ERIK’S Spotlight: Rob Stepaniak

 At ERIK’S, we are just as passionate about the sports we sell as you are.  We each have a different style of riding, but one thing in common – we love to ride.  The ERIK’S Spotlight is a way to share stories of why we ride.  

Say hello to our Sales Trainer, Rob Stepaniak.

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2017 Specialized Apparel

Clothing styles are constantly changing, so to get the scoop on the 2017 Specialized Spring line we asked Mano Yanez, ERIK’S Apparel Product Manager.
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Cycling Lights: What You Need To Know

Right now in the Midwest, we’re experiencing an exceptionally balmy late winter. We may not need studded tires anymore, but we’re still contending with short days and dark rides. Cycling lights are especially important during this time of year.  For riders looking for lights, there is one essential question you need to ask first: do you need to be seen, or do you want to see?

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Specialized Bike Fleet Grant Program

Like many kids, Mike Sinyard struggled with ADHD growing up. Unlike many kids, Mike grew up and became the Founder and CEO of Specialized Bicycle Components, one of the top 3 bike manufacturers in the US. Though he learned to manage the inability to stay focused and being easily distracted, he noticed that cycling muted those symptoms and improved his concentration. After reading Bicycling Magazine’s article “Riding is my Ritalin“, Mike and Specialized joined RTSG Neuroscience Consultants in investigating the link between aerobic exercise and concentration. Read More…

SIA Tradeshow Recap

We sent our apparel and board buyers out to the SnowSports Industries America (SIA) Tradeshow in Denver, Colorado, then sat them down to talk about what’s new for 2017. Read More…

World Fat Bike Champ Catches Arctic Fat Fever

Recently, ERIK’S and Excelsior Brewing hosted Arctic Fat Fever, a fat bike race on the frozen Lake Minnetonka in Excelsior Minnesota.  The race featured Robbie Squire, the 2016 Borealis Fat Bike World Champion!  Not surprisingly, he was also the winner of the 2017 Arctic Fat Fever.  We caught up with Robbie post-ride for his thoughts on the race, fat biking and the 2017 season.

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Winter: A Perfect Time For A Bike Fit

It’s -2 degrees in Minneapolis as I write this, and for many of us riding our road bike or mountain bike outside is still a far off vision. I know that the hardcore riders, commuters and fat bike riders are out there no matter the conditions, but for the rest of us winter means bringing the workouts indoors. With smart trainers and apps like Zwift, indoor workouts are no longer the boredom fests they once were.

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ASSOS: Sponsor Yourself

ASSOS was started 40 years ago in Switzerland by Toni Maier. Toni was known for his out the box ideas, like building a bike out of carbon fiber. He was inspired by Formula One cars that were already using carbon fiber. So he made the first carbon fiber road bike, which at that time cost about $50,000. He was later inspired by skiers to create more aerodynamic cycling clothing. Since then, ASSOS gear has been worn in numerous World Championship Races, Olymipics and has had hundreds of riders on the podium. Below is just a brief overview of a few of the ASSOS products that ERIK’S carries. Read More…

SSCXWCXPDX: Achievement Unlocked

There is only one way to describe it: the most rad and raucous bicycle event of the year. That is what the Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championship is. After my trip to Victoria, BC last year for the ninth edition, I knew that I had to return for the tenth anniversary in Portland. Registration sold out fast, but I was lucky enough to have gotten in under the wire. Read More…

Fat Biking in Style: Specialized

Do you have what you need for winter biking? There are plenty of options for bikes and gear to keep you riding and comfortable no matter the temperature. In this blog, we will cover a variety of Specialized gear, but stay tuned for another blog on the winter bike gear by 45NRTH. Read More…

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