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Road Bike Lessons in Park City

Road biking is one of those deceptively complex skills. At first glance, it just appears to be your standard two-wheeled cruise; albeit with skinnier tires and tighter clothing. But there's far more to the sport than sitting, pedaling, and soaking in the sun. In order to maximize your enjoyment out on the roads while maintaining the necessary level of safety, there are certain skills and techniques you must acquire. That's where Expert instruction comes into play. Sure, you can im...

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Cross-Country Bike Trip - Oregon to Maine | Conclusion

Ontario and Canadian Hospitality The funny part about bicycle touring is that you never know what’s in front of you. We tried our best to use the internet to see what was awaiting us down the road, but even with that invaluable tool, there was rarely an accurate representation of our destination. My girlfriend, Lindsey, and I have been riding our bicycles across the United States from Oregon to Maine and have just finished up the third and final month of our trip. After leaving the ...

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Cross-Country Bike Trip - Oregon to Maine | Part II

Since my last blog about my cross-country bike trip from Oregon to Maine, I've biked through Montana, North Dakota and around the Great Lakes of Michigan. Read on to hear about all of my adventures. Be sure to check back at the end of October for my final blog in this three part series, which will cover our ride from New England to Maine during the height of the fall color season.
Hundreds of miles of bike paths in Minnesota and Wisconsin Glacier National Park is beautiful and...

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Cross-Country Bike Trip - Oregon to Maine


Early morning riding along the Lochsa River in Idaho Fresh Legs, Whales, and the Oregon Coast For almost two years, my girlfriend Lindsey and I have been preparing for a fun trip and beautiful bike tour to a part of the United States we've never really seen. On July 26th we departed from Florence, Oregon, a coastal town about halfway between California and Washington, with the goal of riding cross-country on our road bikes to Bar Harbor, Maine. We started the trip by enjoy...

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Bontrager Stormshell Jacket Review

Expert Review As a bike commuter, I haven't really given much thought to the clothes I wear. Of course, in nasty conditions I would bundle up with a rain jacket, gloves, a balaclava under my helmet, and waterproof shoes. But I've never been too invested in true cold-weather cycling apparel. I figured my rain shell worked well enough to block winter conditions as long as I layered well enough underneath. And in terms of safety, as the nights became darker sooner, I figured...

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Sugoi Versa Women's Cycling Jacket Review

Expert Review The Sugoi Versa Women's Cycling Jacket offers great versatility with magnetically attached removable sleeves that allow it to easily convert into a vest. High-tech materials, a thoughtfully created fit, and 360 degree reflectivity make the Versa an excellent lightweight cycling jacket. RATING Technical Features Material, construction, weight & ventilation details of the jacket The fanciest part of the Sugoi Versa Cycling Jacket, and what...

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Women's-Only Road Rides in Park City, Utah

Who Women road bikers, from beginners to experts, are invited to get together. Knowing you'll have riding buddies is good motivation to get out on the road, plus it's fun to meet new friends! And it's not that we don't ever like to ride with the guys. Sometimes it's just nice to get together with some other girls. What This is a free group ride, led by a Jans Mountain Recreation Expert - most often Carol Vails. Carol is a former criterium racer who is...

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Trek Domane Road Bike Review

Expert Review The catch phrase in the road riding scene this year is “endurance bike.” It’s the equivalent of a fat bike for roadies, and no, I don’t mean that in a derogatory tone. Fat tire mountain bikes, once slotted as slow, heavy, and only mildly useful on their intended terrain (snow) and pretty much useless in normal riding conditions, are now actually fun to ride on dirt, slickrock, sand, and of course, snow. Likewise, endurance road bikes were onc...

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Bicycle Commuter Guide

Fun fact: According to Bloomberg, commuting by bicycle in America has risen 60% in the last decade. That means more people are throwing their legs over a bike and pedaling to work, to school, and to run errands or to attend events. And who wouldn't; commuting by bike is virtually free when you think about the constant upkeep of a depreciating car and high gas prices, not to mention the health benefits associated with cycling. On Ninth Avenue in New York City, city officials' commi...

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Winter Cycling Gear

Happy New Year from all of us here at Jans! Hopefully, you’ve slept in and are rested up for a big year of pedaling in 2014. Bikes might be the last thing on your mind - it’s currently 34°F here in Park City, UT, pretty mild for this time of year, but far from ideal temperatures for cycling. However, if you’ve got the right winter biking gear, pedaling in these temps can be bearable and downright fun.
I know some cyclists who regularly log four hour rides on the ...

