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We are pleased to announce we’ve extended our store hours for Spring. Here are the new store hours:

Store Hours:

  • Closed Monday
  • Tuesday-Friday: 10:00-7:00
  • Saturday: 11:00-600
  • Sunday: 11:00-5:00
Bicycle Roots is open to help with all your cycling needs

Bicycle Roots is open to help with all your cycling needs

This is a great time to come shop for a new bike. All our 2013 model year bikes are 25% off until March 20th. Get a jump on Spring with an awesome new bike, and save some $$ while you do it.

If you’ve already got a bike, but you haven’t ridden it all winter, this is also a great time to get a tune up. We can turn around most repairs in just one business day.

We’ll see you in the store!

A New York City cyclist biking in the winter. Credit: Getty Images.

A New York City cyclist biking in the winter. Credit: Getty Images.

You Need Warm Clothes

It’s frickin’ nuts how cold it is out there. Even if you’re taking a break from cycling, just walking to the subway is an icy dance with death.

It’s time to get serious about getting dressed in the morning. You CAN handle the cold with the right technical clothing, some preparation, and good layering techniques.

Need a little help? This Weekend Only: Winter Clothing is 20% Off at Bicycle Roots. Take advantage of this limited time sale to get great technical clothing for any outdoor activity.

Winter clothingWhat’s On Sale

The things you need right now are all on sale: Base Layers, Tights, Snow Pants, Jackets, Balaclavas, Hats, Socks, & select Gloves from brands such as Specialized, Endura, Ibex, & 45NRTH. Reflective Vests and Accessories are on sale too, and we’re even taking 20% off Bicycle Roots and Ritte Cycles T-Shirts.

This sale excludes Giro and Gator Sports brand items. Sale ends at 5:00 pm on Sunday, January 26th. No Rainchecks. Cannot be combined with other discounts. Sale prices apply in store only.

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How to Stay Warm

Here’s how we’re staying warm this winter. These tips can work for you, too!

  1. Wear wool, silk, fleece, or polypropelene against your skin.
  2. Wear a windproof, waterproof outer layer.
  3. Add layers of insulation in between the inner and outer layer as needed. Knit fabrics are best here.
  4. Cover all of your skin. Leave no skin exposed.

Bike Radar has published a basic guide to winter layering. Read it here.

Don’t Forget the Needy

Winter Coat Drive

Bicycle Roots is a drop off location for the New York Cares Coat Drive. Bring us your gently used winter coats and jackets, and we will bring them to New York Cares. They will be distributed to individuals in need immediately.

The coat drive ends February 7th, but don’t wait til the last minute. Donate your used winter coats and jackets today! You can donate coats at our store at 609 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn NY, during our store hours.

Beginning on December 3rd, 2013, we are switching to our winter hours.

Winter Hours:

  • Monday… Closed
  • Tuesday-Friday… 12:00-7:00
  • Saturday… 12:00-6:00
  • Sunday… 12:00-5:00

We will resume extended store hours in the Spring of 2014.

Winter cycling really is good for your heart

Winter cycling really is good for your heart

Now, the season is definitely not over. This year, the North East is expected to see above-average temperatures and very little snow until January. Winter in New York City is usually fairly mild, and you can ride through it with some preparation.

Here are some ideas to make riding a bike in the winter convenient, easy, and fun:

  • Layer up! Dress strategically for the weather. There are many well-informed articles on the internet on how to dress for winter cycling, including this one by Nick James. While everyone has his or her own style, the concepts are universal: Wear a breathable baselayer, a warm mid-layer, and a wind proof outer layer. Cover all your skin. Wear clothing that moves. Heavier is not better.
  • Be Bright! Strap some powerful bike lights onto your bike. With sunset around 4:30pm nowawdays, you will be riding in the dark. If your lights are battery powered, keep a good supply of fresh batteries at the ready. If they are USB powered, keep them charged. And don’t forget to remove your bike lights from your bike when you lock it up, because thieves will steal them.
  • Get Tuned! If your tires, brake pads, cables, or chain are worn out, this is a good time to replace them. A professional bike mechanic can recommend safety improvements for your particular bicycle, so you can handle winter streets with confidence. Ask the mechanic to show you how to perform a pre-ride safety check, so that your bike ride doesn’t include any nasty surprises.
  • Keep Your Bike Inside! Lots of urban cyclists struggle with heavy bicycles that they don’t want to carry up to their apartments. But if you park your bike on the street overnight, the elements will cause it to rust and corrode much faster. It’s all right to park your bike outside once in a while, but you shouldn’t make a habit of it. If you store your bike inside, its components will work better for longer. And that brings us to…
  • Upgrade! What if your old bike too heavy to carry upstairs? What if it has steel wheels and brakes with next-to-no stopping power? If you’ve been tooling around town on a vintage cruiser all summer, now would be a great time to consider upgrading your bicycle to something lighter and higher performance. Winter is the best time of year to buy a new bike. It’s when bike stores put their older inventory on sale, so you can save hundreds of dollars on a new bike. In the spring, those deals will be much scarcer.
That cute vintage bike can't stop at all. Just sayin'.

That cute vintage bike can’t stop at all. Just sayin’.

This is just the beginning. Stop by our store at 609 Nostrand Ave any time, and our staff will be happy to provide their own personal winter-riding tips and tricks. We all ride through the winter- and you can, too!

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