CIBA's 47th Annual Hilly Hundred Weekend - October 10-12, 2014

By: Thursday, July 24, 2014

Event Name:  CIBA's 47th Annual Hilly Hundred Weekend

Date & Time: October 10-12, 2014 - Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Location: Edgewood High School, 601 S. Edgewood Drive, Ellettsville, Indiana

Website: http://hillyhundred.org/

About this Event: Perennial winner of Bicycling Magazine and the League of American Bicyclists Best Biking in America Awards. The Central Indiana Bicycling Association, Inc. (CIBA) is proud to sponsor the 47th Annual Hilly Hundred Weekend, a classic bicycling event designed for the touring cyclists. If you like a bicycling challenge that includes entertainment and fellowship with more than 5,000 cyclists from over 40 states and several foreign countries, the Hilly is for you.

 

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Tour De Upland - August 15-17, 2014

By: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Event Name:  Tour De Upland - 2014

Date & Time: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 15-17, 2014

Location: Camp Framasa, 2230 Clay Lick Road, Nashville, IN 47448

Website: www.tourdeupland.com

About this Event:  It’s time again to register for Tour de Upland.  30 hours of cycling, beer, camping, and music in Nashville, IN. Plus the toughest Century in Indiana.  This year the Tour will be on August 15th and 17th.  Options for road routes include 16, 35, 65 and 100 miles.  There will also be mountain bike routes ranging from 3-20 miles.   Ride one route or many, ranging from novice to expert.

 

Bicycle Garage Indy's Upcoming Events blog lists events of interest to our friends, fans and customers.  For information on listing your your event, use this form on bgindy.com.

 

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The Bears Ride - October 11, 2014

By: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Event Name:  The Bears Ride (Bike Eat And Ride Some)

Date & Time: Saturday, October 11, 2014

Location: Shelbyville Middle School, 1200 W McKay Rd, Shelbyville, IN  46176-3292

Website: http://bearsride.org/

About this Event: The BEARS Ride is a family friendly ride that will be taking place on October, 12th, 2013, and all courses will start and end at Shelbyville Middle School. Participants may start as early as 8:00 a.m. and have the option of riding 10 miles, 20 miles, 30 miles, and/or 50 miles. Routes are supported by 3 SAG stops as well as SAG drivers in trucks to pick up those rider with equipment issues. There will be hamburgers and hot dogs at the end of the ride as well as live music at a SAG stop or two. On-site vendors will provide riders with an opportunity to pick up last minute supplies as well as do a little shopping from local businesses.

 

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The Hope Ride - September 20, 2014

By: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Event Name:  The Hope Ride

Date & Time: Saturday, September 20, 2014

Location: Hauser High School, 9273 North State Road 9, Hope, IN 47246

Website: http://hoperide.org/

About this Event: Get your Graze On! Make Hope your last blast of Summer! Riders love us…We love Riders…It’s quite romantic! The Hope Ride is a utopian cycling extravaganza. It’s the ride of tomorrow. Flying bicycles, anti-gravity water bottles, amazing wind reversing machines, holographic maps, and rainbows and puppy dogs for all!

 

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Rollfast Gran Fondo - September 14, 2014

By: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Event Name:  Rollfast Gran Fondo

Date & Time: September 14, 2014

Location:  Monon Square Shopping Center, 620 S Rangeline Rd, Carmel, IN 46032

Website: http://www.rollfastfondo.com/

About this Event:  A Gran Fondo is a mass-start, timed cycling event, run over closed and open roadways, with full support and post-ride podium presentations.

The Rollfast Gran Fondo is Indiana's first and only Gran Fondo. It isn't a race - it's a timed event. It is intended to be a relaxed, safe, social and fun atmosphere for anybody with a bicycle.

The Rollfast Gran Fondo consists of 3 route options of varying lengths. Approximately 25, 60 and 100 mile options will be available for riders of all abilities.

The Rollfast Gran Fondo is more than just a bike ride. It's a full blown family friendly festival of fun! Admission to the festival is free, the public and all ages are welcome.

 

Bicycle Garage Indy's Upcoming Events blog lists events of interest to our friends, fans and customers.  For information on listing your your event, use this form on bgindy.com.

