7 Reasons To Get a Professional Bike Fit
There’s more to a bike fitting than simply ensuring that a bike is the correct size for a rider. A proper bike fit optimizes your saddle and handlebar position while also taking into account other elements like crank length, bar width and shape, shoe fit and cleat position, and saddle choice.
How We Roll: Now's Guide to Wheels
There is a lot to know about upgrading your bike's wheels. Use this guide to help you decide what features to look for in a new wheelset for your bike.
Triathlon Masterclass with Chris Balser and Devon Palmer
We were thrilled to host our friends Chris Balser and Devon Palmer as they presented on triathlon equipment. Check out some highlights from their seminar.
8 points to get you up to speed on Shimano’s new 12-speed Dura-Ace and Ultegra groupsets
Let’s get the big thing out of the way. Shimano has finally caught up to Sram and Campy with the introduction of their 12 speed drivetrain. Shimano isn’t known for being first to the party. They take their time in developing new products, but once it arrives you can bet that it will be refined and worth the wait.
Now's Ultimate Guide to Winter Fat Biking - Part 2
So you’ve picked out the perfect bike. Maybe it’s a top of the line Otso Voytek, with carbon wheels and a bling kit to make it uniquely yours. Or maybe, it’s a used bike that you got from your buddy just to try it out. Either way, you’re just getting started. For fat biking in the brutal Minnesota winter there are several additional items that we think are absolutely essential to having a great experience on your bike.
Now's Ultimate Guide to Winter Fat Biking - Part 1
The days are rapidly shortening, daylight savings has ended, and the only trees still holding onto their leaves are either late or deliriously optimistic. Winter is descending upon us. Many of us are desperately trying to squeeze our last rides of the season in, but there are others who are preparing to brave the elements.
Fat bikes have been a staple of Minnesota riding for years now, but a lot of folks still have questions, so we’re here to answer them.
The trees are changing colors, the air is turning cooler, and it's Pumpkin Spice season! This time of year is the perfect time to catch some beautiful scenery and weather before the snow begins to fall. Read more below about our favorite bikes, places to cycle in the fall, and some apparel for the dropping temps.
2021 Demo Review: The Norco Optic
As chance would have it, we decided to add Norco to our lineup for the 2020-21 season. Fat bike shortages and a few promising models (including the Optic) fueled our decision to add the Canadian brand to our offerings. I’ll admit at first I was a bit skeptical.
The Pinarello Dogma F
Pinarello’s Dogma has been at the top of the racing podium for years, and now the next generation of Dogma is here. Simply named the Dogma F, at first glance this most recent iteration of the Italian racing brand’s flagship bike doesn’t appear to depart much from the Dogma F12. But under closer inspection Pinarello’s engineers have made numerous watt and weight saving alterations to the design to make the new Dogma F an entirely new yet familiar experience.
The Pinarello Grevil
Our Garage Sale is in full swing, and we wanted to take a moment to showcase some of our favorite bikes in the sale.This week’s standout is the Pinarello Grevil. The Italian racing brand has a strong history of producing fast, sexy, and incredible handling bikes.
A Guide to Gazelle
Finding your perfect electric bike has never been so easy!
Royal Dutch Gazelle has been making bikes for more than 125 years in its factory in Dieren. They focus on safety and comfort in an attractive design fitted with the latest innovations. You'll enjoy being seen on a Gazelle bike when you're out and about on a bike like the Dutch.
First Look: All New 2022 BMC Bikes In Stock
All-new 2022 BMC bikes are in stock now! NOW is fortunate to be a part of a select group of US dealers with early access to the 2022 lineup from our Swiss friends.
Maximize Your Long Rides
Are you planning some long rides for this summer? Maybe even your very first century, or double century? Here's some tips to help you have a successful long ride.
Summer Nutrition Tips
With events and group rides picking up as vaccination rates increase, races and long rides are sure to follow. Not only is it important to stay safe in the sun, nutrition and hydration also play an important part in making your bike experience the best it can be this summer.
