How To Maintain Your Bike

How To Maintain Your Bike

pexels-photo-30127Spending a decent amount of money on a top quality bicycle is one thing, whether it’s for fitness, sport, commuting or just getting around more easily. However, it’s another matter if you can actually look after that bike and keep it in the best possible condition for future use. If you want to get the most out of yours, consider some best practices and understand how to properly take care of your new purchase.

THINGS TO CHECK

Brakes

One of the most important factors for staying safe while cycling is having working brakes. Fortunately this is not difficult to check. Make sure your brake pads look symmetrical and are aligned so they can actually grip the wheel, then make sure the brake handles actually move them properly. Hold the brakes and try to move the bike to make sure.

Tyres

Another major thing to take care of constantly is your tyre pressure. Keeping this at the correct level will maximise the lifespan of your tyres so as long as you check this every week or so you should cut down on replacement costs in the long term.

Pedals

Spin your pedals to ensure they aren’t getting caught, and check that they engage with the chain system correctly. They shouldn’t be too loose as this will affect your control.

THINGS TO CLEAN

Chain

Every 1,000 miles you should be cleaning and lubricating your chain to make sure it doesn’t lock up. This isn’t too often for most people, but be careful not to forget. You will be able to do this with specific cleaning fluid and oil designed for bike chains.

Seat

The seat itself and the seat post need to be kept in good, clean condition to prevent them from becoming stuck or damaged. You might not think about it, but failing to keep the seat in working order could mean you suddenly can’t use your bike.

Frame

Just to make sure nothing gets stuck or damaged, you should regularly clean your entire bike frame. A lot of areas will stay clean or be washed by the rain, but it’s likely that some parts of your bike will get dirty after a while.

 

When everything is checked, clean and in working order, you should be keeping your bike somewhere safe and dry to protect it from the weather as well as criminals. This should definitely help to prolong the life of your bicycle and keep you riding safely for longer.…

The Beginner’s Mountain Biking Crash Course

The Beginner’s Mountain Biking Crash Course

Mountain biking is not only one of the most fun and exciting forms of cycling. You might be surprised to hear that it’s also one of the easiest to get started with, even if you are a complete novice. You just have to have an interest in fitness and enjoy physical activities as hobbies, then you can choose a pace that suits you.

To begin with you need to understand the basic principles. Mountain biking doesn’t have to be on an actual mountain for a start, just in case you weren’t clear on that. It simply means away from paved tracks and roads, but most people would spend a lot of their time mountain biking on defined trails and paths which are suitable for cyclists.

This is certainly a good idea while you’re still a beginner, before moving on to completely open terrain or even professional mountain biking courses. At first you just need to build up your basic skills and make time for some training. To learn techniques and get better, you might try some of the following options:

  • Reading books or websites to teach you the basics
  • Watch YouTube videos or DVD courses
  • Hire a trainer to teach you
  • Get advice from friends who already do it

However, once you understand the basic safety of mountain biking you are better off simply trying it for yourself and gradually improving through practice. In fact, we’d go as far as to say that you won’t get any better until you focus almost entirely on practical experience.

To reach this stage you will need to ensure you have appropriate clothing and safety gear to wear. This will include gloves, plus a helmet with some form of glasses or visor to protect your hands, head and face from stones or debris. You can also wear any protective clothing you feel comfortable with. This way you may experience minor accidents but you will be protected from more serious injuries.

Aside from what you wear, essential kit should include a multi-tool for bikes. These are fantastic and useful in almost any common situation for cyclists like getting a puncture or needing to adjust your bike’s configuration.

Speaking of which, of course you’ll need to choose a bike that suits you before you get started. Many different styles are suitable for mountain biking, but certain features will help you so it’s important to get professional advice from someone who knows what they’re looking at. Once you have an appropriate bike, all the necessary gear and some basic knowledge, you’ll be ready to start practising and have a lot of fun while staying active.…

Things You Have To Know When Cycling On Pavements

Things You Have To Know When Cycling On Pavements

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Technically, you should always ride a bicycle on the road and not on the pavement. There are laws to ensure this in many places, but according to the UK Highway Code for cyclists, this is not strictly enforced and there are many occasions when cyclists don’t adhere to it.

Often this is due to main roads being busy and appearing more dangerous than pavements, but this ignores a few factors. You really need to consider all of the following before taking your bike out on pavements.

1) There is no excuse not to wear safety gear

Regardless of whether you’re on the road or the pavement, it’s essential that you always wear a helmet and any other safety equipment you feel comfortable with. This protects you and others.

2) You’re probably making pedestrians feel unsafe

Pedestrians on pavements have no choice about where they walk, so it can often seem unfairly dangerous when they’re forced to contend with bikes trying to pass them at high speed. Many cyclists approach from behind and give no warning that they’re there, which can make accidents highly likely. Expect to encounter some angry pedestrians if you decide to speed along the pavement without warning.

3) Cars are still a danger

If you’re cycling over crossings as if you were a pedestrian, or travelling at speed close to the edge of the road, it’s likely that drivers will not expect you to suddenly appear. This can make accidents more likely than if you were cycling on the road properly.

