bike commuting

How to start bike commuting? Things you need to know before commuting via bike.

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How to have fun with bike commuting?

First of all, relying on a bicycle for transportation might seem daunting but with the right level of commitment, knowledge, equipment and planning anyone can do it. Whether looking to save money, go green, or get in better shape, commuting Via bike is a fantastic option that satisfies of those goals.

The first and most important thing to consider when planning a bike commuting is safety. Always remember to follow and observe all laws regarding cycling and motorists.

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Here are some general questions that should be asked before going on any ride to ensure a cyclist is up to the task of commuting via bike:

  • Are the tires inflated properly? Proper inflation specifications (PSI) are typically located on tire sidewalls.
  • Is there a spare tube? Riding with a spare tube is generally good practice.
  • Are the drive-train (shifters, derailleurs, cranks, chain, and pedals) functional? All gears should shift smoothly with minimal hesitation.
  • Are the brakes functional? Brakes should be properly adjusted before riding. Brakes should stop a bike when needed and not drag or touch any part of the wheel when disengaged.
  • Are riding lights required? Most areas have laws requiring front and rear lighting to ride at night. If in doubt, ride with lights.
  • Is a helmet required? Again, not all states require helmets, but it is strongly recommended. When in doubt, ride with a helmet.

Once these questions are satisfied, it’s time to ride! Well, almost. There are many different ways to set up a bike commuting and most options come down to personal preference.

However, it is important to allow for as many options as possible when choosing a bicycle. Most bicycles designed for commuting have attachments called “braze-ons” for racks.

Without racks it is not possible to mount bags, called “panniers” (bag on bicycle: one of a pair of bags carried on either side of the back or front wheel of a bicycle or motorcycle) on the bike.

Panniers are a nice alternative to backpacks for the fact that they do not put the weight directly on the rider during the commute. Panniers are a good option for longer commutes.

Another important factor in planning to commute via bike how long it takes to reach the destination. This includes route planning but is not entirely limited to the physical path by which a bicycle will be ridden.

Some important things to consider road bicycle commuting are distance to the destination, traffic conditions, weather conditions, road conditions, and time constraints.

With proper planning and the correct gear any of these obstacles can be overcome. Typically if a bike comes with braze-ons for racks, there are also braze-ons for fenders (bicycle wheel covering).

Fenders fit around your wheels and deflect any water that an unsuspecting cyclist might ride through; a useful addition for areas that get a lot of rain. Fenders combined with a rain suit or cloak which is terrifying protection from inclement weather.

It is always important to allow ample time to arrive in a timely manner. A great way to ensure a prompt arrival is to calculate the longest possible time it will take to reach the destination. It is a good idea to leave enough time for changing a flat tire when calculating your commute time.

 

At last! It is now time to enjoy an exciting commute regardless of the destination.

As a commuter gains experience, an idea of what does and does not work for the individual become clearer. It does not take long to begin to reap the benefits of this lifestyle, just stick with it.

Please, always remember to ride at your own level and be respectful of other riders and motorists. Happy trails!

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What really goes into Helmet Camera Video that works.

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7 ways to advantages of Helmet Camera Video

If you’re craving to capture your mountain bike rides on film, look no further than a HD helmet camera Video. These smart little cameras are fantastic for filming whilst you’re taking part in any sport as they can easily be attached to a helmet.

You won’t even know it’s there! If you’re a serious rider, filming your rides can help to improve your skills by seeing where you’re going wrong and how you can improve.

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Filming through a helmet camera also allows you to share those unforgettable moments with friends and family who can’t always watch you ride. The main benefit of having a helmet camera video like this is so you can show off your amazing skills to everyone!

When to Use it?

You can use your camera whenever and wherever you please; whether it’s for a short bike journey to work, a day out teaching the kids to learn to ride their bikes, or perhaps a more adventurous downhill mountain bike adventure. Of course, there are other sports aside from cycling that this can be used. Sports like snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing and skiing can be recorded with the help of a helmet camera video and with so many waterproof and sturdy options available.

