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Cross Country Skiing, Service, Wax, Wax Recommendations -

Waxing is an important part of cross-country skiing. Wax-less, skate, skin, or wax-able, all skis benefit from at least glide wax applied every 35 kilometers or so. Even newcomers!

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It happens every winter. The temps drop, your face freezes, and you still want to get out and ski. We have a few tips to keep you comfortable while out cross country skiing in zero or below zero temperatures. 

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Cross Country Skiing, grinds -

The string of beautiful fall days here in the Twin Cities makes it easy to forget that winter is close. At Gear West, however, we are in constant motion anticipating winter and have seen a considerable uptick in ski energy on our ski floor. So let's check in about our...

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As a ski racer, I love watching the Olympics. As a buyer for Gear West’s Nordic ski department, I know that an Olympic year also means something exciting from an industry standpoint. New race skis! I have been skiing on Rossignol products for 5 years now. They have earned me...

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Cycling, Mountain Bike, Trail Recommendations, Training -

We live it, breathe it, and love to get out there. Here our our favorite mountain bike trails in the midwest. We've got trail recs for those that love to rip, ride long, or enjoy the descents.  Jenny: CAMBA (Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association), Cable, WI Why? Over 100 miles of...

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Cross Country Skiing, Rollerski -

Summertime means a transition from snow skiing to roller skiing. With that transition comes the opportunity to check your roller ski equipment, replace worn wheels, or upgrade to a new ski.    The simplest spring maintenance that you can do is to replace last season’s roller ski ferrules on your poles. ...

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Cross Country Skiing -

Pain from the cold does not gain you anything. Just more time in the warming house and less time pretending you are Bjorn Daehlie - or our favorite Birkie Champion, Alayna Sonnesyn.

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Cycling -

Beginner's Guide to Cycling Shoes GO THE EXTRA MILE IN COMFORT AND STYLE Now that the weather is getting warmer it is time to break out your bikes and hit the trails. Be prepared this cycling season with the proper gear to keep you riding longer. This introduction will cover the...

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Training, Triathlon -

1. Mimic your race conditions – Chances are you’re not racing alone - training in a group setting for swimming such as masters, a couple groups rides when possible and the occasional run group will help you be mentally ready for your next race. In the pool, you’ll be in close proximity...

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