I’ve been riding a bike for as long as I can remember. The reason I ride has never changed; I ride for the fun of it. With a little “shop talk,” you can ride for the fun of it too, the NBX Way!
Here’s how to get the fun back into bike riding:
Make sure you have the bike that is right for you.
Choose the bicycle that fits the type of riding that you want to do. If you’re looking for a simple neighborhood ride or a trek down the bike path, a hybrid or comfort bike will take you there! If you’d like to do the green thing and leave your car in the driveway, a road bike or city hybrid is for you. Love the trails and want to see the woods? Then a mountain bike might fit the bill. From single-speed beach cruisers to multi-sport triathlon bikes, whatever you need, the right bike is waiting for you! It is all about having a conversation about what you want to use the bike for.
Size does matter.
Bikes are not one size fits all. To ensure a comfortable ride, the proper fit is essential. Within each bicycle model, there’s a multitude of sizes available in men’s models and women-specific models. The women’s bicycles of today are designed to fit the female body proportionately, unlike the bikes of the past, which merely accommodated a woman’s skirt.
Essentials for safe and fun ride are often found in the accessory department of a bike shop.
Let’s face it, nobody likes to wear a helmet, by Matt Bodziony, Narragansett, RI but they’re safer, better ventilated, have revolutionary retention systems that are easy to adjust (and even accommodate a ponytail), and they come in lots of great designs and colors.
Bicycle-specific clothing is created from technical moisture management fabrics that wick away moisture to keep you drier and more comfortable—no matter what time of year you ride—and just a few key pieces will keep you riding in all sorts of weather throughout the year.
Cycling shorts are designed with padding in all the right places and aren’t just black spandex anymore. Now there are baggie shorts, liners that you can wear under your favorite shorts, and even skorts.
Water bottle cages hold your favorite drink while you’re out on a ride. If you think a couple of bottles aren’t enough, a hydration backpack allows you to carry more.
Maintain your trusty steed.
Bikes need tune ups, too! Proper maintenance can extend the life of your bicycle as well as enhance the enjoyment of your ride. So, whether your brakes are squeaking, your gears are skipping, or it’s been about a year, just bring it in and have it “tuned up.”
Get out there!
Remember to follow the rules of the road. Always ride with traffic, obey traffic signals, and be aware of your surroundings. And, if you’re looking to venture beyond your neighborhood, you can find trails, bike routes, bicycle paths and cycling clubs at all 3 NBX stores.
Looking for Rides?
NBX has weekly rides from all 3 locations. The Providence location hosts a Tuesday night ride heading out of the Blackstone area on the east side, and the Warwick store has a great ride on Saturday and Sunday mornings. NBX’s Narragansett location also hosts a Thursday night ride as well as a Saturday morning ride, which takes riders out and about in South County. NBX hosts a weekly criterium race on Wednesday nights at Ninigret Park in Charlestown, RI, with participants from MA, CT, and RI. In the fall, NBX holds Wednesday training cyclocross rides “under the lights” in South Kingstown and the UCI Gran Prix of Cyclocross at Goddard State Park in Warwick, RI.
Hope to see you out there – just for the fun of it!
Matt Bodziony is the owner of NBX in Narragansett, Warwick, and Providence, RI. Matt’s been involved in the cycling industry for more than 25 years in retail and both the competitive and promotional sides of cycling.