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Important Tips for Biking in the Winter

The word winter brings to mind wet freezing weather that makes you want to snuggle in and hibernate! Some days it is great to do just that. But then there are the days that dawn cold but crystal clear and you cannot wait to get outside! For the biking enthusiast, these are the days that you can hit the roads and enjoy every minute of it, even though it is winter. The key is to cycle safely and keep in mind some of these tips. Tips on how to safely bike during the winter

  • Even though it may be cold outside it is important to be hydrated before your biking run and to hydrate during and after it. In the cold, you may not realize you are sweating, but you do so be prepared.
  • Visibility can be diminished during the winter season so make sure your bike has reflectors and that your clothing is bright and visible to automobiles that might be out on the road.  Stay on main roads and in proper bike lanes. 
  • Wear proper bike riding clothing, outerwear and footwear! You can purchase clothing for every season of the year which helps with comfort and warmth. Dressing in layers will help. You do not want to be too warm or too cold.
  • Inspect your bike often to make sure it is in perfect working condition. Make sure to check your air pressure in your tires and make sure they are properly inflated and still have great tread on them.
  • Winterize your bike with the proper lubricants for wintertime use. Winter weather and the cold can damage your chains, pedals and the metal surfaces of your bike.
  • Use the buddy system! Take another rider with you or let another person know where you will be riding and when you plan on returning. If you don't return by a certain time, they can call for help and they will know where to look for you.  
  • Clean your bike after use if your area uses salt on the roads. It will corrode if not washed off
  • Don't leave home without your cell phone! In case of an emergency you will want to have a fully charged cell phone along with you for the ride.

Think safety first when biking during the winter. As always, keep your eye out for others, but by following these tips, you can enjoy a fabulous winter ride. A great workout in the brisk air will do a body good!

 

And when you Pedal - remember to pedal "CHIC" like with this great beanie here.

 

             

Handling Holiday Stress

Tips for Maintaining Activity During the Stressful Holiday Season

It is no secret; the holidays can be a large source of stress for many people. Between seeing family members that may not get along, to working, cooking, shopping and cleaning for a crowd, it is no wonder why some folks want to bypass the Holidays all together. If this sounds like you, know that there are stress relievers that do not include chowing down on every sweet treat in sight.

Here are some tops tips for you to relax, de-stress and maybe even enjoy the holidays, just a bit more.

  • Planning ahead is crucial: Planners and list makers unite! Take the time to sit down and plan out exactly what you need to accomplish each day that pertains to the holiday festivities. Make sure to include some form of daily activity such as walking, running or bike riding to help reduce the stress.
  • Break Activities into Portions: No time for exercise? If you find yourself saying that often, then break it into small portions. If you normally take a 30 minute walk during lunch, but find yourself running errands, park further away from the store and get more walking in. If you cannot get out to run due to weather, pop in an exercise DVD and do that instead.
  • Let Others Help: I know. I know… letting go of some things is difficult but if you can delegate mundane tasks to others, that will free you up to work on what is more important and free some time for those relaxing activities you need.
  • Stop Saying Yes: As women, I think we feel obligated to say yes when someone calls needing 10 pies at the last minute. But saying No once in a while doesn’t hurt you. There are always alternatives. Get good at finding alternatives and reducing your stress levels.
  • Choose to be Happy: For many, it is a choice. Exercise and activity helps reduce the stress and therefore allows you to be happy. Know that and embrace it for a true stress reliever. Use these tips to help reduce the stress you may be feeling and take time out this holiday season for you. If you take care of you first, then you can handle the holiday craziness!
Gratitude

 

As we prepare for our fourth Christmas at Pedal Chic, I have so much for which to be thankful.

From my heart, thank you to my staff.  Lisa, Allan, Jennifer and Kerrie - without your unwavering support and excellence every day we wouldn't have the incredible client relationships, accolades in the industry or growth in the community.  We are a great team and it is indeed a privilege to know each of you. I appreciate all you do.

To our customers and dear friends - thank you for allowing us to serve you. It is our mission to inspire, empower and grow the cycling community.  We are grateful you have joined us on our journey.  The friendships we have built are amazing!

To our vendors and my mentors - thank you so much for your support.  We appreciate you being a part of Pedal Chic.  I have been very fortunate to have met some of the most brilliant minds and incredible men and women in the industry.  

