Fat Biking 101: 7 Gear Essentials for Your First Ride

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You've probably noticed an increase of people talking about fat biking the past year or two. With the increase of groomed winter trails, and new gear options that makes riding in the snow more of a pleasure, it's no surprise why more people are falling in love with the sport. Heading out for your first ride on the snow might seem daunting- we've broken down a list of essentials to get started. Get out, be safe, and have fun!

1. Fat Bike

While your regular mountain bike will probably do okay on hard packed snow at the beginning and end of the season, you will notice that a proper fat bikes make a HUGE difference when riding through the snow. Consider attending one of our demo days, or taking out of the demo bikes from our shop and see the difference for yourself. Check out the upcoming demo days at the bottom of the post.

2. Proper Layers

Effective layering is essential when heading out to exercise in the winter. Start with a synthetic base layer, an insulating layer (fleece or down depending on the temperature), and top with a water proof/ windproof layer. While keeping your core warm and dry is important, you will also want to take care to properly protect your extremities. Thick socks, warm gloves, and a thin insulating cap under your helmet will also help you stay warm. And lastly, don't forget to take care of your face and eyes

3. Pogies and Gloves

Keeping your hands warm will be one of your greatest challenges on the winter trails. There are several types of bar mitts, or pogies, to consider- from fleece lined, down insulated, or neoprene. Having an extra protective layer over your gloves will make a big difference for comfort. 

Come check out our selection of bar mitts in the shop

Come check out our selection of bar mitts in the shop

4. Gaiters, Shoes, and Pedals

If you'e ridden in through the snow, you've noticed how quickly your feet can get wet and cold. Many riders decide to use flat pedals and warm hiking boots for winter riding. If you prefer to use clipless pedals in the winter, be sure to purchase some insulated shoes with cleats that you will be able to clear snow out of easily. Warm wool socks and gaiters will also help keep your feel warm, dry, and comfortable. 

6. Insulated Water Bottles

To keep your water from freezing on the trail, carry warm water in an insulated water bottle. Be sure to also choose food and snacks that won't freeze.  

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7. Emergency Kit

Along with the basic first aid kit and bike tools that you usually carry in your pack, you will want to bring a few additional items with you in the winter. Bring a few chemical toe/hand warmers, a good headlight, a space blanket, and a fire starter. 

Come out and ride with us!

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Holiday Gift Guide

At Bingham Cyclery, we believe that the best gifts are one that inspire adventure, encourage us to be the best versions of ourselves, and bring us together with the people we love. From bike bells to indoor trainers, we've got the perfect gift for that special someone on your list. 

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Gifts Under $15

Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer? How about a little something to let the avid cyclist in your life to let them know you’re thinking about thinking about them? From tools to treats, we’ve got you covered.

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Gifts $20- $60

Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for a loved one, or drew a secret Santa name for somebody in the office you don’t know as well- nothing brings joy quite like a gift that catalyzes adventure.

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Gifts $75- $280

At Bingham Cyclery, we believe that the best gift is one that enables you to be the best version of yourself. Whether it’s the perfect tool for long days on the trail, or encouraging the person you love to carve out time each week for a ride with friends, these gifts can be the most meaningful.

Bike Sizing

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Hydration PackTrainer, and more!

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As you can see, your last minute Christmas shopping just got SO much easier! Stop by one of our four locations or visit our online store to get what you need... just in time! 

Bikes for Tykes 2017

On the morning of the Bikes for Tykes giveaway, volunteers scrambled to organize the sea of bikes that were selected by size and color for each child on their list. Bingham's mechanics and a few volunteer mechanics walked around doing a final inspection of each bike- replacing tubes, pumping tires, tightening pedals, and adjusting headsets. Other volunteers scurried around, making sure each detail was perfect before welcoming children and their families. 

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All of these volunteers have been brought together through a collaboration between Bingham Cyclery, WomenMTB, MTB Enthusiasts of Utah and the Bicycle Collective that began last year. They wanted to find a way to build the confidence of the youngest members of our community by enabling more children to ride bikes. Last year the Bikes for Tykes giveaway was such a huge success that they decided to extend the program to the children in Ogden as well. 

