WHO IS PEDAL POWER? Pedal Power Bike & Ski was founded in 1975. We had just completed a 1700 mile bike trip from Massachusetts to Florida and we were hooked. We're still here, and we're still hooked. We’re deeply committed to treating our customers right. That’s why every new Pedal Power bike is covered by our exclusive Client Care program. And that’s also why we have committed to extensive training and equipment for pro bike fitting. Every type and level of rider is evaluated for fit. We believe that proper fit can make the difference between mere exercise, and a great ride. That’s as true for a casual hybrid rider, as it is for a serious racer or PMC rider. And as you can imagine, Joyce insists that we treat women right. We have employees who’ve been with us for decades, employees who’ve done touring, employees who have (and still) race mountain and road, employees who commute by bike. Many of them have completed industry training courses. And we have employees with kids too. All 3 of our kids grew up in the shop, which is why we built the “castle” just for them …. and for your kids too. We sell the road, triathlon and full suspension mountain bikes that experts demand, but we also have a complete selection of hybrids, fitness bikes and kids bikes for more casual riders. We even sell electric bikes. We’re not snobs…we believe that you can have fun on any kind of bike as long as it fits properly and actually works. We service every kind of bike, and offer pretty much every type of clothing, equipment or accessory any rider could desire: raingear, shorts, jerseys, jackets, shoes, helmets, bags, tires, pumps, hydration items and most anything else you can think of. At the moment we have over 3000 different items actually in stock, and we carry substantially more than that. Bikes have changed radically since 1975, but our love of the sport remains. We’ve tried to sum it up this way: We're Serious About Cycling Fun.
Winter Tune-Up Special
You know you need one, so why not save money? Bring your bike in for a tune-up now, and save up to $100 dollars on labor, and 10 % on parts. And your bike will be ready to go on that first warm day ... whether that's February 25th (like last year!), March 15th, or April 1st.
Learn More and Get Coupons: https://www.pedpow.com/about/winter-tune-up-sale-2019-coupons-pg281.htm
Beat the Crowd
Did you bring your bike in during April or May last year? Like everyone else? And learn that you'd have a FIVE WEEK WAIT? Or were you one of the smart ones who beat the crowds, and chortled wildly, knowing that your cleverness had been rewarded.
Learn More and Get Coupons: https://www.pedpow.com/about/winter-tune-up-sale-2019-coupons-pg281.htm
I Wonder Where Someone Could Cross Country Ski Around Here?
How about the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail?
(Photo taken behind Pedal Power Bike & Ski on January 19th, 2020)
Try the Sport that Makes Winter Fun
Acton, Concord, Carlisle, Westford, Chelmsford and Harvard all have lots of open areas, and (as we're now experiencing) do get snow. Cross Country (XC) skis can turn any golf course, lawn or backyard into a ski area without the long drive or expensive lift ticket.
Pedal Power Bike & Ski is uniquely positioned to get you XC skiing now; we've been doing it for over 30 years. We have an extensive stock of Salomon XC boots, bindings, skis, and poles, to go along with winter activewear from Salomon, Garneau, Bontrager and Specialized. The fit and quality of Salomon XC boots are unparalleled, their bindings give the best support and control in the industry, and their skis are superior. Right now we have equipment for folks of all ages, sizes, and skill levels.
And we have both great, and inexpensive snowshoes too.
Some People Can't Wait
When it's 62 degrees, why should you?
Specialized Turbo Creo SL Comp Carbon
A New Kind of Cycling
E-bike technology has come to road bikes. And it's done it in a big way; beautiful, elegant and efficient. The Specialized Turbo Creo SL is the lightest e-bike in its class. It's about HALF the weight of our previous e-bike models.
The motor’s responsive torque curve delivers power perfectly in-tune with your normal riding cadence and leaves no resistance when riding unassisted.
With the Future Shock 2.0, you'll feel a reduction in shock and fatigue and an increase in speed, no matter the terrain. The 2.0 control knob atop the stem adjusts shock compression from fully-open to stiff, while hydraulically-damped internals control rebound.
Battery anxiety? Not on the Creo SL. With up to 80 miles of range from the internal battery, the Creo SL eats up big miles and long days. The optional range extender provides up to 40 additional miles of mountain-flattening power.
And, while your friends may not agree, using an e-bike is really not cheating. Studies reported in the The NY Times show that e-bike riders gain as much fitness as riders of conventional bikes. But, they tend to ride MORE, and experience lower perceived effort.
The future is NOW, and we have it at Pedal Power Bike & Ski.
Learn More Here: https://www.pedpow.com/product/specialized-turbo-creo-sl-comp-carbon-365039-1.htm
Pedal Power Annual Open House
Is there going to be a party? Include us! In fact we'll host it right here at Pedal Power.
