If you are looking to do some body work now to improve your cycling performance later you should consider doing an exercise known as a squat. Your legs are used heavily on a bike to spin the pedals and propel the bike and strengthening them will make a big difference in how fast and long you can ride. A squat is a body weight exercise that requires no gym visit or special equipment and can be done anytime and anywhere with as many repetitions as you want.
A bike swap is an in-person event that celebrates bike culture. People with bikes and parts to sell set up tables with their merchandise to allow people who are interested in used bikes or components and accessories to browse and negotiate a deal. Vendors at bike swaps include bike shops trying to liquidate inventory, both new and used, and individuals who have lots of bike related items they no longer need. If there is a bike swap near you, it is a fun way to soak up cycling culture and find items at a bargain.
If you love to ride ebikes but are hesitant to ride more in the city for commuting or errands because of the challenges that bikes entail: they are bulky, don’t always integrate seamlessly with other forms of transportation such as buses or trains, aren’t always welcome in offices, and there is a risk of theft if you leave them outside regardless of how many locks you use. One solution is a folding ebike, and there are good reasons to consider one.
If you're in the market for a new electric bike, or ebike as it is known, and have done a little research or talked to friends and family, it is easy to be overwhelmed with the options. There are so many styles and each one might be a good choice for someone for different reasons. Prices range from $500 for a kit to over $15,000 or more for a premium ebike. Since it is such a big purchase and there are so many options, you’ll want to do your due diligence. What do you need to think about to select the perfect ebike for you?
Riding a bike is a great activity for most children. If you are a cyclist yourself you know there are many benefits from riding a bike for yourself and the environment. By making sure a child has a bike that fits, is safe to ride, and they have great places to ride you are getting them started right on a lifetime of fun and memories. We’ve put together some tips to assure the bike you buy for them is a good choice for wherever they are at this phase in their life.
Bike lights have two purposes: to see where you are going and to be seen by others. There is a misconception that if you ride a bike in the city you do not need bright lights because there is ambient lighting from street and car lights which allows you to see and be seen. While any small powered bike light is better than nothing, a bright light will improve your safety by extending your ability to be seen from a greater distant and providing better illumination of the road.
Even though it is fun and practical to ride an ebike for recreation and transportation, no one likes to ride in the rain. Sometimes you have no choice. You might be out riding and a shower rolls in or a mist turns into something more, catching you off guard. Or you find you just need to get somewhere and your ebike is the best choice, weather be damned, so you just roll out. You can ride an ebike in the rain, but there are some steps you can take before, during, and after your ride to make a ride in the rain safe and enjoyable.
Let’s say you’ve had it with high gasoline prices, are not happy with riding buses and trains, and you want to try something new for your health. You are a candidate for commuting by bike! This may be to your job, school, or running errands. The health and environmental benefits of commuting by bike are well known and these new incentives may just push you to take action and try it out. It may take some experimenting to develop a new routine, but the following six tips will help to get you started.
If you use your bike to commute or for transportation, you will probably need to carry more gear than when you are taking a recreational ride on the weekend. You will need a way to carry the items you will use when you arrive at your destination, such as a change of clothes, a laptop, work papers, locks, bike tools in case of a flat tire, and your lunch. If you run errands on your bike you will need a way to comfortably carry your purchases. Hanging plastic bags from your handlebars is unstable and risky! The most popular bike bags if you bike for transportation are a backpack, messenger bag, panniers, trunk bag, or a handlebar bag or basket.
In the third and final week of the 2022 Tour de France (TDF) a new overall winner of the 109th event was crowned with a yellow jersey but not before a lot of drama and intrigue. Jonas Vingegaard from Denmark won the Tour de France for the first time ending the dominance of two-time defending champion Tadej Pogacar and signaling the rise of a new super bicycle racing team.
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