 

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Columbus Indiana Moonlight Loop - August 16, 2014

By: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Event Name:  Inaugural Columbus Indiana Moonlight Loop

Date & Time: Saturday, August 16, 2014, 9 pm

Location: Bartholomew County Public Library/Visitors Center, 536 5th Street, Columbus, IN  47201

Website: http://www.columbus.in.gov/animal-care-services/moonlight-loop2/

About this Event: The Moonlight Loop is an evening bicycle ride of 19 miles around scenic Columbus, Indiana, to benefit Columbus Animal Care Services (CACS). The ride will take place on Saturday, August, 16, 2014, starting at 9:00 p.m. Modeled after the Indy N.I.T.E. ride in Indianapolis, Indiana, the ride will make a loop around the City of Columbus, passing several architectural gems along the way.

 

Bicycle Garage Indy's Upcoming Events blog lists events of interest to our friends, fans and customers.  For information on listing your your event, use this form on bgindy.com.

 

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Keys to a successful triathlon - the next Tri Night at Bicycle Garage Indy

By: Saturday, July 19, 2014

"Keys to a Successful Triathlon" is the theme of the next Tri Night at Bicycle Garage Indy North, on Monday, July 28, beginning at 6 pm.  We are pleased to have Doug Robinson and Heather Pickey of Phoenix Fitness & Training join us as presenters for this free event (registration required).

Attendees of this workshop will gain knowledge and informational nuggets that will help them prepare for triathlon events that are coming up at the end of the summer like Tri Indy, the Eagle Creek Sprint Triathlon and the Go Girl Triathlon as well as other triathlons in future years.

The sport of triathlon requires participants to learn and train in three different sports and then combine them with transitions to make a totally unique sport.  There are a five key concepts that will help people prepare to have a successful and enjoyable experience: body readiness, training intensity, equipment familiarity, mental preparation and a supportive lifestyle.

About Doug Robinson:  All throughout his own racing career, Doug has never lost his passion for coaching and helping people improve and grow both athletically and personally.  Doug has been coaching for the past 30 years and over his coaching career, Doug has helped countless athletes connect with a vision, enhance their passion and provide them with the tools and training to be successful in their respective activities.  He has raced in running, cycling, swimming, triathlons through the full spectrum of distances from 5K and sprint triathlons through marathons and Ironman.  (Read more about Doug.)

About Heather Pickey:  Heather began absorbing information about endurance training in 2007, learning the valuable principles of aerobic zone training, running slower to run faster, training cycles that included active recovery and good nutrition strategies. With a solid foundation of coaching, she found herself racing faster with each event and was shaving minutes off of each PR. Heather has cultivated a love for being part of the unique process people go through when they embark on a fitness journey. (Read more about Heather.)

Agenda

  • 6:00 pm    Food/social time
  • 6:15 pm    Welcome/Intros
  • 6:30 pm    Presentation
  • 7:15 pm    Shopping / Door prizes

Please fill out this online form to register for Bicycle Garage Indy's "Tri Night" on Monday, July 28, 2014 at Bicycle Garage Indy North, 4340 E. 82nd St., Indianapolis, IN. 

Bicycle Garage Indy offers Triathlon/Time Trial bikes from Cannondale, Giant and Trek, professional bike fitting services, and the leading names in triathlon accessories, clothing and shoes.

 

Wabash River Ride - August 23, 2014

By: Friday, July 18, 2014

Event Name:  Wabash River Ride

Date & Time: Saturday, August 23, 2014, 7 am - 5 pm

Location: Fort Quiatenon, 3129 South River Road, West Lafayette, IN

Website: www.wrcc-in.org/WRR

About this Event: The 35th Annual Wabash River Ride will be held on Saturday, August 23 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Join us for well organized and supported rides of 35, 50, 72 or 106 miles through some of the most beautiful parts of Tippecanoe, Fountain and Warren counties.

 

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The Bicycle Garage Indy & BGI Fitness Newsletter for July 15

By: Friday, July 18, 2014

If you do not receive the Bicycle Garage Indy email newsletter, you can read latest one here www.bgindy.com/for/newsletter:

Here are some of the useful items from the latest jam packed edition:

 

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Bicycle Garage Indy has three locations to serve you; Bicycle Garage Indy North (Indianapolis, Dean Road at 82nd St.),  Bicycle Garage Indy Greenwood (just west of I-65 on County Line Rd), and Bicycle Garage Indy Downtown, in the Indy Bike Hub YMCA.


