DID YOU KNOW
By Erin Hunsader
For those whose exercise of choice is cycling, there are many options for continuing your rides in the winter months.
According to Bike Hub (De Pere, WI) owner, Scott Steeno there are several ways cycling enthusiasts (and recreational riders) can keep their fitness regimen rolling in the off season.
“Trending now are fat bikes,” Steeno said. These bikes have 4-5” tires that will grip the snow and can keep you riding outdoors on groomed trails. He also said Northeast Wisconsin offers several groomed trails including Hilly Haven Golf Course and Ledgeview Golf Course in De Pere and the Reforestation Camp in Suamico.
Still, he said, “clothes are key” if you plan to pedal well into winter.
“Have a good base layer and clothes that keep sweat away from your body, along with items that are wind proof,” said Steeno. He also said riders can use Pogies, which are handlebar mitts that riders can place their hands into to stay warm on wintery rides.
If you don’t want to brave the cold, Steeno said it’s also very easy to stay inside and cycle with trainers. This is a stationary device you set your bike on which allows for people to continue their rides at home. It also allows for people to use their own bike, which is a great benefit rather than trying to adjust to a different bike at a gym. There are different levels of trainers offering more or less resistance.
He also mentioned a new trend called Smart trainers, which is an app that allows people to cycle from November to May without missing a step. They currently offer a demo in their De Pere location for anyone who wants to give it a whirl.