Buying a Bike

Top Things To Remember When Buying A Bike

 

Top Things To Remember When Buying A Bike
By Jovia D’Souza

A bike can be a very good asset when it is got for all the right reasons. Apart from making a very good exercise tool, it can offer a simple means of transport to run errands or explore the surroundings. The market however has plenty of options when it comes to bikes in that it can be a little challenging for beginners to find and buy a bike they will grow to love. If you are among those wishing to buy a new bike, below are some of the most important things you want to remember to be a success in choosing the best bike.

1. Budget

This is something every purchase needs to act as a guide towards quality, but at the same time an item you can comfortably afford. With so many bike brands and types, a budget will come in handy when making the final selection. When creating your bike budget, consider any extra costs you might incur. While there are bikes that can come complete with helmets, most require you to buy the helmet, apparel and gloves separately. Staying safe while riding your bike is important and so you might also consider purchasing glasses, shoes and pedals to match your riding needs. Lights tire levers, track pump and puncture repair kits can also be included in the budget in case they don’t come packaged with the bike. These are all things you need to include in the bike budget so you are sure of what you can afford and what can wait depending on your individual needs and preferences.

2. Maintenance

This is very important if at all, your bike is to remain in tip top shape serving all your needs over the days. The bike type and brand can determine the maintenance it requires. Luckily, you can handle most of the issues yourself, but it helps to consider professional help and how possible it will be for you to keep up with the demands your bike comes with. You can however find low maintenance bikes to keep worries off your back.

3. Where to buy

Local bike shops can make very good places to buy your bike. You, however also have the online options of comparing all options before making the final decision. When choosing a shop or outlet, take into consideration after sale service offers and warranties or guarantees you stand to enjoy with your bike. Staff conversant with the bikes can actually prove to be very helpful to you in making the right decision. You can do a little research on available offers from different sources so that you can choose the one you feel meets with your expectations.

4. Frame material

It is basically what makes your bike what it is making it an important consideration to make. The most common frame materials you will find include carbon, steel, alloy and aluminum. The material dictates quality, durability, weight and the price. Each however has its own pros and cons hence the need to consider them all before making the final decision.

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Biking to Work

Biking to WorBy Trevon Munroe

In this post I will provide you with details of why you should start biking to work and also share my experience of using my mountain bike as a means of transportation over the past couple months.

It was last September when I had sort of a reality check and realized that I was not in my best shape physically. For years I have been stuck in office jobs where I usually spend at least eight hours sitting at a desk in front of a computer monitor all day. Over time, this had started taking a toll on me as I noticed I was not as physically active as I should be and that I had started to gain weight.

So I decided that some action needed to be taken before this got out of hand. I would usually be involved in various forms of exercise including mountain biking and hitting the gym in my spare time. But this was not enough; I needed to be active everyday but time was so limited that I could not even squeeze in a couple minutes per day towards exercise on my schedule.

At last, I found a solution; biking to and from work every day. So, I went to a bike shop in the market and got me a new bike specifically to be used for commuting. The bike bought was one of those cheap bikes, nothing too special or from any of the top mountain bike brands. The bike I got also came fully equipped with gears but you can use a single speed mountain bike if you choose to. And the great thing is I got this bike for below $200.

It has been more than five months now since I have been using my mountain bike as transportation to and from work and I can tell you that it is extremely fun and has a ton of benefits including:

Reduced cost

Biking is far cheaper than driving or using public transportation so the savings to be gained by using your bike as a means of transportation can add up over a long period. It will cost you less to keep your bike running efficiently than it would to keep your car performing well. The most common costs to be encountered from making biking a regular habit are from tyre flats, replacing basic bike parts which are cheap (you can easily find used or cheap bike parts for sale at your local neighbourhood bike shop) and running a full maintenance every year which cannot come close to being compared with the servicing costs of a motor vehicle.

Better Health

I can one hundred percent guarantee you that you will see major health benefits as you make biking your means of commuting to work. Over the past few months I have been able to burn excess body fat, gain tighter abs and build leg muscles all from spending fifteen to thirty minutes a day riding to work. On top of that, you generally feel good as your body is able to inhale the fresh air as you are out on the road.

Efficiency

If you live only a few minutes away from your work place, biking can be more time efficient than public transportation or driving. For example, I usually leave work at 4:30pm and it takes me about forty five minutes to one hour to get home when I use public transportation. Ever since switching to my mountain bike, I am able to reach home before 5:00pm every day.