 

- Jay S. Hardcastle, Marketing Manager 
Bicycle Garage Indy & BGI Fitness

 

NITE Ride LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014 Winners

By: Friday, July 11, 2014

The votes are in, and we have our winners in Bicycle Garage Indy's NITE Ride LITE Up Your bike contest.  We were very excited to have 27 contest entries line-up this year, and we've had thousands of fans view their entries. 

The 1st Place prize of a $100 Bicycle Garage Indy Gift Card is going to Mandi Hall & Lisa Tolle of Fishers, IN.  Our 2nd Place winner of a $75 Gift Card is Katelyn Jamison & friends, of Fisher, IN. Beth Wyeth of Indianapolis was in 3rd Place for a $50 Gift Card, and John Hartman & family (4th) and Cynthia & Michael Fairbairn (5th) will recieve $25 Gift Cards.

Thanks again to everyone who entered, and we hope to see you all, and even more entries, at the 2015 NITE Ride, July 27 2015.

Jay Hardcastle
Marketing Manager - Bicycle Garage Indy & BGI Fitness
jhardcastle@bgindy.com

NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014: John Hartman & family- 4th Place

Here are John Hartman & family, of Indianapolis, IN, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

 
NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014: Cynthia & Michael Fairbairn- 5th Place

Here are Cynthia & Michael Fairbairn, of Lakeside Park, KY, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

Do you have high blood pressure? Then you REALLY need to get moving!

By: Friday, July 11, 2014

Do you have high blood pressure?  You certainly are not alone.  Over 25% of American adults have hypertension. The bad news is that high blood pressure puts you at increased risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease and heart failure.  The great news is that blood pressure values start to improve when you get up and start moving.  What kind of “moving” are we talking about?

Aerobic activity is the key.  Aerobic means activities that increase your heart rate and keep it elevated for a period of time.  Excellent choices include walking, biking, running and swimming.  All of these activities can drop your blood pressure values both immediately (acute response) and long term (chronic response).  And any drop in blood pressure dramatically reduces your risk of stroke and coronary artery disease.  

The acute response to exercise can be a drop of 5-7mm which continues for up to 22 hours post-exercise.  The chronic response to exercise is a gradual lowering of your resting blood pressure.  Many exercising individuals have been able to reduce or completely eliminate their blood pressure medications (under the direction of their physician).

So if you have high blood pressure, take steps now (quite literally!) to start bringing it down.  First meet with your physician to get your blood pressure under good control.  Let them know that you want to start moving to see if they have any recommendations specific to your medical situation.  Then choose activities that you enjoy and get moving!

For more detailed reading on this topic, please see the article Exercise & Hypertension in the BGI Fitness Resource pages.

 

The Latest Wahoo Fitness bicycle accessories tie it all together

By: Friday, July 11, 2014

There is a lot of interest in using smart phones, like the iPhone and similar Android devices, as data collections centers for your riding.  I have become a fan of this myself, as I go between MapMyRide and Strava, and ride multiple bikes. Wahoo Fitness is one of many vendors offering innovative sensors and accessory to take advantage of the capabilities of smart phones, and many of these are now available at Bicycle Garage Indy.

While offering many accessories with ANT+ connectivity, Wahoo now offers almost everything with BlueTooth, a wireless standard built into almost all the latest smart phones.  This means you don’t need an extra piece plugged into your phone, which is nice for keeping things simple.

Two Wahoo apps are required on your phone to get the functionality out their accessories. The Wahoo Utility app is used for “pairing” the accessories with your phone, and the Wahoo Fitness app is then used for displaying and recording the data collected during your ride or workout.

The first option for the cyclist is Wahoo’s Blue SC ($59.99), a Bluetooth speed and cadence sensor that mounts on your bike’s chain stay. Once linked to your phone, your speed and cadence are displayed in the Wahoo Fitness App, along with the normal time and trip distance functions.

If you then want to use your iPhone as a traditional handlebar mount bicycle computer, you can use the Wahoo iPhone PROTKT ($59.99).  The case is weather and shock resistant, and has positive, but quick, twist off release from its stem mounting position.  

