Winter has set deeply into the Inland Northwest. While there are some who have the gear and fortitude to brave the snow and ice on the streets and trails, myself and others are heading over to Coeur d’Alene Bike Company to join their free indoor rides. Every Wednesday evening (5:30 – 7 p.m.) and Saturday (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) through March you can drop in with your bike and trainer and take a ride removed from the inclement weather, as well as the typical gym vibe. Their rides feature a 115” projector screen, Saturday morning coffee and Wednesday night beers at Slate Creek Brewing Co. with fellow riders. “We can’t allow the weather to turn us into hermits in the winter months,” says Alex Castagno, co-owner of Coeur d’Alene Bike Company with Chris Caro. “These rides give us the opportunity to continue to get together with friends and meet new friends in the outdoor community.”

Just like the summer weekly no-drop and mountain bike rides the shop organizes, the indoor rides are for multiple skill levels and bike styles. Trainer rentals are available, but limited. Go to the Indoor Trainer Rides event on their Facebook page for more info and updates. Cdabikeco.com.