Snow Biking SLC

Snow bikes are on the rise as you see more and more on our local trails these days.  No matter the conditions, you are always sure to have a great time riding in cleaner air above the city.  The bikes handle very well, get plenty of traction and will offer a great workout in a short amount of time.  Whether you ride Shoreline Trail, Pipeline or Round Valley in Park City, you are sure to have a big smile on your face as you pedal away through the snow and enjoy all the great trails you are used to in the summer months.

Round Valley Park City

Round Valley Park City

Ryan and Nick pedaled their snow bikes through three different counties this past weekend during a long ride that started up Big Mountain and ended in Park City.  Salt Lake County, Morgan County and finally Summit County were covered as they glided the snow bikes along beautiful groomed roads.  Check out some of these photos!

Nick - Morgan County

Nick – Morgan County

Nick - Salt Lake County

Nick – Salt Lake County

Ryan - Summit County

Ryan – Summit County

Come down to Contender anytime to check out some snow bikes and learn more about this fun winter activity.

Ryan’s Holiday Gift Pick!

We are in the final countdown until Christmas and still have a few more last minute gift suggestions for the cyclist in your life.  Ryan Littlefield has selected the iconic Briko Stinger Sunglasses as his holiday gift pick.  Bring back early 90′s coolness with the re-release of Briko Stinger sunglasses.  Great for riding, skiing or any outdoor activity, the Briko Stinger is sure to turn some heads and bring up some memories.

Briko Stinger Sunglasses

Briko Stinger Sunglasses

The Briko Stinger’s come with two sets of Briko decals to put on the lens and a softcase for safe storage.  Relive the days when you wished you were Mario Cippolini winning a sprint, Alberto Tomba shredding a giant slalom or Paolo Pezzo winning the first Olympic mountain bike medal in her famously unzipped skinsuit.  Please visit www.contenderbicycles.com to order a pair online or come down to the store and try them on yourself!  Please stay tuned for a couple more gift ideas for this holiday season from the remainder of the Contender crew.

Briko Stinger Black

Briko Stinger Black

Briko Stinger Orange

Briko Stinger Orange

Cody’s Holiday Gift Pick!

The look of excitement on your child’s face when they see a new bike under the tree on Christmas morning is priceless.  Cody Wignall has selected the Pinarello Speedy Kids Road Bicycle as his holiday gift pick this year due to the unique styling and great design.  Perfect for the younger crowd, this youth road bicycle will work great for small children who want to get out and follow in their parent’s footsteps.

Pinarello Speedy Kids Road Bicycle

Pinarello Speedy Kids Road Bicycle

The simplistic drivetrain found on the Pinarello Speedy is made up of Shimano 2400 parts featuring an 8-speed (11-26) cassette and a double (46-39) crankset.  The Speedy comes stock with a MOst 90mm alloy stem that can easily be swapped to help fine tune the fit for any child.  Pinarello took weight into account while designing the Speedy and were able to keep the bicycle under 20 lbs with pedals.  Perfect for a child who is enthused about bikes, this small road bike will allow them to efficiently pedal and keep up with the big boys and girls on the roads.  Safety was taken into account as this bike features front and rear wheel reflectors to help be seen by traffic and other pedestrians on the roadway.   This children’s road bicycle is offered in either a Black or White paint scheme with great looking red accents to top it off.  Stay tuned for a couple last holiday gift ideas from the Contender crew.

Pinarello Speedy Kids Road Bicycle

Pinarello Speedy Kids Road Bicycle

Pinarello Speedy Kids Road Bicycle

Pinarello Speedy Kids Road Bicycle

 

Bill’s Holiday Gift Pick!

If you live in Utah you already know how cold the temperatures drop during the winter season.  Bill Sherman picked the Giordana Knitted Neck Gaiter as a perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season.  If you have a cold commute in the morning, ski on the weekends or decide to brave the cold on your bicycle, this versatile neck gaiter is sure to protect you from the elements.  Bill uses the Giordana Knitted Neck Gaiter every morning during his ride to work and would definitely recommend this piece to anyone.

