The Benefits Of Bicycle Trailers For Children And Parents

The Benefits Of Bicycle Trailers For Children And Parents

Getting yourself a bicycle trailer is a great idea if you have a baby because a bicycle trailer can serve many functions.
If you’re a parent, you should seriously consider getting bike trailers to make your life much easier. A bike trailer not only helps you to travel around the town with your baby but there are many other advantages that make it an essential buy for parents.
If you are looking forward to spend more time with your baby, there are not many things like a bicycle trailer that can help you with this. It doesn’t matter whether you’re going on a picnic or shopping around, you can effortlessly take your baby alone with you. This is a great flexibility and in the past, such innovative ideas were rare. Since a bicycle trailer is attached to your bike, you don’t have to take the pain of carrying your baby.
Now you can reach places easier than ever, thanks to the increased speed of your bike. Once the bike trailer is attached with your bicycle, there is nothing much for you to worry about. However, it’s important to buy your bicycle trailer from a highly regarded manufacturer as the quality of your trailer is significantly important. If you’re not using a very good trailer for your traveling purposes, there are many issues that you may encounter.
The best strollers have an adequate seating position for your baby, preferably a laid back posture so that your baby won’t put too much strain on his/her spinal cord. The bicycle trailer should have locks to keep your baby secured tightly but comfortably to the seat. If you ever have to brake quickly, nothing should happen to your toddler. Moreover, the comfort offered by different bike strollers varies.
There are some manufacturers whose products can’t be used when your baby is growing up, believe me, babies grow up really fast. An ideal bicycle trailer must be capable of accommodating your baby for a long time, despite his/her increased size. It’s also important to keep in mind that your baby should get maximum comfort in the trailer.
If you buy your bicycle trailer from a reputable manufacturer, you can expect it to have the best in class wheels. These wheels offer great impact protection and much better traction on the road, it is essential for the safety of your baby. The seating position is another important factor and the best posture can be found on products coming from good manufacturers.
You can use bicycle strollers for occasional grocery shopping and other functionalities. There are some baby strollers that come with a dual seating setup. This is a great idea for those who want some extra space to carry their stuff while traveling with their baby. These are just a few benefits of owning a bicycle trailer but you can find many more advantages for them. A bicycle trailer is the essential accessory that can dramatically change your parenting lifestyle and bring joy and happiness to your life!

