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Some questions to yourself before purchasing a bicycle

Pedaling around the city is not new. Many Asian and northern European cities have traditionally been strongholds of cyclists using the bicycle as a cheap, fast, efficient and environmentally friendly transport.

However, in recent times the use of urban bike has experienced tremendous growth, and with it have come more models and more choices for those who choose this form of displacement. For those who wish to join this happy trend, here are some questions to yourself before purchasing a bicycle to explore the streets.

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What is your fitness? Not the same launch pedaling when you are accustomed to do sports that after a long period of inactivity. Before purchasing an urban bike you should ask what your physical condition and evaluate circumstances and your height or your weight.

You should know before buying your first bike

How and where you use your bike? How much you want to spend? What size do you agree? The following lines will serve to at least know what to ask before buying your first bike.

  1. Think about how you will use

A bicycle may seem a simple mechanism: just two wheels connected by a metal box with a chain and two pedals that propel. However, one type for each use: if you go to move by nature, through careless ways, you have yourself a mountain bike , thick wheels and one or two suspensions; if what you want is to emulate professionals and long routes by paved land, yours is a road bike , light and handy; if you’re going to use in the city, you should consider purchasing a city bike , more robust than a road but less cumbersome than mountain; and if you want to do stunts, BMX is the right choice. And there are still the cruiser , for calm waters; power, with a small rechargeable engine; the recumbent , recumbent allowing vehicles over long distances …

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  1. Set a budget

The bicycle is a universal means of transport and consequently there are many makes, models, styles and colors to choose from. And prices, of course: the budget to buy your first bike can go from minimum payout will mean a very basic machine or used to astronomical amounts that can get paid for a painting handmade and customized. It is important to know how much you can spend one, because sure to find something. You should also know that the second hand market is very active in these products, and many shops and websites with offers of used bikes very interesting.

Types of Mountain Bikes

Many features are common to all mountain bikes : broad and strong wheels, sturdy frames, suspensions often wade the most difficult obstacles, straight handlebars … However, some features make it into the category has several typologies should be differentiated to choose the most appropriate to the activity we want to develop. Although the rates are very many (each slight variation seems to have generated a distinct class of machines) and there is controversy over how to call each formulation, have attempted to summarize and unify.

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  • Trail

The more conventional, with mixed developments up and down slopes, comfortable suspension and fairly long journey. As should combine precise performance for each field have boxes that allow light but resistant to descend safely and at the same time, ascend without bursting. They are, in short, using most of those involved in mountain biking as a recreational activity.

Tips for buying a bike to your child

 

When buying a bike child for a specific age, it is often thought that he outgrow soon and they will be wasting money; but not nice or safe watch our son riding on a bike too big or inappropriate for him, which does not reach the ground with excessive development, change and brake levers too large or with a hard touch … Before writing the letter to the Kings with the exact model, you should be guided by a series of tips and reflect a little:

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  1. What differentiates a toy from another product of a specific brand of cycling and sport, is that the latter carry higher quality bearings in the wheel axles addition to using stronger materials. The very wide plastic wheels are undesirable, since they hinder the child’s balance and grip is very low.

Tips to Teach cycling

Before making the leap to pedal without training wheels, many parents tend to leave RUEDIN installed only on one side so that the child feels safe, which honestly does not do much. A bicycle with training wheels is a preliminary step unwise if we want our children to learn to teach cycling. The training wheels make the bike loses a key axis movement, the longitudinal.

Bike with training wheels can not be tilted regardless of terrain and that, in addition to potentially dangerous, has nothing to do with what happens when we ride normally. Furthermore, with one RUEDIN bike pulls to the opposite side of which is installed as the bike leans toward that side.

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Your child will learn to pedal to slow … but not to maintain balance or to spin, which are the main secrets of the two wheels for beginners. So first of all, the training wheels off!

When do i have to change the chain?

The main brands of tools for bike have a meter stretch of the chain, however if you have a meter stick can get to know if you’ve time for a change. You have to measure the perfectly stretched chain between 21 pins and must measure 254 mm. If you measure 255 mm and has lengthened 1 mm, which is the elongation defines us that it is time to change the chain.

 

Regarding the change of plates and pinions , there is no exact rule since its wear depends greatly stretch the chain but also on the conditions of use, cleaning the chain, proper lubrication … Substituting the chain every 1500 km ensuring that has not been stretched 1 mm, the use of these will extend around 3-4 chain changes.

