5 Reasons to Ride Outside This Winter

 

Winter is finally upon us 🙁

Here’s a great inspirational article from bicycling.com to get you geared up for riding outdoors in the winter.
Click here for article.

Here is additional practical advice, because it takes some considerations to ride in snowy, icy, slippery conditions. So before you set off…

Flat pedals. You may sacrifice some efficiency–but you are buying some get out of jail extra
control if things go wrong.

Get down! Lower your seat to lower your center of gravity. It will be easier to get your feet down flat should you suddenly need to use your God-given stabilizers.

Baby it’s cold outside! Add an extra layer on top of what you normally wear in winter. The state of the roads means a slower than normal riding pace and lowered levels of generated heat.

Pay attention to hands and feet. Overshoes, thermal socks and winter boots; keep hands warm. Cold hands and feet make for a very unpleasant ride. Good gloves and liners along with covers over brake levers and grips (of flat bars) reduce wind chill to hands and the chilling effect on metal brake levers and bars (metal conducts cold very efficiently).

Keep away from the curb. Riding too close limits room for maneuvering; besides, it is where road crap accumulates. If you fall, you don’t want to be within range of a curb.

Give yourself longer to stop. It takes longer to stop or slow down on icy surfaces. It is going to take other people longer to slow down too.

Don’t panic! Keep your head, neck and shoulders relaxed – what you don’t want is to stiffen up and get twitchy… twitchiness causes problems.

Properly equipped, riding in ice and snow is good fun–really. You won’t get a medal for it, so if you think conditions are tough, give yourself a break, stay at home, and noodle around your favorite cycle website… hopefully it’s LiNiTo Cycle.

Now that we’ve posted this, it should start warming up any minute! Right? In the meantime if you have winter riding tips, share so we can share with everyone else!

Where’s Linito? – January 5, 2015

Where's Linito?No one guessed that last week’s picture was taken while we were celebrating Christmas right here in Lombard at Lilacia Park. This weeks’ pic should be a little easier. Good luck to all of you!
1. Like LiNiTo Cycle on Facebook (if you haven’t already done so)
2. Every Monday, check our Facebook page to see the link to our website with our most recent posting ‘Where’s LiNiTo Cycle?’ .
3. Identify where the picture of the week was taken (hint: most of them will be taken on the trails around the western suburbs–IPP, Great Western, Salt Creek–but you never know!) You should identify the trail and nearest cross street.
4. Add a comment to the posting with your answer.
5. Enter as many times as you want to, but only one winner per household per month!The first person to correctly identify where Linito was will receive the gorgeous LiNiTo Cycle t-shirt! These t-shirts are a great first layer when you’re out riding on these chilly winter days (kudos to you!), or for wiping the sludge off your bike after a snowy ride. Even though there’s snow on the ground, we’re still going to have plenty of cycling fun! We will continue to post pictures of our travels here and also continue to give our swell t-shirts away, so be sure to check Linito’s Facebook page every Monday and tell us where we’re at.

Cycling Tip For the Day – January 2, 2015

Happy New Year!

If you visualized the perfect bike ride, you probably wouldn’t describe sitting on a stationary trainer, trapped indoors on a winter day. The perfect ride would take place outdoors, under the warm spring sun and out in the fresh air. Here are a few tips to help you stay motivated. Plan ahead so the bike and trainer are set up before it’s time to ride, so you’ll have one less excuse to back out when it’s time to saddle up. Keep a few of your favorite snacks near your workout area and enjoy them as reward for riding the trainer. Keep it fun and short. You’ll get bored out of your mind if you try riding a trainer indoors for more than an hour.

…and speaking of warm spring sun, it’s only 11 weeks until the first day of spring!

Linito Goes to the Lombard Health Fair & Fitness Expo

Kickstart your new year’s resolutions by joining us at the Lombard Park District for free fitness class demos, local health and wellness vendors, blood pressure screenings, chair massages, Fitness Center tour and orientation, raffles, prizes, and more!

The event will be held on Sunday, January 4, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Location:
Sunset Knoll Recreation Center
820 S. Finley Road
Lombard, IL 60148

See you there!

SantaBike

Merry Christmas!

It’s time to take a few minutes before the rush of the holidays to wish our family, friends and terrific customers a happy holiday season– and thank you for your support and business over the past year!  Whatever your plans are, we hope that you get a chance to relax, recharge and spend time with those close to you.

Your business and referrals have once again helped us to be more successful this past year than we could have imagined, and the friendships we developed with our customers are an added bonus that we treasure.  We enjoy being your local bicycle shop providing low cost, personalized, friendly customer service to you, our valued customers.  Feel free to browse the rest of our new website, drop us an email, call with any questions, or just to say hello.

Thanks again, and have a safe and happy holiday! We look forward to servicing all of you in 2015!

Tom & Lisa

Bike for Life!

Fat TireThere are people out there who are unstoppable when it comes to bike riding. Maybe they are adventure or gear junkies; or maybe they just want to ride their bikes come rain or come shine…er, or snow. Fat bikes are all the rage for riding in snow. The 4″ wide (or more) wheels can be run at low pressure and will subtly “float” on snow or plow through slush on road and trail. Add another Chicago Snowpocalypse year (not saying it will, but just in case), and these fat boys may be just the thing to keep avid riders happy. Click here to learn more about winter riding.

Where’s Linito – December 15, 2014

Where's LinitoNo one guessed that last couple of week’s pictures were taken while we were celebrating Thanksgiving. This weeks’ pic was taken locally and should be a little easier to figure out where we were. Good luck to all of you!
1. Like LiNiTo Cycle on Facebook (if you haven’t already done so)
2. Every Monday, check our Facebook page to see the link to our website with our most recent posting ‘Where’s LiNiTo Cycle?’ .
3. Identify where the picture of the week was taken (hint: most of them will be taken on the trails around the western suburbs–IPP, Great Western, Salt Creek–but you never know!) You should identify the trail and nearest cross street.
4. Add a comment to the posting (not the picture) with your answer.
5. Enter as many times as you want to, but only one winner per household per month!
The first person to correctly identify where Linito was will receive the gorgeous LiNiTo Cycle t-shirt! These t-shirts are a great first layer when riding on these brisk autumn days, or for wiping the sludge off your bike after a muddy ride.We still have plenty of biking to do this season! We will continue to post pictures of our travels here and also continue to give our swell t-shirts away, so be sure to check Linito’s Facebook page every Monday and tell us where we’re at.

Have lights, be bright and think safety!

Have lights, be bright and think safety!
This time of year the sun sets earlier and evenings come much sooner. Bicycle commuters and enthusiasts soon find their sunlit evening rides home or around town are now darker or even pitch black. It is also a time of year that is notorious for accidents. Naturally, cyclists feel nervous when riding in the dark, and with good reason. Here are some steps you can take to ensure you feel safer and more confident to cycle in dark, inclement conditions.
Click HERE for article.