2016 Events – OMBA Fat Bike Demo Day

Thanks to the ongoing efforts of OMBA  A pilot project was launched in 2016 to allow Fat Biking on some snowshoe trails in Gatineau Park. It was a success and even more trails will be available for the 2016-2017 season.

OMBA also held a Fat Bike Demo Day in 2016 and we along with several other area bike shops attended. We had a great turn out. Thanks to OMBA for making it happen.

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Ten Online Shopping Ideas for Cyclists

All of these items are available on our website http://www.bushtukah.com and in our retail stores.

A cycling jacket – for the ladies and for the gentlemen .

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A Set of lights– to be seen and be safe.

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A Thule Chariot bike trailer– so the kids can come along too.

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A pair of cycling gloves-short finger for summer or full finger cooler days

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Merino wool socks– once you try them you will never want anything else.

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A set of arm or leg warmers– great for early spring rides.

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A bike repair stand– a must for at home bike maintenance!

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Garmin Varia Rearview Radar– this tail light has built in radar which can be used with Garmin Edge bike computers to warn cyclists of approaching vehicles. Watch the video.

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A Bushtukah gift card-to go shopping!

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A bike computer with built in GPS to track mileage on any bike. Some models even have maps.

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Gift Ideas for Cyclists

Cycling Essentials

A multi toolfor fixing stuff on the road.

Cycling glovesfor comfort.

Lights– for safety at night.

A bike computer– so you can track how far you went.

Bike shorts – these can’t be returned so be sure to try them on. 

A helmetmake sure it fits correctly!

A bell or a hornrequired by law in Ottawa.

A bike pump- a floor pump for home &  mini pump for the road.

A good lockso your bike will be there when you get back!

Cool Weather Riding Essentials

Merino wool socksfor warm toes.

A face mask.

Bootiesfor warm feet.

A thin winter hatto go under a helmet.

A cycling jacket & pants

A bike trainerfor days it’s too cold.

A training DVD– to make indoor training more fun.

Great Cycling Add-ons

A set of brushesto keep your bike shiny clean.

A repair standfor fixing stuff at home.

A Trek Travel trip– because it’s not cold everywhere!

A  cycling GPSto track your miles and much more.

Gear Flossfor a clean cassette.

A CO2 pump– for fast fixes on the road.

A wheel setto go fast!

A Bontrager Flare RT tail lightfor daytime visibility

A Thule-Chariot trailerso you can bring the kids.

A torque wrench– for getting the adjustments right.

A Retul bike fitfor comfort and speed.

A waterproof breathable cycling jacketfor all weather

A Garmin Edge Explore 1000the ultimate GPS bike computer.

A Stages Cycling Power Meterpower measurement made easy.

A Garmin Varia Rearview Radarto be extra safe.

 

Indoor Bike Trainer Basics

Looking to move your training indoors this winter?

Here is some basic information about the different types of indoor trainers.

Magnetic Trainers

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 How do they work?

  • The resistance (how hard you have to work to pedal) is provided by magnets passing each other on two rotating discs.
  • You can change the resistance (make it easier or harder to pedal) with a lever on the handlebars or the resistance unit, which moves the magnets closer together or further apart. You can also use the gears on your bike.
  • The Fly wheel helps to even out your pedal strokes and create a smoother ride. The bigger the flywheel the smoother the ride.

What do you get when you spend more money?

  • More sophisticated magnetic units and larger flywheels which give you a smoother ride.
  • Noise and vibration reducing features and sturdier frames.
  • Higher power thresholds (how hard you can work – a bit of a simplified answer). The larger the flywheel, the higher the power threshold.

Pros and cons.

  • Magnetic trainers are very reliable and tend to be less expensive.
  • Generally speaking they are louder than fluid trainers.

Fluid Trainers

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How do they work?

  • The resistance is provided by an impeller spinning in a fluid filled chamber.
  • The faster you pedal the more viscous the fluid becomes and that increases the resistance, just like riding on the road. You can also change the resistance by using the gears on your bike.

What do you get when you spend more money?

  • More sophisticated fluid cooling which keeps the fluid at the same viscosity for longer. This gives you a more consistent feel during longer workouts.
  • More sophisticated frames to help replicate the natural motion of a bike.
  • Smart inride technology. A sensor built into the trainer that can be used with an app on an iPhone to get data about your ride including power. An android version of the app is currently in development.

Pros and cons.

  • Fluid trainers are generally quieter than magnetic trainers and have a more realistic road feel.
  • They are easy to use.
  • They have an infinite power curve. Meaning they can’t be overpowered.
  • They are great for cadence based workouts.
  • In general they are more expensive than magnetic trainers.

Virtual Reality / Computer Trainers

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What are they and how do they work?

  • They are magnetic trainers which can be connected to a computer or  your smartphone for a virtual reality experience.
  • When connected via Bluetooth or ANT+ (depending on the trainer) the trainer’s resistance is controlled by your computer or smartphone. Ride metrics such as speed, cadence and power can also be recorded and captured.
  • Trainers can be used with various third party apps.
  • Features include: customizing your workout on a computer and downloading it to the trainer, downloading rides you have done  from your GPS to the trainer so you can replicate them indoors and racing with other riders online.

Pros and cons.

  • These trainers offer the next level of sophistication and fun to indoor training. You can do some really cool things!
  • They are more expensive.

Rollers

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What are they and how do they work?

  • A set of rollers incased in a metal frame. The bike is unsupported so you have to focus on balance.
  • Resistance is changed using the gears on your bike.
  • Some models have rollers with the same diameter all the way along while others have varying diameters to help keep the wheels centered.

Pros and cons.

  • Great for improving balance and riding style.
  • There is definitely a learning curve
  • Riding requires focus on what you are doing.