New Lines and New Products at Bicycle Garage Indy

By: Monday, July 28, 2014

Yes, it feels like we are still in the middle of the calendar year and the heart of the riding season, but the bicycle industry is already working overtime on releasing 2015 products.  When you combine this with Bicycle Garage Indy’s challenge to find you the best products (at the best value), that means anytime you come in you are likely to find something new on our shelves.  Here are just a few of the new items now on in stock, or on the way shortly.

POC Sports, or POC for short, is a relatively new company, founded in 2004 and based in Sweden.  POC built its reputation in snowboarding and skiing, before moving into bicycling gear for the road and mountain biking.  Bicycle Garage Indy is now offering POC’s Trabac ($149.99) and Trabec Race MIPS ($229.99) mountain bike helmets.  Trabec Race MIPS is the first MIPS (Muti-Directional Impact Protection System) technology helmet offered by Bicycle Garage Indy.  We also have the Poc Octal helmet ($269.99) a 200 gram road helmet (size medium), the same helmet used by pro Team Garmin Sharp (and others).

Light and Motion of California is revamping its popular Urban line of integrated, USB rechargeable lights for 2015.  The new Urban offers upgraded output levels (350, 500, 650 and 800 lumens), more colors, and a fast recharge 800 lumen model.  The Urban series starts at $69.99 for the 350 lumen model.  The new Urban series will be arriving any day now.

 

One of many Kickstarter bike projects you may have heard about, the new Orp “Smarthorn” ($64.99) is a combination visibility light and electronic horn.  The handlebar mounted Orp offers the option of either a friendly 76 decibel “hi there” warble, or 96 decibel, jack-hammer loud “I am riding here” warning blast.  If you are an avid commuter or road rider wanting to be sure you are noticed, the Orp might be for you.

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

 

- Jay Hardcastle
Marketing Manager
Bicycle Garage Indy and BGI Fitness

Exciting 2015 Bikes Are Just Around the Corner

By: Monday, July 28, 2014

Since the middle of June, Bicycle Garage Indy staff has been traveling all over the U.S. for company “dealer camps” and meetings.  While there,  they are are allowed to get a first hand look at new products for the coming 2015 model year.  Sometime we have to keep quiet about what we are shown, and sometimes it goes public immediately.  Here are a few of the bits that are now public, and that we are very excited to begin sharing with you.

Giant, who last year led the charge into 27.5” wheels with most of their mountain bikes, has now committed to road disc brakes on all of their carbon frame bikes in the popular Defy endurance road bike series.  These bikes have been designed from the ground up for disc brakes, and for endurance ride comfort, using the D-Fuse seat tube design first seen on their TCX Cyclocross bikes.  Combined with the latest groupos from Shimano, these are going to be some very exciting bikes.

In 2015, Giant will also be expanding the presence of the LIV line of women's bicycle and related products, with more women specific features and design considerations throughout.  This means the Avail (the women's version of the Defy) will also be all new, and exclusively road disc, in all the carbon frames models.

Trek is also offering road disc brakes in some new Domane series bikes, and just introduced a new road bike, the Émonda, which is focused on lightweight design.  While top of of the line Emonda was provided to Trek Factory Racing for the Tour De France, Trek will trickle down Émonda technology to offer a series of bikes, as it has done with Domane and Madone.  Both disc brake Domane and Émonda models will begin arriving at Bicycle Garage Indy later in August and throughout the fall.

 

 

 

 

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

 

- Jay Hardcastle
Marketing Manager
Bicycle Garage Indy and BGI Fitness

Vision Fitness Equipment - Leading in Technology

By: Sunday, July 27, 2014

What if you could run through the American Southwest or Northern Italy, any time you stepped on your treadmill? Or cycle through an alpine meadow without leaving your living room? With the revolutionary Virtual Active™ technology – you can.  And you can find this Virtual ActiveTM  technology on Vision fitness products – including treadmills, ellipticals and stationary bicycles.  

Just how does this work?  You select your destination of choice and begin your workout.  As you speed up from warm-up to workout pace, you will see the video speed up as well.  When the video displays an uphill trail, your actual incline will increase to match what you are seeing.  The experience is further brought to life as you hear the ambient sounds of your destination through your speakers or headphones.  The minutes will fly by as you move through these stunning destinations.  And do no worry about getting bored – additional sites from around the world are available to add to your library of locations.  

Incorporation of such innovative technology into their fitness equipment is just one of the reasons that BGI Fitness has chosen to carry the Vision line.  Their 15.6” high definition touch screens offer beautiful imagery along with user-friendly navigation. Vision Fitness has been recognized as a leader in the industry with more than fifty “Best Buy” awards from various publications, including Consumer Reports, Consumers Digest and Fitness Professor.  These awards extend across the full line of Vision products:  treadmills, ellipticals and bicycles.  We are proud to offer Vision Fitness products at both of our BGI Fitness locations, North (82nd at Dean Road) and in Greenwood (just west of I65 on County Line Road).  

To learn more about about the Vision Fitness difference, follow this link (PDF).

 

 

Your Bicycle: My Farthest Ride by Maggie Snyder

By: Sunday, July 27, 2014

This is in Ohio. I can't remember the name of the trail. This is the day that I rode my farthest in one day, 25 miles. I was really excited because I'm not very active and just got I to bike riding. I love it! It is such a great stress reliever for me and a great exercise. Ever since I started people have said I look great and toned. I love bike riding and can't wait to go farther.

Name: Maggie Snyder
Bicycle: GMC Denali
City: Noblesville
State: Indiana
 

Maggie, we hope you will take your dad riding around the growing Indianapolis trails network on your next big 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

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.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

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

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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!

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

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

 

 

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.

 

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

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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:

 

If you would like to receive the Bicycle Garage Indy newsletter (sent out about twice a month, year round), click here to sign-up. Our newsletter keeps you up-to-date on in-store events, clinics and sales, along with the local bicycle scene.


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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