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If jumps are seen when mounting the new chain, ie the chain slides on the pinion is selected, it will be time to change it. It may also occur with the dishes. A clear indicator is the “sharp” teeth: if they have lost the form of “volcano” with the rather flat end, adopting a form of sharp “spike” is a sign that the slopes are worn and at Thus the chain will not be subject, requiring a change.

Five Ways to Avoid Ruining Your Bike!

We are seemingly bombarded by all the things we ought to be doing to our bikes to help them last longer – I’m as guilty as anyone else! And if I were to try to turn all of those into a Friday Five topic – well, it would take weeks!

So let’s make it simple: What should you not do? Give these a try:

Don’t wash with pressurized water. Yeah, you could just keep it on the frame and try not to get it near any bearing sets (the pressure can blow past the seals and flush out the grease); but let’s be realistic: it is safer not to use it at all. Soapy water on a sponge like you’re washing a car or my favorite – Simple Green – are good alternatives.
At the same time – don’t forget to clean it. A clean bike is a happy bike. At least wipe it down once in a while to remove dust and grease. Dry it off after a wet ride. Clean and lube the chain from time to time.

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Don’t go too long between tune ups. I know – we’re all on a budget these days – money is tight and we all go without some things. But, some periodic and predictable maintenance is easier to budget around than going too long and receiving a BIG repair bill because you’ve worn out all your components and they need to be replaced.
Don’t neglect your tires. Where all the action happens – its a wonder some of us pay as much attention to them as we do. Inspect them from time to time – look for cuts, threads, missing or worn tread (here’s a quick photo guide of a few things to take notice of) all of these are signs that your tires need replacement. They might need to be inflated more often than you think too!

Basic Tips for Cycling Safety

As my safety month comes to a close; I thought a post from some industry associates in Colorado was apropos. I hope you enjoy as I let them weigh in on the issue…

In an effort to stay physically active, more people than ever are beginning to reap the benefits of cycling. Although cycling is a very exciting way to exercise, the rider must contend with potentially dangerous obstacles such as passing traffic and environmental hazards. Here are some important safety tips to keep in mind when commuting via a bike.

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Stay visible
It is of the utmost importance that every cyclist stays visible at all times. Wearing extremely bright clothing is a great way to alert inattentive motorists. Never ride a bike without first installing the appropriate reflectors.

Inspect the bike before hitting the road
Although a traditional bike is not equipped with a motor, it stills needs to be properly maintained. Some of the most important things to do before heading out include checking the tire pressure, inspecting the chain, and testing the brakes. It is also advisable to keep a tire repair kit on hand during the journey.

Top Tips for Cycling on a Budget

Cycling as a rule is a great activity that can entertain whole families on the weekend for no cost at all. However, they costs that are involved with getting set up with a bike can come at a price that can daunt even the biggest cycling enthusiasts. However, where there is a will there is a way and you can get yourself cycling for a much better price than you may have originally thought.

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Bikes on Sale

Getting a new bike that is great quality and brand new can be hard to find at an affordable price. However, the best way to find something in that category is to check out what is on sale at your local bike store. Buying bikes from a professional bike store during sales is going to get you a higher quality, safer product than if you were to buy at a large general retail store of which a few cheap bikes sit between the kids toy section and outdoor living. Many cheap bikes are of poor quality, durability and therefore poor safety. It is also unlikely that there would be any staff in the large general stores that can help you to choose a bike that is appropriate for your size, weight and cycling needs (that’s if they have a bike that meets your needs at all!).

A professional bike store is a guaranteed way to get yourself a high quality bike with the advice of a knowledgeable staff member. Often there will be bikes on sale that are a great price tag for the quality of the product you are buying. Dropping into your local bike store regularly is a great way to keep up with what is on sale and knowing what you want will help you to make that great purchase as soon as the sale sign hits the handle bars.

Tips for any early morning fall ride though

Five things you should have done on your 6:00 a.m., 37 F degree, rainy ride back from the auto service center after dropping off your car.

I was reminded of all of these things yesterday morning… 🙂 These are actually good tips for any early-morning fall ride though.Thought I’d share.

  1. Pump your tires up the night before – ’cause you know you don’t have time in the morning.
  2. Wear the winter wind-proof scull cap that covers your ears and not the euro-chic cycling cap. Regardless of how tough you think you are – it’s cold out there!
  3. Wear the wind-proof gloves too. It may be a short ride, but your hands will get cold.Early-morning-bike-ride
  1. Charge your headlight battery the night before – having your light begin to run low on juice near the end of the ride is not luck; it’s poor planning.
  2. Take your own advice and just do your pre-ride check the night before. I mean come on, Matt – you’re smarter than that! 🙂
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