If you are like me, and don’t want your phone (and its distractions) on the handlebars,  Wahoo offer the RFLKT ($99.99).  Introduced in 2013, the RFLKT is a remote display, connected via BlueTooth, to the Wahoo Fitness app running on your phone.  This means your phone can be kept safe in a jersey pocket or seat bag while you’re riding. The RFLKT has multiple pages of display, which can be customized with the Wahoo Utility app.

The RFLKT is not much larger than more traditional bike computers at 2.4” long, 1.4” wide, and only a quarter inch thick, and weighs in under 3 ounces with mount.  New this year is the RFLKT+ ($129.99), which adds an ANT+ to BlueTooth bridge and a built in altimeter.

To finish off your training data collection, Wahoo now offers two BlueTooth heart rate monitors, the Tickr ($59.99) and Tickr Run ($79.99).  Both models and lightweight and feature a small tranmitter on a thin, flexible strap.  The new Tickr Run includes stride and impact measurement functions, which track your running style through a new running smoothness app.  

This winter I used the RFLKT and Blue SC on my indoor trainer bike, and I was very pleased the operation, and ease of record keeping.  One of the nice things about the phone and app world is that the features and usability are being continually improved.  I hope to use the entire package with a Tickr heart rate monitor on one of my road bikes soon and will let you know how that works out.

 

Bicycle Computer Shopping Tips

By: Friday, July 11, 2014

How far, how fast and how long it took are the most typical questions the average bicyclist wants answered from a bicycle computer.   They are also good for record keeping and navigation, especially as your riding takes you on longer adventures.  If you are riding for weight loss or improved fitness, a bicycle computer can become your silent coach and an aid in goal setting. However, bicycle computers have evolved to offer a dizzying array of choices beyond speed, distance and time.

Here is an overview of what you have to choose from when shopping for a bicycle computer at Bicycle Garage Indy, and some of the terms you might hear.

Speed, Distance and Time.  The simplest bike computers typically offer speed, trip distance, trip travel time, and an odometer for total miles.  Bells and whistle features may include average speed, lap timing and timing auto start and stop.  The CatEye Enduro ($29.99) is our best selling basic wired unit, and features a rugged design ideal for commuting and mountain bikes.

Cadence.  Cadence, or your pedal Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) is a very popular feature for the avid cyclist.  Watching your cadence as you ride is helpful in developing a smooth pedaling style, and varying cadence for short periods of time is an element of many bicycle-training programs.  Knowing your cadence is also very helpful if you ride your bike on a trainer in the winter.  The CatEye Strada  ($49.99) is our most popular wired, speed and cadence computer.

Wired vs. Wireless.  The basic computers use thin wires running along your bikes frame and fork to a sensor unit, which must be near a magnet attached to a spoke on your bike’s wheel.  More advanced models eliminate the need for wires and zip ties on your bike by connecting with a wireless signal. Our best selling wireless computer is the CatEye Strada ($64.99).  The Bontrager Node 1.1 ($99.99) is another wireless computer that can be linked to a variety of wireless sensors (starting at $29.99, sold separately) for both speed and speed-cadence.

Integrated Sensor Mounts.  Some bike companies, like Giant and Trek, now offer integrated sensor mounts in some bike models.  An integrated wireless speed or speed-cadence sensor is installed directly into the frame without the use of straps or zip ties.   Trek/Bontrager’s Duo Trap Speed-Cadence sensor  ($59.99) mounts directly in the chain stay of select Trek Bicycle models and links to a Bontrager Node computer.

ANT+ & BlueTooth.  These are the two most common wireless standards in the latest generation of bicycle computers and fitness sensors.  ANT+ is typically built into devices, like Bontrager’s NODE family, however, ANT+ requires an extra receiver to use it with a smart phone.  The latest Bluetooth sensors will talk directly to the latest smart phones, and they are growing in popularity and availability.

Heart Rate.  After cadence, heart rate is the most useful measure of your cycling training and effort.  A heart rate capable computer will require you wear a compatible wireless heart rate monitor around your chest.  The Trek/Bontrager Node 2.1 ($139.99 – speed/cadence sold separately) includes a heart rate monitor.  We also carry BlueTooth and ANT+ heart rate monitors from Polar, Wahoo, Garmin and CatEye.