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Best Road Bikes for Women - Specialized Ruby Elite Compact Review

“Shrink it and pink it” is a well-known phrase in the marketing world, and the bike industry has been guilty of this time and time again. In the not too distant past, women’s road bikes were just smaller, pastel versions of men’s bikes, often with lower-end components. These days however, women’s bikes range from entry level to professional race quality, and are designed to fit the female body. Is this new wave of women’s specific design just another marketing...

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Jans Bike Team Member Road Bikes Swiss Miss Century Ride

I just purchased a cyclocross bike in September 2012, and I mostly use it for ‘cross races and winter road riding. I would much prefer to be on my mountain bike, riding all the incredible single-track Park City has to offer. When someone suggested I do the first ever Swiss Miss Century Ride I was skeptical, but since I am always up for a challenge, I signed up. Little did I know that roadbiking could also be breathtaking.

The Swiss Miss is a women’s only road bike ride witheithe...

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2013 Tour of Utah: SCOTT Bikes Preview with JANS

The Tour of Utah is this state’s version of the Tour de France. This six stage, six day race covers some of the most iconic terrain in Utah. This year, the Tour of Utah will see two stages in Park City. Stage 5 of the race will pass through Park City on its way to Snowbird Resort while Stage 6 will start and finish on Park City’s historic Main St. SCOTT Bikes and JANS have partnered to help road riders, spectators, and even mountain bikers enjoy stage 6 of the Tour of Utah a bit more...

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Finding the Right Bike Fit - Be One With Your Bike

When I was a kid, as long as I could stand over the top tube or pedal without my knees hitting my handlebar, my parents figured that my bike was a good enough fit. These days, I’m a little more picky about my bike fit - sure, it’s still somewhere in the range of clearing the top tube and my knees not hitting the handlebar, but I’ve dialed it in some more. Bike racers are notoriously exact about their bike fits and I’m no exception. Besides having seat height and positi...

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Road Biking in Colorado - Ride the Rockies Stage 4

Jans' team member, Martin Holly, was right in the midst of the 2013 Ride the Rockies, a noncompetitive, seven stage road bike event held in Colorado. His neck and back were starting to ache and his butt would rather not ride another day in the saddle. Having covered 225 miles in just three days with only the power of his own two legs, Marty had every right to be tired. But he got back on his road bike to face Stage 4 and the mother of all climbs up Wolf Creek Pass.

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Jans Team Member Rides the Rockies

At Jans, we’re more than a little bike crazy – mountain biking, road biking, downhill biking, we do it all. And while many of us compete, some of us prefer to focus on the ride while still pushing ourselves to pedal longer and climb higher than we would otherwise. Such is the case for Martin Holly, a Jans Team Member, who is currently participating in the 28th annual Ride the Rockies. This noncompetitive road bike event covers 513 miles and over 20,000 vertical feet in just seven day...

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Three Awesome Road Bike Rides Near Park City

Whether you’re trying to be a good trail citizen or are simply a die-hard roadie, spring is the perfect time to saddle up on a bike with skinny tires in Park City. As the grass starts to green and the temperatures warm, road biking is a great alternative to mountain biking during mud season. Even if you don’t feel like Fabian Cancellara, who just won the Tour of Flanders and Paris Roubaix, we’ve laid out three road rides guaranteed to get you in biking shape.

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Road Racing Tips for Starters


If you’re a road racing rookie, your first start line can be a heart pounding experience. Rubbing shoulders with fifty riding buddies can be nerve-wracking for new racers who are more accustomed to riding alone or in small groups and takes some getting used to. However, like anything on the bike, the more experience you gain, the more relaxed you become and therefore, safer and more fun.
Prepping for road races begins months in advance, if you’re serious about being in shap...

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Saddle Demo Program - keep your butt happy on the bike

Performance Bike Seats
Bike saddles - for new riders they can look downright intimidating with their skinny, rail-hard appearance. The thought of shimmying up against one of those for hours at a time can turn rookies straight to the comfort saddle section. However, performance mountain and road saddles can be surprisingly comfortable and increase your power output as long as: a) it's the right fit for you b) it's correctly positioned
Pick what feels good for you J...

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Custom Bike Fitting from the Experts at Jans

Whether you’re a mountain biker, road biker or a little of both, a Jans’ expert bike fitting can make a world of difference to how frequently and how far you ride. While professional bike racers have known this for years, recreational riders can benefit from a custom bike fit as well. Not only does the process improve rider comfort, but a proper bike fitting will exponentially increase your performance once thecleats, saddle, handlebar positioning and shift/brake levers are dialed in...