Date: Sunday, December 22, 2019
Time: 1 - 5pm
Place: Pedal Power Bike & Ski
At this time of year we enjoy getting together with old friends and new. This will be our 42nd edition of the Pedal Power Annual Open House. (42 years? That can't be right, can it?)
You bring the fellowship, we'll supply the food, drink and goodies. And we do mean goodies: last year we had baked ham, baked beans, Vienna sausages, eggnog, cookies, cake, etc. This year? Who knows, but it'll probably be really good. And we'd love to see YOU. That would make it GREAT!
Pedal Power Bike & Ski - Special Holiday Hours
With just over a week until Christmas, Pedal Power will be OPEN THIS WEDNESDAY, Dec 18, for your holiday shopping convenience. We’ll be here for our regular weekday hours, 10am to 6pm.
We will be closed on all the following Wednesdays; of course, 2 of them are CHRISTMAS DAY, and NEW YEAR’S DAY!
As a Mountain Biking Motivator, Add a Little Electronic Assist
E-mountain bikes may enable newcomers to gain fitness
By Gretchen Reynolds, edited for length from The New York Times, Nov. 13, 2019
Pedaling an electric mountain bike is a workout, not an effortless romp, requiring almost as much physical exertion as riding a standard mountain bike. But the effort feels easier on the e-bike, according to the first study of motor-assisted mountain bikes and how they affect the physiology and attitudes of experienced cyclists.
A few small past studies have found that riding a road e-bike also constitutes hearty exercise. Researchers found that commuting on an e-bike for a month increased new riders’ fitness and improved their blood-sugar control. Most of the volunteers also accumulated more time in the saddle than had been asked of them for the study, presumably because they were enjoying themselves.
But little has been known about whether e-mountain bikes likewise provide a robust workout or whether riders will like them. So, for the new study, researchers determined to find out.
They began by recruiting experienced local mountain bikers, because, should these riders work up a sweat on an e-mountain bike, newcomers to the sport would likewise be expected to get a meaningful workout. The researchers also were interested in whether the riders felt that e-bikes might make the activity somehow too easy.
Their personal, physiological responses to the riding proved to be complex. The cyclists had been swifter with pedal assist, about four miles per hour faster on average, but reported that the e-riding felt less taxing, physically. At the same time, their heart rates rose to and remained at about the same level during both rides.
In other words, the pedaling assist had lessened how draining the riding felt but not how much exercise it actually provided, says Cougar Hall of B.Y.U., who oversaw the new study, and is an avid mountain biker.
That dichotomy between the perceived and actual effort involved in the riding might make e-mountain biking practical for and attractive to new riders hoping to pedal into shape or keep up with practiced trail-riding partners, he says.
“If these bikes can be a catalyst to get people outside and riding trails that they might have thought were too intimidating, that’s a victory for them and for public health,” he says.
He also suggests that if you have never tried an e-mountain bike and are curious, check with local bike shops about rentals, demo days or the possibility of briefly testing a model or two on a nearby trail.
Yeah, We Made It !
Those of us who are not too fond of the darkness can rejoice. As of today, our sunsets have begun to get later. Today's sunset is 1 second later than yesterday's.
Yes, yes, I understand that there are a couple more weeks until the Winter Solstice. But the Solstice is when the total number of minutes of sunlight per day begins to increase. This is the day when the sun begins to stay in the sky later. And that's good enough for me.
Pedal Power Closed Thanksgiving Day
Pedal Power Bike & Ski will be closed on Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving Day. Note that we'll also be closed, as usual, on Wednesday, but we'll be back on Friday at 10am.
J & J and the Gang at Pedal Power
Get Yourself a Wahoo Kickr Trainer at Pedal Power
It's truly Fall now, and the weather isn't always as sunny and warm as we might wish. But we still want to ride. What to do? AHA! An indoor trainer.
Wahoo makes the indoor cycle trainer you really want. Smooth, quiet, elegant, precise, QUIET! Wahoo Trainers have it all, and we have them at Pedal Power Bike & Ski. And, we honor ALL of Wahoos on-line specials.
http://blog.wahoofitness.com/ride-the-revolution-3-new-indoor-cycling-products When we invented KICKR, we weren’t looking to start a revolution. We were just...
Shh! Don't Tell Anyone
Last week we made the short hop over to the Blackstone River Heritage Corridor. There will eventually be a 48 mile paved multi use path starting in Worcester, but several short sections are already complete.