GPS.  GPS (Global Position System) bike computers fall into two categories.  While both types can provide the bicycle basics, GPS Enabled models are only able to record your route, speeds and times.  At the end of the ride you can upload your data to a PC or website that let’s you review your route and riding stats. The CatEye Stealth ($149.99) is a basic, GPS Enabled unit, with an optional speed-cadence sensor and heart rate strap.  Bicycle Garage Indy also offers the Garmin Edge 510 in cycling accessory packages starting at $329.99.

GPS Navigation.  Navigation capable models offer all the bicycle stats recording features, along with real time navigation functions, including the ability to download and follow a previously used route.  Garmin Edge 810 is available at Bicycle Garage Indy in bicycle packages starting at $499.99.

The Smart Phone Option.  The popularity, flexibility and power of smart phones has led to the availability of wireless bicycle sensors that transmit speed (and cadence) data to your phone, where an app can then display and record the results.  Sensors and apps are available for both iPhone and Android phones, though you will need to be sure to check the connection option for your specific phone.  (We have an overview of some of Bicycle Garage Indy’s latest smart phone accessory options in this article.)

You can find bicycle computer and fitness electronics from Cateye, Bontrager, Garmin, Garmin, Wahoo and others at all three of our locations: Bicycle Garage Indy North (Indianapolis, Dean Road at 82nd St.),  Bicycle Garage Indy Greenwood (just west of I-65 on County Line Rd), and Bicycle Garage Indy Downtown, in the Indy Bike Hub YMCA.

Your Bicycle: Riding The Pumpkinvine Trail in Shipshewanna by David McKowen

By: Thursday, July 10, 2014

Recently my wife and I rode the Pumpkinvine Trail. We rode from Shipshewanna to Goshen, approximately 17 miles. What a beautiful ride. Lots of shade. We really enjoyed it. What a great ride in Amish country.

Name: David McKowen
Bicycle: Giant
City: Plainfield
State: IN

 

David:  The Pumpkinvine Trail is just one of the Indiana riding opportunities we hear so much about. Thanks from everyone at Bicycle Garage Indy for sharing Your Bicycle picture and story.

 

 

Share Your Bicycle Picture and Story with the friends, fans, and customers of Bicycle Garage Indy. Details at http://www.bgindy.com/for/yourbicycle

 

- Jay S. Hardcastle, Marketing Manager for Bicycle Garage Indy and BGI Fitness

Your Bicycle: 1st Nite Ride by Mark McCammon

By: Thursday, July 10, 2014

This was my first NITE Ride ever and I loved it. Great job to Bicycle Garagae Indy and everyone involved. I wont miss another one. AWSOME RIDE

Name: Mark McCammon
Bicycle: dyno limo beach cruiser
City: Indianapolis
State: IN
 

Mark, glad you enjoyed your first NITE Ride, an we think your bike was just one of the visual treats for everyone riding. Thanks from everyone at Bicycle Garage Indy for sharing Your Bicycle picture and story.

 

Share Your Bicycle Picture and Story with the friends, fans, and customers of Bicycle Garage Indy. Details at http://www.bgindy.com/for/yourbicycle

 

- Jay S. Hardcastle, Marketing Manager for Bicycle Garage Indy and BGI Fitness

Octane Ellipticals – The Ultimate in Cross-Training

By: Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Did you know that there is a home elliptical unit which doubles as a powerful cross-training tool for your core and upper body?  Let me introduce you to the Octane brand of elliptical.  They offer not one but three additional tools to incorporate cross-training into your aerobic routine.

#1 All ellipticals provide a tremendous advantage over treadmills in that they allow you to power up your arms and shoulders with their movable arms.  But Octane takes this one step further.  The foot platforms on either side of the movable legs allow you to step out and use ONLY your arms (no assist from the legs at all).  Within seconds you will feel your breathing accelerating, your heart rate going up and your arms starting to burn.  

#2 My very favorite feature in Octane ellipticals is their Workout Boosters.  At any time during your workout, simply press the ArmBlaster button.  Resistance instantly ramps up and you are directed to do 10 hard-charging reps of arms only.  Resistance then drops down and you have a full minute to recover, before the next 10-rep set kicks up.  Repeat for as long as your heart desires!

If you prefer to focus on your lower body, then instead press the GluteKicker button.  A “lottery-style” ball begins to spin and then lands on your instructions for that first set.  Perhaps you are to squat down for one minute while continuing on the elliptical.  Oh my – your quads will be on fire!!!  Just when you think you cannot go any longer, you will be given one minute of recovery (easy movement on the elliptical).  Then that lottery ball spins again, and maybe this time it instructs you to pedal backwards for one minute.  The variety and unexpected element will keep you going for longer than ever before.

