if they live across the country, especially if you buy it out of the box or customized from a local bicycle shop. Not everyone has the benefit of living near a top-flight bicycle shop, so if you do and want to send someone you love a bike you need an appropriate way to ship it to them safely and securely.

Luckily it really is not that difficult of a task to ship a bicycle across the country. There are a bunch of handy bike shipping boxes that make it super easy to send a bicycle through freight mail. While it will cost you a pretty penny, it is definitely worth it! Bicycle shipping boxes come in a range of shapes and sizes, so be sure to select a box that fits the bicycle you plan on shipping.

The best bike shipping boxes I have come across are the Bike Box by DBA CrateWorks. These bicycle shipping boxes are as simple and effective as their title suggests. There are no fancy bells and whistles, just sturdy materials that keep your bicycle safe from the elements of shipping. Best of all, these bicycle boxes fold down flat when not in use, so you can use them over and over without taking up a bunch of storage space in your home.

Bicycle Shipping