Biking

Welcome To Cave Run Bike Shop

Morehead, Kentucky is located in the heart of the Cumberland Ranger District of the Daniel Boone National Forest. This region is has a rich biodiversity which is one of the many reasons for its outstanding recreational opportunities.  The hundreds of miles of world-class mountain bike and hiking trails, back roads, road bike routes, rivers, creeks, and an 8,000-acre lake with over 200 miles of shoreline will provide you with endless opportunities to enjoy the area.

We invite you to experience the outstanding recreational opportunities of the area.  To enhance your experience we offer emergency repairs, rentals, clinics, river trips, and guided tours.  Our shop is located just minutes from trail access to the Sheltowee Trace National Recreational Trail, Cave Run Lake, and the Licking River.


We custom build bikes

Sales.  We sell bikes (GiantJamis Marin, Moots, BMC, Salsa, and Surly), running strollers (and other children’s accessories) and kayaks and canoes (Old Town, Mad River, PerceptionWilderness Systems, Wave Sport, and Dagger).  In addition we have climbing gear (Trango, Stubai and other brands, Sterling ropes, Edelweiss, New England, Singing Rock, EB & Cava climbing shoes), and adventure racing gear.  Need camping gear?  We can get you that, too.

We also carry a full line of accessories (ThuleYakimaSaris, Park Tools, Pedro, Shamino, Mt Borah, Louis Garneau, Terry, CamelBak, NRS, Shred Ready, Bending Branches, Cliff Bar, Otter and Pelican boxes, Harmony, and many more) for the serious recreational enthusiast to the casual weekend adventurer.

Gift certificates are available.  

Safety & Equipment

Bicycle Safety Rules and Equipment for Kids and Adults

Riders can follow existing bicycle safety rules that will immediately keep them safer in traffic. Even if a bike rider is 100% right, he or she will still be hurt in any confrontation with a car. A bike rider is always at a weight disadvantage against any 2,000-pound vehicle. This is the reason why major cities have adopted bicycle safety rules.

Wear Bicycle Safety Equipment

  1. A bicycle helmet. It is nearly impossible to go down without whip-lashing one’s head into the pavement. A helmet is designed to be destroyed before a skull — because skulls are fragile. Helmets weigh very little, and can even streamline the rider’s speed.
  2. Gloves. It is natural to protect one’s face during a fall by pressing away with the hands. This gives an exceptional case of road burn to the palms if there is nothing between them and the road surface. Padded gloves can reduce compression stress from holding the handlebars on long rides. Gloves can be used to wipe broken glass from the tires, before it can work deep when one hits a patch of the cast-off bottle.
  3. Mouth guard. It is the energy that is transmitted to a boxer’s brain that knocks him out. The same type guard used in contact sports stabilizes the jaw and pad the teeth from clenching. There are mouth guards with central vents that don’t affect breathing or spitting.
  4. Body armor is mostly designed to spread the effect of hitting something sharp, like a stone on the road. Shin, knee or elbow guards provide protection to frequently scraped joints. The goal is to put something between one’s skin and the road.
  5. Flags, lights, and reflectors. Drivers tend not to see what they are not expecting, which frequently means a bicycle on the road. Use anything possible to increase one’s road presence. Flags come in white or orange for high visibility. The stanchion raises the flag for a larger cross section. Use the largest headlight available, and the blinking rear light that identifies a bicycle. Reflectors on helmets, jerseys, spokes or pedals move in a jerky pattern, drawing the attention of drivers.

Follow Bicycle Rules for Rider Safety

Ride a bike with traffic. Riding against traffic only adds the speed of the bicycle to the speed of the vehicle. For example, consider a car traveling at 25 mph and a bike traveling at ten mph. Riding towards the car will yield a 35 mph crash. Riding with the traffic will yield a 15 mph crash. Slower speed crashes are more survivable.

Bike accidents happen with vehicles and pedestriansCrosswalks are for pedestrians. Stop, look both ways for traffic and walk the bike across only when safe, especially when you are in a busy street like in New York. Car drivers are so prepped to look for vehicular traffic that they just don’t see bicyclists. By understanding that a rider is invisible to drivers, a rider will make better safety choices. However, when you tour in & around Central Park, you need not worry because there are designated bike lanes.

