Friday, December 18, 2015

The last minute Hyland Cyclery Gift Guide for Cyclists

Do you have a cyclist on your holiday shopping list and just don't quite know what to give them? Our employees hand picked some items they love for our last minute Gift Guide for Cyclists.

Adrian's Gift Picks

Bontrager Turbo Charger MTB

The Bontrager Turbo Charger MTB pump lumbers over all the other pumps, sports a significantly stouter stance and has a gauge that only reaches 80psi. Why is this pump so different? It's because this pump is intended for high volume tires and low pressures. With fatter tires being all the rage these days, everyone who owns a fatty, a chubby, or simply a standard husky mountain bike will appreciate this pump for it's more accurate readings of low pressure and ease of use because it takes less strokes than your average pump. The fatter your tires, the more crucial an accurate low reading is. Not only is this pump very functional for all the fat tired hooligans, but it will also add a lot of style to your workbench with it's burly yet refined looks. This pump is definitely a must have item for any serious mountain biker.

Mucky Nutz Butt Fender

For the avid commuter, mountain biker or urban rider on your list, I suggest you take a look at the Mucky Nutz Butt Fender. This simple little plank of rigid plastic will save your butt, literally. I leave one in my pack at all times because it virtually takes up zero space and installs in seconds to my saddle when the road or trail gets wet. With a price tag of $11.99 it makes a great stocking stuffer. Also check out other simple plastic fenders we carry from Mucky Nutz. They even have a fork mount face fender for your fat bike.

Carter's Gift Pick

Kryptonite Keeper 785 Integrated Lock

Every cyclist needs a lock! Whether you're leaving your bike outside of the market or worried about it in your garage, it's never a bad idea to lock up your bike. The Kryptonite Keeper 785 is very versatile and great lock for the money. It  features a nice nylon covering over a triple heat-treated manganese steel chain that makes it easy to lock up your bike to just about anything.

Franklin's Gift Picks

Topeak Alien III

"The bicycle is complex by design, simple by nature. The bike is nothing more than circles turning circles, its the human motor that makes it elegant." There is nothing better than when your bike is dialed and working perfectly. Even then the unexpected can happen while you are on the trail and you your bike may need a small adjustment or tweak. Not having the right tool can put a damper on your ride larger than a blizzard in June. I never leave home without a great tool. The Topeak Alien III has great bike specific tools, from allen wrenches to spoke wrenches all held together by sleek, lightweight carbon fiber body. It comes with a handy storage pouch to keep it in while not in use and can save the ride for yourself, or anyone else you come across while riding. The right tool is possibly the best thing to own as a cyclist, aside from your bike!!!

Deity Pedals

A huge key to riding bikes is having a good connection to the bike. Deity pedals are hands down the best flat pedals on the market. We stock 4 different models in 6 different colors to fit every riders style and needs. The Deity Decoy pedals are our most popular pedal. They offer sealed bearings, alloy cage with removable pins for unprecedented traction and 6 fancy anodized colors. They make for a perfect gift and will make sure your feet stay planted on the bike where they should be!

Tom's Gift Pick

Swiftwick Socks

My pick for an awesome Christmas gift is a pair of Swiftwick socks. They are the best socks I have ever owned! They are super comfortable and durable. Swiftwick socks keep your feet cool and they help your circulation due to Compression Technology. They are antimicrobial and wick moisture away from your feet keeping them dry. They are a guaranteed winner for any cyclist this year!!!!

Steve's Gift Picks

Fat Bikes

Fat bikes have gained popularity over the past couple years and for good reason. Riding indoors can be pretty boring.. While riding outside in the snow is a ton of fun! Having a fat bike next to the tree is guaranteed to blow some socks off Christmas morning and is sure to bring them smiles for years. We stock the Surly Pugsley and Trek Farley models in an assortment of sizes and colors, even including the kids 24" Farley! My favorite fat bike has been the Farley 7. It's 5 inch tires plow through snow while it's sporty geometry makes it super fun to ride. Don't want to buy the whole bike? Give the gift of a one day fat bike rental where they can ride one of our Farley's and see what all the fuss is about. 

