9 Reasons Why I Ride My Bike Everywhere

Mar 7, 2014 by

9 Reasons Why I Ride My Bike Everywhere

Most people are aware of the fact that getting enough exercise on a regular basis is key to maintaining optimal health levels.

If you want to have energy throughout the day, and also help improve your overall metabolism, getting plenty of exercise, which may include walking or running, is something that you should consider doing.

However, some people are unable to walk for long distances, or even jog a couple miles, simply because they are completely out of shape.

In order to ease yourself into a regular exercise regimen, you might want to consider riding your bike.

Here are nine reasons why you should ride your bike every day, reasons that, if you act upon them, will help improve your health and life.

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Keeping It Safe – 5 Safety Measures For Safe Cycling

Feb 8, 2014 by

Keeping It Safe – 5 Safety Measures For Safe Cycling

In the recent years cycling has become more than just a pleasure past time activity.

Today, more people are opting to cycle due to several reasons.

The most common of those reasons is because cycling is convenient, friendlier to the environment and definitely makes you fitter as a person.

Despite the fact cycling is a fun thing to do, there is need to ensure that you stay safe on the roads.

Basically, as a cycler you need to realize that a bike does not provide as much protection as a vehicle does.

As such, it is important that you stay vigilant at all time when moving around to avoid seriously getting injured.

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How to Keep Your Bicycle Safe

Aug 25, 2014 by

People who use bikes and ride them often usually know that bike theft is pretty much very rampant in just about any corner of the world.

Many of us may think that our bikes are safe in some of the more upscale areas but the truth is bikes get stolen there too.

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I’ve had numerous bikes stolen from me in just about any area of the city that I went to. So I always try to keep my bike safe as much as I can.

So how can you keep your bike safe, exactly? Well, don’t do what I did and lock it up then lose the key… that’s not keeping your bike safe, that’s just giving yourself a little extra problems.

I had to call an emergency locksmith to release my bike—such a hassle, right? So yes. Don’t do that.

In any case, let’s talk about how to keep our bikes safe.

cycle surgery 010_v_Variation_1Find a Good Place to Leave It

If you are going to be going inside an establishment, you are more than likely going to need to leave your bike behind somewhere.

So if you want to keep your bike safe when you ‘park’ it, make sure that you find a good place to leave it.

Somewhere that is highly visible to the public, brightly lit, and if possible, somewhere that is within the purview of a CCTV camera.

Of course this doesn’t really deter the really daring thieves, but this can discourage some of them at least. If there is a chance you can bring your bike inside and leave it somewhere in there…perhaps you should.

No LockBring Your Bike Inside at Night

Night time is one of the most common times that people lose things to thieves. If you want to keep your bicycles safe even at night time, bring them indoors if you can.

Park them by the front door so that you don’t end up tripping all over it inside your house or apartment.

This isn’t always an option for people, so if you can’t bring your bike inside at least make sure that you can put it in the garage, in the backyard…and if that still isn’t possible then at the very least make sure that you lock up your bike when you leave it on the bike rack.

Make use of good locks, ones that thieves won’t be able to get through all that easily. And don’t leave it unsecured.

“Ugly” It Up

Okay, so not everyone will like this next option but the truth is things that don’t look shiny and new tend to deter thieves.

If you want to keep your bike safe, you can give it a bad paint job, or perhaps scratch it up a little. Maybe even get a ding in.

Or you can ‘personalize’ it with stickers and all sorts of things that can make your bike less appealing to thieves.

Note of course that none of these methods will guarantee your bike’s safety…but it’s worth a shot.

 

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Different Ways How I Customise My Bicycle

Aug 17, 2014 by

By now I’m pretty sure that you all know just how much I love going riding on my bike just about every day. What I haven’t told you is that I also love riding it on many different occasions (as in events and the like).

Maybe some of you might find it an odd thing to do but for me it’s really just something I’ve gotten used to doing at this point. Besides, it’s fun. I get to meet all sorts of people when I’m riding my bike for all sorts of things.

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Like for example, sometimes I ride my bike to raise money for charity. Sometimes there are causes that are in need of funding, so I end up riding my bike with pledges in order to raise money for said cause.