Beating the Heat
Summer is here, and as temperatures rise, it's important to be well prepared while out in the sun. Training in the heat can have benefits, like an increased production of hemoglobin and therefore oxygen intake, however it's important to stay safe and acclimate. The ideal training temperature is about 68-72 degrees. It can take 10-15 days to properly acclimate to temperatures above these. Here are some tips to stay safe, as well as some benefits of training in the heat.
Our Top 7 Bikes of 2020
For the most part, 2020 is a year to forget. We’re all ready to wash our hands of the mess and are looking forward to 2021 excitedly, if not precautiously. But it was not all bad. We want to take a minute to look back at some of our favorite bikes from 2020. We carry so many phenomenal bikes it’s hard to pick just a few, but we’ve done our best to select those that stood out from the crowd. Here are our top 7 bike picks from 2020.
Introducing Argon 18
One thing you’re sure to notice when you walk into our shop is the wide assortment of brands that we carry. It’s something that we take great pride in. We want to offer our customers with the ultimate bike shopping experience; getting to see, touch, and ride a variety of bikes before choosing their perfect ride. But we don’t carry such a broad range purely for variety’s sake. We do it because we see something unique in each brand that we know will make it someone’s absolute perfect bike. That’s why we’re excited to introduce you to the newest brand in our lineup: Argon 18.
Holiday Gift Guide 2020
We know how hard holiday shopping can be, but that's especially true for cyclists. We have a tendency to buy first and think second. So what DO you get for that person who always has to have the hottest, newest, and fastest goodies? That's where we come in. We've compiled a list of some of our favorite accessories that are sure to make the cyclist in your life eager to get out and ride. So check it out, shop around, give us a call, and stop by. We're ready to help you nail your holiday shopping this year.
October 23, 2020
My Time Aboard the Hightower
An Employee Demo Review
Of all the perks of working in a bike shop, one of the coolest has to be getting to pick and ride a demo bike for the season. Read about Sam's experience aboard his Santa Cruz Hightower.
August 22, 2020
A Modern Classic
We set out to build a Midwest gravel shredder designed to turn heads, and the end result was better than we could have hoped for. Check out our latest RTP (Ready To Paint) Open U.P.P.E.R. custom build.
Battle of the Bears
Otso Voytek vs Salsa Beargrease
We love fatbike season, and good thing too, as it accounts for half of the year here in frigid Minnesnowta. We have a couple weapons of choice when it comes to tackling the trails...
Shred the Red with Now Bikes 2019
Growing on last year’s success, Now Bike’s Shred the Red trip to Cuyuna more than doubled in size this year.
Summer mountain bike series kicks off
Our summer mountain bike series kicked off this weekend at Theodore Wirth Regional Park.
Now Bikes supports riders at Lutsen 99er
We had a great time supporting the riders at this year's Lutsen 99er. Thanks to our volunteer staff - Doug, Lori and Bay for keeping athletes hydrated and their bikes dialed.
Now Bikes visits Central High
We got the opportunity to visit Central High in St. Paul to encourage new riders to join their mountain bike team.
April 13, 2019
Now Bikes partners with Lyme Grinder
We were proud to be a partner in the inaugural Lyme Grinder, a 63-mile bike ride to raise money and awareness for Lyme disease detection.
March 23, 2019
Now Bikes takes on E-Bike Challenge Minneapolis
We had fun at this year's E-bike Challenge Minneapolis. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booths and test rode our bikes.
Custom OPEN U.P.P.E.R. Build
We at Now get to sell and work on a lot of cool bikes. A LOT. It’s one of the coolest things about working here. But every now and then something particularly unique and special emerges from our shop.
Feb. 10, 2019
Stay active this winter with Now Bikes
We don't let winter stop us here at Now Bikes. Check out some photos from our snowy adventures.
Congrats to our friends who completed Norpine
Huge shout out to our customers and Synergy members who completed the 2019 Norpine Fat Bike Classic in Lutsen! Check out the results.
Jeremi rides the Oz Trails
Jeremi, along with friends of the shop set out to ride the Oz Trails in Bentonville, Arkansas. There are nearly 200 miles of mountain biking trails in Northwest Arkansas's Ozark mountains.