Environmentally clean

By choosing to bike to work every day you are making a huge impact on the planet by reducing carbon emissions from driving. Not only are you receiving personal benefits, but you are making the world cleaner and greener with each day that goes by.

I would urge you all to make the positive choice for yourselves and our planet by switching to biking as your means of transportation on a daily basis. As you progress, you will find that there are many more benefits in addition to those which I have mentioned in this post.

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Bicycles for Every Type of Rider

Bicycles for Every Type of Rider
By Anna Woodward

Bicycles are a fun way to get exercise and enjoy the great outdoors. However, with all the different types and styles available, you may have a hard time choosing the right one. You will want to think about bikes you have enjoyed in the past, as well as those that you have not enjoyed. Also, if you are going to be riding with a group, you may want one that is similar to what they use, so you can keep up. Following are some of the different types:

Road Bikes

Road bikes are designed for pavement. They are made with smooth, narrow tires, and are lighter than other types. Typically, they are not as well-suited for unstable or unpaved trails, or for carrying heavy loads, although some types are designed to support such conditions. Among this type, you’ll find several variations:

– Cyclocross: This model can actually be ridden on different surfaces, including unpaved trails, gravel, and grass. The tires are wider, to give it off-road stability and traction. The brake is designed to prevent dirt build-up in the frame. This is a good choice for commuters, since they can be versatile and can carry light loads.

– Touring: These are made for riding on pavement for long distances. They are more durable and have mounting hardware to carry cargo. The handlebar is dropped, so the rider is more comfortable on long rides across multiple days. They have a lower gear range than other road types, so they can support heavier loads up hills. This model is also good for commuters.

– Flat Bar: This type is made for people who want a light, well-performing ride, but do not like the drop-handle position. They are lightweight and have the narrow tires, as with most road bikes. Some models can accept wider tires, cargo racks, and fenders, making them another good choice for commuters.

Mountain Bikes

Mountain bikes are designed for riding rough trails. The handlebars may be flat or upright. The gear range is very low to allow for the heavy pedaling required on steep trails. This type may have front, or front-and-rear suspension for shock absorption. Those that do not have any suspension are considered rigid.

– Hardtail: This type has a front suspension only. It is less expensive and lighter weight than a full suspension type. It is a good choice if you plan to ride on both paved and unpaved surfaces.

– Full-suspension: This type has both front and rear suspension shocks. They are well-suited for off-road trails or tracks with lots of bumps, twists, and hills. They are more expensive and heavier than the hardtail.

Hybrid Bikes

These bicycles take the best of both worlds from road and mountain bikes. They have large, padded seats. The upright handlebars are comfortable for riding around the neighborhood, or short distances around town. They perform well on paved or unpaved bike trails, but not on rough surfaces. Most of these have a front suspension, and a medium-width tire.

Cruiser Bikes

Similar to hybrids, cruisers offer a comfortable riding position for casual riding. This type usually has wide tires and upright handlebars. They are available in single-speed or three-speed, and have the old “coaster brake” design, where the rider pedals backward in order to brake. Flat-Foot types have a longer frame design where the pedals are more in front of the seat, allowing you to ride with a lower seat.

When you are browsing bicycles, consider how you will use it and how often. Make sure you choose one that is suited to your lifestyle.

To learn more about their options for bicycles, Canton, MI residents should visit http://www.fraserbicycle.com/.

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Riding a Bicycle

How to Gain Confidence in Riding a BicycleHow to Gain Confidence in Riding a Bicycle
By Joan Bishop Denizot

Do you want to ride a bicycle but lack the confidence to do so? Riding a bicycle can be fun and it can be a good exercise to stay fit and healthy. However, many have second thoughts riding a bike. They feel conscious of how they appear on the bike or are afraid to go off-balanced and fall.

The lack of confidence is a great deterrent to achieving goals and chances for improvements in health, fitness, skill, and fun. The good news is, confidence can be developed and achieved.

Try looking into these suggestions on how to gain confidence in riding a bicycle.

Have the proper mindset. It is just a matter of attitude. Having a strong belief that you can improve your fitness, skills and overall ability in riding a bicycle through practice and training gives you a positive outlook and consequently, gives you purpose, drive and direction.