You won’t have to worry about it getting damaged. Many sporting enthusiasts use a head camera like this to help improve their skills. By recording from their own view, they can then see where they are going wrong, what they are doing correctly, and improve next time.

Major Benefits

Hands Free: These cameras allow for hands free filming, meaning you can concentrate on the sport or event instead of focusing on the camera.

Lightweight: Many models today are so small and lightweight; you won’t even know you’re using one. Many actually come in the size of a bullet so they can be carried elsewhere on your body.

Waterproof: There are plenty of waterproof cameras available which means that you can enjoy riding in the rain and capture some excellent shots. If you’re a lover of water sports too, you can take your helmet camera along; many can be submerged under water up to 100 feet!

Relive Memories: These types of cameras allow you to film all the action as it happened from your own perspective. You can take your camera on holiday or use it every day to relive all those important memories.

Training Purposes: If you are training for an event like a race or a triathlon, using a camera like this will assist in improving your techniques. You can see where you’re going wrong and try to improve over time.

Still Photos: Many helmet camera models allow you to take still shots too so you have both options!

Playing your Videos Back

Once you have taken all the videos you want to, make sure you move them over to your computer.

You don’t want your memory card to be full when you’re next out filming and it’s better to back them up on a hard drive. When you’ve extracted your videos from the helmet camera, you can play them back on your computer or connect your PC to the TV and play them this way.

If you wish to, you can edit them with some video editing software, and place on CD’s to share with friends and family

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cycling tips for beginners

13 Road Cycling Tips For Beginners That Will Help You Get Rid Of Being Injured.

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What is Road Cycling Tips For Beginners? And Why Should You Care?

It’s always good to talk about commuting by bike my ” Thirteen Road Cycling tips for beginners” in Traffic presents ideas about cycling safely on the road and might put you in the festive spirit a little bit.

So, you’re wearing a helmet, more reflective gear than an early 90s raver and your bike lights are brighter than the Vegas strip. Unfortunately, there will always be bad drivers out there.

So this is our safety guide with a difference to help ensure that you don’t get hit by a car in the first place and become one of the 19,000 cyclists killed or injured in the UK each year in (reported) road accidents.

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Make yourself see and be seen

Forget less is more: more is more when it comes to being seen. Lights are a legal requirement after sunset, but can also be handy in daytime; especially during bad weather for extra visibility.

Wearing bright, reflective clothing or accessories will help you to be seen. You can also attract attention to yourself either by waving your arm if you can’t make eye contact, sounding a horn or a bell if you have one, or shouting!

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Ride further right

It’s actually safer to ride over to the right more (in the middle of the lane) as it gives you more visibility. You are more likely to get hit by a car at a junction that can’t see you over on the left than a car behind you (which can see you more clearly).

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Slowing down or stop

Although it may seem inconvenient, sometimes slowing down or stopping will reduce your chances of getting hit. Giving time for a parked car door to be opened or someone to not turn in front of you.

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Signal before turning

Always make sure you indicate your aerobics by using clear signals.

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Keep your eyes peeled

Try to always look ahead (and that bit further ahead) to be aware of everything around you, other traffic, pedestrians, hidden turnings in the road and any obstacles or obstructions which might pop up.

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Cycle on the left

There just aren’t any good reasons for cycling on the wrong side of the road. Although it is best practice for pedestrians to walk against the flow of traffic to be seen, it’s definitely not for cyclists.

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Don’t jump red lights

57% of cyclists have jumped a red light and 14% of cyclists do so on a regular basis according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists. There are cyclists out there who will argue that it’s safer to run a red light rather than wait, but the rules of the road apply to everyone and are there for a reason.

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Be aware of traffic

Be aware of traffic behind you (especially when approaching a junction) and aware of traffic in front of you when you pass over in mind that some motorists can be massively inconsiderate with the amount of space they will give you when they are moving past.

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Don’t pass on the left (EVER!!!)

