ValleyBike closing for season on November 30

Hampshire County

Winter is on the way and ValleyBike rentals will be ending for the season.

The ValleyBikes may be gone, but there are ways to help make sure you can ride your bike in the winter.

New England winters can be rough. Snow and ice can keep you from doing many outdoor activities, like riding your bike.

The entire ValleyBike rentals system will close for the season on November 30.

It’s the bike rental program that lets you pick up a bike at one station, and drop it off at another.

Those bikes must be taken off the roads because, well, people don’t really ride bikes that much in winter conditions.  

Just because ValleyBikes are off the road for the winter doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. You can customize your bike to make it winter ready.

If you have your own bike, you can get studded bicycle tires for riding on ice and snow.

Fat bikes are also a popular winter bike.

“A lot of people ride fat bikes specifically for the snow,” said Rhys Nieson. “It has gigantic tires so you can run at a squishy low tire pressure. So that when you’re riding on snow and ice you have a gigantic contact patch where your body weight squished down the tires and you have a tone of traction.”

There’s also something called the “Wahoo Kickr,” which lets you ride inside. You simply hook your bike frame to the system, and you’re ready to go in a stationary sort of way!

It establishes how much power you’re putting out and you are essentially a video game controller. So by your pedaling you control your character and you can pick which courses to ride and there are even group rides and races.

ValleyBike plans to resume rentals in April.

The ValleyBikes in Amherst have already been removed and as for studded tires, you can find those at any store that sells bicycles.

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