All About Bikes: Cool Gear and Group Rides

Biking

Few things in the world of a cyclist are as startling as the car you didn’t hear.

Maybe you were in the middle of a hard interval, a beautiful stretch of scenery, or just thinking about that cup of coffee waiting for you back at the cafe. Out of nowhere a car passes and jolts you back to reality and the fact that sometimes the road is a dangerous place.

Varia is an early warning radar system from Garmin.

It will alert you of an approaching vehicle at more than 450 feet while tracking its approach on your Garmin Edge system or the optional display unit. An integrated taillight pulses more intensely to alert the car of your presence as well.

Available September 1 at Inside Out Sports, Raleigh and Cary. It starts at $199 for the sensor alone or $299 for the bundle including the display unit.

— Shane Richardson

 

Gotta flat?public bicycle station

These bicycle repair stations are gaining traction in Raleigh, thanks to a crowd funding campaign and sponsorships from Marbles Museum, Oaks and Spokes, BikeRaleigh Program, Oak City Cycling Project and the City of Raleigh. Each station contains a stand, pump and tools, available for use at all hours of the day. Ride Raleigh!

Locations: 201 East Hargett Street, Neuse River Trail at Anderson Point Park, Umstead State Park

 

 

 

Local group bike rides

Sick of riding solo? Well, stop feeling lonely and check out the following group bike rides that leave regularly from the following locations.

Inside Out Sports—Raleigh

Tuesday & Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., 30-mile ride @20+ mph

Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. 30-mile ride @17-18 mph

iostriclub.com

Trilife Group Ride

Group_Bike1Tuesday & Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
4 groups

trilife.com/calendar.html

NC Bike Club

Tuesday, 6 p.m.
Need for Speed Group, No Drop Ride, Soapstone United Methodist Church

ncbikeclub.net/calendar.html

Crank Arm Brewery

Wednesday, 6 p.m., 10-mile ride @Crank Arm Brewing

crankarmbrewing.com

Tasty Bev Bike Ride

Monday, 6 p.m., 10-mile ride @Tasty Beverage

tastybeverageco.com

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