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Trade-In

 
Instantly unlock the cash value of your used bike by trading it toward the purchase of your new bike at one of our bike shop Trade-in Partners.
Skip the hassle and cost of fixing, washing, and shipping your used bike.
Avoid issues with listing and selling your bike on your own, not to mention dealing with potential scams.
Use the search feature or scroll through our nationwide network of Trade-In Partners by state to find a participating bike shop near you.
Get a value for your used bike in a matter of minutes and get store credit toward your new ride immediately.
Call us today at 336-667-4121 and speak with our Bike Shop Manager Roy Williams for additional information! 
 
 
 

 
Just a little insight to the care and technique we put into every board and ski that comes through our ski/snowboard shop for a hot wax. Bring your boards and skis or rent one of ours for a great time down the slopes.
 

 
 
A good rule of thumb when preparing for a cold weather ride is to start off just a little cold, because after about 10 minutes of pedaling, you'll warm up quite nicely. If you overdress, overheating can be uncomfortable, so you may have to experiment a little before you get it right.
 
First, consider the rule of layering. This is a technique of wearing varying weights of clothing designed to wick, trap, hold and block. The overall purpose of layering is to trap insulating air between layers of clothing and subsequently hold heat in.
 
Wear a lightweight, high-performance, polyester-based wicking fabric next to the skin. Several manufacturers produce excellent high-quality, high-performance fabrics that are designed for cyclists. This type of garment will wick moisture away from the skin, keeping your skin and clothing dry to avoid heat loss through evaporation.
 
Next, wear something with thermal capabilities (polyester is excellent here as well) that retains warmth while allowing a slow "breathing" process of the fabric. Modern synthetic fabrics like polyester breathe and will help you stay warmer longer.
 
The outer garment will serve two purposes: Hold warmth in, while blocking the cold air and wind. The outer garment should serve as thermal barrier as well as a wind block, since cycling through cold air increases the wind chill factor. Fabrics like nylon serve this purpose well. Natural fabrics like wool and cotton get wet and stay wet, so don't wear your cotton T-shirt next to your skin thinking it will act as the primary wicking garment. 
 
 
Endura Cycling Apparel will be available for purchase December 12th!
Take a look at the Pakagilet in High Visibility Yellow
 
Ultra Packable Windproof
Ultra lightweight and windproof ripstop fabric
Zip guard and storm flap with two layers of main body fabric bonded and laser cut 
Back mesh panel 
Reflective trims on shoulders and rear 
Elasticated armhole, rear neck and hem 
Rear Pocket Access
 
Construction
Polyester 100%
 
Fabrics & Technologies
YKK® 

 

 
Endura Cycling Apparel will be available for purchase December 12th!
Take a look at the Thermo Roubaix Glove- Breathable Warmth for your Hands!
Full finger glove offering breathable warmth in Teflon® coated Thermolite® fabric
 
Thermolite® with High Performance Repel TEFLON® fabric protector for ultimate weather comfort with durable water repellency
Terry sweat wipes
Silicone finger and palm prints for grip
High strapless cuff to fit under jacket sleeves
 
Construction
Nylon 70%
Polyester 15%
Elastane 10%
PU 5%
 
Fabrics & Technologies
Thermolite®   

 

 
Endura Cycling Apparel will be available for purchase December 12th!
Take a look at the Women's Roubaix Jacket- Versatile Insulation.
Versatile jacket in durable insulating Roubaix fleece & athletic fit
 
Insulating durable roubaix fleece
Athletic fit
Full front zipper with sprung puller 
Triple rear pockets 
Zipped rear security pocket 
Discreet reflective trim 
 
Construction
Polyester 84%
Elastane 16%
 
Fabrics & Technologies
YKK®  

 

 
This week we will be running 50% OFF SPECIALS on our SNOWBOARD PACKAGES! You will have to come in store to take advantage of these great deals! We have a limited selection of boots, bindings, and boards. So, make sure you come by before we are all sold out.
 
Don't forget that we also have a skilled and experienced mechanic who has been with us for over 12 years. Bring your boards and skis by for a tune up before you start hitting the slopes.
 
If you don't quite have the background in winter sports, you can always get a rental from Cook's. Feel free to call or stop by for more information!
 
Cook's Ski/Snowboards Rental Rates
 
1402 Willow Ln 
North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
 
Snowboards-
Weekdays $25.00 a Day
Weekends- $35.00 a Day
Skis-
Weekdays $20.00 a Day
Weekends $25.00 a Day
 
Helmets, bibs, gloves- $5.00 Each
 
*Must have a valid ID
 
Feel Free to Call 336-667-4121
For more information

 

 
Kerr Scott has three main trail systems: Dark Mountain, Overmountain Victory Trail, and Warrior Creek, and shorter trails either looping or connecting to those main veins. Most riders park at any of the main trailheads for shorter rides, or set up a shuttle to incorporate more trails (like the full Epic route described below). All three trail systems have their own character, and riding the Epic route will take you through the best of each. 
 
