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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What to Do if You Get Into a Biking Accident

Apr 1, 2014 by

accident on road with bikerNow that we have discussed how to stay safe on the road, I think it would be best that I also discuss what to do if you do end up in an accident.

While the prevention of accidents naturally lowers your risks of getting into one, it is not a 100% proof plan.

Of course, before you even start, it is good to take a few precautions. First of all, never go anywhere without some form of identification.

In fact the more serious cyclists amongst us that are on the roads everyday even wear special ICE (In Case of Emergency) ID tags.

If you get into an accident, you need to be identified by paramedics so that they can call your emergency contacts.

Your emergency contact can be a spouse, your parents, or any relative or friend that should be notified when you get into an accident.

You should also make sure that you wear a helmet, as head injuries are one of the most common causes of fatalities in bicycle accidents.

I once witnessed an accident in Hertfordshire, and I saw someone get into a serious head injury after colliding with a car.

Mountain Bike Crash in Palmer ParkThe cyclist eventually had to sue for brain damage compensation because the accident left him with a permanent disability.

So, when you do get into an accident, you should first strive to keep your wits about you.

Even if you think that you are not injured, you have to stay put until the police and the paramedics arrive.

They can give you a better outlook on the situation and detect injuries that you would have otherwise not notice.

Remember, some injuries, especially head injuries, tend to manifest only days or weeks after the original accident.

Once the police arrives, make sure that you provide as much detail as you can to the officer in charge. It is also very important that you give your version of the events out.

You should also gather information by getting the contact details of everyone who is involved in the accident, as well as the contact details of certain witnesses.

After the accident, you may want to go for a second check up just to make sure that there aren’t any serious injuries.

Of course, if you were in a serious injury, it might be best that you simply allow the doctors to do whatever they can.

It might also be best that you either talk to your insurers or to your solicitor. Your solicitor will help you make your next decisions, and whether or not you should sue for damages to receive compensation or not.

Always try to keep calm during an accident, and never assume that you are completely uninjured. Have a check-up done immediately after your accident to make sure that there is nothing wrong.

The worst thing that you can do is to assume that you are perfectly fine, as this would only make it harder to detect any injuries and possibly exacerbate the situation.

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How to Carry Things on a Bike

Mar 16, 2014 by

Ride for Heart Toronto, 2008.Before I got started with biking, one of the biggest things that were keeping me from doing it was the fact that I thought bikes were inconvenient for when you have to carry things.

Cars have trunks.

Vans and trucks have cargo space.

Riding a bicycle meant for me that I would have no way whatsoever to carry something I just bought, or something I needed to bring with me some place.

It just felt terribly inconvenient.

Add that to the thought of “what if it rains?”, then you’d definitely be discouraged from riding bikes.

I know I was for the longest time.

But then I decided to seek out ways in which you could carry your things on a bike.

I learned that it’s not impossible, and that it’s actually not as inconvenient as it may seem, even though it might be just a little bit harder to pedal when you are carting around full loads.

Woman carrying groceries in bicycle basketBut I have managed to do my food shop and carry it all home on my bike, so things aren’t that bad at all.

The first thing I realised was that baskets on bikes aren’t just for little girls on bikes anymore.

I installed one on the handlebars of my bike, then fixed one to the back of my seat (had to do a little welding here and there) and before I knew it I had two baskets in which to put groceries.

Of course you can put just about anything you want or need to stow away in the baskets you just installed.

What I Keep In My Basket

I’ve done everything from food, to booze when I went for a quick liquor store run, and even to books and notebooks.

I even once biked home with the two baskets full of groceries, with two more bags hanging from the handle bar.

If you decide to do something like this please shop at a store closer to your home so you won’t struggle too much.

Of course if you would rather not ruin the streamlined design of your bike with welding baskets, the next thing you can do is to put the storage space on your person.

Think Baskets Are for Girls, OK!

I have another bike that I like to use here and there, but I didn’t alter it by adding any baskets so instead when I need to carry things I bring a fairly large sized backpack which is actually quite convenient.

The only thing is it gets heavy on your back after a while but if you want to keep your bike pristine, then this is the way to go.

A bonus—I carry my gadgets and wallet round my neck in a pouch bag attached to a neck lanyard.

I don’t want to have to reach into my pockets for them, and in the past I’ve actually lost a wallet and a phone because I was pedaling a bit too vigorously and didn’t notice they’d already flown out of my pockets.

I also recommend putting your keys on neck lanyards which I got from here.

Carrying things on a bike isn’t as difficult as it may seem, and it’s definitely possible.

Unless of course you’re carrying home a TV you’d just bought, or some other large thing…then you’re better off tossing those in the car.

Whatever you do, just don’t end up like this guy:

Overloaded bicycle

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Why the Mornings are the Best Times to Ride a Bike

Mar 13, 2014 by

bikingRiding a bike is slowly becoming more popular as more and more people start biking for their health and for the environment.

Not only is biking good for your health by providing you with a focused exercise opportunity outdoors, but it is also a great way to reduce emissions and to lower our carbon footprint.

Are You Doing Your Bit?

I don’t want to start getting all preachy here … BUT :-

Let’s just say that you are already environmentally aware purchasing eco-friendly materials etc.

– The products you eat are organic and you make sure they are wrapped in biodegradable, environmental films (like what they do at http://www.nationalflexible.co.uk – my mate works there.

Flexible polypropylene laminates and chalk based polymer films are used to keep your food fresh, and to get the most out of it, but you know that right because you also reuse your waste materials or upcycle them into something else – check out these cool ideas: http://www.pinterest.com/mindfulproduct/upcycling-ideas/.

Once it reaches the end of its usefulness, you then head to the recycling center to have it recycled.

But if you then get in your car to travel just a couple of miles up the road – I’m sorry to say, all your previous hard work has now gone down the toilet.

So biking is just the next logical step to your eco-friendly lifestyle, and there is no better time in the world to ride your bike but in the mornings.

My Fave Time To Ride Is AM Because …

There are several reasons why riding your bike in the morning is the best. I will list them below.

No traffic — Riding a bike in the mornings is a great way to start your day because there is less traffic and you will get to watch the city wake up. Some bikers prefer biking at the crack of dawn, so that it is cooler and that there is less pollution from car exhausts too.

montrealbiking!Boosts your metabolism — Riding your bike in the mornings boosts your metabolism and wakes you up. Exercising in the morning is proven to bolster your energy levels.

The great thing about it is that you can even bike to work, which saves time as you will be exercising and travelling to work at the same time.

If you are worried about getting sweaty, try bringing extra clothes to freshen up when you arrive.

If you workplace has showers, this is even more convenient.

Good for the environment — I already mentioned above that cycling is good for the environment. First of all, it takes much less effort to build a bike than an automobile.

Since it is a smaller vehicle that does not require an engine, it also reduces your environmental footprint as you do not need petrol or electricity to power it.

All you need is a strong set of legs and a little bit of patience until you build up your strength.

John Fahey has a long-standing invitation for his employees to join him for a lunchtime bike ride.

More time — Early morning bike rides means that you get to save up on time. You save up on exercise and travel time which means that you hit two birds with one stone.

You will also have more time in the evenings for friends and family, since most social activities do not happen early mornings.

Biking in the mornings is a fantastic way to stay healthy.

I know that my mornings became brighter after I started biking, and I have been feeling better and more energised than ever before.

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