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Getting Kids on Bikes

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Learning to ride a bike brings independence, and owning a bike brings responsibility, two important skills necessary to becoming a successful adult.
— Raeshell Sutherland
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Raeshell Sutherland, the founder of WomenMTB, a local non-profit focused on getting more women on bikes, believes that riding a bike is a childhood rite of passage. We've all heard the research about exercise and fitness being an important factor for physical health, mental acuity, and emotional well being.

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Researchers at Stanford have even shown that riding a bike can be a powerful contributing treatment for children with ADHD. But Raeshell also believes that "learning to ride a bike brings independence, and owning a bike brings responsibility, two important skills necessary to becoming a successful adult." 

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Our Volunteers, Donors, and YOU

By working with Bingham Cyclery, WomenMTB, and Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective, Raeshell was able to organize Bikes for Tykes again this year- giving away nearly 100 bikes, helmets, water bottles, and locks to the children in our community. Clint Watson, from Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective, supplied bikes and helped find the right bike for each child. Bingham Cyclery designated Bikes for Tykes as our feature charity, and was able to raise over $750 in retail stores, and provided locks for each bike.

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Children are the future of any community. Strong, healthy, active children, mean the same type of society.
— Raeshell Sutherland
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Several of Bingham Cyclery's employees donated their time, working on bikes, or welcoming families at the event (or like Michelle from our Ogden location who organized and oversaw the Ogden giveaway), or getting things ready months before (like Sandra Escareno who designed the Bikes for Tykes logo and donated her photography skills). Local Bingham ambassadors (like Brooke Froelich), organized giveaways and advertising on social media. 

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Rae would call herself a "nag," but she was the glue that held the project together, while she worked to recruit and manage volunteers, reached out to donors, and oversaw and orchestrated the fundraiser.

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Our Community

Really, our donors made Bikes for Tykes possible. We raised close to $3,500 for the program this year! Our community was so excited and supportive of helping get children on bikes- we even had donors from across the country. Raeshell thanks all who helped, saying "Children are the future of any community. Strong, healthy, active children, mean the same type of society. Teaching a child to ride a bike gives them the opportunity to learn life skills, and gives them a positive passion or, if nothing else, a healthy past time that gets the outside in the sun, instead of in front of  a screen."

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At the end of the day, Rae believes that "more than anything else, childhood should be fun and mostly carefree. What better way to accomplish this than bussing around on two wheels?"

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Thank you to all who donated, volunteered, and brought love to the children and families in our community!

 

 

Brent | Employee Spotlight

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Location:  

If you need someone to put a smile on your face go find Brent in our downtown Salt Lake City location.

Dream Bike:

2018 S Works Tarmac Dura-Ace DI2

Current Ride:

Expert Roubaix Ultegra DI2

Experience:

I got started in the cycling world 30 years ago when a friend of mine invited me to ride a charity ride with him.  That day I rode a Specialized Hardrock on a 50 mile road ride and came in 2nd out of 10 friends I rode with because I didn’t want any crap about not being able to finish.  I enjoyed it so much I kept riding.  10 years ago I retired from being a regional director at Red Robin and decided to get paid playing with bikes.  I started working at a shop in California which I managed for a while then moved to Utah and started working here at Bingham.  I really love working in bike sales because I feel like I have the opportunity to touch people’s lives and change them for the better.  There is nothing more gratifying than sharing riding experiences with other riders.  My reward is seeing the smile on peoples faces when they walk out with a new bike or a tip that I can provide to make their next ride even better.

Why I Love To Bike Where I Live:

The thing that really gets me charged about cycling in Northern Utah is the amazing back country roads at my disposal.  The roads are wide open, the scenery and places you can go are just phenomenal.  The hustle and bustle in California was inescapable so the fact that I can get out on a rural road and go for miles without seeing another person is very special.  Sometimes I think those that I ride with get tired of me always commenting on how lucky we are to be in this moment with each other.

If you want to get to know Brent, you can find him at our Salt Lake City shop. Stop by and say “Hi” or join him on one of the shop group rides.

Calvin | Employee Spotlight

When you walk into our Sunset shop you will always be greeted with a smile.  But there is one smile that stands out from the rest and that belongs to an awesome High School MTB team member named Calvin.