Life is like a 21 speed bicycle-gears we never use

Life is like a 21 speed bicycle-gears we never use

‘Life/Business is like a 21 speed bicycle-most of us have gears we never use’
Having just watched the Tour de France in Paris, I was reminded of the time I cycled over the Andes a few years ago….and an article I wrote then which is just as relevant today.
In preparation for on an unsupported cycle adventure over the Andes, I needed a better bike if I was to have any chance at all of completing the trip. After all, it had been a number of years since I’d cycled and the three gears on my old bike were unlikely to give me the technological advantage I’d need. And, I knew, that on the other side of forty, I’d need all the help I could get!
Walking into a local cycle shop, a young salesman asked if he could help.
“What would you recommend for a middle aged woman wanting to cycle over the Andes?” I asked.
“Well, why don’t you bring her in and we can see what we can do”, he replied with a wry smile.
This guy was either very good at customer service or a con man. I discovered it was the former as he patiently explained the various product options and I eventually decided on a custom made, hot pink, twenty one speed model.
With the best technology available, we now needed to start the logistical preparation for a trip which was definitely outside my normal comfort zone. As plans slowly fell into place with my six fellow travelers, it became evident that there were many similarities with the business challenges some of us were facing at the time.
First, we had set ourselves a goal, which at times seemed to be a rather unattainable one of ascending over 17,000 feet from Argentina to the border of Chile and then heading downhill from the summit to the Pacific Ocean, over 800 kilometers away.
A quick look at the map provided a preliminary plan; one which admittedly seemed somewhat daunting until the overall project was broken down into manageable chunks; estimating how much ground could reasonably be covered each day, planning evening stops and making allowances for inclines and questionable road conditions. A buffer of a few days was allowed for contingencies such as poor weather or breakdowns.
After obtaining visas and security clearances, it was now time for the physical preparation. In fact, in some ways, we’d inadvertently started those preparations when we first learned to ride a bike, all those years ago. And, although most of us hadn’t cycled a great deal since, the basic skills, like many we humans possess, lay dormant and it was no longer necessary to get out the training wheels. We just had to get out of our comfort zone.
Still, we knew that our aging muscles would have to be eased into a training regime rather gently so started with easy rides on a cycle path, without the hazard of cars. Over a period of months, we had set a schedule of increasingly long and more difficult rides, progressing to hills and out on the road in preparation for riding in Buenos Aires traffic (although nothing could have adequately prepared us for that!) With only a few weeks to go, we had added to the load by putting telephone books in our saddle bags to condition ourselves to the extra weight. Just like a business plan, we needed to walk before we could run.
Occasionally, in bad weather, we’d get on stationary bikes at the gym but that seemed less motivating as we were busy pedaling and going nowhere and it was harder to keep motivated without actually feeling you were making some progress. Sometimes it seemed that way as well in my newly formed business! And, I occasionally wondered if I should maybe have a partner, like a partner on a tandem bike but decided I didn’t want to risk the equivalent of doing all the pedaling at the front, while someone coasted pleasantly behind.
As the weeks and months rolled on, I pleasantly surprised myself with increased fitness levels and the enjoyment from cycling with a couple of friends; the best part being a stop at the end for cappuccinos and some tasty treat. Likewise, on a business journey, it’s also important to set little rewards for oneself along the way. This is especially true when you feel you’re constantly pedaling uphill or into a headwind.
Like most people starting a new business, we’d had a few disagreements leading up to our departure but these were now behind us as we set off to the airport full of unbridled enthusiasm.
Confidence waned when our bikes arrived damaged and our leader left his passport and rear saddle bags behind on the very first day. Our tires and spirits were both flat but we hadn’t come this far to give in easily. He seemed unworried and cheerfully said that there was no use worrying about something he couldn’t do anything about so he’d make the most of what he did have. Another good lesson.
After nine hours of an uphill battle against gale force winds, we wondered if we’d made a serious mistake but as we hadn’t seen a single vehicle in that entire time, there was no choice but continue to our evening’s destination. If we stopped pedaling, we’d fall over. Arriving sore and dirty, we wondered if we should have trained more rigorously in the first place; and don’t we often wonder that about many everyday projects as well. It was also one of those moments when you wished you were at home in your own comfortable everyday environment, but yet knew, when you were there, you’d have been wishing you were off on an exciting adventure! I consoled myself that I was glad I was healthy enough to be able to experience this much temporary pain, through choice!
The next day or two seemed easier and as we worked more as a team, gaining some relief from the winds, by riding close together in other’s slipstream, with the front rider providing some protection from the fierce environmental conditions, over which we had no control. So too, in the economic environments we often find ourselves in but solid partnerships can there, too, provide some buffer during particularly bleak times. When we encountered 80 mile per hour head winds and snow, our goal seemed impossible. But, through persistence, we found ourselves, a few days later, at the border of Argentina and Chile at the top of the summit pass.
“Why would anyone in their right mind want to cycle over the Andes anyway?”, you might ask.
Customs officials must have thought the same thing and body searched us for drugs, as they were convinced we ‘loco gringos” (crazy foreigners) had to be on them! But the rush we felt as we started heading downhill was a natural high, as we easily covered twice the daily distances than on the ascent, now taking time to stop and enjoy the magnificent scenery.
So too, many people think others with innovative ideas are crazy-until the ideas work! We’d done it. We’d stepped outside our comfort zones and tested our own limits. As we philosophized, while dwarfed by magnificent mountains, we couldn’t help but be reminded that we were all only part of a much bigger picture and often lost perspective about minor roadblocks in our way. One of my friends, who was having hassles within the large organization where she worked, commented:
“Well, I got my rear into gear and if I can endure the discomfort of a sore backside while cycling over the Andes, I can easily cope with the people at work who are a pain in the _____.!”
There would be no more back pedaling for her and the brakes were well and truly off as she returned to embark on a new mid life career with renewed vigor.
So, how do ordinary, middle aged people cycle over the Andes? Exactly, the same way we should all approach challenges in our everyday life-one pedal at a time; one step at a time; one distance at a time as we set higher challenges for ourselves than anyone else would. And, always remember that:
“Life is like a 21 speed bicycle-most of us have gears we never use”