I hope you have all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.  I enjoyed a special day with mine and look forward to a wonderful holiday season!

 

With love,

Robin

Pedal Chic Closes Out First Season of Spin & Sip Rides - Bike Fashion and Friendship

Spin & Sip Rides at Pedal Chic Bike Shop

This year we tried something new.  We wanted to encourage more people to get on their bikes again so we started a social ride on Tuesday nights called Spin & Sip.  We posted the rides on our social media channels and it took on a life of it's own.  The concept was simple.  We met on the patio at Pedal Chic bike shop and then rode the Swamp Rabbit Trail.  At first we did not go that far, but no one was left behind.  It was BYOB & B (beverages and bikes) and we rented bikes to those that did not have their own ... yet!

Pedal Chic bike rides on the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville South Carolina

We asked our riders to share their thoughts on what these group rides have meant to them and here is what they had to say in our Facebook group.

"What this group means to me is life! A new chapter with some new great friends. I felt myself starting to go into a depression so I bought a bike. Within the first week I showed up at Spin & Sip not knowing a soul but felt welcomed from the start. This group made my year. I am so thankful God directed me to it. It means the world to me and I can't wait till next year!!! Love you guys. smile. CJ"

"Riding with the girls was so much fun! It was so cool to sit and sip afterwards! It is so great to be a part of this wonderful group! Everyone looks after each other.Can't wait to ride again soon! Hope we can still ride together some Saturdays!Thanks Pedal Chics for some wonderful memories! smile"

Our Spin & Sip Group Rides Rock at Pedal Chic

"After a two year "hiatus", evry mile gave me a new confidence. Very theraputic."


What did we learn from our first season of this very special ride?  If you start it they will ride!  Looking forward to our next season.  We ride again in March 2013!

 

Night of Celebration at Pedal Chic "Raise the Roof" on October 16th from 6 - 9 pm

Celebration Night at Pedal Chic Bike Shop in Greenville, SC

So this happened last year on October 16th, 2011... our roof caved in during a heavy rain.

And exactly a year later, we want to celebrate and "Raise the Roof" with a party at Pedal Chic bike shop in Greenville, SC on October 16th from 6 - 9 pm. Join us as we thank our loyal customers, honor our steady riders from Spin & Sip and our other shop rides and welcome Anna Cleaver, professional tri athlete and representing Hicapie Sportswear who will bring their fall line and denim line to the party. Listen to the soulful sounds of Darby Wilcox and her band and enjoy delicious refreshments from our great friends at Ford's Oyster House. Stop in and help us celebrate an incredible year coming back from the flood all because of our always encouraging customers and friends! Thank you all so very much! We look forward to great things ahead!

Recent Blessings:

Spin & Sip Riding Group

Voted "Best Bike Shop for Women" by BRAINy Top 100 at Interbike

Money Magazine Article, October, 2012

CNN/Money Video October 2012

HUGE announcement to TBA !!! Stay tuned ...

Visit www.pedalchic.com for all your fall cycling needs!

Robin Bylenga, Creator of Pedal Chic, is Featured in Money Magazine's Second Act

 

[caption id="attachment_2456" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Robin Bylenga, Creator of Pedal Chic, the Country's First Women's Specific Bike Shop, is Featured in the October 2012 Issue of Money Magazine."]Pedal Chic Women's Bike Shop is Featured in Money Magazine's October 2012 Issue[/caption]

Robin Bylenga and Pedal Chic are Featured in the October, 2012 Issue of Money Magazine

PedalChic-Money Magazine CNN Coverage

Pedal Chic Received BRAINy Top 100 Award Last Night!

[caption id="attachment_2442" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Robin Bylenga, Creator of Pedal Chic Receives Industry Recognition "Best Bike Shop for Women""]Robin Bylenga Creator of Pedal Chic bike shop was named "Best Bike Shop for Women" at Interbike[/caption]

Pedal Chic was honored to receive a BRAINy (Bicycle Retailer and Industry News) award - "Best Bike Shop for Women" - last night at Interbike in Las Vegas.  Watch Robin Bylenga as she accepts the award in this video clip.  Pedal Chic is a women's specific bike shop offering the latest bike fashion - "Roadways are the new Runways" is the company tagline.

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