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Biking gift list for early holiday shopping

Biking gift list for early holiday shopping

Halloween may have just passed us by, but according to the rules of Target stores and radio stations everywhere, the holidays are officially here. And while some people may still wait another month and a half before they even start thinking about gift shopping, we are all for the early birds who think ahead (and avoid that stressful rush to the mall for the most overwhelming experience of your life). So here’s to you early shoppers — may we be you, may we support you, and may we help you find the best bike-themed gifts for all of the riders in your life. 


The families looking for fun

Family friends are the best, but when it comes to holiday gifting, they always leave us stumped. Do we have to buy something different for everyone? And more importantly, do we have to pretend like we know what kids these days are interested in? Well, wonder no longer, because this is exactly why our new go-to family gift is the Destination Bike Rack. This lightweight bike hitch rack is super easy to install and use, making it perfect for even the most novice bikers. It holds up to 4 bikes, so you can feel like a real-life Santa for hand-delivering the best memories to the families in your life (or at least, that’s what we like to tell ourselves).

Hitch Bike Rack for four bikes

 

The sightseers

Some of our favorite people are the RVers in our lives, and we want to make sure to gift them accordingly. Maybe it’s because we wish we were them and maybe because we want them to bring us on their next trip, who’s to say. But either way, with the RV Rider bike rack, you can make sure that every vacation they take will be the best one yet. This bike rack holds up to 2 E-bikes and connects to any RV motorhome, 5th-wheel or, flat-towed vehicle.

 

The leisurely speed demons

Electric bikes are the perfect option for your loved ones who want to go as fast as possible, while also taking it easy on the ride. And when it comes to finding the perfect gift for the electric biker, what better way than to make it easy for them to bring their prized bike with them wherever they go. The Sport Rider SE Hitch Bike Rack will quickly become their favorite gift of the season — it holds up to 2 electric bikes or standard bikes, and can even fold up when they aren’t using it and fold down so they can access their trunk.

 

The off-roaders

For the Jeep-driving, thrill-seeking biker in your life, we have the answer. You know your favorite people are already going pretty hard with the off-roading, so let them take their adventure to the next level by bringing their bikes where no measly car has gone before with the SR1 strap-on spare tire bike rack or the SR2 bold-on spare tire bike rack. The SR1 bike rack is easier and faster to install, while the SR2 bike rack is a little more heavy-duty, but both racks work with any car that has a spare tire and hold up to 2 bikes so they can even take you with them next time.

 

 

The all-around adventurers

When you want to make sure that your favorite people can take on any adventures that come their way, the F2 Over-the-Top Trunk Bike Rack is an easy choice. You can pick if you want the 2-bike rack or the 3-bike rack, and it’s super lightweight and easy to install, so you don’t have to worry about adding any stress to holiday biking (and biking the rest of the year, too).

It doesn’t matter if you’re treating yourself this holiday season or you’re checking off your holiday gift list for everyone else in your life, we want to hear what other gift ideas you have! Find us on Facebook and Instagram, and then get more biking tips and inspiration by signing up for our newsletter



 

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5 Best Fall RV Campground with Bike Trails

5 Best Fall RV Campground with Bike Trails

Fall is officially here, although it may not feel like it yet. And while some may argue that summer is the prime season for vacationing, there’s something so special about loading up the bikes and cruising through the changing leaves and not worrying about overheating while you’re at it. Earlier this summer we shared our 5 favorite RV trips for bringing your bikes with, but now we’ve done the hard work to find the best RV campgrounds with bike trails within the park. This way you can cruise all day and then end up right back at home base, ready for a bonfire, smores, and ghost stories (hey, it is almost Halloween). So pack up your cycles on your RV with our RV bike rack, pick a destination, and get ready for autumn adventures.


Desert Trails RV Park, Tuscon, AZ

If you’re leaving out of Southern California, this is perfect for a longer weekend trip since it’ll take most of the day to drive there, but it’s more than worth it. The bike trails start right at the edge of the park and lead into Tucson Mountain Park and Saguaro National Park where you’ll find a ton of great mountain biking trails across all skill levels. And not to mention fall is the perfect time to make your way down, since as the name suggests, you probably wouldn’t want to spend a full summer day baking in the sun. 


