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.
Pedal Power Bike & Ski has re-opened. Starting today, staff members will be here from 10am to 4pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; we’ll be closed Wednesdays and Sundays. There will be significantly fewer staff members on hand, due to demographic issues.
Call from home and tell us you’re coming and we’ll be waiting for you, or call from outside when you get here. Everything will start with a phone call. If you have a problem getting here during these more limited hours, contact us and we’ll see if we can make additional arrangements.
We’ll answer phones, service bikes, and sell needed items. And you won’t have to come inside for any of that. All doors will be kept closed, but we’ll bring things in and out through our sliding rear door. You can come around to the rear of the building, and do all business through that. This will be our version of curbside delivery. We’ll be disinfecting all bikes before they’re delivered to you.
At the same time, we’re also setting up a variety of dropship processes, to get products directly from us to you, without your having to leave the house.
We understand that this is annoying and inconvenient for you, and it’s even more so for us. We want to see you, and welcome you to our store. But, at present, these rules seem like the best way to protect everyone.
We all love biking, but we all want to be here a long, long time to enjoy it.
It has happened in Massachusetts. As of noon Tuesday, March 24th, Pedal Power Bike & Ski will be closed until at least April 7th.
To give you a better chance to pick up your bike, we will stay open until 7pm today (Monday), and open at 9am Tuesday morning.
Meanwhile, we will be doing everything we can to finish up your bikes so that you they’ll be ready. Remember that if you have not picked up your bike by noon tomorrow, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO COLLECT YOUR BIKE UNTIL AT LEAST APRIL 7TH.
If you’ve been notified that either a new or repair bike is ready, and you want to have it, PICK IT UP NOW! If your bike is NOT ready, but you believe it will be rideable, PICK IT UP NOW! From noon tomorrow on, we will be closed, and you will not be able to retrieve your bike until at least April 7th. We understand that this is a great inconvenience, but it is out of our control.
Good luck to us all,
J&J and the Gang at Pedal Power
Well, we certainly are fulfilling the ancient curse, “May you live in interesting times.”
Like every individual, and every business, Pedal Power Bike & Ski must pay attention to what’s happening. We’d like to let you know how we’re responding, for your welfare, and for ours. At the moment, we are not closing, or changing our hours. But no one knows what the future holds. There is every chance that this crisis will linger for several weeks, and possibly several months.
Happily, at this point none of our staff members or their immediate family members are ill. But we do have staff members who are in demographic risk categories. Those folks will be staying home (with pay for full time workers) for the foreseeable future.
This will force us to reduce our work throughput. Therefore, we’ll do something analogous to hospitals eliminating elective surgery. We will no longer take in non-emergency repair work. If you can put off a repair, do so. If it’s a critical repair that can permit you to commute to work on your bike, call us, and we’ll mutually decide whether you should bring your bike in. If you’re out riding on the bike path and get a flat tire, we’ll do our best to help you. And we’ve already had bunches of folks buying new bikes, so they can get out for fun. Of course, that’s fine with us.
One of the few advantages of the current situation, is that riding your bike is safe! You can do it inside your house on a trainer (which we also sell), but you can also ride outside. You’ll be in the open air, and easily maintain a safe 6 foot distance. That’s a heck of a lot better than crowding into a commuter train or bus. Riding your bike can IMPROVE your health, both mental and physical.
Our store has an area of over 6,000 square feet, and a volume of about 56,000 cubic feet. There is easily safe room for over 40 people at one time, and we don’t often expect that many folks at once. We are disinfecting all surfaces, including door pulls, several times a day. We’ve disinfected all of our pens, and invite you to keep the one you use. Our credit card readers have touchless capability. All staff members are wearing gloves that are either replaced, or washed with soap repeatedly during the day. (We’ve got LOTS of gloves.) And we’ll be trying to maintain the recommended six foot distance. For example, instead of doing close-up new bike positional adjustments, we’ll observe you test riding your bike outside, and make adjustments accordingly.
However, if you’re still uncomfortable coming inside through our regular front door, you have two additional options. You can come in through our touchless, automatic, sliding rear door. Or, you can phone from outside, and we’ll bring your bike in or out for you.
Good luck to all of us.
J&J and the Gang at Pedal Power
The Race Across America
Join us on Thursday, February 27th at 6:30pm for an exciting media extravaganza. Ed Kross, local resident, and ultra-marathon bike rider will present a slide show (remember those) of his ride in the 1992 Race Across America (RAAM).
RAAM is a non-stop, supported bicycle ride from coast to coast. It spans 3000 miles, climbs 175,000 feet, and crosses 12 states, traversing three major mountain ranges (Sierra, Rocky and Appalachian), crosses four of America’s longest rivers (Colorado, Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio) and the Great Plains. It also passes through such iconic American landmarks as the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, Monument Valley, Great Plains and Gettysburg.
Ed rode the entire distance, supported by a crew consisting of drivers, mechanic, nurse, etc., in multiple vehicles. Not only did he finish, but he placed well, and returned to ride several more times.
Refreshments will be served.
pedpow.com Pedal Power Bike and Ski is a reputable bicycle shop located along the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in Acton, Massachusetts. Pedal Power offers bike repair, bike fitting, as well as ski tuning services.
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.
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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