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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Biking for Charity

Sep 11, 2014 by

 

We all know that there are many people around the world who need help, who need our assistance in one way or another. Poverty on its own makes many people suffer from hunger–billions of people in fact. Many people have no shelter to keep them warm at night, to keep them safe.

 

Many die from disease that could have easily been treated otherwise. This is why we have charity–charitable organisations who help those who are in need when we cannot directly help. The virtue of charity is always good. The spirit of giving is necessary in this world. Generosity makes a better society… and besides, everything given returns twofold, or more.

 

There are many ways to raise money for charity. Some hold fun runs, or walks for so and so cause(s). Some people, like me, like to join biking for charity events where we bike a certain distance along a chosen path. Call it biking for a cause.

 

Usually we end up finding sponsors who pledge a certain amount of money for every kilometre that we bike. It’s always a good idea to join charity events like these–not only do you get to help a good cause… you get a good work out at the same time!

 

Here’s a quick rundown of how the bike-a-thons I’ve been on usually were. At least here’s how people usually help through bike-a-thons.

 

Bikers

 

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Of course one part of the equation is the bikers themselves, who pledge to bike the entire distance. I’ve done this a couple times and it’s really nice to be part of something when you know you are helping out a good cause.

 

Sometimes those biking will pledge some money themselves, but this isn’t necessary as they can find sponsors who will then be the ones to pledge money and other help.

 

Individuals Pledging

 

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Sometimes individuals can be the ones themselves to pledge a certain amount of money for every kilometre. I’ve had friends pledge even something as low as one pound a kilometre for a hundred kilometre ride, which is good on its own because I had ten friends who pledged varying amounts. It all depends on what a person is willing to part with for a cause.
Companies Pledging and Promoting Themselves

 

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Of course aside from the individuals pledging, you can actually get companies to pledge too–companies who have more juice to help. Companies often are the ones who have a lot of money that they can spare for events such as this.

 

Often these companies also promote themselves through logos on bikers’ clothing. There was one time that a charity bike race was held and loads of promotional banners everywhere at the race bore logos of companies left and right.

 

Other times I’ve seen logos on stickers stuck on bikers’ bikes. Sometimes companies don’t exactly pledge to help the charities themselves, but they help with the logistics of the race itself.

 

You might find that joining a bike-a-thon for charity can be a very rewarding experience. I know that it was for me–several times. Why shouldn’t it be for you?

 

Have you been into the ice bucket challenge for ALS? See this YouTube Video showing negative comments on this latest craze:

 

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The Many Different Ways I’ve Travelled with My Bike

Sep 8, 2014 by

 

I’ve mentioned in the past that I quite love travelling with my bike. I think I actually mentioned it several times, in fact. It’s hard not to love travelling with my bike–I mean just travelling on its own is already completely fantastic. Add a bike? Well, that puts me pretty much in heaven.

 

I’ve actually travelled with my bike so many times before that I’ve lost count. I’ve taken it on multiple weekend trips, road trips on summer holidays… sometimes I even take it on early morning rides to the closest trails, if I really need some stress relief
You should try it, you know.

 

Going biking for stress relief. It is quite cathartic, truthfully. To give you a few ideas of what I’ve done and where I’ve gone with my bike…have a quick read right here. :)

 

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Travel Internationally
One of the things you should know is that you actually aren’t limited to local travel–you don’t have to just roam around your own country–truth is you can actually take your bike across borders.

 

I took my bike with me on my golf package to France once and it was an amazing time (what you don’t actually know is another one of my little hobbies is golf…it’s quite fun, despite some people being of the view that it is boring).

 

If you believe that it’s quite a bit much to pay to bring your bike on planes, an option is to drive to your destination. If that is not an option, then you can of course rent a bike at your destinations. Unfortunately, not everyone actually likes renting bikes since we actually tend to get used to our bikes…but it is an option.

 

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Explore Local Trails
Travelling internationally is amazing, of course. Everyone will agree that being able to have new experiences, being able to try new things, eat new kinds of cuisine, meet new people and learn new cultures is a great way to add value and experiences to your life.

 

But what a lot of people don’t realise is that there are many things to see locally as well. Even locally there are new experiences to be had, new cultures to learn, new cuisines to try.

 

And it’s perfect for people who are on a budget too. Personally I have gone to many different places in the country–with my bike in tow. I rarely ever rent a vehicle, I prefer getting to know a city or a town on a bike. It feels so much more intimate that way.

 

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Go Camping
One thing I also love to do with my bike is to go camping. Often with my wife and children. I adore it–being out in nature with my family, being able to explore forests and nature trails with them on our bikes.

 

There is nothing you can’t do when it comes to travelling with your (or with a) bike. All you need to remember is that you have to be careful and be mindful of things such as traffic and environment.

 

If you are new to a place you might make mistakes that could endanger your life and of course I want you to remain safe. Have safe, fun travels!

 

Take a look at this video about How to Travel Abroad With your Bike:

 

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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?

 

Meanwhile,Watch and  Learn the best foods for athletes to help alleviate muscle soreness and inflammation after a strenuous workout or practice:



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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.

 

 Watch and enjoy this video about 11 Things you need to do before summer ends:



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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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