Ever feel like you’re at the end of your tether, frequently dealing with stress and anxiety, as well as a restless mind and are in need of a break? It’s time to give yoga a try. There are reasons behind all the hype enough to convince you to make it part of your lifestyle. Read More
Cars are still the more popular choice when it comes to means of transportation. However, I’m a great motorcycle enthusiast and I love all the perks that my ride provides me. First of all, taking a road trip on a bike allows me to enjoy the scenery in a way I could never experience if I traveled by car. Second, the money I save on gas, I spend on entertainment and delicious food. Snuggling on my bike with my girl is an added bonus.
In order to keep my motorcycle in top condition, there is a maintenance routine that I follow. I regularly clean it, check the oil, keep tire pressure as recommended, and change the brake pads when necessary. I also use a motorcycle cover to protect it against ultraviolet radiation, dents, scratches, and tough climate conditions. The cover also makes my bike not that obvious to thieves.
When I bought the first cover for my bike, I didn’t take the time to research the best features it should have and I ended up getting a cheap and inefficient one that I soon needed to replace. For that very reason, here are some tips from my personal experience to help you choose the best motorcycle cover.
You will find motorcycle covers that are made to fit bikes of different sizes and some designed for specific models. As a motorcycle owner, you may be able to guess the size of the cover you need, but it never hurts to take the exact measurements of your bike first. Size varies from a brand to a brand, so always compare your measurements to the sizing charts listed on your potential purchase. If you can’t find a cover that exactly matches the size of your bike, it’s better to choose one that is bigger rather than one that’s too small.
Measuring your motorcycle involves determining the height, width and length. To find the height, measure from the ground to the tallest part of the bike (often the handlebars). There is no secret to measuring the width, while the length should be measured from the tip of the front tire to the tip of the back tire.
Materials vary in thickness, weight, and protection. High-quality covers are often made from lightweight and waterproof polyester. This type of covers is what you need for maximum resistance to rain. There are other options made of thicker fabrics, but they tend to be a lot heavier. You will also want your motorcycle cover to be breathable, especially if you intend to keep it covered for a longer period of time. This will allow condensation and heat to escape, which prevents mold, rust, mildew or water damage.
Most of us exercise because we want to shed weight, build muscle mass, or tone our physique. These are all great reasons to hit the gym, however, there’s another benefit to sticking to a fitness routine. You see, certain types of exercises can also improve the way you move around your day, help you maintain proper posture and reduce the risk of injuries. What am I talking about? Well, the name for it is functional training. Read More
When it comes to camping there is no doubt that a good night’s sleep starts with having the right type of mattress. Speaking from personal experience, having little to no sleep when camping can turn into a real nightmare especially if you plan on having some interesting activities the next day like exploring the place or hiking. Now, let me get something out of chest from the very start – you can right here and right now forget about all the “dreamy” commercials that try to convince you how precisely this product is ideal for everyone. The truth is that there is no such thing as ‘fit for everyone’ product because we are all different, so if a sleeping bag, for example, works for me, it might not work for you. It is safe to say that the golden rule is the more you read the more you know (the more you try, in my case, as I tried a lot of types of camping beds). That being said, keep reading if you want to narrow down your choices. Read More
Whether you are a professional or an amateur cyclist, if you are planning to fly or drive to your next cycling destination, you are in need of a travel case for your bike. So, for those of you who are ready to test their cycling skills amongst a new crowd, or simply enjoy the perks of roads less travelled, you first need to make sure that you choose a travel case that can ensure it arrives at the destination in one piece and ready to roll. There is no single bike case that will be perfect for everyone. However, there are a number of picks that will surely satisfy your personal wants and needs.
The Big Dilemma: Soft Cases or Hard cases?
As the name suggests, soft cases are commonly made from flexible fabrics like padded nylon, or semi-rigid polymers with specific padding and shaping to hold bikes. They are for sure the more lightweight option for transport of the both. Additionally, they are more compact and easier to pack. Because of their flexible nature, when it comes to soft bike cases, it is best to provide some extra padding of your own to ensure your bike is well supported. As an additional padding option, you can use towels, bubble wrap, foam or some clothes you plan on taking with you on your trip. (Extra baggage space! Yay!)
