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How to Host an Indoor Bike Trainer Group Ride using Zwift. Photo Credit: Wahoo Fitness.

Since the start of the 2020 Pandemic, many people around the world were not able to go for a bike ride with their friends. While I'm not a competitive rider, the primary reason I'm out there is the social fun, a few high fives, some solid exercise and a post ride beer. No matter if it's the mountain bike, a gravel route or just ripping around town on a single speed it's the fun of seeing friends and sharing an experience that almost all of us can enjoy. Exercise and socializing are necessary parts of day-to-day life.

What many people soon discovered and enjoyed is the flexibility that an indoor bike trainer provides, especially in inclement weather or when it gets dark earlier in the day during the fall and winter months. A bonus is having the technology to share bike rides in the virtual world of Zwift, an app that connects with a compatible bike trainer's Bluetooth and ant+ and lets you ride, train, race and chat from the comfort of your own home.

Just as bikes did, sales of indoor bike trainers soared last year and they were hard to keep in stock. We expect them to continue to increase in popularity as the winter progresses and more people get into biking. Below are our top bike trainers with features and tips for hosting a group ride using Zwift.

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Downhill skiing with kids can be challenging, but also very rewarding. Photo Credit: Rossignol.

Outdoor activities with kids in any weather can be challenging but also very rewarding. Cold, snow, rain, and wind can add another element to the mix. No matter the age of your kiddo, follow these general tips for a most positive outdoor experience. This article is focused on downhill skiing and snowboarding, but these tips can be applied to any cold weather activity. Our mission is to inspire a lifetime of outdoor activity and starting them off right is the best way to instill a love of nature at an early age.

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Meet Leif Kruse

Aug 17, 2021 3:39:00 AM

Meet Leif Kruse

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hometown: Several different places.

Years of Experience: 20 years in various service related roles in the bike industry.

Certifications and Awards: Multiple Shimano certifications, STU (Sram Technical University), BG fit certification

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Comments | Posted in Meet Our Staff Service Bicycling By Leif Kruse

Winter sports gear (more specifically for backcountry skiing or backyard exploration) has been in demand like never before. Photo Credit: Zach Walbridge.

The Popularity of Cross Country Skiing + Backcountry Snowsports

Last winter, the outdoor community saw an unprecedented surge in winter outdoor activities. Between travel and ski resort restrictions, more people discovered or rediscovered snowsports as a way to get out of the house, get back into shape, or socialize while enjoying the outdoors.

As a direct result of this popularity, winter gear has been in demand like never before. Last winter, touring and backcountry cross country skis and equipment sold out, with few or no options for our buyers to reorder. We also saw an uptick for backcountry gear and snowshoes. Indoor bike trainers also increased in popularity as people preferred the flexibility of riding at home with their friends virtually. More recently, running shoes and clothing have seen supply issues due to production and shipping delays.

If this all sounds familiar, it should. We’re still experiencing the same demand and supply issues with finding a bike.

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Here at Skirack, we do more than just find a shoe that looks good and fits your feet. We pair you with a shoe that functionally operates that fits your exact needs.

We do this by really getting to know the customer, getting to know what kind of runner they are, what their arch looks like, any past or current injuries, and what their ankle mobility looks like. The list goes on and on from there.

This process allows us to narrow down the wall because we have a very large selection. There are strengths and weaknesses to every shoe and we want to best accommodate what your foot is going to need.

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Meet Max VanOrman

Aug 1, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Meet Max VanOrman

Hometown: Bloomfield, NY

Years of Experience: Bike, Snowboard and Run expertise

Outside Interests and Hobbies: I love mountain biking, writing music, fishing, hiking, and camping.

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Meet Derek Tiplady

Jul 31, 2021 7:00:00 AM

Meet Derek Tiplady

Hometown: Burlington VT

Years of Experience: 11 Years here total at The Skirack as a mechanic. I've been the Catagory manager/Buyer for Snowboard product for the last 10 years and the Bike Parts and Accessories buyer for the last 3 years. I've been and avid rider and biker for around thirty years.

Outside Interests and Hobbies: In winter it's getting as many days on snow as my schedule and body will allow. Usually at Sugarbush or Bolton and the surrounding backcountry. Summer time its long rides off the beaten path especially if it involves camping, or just a quick cruise around town to meet up with friends for a beer. Golfing, disc golf, seeing live music or just hanging out with my Wife and our dog.

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Meet Doug Stewart

Jul 29, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Meet Doug Stewart

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hometown: Silver Spring, MD

Years of Experience: Alpine boot fitter since 2001 and Certified Ski Instructor since 1994.

Certifications and Awards: PSIA-E Examiner Masterfit Certified Bootfitter

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Downhill Skiing, Star Wars, Rollerblading, and all things Elon Musk.

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Featuring the Specialized Jett: fits better, for longer. Photo Credit: Specialized Bicycles

When is an appropriate age to start including kids into bike adventures?

1 year is the recommended age provided by the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) where babies develop the neck strength required to support the weight of a helmet and to keep their head from bobbing when riding over bumps.

Once your kiddo turns 1, there are many child bike gear options we carry at Skirack which are explained below, starting with the most important: a bike helmet.

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Ellie and Clarke run at the Lake Champlain Waterfront Marina in Burlington, Vermont. Photo: Zach Walbridge.

So you’ve decided to start running, congratulations! Building up a habit of running can have lifelong health benefits, create lasting friendships, and generate endless fun. Starting out can often be the hardest part so here are a few tips and tricks to get you out the door and keep you moving through your runs!

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