DAD, BIKE MONTH, AND THE END OF SCHOOL
June 2018 Edition
When you get right down to it, the month of June is a fairly busy month. Bike To Work Day at the end of May was the grand kickoff to the entire month of June being designated as Bike Month. Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17, honouring dads that do ride bikes and dads that don’t ride bikes. The end of June is also the end of the school year, and the start of a whole summer of riding bikes until autumn. I wish I was back in grade school. Those summer days seemed to last forever.
How often can you ride your bike in the month of June? Could you use it to commute to work or school? Perhaps use it for a short distance errand? Take the kids for a ride to the local park? The point being, we could all ride a little bit more. Be it some extra exercise, time spent with the family, a leisurely ride to gather your thoughts or a reason to beat the price at the pumps, Bike Month is a good place to start.
A very good place to start when considering riding a bike in summer is hydration. We live and ride in a very hot, humid region. Drinking enough water is crucial. It’s important to drink about a bottle an hour. We can’t stress it enough. Put as many water bottle cages on your bike as there are mounts to put them on. If your bike frame has two spots to bolt them on to, then buy two holders. Hydration packs, such as Camelbaks, hold up to three litres of water. We don’t want to hear the “well, I don’t need that much water because I’m not a professional or nuthin’.....”,
June means freedom! Freedom from the shackles of a school desk. School or no school, summer usually brings with it the eventual lament of “there’s nothing to do. I’m bored”. There will be no summer boredom this year. We have a brand new bike skills park to enjoy. The trick this year will be convincing the kids that it’s time to come home! BMX bikes are most certainly going to be in demand. We carry bikes from FIT, We The People, Radio, Fiend, Haro and GT, with prices for every budget.
Incidentally, we just held another Bicycle Maintenance Night which raised money that will be donated towards the skills park maintenance fund. Thanks to everyone who attended. Did you miss it? We’ll let you know in a later newsletter when the next one will be.
In celebration of Father’s Day, let’s take a look at a Bike Of The Month that dad will really enjoy. This is the Specialized Crosstrail Disc. Think of it as the SUV of the bike world. You can ride it on pavement thanks to it’s fast rolling tires. You can also ride dirt and gravel rail trails as well as light hiking trails due to the plush suspension fork and reliable disc brakes. The Canopy saddle comes with a soft, level three padding. Plenty of gears give you good range for tackling any terrain.
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