The Berkshires Blog

The Next Generation of Cyclists (WG)

trailIf you’ve ever sat in traffic and thought to yourself, ‘I’d rather be on my bike,’ well, that’s a sentiment that Steffen Root, co-owner of Berkshire Bike & Board would share.  With the opening of the new shop at 502c East Street in Pittsfield plus the shop in Great Barrington, David Clark (co-owner) and Steffen can reach cyclists everywhere!  At first glance, I thought the shop was geared towards the advanced biker.  It’s easy to find a bike for $1,000+ in their showroom complete with full suspension and disc brakes (similar to a motorcycle) or even 33 speeds with battery operated shifting (servos move the derailleur—what will they think of next?) but  they do have entry level bikes.  However, Sweep Voll, an employee of the shop, says the Monday night free rides at Pittsfield State Forest are designed for beginners though intermediate and advanced groups also attend.  On Tuesdays, they run free road rides for all levels; Wednesday is a Pittsfield road ride; and Thursday is a social ride in Great Barrington.  GPS and sites like Map My Ride have taken the guess-work out of route planning and the Pittsfield shop stocks nice maps of South County rides.  The bike industry has finally caught on to the different needs of female vs. male riders and now you can find woman-specific bikes with shorter top tubes, narrow handlebars and seat variations.  Another cool innovation has been Scott’s suspension lock out system so you can lock it for road riding or open it to varying degrees for off-road shock absorption.  The knowledgeable staff at Berkshire Bike & Board is on top of these technology changes, but also, it’s just a friendly atmosphere.  As an example, if you buy a bike from them, you get a lifetime of free tune-ups!  “We want to remove the obstacles to cycling,” said Steffen.  Oh, and did I mention the skateboard offerings?  Alas, that’s a subject for another day…

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