Carolyn and Guy with IGotaBike.com stopped by the shop today. They filled us in on some of their adventures since they have last ridden by R-D Bike Shop.
As we are enjoying temperatures of 80+ degrees today the discussion included water bottles-in specific insulated water bottles. We currently have in stock Polar Bottle brand, they are made in the USA and are free of BPA, and Phthalate. Carol shared that she likes the insulated bottle offered by Camelback.
End result? I feel compelled to do a product test and the Camelback insulated bottles are on order. I also promised to share the results of my tests with Carol and Guy. They have a page on their website devoted to the gear they are using on their journey.
Another reason for their visit to the shop- they proudly shared the recent completion of the Ohio to Erie Trail Guide. It is available for purchase as a digital download.
Last week was Bike to Work Week, and Friday May 17 was designated as Bike To Work Day. Our side of Downtown Barberton was closed off due to the annual Cherry Blossom Festival on Friday so I made was by bicycle.
This may be due to the weather moderating,(rather than celebrating National Bicycle Month), but we have noticed an increase in commuting being given as the reason for repairs and purchases of bicycles-a great decision especially in and around Barberton.
Don and I spent Saturday May 18 at the Wolf Creek Trailhead of the TowPath Trail that is located at Snyder Avenue. R-D Bike Shop was the water stop sponsor for the FirstMerit Towpath Century Ride held on Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19th. FirstMerit Towpath Trail Century Ride is a fully-supported 101 mile ride on the historic Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail that celebrates this regional trail and promotes the development of connector trails for the regional trail system. The weather was lovely, about 30 degrees warmer than that of the previous Saturday.
At the Wolf Creek waterstop
Below is a list of items we have marked down. They include prior model year bicycles as well as accessories. The items will be removed from the list as they are sold, and others will be added as we go through the season so keep checking the list!
2010 KHS Brentwood 23″ , originally $299, now $259
2010 Marin Larkspur 17″, originally $479, now $369
2012 Marin Larkspur CS2 19″, originally $499.99, now $399
2012 Fuji Nevada 29 4.0 19″, originally $549, now $479
Louis Garneau Womans Durango, a Mtn/Touring cycling shoe, SPD compatible, Sizes 7.5, 8.5, and 9. -originally $90, now $45
Ryders Performance Sport eyewear-all Ryders sunglasses are now 50% off listed price. The models range from $39 to $69.99.
2012 KHS TC150 21″, originally $459, now $399
2012 KHS TC100 21″, originally $359, now $299
2010 Marin Bridgweay 19″ , originally $430, now $359
2012 Fuji Saratoga 1.0 Med, originally $429, now $359
2007 Incline Newport 17″ , originally $299, now $199
2010 KHS Cidi 8 21″, originally $659, now $529
Today was the Larry Bidlingmyer Community Bike Ride. Don and I assist the ride by offering inspects of the bicycles brought to the ride. The ride participants have ranged in age from the little one using training wheels to their grand parents.
This years weather was on the chilly side, the sky did not begin to brighten until late in the afternoon-as in it is just now starting to clear. The pictures below are of Don and I doing what we do- pumping up tires and inspecting the bikes, and some of the cyclists at the ride.
April showers bring May flowers -I agree! The flowers outside are in full bloom and look gorgeous. The ones in our display window, while plastic should last longer….
Next week-the third week of May is designated as Bike to Work Week, with next Friday, May 17 Bike to Work Day. The weekend of May 17-19 is also the Cherry Blossom Festival, if you work in Downtown Barberton consider commuting to work on Friday. We would be happy to inspect your bicycle-prior to Friday. We offer a full selection of headlights, taillights, and helmets for your commute.
The Larry Bidlingmyer Community Bike Ride is next Saturday, May 11 at the Snyder Avenue Towpath Entrance.
I’m sure the weather will be as lovely for the ride as it is today.