Hybrid Bikes vs. Mountain Bikes: Tips for Cyclists from The Bike Shop in Nacogdoches, East Texas

We often have people asking what type of bike they should purchase. When riders are planning to ride both on the road and off-road, including trails, what type of bike is best suited for them? The two contenders for these types of riders are the hybrid bike and the mountain bike. Here are a few things you should know about each bike before making your decision.

A combination of road bike and mountain bike, a hybrid bike is a popular choice for commuters and recreational riders. The frame of a hybrid bike features raised handlebars on a relaxed frame geometry, resulting in a straight, more comfortable seated position; mountain bikes characteristically force their riders to lean forward. The seat is typically larger and more comfortable than that of a mountain bike. They can be ridden on both road and light trails, such as gravel and dirt. They are easier to shift and pedal due to their high gear ration. The frame of a hybrid bike is lighter than that of a mountain bike, making it a great choice for commuters.

Made for rugged trails and rough terrain, the mountain bike is sturdier and heavier than a hybrid. The frame of a mountain bike is designed for the rider to lean forward, so he or she can aggressively pedal and climb. Additional features include larger, knobbed tires, hydraulic brakes, suspension shocks, and lower gear ratios, all of which help the rider maneuver uneven riding conditions.

When choosing between a hybrid bike and a mountain bike, it really depends on how you plan to use your bike. If you’re still having trouble making a decision, come into The Bike Shop in Nacogdoches (East Texas) and let us help you. Our team can help you determine what kind of bike would be perfect for you. We’ll even let you test-drive a few! Hope to see you soon!

Staying Energized: Nutrition Product Recommendations for Cyclists from the Nacogdoches (East Texas) Bike Shop

Replenishing your energy while riding is extremely important for both your health and your enjoyment on the bike. With so many nutrition products on the market, it can be difficult to choose the right ones for you. Here’s a list of our 6 favorite products:

1. FRS drinks – These amazing beverages contain quercetin, a powerful antioxidant found in foods like blueberries, red apples, and grapes. The way quercetin works is by naturally activating your body’s capability to create energy. The more energy you have, the harder you’ll be able to push and the farther you’ll be able to ride!

2. Clif Bars – These tasty bars come in many flavors and even have gluten-free and vegan friendly options. This company is also committed to using ingredients that are not genetically engineered, and most of which are organic. Delicious!

3. Stinger Waffles – Inspired by one of Lance Armstrong’s favorite European “on the bike” snacks, this sweet morsel is a cross between a bread and a cookie, and delivers natural organic energy to the tired cyclist. There are 3 flavors: honey, vanilla, and strawberry. This snack is a favorite among our employees!

4. Hammer Gel – This potent gel comes in a slew of flavors and is the gold standard of concentrated carbohydrate energy, since it contains NO added refined sugars or artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. With Hammer Gel, you will get a burst of energy that lasts, not a “flash and crash.”

5. Cytomax – A performance drink unlike any you’ve had before. Cytomax comes in different flavors and contains complex carbohydrates and sugars. This drink mix provides unbelievable energy so you can push harder, faster, and stronger!

6. Sport Beans – This isn’t your average handful of candy. Made by the jellybean experts, Jelly Belly, Sport Beans provide carbohydrates, electrolytes, and vitamins to fuel even your most intense workout. And they taste pretty dang good too!

While there are many great products available, these are our top 6 choices to keep you pedaling longer and stronger. Stop by The Bike Shop in Nacogdoches (East Texas) today to stock up on your signature product or try something new. If we don’t have what you’re looking for, we can order it. See you soon!

Flat Tires: Tips for East Texas Cyclists from the Nacogdoches Bike Shop

Do you air up your tires BEFORE you ride? Riding your bike while your tires have low pressure often causes “pinch flats,” which means the tube gets pinched between the tire and the wheel. Save time and money by investing in a floor air pump that you use to air up your tires before every ride. At The Bike Shop in Nacogdoches (East Texas), we stock sturdy floor pumps featuring pressure gauges and fittings for both Schraeder and Presta valves.

Are you prepared to fix a flat while you’re out riding? You carry tools and a spare tire in your vehicle for a flat tire emergency, and it’s just as important to be equipped to fix a flat tire while riding your bicycle. We recommend a “flat pack” with the following items: spare tube, patch kit, tire levers, portable air pump or CO2 cartridges, and a seat bag. Stop by The Bike Shop and let us help you put together your flat pack. Don’t let your next flat put an end to your ride!

Staying Hydrated: Tips for East Texas Cyclists from the Nacogdoches Bike Shop

When you’re spending time in the great outdoors this summer, it’s impossible to avoid the East Texas heat, especially during long bike rides. Since you can’t stay inside all summer, make sure you’re staying hydrated while exercising outdoors. If you take the time to plan ahead, you can have an available source of cool water during your rides.

Investing in insulated water bottles will help your water stay cooler for longer periods of time. Here at The Bike Shop in Nacogdoches (East Texas), we can install two water bottle cages on most bicycles, to ensure that you don’t run out of water during your ride.

We have water bottles and cages in a wide variety of colors to match your bicycle. Stay cool and hydrated this summer. Happy cycling!