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Time to shift gears into spring sports

Joelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. As the snow continues to melt and the temperature continues to rise, it’s time to dust off the bikes and get on the trails.The cycling season is here.”A lot of people have been riding for a couple of weeks already,” said Hunter Jupiter, a manager at Mountain Sports Outlet in Glenwood. “In Glenwood, bike season usually starts in April, but it is definitely early this year. Then it goes to sometime in October; it is a long bike season here.”After a long winter of bikes being stashed in the backs of garages and hanging from rafters, a lot of bikes will need a tuneup before they hit the road.There are a number of shops throughout the valley that will tune bikes. For an average tuneup, costs range from $25-40.

“We check the air pressure in the tires, make sure that the drive train is lubed up and that there’s not a lot of gunk in there that’s going to eat into the system,” Jupiter said. “We make sure the brakes are adjusted so they can stop, especially when the trails are still wet, so we want to make sure those brakes are in really good shape. We also make sure that the tires are in good shape and that everything is moving as it should.”One of the most common problems with bikes that have been sitting around all winter is a cracked tire tube. “Usually if people take halfway care of their bikes it is a pretty easy preseason,” Jupiter said. “We just want to make sure it is in good working order.”For more serious riders, their bikes can undergo a custom tuneup, which can range anywhere from $60-$80.”Sometimes people want their whole bike pulled apart,” Jupiter said. “So we pull the whole bike apart and re-pack the bearings. That’s more the racers and really serious riders.”For riders looking for a physical tuneup before the summer season hits, the Glenwood Springs Community Center offers 14 indoor cycling classes Monday through Friday in March. Call 384-6312 for more information.

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