We started at the Rivers Edge Recreational Complex in Woonsocket RI, where a fantastically scenic 10 mile stretch currently exists. Aside from a few short areas of very "rough pavement" (really bad tree roots), the ride was fabulous, and much less heavily used than the paths around here. As you can guess from the photos, there's canoeing in some sections too.
All of these shots were taken from the path.
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail 2C Grand Opening
Here are a few photos of the official Grand Opening of the West Concord section of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail on September 27th. In reality it has been open for a number of months, but now it's official.
There were well over 200 participants, many of whom arrived by bicycle!
Special thanks to Reasons to be Cheerful who donated all of the ice cream for the event and also created a special ice cream flavor - Rail Trail. We also had cake (of course), and lemonade.
We took the opportunity to discuss the future of the project with the engineers. The plans for the bridge over Rt 2 have been completed, and should be put out to bid within 2 weeks. Construction should start in 2020, and should be completed sometime in 2021. YEAH!
How an E-Bike Changed My Life
Riding grew harder as I grew older. Then I got an electric bicycle.
(This is an excerpt from a column by Jennifer Finney Boylan, that appeared in the NY Times on August 20th.)
BELGRADE, Me. — I was doing my usual bike circuit around the north half of Long Pond, here in Belgrade. As I turned left, I found myself accidentally merging into the Trek Across Maine, a three-day event in which cyclists ride from Brunswick to Augusta to Waterville and back again.
It felt good to suddenly join the pack, and to find myself surrounded by all those other cyclists. But it was awkward, too, and not only because I wasn’t wearing a race number. More embarrassing was the fact that I was passing everyone, sailing up the hill on Castle Island Road in front of the Travis Mills Foundation for wounded veterans while everyone else was grinding away in low gear.
That’s because my bike was no ordinary road bike, but one of the new e-bikes now taking over the cycling world. The principle is fairly simple: You plug the bike in at night, and it charges a battery that provides an extra level of support as you ride. You still have to pedal, but the battery silently doubles the amount of power provided by your muscles to the wheels.
For older riders like me — I’m in my 60s — the assist makes all the difference in the world. I’ve been riding all my life, and while I’ve never been a competitive cyclist, biking has always been my favorite form of exercise. In part it’s because I like the solitude of riding, especially on the remote trails where I take my mountain bike.
Cycling, like everything else, has gotten harder as I’ve grown older. For much of the year, I live on a dirt road at the bottom of a mile-long hill, and some days I just don’t have the energy to make the ascent. Last summer, I was on my bike a total of five times.
Since I got the e-bike, though, I’ve been riding 15 and 20 miles a day, four or five days a week. It’s been life altering, not just making me fitter, but also raising my spirits, getting me out of the house and back into the mountains.
I felt more than a little guilty as I soared past the other riders in the Trek Across Maine. A couple of them called out to me as I passed. “What in the world is that?” asked one. “That is so awesome,” said another.
“When people first jump on an e-bike, their face lights up. It’s exciting and joyful in a way that you don’t get from a regular bike.”
Nowhere was this clearer to me than when I left the Trek Across Maine peloton and paused at the top of something called Blueberry Hill. For a moment I thought I was alone. But then I saw another rider had pulled over, and he had the same kind of bike as mine, a Specialized Turbo Como (https://www.pedpow.com/product/specialized-turbo-como-3.0-650b-low-entry-353801-1.htm). We exchanged goofy grins, and I told him that the bike had changed my life.
At that moment, from down a mountain trail, came a dozen wounded veterans also on e-bikes. Some men had prosthetic arms and legs. They were from the Travis Mills Foundation, as my companion explained, and some of them hadn’t been on a bike in years. Now they’d ridden all the way to the top of Blueberry Hill. “You’re not the only one whose life got changed,” the man said.
I rang the bell on my bike — ding! — and headed into the mountains, feeling hopeful, feeling as if I still have lots of adventures ahead.
SAVE DOUBLE ... Or, Even MORE!
This weekend, August 17th & 18th only, will be NO SALESTAX WEEKEND in Massachusetts. But Pedal Power Bike & Ski is going one better ... no, make that TWO better. First, we'll match the amount of the tax, and save you TWICE the salestax on most items. That includes non-sale bikes, helmets, car racks, clothing, computers ... well, just about everything.
You can see examples of the Double No Salestax HERE: https://www.pedpow.com/about/double-no-salestax-examples-2019-pg336.htm
Second, we'll be having our Summer Bike Blowout Sale. You can read about that below.
Summer Bike Blowout - 2019
During No Salestax Weekend, August 17th and 18th 2019, we're having a fabulous Bike Blowout Sale on prior year models. We have huge savings up to $1200 on the bike of your dreams. Our list includes e-bikes (like the one shown), road bikes, full suspension mountain bikes, and more.
