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Meet Leif Kruse

Feb 22, 2019 3:39:00 PM

Meet Leif Kruse

Hometown: Not one home town, but lots of traveling.

Years of Experience: 18 years in the bike industry, most spent as a professional mechanic

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

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Cycling, paddle boarding, hiking, surfing, traveling, painting, linocut printmaking

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

Meet Damian Roman

Feb 15, 2019 4:10:06 PM

Meet Damian Roman

Hometown: Lake George, NY

Years of Experience: 18 Years of Ski and Bike Tuning (& Sales)

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Skiing, Mountain Biking, Gravel Grinding...being outdoors.

Favorite Gear: Specialized Swat Gear (because it's so practical!), Lang XT boot line up, Kona Honzo ST (because steel is real)

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Meet Quinn Lemler

Feb 11, 2019 4:22:16 PM

Meet Quinn Lemler

Hometown: Midlothian, VA

Years of Experience: 10+ years mountain biking, 2 year mechanic experience.

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Mountain biking, snowboarding, rock climbing

Favorite Gear: Specialized Stumpjumper - because it can do anything I need it to and it silences critics.

Favorite local outdoor destination(s): Perry Hill in Waterbury because between the intense climbing and the technical features, I can feel my riding progress on every ride.

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Comments | Posted in Meet Our Staff Service Bicycling By Quinn Lemler

Meet Emily Hoffman

Jan 28, 2019 6:10:00 PM

Meet Emily Hoffman

Hometown: New York, NY

Years of Experience: I'm new to Skirack with 3 years of experience leading long distance cycling tours.

Certifications and Awards: Wilderness First Aid and CPR

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Skiing, cycling, hiking, fly-fishing, farming, photography, painting, really anything that has to do with art and being outside.

Favorite Gear: My Specialized AWOL Elite, Patagonia baselayers, Darn Tough Socks.

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Comments | Posted in Meet Our Staff Bicycling Running By Emily Hoffman

Small Town Mountains Opening Up for Bike Lift Access!

Only a few years ago, the idea that a small dual chair mountain would invest in lift access biking would seem foolish. Coupled with immense overhead, steep competition from larger resorts and what was still a very niche sport, the return on investment just wasn’t clear – and the risk for locally owned hills was potentially fatal.

But things have changed. With the explosive growth of Mountain Biking across the Green Mountain State and broader New England, small town mountains are seeing a more solid path to profitably supporting the logistics and overhead associated with digging and staffing trails.

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Top 5 Entry Level Bikes

Sep 12, 2018 5:35:00 AM

Skirack's Top 5 Entry Level Bikes

In the great big world of cycling, new categories are constantly emerging for different riding styles. For someone who's new to bikes, this can be horribly overwhelming. There's a fear of spending too much on the wrong bike, or not spending enough and ending up with a bike that can't keep up.

We want to simplify things for beginners, lay out exactly what our favorite bikes are in some common categories, and let you as the rider decide which describes your style best. These five picks are based off of common customer types, from stories we hear every day on the bike sales floor, and the bikes we like to steer them towards.

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Electric Bike Me Out to the Ballgame Using Skirack's Electric Bike Lending Program

Last month in July, I had the pleasure of trying Skirack's new electric bike lending program. The program is set up for Vermont residents only where you incorporate an e-bike into your life for 3 days and to see if it is right for you. The Skirack electric bike lending program was super easy to use! I just called the store and a helpful employee set up a reservation for me.

On the day of my reservation, the e-bike was charged up and waiting for me at Skirack's bike shop! The bike (the Specialized Turbo Vado) comes with everything one would need to ride away with including: a lock, helmet, spare tube, battery charger, and panniers. I just had to fill out a waiver and drop the $100 deposit (refunded after successful return), and off I went!

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A First Hand Look at Skirack's Electric Bike Lending Program

After trying an electric bike (e-bike) demo for under a minute at the Lake Monsters Bike Me Out to the Ballgame, I knew I would have to give the 3 day demo a shot. I have a 15 mile round trip commute each day and also do lots of local commutes around Burlington. I wanted to test the e-bike on the numerous steep hills and areas where bikes don't have great options.

The reservation process was easy. I simply called Skirack and gave them my info and setup the days to demo. When I arrived I signed some simple paperwork, put down a refundable $100 deposit, got a quick tutorial on the e-bike and was on my way. The bike (which is a Specialized Turbo Vado) comes with pannier bags, repair kit, helmet and locks - you don't need to supply any equipment. It also has built in front and rear lights as well as a mirror. The bike is a little heavy and hard to maneuver through a tight doorway but you don't notice the weight when riding (the Specialized Turbo Vado comes with a “walk mode” to make it easier to push the bike).

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Comments | Posted in Product Features and Reviews Bicycling By Jason Stuffle

Meet Jacob Dorsey

Jul 16, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Meet Jacob Dorsey

Hometown: Richmond, VA

Years of Experience: 2 years of sales and 13 years of snowboarding.

Certifications and Awards: Wilderness First Aid

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Soccer, snowboarding, biking, disc golf, and reading.

Favorite Gear: Cannondale: I love the Slate it's a blast and can handle different types of terrain with ease.

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Comments | Posted in Meet Our Staff Bicycling By Jacob Dorsey

Meet Max VanOrman

Jul 9, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Meet Max VanOrman

Hometown:Bloomfield, NY

Years of Experience: I am new to Skirack as of this summer and have 10+ years of sales management experience

Outside Interests and Hobbies: Mountain biking, hiking, fishing, writing music.

Favorite Gear: My Specialized Enduro has been my trusty steed on the trails for the past year and I love how versatile the bike is both on the climb and ripping downhill.

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