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About freespiritwear

We live at the END of the road in a small fishing town in Alaska - an unusual place to live and an even more unusual place to build a thriving cycling jersey business. Homer is nestled next to the Pacific Ocean and the Harding Ice field. Thick glacier fingers flow into blue sparking ocean, eagles as numerous as sparrows play and fight above our heads, otters role in the surf, and bears walk thru our garden when we go in for tea. We ride or walk to work each day like any one else but we might have to dodge a running moose or put a sign on the door that says GONE FISHING when tide is high and calm and there's room on someones boat. Every day nature brings us new experiences and reminds us to remember that somehow the tide goes out and the tide comes in every day on time and no matter how hard we work - we have no idea why.

Eat The Right Foods || Tips For Beginner Cyclists

Long-distance bicycle rides consume a great deal of calories, so it’s vital to keep your vitality levels high. Begin with a nutritious whole & balanced breakfast, and snack as often as possible for the duration of the day. Great snacks are; bananas, whole grain bread, baked potatoes, trail bars. 

Eating smart will help refuel your muscles following a hard day’s ride and ensure you stay strong and healthy.

It’s additionally imperative to keep hydrated. Specialists vary on the appropriate amount to drink, however 2 to 3L (8 to 12 glasses) every day is a decent benchmark.

Begin with 500mL (2 mugs) before the ride and intend to take a few swallows from your water bottle every 20 to 30 minutes.

HOW TO CHOOSE A BIKE || BIKES & GEARS

Answering these few questions will help you discover what type of bike is best for you:

•Why am I buying a bike?
•How fit am I?
•Where will I ride?
•What kind of terrain will I be riding?
•Will I be carrying anything?
•How much do I want to spend?

Types of bikes:
Road: Dropped handlebars and skinny tires, for racing or touring
Mountain: Flat handlebars with a wide range of gears, large tires and suspension for unpaved terrain
Hybrid/Comfort: Provides an upright position for a more relaxed ride
Recumbent: Have a reclined position and come in a wide variety of styles

Content Source: Bike League

SHARING THE TRAIL || BETTER BICYCLING

Since the path can be congested it’s important to follow the same rules as everyone else in order to have a safe and enjoyable time.

• Be courteous
• Know the rules of the trail you are using
• Give a clear signal when passing
• Be cautious and yield to crossing traffic
• Always be predictable by riding in a straight line
• If you are riding while it is dark, be sure to use lights
• Only use half the width of the trail
• Keep it clean

Signaling !! Riding Tips !!

Communicating your intentions not only makes your ride safer, but it is also required by law in the United States.

http://bikeleague.org/content/signaling

Left Turn: Fully extend your left arm out to the side
Right Turn: Fully extend your right arm out to the side or bend your left arm up at a right angle with your hand flat.
Slowing or Stopping: Extend your left arm out at a right angle with your hand open.

Content Source: Bike League

Scanning !! Riding Tips

SCANNING

Scanning successfully is a key part of riding anywhere—it’s an easy and safe way to communicate your intentions to others and it also shows you what is happening behind you.

At first, it will be difficult to scan and maintain a straight line. A tip that may keep you from pulling the bike is to remove the hand, from the direction you are scanning, from the handlebars.

Content Source : Bike League