L.L. Stub Steward State Park, Buxton, OR

L.L. Stub Steward State Park is one of our favorites since it’s only 34 miles from Portland, so you can add on an extra stop (and pick up a few treats from Voodoo Doughnut while you’re at it). This campground will have you nestled in the most stunning scenery, and with 38 miles of mountain biking trails, you’ll have no trouble filling your time. If you’re wanting to add on some other activities to your trip lineup, they also have an 18-hole disc golf course, which is a great way to convince your non-biking friends to make the journey with you. 


Coachland RV Park, Truckee, CA

Don’t be fooled by the California address — if you’re leaving from Southern California, this will also be a full day of driving. Which means the gorgeous new terrain that you’re looking for and a great way to get out of your hectic routine. The park itself is home to some tamer bike trails that are safe for bikers of any level, but you can easily make your way over to nearby Lake Tahoe and hit the legendary Flume Ride Trail. 


Angel Fire RV Resort, Angel Fire, NM

This is the longest trip on our list, so try to plan it when you have a few extra days for driving. And we also would recommend making a stop in Arizona to break up the journey — in fact, you can spend a night at Desert Trails, which is less than two hours out of the way. There’s no way that we were about to leave this off of our list, though, since it’s one of the nicest RV resorts we’ve ever seen. But more importantly, Angel Fire Bike Park is the largest bike park in the Rocky Mountains. We’re talking over 60 miles of trails and 2,000 vertical feet, all served by lifts.  


Zion West RV Park, Leeds, UT

Make your way to the gorgeous red hills without having to spend days on the road by visiting Zion West RV Park. The full-service RV park has direct access to trails that lead out of the park and into the surrounding parks for an endless amount of bike trails. Plus, if you want to add on some more sightseeing, you’ll be able to add Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon as stops on your drive.


We’ve only covered the tip of the iceberg with this list, so we want to hear from you! Comment with your favorite RV campgrounds for biking or let us know what spots you’ve been meaning to visit! Find us on Facebook and Instagram, and then get more biking tips and inspiration by signing up for our newsletter.
The Ultimate Hitch Size Guide for Your Bike Rack

The Ultimate Hitch Size Guide for Your Bike Rack

Choosing and installing a Hitch Bike Rack

Every cyclist can agree on one thing: life would be so much easier if only we could magically bring our bikes wherever we need to. And while that isn’t the case (sorry to break it to you), we want to make transporting bikes as simple and straightforward as we can for you. Having a hitch bike rack is a great solution since they’re the most secure, easiest for loading and unloading your bikes, and you also don’t have to worry about knocking your bike off of the roof when you’re pulling into a garage (oops). And for biking families, they’re even more ideal since they can fit several bikes at the same time and some even have space for accessories. Once you’ve installed the hitch bike rack, you just have to secure your bike; making a quick day trip to the mountains too easy to turn down. 


Start this process by measuring the size of the hitch on your car (the width of the receiver opening). There are four different sizes, so yours will either be 1 ¼”, 2”, 2 ½”, or 3”. The two most common hitch sizes are 1 ¼” and 2”. Although some newer vehicles use a 2.5” which we have an adapter for.  


Another important thing is to note the class of your hitch. The class is based upon how the hitch is manufactured and attached to your vehicle. Here’s a quick guide about the different hitch classes.

 

 

Hitch Bike Rack Comparison

The next step is the fun part: you get to shop for the bike rack that best suits your needs, whether you’re looking to travel with two fat-tire bikes or you’re taking a four-person biking trip soon. Each bike rack works with one corresponding hitch size, but we’ve listed that for you so you don’t have to do too much digging. 

 

 

Choosing Your Bike Rack

Road and Mountain Bikes

Bikes with standard frames generally work well with any type of rack that mounts to the hitch, whether you’re looking for hanging or platform. The best way to pick is to first decide how many bikes you want to carry and how you want the bikes to attach to the rack. Each rack has different benefits that may be better for your situation.

Step-through Frames and Kids Bikes

Ladies and kids bikes commonly use a step-through style frame. When attaching one of these bikes to a rack, it is often necessary to use a bike adapter bar.