Bird Tracker on Bicycle: Dorian Anderson

Bird Tracker on Bicycle: Dorian Anderson

By Frosty Wooldridge
“Have you ever observed a humming-bird moving about in an aerial dance among the flowers – a living prismatic gem…. it is a creature of such fairy-like loveliness as to mock all description.” ~W.H. Hudson, Green Mansions
Individual passions glide on America’s highways in different forms. Some folks pursue their quests of visiting all National Parks within a summer. Others carry kayaks to challenge rivers from Maine to Oregon. Still others climb mountains in pursuit of their Holy Grail. Fly-fishermen-women pursue that speckled trout in high mountain streams. Somewhere out there on the roads that crisscross the planet, an adventure-seeker pursues his or her individual dream with an exceptional sense of determination.
When you meet them, they look normal, they seem normal and they may act normal. That’s where normal ends! Those “outliers” carry a nonstandard, burning passion within them that surpasses normal imagination.
Last week, one such individual graced our door in Golden, Colorado. Talk about high energy! New York City could harness his high-voltage life to their power grid to run it for a full year.
Dorian Anderson, lean, black-haired, brilliant smile and replete with a vigorous personality, set out on January 1, 2014 on a cold snowy day in Boston, Massachusetts to bicycle 15,000 miles around America in search of every bird species in the lower 48 states. He called his quest “The Big Year” which allows him to seek out and photograph as many of the more than 700 species of birds thriving in America.
After Stanford, he attended New York University where he completed a Ph.D. in Developmental Genetics. He studied how cells in the early embryo polarize and how this polarization event functions to control subsequent morphogenetic movements during gastrulation. Ironically, it was in the most urban of environments that his birding interest became obsessive.
After NYU, he accepted a post-doctoral position at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston to investigate the molecular mechanisms that control neural plasticity.
Visit his website: bikingforbirds.blogspot.com
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He offers brilliant bird photographs from his bicycle pursuit of our fine-feathered friends. His daily updates relive his adventures in bird-watching.
Since we are members of www.warmshowers.org, Dorian picked us out as hosts after he climbed Guanella Pass and summited 14,100 foot Mt. Bierstadt on the Continental Divide. At that altitude, he captured a ptarmigan at 13,500 feet. At 8,000 miles into the journey, he registered that bird as number 488 on his list.
He rolled into our house in the evening for a hot shower, conversation and bed.
Next morning, we bicycled up to the top of Bergan Park, near my house, to seek out a specific dead tree that housed a family of Williamson Sapsuckers. We heard the hungry brood calling out to their parents for more food. Within minutes, a beautiful male appeared carrying grubs in his beak. He sported black back feathers, yellow/white underbelly and red tuft on his neck. His leg feathers looked like an Indy 500 finishing flag.
Anderson pulled out his 200 mm camera lens for the perfect shot. Later, the mother sapsucker appeared with another beak-full of grubs. Andersons registered a Williamson’s Sapsucker at number 489.
As I sat there with this bird-watching enthusiast, I felt his reverence for the natural world. He spoke about preserving birds, butterflies and all living creatures.
Anderson said, “I read about folks who spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to fly to places where a particular bird has been spotted. One fellow flew 200,000 miles during his “Big Year” to gather as many sightings as possible. I would like to see bird-watchers and all Americans avoid expelling so much carbon exhaust into the biosphere. That’s why I came up with the idea of bicycling around America to find all these bird species and not pollute the planet.”
Why take such an enormous trip?
“During a “Big Year”, a birdwatcher attempts to see or hear as many bird species as (s)he can in North America in one calendar year,” said Anderson. “This endeavor begins on January 1st and, depending on the level of commitment, can require the birder to visit all corners of the continent during the subsequent 364 days. The most ambitious Big Years typically record between 700 and 745 species of birds while logging well in excess of 100,000 miles of plane, car, and boat travel.
“Biking for Birds is my completely crazy and hopefully fantastic twist on the traditional North American Big Year. During 2014, I will travel only by bike, foot, and kayak as I move about the continent in search of birds. My movements will be unaided by petroleum, natural gas and electricity. I will not have a support vehicle; everything I need will be carried on my person and my bicycle. This Big Year permutation will certainly add an unprecedented level of adventure to the endeavor, and it should set a new standard for environmentally sustainable travel.
“The immediate goals of this endeavor are three-fold. First, I want to find as many bird species as possible. If I can complete the proposed route, I should find between 550 and 600 species. I hope my efforts to achieve this goal will promote heightened interest in birds, bird watching, and bird conservation. Second, I hope “Biking For Birds” will showcase the bicycle as a healthy and environmentally sustainable form of transportation. Third, I have partnered with both The Conservation Fund and the American Birding Association. and I hope to raise $100,000 (or more!) on behalf of these organizations that focus on land conservation and promotion of bird-watching.”
After spotting and photographing the sapsucker, I felt an enormous sense of adventure with Dorian Anderson. He elevated my appreciation for our fine-feathered co-travelers on planet Earth.
When you visit his site, you may enjoy lively adventure chatter, brilliant bird photography and a place to send your donations to The Conservation Fund and American Birding Association.
Later in the day, we visited Buffalo Bill’s Grave. Soon after, we traveled on our loaded touring bikes down the fabled “Lariat Loop” on Lookout Mountain into Golden, Colorado. After lunch at a sandwich shop, Dorian headed north on Route 93 toward Boulder.
He waved, “Live well my friend.”
“May the birds be with you,” I said. “Thanks for the memories.”
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Sex – Learning to Ride a Bicycle