If the car in front of you is moving slowly, move slowly as well. If it doesn’t speed up then, when it’s safe to do so, overtake on the right. Ride behind vehicles rather than in their blind spot to the side and give yourself enough room to brake if the vehicle turns. Also, check behind for other cyclists sneaking up on you from the left.

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Don’t ride on the pavement

The Institute of Advanced Motorists claims that 73% of cyclists ride on the pavement. Riding on the pavement is just a massive no. It’s not necessarily safer, and you are a danger to pedestrians. Drivers don’t expect cyclists at pedestrian crossings and it’s more difficult for them to see you.

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Look behind before moving

Always look behind you before moving right, keeping a straight line whilst you do so (practice makes perfect at this) to avoid swaying to the right. Bike mirrors can be a good option for cycling in traffic.

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Choose where you ride

It’s best to ride in bike lanes where available, on wide roads or on roads where the traffic moves slowly (the slower the traffic, the more likely drivers are to see you). Also, make sure that there is plenty of space between you and the kerb.

Be  confident on the road

Ride from the edge of the road-this gives you room to move around obstacles and it encourages other road users to give you more room when overtaking. And lastly obey the rules of highway and follow the guidelines published by Bikeability that will help you to be confident on the road.

Wrapping up: Safety should be your main concern and by wearing a helmet, dressing appropriately, staying hydrated and taking cycle lights with you, you can continue to enjoy long rides .Please always remember to ride at your own level and be respectful of other riders and motorists. Hope that our tips are helpful and happy cycling!

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Mountain Biking for Recreational Sports Lover

Mountain Biking for Recreational Sports Lover

How mountain biking becomes as a recreational sports today?

Recreational Sports

Mountain biking is becoming very popular not only as a competitive sport but also as a recreational sports activity. In fact, this form of cycling has evolved into the kind of sport that incorporates technological advances into the bicycles that are used in competitions. They are equipped with special tyres and a frame that makes it possible to ride across rough and tough mountainous terrain.These features are necessary to increase bicycle performance, durability and comfort in often very rough and hostile topography.

There are various categories of mountain biking which include dirt jumping, trail riding, downhill as well as cross-country. Each discipline requires a different set of skills to truly excel at them.

Mountain biking requires the individual to have very good balance and core strength, endurance, bike handling skills as well as the important ability to be self-reliant.

Highly skilled mountain bikers who take part in these sports often have to maneuver steep descents and aerial acrobatics that require advanced skills and agility. These require extremely good balance and skills as well as good knowledge of their bikes.

For those who prefer to go biking on off-road trails such as through mountains, forests, or country back roads, there is a need to be extra careful. If the biking is carried out as a solo pursuit, riders need to carry packs that contain first-aid kids and tools that might be required to fix their bike in the case of an injury or bike problems.

Recreational sports biking is most commonly undertaken on mapped hiking trails, as well as through forest, unpaved tracks, etc. Many countries have designated areas of forests and deserts, or even country back roads that are specifically used as trail centers.

Another form of this activity is the mountain biking touring. This is done on single tracks or dirt roads over a longer distance. This kind of biking requires bikes that are specially fitted to endure the rigors of a long distance ride.

There is also mixed terrain cycle touring which requires the rider to traverse long distance over mixed terrain on one bicycle.

Whatever the type of mountain biking, the requirements for an enjoyable and exhilarating recreational sports journey are good physical condition to handle the ride over rough terrain, good balance to maneuver over bumps and mounds and the ability to rely on maps, compasses in case the trail is not well defined.

This can happen if there was a mudslide, etc. and the trail is not visible. Another important factor is the ability to fix the bike in case the tyre should get flat or something else happens to the bike whilst maneuver obstacles on the trail.

Knowing first aid is also crucial in case of accidents as well as carrying a first-aid kit with the necessary items. Proper attire such as helmets, shoes, etc. should be worn as well as reflective bands in case a night journey becomes crucial.

Mountain biking as a recreational sport has become more popular especially amongst those who live in the city to relieve stress and to enjoy nature.

Many often go biking in groups to enjoy the camaraderie of friends and to be able to share the experience and exhilaration of being outdoors enjoying nature.

 

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