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.
Since durability is generally the first thing to look into regardless of the type of seat, let’s see the different materials used for the making of this part. Usually, a typical BMX set will include moulded plastic, polyurethane foam padding and synthetic or leather cover. Choosing a seat that has a cover made of natural leather means more comfort and durability, but these are more expensive. The synthetic ones, on the other hand, are hard, less comfortable and consequently, cheaper. The bumpers on almost all BMX seats are plastic or Kevlar. They are present at the nose and the sides and serve for protection against impacts.
One of the main things that differentiate one BMX seat from another is the type of seatpost fitment used. This refers to how the bottom of the seat is attached to the top of the seatpost. The five main fitment types are integrated, standard, railed, pivotal and tripod fitments.
This is the case where the seat and seatpost come as one unit and cannot be separated from each other. With these setups, it’s very important to make sure the seatpost diameter and the interior diameter of the bike’s seat tube are a good match. Generally, the sizes range from 22.2mm up to 35mm in diameter. You might be able to find out which size you need by check your current post since the size might be stamped below the minimum insertion line. Or you can try to find the specs online.
This term stands for a simple metal pipe which slides into the seat tube. The saddle is bolted onto the top with the help of a small clamp usually called the ‘seat guts’. This type of seatpost fitment is common for low-budget bikes. An experienced rider will tell you hat the seat guts can be obtrusive, especially when doing tricks for which the seat had to be gripped by the thighs.
The pivotal BMX seat has become the newer standard as of late. This setup consists of a top that is moulded using a series of adjustment grooves and that’s where the BMX set is placed. The two parts are secured with a single bolt which passes through the top of the seat. This is what makes a pivotal BMX seat recognizable – the bolt slot that’s placed between the nose and tail. These seats can only be used with pivotal seatposts and vice-versa.
Also called ‘micro-adjust’ seatposts, these are similar to the MTB and road bike standard. They feature twin rails underneath the BMX seat and a twin-bolt clamp on top of the seatpost that matches the rails.
A new type, that just like the pivotal one, is becoming increasingly popular standard. These setups feature a triangular plate at the top of the seatpost and bolts in each corner. This means that the seat offers three points of support.
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…
Truth be told, the health benefits like burning fat quicker or decreasing blood pressure are well documented to actually work. The point I am instead trying to get to is that while the perks to one’s health are very welcome and in many cases sorely needed, there are some additional things you could gain from taking up this particular activity. For instance, the thrilling feeling that comes with adding a little adventurous spirit to your everyday life.
While it is true that most people take up and stick with biking in order to maybe add a few years on their lives, there is no reason why they shouldn’t try and give those years of life a bit more life. Seeing as how if they are biking they are already out and about, it wouldn’t be too difficult to forego the usual routes and take a detour or two. Maybe take a less travelled route, a more twisty path or just a bigger hill than usual to get the heart racing a little. Basically, anything that will make the experience more fun, and will make it feel like an adventure, rather than a chore done out of necessity.
When deciding to start something like this, people usually go for the same excuses, such as how they wouldn’t know where to start in terms of bikes or that it’s cold outside so they should wait a few months before they start. However, both of these are non existing problems if you live in Australia, since there are places such as Dk bikes where you could potentially find sturdy all-purpose bikes at reasonable prices, and Australia, in general, is not known for its frequent snowstorms.
As stated before, there are many different reasons for picking up this particular activity, and you are free to go to Dk bikes tomorrow and start for whichever reason you like. The only thing that I would like you to keep in mind is that there is a whole different way of experiencing it (as opposed to focusing only on health reasons), if you only change your outlook ever so slightly.
Though we should feel blessed to be part of such a technologically advanced era, modern lifestyle is taking its toll on our well-being. Worst of all is we’re not really aware of it. We live our lives thinking if we get in the habit of exercising enough, and start eating a well-balanced diet, we’d be in primary health. And then we get devastating results something still isn’t right.
The reason our health still isn’t as great as we expect it to be is because of being exposed to so many toxins around, and in fact eating food that’s been deprived of the many necessary nutrients thanks to all the processing it goes through (yes, even food with labels that say it was enriched with certain vitamins).
Add to this a bit of stress exposure on a daily basis, with the lack of sleep, and health issues are bound to arise. However, fret not, this is where you can get help in the form of supplementation, that you can find like the well-known Nutralife vitamins online as well as minerals, and herb-based products with a bit of search. Read More
Every bodybuilder understands the importance of protein, and how hard it is to take it through solid foods alone. Hence, if you decide to do a survey in your gym, and ask everyone whether they take protein supplements or not, chances are at least 90% of them do. The most popular type of protein is whey. It’s a delicious powder that can be mixed with all kinds of liquids and is extremely beneficial to the body. It helps build muscle mass, speed up muscle recovery, boost immunity and lower blood pressure.
With all of these reasons to use whey protein concentrate wpc, it’s no wonder the market is flooded with many brands. You have to be careful what you choose, as the quality between various whey proteins can differ. As a general rule of thumb, quality whey protein concentrate wpc has at least 80% pure whey.
Whey protein supplements contain immunoglobulins, cysteine and lactoferrin, all of which play a crucial role in your body.
- Immunoglobulins are immune boosters found in breast milk and colostrum. They’re proteins that act as antibodies that get rid of pathogens and bacteria in your intestines.
- Cysteine is an amino acid found in mother’s milk and colostrums that help improve immunity and regulate the metabolism.
- Lactoferrin is also found in breast milk and colostrums and is a prebiotic which supports growth of good bacteria the purpose of which is inhibiting the growth of bad bacteria and viral replication by bonding to excess iron.
All of these ingredients help manufacture glutathione, a very important antioxidant that is essential for helping your body metabolise carcinogens and toxins, as well as free radicals. Moreover, whey contains lipids and amino acids that serve as the building blocks for the protein itself. If you have problems digesting milk, you’re likely to digest whey protein without any issues. Most people who have gas and stomach discomfort after consuming dairy, usually have so because their body can’t digest milk fats or casein protein.
But most importantly, whey protein concentrate provides much better muscle and strength gains than any other type of protein. It offers benefits during resistance training and helps promote lean tissue mass and relative gain. Whey protein is also low in calories, meaning it’s the perfect supplement for weight loss and maintaining a healthy body composition.
It’s recommended that you take protein in the morning, before and after the gym. You can make many different protein shakes or just drink pure whey protein. As a general rule of thumb, for every 1 kg of body mass, you need 2 grams of protein to reach your daily limit.