Most of the time, I like to ‘dress up’ my bike when I’m riding for a special reason. Sometimes I even go so far as to dress up my bike for Halloween and Christmas (sometimes even New Year’s day!), and I happen to think it’s quite fun.

Of course it can get quite expensive, which is why I do it all myself (except for a couple things I have to outsource). Curious about how I customize my bike?

 

Read on to find out a few things I do!

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So you know there are some rods where you can affix flags on bikes, right? Usually they are behind the rider.

I’ve taken to actually getting metal text or logo fixed onto those rods, so that people can read my message or see a logo of something as I pass them by.

This I cannot do on my own, I go to a company who does it for me by using laser cutting on the metal.

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Other times I use the old faithful—I attach flags to the rods on the bike.

Often these bikes have logos when I’m riding for charity, but if I’m not then often those flags come in different colors that often complement the occasion.

I use orange and black for Halloween, green and red for Christmas, and so on and so forth. Sometimes the flag could be plain too, and I sometimes allow people to draw, write or sign on them.

Streamers and Ribbon

DSC04570That seems like a bad idea when you think of the fact that you’ll be riding a bike that can end up getting you killed if the streamers and ribbon get caught in the bike’s wheels, but that’s why I cut them short so that they never get in the way!

Paint, Decals

Another thing I do is paint the frame of my bike in different colors to match the occasion. Sometimes I even match it to my outfit, but most of the time I only do that when there is a special reason to, like a big event.

Decals are a good way to customize my bike as well.

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How to Soothe Sore Muscles

Jul 26, 2014 by

 

Sore muscles from exercise are always welcome for me because it means that I’ve been working hard to get fit. And of course, more often than not, it means that my workouts have been effective.

 

So normally when I have sore muscles I don’t do much to get rid of them, but sometimes when the pain gets really bad I do get a sports massage while in Leeds. It’s not always something I can afford, however—that or time might not permit for me to get one… so, I usually just do some things that can help ease my sore muscles on my own.

 

So how can you ease and soothe sore muscles at home without spending too much money? Well, here are some methods that I’ve found to be rather effective—maybe they will work for you too. Let me know in the comments if they do!

 

Light Exercise

 

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Okay, I know, I know. You’re probably thinking “the last thing that I want to do right now is exercise!” and I get where you’re coming from. But there have been studies saying that light exercise helps to ease sore muscles just as much as a massage would.

 

Why? Well, they’re still looking into that, but they say that it might have something to do with sweating—and the fact that when you sweat you actually are able to get rid of the toxins and substances in your body that cause soreness much faster than you would without moving. So get moving!

 

Foam Rollers

 

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You can buy foam rollers for cheap—there’s a specific kind that is used for fitness. They say that it’s just about the same effect as getting a massage and I’ll agree to that. The best part is you’re actually able to target specific sore areas with the foam roller.

 

You’re also supposed to use it before and after working out to condition your muscles—try it out, maybe it will work well for you as it has for me.

 

Acetaminophen

 

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For those days where you really just can’t take the pain any longer, acetaminophen may be the answer for pain and muscle relief. Acetaminophen is best because unlike other pain relief drugs like ibuprofen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, acetaminophen does not limit or halt the production of prostaglandins.

 

Prostaglandins are said to help the muscles to heal and repair themselves, which is very important if you want to be BUILDING muscle, not losing it.

 

Heat Therapy

 

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We all know that a nice, hot shower provides instant relief for soreness. So if you are sore, perhaps draw a hot bath for yourself and get in. If you don’t have a bath tub, take a shower.

 

And if you don’t feel like getting wet, then you can always use a heating pad or a rice heating pad. Or you could also use a hot water bottle. Regardless of what you use, heat therapy has been proven effective, so why mess with what works?

 

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How My Family and I Spend Our Summers

Jul 8, 2014 by

How My Family and I Spend Our Summers
If you ask me how my family and I spend time together in general, then you already know that one of the first things on that list is us riding our bikes together.

 

I’ve told you a ton of reasons why we love riding our bikes (although I think I may have told you more about why I like spending time riding my bike alone more) and to be quite honest with you there are a lot more reasons to that.

 

But this little blog post is about how my family and I spend the holidays together, so here it goes.

