Bikes

Road | Mountain | Hybrid | Kid's

Our Bike Shop sits in a separate building on the south end of the property. We stock a huge variety of bicycles for just about every type of rider; we build everything from completely custom race bikes to you child's first two-wheeler. Our service department offers a complete menu of maintenance and tuning services, all performed by certified and expert mechanics. Whether it is road riding, mountain biking, or bike commuting, we are the shop that has it all. Come visit us today! 

Full Service Bike Workshop

04/02/2018

Outdoor Sports Center has a very experienced and professional workshop staff. Whether you need a tube and tire change or a complete custom build for your next race, at our bike workshop you are always in good hands. We offer competetive pricing on skilled service for any bike. We have more bike mechanics and technicians than most bike shops, so we are able to give our customers the best possible service in the shortest amount of time. Minor repairs or tube and tire changes can be performed on the spot and the turn around on a tune-up can be as short as same day. We are proud to have a mechanic on our staff with the highest level of certification a mechanic can hold from the Barnett Bicycle Insitute. He is the only Certified Elite Mechanic in the state of Connecticut, so you can be sure that the level of expertise you are getting is the best available. We are as passionate about riding as our dedicated customers, so we work hard to get you out riding again as soon as possible.

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Workshop Rates

Tuning

30 Day Check FREE
True wheels, adjust gears, tighten all bolts.   
*Outdoor Sports Center Sold Bikes Only  
   
Bike Tune Up $85
Wash, de-grease, true wheels, adjust gears,  
lubricate, polish & inflate tires. *Single Speed  
   
Ultrasonic Bike Tune Up $135
Wash, de-grease, true wheels, adjust gears, lubricate, polish & inflate tires.   
Remove chain/ cassette/front & rear derailleurs ultrasonically clean and reinstall.  
   
Complete Overhaul* $250
Strip bike, clean, check wheels, replace all cables, rebuild & lubricate.  
 *Parts not included  

Building/Assembly

 
Box Bike For Shipping $75
Disassemble & secure all parts.  
   
Shipping Rebuild $50
Reassemble, visual inspection & recommendation.  
   
New Bike Build (New In Box) $90
Build from scratch, true wheels, adjust gears, tighten all bolts & inflate tires.  
   
Custom Bike Build (Not Boxed) $200
Labor to build up custom spec bike.  
   

Wheels

 
Tire & Tube Installation $12/wheel
Install new tire/tube.  
   
Wheel Truing $25-35
Remove tire/tube, check lateral/radial  
spoke tension & spoke nipples.  
   
Tubular Gluing $40
Remove tire, true wheel, remove & apply glue.  
*Wait 24 hours before riding  
   
Cassette/Freewheel Install $10
Remove old cassette/freewheel & install new.  
   
Wheel Building Front $60
   
Wheel Building Front Disc $70
   
Wheel Building Rear $80
   
Wheel Building Rear Disc $90
   

Brakes

 
Brake Adjustment $25
Check rim, level pads & lube all pivot points.  
   
Brake Pad Replacement  
V-Brake, Canti Brake, Caliper $5/brake
Disc Pads $7/brake
   
Hydraulic Brake Reset $20/brake
Clean disc pads, reset pistons.  
   
Hydraulic Brake Bleed $40/wheel
Check brake pads/rotor & bleed brakes.  
   
Gear/Brake Cable Replacement $20
Remove/replace cable/housing, adjust 
gears & brakes accordingly.  
   

Drive Train

 
Chain Replacement $20
Inspect cassette cogs & install new chain.  
   
Derailleur Adjustment $25
Check derailleur/hanger/cable tension/
cable condition & adjust upper/lower throw.  
*Add-on not recommended on worn out drive-trains.  
   
BB Replacement $35

Remove cranks, tap threads, clean & install BB.  
   
Frame Tapping - Chasing $45
Inspect threads on BB, frame surfaces,  
tap & chase mating surfaces  
   

Frame/Suspension

 
Tape/Grip Installation $15
   
Headset Installation/Overhaul $35

Remove stem/fork, clean & reinstall headset.  
   