Hyland Cyclery Gift Card

Sometimes it's tough knowing what to give the cyclists who has everything. A Hyland Cyclery gift card is a handy item that any cyclist is sure to love because it can be used towards anything in the shop from a bike tune up to special new bike. By purchasing a Hyland Cyclery gift card you are also helping a small locally owned bike shop do what we love.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hyland Cyclery Employee Moab Vacation

The bike business is good. During the busy summer months we work hard and sometimes those long hours can take up valuable time on the bike. To thank our awesome employees for working those hard hours it has become our yearly tradition to take them all to Moab for a weekend of fun. This past trip was full of adventure, smiles, and good memories.

A small group of us (Steve, Carson and Julie) headed to Moab Saturday morning to get some early riding in. We arrived in Moab and were surprised to see a dusting of snow on the edge of the mesa. Everybody was determined to not let a little snow slow the fun times down. We quickly met up with Franklin and Kyle at Moab Springs Ranch to unload the cars and plan a ride. The sun sets at about 5:15 in Moab during November so we knew we had to hurry. The plan was set. Captain Ahab is where we were headed.

We started the ride down the Amasa back steps and had a small session on the final drop. We then worked our way slowly up Amasa back and Hymasa trails. The group moved slowly. Everyones legs were stiff from car rides and the feelings of winter in the air. The group reached the Captain Ahab halfway connector as the sun was starting to dip in the sky. We had to make a decision, turn around now or continue. The decision was made to split the group. Steve, Franklin, Carson and Kyle continued up to do a full Ahab loop while the rest turned and started making their way over to the downhill portion of Captain Ahab. The guys who did the full loop hustled the climbs and raced the descents. They made it back to the end of Ahab not too far behind the other group and just as the sun was setting. That evening everybody told Moab memories over pizza and beers while waiting for the rest of the shop's employees to show up. The stoke was high.

Sunday morning the plan for the day was made over pancakes and bacon. JR and Colby were going Dinosaur track hunting (read about Colby's adventure). Carter and Mark were heading to Arches to hike to Delicate Arch. The rest of the group packed up for Magnificent 7 shuttle with the plan to end at the world famous Portal trail.

Our large group started Mag 7 on the Getaway trail which was a little wet from the melting snow. Despite a little mud everybody was excited about the adventure ahead. We continued making our way down to Bull Run followed by Great Escape. Stopping for photos, feature sessions and snack breaks along the way. With 15 people in the group many breaks were necessary just to keep everyone together. The day ticked away as we worked our way down the mesa eventually we ended up at Goldbar near Gemini Bridges road where we ran into professional World Cup racer Mitch Ropelato. If you're not familiar with Mitch, he's probably one of the most naturally talented mountain bikers
and a genuinely nice person. As usual, he couldn't help but show off his skills on a bike by dropping off large slickrock shelfs, making it look too easy. After high-fiving Mitch we continued on Goldbar and quickly found ourselves climbing up the opposite mesa from Mag 7. Until this point the ride hadn't been too strenuous but the many breaks along the way had added up to a long day in the saddle. The climb up Goldbar was where the group started feeling the effects of the long day. After a hard push up the Goldbar Jeep trail the group made it to the overlook off the mesa. The views were nothing short of spectacular. We could see far into Arches and watched as the insect like cars moved along Highway 191 into Moab. After a much needed break everyone started slowly making the move along blue dot trail that followed the edge of the mesa towards Poison Spider and eventually Portal. Tired from a long day on the bike the group was moving slow and the sun was slowly going down. We made it to Portal just as the sun was disappearing. The Portal trail is not the ideal trail to navigate in little to no light. The exposure on a section of Portal is so severe that there is actually a sign stating "Dismount your bike! Riders have died here. Riders like you!". We made it just past the the danger before the darkness really started setting in. The final riders of the group had luckily prepared by bringing lights with them and slowly made it down the final technical portion of the Portal trail. PHEEWWW! Everybody made it off the trail safely. Later that evening everyone met up at the condos and traded stories of the day over burgers and drinks. The exhaustion soon settled in and after a short soak in the hot tub everyone skirted off to bed.