Hand signals are how the cars know what the bicyclist plans to do. For locales that drive on the right side of the road, this is a view of the rider’s back. It is the rider’s “front” in places that drive on the left side of the road. Always signal with the arm toward the center of the road. Give drivers all the help possible to allow them to get around the biker.

Children can be taught to evaluate their surroundings critically. Talk about rider safety in advance to establish behavioral guidelines for those times that being late or being emotional might cause them to forget. A rider can avoid more injuries by riding safely than by all the safety equipment he wears.

The rider’s brain is his best safety equipment. Be seen and avoid other traffic, because cyclists can’t depend on drivers to always do the safest thing.

Biking

Equipment Guide for A Long Distance Bike Tour

There are two demons to avoid while setting up for a bike trip: assuming it’s possible just to hoist a backpack, and go. You may think that spending thousands of dollars on a state of the art bike, and months of planning. Neither is the case. Below is a complete list of everything needed to turn a rider and an ordinary bike into a real symbiotic touring partnership (be aware that many items come in different forms for road and mountain bikes).

Gear for the Bike

Good panniers and front and rear pannier racks are the foundations of any tour. Ortlieb produces the ‘Rolls-Royce’ of pannier bags, but Topeka’s waterproof line is also reliable, and slightly cheaper. Be sure that the racks are fitted to your bike’s brake types. Matching the brand of the bags to the brand of the racks is advised.

Next, lights – you should have these already! At least two water bottle holders, and a hand pump. Beware of small, basic hand pumps: they are all but useless for anything except emergencies. Look for longer ones, which have unfolding panels for your foot to hold the pump in place while you press down.

Get a touring saddle – as comfortable as possible. Seriously. ‘Clipless’ pedals, the ironically named tools that will allow you to attach your shoes to them, will significantly decrease energy wasted while pedaling. Lastly, multi-position handlebars are important as they allow for multiple hand position. Check out ‘butterfly’ bars, which are popular in Europe.

Gear for You

If there’s one thing not to skimp on expense, it’s with cycling shorts. Ensure a good amount of inner padding, and look out for such features as elastic rims that stop the shorts from riding up, while avoiding circulation inhibition. With gloves, make sure they are well padded, and that the padding isn’t too hard.

When buying match-able shoes to go with the clip-less pedals, hybrid walking-cycling shoes exist for mountain bikes, where the clips are high enough in the sole so that they are not striking the ground while you walk. Excellent idea!

Lastly, buy some sweat-wicking t-shirts. Cheap, basic running t-shirts on Amazon.com, with good moisture wicking capabilities, are perfect. Oh, and also, don’t forget a helmet.

Gear to go in the Bags

Pack a good multi tool, some inner tubes, a patch kit, a chain link, duct tape, and some WD40. Oil, tighten, and inflate regularly. When packing extra clothes, a long-sleeved, collared shirt should be included, in case you need to set up your tent in the sun. Insect repellent and sunscreen are a must, wherever you go.

For food, compact bread loaves take up little space and don’t need boiling. Canned meals are economical, and can be eaten cold. Clif Bars are the best energy bars on the market. Avoid caffeine gels or Gu gels. Honey is perfect for when your blood sugar dips.

Pack extra water bottles, books, a first aid kit, and toothbrush and toothpaste. Multi-purpose travel soap is cheap and effective. Travel towels made of thin, light micro fibers can be purchased that take up practically no space at all (a shower takes on a whole new level of pleasure while you’re on the road).

Other Equipment

smartphones are handy in case of emergenciesBring a smartphone! A phone with 4G internet access can do the following: provide the phone numbers for every motel; list all the places to eat, with reviews; provide a map; provide YouTube and the news during breaks. It will also save you carrying a camera!

To avoid draining a smartphone’s battery too quickly, bring an MP3 player. Developing lasting ‘road’ love affairs with certain albums should be anticipated.

For camping equipment, some ultralight tents can be attached straight to the frame, and hence don’t require pannier space. A mat and sleeping back can be strapped over the panniers with flexible cables.

Finally, cyclist-specific maps. For North American cyclists, most bike shops offer a comprehensive list of route maps (as well as many other things), that provide every piece of information you could want, from a list of all hostels and campsites to topographical information, traffic conditions, and historical background.

With this setup, anyone is equipped to travel the world on their bike. REI is a good place to shop, but a local bike store could be even better, and almost definitely cheaper. Just don’t forget to send everyone a postcard.