 

Bike frame adapter pro for bike racks

 

Carbon Fiber Bikes

With a carbon fiber bike frame, it is best to avoid making actual contact with the frame when transporting your bikes. Our TRS racks are best for these types of bikes.

Hanging racks versus platform racks

It can be tough to decide between a hanging rack or a platform rack if both options work for your bike, so here are some of the top features and notes to keep in mind between the two.

Hanging bike racks:

  • Weigh less than platform racks
  • Generally cost less
  • They do come in contact with the frame

Platform Bike Racks:

  • Easier to unload and load
  • Heavier carrying capacity
  • Increased space between bikes

 

Now that your car is ready to bring your bike on any adventure you can dream of, make sure you follow us on Facebook and Instagram and sign up for our newsletter for more biking tips, inspiration, and trip ideas. You can also check out our Fit Guide to find the ideal bike rack for your vehicle.

5 Best RV Trips to Take Your Bikes with You

5 Best RV Trips to Take Your Bikes with You

We still have a few summer weeks, and we aren’t about to let any of them slip away. While quick day trips and nearby bike trails are always a good idea, there’s something special about taking one last long weekend trip (or even longer, if you can) of the summer. Whether you’re looking for a Labor Day bike trip or you’re wanting to use up some of those precious vacation days, get your RV ready with the RV Rider bike hitch rack and hit the road on one of these top bike trips out of southern California. 

1. South Lake Tahoe, California

If you’re only working with a few vacation days, heading to Lake Tahoe is a great use of your time, since it gets you out of the city but leaves you with more time to explore the legendary bike trails and less driving time. Besides being so easy to get to, the Lake Tahoe bike scene is one of the best. The trails range from more treacherous downhill rides to more leisurely lakefront trails. The best part about this scenery? You can jump into the lake whenever you need to cool off. Set up shop at Camp Richardson to keep things convenient with that gorgeous lakefront location or head to Tahoe Valley Campground for a long list of amenities, including a pool, horseshoe pits, and a general store.  

2. Sedona, Arizona

There’s nothing like those red rocks in Sedona. If you’re looking for a full road trip, this is a great option, since you’ll be able to add in some extra destinations along your way. And once you get there, you’ll have more mountain bike trails than you even know what to do with. If you’re more of a beginner biker, don’t worry — there’s an Intro to Sedona trail that gives you over 5 miles of stunning scenery without any scary portions to have to worry about. But, of course, if you’re looking for a thrill, they have plenty of those for you, too. Establish your home base at Rancho Sedona RV Park for easy access to the trails and local restaurants and shops, if you want to explore around town at night. 

3. Bend, Oregon

If you’re ready to say goodbye to hot summer days, then it’s time to take the RV up north for a welcomed change of pace. There’s a reason why Bend has been named one of the best mountain biking towns in the country — there are nearly 300 miles of single track, with everything from kid-friendly rides to extreme downhill rides. And don’t miss out on Mount Bachelor’s lift-served bike park for a day of adventure — in fact, Mount Bachelor has RV parking so you’ll be able to start your day of biking the second you open your eyes. We also love staying at the Bend-Sunriver RV Campground for its gorgeous riverfront location. 

4. Moab, Utah

Chances are if you ask anyone about their favorite national parks, one of the parks in Moab will be at the very top. With canyons, mesa tops, and red rocks, the scenery here is unbeatable. It’s pretty widely accepted that the Slickrock Bike Trail is one of the ultimate experiences in mountain biking, so if you’re after a challenge, you can’t pass it up. It’s 12 miles long and will take you about four hours, but you can try out the 2.3-mile practice loop if you want to get a taste for it before committing fully. And Moab Valley RV Resort & Campground is right next to Arches National Park, about a 15-minute drive from Slickrock, so you’ll be able to get to all of the top sites in no time. 