Monday morning everyone was moving slowly, still tired from the long day before. Breakfast burritos were devoured and the cars were packed for the drive home. The drive home was slow going due to the snow storm and thankfully, everybody made it home safely. Another great Moab trip was in the books, it was a great experience for all our employees. Riding bikes, exploring great trails and bonding with each other.

Cheers to the next year!

A special thanks to Nate Crowther and Moab Springs Ranch. If ever needing a place to stay in Moab. Check out Condo 7 or Condo 9 at Moab Springs Ranch.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Night Riding is Good for the Soul

Have you ever been ripping down your favorite trail, just to yield to everyone (and their dog) who wanted to ride the same trail you did? Is it too hot or not enough hours in your day? Chances are, one (if not all) of these have stood between you and the best possible time on your bike.

Night riding is one of the most underrated and enjoyable ways to get out. It might sound a little intimidating at first, but with the right equipment, can turn the trail you've ridden 100 times into something new and a whole new experience! My first time riding at night was with a cheap light and flashlight MacGyver'd to my helmet on an unfamiliar trail. While it was a frightening experience, it was enough for me to realize the potential to riding under the stars. The key to having the proper lighting would not just having the brightest light possible, but a good balance of brightness, and focus. Having a too broad light will take away depth perception and too narrow will give you 'tunnel vision' and close off the trail. I've found NiteRider uses a beam perfectly designed for the demanding needs of a cyclist.

With how many different systems are out there, you might ask: "What light(s) would work best for me?". Every rider is different and are a lot of variable such as trail conditions, rider speed, and time spent on the trails. For racers doing long events like 25 hours of Frog Hollow, you might need the NiteRider Pro 1500 DIY with a customization with light output and custom settings for your exact needs up to 1500 lumens. For your avid trail rider having something like the NiteRider Pro 1800 offers an 8 cell battery that gives you enough battery paired with its 1800 lumen light to keep you riding throughout the night. Both these lights can be used either on your handlebar, or helmet. If you compliment your set up with both a handlebar AND helmet you can add depth perception while eliminating shadows. Having both lights lets you see the rocks and bumps and allows you to look though a turn properly. Lights such as the NiteRider MiNewt series, or more budget friendly Lumina series such as the Lumina 750 offers an amazing value at 750 Lumens at under $100 dollars.

Hyland Cyclery and NiteRider the industry's leading manufacturer of lighting systems have teamed up for a light demo event being hosted Wednesday, October 7th at 7:30pm. For more information follow the Facebook event or shoot us an email. Come out and experience a fun ride with Hyland Cyclery crew!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Gift Giving Guide: Employee's Top Picks

Being a shop employee has lots of perks. One of them is being able to test all the new products and pick favorites. It is also nice to be able to brag about all the latest and best products at parties. Check out the top picks from each shop employee and grab 'em for last minute Christmas gifts if you are like us and wait until the last minute!

Britton's Picks

Bontrager Ion 700 Light

This is one of the sweetest little bike lights anyone could purchase. Yes I said its little, and that is one of the things I really like about it. For it's size, the Ion 700 pumps out a strong 700 lumens with multiple brightness setting and even a strobe mode. With the brightest setting you feel more than comfortable riding in the darkest of nights, whether it be on trail or road. I have used and researched many other lights and the Ion 700 is the best bargain for the brightness. If your looking for a small, sturdy, bright light, look no further.

Bell Super Helmet

The Bell Super helmet is awesome. I was searching for a helmet that provided great protection, coverage, and also a great fit. The Super meets all of these needs. When you put this helmet on it wraps your head in such a way that you won't have to over tighten the helmet to eliminate unwanted wiggle. Some people don't believe that a helmet should be over $100, but if you are interested in one of the best fitting helmets on the market that has a GoPro mount and can stash a pair of goggles under the visor, here it is.

Adrian's Picks

Bontrager Skull Cap

The Bontrager Skull Cap is nice, packable and covers the ears. Keeping your head and ears from the harsh cold wind will help tremendously at keeping you nice and toasty on those chilly rides.