Warrior Creek is among the most progressively-built trails at Kerr Scott. Being the third trail system to be completed at Kerr Scott (after Dark Mountain and OVT), it represents the evolution of over ten years of purpose-built MTB trailbuilding. "The OVT on steroids," BMCC Trail Boss, Jim Horton, has said of Warrior Creek. 
 
Warrior Creek's length is a big difference from other trails here. Combined with a section of the OVT at Warrior, it is usually completed with a 13-mile commitment. 
 
Along the way there are rock gardens, bridges, tons of in-sloped turns, and great lake views. Often it's more than JUST BERMS; Warrior creek also contains several "super-stacks" of berms and banked turns that are likely to provide the most memorable part of your ride. 
 
For those seeking even more mileage, Warrior Creek can be combined with other out and back opportunities on the OVT at Warrior Creek or the Black-Diamond rated Headwaters Loop. Be sure to see the the Kerr Scott - IMBA Epic Featured Ride for more details on Warrior Creek and connecting to it from other trails.
 
Interested in trying out this trail and not sure what bike is the best fit, then stop by Cook's and Speak with Roy and Tyler. They will set you up on the perfect rental bike. When you know what bike you love, your rental fee will even be reimbursed upon a bike purchase within two weeks of the rental.
 
https://www.cookssports.com/info/rentals

 

 
Kerr Scott has three main trail systems: Dark Mountain, Overmountain Victory Trail, and Warrior Creek, and shorter trails either looping or connecting to those main veins. Most riders park at any of the main trailheads for shorter rides, or set up a shuttle to incorporate more trails (like the full Epic route described below). All three trail systems have their own character, and riding the Epic route will take you through the best of each. 
 
You’ll be smiling happily as you roll through the woods on this masterpiece. The Overmountain Victory Trail, or "OVT," is part of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, and was the second of the trail systems constructed at Kerr Scott. 
 
Designed as an out-and-back, OVT can be accessed from several locations, but rides typically start from the trailhead at the W. Kerr Scott Visitors Assistance Center. This section of the OVT ends at Bandit’s Roost Campground, and one-way mileage is ~6 miles to that terminus. Shiner’s Run (2.5 mi.) and Berry Mountain Trail (2 mi.) can also be ridden in either direction, so mileage can be increased with that option. Road crossings that service the Wilkes Skyline Marina and Berry Mountain Park offer great turnaround and regroup locations. 
 
The OVT is the least difficult of the trails currently at Kerr Scott, and is the best place for visitors unsure about where to start. Compared to Warrior Creek and Dark Mountain, there is less technical riding; climbs/descents are shorter, and the overall elevation gain is also slighter. It has some of the most enjoyable singletrack of all though, so don’t miss it!
 
Interested in trying out this trail and not sure what bike is the best fit, then stop by Cook's and Speak with Roy and Tyler. They will set you up on the perfect rental bike. When you know what bike you love, your rental fee will even be reimbursed upon a bike purchase within two weeks of the rental.
 
https://www.cookssports.com/info/rentals

 

 
Kerr Scott has three main trail systems: Dark Mountain, Overmountain Victory Trail, and Warrior Creek, and shorter trails either looping or connecting to those main veins. Most riders park at any of the main trailheads for shorter rides, or set up a shuttle to incorporate more trails (like the full Epic route described below). All three trail systems have their own character, and riding the Epic route will take you through the best of each. 
 
Dark Mountain is the oldest of all the trail systems at the lake, and was designated a National Recreation Trail in 2005. 
 
There are several numbered and named small loops at Dark Mountain, all intersecting with a 2-track "Core" trail which goes through the whole system. Follow the BLUE arrows for the all-encompassing route (mapped here), including the "Snake" and "Lake" loops that each contain a solid climb and descent. 
 
From the trailhead, the climb up the entrance trail takes you through the first-built trails at the lake. After about a mile, you'll get through a very rooty section and begin a descent that winds down "The Snake" to another section of Fish Dam Creek waterway. Enjoy it, because as soon as you see the stream, you'll be begin a sustained 1 mile climb out. 
 
After about 3-4 miles in, the trail begins the 200 foot descent of the "Lake Loop." A fantastic finale awaits after the climb back to the top of Dark Mountain, the exit trail. This section has hosted Downhill and Super-D events, and contains optional lines with big banked turns and jumps.
 
Interested in trying out this trail and not sure what bike is the best fit, then stop by Cook's and Speak with Roy and Tyler. They will set you up on the perfect rental bike. When you know what bike you love, your rental fee will even be reimbursed upon a bike purchase within two weeks of the rental.
 
https://www.cookssports.com/info/rentals
 

 
The only thing between you and the ground are your tires. It is a good habit to routinely check for pressure as well as cracks, cuts, and signs of dry rot. When you need replacements, come to Cook's. We have youth to adult sizes available, and if we don't happen to have what you need in stock, we can special order for you.
 
https://www.cookssports.com/store/cat/OUTDO/CYCLIN/INFLAT/OUTDOOR/Cycling/Inflation

 

 
Push and Pull
When you're clipped into the pedals, you take advantage of both the up and down portion of the stroke. Pushing down primarily activates your quadriceps at the front of the thighs. You have other strong lower-body muscles, namely your hamstrings at the back of the thighs and the gluteus maximus, that aren't maximally activated if you wear regular athletic shoes. By clipping into the pedals with cycling shoes you can pull up as you push down to generate more power. When you activate the fronts and backs of the thighs, you also promote muscle balance and prevent overdevelopment of the quadriceps.
 
https://www.cookssports.com/store/cat/OUTDO/CYCLIN/APPARE/OUTDOOR/Cycling/Apparel

 

 
HELMET
Helmet Fit
To find the right size helmet, put one on your head without fastening the straps.
The front of the helmet should be level and two-fingers width above your eyebrows.
Shake your head from side to side: There should only be a little movement.
 
