Shep’s Chef is an Artist in the Kitchen: Here’e Our Bike Service Menu

Hungry for bike maintenance and repair that will leave you satisfied?  Shepherd & Schaller has a dish for you!  No reservations necessary.

 

Welcome all cyclists craving quality and experience well as a taste for commitment! Shepherd & Schaller is Wausau’s favorite Outdoor Store and home of Raleigh and Scott bicycles and experts who know how to help you choose the right bike for your goals and budget. When maintenance or repairs are called for, there is no one with more experience than Shep’s.  With respect for the parts and ingredients he uses and finesse for getting the most flavor and performance from each of them, Pete Kohlmoos with the chef you’ll want on the job.

We’re no “fast food” bike shop. Come for the service and stay for the flavor.  You’ll be back again and again.

2017

Bike Here, There and Everywhere on a Fat Tire Bike from Shep’s

Mother Nature frequently likes to throw a wrench in the plans of most outdoor enthusiasts here in Wisconsin.  Sometimes it’s snow, but it could be mud, sand or even ice that spoils cycling season.  That doesn’t keep us off our bikes.  We just go Fat Tire!

Fat Tire bikes take you places you’ve never been able to ride before. Mud, snow and sand are no longer the enemy. (with thanks to Tumblr for the eye catching photo)

Surface conditions aren’t the only reason to consider a Fat Tire Bike.  Comfort might be the feature you love most because riding the bikes is not about speed, unless you make it about speed at one of the popular races or events in the region.  Big, squishy tires give a soft, comfy ride.  Fat tire bikes are rigid and are not equipped with any kind of suspension system, because the suspension is “integrated” into the tires. The elasticity of the rubber helps absorb shocks, increasing comfort. Who doesn’t like comfort?

Looking for a great low-impact workout? Fat Tire Bike frames are heavier than mountain bike frames so it’s true you’ll work a little harder during the ride.  But that’s ok, it’s good for you. Doesn’t a soft quiet ride on a trail in the woods sound like an awesome way to get a low impact workout where you can burn as many as 1500 calories an hour (according to Mens Health Magazine)?  Yeah, we think it does too.

At Shepherd & Schaller we stock Scott and Raleigh bicycles of all styles.  And every bike purchase includes a Free 30-day check up for adjustments and health and a Free 1-year tune-up to make sure you’re bike is healthy and ready for what you require of it.  (a $30 value.)  You’ll also enjoy 20% off bike accessories with your purchase.  Come talk with our riders, including industry expert Pete Kohlmoos, our department manager.  He rides 365 in all kinds of weather, fits and repairs all makes and models.  He’s your man.

Raleigh Pardner, 2017
Sale Price $799.99

Raleigh’s Pardner, at $799.99 (Reg $849), is an affordable way to join the fun.  With a steel frame, bolt-on hubs and 4.1″ wheels this bike will last and last.

Scott Big Jon Bike, $1599
Photo: singletracks.com

Scott’s Big Jon, at $1599, is the best value in Fat Tire Bikes.  It has an aluminum frame (lighter weight), uses through axels (wheels) and wider tires (even for a Fat Bike) at 4.8″.

Once you go Fat Tire, you may never go back.

Visit us for all your biking gear in downtown Wausau at 324 Scott Street.  Call us for more information at 715-84-5432

THIS is what they want to bring to college

Unknown2730Calling all Badgers, Gophers, Eagles and other academic animals.  There are all kinds of lists telling you what to buy to prepare for dorm living.  (Be sure you bring that fan and some air freshener.)   But when you’ve got your shoe organizer and shower caddy on lock, it’s time to turn your attention to your other must haves.
Luckily, Shep’s has you covered before heading to UW, U of M, Marquette, etc.  Of course everything we stock in our lovely downtown Wausau Outdoor Specialty Store is on your must have list, but these specific goodies regularly go home with the college-bound.  (Check our our Facebook page for coupons and discounts that only our followers know about.  With the savings, you can stock that dorm mini fridge too!)
  

What Type of Dad is He? (More Gift Ideas Included!)