Now Bikes hosts WNCX
We had an awesome time hosting CX-MN's WNCX (Wednesday Night Cross) on Sept. 26 at Battle Creek. The goal of CX-MN is to help grow the local community around Minnesota Cyclocross and encourage new riders to try out the sport.
Mike Bieber finishes IRONMAN Wisconsin
First I want to say thank you for all those who encouraged me throughout the race and all the prep it took to get there. The short version of the race is that the swim went well and I earned a PR in choppy water. Cramped halfway through the bike ride and fought that the rest of the day. Gave it what I had on the run and my body gave out at mile 14. Made the finish, but almost 2 hours behind my goal time.
Cheslog conquers Leadville MTB Race
It was freezing outside and the ground covered with a lot of Minnesota snow when I watched the live lottery selection for the 2018 Leadville MTB race. I had put my name in the lottery for the Leadville MTB race with little or no expectations for being selected.
Grebner participates in Leadville Stage Race
Our customer and friend Jeff Grebner participated in the Leadville Stage Race which takes place on the historic Leadville Trail 100 MTB. The race is an out-and-back format stretched over 3 days of approximately 40 miles on Day 1, 20 miles on Day 2 and 40 Miles on Day 3.
Shred The Red with Now Bikes
Now Bikes, in partnership with Salsa Cycles, hosted an overnight trip to the Cuyuna Mountain Bike Trails -- over 25 miles of riding spread across 800 acres of paved and singletrack trails.
Kids for a Cause Triathlon
The Kids for a Cause Triathlon is an annual fundraiser full of passionate children on a mission to swim, bike and run in order to raise money for Clubfoot Solution.
Synergy Club Member Jeff participates in Escape from Alcatraz
Read about our Synergy Club member Jeff Grebner's experience participating in the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon on Sunday, June 3.
Our Ladies Ride is in full effect!
Now Bikes has launched another season of our weekly Women/Trans/Femme (WTF) Road Ride Series! We offer three rides at different levels. Whether you're a total beginner, an old pro or looking to ride more regularly, we have a ride for you.
Now Bikes crushes Miesville 56
Congrats to everyone who participated in the Miesville FiftySix, including several employees of the shop! The Miesville FiftySix is a 56 mile gravel road ride through Dakota County and the Cannon River Valley.
March 13, 2018
Cederholm tops podium at 2018 Fat Bike Birkie 47K
Our indoor cycling coach Jill Cederholm was named the Women's Big Fat winner in the 45NRTH Fat Bike Birkie -- the world’s largest fat bike race held on the American Birkebeiner Trailhead just east of Cable, Wisconsin. She raced to the finish line with a 2-minute lead over the second place finisher.
March 5, 2018
Colleen, Lisa, and Susie participate in Old Man Winter Rally
Our customers and friends Colleen, Lisa, and Susie made a trip out to Lyons, Colorado for the Old Man Winter Rally held on Feb. 11 and were kind enough to share their experience with us. The Old Man Winter Rally is a run and/or ride on Colorado’s best mixed terrain. Riders choose 50km or 100km of dirt, snow, sweat, and beer rolling through the world-famous cycling mecca of Boulder County.
Feb. 27, 2018
24 hours in the Old Pueblo with our friend Brian Cheslog
"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." This is a quote from T.S. Eliot and has become an important mantra to me as well as a tattoo on my right arm. On June 8, 2015 I stood at the treadmill in a local gym and thought to myself, if I can run two miles on this, it would be amazing. I was out of shape, needed to lose weight and get control of my life again. I had no idea where this adventure was going to take me and how far I was going to go.
Feb. 20, 2018
Parity in cycling
Parity in cycling has been an issue for a long time and is finally, in the last decade, being addressed. Coming first from ski jumping, before cycling, where women were not even able to compete in the Olympics until 2014 (whereas, men have been competing since the inception of the Winter Olympic Games in 1924), gender parity was a huge issue.
Feb. 12, 2018
Five reasons why you need a fat bike
Fat bikes are built and designed for all sorts of trails and terrain and are great for handling loose conditions like snow, dirt and mud. Our experts at Now Bikes share five reasons why you should invest in a fat bike.