Meet Calvin Otto (because he has a rad middle name) Thompson, his passion for bikes emanates out of him and he shares it with every customer he helps in our shop.  

Location:  

You can find Calvin on the sales floor at our Sunset location most days of the week.

Dream Bike:

Stumpjumper Expert Carbon 650b

Current Ride:

Salsa Horsethief Carbon 29er

Experience:

I’ve been riding since I was 8.  In 2015, I was the High School Mountain Biking Cross Country State Champion.  I will start racing Enduro this fall and I am super stoked! This is my first position in a bike shop and I love sharing my knowledge and helping customers find their perfect ride.

Why I Love To Bike Where I Live:

I love the variety of terrain in the area. We have everything from nice and flowy trails to technical and rocky descents within a 20 min drive of anywhere.  Riding gnarly trails is my favorite and the stoke in the MTB community is off the hook.  Plus, riding in our fly Bingham Cyclery kits is always a great bonus!

If you want to get to know Calvin a little better and see more of what he is all about you can check him out on social media or better yet, stop by the Sunset shop and introduce yourself.

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MTB Changed My Life | Megan's Story

We'd like introduce you to Megan, another fellow MTB sister who grew up on a bike, took a break, then jumped back into it later in life. Her story captures the essence of why we all love riding bikes and how it can make our world a better place.

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My name is Megan Van Gundy and Mountain Biking Changed My Life.  I have lived in Utah my whole life and have been riding bikes since I could walk.  I have always had a love of cycling and it just became more passionate when I got into mountain biking.  

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I Was Hooked!

"The Thrill of just being on a bike in the mountains is good, but to be on a bike in the mountains with other people who love the same sport I do is beyond words."

Last summer I discovered WomenMTB on Facebook and after my first group ride with them I was hooked.  The thrill of just being on a bike in the mountains is good, but to be on a bike in the mountains with other people who love the same sport I do is beyond words.

Mountain biking allows me to challenge myself both physically and mentally in a way that I never thought possible.  When I’m on the trail and I come to a hill that I have to climb I tell myself, “I can do this!  I’ve got this!” then I proceed to accept the challenge.  When I’m on a descent I have to constantly remind myself to stay in control and not to let the thrill of going fast down a mountain distract me from being safe.

I recall the first MTB clinic I attended with the WomenMTB as well.  It was with this clinic that I learned how to mountain bike.  I learned how to corner, where my body position should be when climbing and descending, and my seat post position when climbing and descending, among other skills.

I have always been known for my bubbly, outgoing personality.  Towards the end of the summer last year, my parents made a comment that they had noticed that I was happier and more bubbly than normal and wanted to know what was different.  When I told them all about my mountain biking adventures and how much fun I was having that’s when I realized how it changed me.  I enjoy socializing and learning from others and getting outside is a bonus.  My aunt says that I have even influenced her to get out and ride.  She has a special bike that is custom made for her and all though it isn’t a mountain bike, she gets out and rides as much as she can.  She isn’t shy about sharing her adventures with me and is always pushing herself to try harder and get better at riding.

I can’t thank WomenMTB and Bingham Cyclery enough for the rides and support.  I want to specially thank Raeshell Sutherland and Angela Wright for their support and love of mountain biking.  Thanks.

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Mothers Day for Cycling Moms

I know, you are thinking what we all have been thinking the last week.

'How on earth do I find a gift that represents how much I love her?'

We are here to help.  Here is a little list of awesome goods that the mom in your life will LOVE brought to you by Sandra the marketing guru at Bingham Cyclery and mom of 4.

$25 and Under at Binghams

Here are a few gifts I have gotten in the past that were completely amazing, useful, and won't break the bank. 

Tire Levers: These are a fantastic and every cyclist needs a good pair.  Mine are Lime Green and I got my mom some Hot Pink ones for her birthday.  The fun colors make for a great gift and the price of $3.49 it would be silly to pass them up.

CO2 Pump: Something that I just can't live without in my MTB backpack and my road saddlepack is a quick way to fill up a new tire instead of spending 20 minutes with a tiny hand pump.  If she doesn't know how to use one you can give her a bonus gift by attending one of our shop clinics where our team can teach her how to use her new pump and change her tire!

