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Product Spotlight Archives for October 2017
Inspired By Norte: Bring A Friend Mountain Biking!
October 2, 2017, 12:00 am

This Sunday, Traverse City's youth cycling organization, Norte, is asking all their regular shredders to bring a new pal out to the trails. Why don't we all give that a shot?

It might the perfect time of year to hit the trails. With Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association putting in a lot of work on the Vasa Singletrack off Supply Road, comfortable temperatures and the fall colors nearing their peak, who wouldn't want to be in the woods? That's why Norte is hosting Take A Friend Mountain Biking this Sunday, October 8. With multiple ride options, kids of all ages and abilities can get out and enjoy the day. 

With that in mind, we'd like to invite you to set aside ride this month to bring someone new into the woods for a roll. Whether they've never ridden before, or even if it's just been a while, get a pal on the trails this October. You never know, you might just get them hooked! 

Here are a few things to think about when you're bringing someone out for the first time!

1. Their Ride. You don't need a brand new bike, but whatever you take into the woods should be safe, functional, and suited for the terrain. Taking someone onto the Vasa on a single speed, coaster brake cruiser is a pretty sure-fire way to make sure they never ride the trails again- certainly not with you! Make sure the shifting is smooth, the brakes work, and seat height is comfortable. 

2. Be Realistic. Taking a first-timer, especially one that isn't too physical active, on a three hour Out and Back isn't a good way to get off on a good foot. Keep the ride short and sweet, and consider keeping the singletrack short and easily digestible. We really like taking riders on the Kinglet loop of the VST, or just sticking to the Pathways until they are comfortable climbing, descending, and handling sand and rocks. 

3. Be Patient. This isn't the ride to get your workout out. Just enjoy it! Take photos, look around, and notice all the little things that are so easy to blow past when you're riding your normal speed. Carry the water, bring a special snack, and you'll be able to feel the thrill of riding a bicycle in the woods for the first time with your friend! 

For more on Norte and their Vasa Domingoes, head here

Peak2Peak Memories
October 9, 2017, 12:00 am

Peak2Peak is coming up quick, and there's nothing like the annual trip to Crystal Mountain to really get excited about racing, bikes, and our cycling community. 

Pre-Race Checklist: What To Check, Tighten, Poke, and Pack
October 16, 2017, 12:00 am

With two big races coming up in Traverse City, we put together some of our go-to tips to make sure you're ready to race. 

Great Day For City Bike Shop at Peak2Peak
October 23, 2017, 12:00 am

We had a blast at Crystal Mountain for the 12th annual Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Classic! 

Good Luck at Iceman!
October 30, 2017, 12:00 am

We want to wish everyone the very best of luck at the Iceman Cometh Challenge this Saturday! 

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