Practice self-talk. This is often used in cognitive behavioral therapy. When you notice negative thoughts that may hinder or disempower you to do something, talk yourself out of it or counter it. For instance, you may think, “oh, that is a steep hill”, counter it with, “I can do this” or “It’s now or never”. When things go well, you may complement yourself “I am getting better at this”. If you are tensed, tell yourself to relax.

Appropriate goal setting. The wonderful thing about cycling is that you can do it in your own pace. For starters, you may want to set a goal that is easily achieved like ride the bike three blocks from your house and gradually stretch that distance farther until you are confident to take longer distances and even challenging trails. When you reached your goal set, you will get this exhilarating feeling of success and might want to do more the following day.

Practice makes perfect. Before taking off on the road, you may want to practice first in your own yard. Practice getting on and getting off your bike. Ride short distances from your house and back.

Be in good company. You may also ask the company of your family or friends who can be your support to help you and motivate you to keep going.

Gear up right. You may want to choose a bicycle that feels right for you. You’re comfortable on it. Do not forget your safety gear and wear the right clothes.

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All Sorts of Bikes

Types of Bikes for All Sorts of Riders

 

Types of Bikes for All Sorts of Riders
By Anna Woodward

Everywhere you look on the road today, you can see different types of bikes. Whether you’re looking for blazing speed, simplicity, off-road toughness, or stability, there is something out there for you.

Recumbent Design

The world record for the highest speed attained on a human powered vehicle is just over 86 mph set on September 09, 2015 by Todd Reichert. To reach such a speed requires a recumbent design, which is without a doubt the fastest type of human powered vehicle on the road, and among the most comfortable. Banned from bicycle races since 1934 because of their edge in speed, recumbents are a sure-fire way to get somewhere in a hurry. The key to their speed is aerodynamics. Simply put, the lower the profile of the rider, the less wind there is to resist, and less wind resistance means more speed. Today, recumbent designs provide an easy way to travel fast in comfort.

Adult Tricycles

While speed can be fun, for carrying capacity and stability an adult tricycle can’t be beat. Forget the image of a single big plastic wheel; today’s trikes are fashionable and reliable. Whether outfitted as a pedicab or simply a three-wheeled conveyance with a big basket in the back, trikes use the unbeatable stability that three wheels provide to create the ability to carry cargo without a trailer. Trips to the local grocery store become a way to get exercise when taken on a trike, and riders who might fear keeping their balance on a more traditional frame can pedal in peace.

Hybrids

As more people ride to work on two wheels, commuter cycles, or hybrid cycles, have become popular. Combining the traditional road cycle and the mountain bike, commuters ride in an upright position on a lightweight frame meant to make the trip quick and easy. Thin, smooth tires mean a higher speed with less exertion, and lightweight durable frames now often come with storage options built in.

Mountain Bikes

Since their emergence in the 1980’s, mountain cycles have combined form with function, providing a rugged frame capable of absorbing shocks with wide tires necessary for traction on uneven surfaces. If you’re the type that likes to combine fresh air and exercise with adventure and scenery, riding your local trails can be a great way to do it all. Riding in a more upright position than on a traditional roadster, the cyclist is in a good position to see every twist and turn of the road ahead.

BMX

The ancestor of the mountain cycle is, of course, the BMX. Built for use on dirt, the BMX is now the favorite of freestyle racers who push the envelope of what can be done on two wheels. A favorite among children, BMX bikes are versatile and fun to ride.

Fat Wheels

The newest development in two-wheeled transportation is the use of “fat wheels.” Originally developed for use on snow, tires with widths of up to four inches provide plenty of traction for dealing with soft or loose terrain, and lots of cushion for riding over pot-holed city streets. Of course, fat wheels need special frames, and for the fashion-oriented rider, fat wheels may prove an irresistible attraction.

These are just some of the types of bikes available today. As more manufacturers compete to fill the growing demand, there are many variations being developed. Be it on the road or off, fast or slow, whatever it is that you’re looking for, you can find it on the road today. Just remember to wear a helmet!

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Riding at Night Tips


Cycling at Night

Cycling at Night
By Trevon Munroe

Riding at night can be very different from day time riding in many ways. There are adjustments you will need to make in order to ensure your safety and that you are following the rules of the road in the country where you are living. I have experienced this first hand a few years ago whilst I was biking home from classes. It was about 7pm in the evening and I was riding my mountain bike without any sort of lights, and as I was about to ride past a police station there was an officer on the road and he signaled me to stop. This was my first encounter with the law while using the road. The officer was lenient with me since I told him I was going home from classes and he suggested that I always ride with lights and that I should be careful where to ride at nights.

