World Ride Nepal - October 2018

DISPATCH: Notes from the Annapurna Circuit

by Julie Cornelius, World Ride

It is a welcome respite to leave the smoggy air of Kathmandu. As we traveled to the village of Besisahar, we got our first views of the towering peaks of the Himalayas. The anticipation of being in those mountains for the next 10 days made all of us excited and anxious to start our journey.

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            The journey began with a solid day of climbing mixed with “Nepali flat” (a little up and a little down). We all settled in to our pace and marveled at the waterfalls and small villages that we passed. At the end of our first long day of pedaling, the sight of the gorgous town of Tal was very welcome. Set alongside a river, with a cascading waterfall behind town, it would have been a great site even if we had not been exhausted! Our stomachs full of daal baht and brownie (happy birthday Ashley!), we all slept well our first night.

            Day two meant more elevation gain to the small village of Chamje. We pedaled through the canyon, looking down at the crystal clear water of the river below us. We were treated to more waterfalls along the way as we climbed higher into the Himalayas. The second of two hard days of riding finished off with a warm shower, more delicious food and an early bed time.

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            Day three was more “Nepali flat” and uphill to start. We climbed up to a point overlooking one of the most beautiful valleys I have ever seen. We paused to take in the view and witness an eagle soaring above the prayer flags. We dropped down some singletrack into the valley and stopped for some egg fried rice for lunch. Another hour of pedaling brought us to the village of Manang, sitting at 11,600 ft, we were all excited to arrive knowing we would have a rest day the following day to help acclimatize to the elevation.

            Our rest day started with a short hike up above town. We stopped at a gorgeous glacial lake and hiked above it to where we got our first view of Thorong La pass (5416m, 17,769 ft). We were all a little nervous for the day we would cross the pass, not knowing how we would each handle the extreme altitude of the highest point on the circuit. The afternoon of our rest day included some entertainment in town with a traditional horse race. The horses were not close to being thoroughbred racing horses and many of the riders did not seem like they were fit to be racing either. It made for quite the spectacle and a good laugh for us.

            We woke up the next morning to a dusting of snow. We took a long breakfast and by the time we got on our bikes to head out of town, most of the snow had cleared. We pedaled and pushed our way up to our next stop, our highest tea house at Thorong Phedi, 4450m. Here, we would try to get a few hours of sleep before getting up well before dark to begin our journey up and over Thorong La. The common room of the tea house was teaming with nervous excitement from all of the trekkers staying the night there as well. We drank our share of ginger honey tea, ate what we could and turned in early.

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We began the task of pushing our bikes up and over the pass a couple hours before the sun rose. It was better to start in the dark, not only to try to beat the possible wind up high, but also so that we did not see the extremely steep trail ahead of us. The 3 mile hike-a-bike over the pass was one of the hardest things I have ever done. The lack of oxygen meant stopping to catch my breath every few steps.  I would push my bike up in front of me, hold my breaks and pull myself up to meet it. Even if we had not been above 15,000 ft, the trail would have been too steep to ride. We made it up to High Camp just around sunrise and the golden light on the mountains surrounding us made the surroundings seem surreal. I kept moving to keep warm and slowly made my way up higher and higher. I was really thankful to have Kelley to keep me company and we kept each other going, pacing our way up to the pass. When we finally saw the huge mass of prayer flags in the distance that signaled the pass, we both started crying from happiness, exhaustion and a lack of oxygen.  Only 15 more minutes of walking brought us to the pass, and the feeling of accomplishment and joy is one that I don’t know if I will ever be able to describe.

            We celebrated with a warm cup of tea and many photos with huge grins on our faces! Once the whole group made it to the top, we dropped our seats and began the descent of some pretty epic singletrack on the other side of the pass. I had to stop at one point, sit and take it all in, knowing just how much effort I had put in to make it to that point. I looked around at all of the towering mountains around me and just smiled.

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            The singletrack took us down to the town of Muktinath, a great little village in the dry, Mustang region of Nepal. We celebrated our accomplishment with beers and some Nepali whiskey and all slept very well that night.

            The following morning included some more amazing singletrack, dropping us down to the river valley. There, we were greeted with the winds we would battle all the way to Tukuche. The tea house in Tukuche served up some great food, apple brandy and a nice warm fire to sit next to.

            The following day began with some nice singletrack and finished with fun downhills down to the village of Tatopani, where we got to soak in the hot springs. We had time to wander through the village and see the last little bit of the towering peaks of the high mountains as we dropped further down the next day. Our ride finished with mixed emotions the following day in the town of Beni. As we drove off toward Pokhara, we all had a feeling a great sense of accomplishment, but also a hint of sadness that our epic journey had finished.


 Photo courtesy of  Himalayan Singletrack

Photo courtesy of Himalayan Singletrack

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BIKE MONTH GIVEAWAY SERIES BEGINS ... MAY 5TH!