Water Bottles:  You can find our water bottles on line but if you want something super special check out our selection of custom bottles in each of our shops.  They are fun, stylish, and she will be grateful for the hydration on her ride.

As a side note, these would make a great 'container' for some of the other smaller items we have in stock as well!

We have plenty of there things in this price range that would make wonderful gifts, like multi tools, tubes, gloves, and socks these were just some of my favorite picks.  They make great stand alone gifts but are also easy to pair with other gifts.

Accessories

If your mom already has all the mandatory items for cycling you might be looking for something a little more fun and we have what you need!

Cycling Chicks Jewelry:  This stuff is just gorgeous and super creative.  You will find everything we cary in bright pink boxes near the checkout at our Ogden and Sandy stores.  They are hard to miss and as a mom pining for one of my own I can safely say if she likes bikes she will LOVE something from this collection!

Hats:  It doesn't matter if I've just been cruising pavement or getting dirty on the trail, I usually don't want to be seen with helmet hair.  Hats are a total life saver and if you have one that looks good you won't mind running a few errands on the way home.  We have a huge selection of hats online and in all of our shops.  Come find one that your mom will love! I personally love the green and grey combo on this one.

 

Clothing

Every girl wants to look good, especially when we are working hard and sweating our guts out. That last part might just be me but oh well.  We have some wicked sweet Items in the clothing department that I'm sure your mom needs!

Fox Ripley SS Jersey:  This is by far one of the comfiest jersey's I've ever ridden in and its cute enough that you can get away with wearing it around town.  We have them in stock at the stores and online.  Bonus points because it's actually on sale right now!

Binghams 2017 Kit:  This is just gorgeous!  it is super comfy fabric and the chamois is hands down the best around.  Plus, you can't get much better than having one of the most popular local trails on your flashy new kit!

While you are at it you might just need to grab yourself one because they are that awesome! We have bibs, shorts, and 2 different styles of top in women specific kits.

Bikes

The Holy Grail of Mothers Day gifts would be a new bike!  At Binghams Cyclery we have bikes to fit everyones needs.  We have amazing commuter bikes, fast and comfy road bikes, tandem bikes, and mountain bikes that rip up the trails.  So find out what the mom in your life is looking for and come grab one for her at Binghams!  Here is a list of a few that you might want to have a look at.

Alibi: This rad ride is great for commutes, especially considering that it has a tire your mom will never have to worry about getting a flat on.

Ruby: This road bike is not only sexy its totally comfortable.  The new technology from specialized makes this bike a dream to ride.

Rhyme:  If the mountains are calling this bike just might be the ticket.  The suspension is killer and if you want a little more fun you can go with the 6fattie version that feels like a Cadillac.

This is by no means an extensive list of what your sweet cycling momma might like for Mothers Day so swing by one of our shops and have a look around.  We have a little bit of everything that anyone who loves bikes would want.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angela | Employee Spotlight

This year we really want you to feel like family when you walk into one of our stores.  Really, we do.  Without our amazing customers we wouldn't be able to do what we do so we decided to let you get to know us a little better.  A few times a month we will be doing a little employee spotlight so you know us when you come in!

To start off with we would love to introduce you to our fearless leader Angela Wright.  She is a rockstar on the road, on the dirt, and in the store.  She keeps us moving forward and is in the process of bringing fabulous things to our cycling community.  Here is a little info she provided for us to share with you!

Location:  

Everywhere but most often the Salt Lake City store, she runs this place!

Dream Bike:

S-Works Camber 29

Current Ride:

Ruby Expert, S-Works Stumpjumper 650b, Epic HTAlibi Sport

Experience: 

I've been riding bikes for 25+ years and can positively state that they have shaped every major aspect of my life. My first job was at a bike shop at the age of sixteen and have lead bike tours, wrenched on a cross-country tour, and stayed connected ever since.