Helmet Adjustment
The side straps should come to a point just below your ears - move the small tabs on the side of these straps up or down until they are a half an inch or less under your ear lobe.
The chin strap should be about half an inch below your chin when your mouth is closed.
Wearing a bike helmet with loose straps is the same as not wearing a bike helmet at all.
 
https://www.cookssports.com/istar.asp?a=29&dept=OUTDO&class=CYCLIN&subclass=ACCESS&group=HELMETS

 

 
Eat Predictably
“Never eat anything new on race day,” says cross-country pro Heather Irmiger. “If you eat a bowl of cereal every morning, stick with it. experiment on training days.”
 
https://cookssports.com/istar.asp?a=29&dept=OUTDO&class=CYCLIN&subclass=ACCESS&group=FOOD

 

 
Shift Like Butter
Anticipation is the key to proper shifting, says Frankie Andreu. "To make the transition smoother, try to change gears just before you really need to." Tom Zirbel recommends shifting at the dead spot of your pedal stroke, when your feet are at 12 and 6 o’clock. "The less pressure you put on the pedals," he says, "the more reliable your derailleurs will be."

 

 
Find the Right Saddle Height
“Lean against a wall, sit on the saddle, then hang both feet straight down,” says Todd Carver of the bike-fitting company Retül. "If your saddle height is correct, your heel should just graze the pedal at the bottom of the pedal stroke." If you have pain in the front of your knees after the first few rides, your saddle is probably too low. If you feel pain in the back of the knee, drop the saddle a little.
 
https://cookssports.com/istar.asp?a=29&dept=OUTDO&class=CYCLIN&subclass=ACCESS&group=SADDLE

 

 
Stop Stressing Over Flats
Don’t wait until you’re on the road to hone your flat-changing skills, says Lennard Zinn, author of Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance. "Practice changing a tire in the comfort of your garage using the same pump and tools you carry on your ride, and you’ll be less worried about getting a flat far from home."
 
 

 
Stay Fresh
Ride new roads once in a while, says Tom Zirbel of Optum Pro Cycling: "Bust out a map and explore. The variety will help you stay engaged and may lead to some exciting new discoveries."
 
Click here to dowload additional info on the Wilkes County Bike Routes.
 

After a rough, muddy, or gritty ride, don't be tempted to leave you bike sitting covered in muck. Make sure you clean your bike as soon as you are done, this will make clean up so much easier, as that dirt and grime is still wet and will wash off right away. Don't forget to dry those moving parts with a towel, and lube your chain. Doing this now will take maybe ten minutes, compared to thirty later on.

 
Now that you and your favorite bike are covered in muck from that fun and filthy ride, you realize you don't have any cleaing supplies. Just make a quick stop to Cook's and grab what you need from our Finish Line Cleaning products, or visit our website at 
 
https://www.cookssports.com/istar.asp?a=29&dept=OUTDO&class=CYCLIN&subclass=ACCESS&group=CLEANER
 

 
We know you love rides in the summer, but there are always those sudden showers. It is important to think about safety and to remember how the road surface can change with the addition of rainwater. It is important to be cautious for the first 10 minutes of those sudden showers. It is in those first few minutes that the oil and dust float to the pavements surface and hasn't had the chance to wash away. Also, the painted road lines and steel surfaces(manhole covers, grates, railroad tracks, bridge decks, and expansion joints) get slippery instantly and stay that way until they are completely dry.
 
If you happen to be on the greenway and need to take shelter, stop in Cook's and take a look at our extensive collection of bicycling accessories, or visit our website at 
 
https://www.cookssports.com/store/cat/SPTGD/ACCESS/HYDRAT/SPORTING+GOODS/ACCESSORIES%2C+SPORTS/HYDRATION+SYSTEMS

 

 
 
With this constant warm sunny weather, we know you can’t resist riding your bike. With excess riding, comes excess persperation. A rider needs to be sure to stay hydrated. A good bottle of water before, during, and after a ride is key to healthy, happy ride. It is important to replace roughly 75% of the lost fluids due to your exercise. Each person has their own rate of persperation and it is important to pay attention to your body. The right hydration will fuel you best for your favorite pastime. 
 
For a convenient water bottle, water bottle cage, Camelbak packs, and other hydration accessories, be sure to stop by our biking department at Cook's, or visit our website at 
 
https://www.cookssports.com/store/cat/SPTGD/ACCESS/HYDRAT/SPORTING+GOODS/ACCESSORIES%2C+SPORTS/HYDRATION+SYSTEMS