Sex – Learning to Ride a Bicycle

Why is sex like learning to ride a bicycle? Well, do you know how to ride a bicycle? Not the four-wheeled type. The two-wheel ones (one front, one back) upon which the rider needs to be balanced.
If yes, how long did it take you to learn to ride one? While you were learning how to ride the bicycle, did you fall? Did you feel like giving up? Was there anybody who helped, supported or encouraged you?
My younger sister and I were given a two-wheeled bicycle when we were in primary school. Our parents were both working and did not usually have much time for us. Between the two of us, we decided to support each other and learn to ride it ourselves. Every Saturday afternoon, after returning home from our extra-curricular activities (then known as ECA), we would bring the bicycle downstairs in the lift. One of us would mount the bike and attempt to keep our balance before tentatively pushing off on the pedal, whilst the other tried desperately to support. We would take turns at it until one of us gave up for the day.
It was scary, to say the least, because I knew if I fell, I could be held responsible for damaging the bicycle and/or hurting my sister. We had no clue if we were ‘learning’ correctly. Yet we would struggle week after week.
The holidays arrived. Even though we were frustrated with the lack of progress as we entered our third month of trying to learn, I asked my sister if we should try to practice more often that week. She agreed. Something amazing happened that day. At the end of the practice, we both admitted that we seemed to be balancing ‘a bit’ better. Encouraged, we decided to try again a few days later.
That fateful day, my sister was the one who got the hang of it first. She gave me the tip: “Step hard (on the pedal) and then move the handle (handlebars) to balance.” Jealous of her success, I gave it my best effort, completely forgetting my fear of falling. And that was the day we both learnt to cycle.
What changed that week? And what does this little personal story have to do with sex?
When we practiced only once a week, between each session our bodies were in fact ‘forgetting’ the motor skills of balancing required to ride the bicycle, and we were only relearning what we had learned the week before. The week we practiced twice was the same week we reported the most progress.
I use this personal story often. I encourage my clients to do their home assignments often – certain exercises on a daily basis – because that is the fastest and most effective way their bodies will learn and help them to overcome their sexual inhibition.
Even if they were caught up with life and work and failed to do the exercises everyday as instructed, hopefully, they would have done it often enough for progress. The ones who listened and followed instructions diligently reported the greatest progress.
Indeed, once you know how to ride a bicycle, you will never forget.

How Long Do Motorcycle Helmets Last And How To Maximize Your Motorcycle Helmet Safety

How Long Do Motorcycle Helmets Last And How To Maximize Your Motorcycle Helmet Safety

According to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and the Snell Memorial Foundation, motorcycle helmets should be replaced every five years. Motorcycle Helmets generally have four elements: a hard outer shell, an impact-absorbing liner, retaining system and comfort padding. The outer shell and liner operate by spreading the energy of an impact to reduce the amount of energy transmitted to the wearer’s brain.

The length of time that a helmet is viable was determined by a consensus between the DOT Helmet manufacturers and the Snell Foundation. Hair oils, body fluids, environmental situations and normal wear and tear may cause a deterioration in performance. The Snell Foundation also advises that protective advances in the helmet technology also changes within five-year periods. Any DOT helmet that was involved in an accident should be replaced immediately, as some or all of its shock absorption qualities may have been used. Older DOT helmets, though they may appear to be in good shape, may have worn or frayed chin straps or hidden cracks.

If your motorcycle helmet is dropped, in most cases, your helmet is still good. Most manufacturers offer an inspection service and may, at their discretion, repair the helmet. The Snell Foundation recommends that if you suspect your DOT helmet is compromised, then replace it. If the helmet has been involved in an impact while in use, replace it.