Suspension Fork Installation $40
   
Shock Fork Service $60
Check seal, stanchion spring & clean out  
lower leg assembly. 
*May need to send shock back.  
   
Torque Check $45
Check & adjust torque setting for headset/handlebars/seat post/  
crankset/bottom bracket/pedals/derailleurs & brake system.  
   
Crash Inspection $50
Check frame & fork alignment, safety 
inspection of parts.  

GURU Fit System

03/29/2018


The best bike starts with a proper fit. Our bike shop offers a new revolutionary approach to finding your perfect bike on the GURU FIT SYSTEM! This advanced computer scan technology can measure your exact specifications to help you select the right size and model for your riding style. Whether you're in the market for a new road, mountain, cyclocross, triathlon or recreational bike, the GURU Fit System will scan its database of over 10,000 bikes to find a perfect match!

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How it Works:


The GURU Fit System has two key components: a robotic bike and a 3D scan camera to capture your exact measurements. The new Connect 2.0 camera, can shoot more frames per second to measure precise body angles and alignment, all while you are sitting and pedaling on the GURU bike. Our technician will then make adjustments in real-time so that you can compare the feeling of each different setting. The bike will adjust at an incline and decline to simulate different riding conditions, to guarantee you are comfortable no matter where you are riding.


We offer two types of sessions:


Sizing -- For anyone who wants to test a variety of bikes or make fine tune adjustments to their current bike. The prices of sizing and fitting sessions include the modifications that are made to the bike (only additional parts cost extra).
Road, MTB (15-30 mins) A sizing session is complimentary when you are buying a bike from Outdoor Sports Center.

What's included:


1. Our 3D scan camera will capture your exact measurements, in seconds and search the GURU Fit Systems computer database to find a bike as a starting point.

2. While sitting and pedaling on on the GURU Bike, the motion capture 3D camera will measure your precise body angles, so the technician can fine tune your bikes: saddle height, handlebar reach, and handlebar height to make proper adjustments.

3. After we discover your preferences, you will test the bike on an incline and decline to simulate different riding conditions and ensure you're comfortable and safe! In the end, you will have the best brand, model, frame size and stem size that fits you!

4. We can then use the x/y coordinates to fine-tune an existing or brand new bike! 

 


Fitting --
 A more in-depth process, where we zero in on every part of your bike to correct alignment issues, for your body, speed and performance.
Road/MTB, TRI (1-2hrs)


What's included:  After going through everything in the sizing session, we will work more closely with you to ensure maximum performance by:


-Evaluating riders history
-Monitoring cleat positioning and recommending shoe inserts
-Adjusting crank length, based on your height
-Testing different handlebar widths and saddle options
-Correcting saddle height, and handlebar reach as well as height
-Testing limitations though power resistents
-Show body positioning with live video feed
-Final fit coordinates emailed to you
-X/Y Coordinates transferred to your bike at no additional cost

 

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Teach Safe Cycling

06/02/2016


Last year we gave you the top tips and tricks for teaching your children to ride, and this year we want to zero in on making sure they stay safe on the road! The same safety precautions apply whether they are riding in the backyard, local trails, or around the neighborhood streets. When children learn biking safety at a young age, these guidelines become second nature to them, ensuring that they continue to practice safe cycling throughout their lives. We've put together a few of the most important rules to follow to make sure your little cyclists continue to stay safe and have a great time!



Always Wear a Helmet:

  • Be sure your child's helmet is the right size: tight enough that it can't be pulled up or twisted around when buckled securely, and big enough that it covers the child's forehead.
  • On the off-chance that your child does have a crash that impacts the helmet, it is mandatory that you replace the helmet right away. Helmets are considered a one-time use product, and after they have been heavily impacted once, they are no longer safe to use.


