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Join Team Stedman for Bike MS: Ride the Rhode 2015

Help out a great cause and log some miles too

 

It’s that magical time of year when the air gets crisp, the freezing winds whistle through your helmet vents, your cycling tights are unpacked for the months ahead AND the best part … Registration opens for Bike MS: Ride the Rhode 2015.

Click here to join the team!

This year’s MS150 ride begins and ends in our own backyard at the Narragansett Pier School. How lucky can we get! If you haven’t already ridden on all the roads in Little Rhody, here’s your chance to ride some of the finest and most scenic in our beautiful state! Overnight accommodations are at URI (if you prefer to stay with the group).   And, as always, each rider must raise at least $300.

Sign up to join Team Stedman for the MS Bike Ride in June 2015. And, if you register BEFORE January 2, 2015, you will save $25 in fees by using the code ‘Holiday25’ and score some sweet Stedman gear as well!

PEI bike tour

The Portable Family: Prince Edward Island tour

Red dirt rambling across a storybook island.

The centerpiece of our late summer trip to Canada was a fantastic week-long bike tour of Prince Edward Island. With miles of quiet dirt roads and the extensive Confederation Trail system, PEI is ideal for touring. Throw in sandy beaches, Anne of Green Gables, lots of ice cream, and you have the perfect family cycling adventure.

Confederation Trail bike path

Our plan was to ride a circuit of the north central portion of the island, following the Confederation Trail east then looping back west along the northern shore via rural roads and trails.

The trail is a converted railroad bed that affords easy travel on a flat cinder surface. It passes through small towns every few hours, but there are some long stretches without anything but fields and sky.

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We happened to be in Charlottetown for the Canadian 150th Anniversary celebration. It was a fun contrast to the open countryside, and of course, more ice cream!

From the city we headed northwest toward the Cavendish area, home to the island’s premier tourist destination: Green Gables. We’d been reading the books in anticipation of the trip, so it was a mandatory stop. The beaches were certainly a bonus.

The final portion of our route was all along the iconic red dirt roads of PEI. Unlike the bike trail, these rural farm roads rise and fall steeply over the central hills of the island. It was strenuous but rewarding.

Our first family bike tour outside the US, we’d recommend it to anyone.

A few tips:

  • Wide tires roll easier and more comfortably over the varied surfaces encountered on the island. Fenders keep the red dirt and mud off you and your gear even when it’s dry.
  • The Confederation Trail is relatively flat, but if you plan to venture off of it (recommended!), make sure your bike has low gears for loaded hill climbing.
  • Unless you have an international phone plan, you won’t be able to rely on your smartphone for directions. Be prepared to resort to good old fashion paper maps.
  • Carry cash for the many farm stands around the island.
  • Pack rain gear and swimsuits!
  • Maps of the island and the Confederation Trail are readily available at information centers on PEI. You can plan your trip beforehand by visiting the PEI tourism website.

Have more questions or care to chat about this trip or others? Stop by the shop and we’ll be happy to talk touring.

Kids beach fat bike

Sneak Peek: Specialized Fatboy 20 & 24 kids’ fat bikes!

Just in time for winter and the holidays, elf sized fat bikes for unprecedented winter fun!

Available in 20″ and 24″ wheel sizes, these mini floaters feature top quality Specialized alloy frames and forks, SRAM drivetrains, and disc brakes.

Romp through the snow. Blast down the beach. Rock the trails.

Grins guaranteed.

Fatboy 24

> 24” fully butted A1 Premium Aluminum frame is lightweight and efficient
A1 Premium Aluminum fork for lightweight, predictable steering
Fat 24” disc, alloy single wall rims are designed to handle all types of terrain
Specialized Ground Control Fat 24×4.0″ tires roll over anything
Forged alloy crankset, w/ 100mm spindle for putting the power down
Tektro Aries, mechanical disc brakes for reliable stopping power
SRAM X4, 9-speed rear derailleur for crisp and precise shifting

 

Fatboy 20

20″ fully butted A1 Premium Aluminum frame is lightweight and efficient
A1 Premium Aluminum fork for lightweight, predictable steering
Fat 20” disc, alloy single wall rims are designed to handle all types of terrain
Specialized Ground Control Fat 20×4.0″ tires roll over anything
Forged alloy crankset, w/ 100mm spindle for putting the power down
Tektro Aries, mechanical disc brakes for reliable stopping power
SRAM X4, 9-speed rear derailleur for crisp and precise shifting

 

Extremely limited quantities, pre-order yours now!

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