To prevent you from having to experience such a similar encounter (which could turn out worse) and for your safety, here are some basic tips for biking at night, whether you are just running some errands, leaving work or going home from classes:

Lights, lights, lights – Ensure your bike is equipped with a pair of lights. Keeping your cycle well lit will help other road users on the road to see you during the night and this will help to prevent accidents or collisions. In addition, your lights will help you to see obstacles along your path on the road ways (for example, potholes).

Reflectors – The bare minimum I recommend is having reflectors between your bicycle spokes on the wheel with front and rear reflectors (one on the handle bar and one below the seat pole). Like your lights, reflectors help other road users to see you coming. When a motor vehicle�s light hits your reflector, it reflects or lights up in a way that they cannot miss you, thus further ensuring your safety at night.

Clothing – Whilst riding at night, it is a good idea to not be wearing black clothes or dark colored clothing. Wear something bright, preferably white at all times as this will also help other road users to see you in the dark. This is a general rule that not only applies to cyclists but also is advised to pedestrians on the roadways at night.

Be alert and vigilant – The most important thing you can do, in my opinion, is to be vigilant and on the lookout whilst riding at night. Be on the lookout for pedestrians who may wander on the roadways and also for motor vehicles. I would further advise that you choose safe routes for biking after dark because you may be taking all the necessary precautions but there will always be reckless drivers on the road. Also, do not ride in places that are known to be dangerous at night or places that are too lonely. If possible, find a friend to go biking with at night.

That is my list of things you should do to prepare when riding at night. Follow these tips and have a much safer biking experience when riding at night.

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Options in Specialised Bikes

Explore Options in Specialized Bikes

 

Explore Options in Specialized Bikes

By Anna Woodward

Creating specialized bikes allows for countless customization options that can make new cycles perfectly fit your needs and style. Here are important features and innovative designs to explore before ordering your own.

Aerodynamics

With movement, drag works against the cyclist. It’s impossible to eliminate this force completely, so designers aim to reduce it as much as possible. Aerodynamic experts utilize high-tech tools to produce the most aerodynamic specialized bikes possible. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) enables experts to simulate air flow across specific shapes and surfaces. With this information, the team is able to design the frame that best fits you. A comprehensive Racing Data Acquisition System (DAQ) gathers information about speed, power, rider position, and wind direction to precisely measure the drag. The team then uses this data to design the sleekest body possible. Experts also have access to a fully functioning wind tunnel that simulates various riding situations with movement and wind speed for testing purposes.

Frames

Frame design and materials also set specialized bikes apart from pre-fabricated options. Frames consist of various composites, chosen based on the type of bicycle. A strong heavy frame would be excellent for a mountain biker while a speedy lightweight model would be preferable for a racing cyclist. Aluminum alloys offer strength, affordability and are light weight. Various combinations will determine the final stiffness, strength, and weight of the product. After the frame is constructed according to material specifications, testing follows to ensure that every frame performs to your expectations.

Suspension and Shocks

The design team prioritizes suspension to ensure the smoothest ride. By isolating the chain and brake loads, you experience more comfort and better control. Whatever the terrain, the chain and brakes move and rebound independently. The tires maintain increased ground contact for added stability. The end result is less impact, which usually means less fatigue. You will also immediately notice that smooth rides are faster. Even seat posts are designed to flex upon impact, which helps maintain pedaling force. If you’re focused on downhill racing, you can put your confidence in special racing shocks designed to provide all the control and adjustability necessary for ultimate performance. With bump absorption and superior traction, riders will achieve impressive speeds on straightaways and corners.

Models

Specialized bikes can be created for men and women in both road and mountain styles. Some products are also designed for multi-use, suitable for both off-road and road riding. You can explore BMX/dirt products designed for tracks and skate parks. With these bikes, riders can handle dirt jumps and street riding with ease. Turbo electric bikes are also available, offering an elite combination of performance and speed. Imagine achieving speeds of up to 28 miles per hour with electric battery technology while experiencing the smoothest ride possible. This sleek design and performance is sure to please even the most experienced cyclist.

Options abound when it comes to specialized bikes. Learn about designs and construction techniques to find a model appropriate for your budget and customization requirements.

When considering specialized bikes, Canton residents visit Fraser Bicycles. Learn more at http://www.fraserbicycle.com/articles/specialized-bicycles-and-accessories-pg66.htm.

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