Enter to Win One (or Two) Bikes during Bike Month

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Our First Giveaway Begins TOMORROW

Visit us at to our downtown Salt Lake store during the Salt Lake City Open Street Fair tomorow and register to win, not just one, but TWO Specialized Alibi Bikes! 

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Each week we'll anounce the details of our upcoming giveaway on our Facebook and Instagram channels. Enter to win giveaways for week two through four on our social media accounts. If you don't already, follow us and enter to win each week!

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The All NEW Stumpjumper!

We are excited to show off the NEW 2019 Stumpjumper Trail bikes at all of our Bingham Cyclery locations! Specialized has streamlined their Rhyme and Camber models into one by offering the Stumpjumper and the Stumpjumper (ST) Short Travel for both men and women. Whether you want Snappy and Nimble or Fast and Planted, the New Stumpjumper Trail bikes have you covered!

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The new Stumpjumper is the ultimate trail bike. Lighter, stiffer and incredibly capable …

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• Sidearm frame design to shave weight, increase efficiency and enhance suspension performance.

• Both bikes are available in a 650b (27.5”) and 29” wheel size that can accommodate a plus size tire should you crave the versatility of “two-bikes-in-one.”

• Each come with a “flip-chip” that enables adjustments in both head tube angle AND bottom bracket height.

• Crank arms are now a standard 170mm length to alleviate pedal strikes.

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• Women’s models include an RX Tuned suspension system and women-specific touch points, yet keep the same incredible frame design.

• All carbon frames are S-works level full carbon front and rear. 

your Best Ride Ever

How will this make your riding experience the best one out there? Specialized made sure that each detail resulted in elevating your riding experience to the highest level:

• FINELY TUNED: We fine-tuned the Stumpjumper’s front-end stiffness. The bike handles like it’s on rails. Point it where you want, and you’re going there. This is Rider-First Engineered™ for mountain. Each Stumpjumper delivers the same outstanding ride — regardless of size.

• MORE PRECISE: The Sidearm frame design improves performance in rough terrain by minimizing frame flex when the rear suspension is active. Sidearm does all that by directly connecting all three mounting points of the rear-end and shock to the frame.

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• STIFFER AND LIGHTER. Our goal was to create the best-handling trail bike possible. We also wound up creating one of the lightest trail bikes anywhere.

• EVEN SMOOTHER: Our engineers and in-house Suspension Team worked hand-in-hand. The goal? Optimize frame kinematics and rely less on shock damping. The result? The new Stumpjumper is supple over small bumps, with a firmer mid-stroke and exceptional big-hit performance.

• HASSLE FREE The new Stumpjumpers use standard stroke and eye-to-eye metric shocks. If you feel like experimenting with other shocks, it’s easy. We’ve also ditched press-fit bottom brackets. Full tubes can be found throughout the carbon frame, so all you have to do is push the cable housing and it’ll come out the other end. No more lazy loop, hidden stashes of magnets, pokey spokes, or pillows to cry in.

• SWAT™ DOWN TUBE STORAGE: The new SWAT™ Down Tube is sleeker & lighter, yet adds 20% more volume.

• QUIETER DRIVETRAINS: The revolutionary new chainstay protector silences chain slap.


So what are you waiting for?

Stop by one of our four locations today to test ride one of these beauties!

See you soon.

Endurance Training: WomenMTB Guide to Training for True Grit Epic

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Wouldn't it be nice to believe that all endurance athletes are freaks of nature, gifted with larger lung capacities, stronger legs, and an empty schedule that allows for easy training? Truthfully, the members of WomenMTB consider themselves to be average women with busy schedules, training challenges, and a big goal.  We asked seven of the athletes to share some insight on how they are preparing for True Grit Epic. These women might consider themselves to be "normal", but we think they are superheroes for training for such a big race.

What are tips for training with kids?

Raeshell Sutherland: The biggest thing that has helped me fit training into my life with two young kids is to get up really early. I am NOT a morning person, but had to make 5:30am spin class a priority. I also planned each week on Sunday. I sat down with my husband and scheduled rides when he was home, we made it part of the family calendar. It has also been VITAL that my hubby was supportive of what I was doing. He has been so amazing to hang out with the kids on his "days off" even if he was sleep deprived. My family and kiddos are my huge support system, can't do it without them.

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Why do you like about endurance racing, and what piece of advice would you give to anybody interested in getting into the sport?

Nancy Russell: I like endurance racing because I like to push myself and see what I am capable  of doing.  I’m messed up that way. The worse the suffering gets the more fun I start having.  I keep doing it because I need something of my own. Endurance racing is my thing. As a mom of 4 I get a little worn out helping everyone else and I think it’s so important for us Moms to have something we love to do that is ours. My advice would be to make sure you pace yourself and save some gas for the end, it’s tough and technical till the very end! Also never stop fueling! I set a timer on my watch to remind me to eat and drink every 30 min. All day!  It’s key.

