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One of the best resources for cycling is your local bike shop aka LBS. The folks there typically love cycling and are eager to share their joy of the sport with you. They can help you choose a bike based on your preferred riding conditions, fit you with the right gear, offer tips on nutrition and hydration, and even tell you about rides either organized by the shop or local groups.
I buy most of my accessories at the bike shop because the mechanics will install items for me. Unlike friends who do all their own work (and even build bicycles from materials purchased online), I struggle with even simple repairs and installations. Fortunately for me, when I buy an item at my local shop, the installation is almost always free; your LBS may be similar so keep that in mind when you are making a purchase.
However, I have found that apparel can be difficult to find in my size so I often buy clothing online. And, I occasionally buy supplies online at places like Team Estrogen or Performance Bike. I’ve put together a shopping list of cycling gifts that can be helpful for those who are getting started in cycling or have loved ones who ride.
I am not a nutritionist or medical professional, but I try to eat food that is good for me. At the grocery store, I read labels and avoid highly processed foods as well as items that are high in sugar and sodium. Happily, many traditional grocery stores now offer natural and organic foods. Plus, there are Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s stores in my area, smaller shops selling locally grown vegetables and homemade goods, and roadside stands with fresh produce. Generally, these are great places to buy healthy food.
Recently, I came upon Abe’s Market. The company sells Kind bars, which I often take with me on long cycling trips in the fall, winter, and early spring (the chocolate tends to melt in the summer). I plan on trying more items to expand my sources of natural foods.