Check the Following Features to Ensure a Safe Ride:

  • Brakes: make sure they are working properly.
  • Tires: check that they have plenty of air, and the correct PSI.
  • Bolts: the seat, handlebars and wheels should be screwed on tightly.


Additional Safety Tips:

  • All the kid's bikes we sell come with reflectors, but it is wise to also use a taillight even during the day to be sure that drivers are aware.
  • Be careful of loose pants and shoelaces, which can get stuck on the chain.
  • Riding barefoot or in flip-flops is not very safe, so be sure your child has a good pair of sneakers.



Kid's Bikes for All Sizes

If you're shopping for your child's first bike, or need to go a size up from last year's, here is a quick guide to our kid's bikes and the different sizes we offer. Kid's bikes are sized in inches based on the wheel size. Be sure to always have your child sized by a professional here in our bike shop; riding the wrong size bike can be very unsafe. Once your child has outgrown a 24" bike, it is time to move on to adult bikes!

 

Cannondale

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Trail 16"   |   Trail 20"   |   Street 24" (also available: Trail 24" and Race 24")

 

Specialized

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Hot Rock 12"   |   Hot Rock 16"   |   Hot Rock 20" Single Speed (multi-speed options also available)   |   Hot Rock 24" (cross country, street, and Rip Rock fat tire options also available)

 

Balance Bikes - 12"

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Strider   |   Specialized Hot Walk

Safe Summer Riding

05/01/2016

 
Rumor has it that temperatures will be higher than average this summer, and it is important to remember when heading out on your bike that safety comes first! There are several steps you can take to make sure you are good to your body when biking in the heat. We've come up with a list of guidelines to follow when biking in hot weather to be sure that your body and mind stay healthy and happy.

 

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The Golden Rule: Stay Hydrated!

Electrolytes offer the essential minerals that your body needs to continue working hard. You naturally lose electrolytes when you perspire, so adding electrolytes to your water bottle will help you work harder and recover faster. We carry Clif Shot Electrolyte Hydration powder, GU Hydration Tablets, Skratch Labs Hydration Mix, and Generation UCAN Hydrate Electrolyte Powder. Always drink water before and during your ride to stay hydrated. To keep your water cold on a scorching day, we recommend the 23 ounce Purist Insulated water bottle from Specialized.

Listen to your Body
New technology can help you zero in on what your body is trying to tell you when you're riding in the heat. Certain Garmin watches, such as the Vivoactive, 520, and 1000, can monitor your heart rate and maximum exertion level. If your heart rate goes up significantly, or you start sweating harder, it's a surefire sign that you should slow down the pace a little bit. In addition, if you stop sweating completely, it might be a sign of heat exhaustion, and you should stop to rest up and drink water.

Adding Layers Can Cool You Down
You might not think to add extra layers in the heat, but adding a moisture-wicking base layer will help your skin stay cool and dry. These layers are like tank tops (wear them under your bib and your jersey), and are generally made of polyester that will pull moisture away from your skin so it can evaporate faster. We have sleeveless base layers from Pearl Izumi and Castelli. Castelli even makes a base layer called the Active Cooling Sleeveless that offers additional cooling properties, thanks to the ProSecco ICE fabric.

 

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Shield your Eyes
Since high heat is often accompanied by bright sunlight, it's important to have a good pair of shades that will protect your eyes from the effects of the sun. Oakley has a brand new lineup of lenses called the Prizm that are made for specific sports and environments. There are two lenses for biking, the Prizm Road and the Prizm Trail. The Road enhances your vision in bright light and in shadows, so you'll be able to spot changes in the texture of the road. The Trail enhances reds and browns so you can notice roots, rocks, and other terrain whether in bright light or shadows. We carry several different frame choives for the Prizm Road and the Prizm Trail.

