The Philosophy of A Group Ride: KC Mid Day Mid Week

The Mid Day Mid Week (MDMW) Ride started rolling in the spring of 2006 with a ‘handful’ of riders.  At the time there were plenty of weekend club rides.  And plenty of weekend Fitness Center rides.  On most evenings in the summer one could find a “blow and go” ride launching from a neighborhood drinking establishment.  What was missing in the south Kansas City scene was a ride where one could learn and share the ‘craft’ of road riding within the fellowship of a good group.   Read More…

Riding in the Rain

So much of the sport of cycling is about overcoming obstacles. Hills, opponents and our own innate physical weaknesses (it never gets easier, you just get faster). One of the most disheartening challenges, however, is rain. It weighs your down, disrupts your vision, and it cools your body and saps your strength. Even when the rain stops, your ride will be cold and wet as you plow thorough puddles. But, just as we invented derailleurs and cassettes for mountains, we’ve got a wealth of solutions to keep you warm and dry, so you can ride when you want, not “weather permitting”. Read More…

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…

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