Bike Shops East Hartford CT

Riding a bicycle is a great alternative to running if you are looking for a good outdoor exercise. To identify the perfect bike for you, and for all other bike equipment needs, your first stop should be the local bike shop. Here you will find additional information on Bike Shops, as well as local companies and providers that may help you in your search.

Taksar Ray Bicycles
(860) 247-0191
93 Franklin Avenue
Hartford, CT
 
Sports Authority
(860) 648-9355
241 Buckland Street
Manchester, CT
Services
Golf Trade-In Program, Ski-Snowboard/Bike Tech Shop, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Wethersfield Bicycle Shop
(860) 563-3000
Bicycle Shop 212 Church Street
Wethersfield, CT
 
Modell's Sporting Goods
(860) 648-1110
The Plaza at Buckland Hills
Manchester, CT
Hours
10:00AM - 9:00PM MONDAY - FRIDAY
9:00AM - 9:00PM SATURDAY
10:00AM - 6:00PM SUNDAY

Bicycle South Windsor
(860) 644-0023
Bicycle 978 Sullivan Avenue
South Windsor, CT
 
Bicycle East
(860) 659-0114
2249 New London Turnpike
Glastonbury, CT
 
Manchester Cycle Shop
(860) 649-2098
Cycle Shop 178 Middle Turnpike West
Manchester, CT
 
Pig Iron Bicycle Works
(860) 633-3444
2277 Main Street
Glastonbury, CT
 
Bike Shop
(860) 647-1027
681 Main Street
Manchester, CT
 
Cycling Concepts
(860) 563-6667
825 Cromwell Avenue
Rocky Hill, CT
 

Pedal Power

Bicycling can help you outmaneuver weight gain and glide into good health.

June 2010

by Eric Schneider

For many, bicycling brings to mind leisurely rides down quiet lanes, an idyllic pastime that is associated with open suburban byways and laid-back rural life. While that image is certainly true to an extent, more Americans—particularly those in cities—are placing their feet on pedals and hitting the road for recreation as well as health benefits.

Douglas Meyer, 40, a marketing consultant and avid bicyclist in Saratoga Springs, New York, found what he says was an unexpected benefit: increased mental acuity. “Riding my bike, even if just on my short commute to and from my office, helps me clear my mind and relax, even on the toughest of days,” Meyer says.

The US Census Bureau’s 2008 American Community Survey shows that bicycle commuting in America rose by 43% between 2000 and 2008, signaling a shift from cycling as primarily a means of recreation. Instead, more Americans are embracing biking as a daily routine that provides both transportation and fitness.

“Cycling has multiple benefits,” says enthusiast Liz Applegate, PhD, director of sports nutrition at University of California—Davis, new home of the US Bicycling Hall of Fame ( www.usbhof.
com
). “When you raise your heart rate, and as your muscles are demanding more oxygen to fuel pushing the pedals around, your body adapts, and you build cardiovascular fitness.”

Driving Down Weight

Bicycling is also an excellent way to build muscle strength in your legs, as well as burn calories and control weight, adds Applegate, author of Eat Smart, Play Hard (Rodale). The average person who rides at a moderate pace for an hour, for example, can burn between 400 and 600 calories.

Applegate points to a recent study, published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (3/24/10), which found that women who exercise daily are better able to control their weight. Bicycling, Applegate says, can provide that regular exercise, and outdoor biking can burn even more calories when riding up hills or against the wind.

Bicycling may also help lower the risk for cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and other “ailments that come along with inactivity and aging,” Applegate says. Bicycling helps your
body process carbohydrates, allowing it to better balance insulin levels. “The likelihood that a person would develop type 2 diabetes is lower when they are routinely outside cycling and doing other activities,” she says. “You pretty much can’t go wrong with cycling.”

Running and other forms of exercise can benefit the body in many of the same ways, but bicycling has distinct advantages.

Although it may seem counterintuitive, cycling is actually associated with lower injury risk. This is in part because bike riders, unlike runners, don’t bear their full body weight and are less likely to strain their joints. These virtues also tie in directly to the o...

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