I also love building community. I'm a current board member of the Salt Lake Valley Trails Society where we are actively working to get more trails built in the valley, advocating for trail usage, and creating long-term, sustainable maintenance plans.  I believe wholeheartedly in supporting non-profit organizations in our community and have created a formal giving program that benefits those who support our focus areas. I am proud of the work we've done building the Bikes for Tykes program alongside WomenMTB, Mountain Bike Enthusiasts of Utah and The Bicycle Collective where we raise money to get underserved kids on bikes. Last, but certainly not least, my heart sings when we get more women and girls on bikes! That's why I've made a point to support the Little Bellas program here in Utah which is expanding beyond it's Park City program to include Draper in 2018; have partnered with WomenMTB to create women's mountain bike clubs where women can come together, ride bikes and build community; and have made a point to create and support women-specific clinics to bolster confidence and to bridge introductions to new friends. 

Why I Love To Bike Where I Live: 

For the same reasons that I LOVE where I live! Access to the mountains and desert and hundreds of miles of single track, dirt roads, paved roads and wilderness. It's genuinely hard to beat. Add in some great friends (both new and old), my cool 4-year old daughter, and we've got a recipe for an amazing experience. As a Utah native who moved away for almost a decade, there's no where else that I'd want to live (well, unless someone wants to transport me to Europe for a few years... but I'd always come back home!). 

If you want to get to know Angela a little better and see more of what she is all about you can check her out on social media or better yet, stop by and introduce yourself.

Bike Bucket List: Bob Saffell

The MTB and Gravel world has no shortage of bucket list events, events that sell out in minutes, events that require lotteries, events your co-workers ask you if you have done once they find out you ride bicycles. Most of these events take at least 5 hours to complete some take 12+. The common theme I try to share with people is that, if you have one of these events on your calendar, there are many ways to be prepared, hire a coach, or don’t, ride your bike, a lot. Rest, a lot. Race, a lot. Wait, what? Yes, RACE, a lot. We have so many options in Utah for dirt racing there are so many options. The InterMountain Cup, The GRO Races, The MidWeek Series, The Weekly Race Series, The Mt Ogden Series, The Wild Horse, etc…  Participating in these events will help you prepare for that MTB Stage Race, That Dirt Road Race in the Sky, That P2P Race in PC or whatever floats your boat. Racing multiple times before these big events will help you in the below ways;

  1. Racing is way better than intervals, always, forever.

  2. Racing helps you work out bike position and preferences, Riding fast is NOT the same as racing.

  3. Racing often helps you alleviate the race day nerves.

  4. Racing often helps you work out and refine your pre, during, and post race nutrition.

  5. Racing often gets you out there, pushing yourself and meeting like minded fools.

Keep your eyes peeled to the Bingham Cyclery Peak Fasteners Facebook page, as we will have a presence at most of these events, come hang out with us, pre ride with us, hit group rides with us.

Bikes are Fun

-Bob

Editors Note: Bob Saffell is the captain of our Bingham Cyclery-Peak Fasteners Team and an all-around good guy.

 

Community: January WomenMTB Clinic

Last year we made some steps to bring about a whole new chapter to the Bingham Cyclery Family.  We have started working together with the WomenMTB club to strengthen and grow the community of female cyclists in Northern Utah.   This past week we had the opportunity to host the first of many events specifically to help women grow their knowledge and love for biking.

 

In January we were honored to have Rae Sutherland the brains behind the WomenMTB club and one of our Wasatch Women Club group ride leaders bring Christine Dern in to teach ladies basic trailside maintenance like changing a flat and fixing a broken chain.  They also shared lots of tips on what to carry in your pack ideal psi for your ride and tons of other great info.

Christine Dern raced downhill in 2005 then stopped, started back up again in 2011 through 2013, she went pro in 2011. She was Utah rider of the year in 2011 in the Cycling Utah Magazine. She has raced in Peru.  She is the bike ambassador for And She's Dope Too. She works for Competitive Cyclists and also is a brand rep for 5.10. She races for Rude Boys. Lives and breaths bikes, skis and dabbles in much more.  

Rae Sutherland has raced a handful of enduro races. Won, "queen of the mountain" title at her second ever enduro race in Washington State. This just means she was the fastest overall female time in the longest leg of the race. She has been riding as long as she can remember and is certified as a MTB coach through PMBIA (Level 1 Certified). 

We are so excited to continue working with WomenMTB on future projects and hope you will all join us!