Surprisingly, flexibility and less weight bring problems too. You need to be extra careful when packing your bike and you need to be aware of the possibility that a careless baggage handler can load other things on top of it. This is not a possibility when it comes to hard travel cases for bikes. If protection is an absolute priority, hard cases go for the win. These are made from resilient plastics and are not as nearly as flexible as the soft ones. Furthermore, hard cases do not always come with the space needed for wheels, which is not such a big issue since there are special separate wheel bags which will do the trick and help you with your transport.
A Slightly Smaller Dilemma: Wheeled or Carried?
Even though technology today strives to make sturdier things lighter, travel cases for bikes can weigh 6-8 kg, and with the bike (and whatever else you stuff inside) you are easily doubling that figure. A larger part of the travel cases do feature wheels for easier transport, but there are few which opt for a simpler, lighter, self-carry style. When choosing the ideal case for you, take into consideration what else you’ll be taking with you and if you can do without wheels, but for most people, wheels are a must-have.
Finally, wheels or no wheels, handlers are still a mandatory part of the bike cases. Honestly, the more of them there are, the better. Bike cases are not always easy to maneuver (even lighter ones) and it is always nice to have convenient places to grab and hold onto. If nothing more, at least look for handles on both sides, the top, and the front.
Whether you’re building your own BMX from scratch, or you only want to replace the existing seat, there are many important things you ought to consider prior to purchasing a new seat. The different features you need to pay attention to depend on the riding style, level of experience and also have to do with the level of durability and comfort.
Gymnastics is a wonderful physical activity that can not only increase your flexibility and improve your general health but also help you get in touch with your body and mind. Kind of like yoga, but a lot more fun. So, no wonder more and more people practice gymnastics outside of the gym class. But practicing this sport at home carries some risks if you’re inexperienced or don’t use the right equipment and accessories. Since it’s an activity that involves drops and heavy landings, it’s important to have a good gymnastics mat that can cushion them and prevent injuries. Here’s what you need to look for in a mat. Read More
If you ever decide that you are in the mood for a bike ride at night because you want to feel some of that chilly night air or just make sure that there is no one around if you enjoy riding alone, then there is some basic gear that you will need. Included in this gear is a standard helmet, some standard knee and elbow pads, and a standard 10,000 dollar military grade “see in the dark like it was daytime” pair of night vision googles. Or alternatively, you could get yourself a flash light. Read More
There’s no doubt that riding a bicycle is one of the best ways to stay fit, lose weight and exercise your cardiovascular system at the same time. Nowadays, there are more people into riding bicycles than ever before. But not everyone can enjoy riding outdoors due to a variety of reasons. Some places simply don’t have bike paths, while oftentimes, the dry and hellish Australian climate doesn’t allow people to commute and ride as much as they’d like. However, there’s a perfect solution for those who want to go for their joyride without facing these inconveniences – a trainer bike.
Indoor cycling on a smart bike trainer offers the same benefits that cycling outdoors offers, and more! It provides you with an extremely high expenditure of energy, but without impacting your ankles, knees and thighs – all of which conventional bicycle riding does. That being said, with a bit of knowledge, you can easily make indoor cycling your favorite thing to do once you come home. Without further ado, here are some of the benefits a smart trainer bike offers.
Building Mental Endurance
Even though riding in one spot for an extended time period may seem monotonous, it can be extremely beneficial as it can help you focus on the mere act of riding. You’ll be able to focus on the control, breathing, timing and the pain that comes with cycling, without having to worry about your safety and the safety of those around you.
Bad Weather? No Problem!
When exercising on a smart trainer bike, you don’t care whether it rains, snows or it’s 40°C outside. You can use your bike all year round, and even make use of the air conditioning you have in your home. That being said, bad weather will no longer be on the list of excuses you make for not being able to bike.
It Requires Less Time and Planning
An hour long trip might require you to check for the weather and plan out a route. With a trainer bike, you can exercise for as long as you want to, without any previous planning. There are no unnecessary stops involved, so you can make use of your time optimally. Roughly measured, 2 hours of biking on the trainer equals about 3 and a half hours of biking outdoors.
It Takes Little Space
When compared to other exercise machines, a bike trainer takes up very little space in your home. You can exercise your calves, hips, thighs, legs, and improve your cardiovascular system all at the same time.
The wheels of a bike are among the most replaced parts by most bicycle enthusiasts, as they’re the part that takes the most abuse while riding. A wheel effects the handling, speed, weight and the bike’s overall performance. Typically, lighter wheels improve the bike’s acceleration, lower the rotational weight and give you a slight speed boost. However, if you’re into off-road and rough riding, then burly and tough wheels can be the better alternative.
