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When Amber Warrington hops on her stationary bike in the basement of her Red Lion home, she is focused. Head straight, eyes set ahead, she leans in to the handle bars and steadies her legs on the peddles. The 38-year-old … Continue reading
Bike in York Week returns on Monday, May 12, and extends through May 18th. The Eat Play Breathe York Transportation Task Force’s goal for the week is to increase awareness through events and educational resources. For more information contact Shaun Underkoffler, York City … Continue reading
Last summer I attacked my fear of hills with a vengeance and biked up Copenhaffer Road. Both sides. Without walking my bike. But hills still scare me a little bit – I think they always will.
A safety tip as simple as wearing a helmet can prevent injuries — sometimes fatal — as bikers take to the trails and streets this summer.
Every year it is a struggle to get through the winter. From December to March I find myself wishing my life away, saying I can’t wait until it is warm out so I can go biking. I really need to find a winter sport other than surfing Pinterest and complaining on Facebook about how much I hate the gym and pretty much everyone who goes there. And I really do hate the gym. Getting out of bed when it is pitch black out and -2 degrees, when there is a warm body next to you refusing to get up with you, is a harder than refusing birthday cake on your birthday.
You may remember that back in December, 2012, I made a pledge that I was going to attempt to bike up Copenhaffer Road in York, PA. I don’t really know why I made this pledge, but I think it is because Copenhaffer is notorious around here within the cycling community so I thought I should at least try it.
Most bike shops in the area offer workshops that teach important mechanical skills, including how to change your tube. Unless your rides are going to consist of biking around your block 100 times, you should learn how to change your tube – and I highly recommend Kevlar tires. Give your shop a call and get the skills you need to be able to ride as far as you want to go without worrying how low you rank in priority compared to a football game.
It is important to pay attention to the weather before you go biking, so you don’t get stuck on your bike in the pouring rain without a jacket, where your feet and socks get completely soaked and rain water is bouncing off your helmet and covering your glasses, and you are freaking out that your iPhone is getting wet, as you try not to fall, only to come home to your husband and have him say: Uh, didn’t you check the weather?
Not that that has ever happened to me.
In the interest of the public good and bike shops everywhere, I have complied a list of excuses you can use to get out of work, so you can put a few more miles in. These excuses come with no warranties or guarantees and you are using them at your own risk. Remember, the best way to get through any lie to say it with a straight face, which is easy to fake if you are on the phone and no one can actually see your face.
Every biking season Gung Ho Bikes sponsors several organized bike rides. This year I will be leading a no drop, social ride that is co-ed on Monday nights at 6 pm.