Don’t buy a used motorcycle helmet it can compromise motorcycle helmet safety in a number of ways. First, you won’t know whether it’s been in a prior accident. If it has, chances are that the cushiony polystyrene layer inside that is designed to absorb the shock of an impact has already been compressed. This will make it worthless in protecting you in an accident. Also, age and exposure to certain elements can make the polystyrene lose its elasticity and become brittle, reducing the amount of protection it provides. Avoid excessive exposure to the sun. If you ride a motorcycle, chances are pretty high that your DOT helmet will be exposed to sunlight. But, you can extend the life of your helmet and maximize motorcycle helmet safety by parking in the shade and storing the helmet out of the sun when not in use. Sunlight damages polystyrene, causing it to wear and become brittle over time.

Avoid excessive exposure to gas fumes and other chemicals. Gas vapours are particularly harmful to polystyrene. Avoid hanging your DOT helmet near the gas tank. To maximize motorcycle helmet safety, also avoid storing it in a garage or other area where it will regularly be exposed to concentrated gas fumes and emissions. Avoid pointed or sharp objects. This seems obvious, but make sure you don’t hang your helmet on pointed hooks or antennae that could pierce the inner polystyrene layer.

Perhaps the most important motorcycle helmet safety step is to replace your DOT helmet at least every 5 years. Even if you take every possible step to extend the life of the helmet, the inner polystyrene layer will brittle with age, providing you with less protection the older it gets.

Know The Re-sale Value Before You Buy That New Motorcycle.

Know The Re-sale Value Before You Buy That New Motorcycle.

You should known exactly what the resale value of that new motorcycle is before you buy it. Out side of rider compatibility, resale value is probably the most important aspect in buying a new motorcycle. The reason for this is that when the time comes to trade your motorcycle for a new one, you will want to know that you will get what your motorcycle is worth, and you will not owe anything that will be tacked on to the end of your next motorcycle financing. I can assure you that in most cases you will not get what you think your motorcycle trade in is worth. An example of this is, I bought a new Honda VTX 1300S in 2005, and in 2007 I wanted to trade up for a new Yamaha Raider.

I went back to the Motor Sport dealer that I bought my VTX from in hopes of getting a great trade in offer. Even though I had purchased my motorcycle from them, the best the dealer could do was giving me $4800.00 trade in for my used motorcycle. I stilled owed roughly $6500.00 on the VTX, so I would have had to tack the difference on to the end of my financing for the new Yamaha Raider to pay off my Honda VTX or pay the difference out of pocket. I did have one other option though, and that was to sell the Honda my self to get what the bike was worth. The option to sell my Honda out right was the best way for me to get the best return and assure that I could pay off my motorcycle before I financed the new Raider. However, with all of the special incentives and deals on new motorcycles offered by the dealer, trying to sell my used VTX was easier said then done.

I parked the VTX in the parking lot next to my house with a for sale sign on it. The road was busy with a lot of traffic. I did get an occasional passerby to stop and look at it but no calls or offers came in at all. Next, I put an ad in my local newspaper. It was not that pricey, but it wasn’t cheep either. I ran my ad for a couple of weeks and didn’t even get one call. Roadrunner has a classified advertisement section; so I placed an ad there as well, still not luck. I was just about to give up and go back to the dealer, take my losses and get my new Yamaha when I decided to try one more thing. I went to Google and I did a search for used motorcycles. I was amazed at how many used motorcycle auction portals and classified websites there are on the Internet. I did a bit of investigating and found a couple of motorcycle-classified webpage’s that looked promising. I was a little surprised they really weren’t very expensive at all. I placed an ad with a photo, price, and contact information and in just a few days, I started to get interested callers. I did finally sell my Honda VTX 1300S and I did buy the Yamaha Raider. I could have saved my self a lot of work and worry if I had done my homework, shopped around and bought a motorcycle with a better resale value. However, since I didn’t , selling my used motorcycle my self and getting the retail price for it was the best option.

If you are like me, you probably want to get as much out of the sale of your motorcycle as you can. The first thing you need to know is what your used motorcycle is worth. You should go on line to the Kelly Blue Book webpage and look in the motorcycle section. You could also go to the NADA guides on line, again go to the motorcycle section and look up your motorcycles make, model and year, and get the retail value. You can also find out the trade in value of your motorcycle just in case you do decide to trade it in. Once you know how much to ask for your used motorcycle, take a little time before you start to advertise and do a bit of investigating. Look for local publications, newspapers, and web page classifieds where you might be able to place an advertisement.

