Are Your New Year’s Cycling Resolutions SMART?

December 27, 2012
Happy New Year from BikeParts.com

2013

New Year’s has always been a time for reflecting on the past year, and more importantly, looking forward to the coming year. It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want to make and resolve to follow through on those changes.  However, for all too many resolutions, failure is virtually assured at the offset because the resolutions are not made with serious intent and deliberation.

The first trick is to choose the right resolution, for the right reasons, and making them SMART.  When you make your resolutions SMART  (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound), not only do you boost your chance of  attaining your goals, but you also  become a better cyclist in the process.  Aside from the traditional resolutions to ride more, to loose weight, and to explore new rides, consider taking on some different resolutions.

Set a personal goal for the miles you want to ride in 2013.  Using a cycling computer, heart rate monitor, or power meter offers options in calculating mileage and other fitness related variables.  Try a new tool and see if it makes adding up the miles a little easier.

Learn to maintain your own bike. For some, bike maintenance  can be a chore, but having the right set of bike components and tools can make all the difference.  Consider creating a pre-ride bike check or an ongoing maintenance program to follow.  Bike maintenance can be a great way of engaging in your cycling passion the whole year long.

Bike commute and do it more often. Bike commuting improves fitness, health, saves money, and also benefits the environment by keeping one less car on the road.  If you aren’t a bike commuter now, maybe in 2013 you will be.  And, if you already bike commute, perhaps resolve to commute by bike more frequently.

Inspire others to get out and ride.  Bike inspiration comes in many forms, from DVD‘s, to books, to new bikes and bike parts, to riding with others.  Share your bike passion with others in ways that are meaningful and inspiring to them.  How many friends do you think you could inspire to be two wheeled friends in 2013?

Give Back.  Cycling by nature brings out the best in us all.  Consider volunteering your time, skills, or resources at local bike races and bike events.  Event participants will be in your gratitude but you may get back more than you give!  Many volunteers are inspired to participate, race, or take on bigger goals than they previously imagined due to volunteering and helping others to reach their goals.

Commit to a Positive Attitude.   Nothing is more contagious than a positive attitude!  Resolve in 2013 to embrace power thoughts and bike parts that motivate you to get on your bike and ride. Surround yourself with fellow cyclist aiming for similar goals.  Remember, your attitude determines your altitude.

For cyclist, attaining goals is part motivation, part perspiration, and part having the right tools to help you reach your goals.   Here’s to a bright and rewarding New Year ahead!

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Off to Fruita Mountain States Cup event

April 11, 2008

The BikeParts.com professional racing team is heading to Fruita, Colorado this weekend for the 1st Mountain States Cup Series Event. We will be riding our new Maverick race bikes.

Rabbit Valley, Fruita, CO – The Mountain States Cup, one of the nation’s leading mountain bike race series, kicks off April 12-13 with the Rabbit Valley Rally.
The series opener treats riders to a blistering off-road time trial and a traditional long-loop cross country race.

Stay tuned for race photos, results and team updates.

Event website: http://www.racemsc.com/events/rabbitvalleyrally.html


Alien Run MTB ride – Aztec New Mexico, UFO Crash site

March 30, 2008

Alien Run is a 25+- MTB single-track and oil-field road mountain bike ride in Aztec, New Mexico.

The ride is named after the fabled Hart Canyon UFO Crash site. Little green men – or women, whomever you prefer.

 

The ride / race course is accessed through Aztec New Mexico. We started at the Aztec Motocross track for about 8 miles of Mountain View trail before we got to the Alien run trailhead. From there it was an 8 mile loop. Sandy, twisty singletrack with some slickrock then back to the moto track via Mtn View.  Total ride time about 2.75 hrs easy with breaks.

Alien Run MTB ride Photo Album
 


Ribbon Trail – Grand Junction, Colorado Mountain Bike Ride

March 27, 2008

So Tyler and I spent 5 days of our spring break riding in the Fruita/Grand Junction area.  We rode Rabbit Valley, 18Road, Ribbon Trail, Free Lunch, Moore Fun, Horsethief and Gunny Loop.  Check out some of the photos here and some of the video too!  Props to Ross Schnell for letting us invade his house during the trip!Rabbit Vally - Colorado/Utah border


2008 Fort Lewis College Squawker Classic, Durango Colorado Road Race

March 15, 2008

2008 Fort Lewis College Squawker Classic, Durango, CO

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I headed down to the downtown crit today and watched the A race. 50 degrees and windy, typical spring mountain riding weather.

Dave Hagen, FLC cycling top dog, works like crazy to put on great events and run a solid race team with over 10 National Championship victories. http://cycling.fortlewis.edu/

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Celebrity sightings included Alex, Colorado School of Mines student, cycling team member and highly valued BikeParts.com/Peak Cycles shop employee. Troy Wells and Steve Owens were also spotted.

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Troy Wells with tha Bling Bling glasses.

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Steve Owens from Colorado Premier Training http://www.ColoradoPremierTraining.com/

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indoor mountain bike training at Woodward Indoor Park

February 3, 2008

As much as I love riding outdoors, its that time of year when you look out the window and it looks beautiful. Sunny and blue skies but the temperature is only 18deg! Tyler and I beat the cold and ended up getting some “indoor training” at the Woodward Indoor Park here in Golden! 😉 – Swift
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