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Helmet Fit: Keeping Kids Safe & Happy

With two active boys, I know the value of hand-me-downs. Soccer cleats and sweatshirts have been passed from kid to kid around the neighborhood, and most things are outgrown long before they wear out.

The one thing I’m cautious about handing down is bike helmets. Kids’ helmets can take a lot of abuse, and there’s no piece of cycling equipment more critical to their safety. You don’t need to buy the most expensive helmet on the market, but you do need one that is in good condition and fits well.

Helmets can prevent an estimated 85 percent of head injuries from bike crashes, but they only work if your child wears one every time they ride! Here are a few reminders to help you keep your kids safe:

  1.  Don’t let your child ride his/her bike with the helmet unbuckled or super-loose. The chin strap should leave enough room to fit a finger between the strap and the chin, but should pull tight when you open your mouth.
  2. Make sure your child’s helmet sits low enough on his or her head so that it rests one to two finger widths above the eyebrows.
  3. Adjust the helmet straps so that they are even on both sides, forming a “Y” under the ears.
  4. A helmet that fits well should be comfortable – and your kid will be more likely to wear it! Check for twisted straps or missing pads if your child is complaining.
  5. Any helmet that has been involved in a crash should be replaced, even if there is no visible damage. If the foam inside has been compromised, the helmet will no longer protect the way it was designed to.

If you’re near Lynnwood this Saturday, April 21, Kohl’s will be having a free helmet fitting and giveaway from 10am – 1pm. Otherwise, the CPSC has a simple chart that might help you to ensure your child’s helmet fits properly. Or stop in to ask us – we are always happy to help!


Busy Season

Spring means busy season in the bike business, and not just because we’ve got more customers coming through the doors. We’ve got a few fun events coming up, so mark your calendars!

Photo Credit: michelle brunner

Team LUNA Chix
Women’s Tire Changing Clinic – April 18
We’re excited to be hosting Team LUNA Chix again this year for a tire changing clinic just for women, this time at our Fremont shop. One of our expert mechanics will go over quick release operation, v-brake, and caliper release operations, as well as the tools and techniques needed to properly replace your tube while on the road or at home! We’ll also cover tools riders should have with them on their ride, a demo on changing a flat, practice changing a flat with assistance from LUNAChix Team. We’ll wrap up with a fun competition for prize(s).  Space is limited, so please register in advance by email to

When:  Wednesday, April 18th, 2012, 6:00-8:00pm.
Where: Recycled Cycles, new FREMONT location 1109 North 35th Street, Seattle, WA 98103
What to bring: Your bike wheel, spare tube, and a set of levers
Cost:  $20 donation-100% benefits the Breast Cancer Fund, Team LUNA Chix non-profit partner.
Fremont Earth Day Festival
Nectar Lounge – April 21
Join us Saturday, April 21 at Nectar Lounge for a day of bikes, bands and sustainability! There will be 20+ bands, performers and DJs plus speakers and sponsor booths dedicated to a message of bicycle commuting and sustainability, a raffle, and a silent auction. Ride your bike to save $2 off admission. We will be onsite to accept bicycle donations, which we will then refurbish and donate to  an organization that helps provide bicycles for communities and families in Africa. Donate a bike for FREE festival admission, or just stop by our booth to say hello! For tickets or to learn more:
1.4 Billion Reasons
Global Poverty Project Presentation – May 1
Global Poverty Project ambassador d’Arcy Lunn has been riding his bike 1000 miles and living below the poverty line – less than $1.50 a day. He’ll join us at Boat Street at 7:30pm to share stories from his journey, and tell us about the Global Poverty Project and how you can take action locally to help the 1.4 billion people on our planet that are living in extreme poverty. Learn more or RSVP:

Core Stability for a Smooth Ride

by Marco Pantoliano

While cycling by itself will build core strength, it’ll be mostly explosive and in one plane of motion. This makes it important for the avid rider to reinforce stability in the spine to avoid injury, correct muscle imbalances, and improve performance.

Cycling technique requires repetitive ballistic action and with such movements there is always a risk of injury. In the case of cycling, there is a fair amount of stress put on the lumbar spine. Doing a quick routine that focuses on all around core stability will decrease your chances of pain and injury. It will also help improve stamina, handling, and speed.

Do these 3 exercises in a circuit after your ride to reinforce the natural alignment of the spine…

Superman – Lie on your stomach and extend both arms straight out in front. Straighten the legs and lift your chest, arms, and thighs off the ground. With the palms facing down and arms straight, work to slide your shoulder blades down your back. Flex or point your toes and lift with the lower back and butt. Work to get your legs and arms as high off the ground as you can.

Side Plank – Lying sideways, place your elbow or palm directly under the shoulder. Stack your feet and lift your hips high into the air with straight legs. Reach up with your free arm, push through your working shoulder, engage the obliques and keep lifting your hips.

Forearm Plank – Facing the floor, position your elbows directly under your shoulders. With straight legs, come up onto your toes so that you’re supporting yourself with the forearms and balls of your feet. Stiffen the thighs, tuck your hips forward and contract your abs. Push your elbows into the ground, rounding your upper back and separating the shoulder blades. Keep your hips up at the same level as your shoulders.

Hold each position for 1-2 minutes. Or, hold positions for 30 seconds each and repeat the circuit for 3-5 sets.

Be safe out there 😉
Marco is a personal trainer, group exercise instructor and certified nutrition coach based in Seattle. He’s also an avid cyclist. To catch up with Marco, check out his Facebook page!

Meet the Team: Mike Brown

We thought it would be fun to introduce you to some of the folks from Recycled Cycles Racing. They’ve got their own blog and Facebook page to keep up with the action in-season, but this will be more of an inside look at the racers you see wearing the RCR kit.

It seemed only natural to start with Mike Brown, who has been racing for Recycled Cycles for about as long as there’s been a team – 12 years. Also known as Brownie, Mike’s day job is with the City of Redmond Parks Department but he still manages to log 10-16 hours on his bike each week.

Name: Mike Brown

Nickname: Brownie

Age: 45

About the Bikes: I own 5 bikes – A nice Raleigh race bike, a Look rain bike, my first race bike (Match), a ti Yeti hardtail mt. bike, and a dust gathering track bike

Type of racing: Road and Mountain

Favorite race: tough call , I would have to say the High Cascades 100 race or any of the road spring classics (my favorite time to race on the road)

Favorite local ride: Snoqualmie Valley (Snohomish, Monroe, Carnation)

Pre-race/ride fuel: Oatmeal

Post-race/ride indulgence: Rold Gold pretzels

Why you started racing: It satisfies my craving for competition. I enjoy the day to day, year to year challenge and discipline that it takes to compete in this sport

Dealing with nerves: I Always have nerves before a race. How do I deal? – Porta pottie.

Weekly hours in the saddle? 10 – 16 hrs. per week

Dream route – if you could pack up your bike and hit the road, where would we find you? Road riding around the Lake Chelan area on a hot summer day, or Mt. biking in Bend,OR

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