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What is your favorite part of training for a big race?  

Julie Morreale: The best part about prepping for True Grit for me has been the group rides.  50 miles is pretty good motivation to get out and ride even when it's cold, or snowing, or might rain. 

What has been the hardest part about training?

Jessica Ashurst: Two components have played into training being difficult. First I was sick for most of December and January. Also, a hard thing about training in the winter has been to go out riding even when it's really cold, and conditions of the trails can be a big unknown. Some days the conditions are perfect, other days the snow is soft or thawing. The warm winter was nice, except that the local trails were often unrideable. Recent cold temperatures have been a double edge sword: it's hard to get myself geared up to go out, but generally the trail conditions will be better

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What have you done to feel mentally prepared for such a long and technical trail?

Danita Ritter: My motto has always been “Find strength in pain and Keep pushing” I know that I can do anything I put my mind to. I think about this race every time I go to the gym and get on my bike to train. I watch YouTube videos of Zen & Barrel Roll when I’m on my rollers.

What has been the greatest challenge in training this winter?

Angela Wright: Easy answer: TIME! Always feeling like it’s hard to fit training in due to work and “single-Mom” life!

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What #1 item are you going to have with you on race day?

Kelly Konopa: Water and a bladder to carry it in and drink it from!  From experience I know that the biggest way for me to bonk on a long ride is by dehydration.  I don't know the forecast for race day yet, hoping for cooler temps, but it'll certainly be warmer than the long training rides there this winter, and there's no shade on the course.  The feed zones for refills will be really nice.

Meet the WomenMTB Members Riding True Grit Epic

Ever wonder what it’s like to train for a brutal bike race? WomenMTB club president, Raeshell Sutherland, gives us some insight into one of the gnarliest races in Utah, True Grit Epic. Read below to hear more from each of the members of WomenMTB club about their approach to preparing for such a hellacious race.

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"True Grit Epic", if that doesn't sound intense to you then I don't know what does. I'm thinking John Wayne walking through the sunset dust with his clanking spurs and blinding sheriff star kinda intense. With over 6,500 feet of climbing over 45 miles of red dirt and sandstone, some of the most technical terrain in St. George, Utah and hissing Gila Monsters, this annual early season race is not for the faint of heart.

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A few women, sitting around a camp-fire after a halloween costume night ride, egged each other on to sign up for this early season (2nd weekend in March) endurance mountain bike race. Those few women turned into 13 who registered and paid and have been training since December. The True Grit Epic is a new adventure for most of us. We are typically downhill junkies who pedal, but rarely longer than a few hours. This challenge is bringing us closer together and making us stronger, better riders. Take a moment and meet these rad and inspiring women.

Raeshell Sutherland: (WomenMTB president and founder)

My mantra has been, "I can do hard things." I can't explain why, but I needed to do something that was a major stretch for me personally and something I would be proud of when completed. There are so many people that 50 miles on a MTB is really no big deal, I am NOT one of these people. Signing up for a race, I knew, would be the only way I would train through the winter, a time when I usually get more sluggish and gain weight. To be honest, training over the winter has been the hardest part. I HATE the trainer, it's hard to get to the gym with my husband's work schedule, so I took up snow biking and so far, so good. Training is going well. I did get sick a few times, also a challenge of training in the winter (Flu season, bleck!), but overall I am on track. I feel like I could at least finish the race at this point so am now working on getting faster.

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Angela Wright: (Bingham Cyclery owner)

I've been riding bikes for almost 30 years. I've never been a racer, but I do like to challenge myself. This is the second year that I've taken on stretch goals by signing up for races that scare me a little bit. I've done plenty endurance events and have wanted to do the True Grit race for a lot of years, but have always been intimidated by the Zen Trail section of the course. Since I signed up, I've made it my focus to master that trail. Each time that I ride it, I clear more obstacles and overcome more fears. I've actually come to really like riding it, which has translated in me taking more risks and getting better on other technical trails that I ride. The next part of my goal for this race will be to piece it all together and work through the different power demands of the course. Forty-five miles of singletrack and 6,500 feet of climbing will either kill me or motivate me to keep pushing forward. My real "race" goal: Complete it, not: Compete it. Either way, the journey has already been worth it!

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Shannon Casson:

Why in the hell would I sign up for such a challenging race? That's a great question I ask myself at least once daily! It's really an excuse to get into better bike shape early season, a fun way to meet more ladies to ride with, escape to the desert in winter, to learn new trails in the St. George area and of course to push myself. Grateful to have a bunch of ladies training who are super motivating and help me to avoid hitting the snooze button (most mornings)!  