 

Summer Camps to Keep The Kids Busy

 

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When the kids are on holiday from school, I usually still have work and so does my spouse—so what that usually comes to is us having to more often than not hire some babysitters to watch our kids while we are off to work.

 

It’s not always the economical choice or even the best choice for the kids, so sometimes we try to find ways to change things up. For example, the plan is that we ride to the kids camp in the summer holidays this time around.

 

So usually what happens is we leave the kids at that day camp where they can learn a lot of things—of course what they learn depends on what kind of camp it is that they go to exactly, but it doesn’t really matter so much to us as long as our kids are having fun.

 

Weekend Trips

 

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On the weekends my family and I like to pack up the van, hook our bikes up to the rack on the roof, and go for a trip to one of our favourite places which has a biking trail. We have a lot of fun camping out for the night then waking up early in the morning for an adventure.

 

The kids especially like it when we camp out near a lake or a body of water so that they can go for a swim right after we get back from our bike rides around the trails. It’s actually more fun than you might think or expect—you might want to try it with your family to see how you like it.

 

Movie Days or Nights at Home

 

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To be able to afford the frequent road trips my family and I take, we do skimp out on a few things. Like say for example, watching movies in the theatres. Instead we just rent movies that we can watch at home.

 

Frequently we borrow the movies from the library so that we can bring them home and watch them for free. Then we have movie marathons at home.

 

To complete the effect we shut off the lights, black out all the windows, then make some of the best popcorn we’ve ever had. Sometimes we have crisps or chips, depending on what the children feel like. We do this most often on our days off.

 

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Staying Safe on The Road

Jul 3, 2014 by

 

I travel a lot, I think by now everyone already knows this. I go on road trips and then go and ride trails with my beloved bike. Often times however I travel alone and often have nobody to rely on with regards to my health, safety and well-being other than myself.

 

So that being the case, some time ago I actually decided that I would take a first aid course over 3 days to ensure that I can handle any situation that I can get myself into. You don’t have to take a course yourself, but you still do have to stay safe.

 

Meanwhile, ODOT and NewsChannel5′s Kristin Byrne offer tips for staying safe in the snow and slush:

 

 

I’ve traveled tons of times and over time I’ve gathered a few safety ‘rules’ that I often live by. So here they are for you, just in case you want to stay safe like I do too. Some of these you might not find necessary, or some you might even find paranoid, but in the end it’s all for my own safety (and yours) so I don’t care.

 

Without further ado, here are the tips:

 

Obey All Traffic Rules

 

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Do you know why traffic rules and laws are there to begin with? Well, it’s because it’s for your own safety. Don’t be an idiot—don’t over speed or tailgate or even hyper mile when you are driving.

 

Always make sure that you are visible if you are biking. Don’t break rules meant to keep you safe, especially when you are on your bike. That ton heavy truck there? You don’t want to end up under it. So be smart. Also, never drink and operate any sort of vehicle whatsoever.

 

First Aid Kit

 

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I can’t tell you how many times this has come in handy for me in the past. When you are traveling, it is best and most convenient for you to have a first aid kit handy—that way if you get some minor cuts and bruises during your travels you can just deal with them rather than having someone else do it for you.

 

Make sure that your first aid kit is filled with all the essentials you could possibly need to fix up any injury that you might get from your travels. Don’t forget to replace those essentials when you use them—you don’t want to be reaching for gauze only to find that there is no longer any!

 

Water and Food for 3 Days
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Before you leave your home make sure that you always have your cell phone with you. Also always tell someone where you are going and for how long, as well as when for them to expect you to come back.

 

That way you won’t get in trouble like that guy from 127 hours. At the same time, make sure that you have water and food for at least three days jut in case you get trapped or in trouble. You should put this food and water on your person at all times, especially if you are biking a trail.

 

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How To Ride A Tandem Bike

Jun 28, 2014 by

Tandem bikes are a bit of a novelty for me and they are perfect when going on lazy cycling tours with my partner. While I still prefer my own bike, I find that it is quite fun to try a tandem bike every now and then.

It is very similar to the joy one feels when one decides to use the gym equipment in the park rather than the gym at home. It is similar, but it certainly has a unique feel that makes things more interesting.

