The Bike Shoppe

The Bike Shoppe
Your Ogden Utah bike expert since 1976!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Break out the FATBIKES!

Have you ever read up on fatbike history?  It's pretty dang interesting.  It's fun to see what creative people can accomplish with a little time on their hands!
When I finally became aware of fatbikes, they'd already been around in one way or another for over 20 years.  What I saw was pretty high-tech compared to some of the original creations;  but I still thought it looked ridiculous...completely opposite of everything I assumed a bike should be.  They were heavy and slow; they used cheap friction shifters; the frames were all skewompus to make room for the fat rear rim on a traditional hub; the handlebars had a funky rake to them that just didn't feel right; there was only one legit crankset available, and parts were very hard to come by...and the list goes on...
But despite all their shortcomings, fatbikes seem to be magnetic toward those of us who live for adventure.  They steer away from speed and efficiency and focus more on an experience.  That's what it took to convert me: an experience.  Since my first snowy ride up Malan's Basin, I've been hooked.  But you don't need to hear about me falling in love with fatbikes.  You just need to get out there and experience one for yourself...and I'd be happy to help with that.  The Bike Shoppe is having a FAT adventure this Saturday morning!  We're heading up Wheeler canyon at 8:00am.  Give me a call, and I'll get a bike set up for you.  It's going to be cold, so we'll have some hot cocoa waiting for us.  See you there!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


Have you ever experience the thrill of a mountain bike night ride?  Now is your chance!  We have a night ride planned every Friday night in the month of October.  We have a limited number of headlights available for demo, so please call ahead to reserve one.  If your looking to upgrade your ride, our demo bikes are also available to be reserved.  Join us for one or come to all of them, but don't miss out!  See the schedule below:
  • Friday, October 7 - 7:00pm
    •  North Ogden Divide north trailhead:  This is a short eight mile round-trip connecting the divide to the Pleasant View trailhead. (1-2 hrs)
  • Friday, October 14 - 7:00pm
    • Green Pond trailhead:  This trail starts mid-way up Snow Basin road and follows the popular Green Pond trail.  We'll then branch off to Last Chance until we finally climb Needles to the lookout deck.   (2-3 hrs)
  • Friday, October 21 - 7:00pm
    • Louis Peak:  The trailhead is at Windsurfer beach.  This is a moderate nine mile climb to the Peak.  It's a long grind getting there, but once on the peak, the view is breathtaking. (3-4 hrs)
  • Friday, October 28 - 7:00pm (Donut Ride!)
    • Wheelers trailhead: We'll start climbing Wheelers then branch off up Ice Box.  Following Ice Box, we continue Maples to Sardine and climb to the Ogden overlook.   On the way back down, we'll stop at the base of Sardine for donuts and hot cocoa around a campfire!  (2-3 hrs)

Thursday, July 7, 2016


Have you ever walked into a shop to take a look at some of the uber high-end beauties and wonder how in the world they could be so expensive?  Have you ever wondered what the ride is like?  What would entice someone to drop $$$ like that on a bike?  How about experiencing one for yourself?  Your window of opportunity is coming Wednesday, July 13 from 3pm to 8pm at Rainbow Gardens!  We'll be there with several incredibly awesome, finely-tuned, and ready-to-ride Yeti models including the lightning-fast ASRc, the trail-eating SB4.5c, the do-it-all SB5c, the NEW quiver-killing SB5.5c, and even the gravity-defying SB6c!  Ride one or ride them all...just show up with a valid ID, helmet, and pedals, then we'll take care of the rest.  We promise you'll never have as much fun on two wheels!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Don't miss out on this year's 'Peak A Week' adventures!  We'll climb to the top of the tallest peaks in the Ogden area to soak in the best views accessible by bike.  Check out the schedule below:

Saturday, July 2
6:30 am
Windsurfer Beach
Saturday, July 9
6:30 am
Geneva Rock - Perry
Friday, July 15-16
7:00 pm
Ben Lomond
Saturday, July 23
6:00 am
Mt Ogden
Friday, July 29-30
7:00 pm
Rainbow Gardens - OVERNIGHTER

Notice that we're bike-packing in and staying overnight for Ben Lomond and Malan's.  If you can't commit to overnight, come anyway and head down early, but you'd be missing out...the mini-campouts are a ton of fun!  If you have any questions about locations, times, distances, difficulty, etc., don't hesitate to call us at (801) 476-1600.  It's going to be an awesome July full of a lot of elevation!  See you at the trailhead!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Still The New Kid...