Bontrager RXL Toe Covers

Bontrager RXL Windshell Toe Covers are also a very packable item. Because they are super easy to put on and take off I'll throw a set of toe covers in my bag and easily break them out if I need them. They will keep your toes warm, dry and protected against the wind. 

Gavin's Picks

Bontrager B3 Hooded Long Sleeve Base Layer

Having any kind of a base layer is a necessity for a dedicated winter cyclist to keep the good times rolling. The B3 hooded base layer is perfect for mild conditions under your race jersey, to very cold weather under wind resistant outer layers. It has thumb holes to make sure there is no gap between your long sleeves and gloves and a hood with a long zipper to cover your head and mouth in case weather gets worse than expected. This is the perfect gift for any cyclist because it is adaptable to many different conditions and uses. It is one present that won't sit in a closet collecting dust!

Bontrager H5 Hardcase Tire

Any cyclist can appreciate new tires and the Bontrager H5 Hardcase tire is a versatile and long lasting tire. It is offered from 26x1.5-2.0 inch to 700x32c-45c starting at only $29.99. It has an option for just about any bike. It gives great resistance to avoid puncture flats and is smooth enough for road commuting, but has enough grip to get you around in the snow. This would make a great Christmas or any time gift for your cyclist in need of some new tires!

Carter's Picks

Bontrager's Node 2.1 Digital Computer is an affordable cycling computer that lets you train smarter with power, speed, cadence and distance on one easy-to-read screen. Heart rate training is a snap with the included transmitter strap. Node computers can receive data from 3rd party power devices that are ANT+ compatible like SRM cranks and PowerTap hubs, too. To top it off the auto start and stop is a must have.

Bontrager Glo and Ember Light Set

Bontrager Glo Headlight & Ember Taillight Combo are perfect light to be seen at night. They can mount almost anywhere and can be seen from 2,000 feet! They're small and would make a great stocking stuffer for any cyclist.

Franklin's Picks

Garmin 510 GPS

The Garmin 510 is the tool for a cyclist to keep in touch with their riding. From the Tech savvy racer to the casual rider, anyone can enjoy the Garmin for its easy to use interface and capabilities. It can work for multiple bikes and connect to various sensors for additional readouts like cadence and heart rate. After your ride you can check out and upload your ride to see your speed, elevation and map using extremely accurate GPS. The 510 goes for $329.99 There is also a more value minded option (Garmin 200) at $149.99.

Boombot Bluetooth Speaker

The best way to listen to you music on the go that doesn't interfere and distract you is with the Boombotix Rex. It is a powerful little speaker that recharges and connects through Bluetooth or with an auxiliary cord into any other device. This is the perfect gift for the music lover and for the biker. Make sure to grab the handlebar mount, too! This speaker packs a big punch and plays up to 8 hours on a single charge. It retails for $59.99 and will be the best gift ever you give or receive this year!

Tom's Picks

Swiftwick Socks

Swiftwick produces the best socks ever! These amazing compression socks are comfortable, soothing, breathable, and durable. We have them available in an assortment of styles and colors. ***** Five star rating!

Bontrager Solstice Helmet

My family uses this helmet to protect their heads while riding. It is light, comfortable, easily adjusted and very affordable. It comes in several different colors and is available in adult and youth sizes. ***** Five Star Rating in my book!

Steve's Picks

Transition Klunker

What do you get the Mountain Biker who has everything? A Transition Klunker! The Klunker goes back to the roots of mountain biking and embodies what it's all about, FUN! It is available in two awesome colors and is trail ready right out of the box. If you have the room in the garage, you  can 't go wrong with a Klunker!

Hyland Cyclery Gift Card

Don't know what to get your cyclist? Get them a gift they can use on anything in the store. With a Hyland Cyclery gift card they can purchase anything from products to tune-ups. Plus with every $20 spent on Hyland Cyclery gift card we will throw in $5 FREE. **Some restrictions apply.

Hyland Cyclery Salt Lake City, UT

Monday, August 25, 2014

People for Bikes Million Person Challenge

PeopleForBikes is a movement to make riding better for everyone. Join Trek Bicycle and add your name in support of better cycling. Let’s show the world that millions are united for bikes!
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