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The Bike Family

Our friends and family lovingly refer to us as “the bike family.” Our garage is full of bikes, helmets and every gadget under the sun associated with bike repair and maintenance. We have two special drawers in the kitchen dedicated solely to water bottles, a plethora of spandex and a closet full of cycling-related t-shirts and jerseys. So, yeah…I guess it’s safe to say we like bikes. But what’s not to love?

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I think most people would agree that riding a bike makes you me feel like a kid again! Zipping down the street, sunshine on your face, wind in your hair and not a care in the world. A ding of the bell and a friendly wave to a neighbor, you can’t help but smile! Bikes are a great conversation starter and a fantastic way to get to know people in your community. Since we live in such a temperate climate, cycling year-round affords a myriad of opportunities to meet new people, explore new places and spend quality time together with your family.

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Getting outside with our kids is something we try to do as often as possible. Fresh air, exercise and time together makes everyone happy…and cycling checks all the boxes! One of our very favorite things to do on a Saturday morning is to throw the mountain bikes on the rack and head out to ride the Bear Claw Poppy trail. There’s nothing more breathtaking than watching the sunrise over the red rocks of Southern Utah. We live in an incredibly beautiful area with such a wide range of terrain.

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The satisfying sound of fat tires grinding over rocks and dirt, the distinct smell of desert creosote and warm sunshine on my back. Riding my bike is genuinely a delight to the senses and gives me an immense appreciation for my surroundings, my physical abilities, my life and the tremendous blessing it is to spend it with the people I love most. Because, there is nothing more important than the relationships you build and the time you share with your family. Nope, not even bikes!

Written by Jill Mortensen.

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