Compile a list of these classified sources. Find out how much it will cost to place an ad in each one. Find out if they have any testimonials or if you can contact some one that has posted an advertisement in their classifieds and made their sale. If you find a good news publication or webpage classified that has a great record of selling motorcycles then the chances are good that you will sell your motorcycle as well. Once you find where to place your motorcycle for sale ad, you will need just a few things to get the best bang for your buck. First, you need to think about and write down what you want to say in your ad. “Motorcycle for Sale” just will not work in today’s highly completive used motorcycle market.

If you’re selling a vintage lime green 1999 Yamaha Virago that only has 2500 miles on it and was once owned by the Madonna, then you need to say so. The more descriptive you are in your advertisement the better chance you have of some one looking for what you have to sell. The next thing you want to have is a nice clean and clear photo or photos of the motorcycle. Some times a description is not enough. Even if your description tells everything there is to know about your used bike.

I am sure you have heard a picture is worth a thousand words. Well it is true. Suppose some one is looking for that lime green 1999 Yamaha Virago once owned by Madonna, they have seen it in a magazine or on a news show. They know that there is such a bike, but is the one you have, that bike? If you have photos of the bike, they would recognize it as the same bike that they have been looking for and would more then likely buy it.Ok you have your price, description and your photos. You will need one more thing to get your used motorcycle sold. In my opinion, it is the most important thing you need to put in your advertisement. Can you guess what it is? It is your contact information. With out that no amount of descriptive poetry, colorful photography or reduced price will make the sale.

If someone does not know how to get in contact with you, your bike will never sell and you will never get the new motorcycle of your dreams. Take it from me. I have tried both print media classifieds as well as online classifieds to sell my motorcycle and in my opinion, the cheapest, easiest and quickest way to sell your used motorcycle and get the price you are asking is to sell it online. I’m out of here. I am going riding…

Electric Bicycles UK: Viking Freedom Review

Electric Bicycles UK: Viking Freedom Review

Electric bikes are commended by a whole lot of people. An ecologically conscious manner of transportation, substantially more people are deciding on electric bicycles. UK cyclists are offered lots of options along with a great variation of costs, therefore, electric bicycles are really budget-friendly. A whole lot of us know the extent that human deeds shape the frail environment in which we live. If you are among them, then you really need think about looking at a electrics bikes. A great way stay true to your eco-friendly lifestyle! Coming up are details concerning an electric bike that offers every one of the major elements and actions. Read on to learn about the Viking Freedom electric bike.

Electric Bicycles UK: Key Features of the Viking Freedom

The frame is the hub of the Viking electric bike. Riders in the UK will surely appreciate the fact that it is created from accurately hand-made TIG welded 6061 aluminium. The frame is easy to fold and features a low step over. The forks on the bicycle are made out of high-tensile-steel for more robustness where it’s needed the worst. It features top gearing such as the Shimano 6 Speed TX31, a Shimano 6 speed free-wheel, and a Shimano SL –RS35 6 speed Revoshift gear lever. A single chain set with a 44 tooth chain ring comes along with the gearing It has alloy wheels that have a 20in diameter along with an alloy ranks which measure 152mm. It ordinarily features a built-in double chain ring chain-guard.

Electric Bicycles UK: Additional Information on the Viking Freedom

Features include silver-coloured rims with 36 holes, 13G UCP spokes, and alloy hubs. The bike’s tyres are lots of times not paid attention to. Not so with the Viking Freedom. It features low drag almost striped city-brand tyres. A bike’s braking system is equally important, and the Viking has alloy V brakes, along with alloy levers with the all-important reach adjustment. The Viking bicycle is incorporated with automatic motor shut off sensors. Zoom alloy metal stem and riser handlebars, as well as a 350mm chrome-plated seat post is onboard as well. A comfortable Vole saddle also is included on what’s sure to be a stand out amongst electric bikes. UK purchasers need to take a real good look at the Viking.

Electric Bicycles UK: Closing

The battery is the key feature of electric bikes. The Viking Freedom features a 26V 10Ah lithium-ion battery that operates a well-built rear mounted 250 watt brush-less hub-centred motor. The bike will run for about 7 hours before the battery requires recharging, giving up to a 30km range in the pedal-assisted mode. It sells for close to £640.00 which is a sensible price for an electric bike. This cost includes add-ons such as front and rear lights, plus mudguards. Finally, a state of the art controller manages and adjusts the level of motor assistance, so that you automatically receive extra assistance when climbing hills or cycling into the wind.

