Bike to work week 2019

Bike to Work Week this year runs from May 13-May 19th. If you’re going to bike everyday for a week straight, this is your week to do it! Make it a goal. Give yourself a little more time to and from work and make it happen! Many bike enthusiasts will say there shouldn’t be a designated week for biking, people should just enjoy it any week of the year. For some it’s not that easy, and Bike to Work week is the perfect time to give it a try.

Biking has so many healthy benefits both Physically and Mentally (not to mention more money in your wallet.)

Here are just a few positive things biking can do for you.

  • Great way to start/end your day
  • Clears your mind, Stress reliever
  • Great Cardio workout without hard impact on your joints
  • calorie burn/weight loss
  • You will save money
  • Opens your eyes to things you may not see otherwise

The list goes on and on…

Some of us at Shep’s will be biking to work all week, heck some of us bike to work all year-round. So do yourself a favor and hop on your ride and GET TO WORK!

Why Paddle? Because it’s easy and fun, for a start.

“Why paddle?” The paddle sport experts at Shep’s have the answers for you. And to top it off, you get 20% off paddles, vests and waterproof accessories when you buy a kayak or paddle board at Shepherd & Schaller.

Looking for a break from our hyper plugged-in world? Getting outdoors is an easy fix. There are numerous benefits to paddlesports. Do you have a goal in mind? Consider these basic perks:

Photo credit: @cedar.stream, Perception.com
  • Many kayaks are work great for fishing and there are boats built specifically for anglers.
  • You can maneuver the waters with stealth in a kayak, great for photography and relaxation.
  • Paddling can be an excellent workout, building the upper body and burning 400 to 500 calories in a single hour when just paddling at a steady rate.
  • Kayaks are fairly light weight, easy to transport and can be carried by one person.
  • A silent sport, paddling is just the antidote to the noise of life. Here in Wisconsin it’s not uncommon to see eagles soaring the open sky, cranes and herons marching the shoreline, or frogs and turtles sunning themselves as you paddle by. Sounds awesome doesn’t it?
  • There’s no feeling like gliding across the water.
Shorter fit, larger arm/shoulder openings and pockets make paddling vests different than water sports vests.

The first step is finding a boat that fits your needs along with the lakes and rivers you plan to enjoy – that’s where the team at Shepherd & Schaller comes in. Consider that a longer boat will track better with a smooth ride while a shorter boat will handle better in narrow streams but need a little more correction (effort.) Will you park permanently at the cabin or travel with your boat? A life vest is critical (and the law in Wisconsin.) Paddling vests are created differently, and you’ll notice the comfort and convenience. The other decision you’ll make is the paddle, which can make more or less work for you based on fit, material and blade shape. Other considerations include a dry box for your phone and keys, a hat and sunblock to protect against the sun, shoes or sandals built for portaging, and maybe even some dry bags for camping outings or day-trips. We’ll even tell you how to take care of your paddling gear.

It’s important to note that all of these thoughts are specific to recreational paddling, not whitewater. For that we direct you to local experts, Wausau Whitewater Corporation, and we invite you to see what it’s all about at the internationally respected Whitewater Park, just a five minute walk from our front door! Check out this awesome video to see what’s in our neighborhood.

We love to share our passion and hints about local paddling opportunities like, for example, PaddleQuest, a two-day river competition in Stevens Point, WI where teams of two or three compete to find treasure and become “Protectors of Backwaters.” To participate, one only needs to register and beware of river monsters and the occasional pirate band.

Review the basics of paddling safety, then grab a kayak, a paddle, and paddle jacket to enjoy the many rivers and lakes that Central Wisconsin has to offer.

May is National Bike Month

May in Wisconsin. The snow is finally gone (most years), the roads have been swept and the air is warm enough for a bike ride. Finally.

Photo credit: HaveFunBiking.com

Did you know May is National Bike month? What’s better than saving a little gas money as well as being active? Maybe these:

Shepherd & Schaller is home to Wausau’s friendly bike experts, with plenty of Bikes and Bike accessories in stock at the best prices in town. Also, any new Bike purchase gets you a FREE 30-day check up as well as a FREE 1 year tune-up. BUT WAIT THERES MORE!! You will also get 2 % off any Bike accessories and…A FREE GIFT! SKULLCANDY EARBUDS!! Whether its commuting to work or just getting a ride in for the health benefits, a day spent on a bicycle is never a bad day!

Visit Shepherd & Schaller in downtown Wausau to talk to riders who commute to work year-round, in all kinds of weather. We’ll help you find safe, fast routes and recommend accessories to make your commute functional. We’re also here to guide you on your mountain, road, trail and fat tire bike adventure. We love to tell our stories and hear yours. Come chat!

Spring 2019 Trends

We never know which of our awesome things are really going to hit the sweet spot. This week, Wausau sure loves these:

Always trending, Smartwool Socks are beloved for their year-round comfort and performance. Try merino socks and you’ll never go back! Look! you can’t see them in the season’s cute low-cut shoes.
Shirts, Hats, Socks, Bandana’s, or treat your own clothing against mosquitos and ticks. Protect yourself, your family and your pets.
Pendleton dog beds, collars, leashes and toys. Classic patterns. Cozy Rustic chic for our favorite companions.
Seriously handy. You’ll wonder how you got along without one for walks at night, working in bad lighting, you name it. Starting at $29.99
Made of 100% BPA-free food-grade silicone, que Bottle is 100% plastic-free, making it safe for people and the planet. It’s lightweight and compact, taste and odor free, stain and bacteria resistant, dishwasher safe, and safe to use for both hot (up to 140F) and cold beverages.

Gifts for Mom’s & Grads

Get ideas at shepssports.com or peek at our list by price, below.

Gifts from Shep’s are always appreciated! There’s the obvious Patagonia fleece or Osprey backpack, a new Raleigh Bike or multi-functional Dress from Roxy or Toad & Co. But how about the unexpected healthy Fragrance by Skylar, or even good-for-the-earth Luumi Silicone bowls, bags and straws. Are you wrapping something up for Mom, Grandma, a graduate or even a wedding this Spring? You found the perfect place to shop.

Surprised you didn’t we? Organic plant seeds, made-in-Wisconsin candles and soaps, dehydrated cocktail mx. Fun, affordable little gifts that we think go well with the Outdoor Lifestyle we all love.
  • For Mom
  • $3.50 Garden Sprinkles Seeds
  • $8.00 Kavu Rope Keychain
  • $8.50 Madison Soap
  • $10.00 Garden in a Bag Herbs
  • $10.00 Chacos Wrist Wrap bracelet
  • $16.95 and up Smartwool Socks
  • $19.00 Roxy Flip Flop
  • $19.95 Sherpa Fair Trade bracelet
  • $24.95 Que Collapsible Silicone Bottle
  • $29.00 Skylar Natural Fragrance
  • $29.00 Patagonia Trucker Hat
  • $50.00 Kavu Rope Bag