Come in from the Cold and Ride with Us

Come in from the cold, join The Bike Lane in Reston Town Center for Sunday Morning Indoor Trainer Classes from 9:00- 10:30 am. Classes will follow Coach Kasha Schoolmeester’s Winter Indoor Trainer Program based off of the Carmichael Training Program. Classes are designed to improve cycling efficiency and increase endurance throughout the winter. Beginners to enthusiasts are welcome. This is a great way to get your heart rate up and and some calories burned without having to bundle up!

Participants will need to bring a trainer, water, a towel, and their own bike. Classes are $10 per class, space is limited. The first class will be on January 9. This will be a 12 week session. If you sign up for the entire 12 weeks the price is only $100.

Class participants will receive 20% off any trainer purchase. If you would like to borrow a trainer to try it out please call the shop to reserve one. 703-689-2671. To reserve your space please register here .

What is it worth?

Our long time, and awesome, customer Michael Reyes took a moment to add up the savings of his commitment to commuting by bike.  We thought we would share this with you.  Since the New Year is right around the corner this little tidbit of information may help you make a new resolution for yourself:  to go by bike just a little more often.

I was asked if commuting by bike was worth it?
Here are the 12 month in savings.
Quit smoking (2 years ago) $2080.00
Insurance discount for not smoking $600.00
Gas savings by commuting $3000.00
…For a total of $5680.00 – I would say the answer is yes! 🙂

Strength Training for Junior Cyclists this Winter

To all local Junior Cyclists:

The Bike Lane has been working with Wakefield Park to put together a strength training program for our Junior Cycling Team. We are really excited to put this together and we hope that it helps the kids learn the importance of cross training and weight training, not only for cycling, but for other sports as well. The staff at Wakefield is also excited to assist us in putting this program together. The rec center will have certified trainers working with the kids using all kinds of strength training techniques and our volunteers will assist in cross training exercises that will help keep the kids motivated. The program is 12 weeks long on Monday nights starting on January 10 from 5:15- 6:30 pm. We will start the class with a warm up on the spin bikes, followed by ½ hour strength training and 20 minutes of cross training and we will finish with stretching. We are opening the class for youth ages 8- 16. The cost of the class is only $55. You don’t have to be on our Junior Team to join the classes. Although, we might recruit you!
Please register at http://tinyurl.com/TBLjunors. You can email anne@thebikelane.com with any questions.

The Bike Lane Junior Team Wakefield Ride

45 bikes and 45 helmets donated to Toys for Tots

45 Bike and Helmets

Once again, The Bike Lane has some amazingly generous customers to thank for donating to our annual Toys for Tots Bike Fundraiser.  This year we collected enough donations to purchase 45 Trek bikes and 45 helmets; that is over $7000 worth of pink and blue bikes for children this Christmas!We can’t tell you how cool it is to know that these shiny new high quality bikes are going to children who would  probably never get a real bike for Christmas.  The Bike Lane believes that every child deserves to learn how to ride a bike and giving bikes and helmets to Toys for Tots is one way we know we can help make this happen.

Bikes overflow at the Reston Town Center Pavillion

Mix 107.3 Drop Off

However, we would never be able to do this if it weren’t for our many generous customers.  There are many customers who have made annual contributions over the last six years and and have helped The Bike Lane donate over 200 bikes to the Marines Corp! This year we were very excited to receive a contribution of $1500 from Evolution Cycling Team and Long and Foster Settlement Services.  We also received generous contributions from Samaha Associates, Trek Bicycle Company, and Quality Bicycle Products. For The Bike Lane there is nothing more gratifying than to know that there will be 45 very excited children waking up on Christmas morning with a bike ready to take them for a ride!

Bar Mitts to the rescue.

If you hate numb hands and fingers, we have the solution.

Bar Mitts - Keep your hands from the cold

Yes, they are a little weird looking but they keep you warm. Whether you are commuting, keep up with the training miles, or rolling over the rocks in the GW Forrest, these over the bar hand warmers will keep the wind and chill off. Many times winter gloves can be so bulky that you can’t grip their handle bars. With temps dipping below freezing early this year we have been taking special orders for Bar Mitts. Inventory was low but now they are back in stock at our distributor and we are looking forward to getting them in. Let us know if you want some and we’ll put them on the next order.

Check out this review from Cyclocross Magazine.

Are we going to let Old Man Winter Win this year

So, winter is showing hints that it is coming. For some, this might mean hanging up the bike, renewing last years gym membership, and letting Old Man Winter win. The thought of getting on a bike when it is below 40 can might make us cringe. In 2010, our bikes have been ridden hard. Mountains have been climbed. Races have been won. Commuting by bike saved loads in gas money. As a result our bodies feel great! So, are we going to let Old Man Winter stop us dead in our tracks? Are we going to let our bikes collect dust and sit idly on a trainer? Are we going to give in to gaining the 5 or 10 pounds we worked so hard to lose? Are we going to succumb to knowing that come March our legs and lungs are going to cry out in agony on that first weekend warrior ride?

Racing in the snow

All the good we rode for this season will be in vain if we give in and give up this winter. So, lets not give up- lets keep riding. Like Dory the fish in that Nemo movie- lets make our motto “Just keep riding, just keep riding, just keep riding”. Get the gear you need to keep riding. With the technology that is in cycling clothing these days, you don’t need much to keep you warm and toasty. A pair of thick gloves, shoe covers, some wind proof tights, a wind proof/water resistant jacket, and a couple of varying thickness jerseys, and a balaclava and you will be set.

With the right gear you can ride anytime.

Fight old man winter with layers. The key is to stop the wind from cutting through and to keep the moisture from sweat away from your body. Of course, you don’t need to go far to find this type of clothing. The Bike Lane has a store stocked with great wears to keep you going. We want to make sure that you and your bike stay riding all winter long. And if you need some people to ride with- we’ll help you with that too. Just check out our calendar for weekly rides. We don’t stop over the winter and neither should you. And we even have a little coupon to help you get all those warm goodies!