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Kelly Konopa:

I started mountain biking a year ago and have completely fallen in love with it!  Before that I did endurance races in other disciplines -- road triathlons up to Half Ironman distance and ultrarunning up to 50 mile distance.  When I was in St. George while the True Grit Epic race was happening last year the seed was planted, I could combine my love of endurance challenges with my newfound love of mountain biking.  I threw out the idea of doing it to the ladies in the group and was excited when a bunch jumped on board with me!  I'm currently in shape for medium distance rides after doing a ton of biking this year, but am ramping up training to handle the longer time/distance, so far it's going great!  My goal is to finish before the cut-off time, and not break any bones in the process!

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Danita Ritter:

I am a regular gym rat and always looking for something to train for. I love racing! I may not be the fastest or the best but competing helps me set goals for training and push myself to be better. When my WomenMTB buddy Kelly K asked if I wanted to race True Grit I said Hell Yes! I am turning 50 this year and I want to do some epic events to welcome this big milestone. My training for True Grit is weight training 3x a week, trainer or fat biking 2-3x a week and treadmill intervals one day a week. This training program has been intense but I have seen great gains in just 3 weeks.

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Jenn Hess:

Hi! I'm Jenn Hess from Wyoming. Seeing as this year pretty much stinks for skiing, I have been focusing on some mountain and snow biking, gym workouts, and running. I'm probably not in tip top riding form, but I think I'll survive. I love riding in Utah and haven't been to Southwest Utah in a few years. I also really like riding with Shannon. I thought, since we live so far away, why not make it an adventure and join her in a race? I get to have fun with a friend, ride some rad trails, push myself, and hopefully make some new friends in the process!

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Piper Sadler:

My fitness level? Fitness level = awesome sauce ;) not sure how to rank myself on that. Raced Enduro last season and some midweek series before that. Why would I sign up for such a challenging race? because I love a suffer fest! Also I like mental challenges and I know physically I can do this if I say and I can so I want to prove it to myself. Let’s crush it!!!

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Andee Bouwhuis:

My name Andee Bouwhuis and I am still questioning what state of sanity I was in when I committed to True Grit.  My training to date has consisted of lifting heavy weights 3 days a week, riding my trainer a couple of days a week, running at least twice a week, and swimming once a week so I am pretty sure, my fitness level for mtn biking is probably sitting at the bottom of the sewer system somewhere... but hey, at least I don't have anywhere to go but up!  I am approaching this "race" as an opportunity to grow and see how my mental game tackles the challenge.  My ultimate goal..... finish the race within the time allotted and still have a heart beat when I cross the finish line.

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Sarah Kaufmann:

My name is Sarah Kaufmann, I am really excited to do True Grit this year. It has been on my radar since its inception but this will be my first attempt. I am a cycling coach and professional racer. I have been lucky enough to race my bike all over the world. I love technical courses, the more rocks the better! So True Grit is really appealing. I am approaching the race with excitement and an open mind after a different fall and winter training season. I am curious to see where my body is at and no doubt this will be a good gauge and test. I also love when it works out that my coaching athletes are lining up at the same start line. I have several athletes competing at True Grit and I am looking forward to learning from all of them, being inspired by them and experiencing the race through their eyes. Photo by Dave McElwaine.

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Julie Morreale:

Hello!  I’m Julie Morreale and the True Grit is will be my first race ever.  Honestly, I’ve never ridden more than 30 miles on any kind of bike so the length of this race will be my toughest challenge.  I signed up for this event to for fitness motivation (I tend to avoid cross country riding like the plague).  I’m so thankful for the support network of the other WomenMTB ladies riding True Grit.  It’s been pretty exciting to see everyone’s training progress and I can’t wait to see what we are capable of on race day.  This is not something I would have tried to tackle on my own!

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Jessica Ashurst:

Hi! My name is Jessica Ashurst. I am going into my 5th mountain bike season, and am not sure what got into me signing up for True Grit! Peer pressure I guess. 🤪 No matter the reason, it has helped me stay motivated to ride throughout the winter. Even though i haven’t been able to train as much as hoped, I’m still determined to ride on race day and go as far as my body will let me. The other ladies from womenMTB signed up to do True grit have been such a motivation! I’m so excited to start the season off on this crazy ride.

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Birgit Reeves, Nancy Russell

* And a major shout out to all the club members, friends, and family that have helped these women train!

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I have learned that there is strength in numbers. The True Grit Tribe has made a challenging race and off season training period, possible and even enjoyable. Not only do we motivate each other to stay dedicated, we also have had opportunity to get to know each other in a way we never would have. Through our training rides and chats about the race, I have made life long friends that I will always rely on for a little motivation to keep going, in riding or in life. The race will be over soon, but these friendships will last a lifetime.

 

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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