Bike-Shop Rides

Nearly every day of the week, cyclists meet at bike shops around the state for a quick, or sometimes long, jaunt onto Connecticut’s well-worn paths and roadways.

Most are simple loops that stick to good biking roads. They have hills, though not too many, and some quirks: When biking in a group and approaching a new town, for example, it’s fair game to race to the town line.

“It’s all for bragging rights, and who has to buy the beer later,” said Matt Lawley, who manages Pedal Power in Vernon, which holds a evening ride on Mondays. “Everyone rides — that’s a big requirement for working here. And every chance we get to ride and share that with customers, it’s awesome.” For the rest of Brian’s story go here:

Matt Lawley, manager at Pedal Power in Vernon, led a group of about 20 riders on a 20 mile trip through rural and suburban areas then finished back at the shop for a little cookout as a reward on the last ride of the season. Rides like these leave almost every night from shops around the state.

Matt Lawley, manager at Pedal Power in Vernon, led a group of about 20 riders on a 20 mile trip through rural and suburban areas then finished back at the shop for a little cookout as a reward on the last ride of the season. Rides like these leave almost every night from shops around the state.

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