That said, if you’re looking to replace your bicycle’s current wheels with new ones, there are several factors to take into account in order to make the right purchase. Factors such as wheel size, rim width, weight, hub type, spoke number, and others, should have an impact on what bike wheel is right for you. As aforementioned, if you’re into cross-country racing and riding, lighter wheels provide less rotational weight which equates to more speed. Mountain bikes, on the other hand, require wheels that have wider rims that can take the abuse.
The three most common bike wheels diameters are 26 inches, 27.5 inches and 29 inches. Again, depending on the type of riding you do, the ideal diameter will vary. 26 inch wheels were considered the standard, because they balanced stiffness, light weight and snappy acceleration with sharp handling in technical and twisty single-track terrains. Manufacturers started experimenting with 29 inch wheels sometime later, and found that 29 inch wheels held speed better and rolled easily over obstacles. However, 29 inch wheels had their own disadvantages, like having less wheel stiffness and increased weight. So in an attempt to balance things out, 27.5 inch wheels emerged as the ideal compromise.
In terms of rim width, most bike wheels are either 23mm or 28mm. 23mm rims are standard for trail and XC riding, while more technical and rough terrain riders opt for 28mm rims. However, there are people who prefer more extreme FR and DH riding, which puts the wheel through a lot of abuse, so they may end up choosing 36-40 (sometimes even wider)mm rims.
Lastly, the amount of spokes and spoke patterns can impact how the load is distributed across the wheel. The standard is 32 spokes, but most lightweight wheels feature 24 or 28. Wheels meant for more extreme riding, on the other hand, feature 36 or in the most extreme cases even 48. Spokes can either be butted or plain-gauge. Standard wheels are manufactured using j-spokes and feature a bend on one end, which is considered a weak point, so most manufacturers opt for wheels with straight-pull spokes.
Most wheels use a 3x spoke matter which is laced in a way where each spoke passes either over, or under three other spokes between the hub and the rim. Another popular pattern is the 0x or radial pattern, where spokes go from the hub to the rim without crossing other spokes.
If you’re invested into the RC hobby, then besides a quality RC car, a radio transmitter and receiver are probably among the most worthwhile items you can buy to improve your experience. A quality radio has on-board processors and features that aren’t usually found in some stock and cheap units. Some of the benefits of a radio transmitter and receiver are quite evident, such as being able to use it for multiple RC models. However, there are also benefits that may be harder to grasp.
First and foremost, an RC car receiver and transmitter give you more options to choose from – depending on how you want your system to perform. If you’re a serious modeler, it’s definitely an investment worthwhile considering. A quality RC car receiver and transmitter usually has multiple channels (typically either 4 or 6). You’ll come across models with 2 and 3 channels, but generally, the more channels the radio controller has – the better it is.
Secondly, you get the model memory feature, which alone justifies the extra cost of a computer radio. This means you can operate multiple models with a single radio controller. The controller can store the set-up of all different models, and you can shift between them with ease. And let’s face it, you may think this feature is unnecessary because you’ll never have more than a few models. But don’t fool yourself – you’ll probably end up with dozens of different models in no time.
Furthermore, look for a receiver and a transmitter that has the ability to use a simulator. This feature is especially important if you’re a beginner who wants to practice flying a helicopter or an airplane. In the colder moths, you can keep practicing on the simulator, as you most likely won’t be able to spend a lot of time flying outdoors.
Additionally, consider the amount of modes the transmitter comes in. The most common amount of modes is two, so make sure your transmitter supports the right mode – the one which you’re used to operating in. Ensuring compatibility cannot be stressed enough, so if you’re buying a transmitter for a bind and fly plane or helicopter, ensure it’s compatible with it.
Bottom line is, these features are just the tip of the iceberg of what’s possible with advanced, modern radio transmitters. However, they do represent the essential aspects that newcomers need to understand. As you gain more experience with a transmitter, you can explore all the other features that it offers.
The first thing that will pop up when you search the term “biking” online is probably a few dozen texts about “the health benefits of biking” or “a few surprising perks that come from taking up biking”. I should know since I’ve written a few of them myself. Now, don’t get me wrong, this isn’t some sort of confession to lessen a heavy burden on my soul because I can’t stand living without confessing that biking is not, in fact, the cure for all that ails humanity…