See the complete list of sale bikes HERE:https://www.sefiles.net/merchant/1125/files/InventoryforTaxSale2019RetailOnline1.pdf
We Have Pickle Juice, HotShot, Cat Ears, and Carbon Wheels
Yes, it sounds a bit strange, but these are real products folks really like. Both Pickle Juice and HotShot help to stop cramps. Cat Ears substantially reduce wind noise, and make it much easier to hear other riders (such as a significant other). They look a bit hokey, but they really work.
And for those of you about to embark on a major ride (like the Pan Mass Challenge for example), it’s still not too late to radically improve your comfort and power. You can switch to Carbon wheels seamlessly right now, without worrying about making changes immediately before a ride, and you’ll be glad you did.
It was raining, so Grandma went crazy!
You and Your Bike Can Be ONE WITH THE ELEMENTS
the Wahoo Element Cycling Computers, that is. Where am I, where have I been, and where am I going? (On my bike!)
You can get all the answers with a Wahoo Element cycling computer. And they provide one-button pairing with your phone, structured training, completely wireless uploads, and turn-by-turn directions. The aerodynamic Wahoo Element Bolt system even saves 1.5 watts compared to conventional cycling computers. That alone could save you 12.6 seconds in a 40K time trial.
And of course we carry Garmin cycling computers too.
To Shave or Not to Shave?
See the video, and get the FACTS here: https://youtu.be/DZnrE17Jg3I . The results of these wind tunnel tests may astonish you!
To Shave or Not to Shave?
If you'd like a totally factual answer to this burning question click here: https://youtu.be/DZnrE17Jg3I . Here you'll find FACTS, not opinions, and you might be ASTONISHED!
It's the most asked question: do shaved legs really help you go faster? In this episode, Mark and Chris break out the razors and get down to the follicle lev...
Memorial Day Sale
May 24th - May 26th only, Pedal Power is having a sale on all Trek and Electra bikes over $500
This is your chance to save big on the Trek or Electra bike of your dreams: road; gravel; full suspension; hardtail; fitness; hybrid; comfort; touring; and everything else. Even Trek and Electra E-Bikes are on sale. Trek thinks the sale should end on Memorial Day, May 27th, but Pedal Power thinks Memorial Day is an important national holiday, and WE'LL BE CLOSED ON MAY 27th. That gives you only 3 days to make your decision, so ACT FAST!
Learn More at: https://www.pedpow.com/articles/pedal-power-memorial-day-trek-electra-sale-2019-pg331.htm
WHO IS PEDAL POWER? Pedal Power Bike & Ski was founded so long ago (1975), that the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail had not even been proposed! But it's here now, right behind our store. We have a hand's free door for easy access from the Trail, a handy bathroom, and a dedicated handicapped parking space right on it. We’re deeply committed to treating our customers right. That’s why every new Pedal Power bike is covered by our exclusive Client Care program. And that’s also why we have committed to extensive training and equipment for pro bike fitting. Every type and level of rider is evaluated for fit. We believe that proper fit can make the difference between mere exercise, and a great ride. That’s as true for a casual hybrid rider, as it is for a serious racer or PMC rider. And as you can imagine, Joyce insists that we treat women right. We have employees who’ve been with us for decades, employees who’ve done touring, employees who have (and still) race mountain and road, employees who commute by bike. Many of them have completed industry training courses. And we have employees with kids too. All 3 of our kids grew up in the shop, which is why we built the “castle” just for them …. and for your kids too. We sell the road, triathlon and full suspension mountain bikes that experts demand, but we also have a complete selection of hybrids, fitness bikes and kids bikes for more casual riders. We even sell electric bikes. We’re not snobs…we believe that you can have fun on any kind of bike as long as it fits properly and actually works. We service every kind of bike, and offer pretty much every type of clothing, equipment or accessory any rider could desire: raingear, shorts, jerseys, jackets, shoes, helmets, bags, tires, pumps, hydration items and most anything else you can think of. At the moment we have over 3000 different items actually in stock, and we carry substantially more than that. Bikes have changed radically since 1975, but our love of the sport remains. We’ve tried to sum it up this way: We're Serious About Cycling Fun.
You can see more about us on our website, www.PedPow.com, or on Pointy, https://www.pointy.com/shops/usa/massachusetts/acton/pedal-power-bike-and-ski .
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The Movement Center offers classes for both children and adults ages 2 and up. Classes are offered in dance, yoga, Zumba, and more!
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The Third Annual Nagog Seasons 20k & 5k (USATF New England Championship) will take place on September 6th at 9:00 AM at Nagog Mall in Acton.