You’re the one who knows your dad, but we’re taking a shot at figuring them all out. The below text & images represent three types of dads. Because Father’s Day is THIS WEEKEND, you might want to pinpoint where your dad fits in, read the gift idea list & make some mental notes. After that, stop by to pick up something awesome for him.

Dad type 1: The Playful

Your dad might always be up for a game of catch, running with the dog, or a round of disc golf. If he’s the type who loves to get out and have a good time, he might fit into this category.

Gift ideas include:

Relaxed, comfortable clothing by Kavu, The North Face, Kuhl, Patagonia, Dakine
Casual kick-around sneakers (Helly Hansen shoes pictured here)
Disc golf discs or carry bag
Portable disc golf catcher
Games – backgammon, cribbage, mancala, dominos

 Dad type 2: The Outdoorsy

If dad stays out from dawn till dusk enjoying all that nature has to offer, he’s probably the outdoorsy type. Maybe he packs a bag and hikes, takes the kayak out, pedals the local bike trails. He just loves to be out and breathe in that fresh air.

Gift ideas include:

Performance lightweight, breathable, stretch apparel from Kuhl, Patagonia, The North Face
Stable, supportive footwear from Teva or Salomon
Pack to hold his gear from The North Face, Patagonia, Dakine
Oakley Sunglasses
Nalgene or Camelbak Waterbottle
Adjustable hiking poles
Camp gear

 

Dad type 3: The Adventurer

Is faster & more dangerous always better for dad? If he lives on the edge, you see it all over his face: he craves adventure. Feed his craving with some cool toys on Father’s Day.

Gift ideas include:

A bike. Yep, he probably wants new one.
A wakeboard, waterskis, wake surf, or wake skate from Hyperlite or HO
An HO neoprene vest or Accurate rope for behind the boat
Sun Bum sun protection (he’s going to need it)
Oakley Frogskins

Dad loved the handprint picture frames you gave him as a child (it’s probably sitting on his desk), but he’ll love quality gifts tailored to the things he loves to do. Show him how much you love him by making this Father’s Day something special.

Bicycle Commuting 101 – The Benefits

All week, we’ve shared great information about commuting to work by bike.  Today, we thought we’d give you some reasons why it’s all worth it.  It’s no secret that commuting by bike saves money, is better for your health, and lowers your carbon footprint, but the numbers may surprise you:

According to an article published in Forbes Magazine, the average bike commuter reported they paid an initial $500 to $800 for a bike and commuting related accessories, and had an annual maintenance cost of around $100.  Compare that to the average cost of a vehicle today.  It’s very easy to spend upwards of $10,000 to $20,000 to purchase a car, and then factor in the cumulative costs of commuting by car: $2.41/mile as calculated by Commute Solutions, which takes into account everything from gas prices to insurance to road repair costs.  Say your average commute is five miles round trip and you work five days week.  Within a month, you’ve already spent more than the average yearly costs of riding your bike.  And with the uncertainty of gasoline prices, that number could easily increase.

Another benefit of riding a bike is better health.  Our mechanic lives two miles from the shop, and commutes the 20 minutes to work and back daily.  That’s 20 minutes of increased heart rate daily, which any doctor would tell you is beneficial.  Plus, exercise in the morning has been linked to increased awareness and productivity throughout the workday.

Lastly, we all know it’s better for the environment to commute on bike.  How much you ask?  Shreya Dave, a graduate student at MIT, recently concluded that an ordinary sedan’s carbon footprint is more than 10 times greater than a conventional bicycle on a mile-for-mile basis, assuming each survives 15 years and you ride the bike 2,000 miles per year (or slightly less than eight miles per weekday).  That’s a lot of trees saved, a lot less gas used, and way cleaner air for us all to breathe.

Still not convinced?  Give it a go for a week.  See how you feel, experience the feel of the wind in your face on your way to work, and how much happier you are during your work day.  We’re pretty sure your stress will be lowered not having to deal with driving in the morning rush, and you’ll be way happier looking at your bank statement every month.  And if you find it’s not for you, we urge you to still get out on your bike a few times a week and reap the benefits they provide from a recreational standpoint.

Happy riding everyone!