The Viking Freedom is a true winner in the category of premium electric bicycles. UK consumers will be happy with what they acquire, and will also surely commend happily commend them.

Advantages Of Wearing Motorcycle Helmets

Advantages Of Wearing Motorcycle Helmets

At high speeds, most motorbike crashes are fatal. However, with the right motorbike helmets, you can protect yourself as well as your passenger. Below are some reasons why you and your passenger should wear a motorcycle helmet.

Flying Objects – Insects, Birds, Dust – and Weather Elements
A riding helmet is important as it protects the eyes from dust and moving air, which can irritate and cause discomfort. This is dangerous because it can make you lose control and resulting in an accident, fatal or otherwise. Helmets will also protect you from stinging insects such as the African bee.

During a rain storm, a helmet will protect you from the downpour and improve your visibility in such conditions.

A helmet will help in maintaining your body’s core temperature when riding under icy conditions. The helmet will also protect your skin from sunburns when riding under sunny conditions.

Crush Safety
Unlike cars, motorbikes are not covered and this exposes you and your passenger to greater danger in case of an accident. Most motorcycle injuries affect the limbs and the skull.

Injuries to the skull are usually fatal, and it is better to protect yourself from such injuries than have to deal with them.

Motorcycle riding helmets have an inner liner and an outer shell. The inner lining is composed of EPS or expanded polystyrene while the outer shell is usually made of fibreglass or thermoplastics such as ABS.

The outer shell protects the skull from sharp objects and abrasion. The inner liner acts as an energy absorber and protects the ears from excessive noise.

Penalties
You and your passenger should wear bike helmets because wearing a helmet is a road safety requirement in most countries. Riding a motorcycle without a safety helmet is a crime punishable by law.

Other Advantages
You should also consider wearing a helmet because helmets are cool. Some of the helmets in the market are designer helmets. You can get a customized helmet designed to your specifications.

Motorcycle helmets are advantageous because there are available in various designs. You can choose between full face helmets, modular or flip-up helmets, off road or motocross helmets, open face or ¾ helmets, and half helmets.

How To Buy The Best Men’s Bicycle

How To Buy The Best Men’s Bicycle

If you are thinking of buying a men’s bicycle you might as well think of a good budget. You must settle for a good price if you want to get a good bicycle.

It would be good to do a test drive before purchasing the bicycle. Consider good features such as good handling and smooth shifting. If your man is with you, have him test it if it fits his size frame. It’s better to be sure than guessing and you could be wrong about it.

Check all other parts such as tires, brakes, pedals and other similar parts that are attached to make biking smooth and easy. It would be good if you are familiar with these things, if you are not then bring someone along with you to advise you.

Ask the salesperson which material would be good for a man. Bicycles made of aluminum are suited for short rides while those made from titanium or chromo are suited for longer rides.

If you are decisive on a mountain bike, choose well. Be ready to spend more than 700 dollars or more if you want one that is good for rough ride. This would mean that this bike could have all the good amenities you are looking for such as good brakes, pedals, good suspension and other similar important details.

Choose a good store where salespeople would be knowledgeable about their products. Be specific with what you like so they can give you their best opinions on which bicycle would be the one you are looking for. Then consider the top tube length which should make it easy for you to reach for the bicycle’s handle bars. Consider seat height which should be good if your knees are slightly bent comfortably and not fully extended. Look for quality frames and quality parts on the bicycle. Be ready to pay for quality and comfort for the bicycle you want to buy. Think of long term so it would be a good deal for you in the long run.

Buying the perfect men’s bicycle takes a bit of planning. You have to have a good budget for it. Then you have to know where to shop; avoid department stores and warehouses. You would have to look for specialty shops and you could go online for that. Then you may have to consider the purpose- is it for pleasure, rough rides, for exercise or something else? If you are serious about it and planning to take it as a sport, then you could aim for the bicycle that is purposely made for it.

If you have decided on these considerations, then you could have the perfect bicycle you want. Always consider value for your money, Buy a bicycle that perfectly suits your purpose and in a practical sense, your budget as well. Buying the perfect men’s bicycle can be a good investment so perhaps the money spent for it will be worth it.

Ten Things To Consider When Purchasing A New Motorcycle Helmet

Ten Things To Consider When Purchasing A New Motorcycle Helmet

Whether you are a new cyclist, getting your favorite rider a new helmet as a gift, or an experienced rider considering a change of headgear, there are a few basic issues to consider before you purchase your new motorcycle helmet.