5. Crested Butte, Colorado

Save your Crested Butte RV trip for when you have a full week (or more) dedicated to the adventure — with over 700 miles of singletrack, you don’t want to have to rush this trip. This is the longest RV trip on our list, but you’ll pass through so many national parks on the way, so we recommend making the drive a full trip in itself so you can take in all the sights. Once you get to Crested Butte, you’ll have no problem filling your days with a ton of different trails. If you’re an advanced biker, make sure you try Trail 401 — it has a 1,500-foot descent complete with beautiful wildflowers, mountains, and aspen trees. To take it a bit easier without giving up all of the excitement, the Lupine trail will be perfect with the easier climbs, mountain views, and quick descents. Just make your home at Crested Butte RV Resort for everything that you’ll need for your trip. 



Whether you try to hit a few of our favorite RV destinations along the way or you’re planning ahead for next year’s biking trip, we want to hear what you think! Find us on Facebook and Instagram, and then get more biking tips and inspiration by signing up for our newsletter.
Upcoming Bikes and Beers Events in 2019

Upcoming Bikes and Beers Events in 2019

Summer is best when paired with two of our favorite things: bikes and brews, which is why the national Bikes & Beers events that we sponsor are so great. Each biking event lets you choose between a 15-mile and a 30-mile bike ride, which you get to enjoy with all of your fellow cycling beer-enthusiasts. After your ride (which has pitstops for snacks along the way), you’ll make your way back to the hosting brewery where you get to enjoy your well-deserved two free beers. But that’s not where things end. While you’re sipping, the breweries will also have live music, food, and a raffle where you can win anything from a Hollywood Racks bike rack to a new bike. 


You’ll get a free raffle ticket just for biking your heart out and enjoying a great summertime cycle. If you want to buy more tickets, you can feel good knowing that the proceeds benefit different local cycling charities that set out to improve laws, infrastructure, and policies in your city. Make sure you register soon, we don’t want you to miss out!


Here are all of the upcoming biking events from Bikes & Beers! 


CALIFORNIA

Chico Sierra Nevada September 7, 2019

This is the third year that Chico is hosting the event, and it’s going to be bigger than ever. Before you take off on your ride, you’ll get to enjoy free High Brew coffee and pastries so you’re ready to cruise. 

San Diego Societe Brewing Company November 16, 2019 

Of course, the bike ride around San Diego is the main highlight of this event, but once you’re done, the food trucks will be a welcomed treat. Well, that and the two beers.


MAINE

Freeport Maine Beer Company September 21, 2019

This is our first foray into Maine, and we are as excited as ever! You’ll get to see the beautiful coastal town of Freeport on your ride and then settle in for a live band when it’s all done.


MARYLAND

Laurel Jailbreak Brewing Company August 10, 2019

If you’ve been waiting patiently for us to finally make our way to Maryland, your wish is our command! Checking out Jailbreak’s fantastic space is one thing, but doing it after a great bike ride is an experience you don’t want to miss. 


MICHIGAN

Kalamazoo Bell’s August 24, 2019

Sure you could crack open a Two Hearted Ale while relaxing on your patio, but that’s nowhere close to the experience you’ll have enjoying it alongside all of the other bikers at Kalamazoo’s third annual event. Sweat, sip, and be merry. 


NEW HAMPSHIRE

Hampton Smuttynose Brewing Company July 20, 2019

We’re so glad that the state of New Hampshire is welcoming us for the first time, and we are sure it won’t be the last. With live music, food trucks, and that coveted new bike ready to be won by one lucky attendee, you can’t miss out. 


NORTH CAROLINA

Mills River Sierra Nevada September 28, 2019

We had the best time at the Sierra Nevada brewery last year, so we just had to make our way back this year. Not only do you get to enjoy cruising around Mills River and two refreshing brews after you’re done, the proceeds go to Conserving Carolina, so you can feel even better about your day. 


OHIO

Cincinnati Rhinegeist Brewery September 14, 2019

Everyone who’s been to Rhinegeist Brewery knows that they have the best beers, so if you weren’t already convinced to take on a quick 30-mile bike ride, you better be now. You even get to take home a pint glass with our logo, so you’ll always remember Cincinnati’s first annual Bikes & Beers event. 

Columbus Brewdog October 5, 2019

If biking in the glaring sun isn’t your cup of tea, this October event (hello, autumn breeze!) was made for you. You’ll find plenty of bikers who love beer just as much as you, but make sure you also bring your friends for the ultimate fall day out!