Giordana Knitted Neck Gaiter

Giordana Knitted Neck Gaiter

If you are after one more item to stash in a stocking this christmas, Bill recommends the new apples & cinnamon Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix.  Designed to be consumed with warm or hot water, this all new flavor is a great choice for all the riders out there who want to stay warm and hydrated.  Skratch Exercise Hydration will replace both the fluid and electrolytes you lose in sweat while providing enough calories to help fuel working muscles.  Containing no artificial colors or preservatives and flavored only with real apples and cinnamon, this hot drink mix won’t upset your stomach or leave a bad taste in your mouth.   Stay tuned for more great gift ideas from the rest of the Contender crew!

Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration

Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration

Fat Bike – Season Never Ends

FATBIKE

Stop wondering what its like and just do it. It’s fun and as easy as riding, well,
a bicycle. If you thought your 29er had a plush ride just wait until you get these
comical tires under you. Don’t let your riding season end with winter. We now
have a full demo fleet of the Charge:Cooker Maxi. Come down to the shop and take
one out: $40 per day that is fully refundable if you choose to buy one.

Graham’s Holiday Gift Pick!

The countdown to Christmas continues as we have less than two weeks until the big day.  Riding a bike with a pack to carry essentials can be tricky if you don’t have a properly fitting pack on your back.  Graham Greenlee chose the Shimano Tsukinist 30 Backpack as his holiday gift pick this winter since he uses his Tsukinist every day while commuting to work by bicycle.

Shimano Tsukinist 30 Backpack

Shimano Tsukinist 30 Backpack

Graham enjoys several features about this pack, especially the rain cover and the padded 15” laptop sleeve.  Whether you are commuting to work or school, this pack will carry everything you need with ease while distributing the weight across your back evenly.  The high visibility rain cover is stored out of the way until needed and will protect the entire pack from rain and road spray.  The Shimano Tsukinist 30 Backpack features closed side pockets, a deluxe panel organizer to keep your items central and organized and lastly a smart phone pocket with a key pocket to avoid taking the pack off to answer a call or apply a bicycle lock.  The pack is available in black and features reflective elements throughout the pack to help be seen by traffic.  Stay tuned for more great gift ideas from the rest of the Contender crew!

Shimano Tsukinist 30 Backpack

Shimano Tsukinist 30 Backpack

Shimano Tsukinist 30 Backpack

Shimano Tsukinist 30 Backpack

 

 

Alison’s Holiday Gift Pick!

Riding with some kind of electrolyte mix in your bottle makes a big difference on long bike rides.  This holiday gift pick goes out to all the ladies out there.  Alison Littlefield has selected the all new Osmo Hydration for Women after trying the products for herself.  Alison speaks very highly of these new products developed specifically for women athletes for many different reasons.  Osmo has created three products designed for women called Preload Hydration, Active Hydration and Acute Recovery.

Osmo Nutrition for Women

Osmo Nutrition for Women

Alison has been using the Osmo Active Hydration for Women while riding in spin class as well as using the product on mountain bike rides.  Among all the great features of this product, Alison really enjoys the subtle mango flavor that is not overpowering or too sweet.  Do to hormonal changes that happen throughout the month, the internal body temperature can vary by 0.5°C in addition to increased sodium loss and a drop in plasma volume.  Dr. Stacy Sims developed Osmo Active Hydration for Women to address these physiological realities to help female athletes increase power output, improve endurance and avoid premenstrual related performance decreases.  Get the nutrition that matches your physiology and see how much better you feel and perform is scientifically designed to maximize the rate of fluid absorption into your body, you’ll stay hydrated and more importantly stay moving.  Use the Preload Hydration before you exercise to perform at your best, Active Hydration during exercise to maintain energy and stay hydrated and lastly the Acute Recovery to restore progesterone and estrogen levels to inhibit muscle repair and glycogen restoration.  Stay tuned for more great gift ideas from the rest of the Contender crew!

Osmo Nutrition for Women

Osmo Nutrition for Women