Here are some steps on how to ride a Tandem bike:

 

Here I will talk about how to ride a tandem bike and what you should look out for. A tandem bike, as you all know, is a bicycle that is meant to seat two people. There are two pedals, and two seats, but just one moveable handlebar. The one rider sits behind the other and holds on to a stationary handlebar which is meant to provide stability and nothing more.

 

It can be quite difficult to ride a tandem bike if you do not know how to move in tandem – there should be complete and utter harmony if you want to be successful in riding this unique bicycle. Here are some tips to get you started.

 

Decide on your positions

 

Since a tandem bike is a two seater bike with two pedals working simultaneously, you have to decide who will be the captain (sometimes called a pilot) and the stoker. The captain is the one who sits at front and is in charge of controlling the bike’s direction. The stoker is the one who rides along in the back.

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Usually, the captain is the larger or heavier rider while the stoker is the lighter one. The captain is in charge of the direction and speed of the bike, and is the only one who can break.

The stoker is mostly there to pedal along, which puts less strain on the captain. Indeed, with two people pedalling, the workload becomes much lighter, which is why the tandem bike is such a great recreational vehicle.

The captain should preferably be the more experienced rider too, and the stoker needs to trust the captain completely. I usually choose to be the captain.

 

Make sure to adjust seat height according to the rider

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Even though it is a tandem bike, it is important that you adjust the seat height according to the height of the rider.

After all, even if there are two people on the bike, there are still two seats which need to be adjusted properly.

This is so that pedalling becomes much easier for both parties, placing relatively equal strain on each rider. Posture is also important, in order to ride the bike successfully.

 

Learn how to synchronize

 

It will take some practice to learn how to synchronize, so make sure that you practice with your partner. The stoker has to have full faith in the captain, and the captain has to be careful to maintain the peace. Counting to get the proper rhythm is a great way to synchronize one’s pedalling. You should also always alert each other whenever the bike starts and breaks.

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Cycling With Your Kids

Jun 1, 2014 by

cycling-with-the-kidsIf you have kids, the playground equipment at out local park is probably going to be your best friend. Bringing your children to the park can be a great way for your kids to exercise, but it will likely end up making you feel bored as you would have to watch the kids.

That is why it is a good idea to bring your kids along for cycling. It can be a fantastic way to bond with your family, and it is perfect for your child’s development, as it helps them build confidence while also developing endurance and balance. It is a win for all.

Cycling with your kids is not hard, but you have to keep certain things in mind:

Choose Age Appropriate Bikes

Biking with your children is quite fun, but since children are still growing, chances are that they will not have the same kind of balance that you have.

Meanwhile Here’s a few guidelines on to Teach your kid to ride a bike….




Choose a bike that is appropriate for your child. Starting with a three wheeled tricycle is a great way for them to start out and get the fundamentals of pedalling.

Eventually, you will want to switch the trike out for a bike that is suitable for your child’s age. Use training wheels and remove them once they are no longer necessary. Make sure that you always replace the bike to fit your child’s size as he or she grows.

If your child is too youkids-bikeng to ride even a trike, you can purchase a pull along cart that you can attach to your own bike. Just make sure your child is properly strapped in to prevent them from standing up and injuring themselves.

Buy a Helmet

A helmet is a must when biking, and I suggest that you purchase one that fits your child. It must have a snug fit and not wiggle around while worn.

Always switch to a bigger helmet as your child grows.

Choose Bike Lanes and Paths With No Cars

Choose a quiet path or bike lane with no cars passing by. Children will not be able to control their bike very well yet, so it is a good idea to stay on a path or street that has no traffic.

A nice bike ride through the woods is perfect for you and your children, and it is relatively out of the way of oncoming traffic. You can also try parks and empty parking lots.

Maintain Safety By Checking Your Kid’s Bike

helmets-for-kidsYour child will probably not understand how to maintain a bike, so be sure to do that for them. Check for loose screws and make sure that the gears are properly covered to prevent clothes, shoelaces, and fingers from getting caught in the spinning mechanisms.

Inspect if their wheels are properly inflated and that their breaks are working perfectly.

Replace any parts that need replacing and keep your child’s bike clean to prevent rust and dirt build up.

Eventually, your child’s bike handling skills will improve over time, and you get to have a lot of fun with your family in the process.

 

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