PENNSYLVANIA

Parkesburg Victory Brewing Company July 13, 2019

If 30 miles wasn’t quite enough to wet your whistle, don’t you even fret — we added a 45-mile route to this event! The charity of the day is the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, so you can cruise easily knowing you’re helping bikers just like you. 

Philadelphia Yards Brewing Company October 12, 2019

This has been one of our longest-running events, and we’re coming back for our sixth year! If you’ve been wanting to explore Yards Brewing Company, you might as well go on a 15-, 30-, or 45-mile ride first.


SOUTH CAROLINA

Columbia Doko Meadows Park October 26, 2019

You lucky South Carolinians don’t even know how good you have it — this even features three different breweries all coming together for the best fall party! Take a refreshing 15- or 30-mile ride and then settle in for the rest of the day. 


TENNESSEE

Nashville Yazoo Brewery August 3, 2019 

Thanks for the warm welcome, Nashville! Our first annual ride at Yazoo Brewery is definitely one you don’t want to miss out on. And with the event supporting Walk Bike Nashville, you might as well stock up on those raffle tickets. 


VIRGINIA

Richmond Stone Brewing Co. October 19, 2019

Featuring free High Brew coffee and pastries to start your day, snack pit stops during your ride, and beers and food trucks at the end, you’ll be feeling fresh all day long. Plus, you get to take home that sweet pint glass and Bikes & Beers koozie, so what are you waiting for?


Which breweries and rides are you most excited about? We want to hear what you think! Find us on Facebook and Instagram, and then get more summer biking tips and inspiration by signing up for our newsletter. For these summer bike adventures and more, make sure your car is fully outfitted and ready to take on the challenge with one of our favorite bike racks.
How to Get Your Bike Summer Ready

How to Get Your Bike Summer Ready

After a long, dreary winter, we’re all on the same page: the second the sun comes out, it’s time to get back to outdoor adventuring. Whether you kept trekking all winter or you’re pulling your wheels out of storage for the first time in months, now is a great time to make sure your bike is ready for safe and comfortable rides all summer long. It might feel like an overwhelming task, but we’ve compiled the main checkpoints to ensure your bike is ready for summer!


Clean things up

First things first, it’s time to shine her up! This is best done with soft brushes, rags, and a bucket of soapy water — using a hose can force water into spots where it can end up causing damage. Scrub down your bike from top to bottom, making sure you get rid of all of the built-up dirt, dust, and salt. Once everything is looking good, take a look around for any rust. This is the easiest time to spot rusted chains and bolts so you can get them replaced before you start cruising. 


Lube the chain

After brushing off the chain (you can use an old toothbrush for this), it’s time to add some lubricant to keep things riding smoothly. After relubricating the chain, make sure you wipe off all of the excess lubricant, as too much can actually lead to your chain collecting dirt faster. 

Check all cables and brakes

In terms of safe riding, this is one of the most important steps. Test out your brakes to ensure they engage evenly and without any hiccups. And since everything is clean, this is also the best time to examine all of the cables for knicks or frays, as well as make sure they aren’t stretched. If you find any issues, replace the cables or brake pads right away. 


Pump your tires

After long months of extreme temperature fluctuation, your tires are probably in rough shape. Make sure that you pump them up to keep you cruising easily and to make sure you don’t damage the wheels. 


Test your gears

Make sure that all of the gears are in good shape by taking a quick spin around your block, shifting through each gear to see that they don’t skip. 


Full tune-up

Transitioning between seasons is a great time to take your bike in for a full tune-up. If you don’t have a go-to bike shop, here are some great spots near you. Then you can skip all of the above steps, and all you need to do is load your bike up on your Hollywood Bike Racks and you’ll be cruising in the sun no time. 


Now that your bike is ready for summer cruising, make sure you follow us on Facebook and Instagram and sign up for our newsletter for more biking tips, inspiration, and trip ideas. For all of your summer bike adventures, make sure your car is fully outfitted and ready to take on the challenge with one of our favorite bike racks. Check out our Fit Guide to find the ideal bike rack for your vehicle.