Spring is officially here and I am itching to get on my bike, are you?
Maybe you’ve been thinking about getting on a bike but not sure how to get started? Read on!
At this time of year, if you already own a bike, perhaps you feel ready to dust it off and get it ready. Make sure to check your chain, your brakes and your tires as well as the general condition of your bike before you get on your first ride. John Fulton, the owner of Ontario’s South Coast Bicycles and Tours Inc., a fantastic local business offers bike repairs and tune ups. Depending on your bike mechanic skills (mine are non-existent) it is probably smart to book your spring tune-up now! His services include a full cleaning and inspection to get you ready to ride. Make a pit stop at John’s bike shop on Front Road to find bike parts or a whole new set of wheels!
Are you in the market for a bike? We have many bike outfitters in Norfolk County that could help you make an informed decision about what bike to choose. Scot Brockbank at North Shore Athletics in Port Dover is an experienced road cyclist with a vast bike knowledge. I love to visit his shop to learn about bikes, shop for accessories or gear.
If mountain biking is on your radar, Paul Meiklejohn from Elevation Mountain Bike Coaching and Camps is the man to talk to. He has a full fleet of Rocky Mountain bikes, (a Canadian bicycle manufacturer) that means you can test-drive and ride with a pro before you make a purchase. Paul loves to get more people involved into the sport of mountain biking.
“The Turkey Point Mountain Bike trails are really amazing for beginners;, we have 80 kms with no mountains, it is so much more accessible,” Paul said, while talking about his passion for coaching first timers.
The Turkey Point Mountain Bike Club (TPMBC) trails are still slightly snow covered (as of March 27) but it’s only a matter of days before we can ride. Every other trail in Ontario tends to stay wet during the spring but our sand base makes Norfolk County one of the first places where we can ride in the province each spring.
The Spring Kicker, the TPMBC’s first event of the season is coming up on April 22nd. Mark your calendar! Last year I had a blast meeting various bike vendors, riding new trails with local guides and tasting yummy food. Nice social event to kick off the season.
If an occasional leisure ride sounds more like your thing, plan to rent a hybrid bike from Red Apple Rides or attend one of their unique guided tours this spring and summer. Keep your ears open for some exciting announcements shortly. Owner Phil Poss and his team plan to step it up in their second season with farm tours and other new experiences. They also have some community events coming up which might be exactly what you need to get moving around Norfolk County.
It’s clear that cycling season is upon us. Get your own wheels tuned up or visit one of the Norfolk bike specialists to decide on a new ride. The countdown is on for another amazing year of riding around Norfolk County. From single track to road to rails trails, you will find something that you love right here in Ontario’s garden!
Amélie Chanda is a Norfolk County based wellness coach with a passion for active living. She works with individuals and organizations that are ready to make a commitment to a healthy life. She provides support, tools and motivation to help her clients reach their health goals. In 2017 she launched the #GoNorfolk community initiative to empower people to get off the couch and to explore Norfolk County. She is now the Active Living Ambassador for Norfolk County.