Super-secret Trek bikes are in at The Bike Lane

The hottest bike to hit the trails this summer!

The Trek 29 Fuel EX- The hottest bike to hit the trails this summer!

The bike business usually runs on a predictable schedule:  Bike makers leak photos of some super-secret prototypes to the cycling press, a few black-box bikes appear at press camps, lots of photos are taken and whispers of super-duper technologies trickle out.  Customers are left with their fingers crossed waiting for these dream bikes to someday appear at their local bike shop.

This year, Trek is blowing up that old paradigm and busting out red-hot, ready-to-ride, state-of-the-art Remedy 29ers and Fuel EX 7 29ers at The Bike Lane stores before the press hits!

You won’t have to wait to buy a bike magazine to find out how sweet these new machines are.  You can ride out of The Bike Lane this week with one of these full-suspension rockets between your pedals. Imagine racing your new 29 Fuel EX at the June 2 NoVa Epic while your buddies are still cranking on their old buckets-of-bolts.

Stop by your TBL location and be the first in line to see, ride and buy the very latest in Trek mountain bike technology.  We will have the new 29 Trek Fuel EX7’s and EX8s in this week.

New Program Introduces Youth to Tri

Tri Team XcelTri Team Xcel (TTX) is a USAT youth triathlon team located in Northern Virginia dedicated to introducing youth to the sport of triathlon. Athletes will be given an opportunity to train with peers in a fun, social, and athletic atmosphere. Toward the end of the 10-week session, athletes will have the option to participate in a race. Race participation and prior race experience is not mandatory to join the team.

2013 Summer Session June 3 – Aug 12th.
Recreation team (age 6-12)
Competition team (ages 10-17)

Team workouts:
Mon @ 4:30 pm Run at The Virginia Academy in Ashburn
Wed @ 4:30 pm Bike at The Virginia Academy in Ashburn
Thurs @ 5:30 pm Swim (Competition team only) at Claude Moore Recreation Center in Sterling.

For youth that can’t attend the workouts but are still interested in being part of a their competition youth triathlon team, they offer an affiliate program (ages 10-17) at a discounted rate.

Specific details and locations can be found on their website http://jrucoaching.com/TTX.php . Online registration closes June 2.

Moseley rails Remedy 29 to victory at inaugural Enduro World Series

Moseley Wins Enduro

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Brand-new model finds payoff at top level of mountain biking after years in development Punta Ala, Italy

Former World Champion downhiller Tracy Moseley once again proved her talent and all-around riding ability by winning the first-ever Enduro World Series aboard the all-new Trek Remedy 29. The newly-sanctioned discipline of enduro rewards riders who can both descend and pedal well, requiring a well-rounded, yet very capable bike.

The new Enduro World Series provides an optimal test for Moseley and the Remedy 29.As a relatively new discipline, the norms for enduro racing equipment are still being established, with bike setup varying greatly by rider. Moseley chose the soon-to-be-released Remedy 29 to take the inaugural event win. A 140mm full-suspension Trek 29er trail bike, the Remedy 29 was only just released to North American Trek retailers the week before the event in Punta Ala. A European retailer launch is forthcoming.

The Remedy 29 represents a ground-up redesign of Trek’s Remedy platform, with several years in development, testing, and refinement. The all-new bike is a combination of Trek’s proven technologies, Active Braking Pivot ABP and Dual Rate Control Valve DRCV suspension, along with Trek and Gary Fisher’s 29er expertise and exclusive 29er-specific G2 geometry. The result is a long-travel 29er that brings the advantages of bigger wheels to a fully-capable trail bike. Moseley’s win proves that big wheels can tackle the most challenging terrain in a race setting, if the bike is done correctly.

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via Trek Bicycle.

Last-Minute Tips for National Bike to Work Day

Happy Bike Month

So, you’ve been thinking about participating in National Bike To Work Day.  You may have even registered with the Washington Area Bicycling Association.  Good for you!

But there’s no reason to NOT ride to work even if you haven’t registered.  But you’ll need to do several things before you head out to the bike trails Friday morning.

No. 1:  Make sure your bike is rideable.  Check your tires NOW and see if they will still hold air.  Pump them up to the recommended pressure (on side of tire) and check back a bit later to see if the air pressure has dropped.  Look for thorns or metal wires that may have worked into the tread.   You really don’t want to have a flat on the way to or from work.  Be sure to bring a spare tube, a compact hand-pump and a few CO2 cartridges and inflator nozzle.  If you haven’t changed a flat in a while (or ever) practice before you head out.

No.2:   Click through your gears a few times, make sure everything is hunky-dory.  If shifting is balky, wipe a bit of lube on the cable and try again.  Lube the chain lightly, as well.

No. 3:  Check your personal gear:  Helmet is an absolute must.  Check fit before you head out.  A loose or too-tight helmet can spoil your ride, not to mention failure to protect your brain.  Gloves will help keep your hands clean and, even with a morning forecast in the low-60s, keep those digits warm.

No. 4: Be seen and heard. Is your bike bell dinging?  Is your head-light and tail-light working?  Check batteries and bring spares.  Remember, your return trip could be at dusk or other low-light conditions.

No. 5:  If you were thinking ahead, you already left a change of work clothes and personal toiletries to freshen your body when you get to work.  You may not notice right away, but you might be perspiring for up to an hour after riding.  You co-workers will notice.  Think about taking a container of those baby wipes.  You may be schvitzing for hours.