Eat Right for a Better Ride
Don't fill up on heavy foods prior to your ride; you can get all the fuel you need from a smaller meal that is high in nutrients, such as a protein shake and a bar. With lighter foods in your stomach, your body won't have to work as hard on digestion, and can focus more of its energy on staying cool. Try a Clif bar or a Generation UCAN SNACK bar, which contain a slow-releasing carbohydrate called SuperStarch that produces longer-lasting energy by releasing the carbs into your body slowly instead of all at once.

 

And remember, the earlier you leave for your ride, the cooler it will be and the less time you will spend riding in hot temperatures! Now get out there and enjoy the warm weather!


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Learning to Ride

11/20/2015

It's the perfect time of year to teach your children one of the most important lessons of their lives - how to ride a bike! Cycling acts as a form of transportation, a form of exercise, a way to unwind, and a way to feel free. Everyone learns at a different speed and can learn at any age, so there is no specific time by which your child should be moving to a new step in the process. We've put together a step-by-step description of the best way to teach your children how to ride, a method that can be used to teach kids of all ages! Some children can learn this way without having to add training wheels at all, and some people have reported children learning to ride by this method in just one day. No matter what, be sure to take it slow and make it fun, and your child will be riding like a pro in no time!

Safety first! Make sure you teach your children about safety right from the start! As soon as they are introduced to a bike, they should be introduced to a helmet, so they always associate the two.

 

Balance Bikes

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As soon as your child is beginning to walk or even just stand up on their own, you can introduce him or her to balance bikes. These are small, toddler-size bikes without pedals that help children feel comfortable sitting, steering and balancing on two wheels. Children can sit on the bike seat and uses their legs to push off, pulling themselves along and eventually picking up their legs to coast on the bike. These bikes help ease the difficult learning process of balancing before using training wheels. Our employee Slav got his son Maks started on a balance bike at just 16 months old before he was even fully walking on his own. They showed him the bike first and had him explore the different parts of it: "We got him to think of it as a big toy!" He practiced sitting in the saddle and playing with the handlebars, and pretty soon he was comfortable enough to pull himself along with his feet. We carry the Hot Walk Balance Bike from Specialized in bright colors that kids love. If your child is too big for a balance bike when you start the process, simply remove the training wheels and pedals from his or her bike so it can be used as a big balance bike.

 

Training Wheels

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Once your child has mastered the balancing part of biking, it is time to learn about steering and braking on a big kid bike with training wheels! It is important for the child to learn the functions of the different mechanisms of the bike having to worry about tipping. The training wheels offer the necessary stability to begin safely practicing pedaling, braking, and steering. A child's first bike will generally have coaster brakes, also known as back brakes, which require pedaling backward to stop the bike. Kids' bikes are measured by the wheel size, not by the frame size, and it's best to go by the height of your child when figuring out what size bike to get. Kids' bike sizes range from 12" to 24". If your child is between 26 and 34 inches tall, a 12-inch bike will usually be the next step. Izzy and Maks both ride the Specialized Hot Rock with 16" wheels. We carry the Hot Rock in all sizes, and we also carry Cannondale bikes from the Trail, Race, and Street Series.

 

Taking off the Training Wheels

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Once your child is comfortable maneuvering the big bike, it's time to take off those training wheels and relearn balance! When you first take off the training wheels, take the pedals off the crank arms as well, and lower the seat so that the bike becomes a big balance bike. The child can practice coasting again, with more confidence on their bigger bike. It's important for children to know that they can always put their feet down to catch themselves. Falling on pavement can be traumatic, so practicing in a smooth field will help cushion the blow. Next you will want to put the pedals back on, and have your child practice coasting with feet on the pedals. When that feels comfortable, he or she can start turning the pedals, and once the momentum of the slope runs out, encourage the child to keep pedaling. At that moment, your child will experience the joy of biking for the first time, and we have a feeling that he or she will never look back! As your child grows, you will need to start looking at larger bikes. The next step up from a 12" bike is 16", then 20" and 24". The larger bikes will have hand brakes and multiple gears for longer distances and bigger hills. Don't forget about all the fun accessories like baskets, bells, and handlebar streamers that allow children to ride with style!

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