If someone asked me to describe The Bike Shoppe in one word, I would easily answer with "thorough". Everything done here is done completely...there are NO untied ends. A quick Google search shows that this shop is the highest ranked bike shop from Logan to Salt Lake (and probably farther). I think the reason for our solid 4.9 star rating is this attention to detail. From every customer's bike that comes in to each new bike that goes out - no bolt is left untorqued or cable left too long or pivot left without lube. Each bike has to be meticulously checked by someone else before it can be marked complete. Being so thorough can be quite the challenge for a new comer like me, but it's a really good thing to get used to. Sure, I know how to change a tire - but I've never cared about the placement of the logos before! And it's not just tire logos...these guys obsess over the logos on the headset, spacers, and top cap. They fret over the placement of decals and the direction of closed QR skewers. I also never realized there was so much to proper cable management; that all cables on new bikes come too long and need to be cut to size and often re-routed; that wires should be trimmed at one inch from the pinch bolt and on and on....So for you mechanical types that like to work on your own bike: when you think you've finished - THINK AGAIN! Look for the little things that you would normally miss. Make it perfect. That's what we do...then we have it double-checked. So next time you pick up a bike from us, look a little closer. I'll bet you'll be impressed. In fact, the Shoppe guarantees it!

-Daniel Steiner

Monday, May 9, 2016


Well, I'm finally here.  For years I have wanted to work at a bike shop, and now I DO!  The accomplishment, however, is accompanied by a large slap in the face as I know next to nothing about bicycles.  My dad's friends got him into biking; he, in turn, got me into biking. My dad is the kind of guy that used gardening gloves and shop glasses for a few years before anyone could convince him to spend a few bucks to get the right equipment. So as a teenager with zero money I tried many times to convince him to get different bikes for us.  It sort of worked...once.  So, since that once, I'm still riding an eight-year-old 26er Stumpjumper. That and its 29er brother are the only bikes I've ever ridden.  But I got enough use out of them to know that I love biking.
Now I'm supposed to know EVERYTHING... about everything!  Every bike, every brand, sizes of random things, prices, history, what random component is compatible with what random component, and the fact that if you have an old Schwinn wheel you have to get a special tire even though it reads the 'same' dimensions.  Everyone here seems to know absolutely everything, and it can be a bit intimidating to be considered one of them. So if you, like me, are trying to make the transition from enthusiast to actually educated (and eventually an expert), I'll keep you updated on the things I'm learning.  I have to ask a lot of the questions that we're supposed to know, and it's kind of embarrassing.  Things like: "What exactly are 'SPD' pedals?" or "How do you know if a bike is your size??".  I'll save you the same embarrassment and pass on the things I'm figuring out.
In the mean time, I've found that using works like "compliance", "components", "sealed cartridge bearing", and "mechanism" help me blend in with those who actually know what they're talking about.  Wish me luck!
Until next week....
- Daniel Steiner

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Group rides are back!

May is awesome!  Not only have we survived another year of April showers and windstorms, but we can now enjoy some warm hours of daylight after work.  Plus, nothing beats getting up into the hills in the Spring!  But the best thing about May?  May is bike month!  I hope this post serves as a reminder to go find your once-loved two-wheeled steed, dust it off, make amends, and get out and ride!  If you need a group, we'll help.  We start our group road and mountain rides THIS WEEK!  Road rides will be Thursday nights (weather permitting), and mountain rides will be Saturday mornings.  Take a look at the schedule below and come ride with The Bike Shoppe crew

ROAD RIDES:  (Each week we'll be riding different routes from the park.)
  • May 5 - 6:00pm - Mountain Green Kent Smith park (5457 W. Old Highway Rd)
  • May 12 - 6:00pm - Mountain Green Kent Smith park
  • May 19 - 6:00pm - Mountain Green Kent Smith park
  • May 26 - 6:00pm - Mountain Green Kent Smith park 
  • May 7 - 8:00am - Pleasant View trailhead (Stan's trails north)
  • May 14 - 8:00am - North Ogden Divide trailhead (Rattlesnake)
  • May 21 - 8:00am - Wheelers trailhead (Sardine) 
Any changes to ride times or locations will be posted to Facebook 24 hours before the ride.
If you have any questions about locations, don't hesitate to call us.  See you on the bike!