#3  The third feature unique to Octane is the Cross Circuit program.  The machine becomes your coach, taking you through a cross-circuit program of your design.  Go one minute on the unit, then step back on the foot platforms and do one minute of bicep curls using the Powerbands which come with the unit (and anchor onto the unit).  Then get back on for a minute of pedaling, before stepping off the unit and performing one minute of core work.  Guaranteed to be the best aerobic/strengthening program around!

Octane Fitness is just one of the quality brands of elliptical trainers you will find at BGI Fitness. Visit one of our stores today and give these features a test drive.  Ask the sales staff to turn on the workout boosters and cross circuit programs for you to experience.

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BGI Fitness and Bicycle Garage Indy, two great stores in one; North Indianapolis, 82nd at Dean Road and in Greenwood, just west of I65 on County Line Road.

 

Your Bicycle: A Brief History of My Bike by Tracy

By: Friday, July 4, 2014

I bought a Schwinn mountain bike in 1987 when I was a senior in college. I rode it up and down the hills of Ithaca, NY. It continued to be my primary transportation (no car) for 5 years in Ann Arbor, MI. I got my first job and moved to a city in the middle of Georgia, and I didn't ride for most of the 8 years that I lived there. I am so glad that when I moved back to my hometown of Indianapolis in 2001 that I got back on the bike--the same bike. I rode to work at Butler University (about 4 miles) for a few years.

Currently I work downtown and I drive to the area of 25th and Alabama and ride my bike from there about 6 months a year. Thank you to my husband for finding a bike rack at Goodwill to make this commute possible and for finding a used set of racks and panniers so I don't have to carry everything on my back (photo taken before my birthday present). I love my bike and I won't stop riding it until y'all tell me it has crossed the line from worn to worn out.

Name: Tracy
Bicycle: Schwinn
City: Indianapolis
State: IN

 

Tracy:  Our service department will do its best to you riding your Schwinn for many years to come. Thanks from everyone at Bicycle Garage Indy for sharing Your Bicycle picture and story.

 

Share Your Bicycle Picture and Story with the friends, fans, and customers of Bicycle Garage Indy.

 

Details at http://www.bgindy.com/for/yourbicycle

 

- Jay S. Hardcastle, Marketing Manager for Bicycle Garage Indy and BGI Fitness

Your Bicycle: Recreational rider by Saranathan Varadarajan

By: Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hi all!! I may not have a big story to tell you but I got started off with peer pressure from a few friends to invest in a bicycle here (of course I have had and ridden bikes in India). Although the initial amount sounded too much, I went ahead and bought one to start riding around town and boy it kept on going. We did several rides in late 2012 and in 2013, we started off the season with some simple rides and did the RAIN (Ride Across INdiana) in July which was a totally different experience! Of course I still do other rides like the famous Hope Ride and Beer rides.

After finishing those rides, I really got into biking and bought myself a nice used carbon bike (up from aluminum) as I've always wanted one. Right now I'm a recreational rider, although I am not doing the RAIN this year, I will do the other rides for sure. RAIN is on next year! So anyway the bottom line is I've always enjoyed riding bike but it is such a trivial thing in life until you really start doing it regularly on a road bike and then it becomes a work out that you will never regret! I have lost several pounds which I actually never attempted to (but still that's great!) As always, keep riding!!

Name: Saranathan Varadarajan
Bicycle: Giant TCR-C1
City: Columbus
State: Indiana

Saranathan: You forgot to mention we saw you at the NITE Ride! Thanks from everyone at Bicycle Garage Indy for sharing Your Bicycle picture and story.