No. 6:  Hydrate or get really, really thirsty.  Make sure your water bottle isn’t full of fuzzy funk left from that bottle of Mango juice you put in it a month ago.  Take an extra bottle filled with ice for the return trip home. Put it in the office fridge if you have one. Your mouth will appreciate it.

No. 7:  Communicate.  Make sure your cellphone is fully charged.  The life you save may be someone else.  You would want someone to make that 911 call for you.

No. 8:  This is not a race.  It is RIDE to work.  With temperatures in the 80s, you don’t want to have a crash or  arrive drenched in a pool of sweat.  Enjoy the ride, smile at the other folks and arrive alive.

No. 9:  Scout your ride path BEFORE you head out. Check out great local bike commuting tips and routes at FABB.  Remember things look a lot different from behind a steering wheel than behind handlebars.  Bring a lock to secure your bike.  If it has a combination lock, write the code on a piece of paper in your dry wallet.

No. 10:  Don’t forget your office shoes.  I always kept a pair in my office desk just in case.  If anyone notices, just tell them it is National Work in Your Socks Day.

OK, now get out there, have fun, be careful and congratulate yourself for doing a very cool thing.

Are You Ready for a Local Epic Bike Experience

The Bike Lane is excited to be a sponsor of the First Annual NoVa Epic on June 2, 2013.  It is sure to be epic!

The NoVa Epic — presented by MORE, the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts, Inc. and Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) — is an all-day supported mountain biking event that takes riders on a smorgasbord of the best trails single track trails Fairfax County offers, including our favorites Laurel Hill, Lake Accotink, Wakefield Park and Lake Fairfax. 

The event begins on the County Connector Trail (CCT) at Laurel Hill and ends at Lake Fairfax with three separate but overlapping courses of 65-miles, 40-miles and 20-miles.

The 65-mile course includes an 8-mile loop in Laurel Hill, a 4-mile loop at Accotink, an 8-mile loop at Wakefield and 7-mile loop at Lake Fairfax.

The 40-mile loop is mellower and is primarily on the CCT.

IMPORTANT: The 20-mile course starts and finishes in Lake Fairfax!

The NoVa Epic celebrates National Trails Day Weekend and will raise funds for trail improvements in Fairfax County.

Here’s the schedule:

March 15: Registration opens on BikeReg.com. Limited to 300 entrants.

June 1: Early packet pick-up at Tour De Fat downtown DC.

Event Day Schedule: June 2 (this may change as we get closer to the event)

6:30 a.m.: Pre-paid shuttles begin at Lake Fairfax ( site G) enroute Laurel Hill.

7:00 – 9:30 a.m. Laurel Hill Arts Center packet pick-up for 40-M & 65-M ride start.

11:00 – 2:00 Lake Fairfax packet pick-up and 20-m ride start.

12:00 – 2:00 Kid’s activities by Trails for Youth

3:00 – 7:00 after party at Fairfax Hunt Club (next to Site G in LF Park).

Post-ride meal will be catered by J.R’s and Beer by New Belgium Brewery. Music by The MORE Party band, featuring our very own Todd Mader on drums along with TBL teammates Joe P, Bruce Buckley, and John Claman, MC by Philip Van Workhoven and special address by MORE President, Dave Ferraro.

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National Bike To Work Week and National Bike To Work Day

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In a perfect world, every day would be Bike To Work Day. But this year we get a whole week to celebrate commuting that’s fun and emission-free.

What could be better for curing work stress than a fun bike ride to and from our workplaces?  A ride to and from work gives us “me time” to think about the day ahead while also enjoying fresh air and physical exercise.  It is well-known that moderate exercise can make us smarter. Remember, Einstein rode a bike!

A good place to start planning your ride is

Biketoworkmetrodc.org.  The site has maps of Bike to Work pit stops, where you can pick up a free Bike To Work T-shirt on May 17 (order when you register online), get refreshments and meet fellow bike commuters.  The Bike Lane will be supporting the Reston Town Center and the Burke VRE Pit Stops.

The Bike to Work Day website also lets you join a group of “Bike Bus” riders heading in your work direction, with a ride leader who knows the ins and out of that route.

Before you ride to work, stop by The Bike Lane stores in Springfield and Reston to get your bike tuned up for commuting. You will also find a great selection of office-friendly bike clothing and fenders, panniers, baskets, bells, lights and other accessories that will get you out of gridlock and into pedaling nirvana. And don’t forget your helmet!

Hooray! May 8 is Bike To School Day

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Wednesday, May 8 is National Bike to School Day and a great opportunity to show our kids how much fun riding to school can be.

It is also an opportunity to demonstrate safe biking practices.  Children copy adult behavior and your good habits will guide them for the rest of their lives.

In the TBL area, the Wednesday weather forecast calls for rain all day.  But that’s not a reason to drive — think of it as an opportunity to ride with your kids and teach them how to be more visible on the bike, to use a bike light during daytime hours and wear bright colors so drivers can see you.

Being aware of your visibility on the bike extends to riding at evening and night, so it is never too early or too late to instill good visibility habits before they ride in darkness.

Most of all, make riding fun and not a chore.  Riding a bike to school is a sign of independence that will boost your kids’ self-esteem.

Have fun, stay safe, be visible and enjoy Bike to School Day.  Make it a habit!

To learn more about about biking to school in Fairfax County check out FABB’s website (Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling).