Rapid Cycling is excited for the upcoming 2019 high school mountain bike season! We are also super excited that our mountain bike brands are so supportive of local area junior high and high school athletes.Read More
We are growing and we need more good people to work at Rapid Cycling! We are hiring a bicycle mechanic and a sales associate.
What does it mean to work at Rapid Cycling? We ride bikes together. We enjoy a pizza together. We look out for each other. We protect our positive work environment and we really do try to have fun together.
If you are the right person for the job, please stop in and fill out an application at either Rapid Cycling location or send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’d love to hear from you!
Preorder the newest Rapid Cycling kit! The only way to get this jersey and bib is through preorder. To order, send an email with the size and quantity. We’ll send you an invoice. Once paid, we’ll add your items to the preorder!
The order will be placed on February 20 at 5:00pm MST, so don’t delay!
With the Hyperthreads Elite Jersey, comfort doesn’t have to come at the cost of speed. The form fitting Elite Jersey was designed to meet the performance and comfort demands of athletes for long days in the saddle. Constructed using Italian 4-Way stretch polyester with vented under arm and mesh back panel to keep things cool. Elastic top pockets for added security and ease of entry, hidden zipper 4th pocket.
The Hyperthreads Pro Bib is the overwhelming favorite for competitive athletes. The performance-driven design is intended for all day comfort. Compressive euro fit, 6-8hr Echelon Chamois, laser cut silicone grip cuffs, mesh back panel, PowerStraps, flat stitch for durability and style.
While I honestly don’t remember my first bike, what I do remember is the first bike I ever saved for and bought with my own money. I was 9 years old. It was a sparkly bright-orange Mongoose BMX bike with shiny pegs on the front and back wheels. It was the love of my 9-year old life.
With that bike, I could do anything. I could keep up with my brother and his friends. I could fly through the air on the red dirt jumps that we created in desert behind our home. I could crash with grace. Did I mention it was the love of my 9-year old life?
Fast forward many years and I still have a love affair with bikes. At some point over the last 20 something years though, I discovered the magic of local bike shops. They are the lifeblood of local cycling communities. And, the majority of them will bend over backwards for their customers. In the age of online shopping, they need and deserve our support more than ever.
Check out these familiar scenarios: something on your bike is broken or maybe it’s your first bike you are shopping for. Or maybe your old bike is really worn out from loyally serving you well. Maybe you overcooked it into a corner and sent your bike bouncing down the not-so-soft red rocks of the desert. Or maybe you are like me, and live by the N+1 theory and think you need a bike for every discipline…and then some. Whatever your reason, you need to buy a new bike or bike parts.
What are your options? You could buy used from KSL or Craigslist or a local bike forum; you could purchase from online; or you could take a trip to your local bike shop.
Here are 6 reasons you should spend your hard earned dinero at your local bike shop for your next bike needs.
Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business rather than a nationally owned business, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers, and farms — further strengthening the economic base of the whole community -Sustainable Connections
Keep Your Money Where Your Heart Is
Let’s be real--money can be tight at times. The economy often fluctuates and usually when you “need” a bike the most is at the most financially inopportune time. But, by purchasing a bike from a local bike shop rather than a chain store or online, you are doing your community a financial favor. Not all of the money stays local but most does and what does stay, has great potential to cycle through our community (see the pun there?). You love your community, why send your money and heart elsewhere?
Keep Our Community Unique
One-of-a-kind businesses are what make a city more memorable. They are an integral part of distinguishing the uniqueness of our community. They stand out among all the chain stores which look relatively the same no matter where you go. What if every city or town we went to only had chain stores and restaurants?
Try Before You Buy
Nothing will ever beat holding something in your hand to see how it feels, how well it is made, how it fits, or functions. And of course, let’s not forget that awesome feeling of test riding your potential new bike. Yes, chain stores can offer test rides but they’re often limited to inside the store.
Your local bike shop will usually let you take a bike out for a decent test ride to really be able to feel if that is the bike for you. Not to mention, having someone there to give their professional opinion on fit and size of a bike is absolutely invaluable. Which leads to the next reason…
Support and Service
I barely have time to wash my bike let alone tune it up myself, nor do I have the full spectrum of skills that our local bike shop mechanics can offer. Most local bike shops offer incentives like a tune-up and adjustments in the first year after purchase, some may even go beyond that. Local bike shops can also handle warranty issues fairly quickly.
After buying a new bike in 2015, during a training ride, the rear derailleur broke. I was devastated, it was only a few days before my first Ironman race. Within hours though, my local bike shop had replaced it and I had my bike back.
If you buy online, it is all up to you. I would have been without a bike for most likely weeks waiting to get a replacement part and then would have most likely had to have taken it to a shop anyway to get the part put on.
One more story, I have bought online bike parts. Once. That may be one of the reasons I am writing this piece now.
Relationships and the Human Connection
While somehow, Amazon and Facebook seem to know what I’m thinking and what I want to shop for, they can’t hold a candle to the interactions at the local bike shop. When you buy locally (at any local business) you can build actual relationships.
There are all kinds of perks of getting to know the employees at your local bike shop. They will learn how you ride or what you like and be able to recommended some awesome gear specific to you.
If you missed my above example, most local bike shops are excellent at helping out in a pinch. One bike shop in my old city even let a customer borrow a bike for a local race while their own one was being repaired! Online shops might laugh hysterically if someone asked to borrow some gear.
Lastly, and Most Importantly: Local Bike Shops Support the Local Riding Scene
Without a doubt, the absolute best reason to support a local bike shop is because of the local riding scene. Often they have been integral in establishing and supporting this scene. When was the last time an online store hosted a ride in your community? What about weekly shop rides or clinics? Ever seen an employee from an online store doing local trail maintenance? Crickets…
The owners and employees of local bike shops are riders, just like us. They love our trails, roads, and community and find the same value in them as we do. Spend accordingly.
Callie Goff is 3-parts wife/mom, 2-parts copywriter, 1-part entrepreneur, and 2-parts cyclist. Is that too many parts? She strives to educate, excite, and inspire her readers to act through well-researched and clever copy. Let Callie give your web content and articles voice of their own. Work with her today: email@example.com
Get ready for this! 12 days of specials at Rapid Cycling, each day building on the days before, all great gifts for the cyclists you love.
Day 1 // Buy $50 worth of gift certificates, and get an extra $10 gift certificate! The perfect gift for your favorite cyclist. Available at BOTH locations...705 N. Bluff Street and 446 S. Mall Drive.
Day 2 // 20% off all full-price glove.
Day 3 // Buy one pair of socks at full price, get the second pair half off.
Specials will be added as they become available.
In a lot of ways, I’ve never considered myself a “woman in business.” I’ve considered myself young in business. I’ve considered myself going to school and in business. I’ve even considered myself as a mother in business. Now, as I approach the fifth anniversary of co-starting and co-owning Rapid Cycling, a bicycle shop in St. George, it is an ideal time for me to consider how being a woman has influenced and helped me achieve my career goals. After all, I am a woman in business. It is time I embrace it.
My success story isn’t overly triumphant. I grew up in suburban Chicago, took AP classes at a competitive public high school, attended prom and played volleyball and served on the student council. I didn’t stand out. As one of four daughters, there was never a question of what I would do after high school. College was always the goal, for me and my sisters. (Shout out to a mom and dad who had high expectations but didn’t put a lot of pressure on me.)
I left Illinois and landed in Provo, Utah, to attend Brigham Young University. Again, I didn’t stand out. I went to bed before my roommates and got up early for 7:00 and 8:00 am classes. I graduated with a journalism degree, got married and started working for a small company in Chicago as the marketing department. Yes, as the marketing department. I was a one-person show and reported directly to the owner of the company. Although I had taken advertising and public relations classes at BYU, many of my responsibilities were relatively new to me. I worked all day and read marketing and design and business books at night. When I realized I wanted more formal education, I hopped right back into school at night and on the weekends to earn a masters degree in Integrated Marketing Communications while I worked full time.
By the time I finished the two-year program, I’d accepted a job with a local branch of a national company. Officially, I was the Marketing Communications Specialist and was responsible for the messaging of 13 branches in the Midwest. Again, I was the marketing department. I wrote, designed, strategized, planned and executed marketing plans. I had creative freedom and responsibility. Even then, it didn’t occur to me that I was a woman in business. I was respected because I worked hard and tackled advanced projects.
With a move back to the Wasatch Front a couple years later, I accepted a Marketing Manager position with a local homebuilder. I was 25 years old, managed a team of 10-15 sales people, and absolutely loved my career. I was young. Many of the people I worked with had a decade more experience than me, but I never looked around and thought I was out of place. I was confident in my capabilities, falling back on a formal education and eagerness to excel in a marketing career.
And just as I was on the cusp of really advancing to a more powerful position, I quit. I quit to stay home with a baby and to start a marketing communications consulting business that afforded me the luxury of setting my own schedule, accepting client work when it suited my needs and really stretching myself creatively. I’ve never looked back. As crazy as it is, it was this decision that empowered me most professionally and personally. As a woman, I loved working. As a woman, I was good at what I was doing. As a woman, I knew I was smart and determined and willing to work hard for what I wanted. As a woman, I knew what I wanted was to both raise a family and execute successful marketing plans. My education and my experience gave me the freedom to do whatever I wanted.
In 2013, things really changed for me and Rapid Cycling was born out of opportunity. At that time, Southern Utah already had great bicycle shops. My husband Kevin, the avid cyclist in the family, felt there was something missing from the cycling community. With my marketing experience and his love for cycling, combined with the hard work of a manager who had worked in bicycle shops for 20 years, we set out to give Southern Utah the Rapid Cycling Experience.
In five years, Rapid Cycling has grown into two locations and 15 employees. My involvement has evolved in that time. Ironically, the only regret I have in my almost 20-year career is that I let myself be relegated to “the owner’s wife” in the early days of the bicycle shop. I let my insecurities put me in a place where I accepted a lack of respect in the industry. I had never worked retail. I loved riding my bike, but I didn’t know the mechanics of a bicycle. I was in unfamiliar territory and my footing was not secure.
I was quick to pick up the new skills I needed and that professional determination was reignited. As I embraced my role at Rapid Cycling and remembered what it felt like to work in a group setting, confidence came back. I am now very comfortable in my position as co-owner. I have found my voice and find myself, again, falling back on a formal education and years of experience that give me certainty as a woman in business in Southern Utah.
—Published in the Fall 2018 Southern Utah Business Magazine
Almost a year ago I bought a new vacuum. We have a white German Shepherd (you've seen him in the Rapid Cycling social media feed sporting his shop collar!) who sheds like crazy. When I say he sheds more than any other dog we've ever had, it isn't an exaggeration.
So we needed a vacuum that could handle a lot of dog hair.
I visited our local Cleaning Supplier. I was able to demo different machines, ask very specific questions, have a professional help me pick out a vacuum that best fit my specific needs. All in all, my buying experience was fantastic and I was thrilled we have a local specialty store for something as utilitarian as a vacuum.
Fast forward almost a year, the dog hair combined with the dust and dirt of Southern Utah living, my vacuum was emitting a smell that disagreed with my nose. I took it back to The Cleaning Supplier and left it for service. A couple days later, I got the call it was ready and went to pick it up. My hard-working vacuum was clean and serviced and looked brand new. He handed it over and said "there is no charge, we service all vacuums we sell at least once for free."
He smiled and again talked me through caring for the vacuum and then I left and thought to myself "What if I had bought a vacuum online???" What a different experience it would be.
And then I thought about the similarities between shopping at a small, local specialty cleaning supply store and shopping at a local bike shop. As one of the owners of Rapid Cycling, I can only hope that we have had customers walk out the doors of our stores and be just as happy they bought from us rather than buying online.
Sometimes we really just want or need the lowest price possible. Sometimes we need a fair price and stellar customer service. I’ll take the customer service and personal experience any day.
To celebrate the end of another great high school mountain bike season, we are giving away free t-shirts to NICA racers and coaches. We love the sport and we are so happy to see more kids on bikes in Southern Utah.
Come to Rapid Cycling at 705 N. Bluff Street and ask for your free t-shirt. While supplies last, so come get yours early to make sure you get the size you want!
I spend a lot of time with a 12-year-old. A 12-year-old who plays goalkeeper on his soccer team and isn't afraid to throw his body in front of a charging opponent to stop the ball. A 12-year-old who has had two concussions and two broken wrists. He begs to go skiing and jumps at any chance to take his mountain bike out for a ride.
He isn't afraid to send it.
His mom is afraid to send it. In fact, that would be me. I can admit it here, I am afraid to send it.
But after last weekend's ride with him, I have decided I have a few things to learn from the boy. We went riding on a new to me trail. He'd gone once before and begged his dad to take him again. Because I didn't want to ruin their fun, I agreed to give it a go. I was timid. I slowed them down but as I watched him fearlessly follow his dad, I was impressed with his excitement. When we got to the last half of the trail, the descent was the only way out of there, his voice played over and over in my head. "I'm going to just send it. Just send it. Just send it. Just send it."
So I did.
I kind of sent it. I tried and then I wrecked as I knew I would and I knocked the wind out of myself and scraped up my elbow and my knees and bruised myself considerably. But I did have a personal victory...I didn't cry. Last time I wrecked like this I cried on the trail.
But what 12-year-old boy wants to see him mom cry while mountain biking? Probably none.
What 12-year-old wants to inspire a hat at his favorite local bike shop? I know one for sure!
We are looking for Rapid Cycling Ambassadors! We are excited about this new program. Excited to build cycling in Southern Utah, excited to share our enthusiasm and excited to build our growing community.
Specifically, we are looking for a Rapid Cycling MTB Ambassador, Rapid Cycling Road Ambassador and a Rapid Cycling Race Ambassador. Very simply, these ambassadors are people who love cycling and who want to help the cycling community in Southern Utah. As representatives of Rapid Cycling, they are enthusiastic and recognize what we represent as a company. Ideally, we are looking for individuals who want to shout from the rooftops why Rapid Cycling is a great place to service and purchase bikes and accessories.
As a Rapid Cycling Ambassador, you will participate in training to fully understand our brand message, information about the products we carry and customer service expectations.
Rapid Cycling will also provide:
One road or mountain bike at a deeply discounted price.
One Rapid Cycling road or mountain kit, shoes and helmet.
Steep discounts on accessories and service.
What we ask of you:
Host monthly shop ride specific to your discipline (MTB and Road Ambassador)
Attend local race events and represent Rapid Cycling (Race Ambassador)
Talk about Rapid Cycling while you ride on the road/trail.
Help promote Rapid Cycling and our events on social media.
Attend free workshops as often as possible.
Wear and ride Rapid Cycling products.
The Ambassador program will last for 12 months, starting in September 2018.
If you are interested, please send a request and we will email you the application. All applications are due by August 31.
Why do some cyclists….
Type those words into your internet browser and Google will automatically list the most searched phrases that begin with those same words. We often have people walk through the doors of Rapid Cycling who are new to cycling with questions. People who want to enjoy the benefits of riding a bicycle but are hesitant because they are unfamiliar with the cycling community.
In an effort to make you feel more comfortable with the idea of riding a bicycle for fun/fitness/joy, I am going to answer the most common autofill questions on Google. And maybe it will convince you that it is time to enjoy the immeasurable benefits of cycling.Read More
Rapid Cycling is excited for the 2018 high school mountain bike season! We are also super excited that our mountain bike brands are so supportive of local area junior high and high school athletes.
First of all, all kids and coaches get 15 percent off bike parts, tools and nutrition in the store. For apparel, shoes, hydration packs, tubes, helmets and gloves there is a 15 percent discount. You need it, we have it and you can get it at a discount. The best way to make sure you get your discount is to let us know that you should get it before check out. Please have your NICA card/email available the first time you use your discount so we can add you to our system.
On top of the accessories discount, Scott, Giant, Liv, and Yeti all offer discounts for all NICA participants on bikes.
Scott // 20 percent off bike purchase for kids and coaches. You do need to have your NICA information available when you purchase the bike.
Giant // 25 percent off bike purchase for kids and coaches. You do need to have your NICA information available when you purchase the bike.
Liv // 25 percent off bike purchase for kids and coaches. You do need to have your NICA information available when you purchase the bike.
Yeti // 15 percent off bike purchases for kids and coaches. To get the Yeti discount, follow these instructions:
All NICA athletes and coaches are asked to register through the Yeti Pro Site. They are asked to fill out all personal information and show proof of NICA registrations (via payment receipt). They will also be asked to list their Yeti dealer (chose Rapid Cycling).
Yeti will process the order and ship the bike to Rapid Cycling for the final build.
The bike will be available for pickup at Rapid Cycling.
Come join the Tribe!
Stop by Rapid Cycling at 705 N. Bluff Street and 446 S. Mall Drive if you have questions and to test ride a new bike!
Cycling has long been perceived as a male sport. For years, bicycles were designed for men and women just had to learn to be somewhat uncomfortable. Group rides were dominated by men and it wasn’t always a welcome space for women.
That has changed though.
Angie Anderson, founder of Women Ride, and Megan Andersen, Liv Ambassador, are changing the face of cycling for women in Southern Utah. They are at the forefront of this culture shift by showing leadership and creating an environment in which women’s cycling can thrive.
Liv Cycling makes bicycles and riding gear for women. From the ground up, they have a team of designers and engineers who carefully crafts every aspect and each angle to specifically fit the female anatomy. Not long after Liv was introduced in St. George at Rapid Cycling, Megan Andersen joined the Liv family as the Southern Utah Ambassador. “Liv is the first cycling brand completely dedicated to women. Cycling can be intimidating. As an ambassador, I am here to help welcome women into the sport and make it fun.”
And Megan has done that. She shares her passion for cycling openly. When it comes to time spent on a bicycle, triathlon is her first love. “Six years ago I crossed the finish line of my first triathlon and discovered a passionate way of how I want to live my life. This sport is not perfect, easy or one dimensional but rather a collage of challenges, techniques, strengths and weaknesses that meld together to form a beautiful piece of art that is unique to you,” Andersen said. She inspires those around her and encourages women to take the first step on a bicycle.
Angie Anderson also follows her passion. She saw a need in St. George and started a mountain bike club for women, Women Ride. Although she dreamed and planned the club for several months before the official launch, it wasn’t until September 2017 that she hosted her first club ride. And since then, women have been showing up.
“Women Ride is a place for women to ride together, to encourage each other, to teach each other,” Anderson said. “Women learn differently from other women. I can go out and ride with a group of guys and learn visually and see what they are doing. But to have a woman explain something to me that makes sense as a woman, opens up a whole new world of understanding and skill. Women also like to ride with other women because it is easy. We are social and cycling is a social sport. It isn’t intimidating to ride with other women. It is fun to ride, stop and talk, and then start riding again.”
Southern Utah is home to world-class mountain biking. “We are lucky to have so many awesome trails so close to us. If you don’t know where the trails are, it is intimidating to go and explore on your own,” Anderson explained. Women Ride provides an opportunity for women to meet up and explore together. The club provides a network of women with similar interests to reach out to for support and company.
The network Women Ride provides is especially beneficial for women new to the sport. “We are another resource to go to ask questions and get feedback. Women love to talk to each other and learn from each other’s experiences. We want to get recommendations before we invest in something as important as a bicycle,” Anderson said. Women Ride club members do receive a discount at Rapid Cycling, one of the club sponsors.
Women Ride hosts weekly group rides for club members. They also host open rides for women who want to get a feel for the group. They host regular skills clinics, maintenance clinics and social events. More information is available at womenrideutah.com.
The key for women who want to ride bicycles is to jump in. You will feel better physically and mentally and make good friends. It doesn’t get better than that.
--Originally published in the March/April 2018 edition of St. George Health and Wellness magazine
Cycling changed Jason White’s life.
That sounds like an exaggeration. It sounds like an overstatement. But really it is the perfect way to start Jason’s story.Read More
We love being a part of local Will Gause's success story! One of the bikes he rides all over town is a fixie he bought at Rapid Cycling. "My weight loss plan became 'Bike a lot and eat right.'" Perfect!
You have decided you want to ride a bike. Congratulations! You remember how much you loved pedaling to your friend’s house when you were a kid. Or riding to the neighborhood convenience store for an ice cream cone. Maybe your recent interest in riding isn’t because of glorious childhood memories, maybe you have friends who go for morning rides and you want to join the fun. Or you have been taking spin classes for a year and decided you want to feel the wind in your hair.
We get it. No matter why you want to ride a bike now, we totally get it. Riding bikes is fun. But sometimes shopping for that new bike or new helmet or the right pump is intimidating. Walking through the doors of the local bike shop can be overwhelming with all the types, styles, colors, materials, prices, accessories, etc.
It doesn’t have to be that way. First word of advice: find a place to shop where you feel comfortable and welcome and then ask questions.
Tyrel Harlan is the Service Manager at Rapid Cycling, a local bike shop here in St. George. Harlan said, “As simple as a bike should be, it can get very complex. I just want people to enjoy riding their bikes. I listen and answer questions and hope I help build confidence. I try to answer questions in a way customers understand, regardless of their cycling experience. We have an open service center at both of our locations so people can be involved and can feel comfortable asking questions as we work on bikes.”
When you walk into a bike shop, remember they are there to help you. That is their job. They are there to answer your questions and make you feel comfortable; not only when you are buying a bike, but for years after. Be willing to answer their questions, they want to get to know you and help you feel relaxed in the store.
“We love when customers want to come hang out with us in the shop. Sure, we have to get our work done. We want to get bikes serviced and back to the customer as quickly as possible because we understand people want to ride. But we really do love when people enjoy us personally and want to be part of our community,” Harlan said.
Take advantage of the free clinics most local bike shops offer. Not only is it a chance to get educated and learn the basics on how to fix, maintain and improve your bike, the clinics provide an opportunity to connect with other cyclists in the area. “Part of feeling nervous about cycling or about bike shops is the unknown. Take advantage of free clinics and learn more. You will enjoy riding and you will feel safe,” emphasized Harlan.
The local bike shop is all about the experience. Enjoy it. Walk through those doors and let yourself engage in conversation. Take a test ride. Take several test rides. If you don’t feel welcome, walk out and go to the next bike shop. Shopping for a new bike is supposed to be fun. You will know what feels right and what feels comfortable, just trust your instinct and go for a ride.
----Published in St. George Health and Wellness September/October 2017
Come shop apparel at both Rapid Cycling locations! Everything in stock is on sale now, 25% off full price items! Sale ends at the end of January, so don’t miss your chance to grab your size.
Haven't been to a Rapid Cycling for a while? We have the clothing you need to keep you warm/cool/comfortable on your bike, so you can keep riding! Come in this morning so you can ride this afternoon in style!
Take advantage of our December special! All tune-ups are 25% off this month. Get your bike ready for the new year!
The annual Rapid Cycling Black Friday weekend sale is almost here! Come in, shop and then get out and RIDE...there is time for everything!!!Read More