 

Share Your Bicycle Picture and Story with the friends, fans, and customers of Bicycle Garage Indy. Details at http://www.bgindy.com/for/yourbicycle

 

- Jay S. Hardcastle, Marketing Manager for Bicycle Garage Indy and BGI Fitness

Tree City Rolling Tour - August 23, 2014

By: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Event Name:  Tree City Rolling Tour

Date & Time: 7:30am,  Saturday, August 23, 2014

Location: Odd Fellows / Rebekah Park, 115 N. County Rd, 80 NE, Greensburg, IN 47240

Websitehttp://www.treecityrollingtour.org

About this Event

13 mile ride is a nice country ride. Mostly flat with some hills.
30 mile ride travels to Lake Santee, around and back. Mostly flat with some hills
62 mile ride is a very hilly, scenic route which travels through many sites, including a covered bridge!
Pork tenderloin sandwiches along with hamburgers and many other tasty treats will be provided at the finish.
Registration from May 1 - August 19 is $30. $35 Day of Event

 

Bicycle Garage Indy's Upcoming Events blog lists events of interest to our friends, fans and customers.  For information on listing your your event, use this form on bgindy.com.

 

For more Bicycle Garage Indy In-Store and Sponsored events, watch the Bicycle Garage Indy Calendar: www.bgindy.com/for/calendar.

 

 

2014 NITE Ride LITE Up Your Bike Contest - The Entries

By: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Here they are!  The 27 entries in Bicycle Garage Indy's 2014 NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest.  You can vote for your favorite with a Facebook "Like"  or comment posted on their entry (click the Continue Reading link to vote on your favorite's entry).  Voting closes on Tuesday, July 8 at 9pm EDT.  Our thanks and good luck to all!

NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014: Mel Dawne & friend

Here are Mel Dawne & friend, of Indianapolis, IN, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

You can vote for Mel (or any LITE Up Your Bike entry)...

 
NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014:Lynn Roth & friends

Here are Lynn Roth & friends, of Marion, IN, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

You can vote for Lynn & friends (or any LITE Up Your...

 
NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014: Janine Fogel & friends

Here are Janine Fogel & friends, of Indianapolis, IN, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

You can vote for Janine & friends (or any LITE Up...

 
NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014: Cathy Spieth

Here is Cathy Spieth, of Fisher, IN, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

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NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014: Steven Angel

Here is Steven A. Angel, of Wapakoneta, OH, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

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NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014: Jeannie Jackson

Here is Jeannie Jackson, of Lebanon, IN, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

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NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014: Francis Newman

Here is Francis Newman, of Lebanon, IN, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

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NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014: Sue Edwards & friends

Here are Sue Edwards, of O'Fallon, IL with John Edwards, & Jim & Janet Touvell, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

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NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014: Zach Frost

Here is Zach Frost, of Indianapolis, IN, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

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NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014: Cynthia & Michael Fairbairn

Here are Cynthia & Michael Fairbairn, of Lakeside Park, KY, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

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NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014: Bill Morris

Here is Bill Morris, of Nobelville, IN, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

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NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014: Greg Snyder

Here is Greg Snyder, of Indianapolis, IN, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

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NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014: Capt. Jill & the Pedaling Pirates

Here are Captain Jill (Jeffries) and the Pedaling Pirates, of Avon, IN, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

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NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014: Mark McCammon

Here is Mark McCammon, of Indianapolis, IN, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

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NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014: Thomas Hart

Here is Thomas Hart, of Beech Grove, IN, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

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NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014: Izzy Detherage & friend

Here are Izzy Detherage, of Zionsville, IN, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

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NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014: Mary Matlock

Here is Mary Matlock, of Indianapolis, IN, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

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NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014: Mandi Hall & Lisa Tolle

Here are Mandi Hall & Lisa Tolle, of Fishers, IN, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

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NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014: Beth Wyeth

Here is Beth Wyeth, of Indianapolis, IN, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

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NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014: Mahan Shah

Here is Mahan Shah, of Columbus, IN, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

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NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014: John Hartman & family

Here are John Hartman & family, of Indianapolis, IN, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

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NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014: Saranathan Varadarajan

Here is Saranathan Varadarajan, of Columbus, IN, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

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NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014: Kristen & Nathan Dinges

Here are Kristen & Nathan Dinges, of Beech Grove, IN, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

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NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014: Mike Neal

Here is Mike Neal, of Plainfield, IN, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

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NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014: Katelyn Jamison & friends

Here are Katelyn Jamison & friends, of Fisher, IN, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

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NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014: Dan & Lucy Neely

Here are Dan & Lucy Neely, of Indianapolis, IN, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

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NITE Ride - LITE Up Your Bike Contest 2014: Phil Davis

Here is Phil Davis, of Rantoul, IL, at the start of the 2014 NITE Ride.

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