BikeCommuters.com Wool Cap Sale

We were doing come cleaning at our West Cost Office when we came across 3 Wool Caps! These were previous year models and since we only have a few of them, we’d to offer them at a discount! We have 2 of the Orange/Charcoal; Small/Med and a Large/XL.
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Then we have 1-Grey/Black in a Large/XLarge.
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Test your cycling skills in Tenerife

With its year-round sunshine, undulating terrain, stunning scenery and low road traffic volumes, it’s no surprise that Tenerife is so popular among cyclists from around the world. Amateurs and professionals alike flock to the island with their bikes in tow. If you’re planning to book last minute holidays to Tenerife and want to test your skills on two wheels, it’s well worth checking out the following cycling hotspots.

El Teide

The mountain of El Teide dominates the island’s skyline and it is a mecca for adventurous holidaymakers. The volcano is the highest in Spain and it reaches 3,718 meters in altitude. Set in the middle of a UNESCO national park, it is the perfect place to work up a sweat in the saddle. There are a number of different routes up to the top, but whichever you choose, you can be confident that the gradient will rarely get above 7%. This makes El Teide manageable for most cyclists of reasonable fitness.

En route to the summit, you’ll pass through pine forests and green valleys, before reaching the rocky terrain of the volcano itself.
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The Masca loop

Another excellent route is the Masca loop. Along with El Teide, this is perhaps the best known cycling spot on the island. Beginning and ending at La Orotava, this 70-mile trip passes through the tiny village of Masca high in the Teno mountain range. Many people believe this is the most picturesque settlement in the whole of Tenerife and it offers breathtaking views. You’ll also cycle through Santiago del Teide, where you can stop to enjoy a refreshing drink.

Be warned though, this is for the hardened cyclist. Inclines can be as steep as 20%, and you’ll need a head for heights when navigating the narrow roads and technical downhill sections.

The TF-12

Another highlight is the TF-12 road. This quiet highway cuts through the Anaga mountain range in the north-east of the island. While gliding through this remote area, you’ll get to see an impressive variety of flora and fauna. As is the case across much of Tenerife, the road surface is superb. Meanwhile, if you want to deviate from the main route, there are a number of small side roads you can take that lead you deeper into the mountains. The TF-12 is ideal for anyone who is based in or near to Santa Cruz.

Of course, these are just a few of the cycling options available on this sun-kissed Canary Island. Whether you’re staying there for a week, a fortnight or longer, you won’t be short of routes to explore.

Growing up through commuting

So about 10 years ago when I started to commute to my jobs I was really into the whole idea of less is more. This meant that my bike was a fixed gear with one brake, messenger bag and small blinky lights. Each year that progressed I noticed I found that the things I thought were “goofy” at one point, were grabbing my attention.

Let’s take for example rear racks and panniers. I used to think they were for “old people.” Well, as I got older I see that they are way more practical than I had ever imagine. But before I got into the pannier thing, I actually ditched the messenger bag for backpacks. I figured it was better for my shoulders and there were a ton of companies that made some great bags. But that too went by the wayside as I didn’t like showing up to places with a wet back and sore shoulders.
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Now that I’m 10 years older I’d like to tell you what I now prefer when it comes to bike commuting. Ready for this?

-multi-geared bike
-rack with at least 2 panniers
-big lights! Minimum of at least 600 lumens on the headlight and 2 blinkers in the back. I like to place them on two different spots for added visibility.
-T-shirts. I used to commute with only cycling clothing. Now I just grab t-shirts and regular shorts.
-I stopped riding fixed gears…arthritic knees.

Perhaps its with time that I started seeing things differently as I did when I was younger. But one thing I’m grateful for is the choices available that the bicycle industry makes for its consumers. Let’s face it, each company has to cater to it’s various demographics to remain competitive and that’s good for us, young and seasoned riders.

What about you? Were there things you’ve changed through out your commuting career? Do you now do things that you didn’t think of when you were younger? It’s like a young married man saying “I’ll never get a mini-van.” Only to find himself at the dealer a few years later falling in love with a new van with built-in DVD player for the kids.