1.) Does it pass the safety tests? – That snazzy new brain bucket may look good, but it’ll be of little use if it doesn’t meet certain safety standard regulations. The US Department of Transportation requires that all helmets meet certain standards, such as impact absorption, penetration prevention and strap stability. When a helmet is manufactured to meet these standards, the DOT puts a neat little sticker right on it (or the box) declaring so. A DOT certification should be the minimum standard to look for.

2.) Does it pass the roll off test? – Your helmet should not be so loose that you can roll it off the front of your head when it is properly fastened. To perform a roll-off test, secure the helmet to your head. Grasp the back of the helmet and try to pull it forward over your face. If it comes off, even though it hurts your ears in doing so, the helmet is not a proper fit or style for you.

3.) Does it stay put? – To check the fit on your helmet, as quickly as possible shake your head as if trying to touch your ear to your shoulder, from side to side as if saying a big “No” and from back to front touching your chin to your chest. If the helmet stays in place, it fits. If not, either look for another helmet, or see if there’s a way to make yours fit better. Many helmets come with advice for giving them a snug, safe fit. Your dealer may be able to help, too..

4.) Is it comfortable? – Now, some riders will tell you that there is no such thing as a comfortable helmet. We’ll not debate that here, but we will say that the more helmets you try on, the better your odds of finding one you like. Full-face motorcycle helmets are considered more comfortable by most riders who have tried them. Comfort levels increase with the quality of the brand and the cost of the helmet, too. The things to avoid are squeezing of the ears, pressure at the crown and/or forehead, and any general “hard points” in the helmet. Visit several dealers or shops. Try on lots of different brands and models. Put them all through the roll-off and head-shake tests, too, to ensure that fit and safety are a factor as well as comfort. Leave a helmet on for 15 minutes or so, to allow it to “settle” on your head. Next to your saddle, it’ll be your biggest source of comfort or discomfort while riding.

5.) What’s it cover? – Full-face helmets are considered the safest and most comfortable of the lot. Flip-face, modular, or system motorcycle helmets are a good marriage between the open-faced models and the full-faced ones. Open-face models can expose the rider to facial injuries in a crash, and studies have shown that riders who suffer facial injuries are 3 times more likely to suffer brain injury, as well. When considering a new helmet, remember that one day your chin could be bouncing off the pavement.

6.) What about the face shield? – It should seal the helmet all the way around the edges to prevent wind leakage. It should have VESC – 8 and ANSI Z – 87 safety standards, usually molded right into it. It should be easy to operate, raising easily and staying up without dropping. Look for any sight-distorting imperfections. Most shields offer UV protection to some degree. A tinted face shield might be a good addition, for those really sunny rides.

7.) Any convenience features? – Does it come with a storage bag? Does it have an extra face shield? How easy is it to change the face shields? Will the strap end stay where it’s supposed to or is it going to flap in the wind? How easy is it going to be to remove and wash the lining? Take your helmet for a test drive. Attempt to change the face shield. Mess with the strap. Take the lining out. Short of dropping it from the roof to test its scratch resistance, see just how many convenience features your helmet has, and whether or not they are really convenient for you.

8.) Any comfort features? You thought we’d already discussed comfort, hadn’t you? Well, there are things that can make a helmet more comfortable like vents, padded straps and variable thickness inner padding. What one rider may consider comfortable, another might find constricting.

9.) Looks? Everybody wants the coolest looking dome on the street, but beware that the more graphics and colors used increases the price significantly. If you find one that passes all your criteria for the “perfect” helmet, but it’s astronomically priced, ask if its available in a solid color. If you plan on custom painting, your best bet is solid white. The brighter the color, the more other drivers will notice you, so you may want to consider red, yellow or even orange. Some motorcycle manufacturers offer limited helmet color schemes to match each year’s bikes. Some helmet companies do, too.

10.) Cost? So, your quest has led you to a helmet with a price tag so high it’s going to drain your bank account. What now? Well, take note of the bit above about graphics. Try to negotiate with your dealer. He’s invested a lot of time into you, helping you try on different helmets, get the right fit etc. It may be worth it to him to lower the price a bit. See if you can get a slightly less-tricked-out model. Don’t sacrifice comfort or safety for the sake of a few bucks, but if you can afford a less-expensive model with fewer convenience features, go for it!

You may actually put more time and effort and energy into buying your new helmet than you did your bike. But it’ll be worth it in the long ride.