4) You should use bike lanes where possible

As part of the development of urban and suburban areas, dedicated bicycle lanes are often installed. These can be designated lanes painted on the side of the road, or be protected by an actual kerb which keeps the traffic to one side. Either way, these are always a more appropriate place to cycle and should reduce the number of obstacles you come across as well as protecting walkers.…

The 5 best bike modifications that you can easily make

There are many upgrades bicycle enthusiasts can do with their single-track vehicles to improve its purpose and aesthetics. Here are some quick DIY modifications you can do to bring a personal touch to your bike:

modyfication1. Handlebar Positioning and Upgrade

No matter which bike you use, it needs an upright handlebar, as it affects the stability of your bicycle.

If the handlebars are too far from your reach, with handles too distant from each other, or simply too bulky, consider getting a new one. We usually recommend flat handlebars for most bikes. These are versatile, simple, and precise pieces for bikes of any type.

Now that you’ve got the replacement parts begin by removing or just loosening the old bar’s hex bolts with an Allan key. Once the old one is out, position the new handlebar to your liking while making sure they are centered. Finally, tighten back the bolts.

2. Cable Brakes and Shifters

Changing your handlebars may also mean altering your brakes and shifters, which are important in controlling the gear mechanism of your vehicle.

First, adjust the gear into the smallest for the least tension. Then, loosen up the screws on the derailleur clamp using a screwdriver as well as the bolts with an Allan key. Slide the new handlebar into the clamp and position them in an easy reach. Tighten them back into a snug fit.

3. Grips

Another upgrade you can do by yourself is changing your bike grips. To do this, loosen up the shifters or breaks that are placed right beside the grips to give you some space to work with. Next, lubricate the inside tube of the old grip by pinching it and applying alcohol or canned air. Twist and turn until it is completely removed.

Before fitting the new grips into the handlebar, make sure the area is dry and clean by wiping it with alcohol. Your new grips should stick just fine with the use of paint, hair spray or alcohol. Secure the end caps back into place.

4. Seat Upgrade

Any changes in the distance of the seat to your handlebars can give an uncomfortable experience. If you move it too far, you may end up straining your back and shoulders. If it gets too near, your legs and hips will feel awkward while pedaling.

Now that you have the right measurement start by loosening the bottom clamp bolt(s) with an Allan key until you can slide the old seat back and forth. Twist the metal top plate that sits on top of the saddle rails. Remove the old and place the new seat with the right measurement in mind. Lock-twist the metal plate and tighten the bottom bolt(s).

5. Wheel Upgrade

Changing the front wheel of your vehicle could be the easiest alteration to do with a bicycle. Bike shops frequently have easy to install wheels.

To do this, open and rotate the quick release and unscrew the nut at another end until the front wheel can be …

Top 5 Electric Bikes To Buy in 2016

If you enjoy going past the traffic on busy days while saving money on gas and having mini adventures, then getting a bicycle could be all you need.

Where else can you invest your well-earned money but with this great invention? And if you’re afraid of having to break a sweat in pedaling, an electric bicycle could be a more favorable choice.

1. 2016 IZIP E3 Peak

ebikeWeighing less than 50 pounds with a body of a classic mountain bike, the IZIP E3 Peak makes biking look sexy. Manufacturers equipped this slim ride with a quiet 73Nm mid-drive motor and a 350W Currie Electro-Drive System, which make it perfect for cycling along busy, sloping streets and moderately rough terrains.

Both wheels have a quick release system comprised of 180mm Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and a 10cm air fork. With speed reaching up to 20 mph, gliding along pavements couldn’t get easier. This sturdy bike offers Kenda tires, alloy hubs, a set of Shimano shifters and cogset, Velo seat and grips, and an LCD Multi-function display.

2. EG Vienna 250

Coming in as one of the lightest folding e-bikes is the EG Vienna 250, which weighs just 43.5 pounds. This compact vehicle, which houses a seven-speed Shimano Acera Rear Derailleur on 20-inch wheels, can be folded to fit perfectly into car trunks or storage.

Its removable 7.8 AH Samsung Lithium-Ion Battery enables this bike to go a maximum eighteen miles per hour. Its brake levers, front and rear motor hub, handlebar, stem, Promax brakes, and rear rack are all made up of an alloy which helps keep the overall weight to a minimum.

3. Electrobike Gama Cruise

This bike lives up to its name. Using the Electrobike Gama gives out a cruising experience on land. Available in white, navy blue and red, this laid-back ride can run up to 20 mph with its 350W Lithium-Ion battery that recharges in 4.5 hours.

This bicycle’s swept back handlebar and upright saddle give the most comfortable biking experience. Who cares about its 53-pound weight when you can easily move around with a reliable motor, fork suspension, and seat shock?

4. Ascot Classic Italjet

What bike will make you look twice wondering if it is a Harley Davidson or a vintage motorcycle from the 20’s? Nothing else but an Ascot Classic.

Made in Italy with grips, engraved saddle, speedometer, and battery house covered in rich leather, manufacturers also embellished this electric bicycle with a Chrome teardrop headlight and a stem watch. The fork comes with double springs and bearings for a more comfortable experience. This steel behemoth carries 2-ft wheels while its 250W battery motor can drive 15 miles per hour at top speed.

5. High Power Cycle Revolution

An American made, almost motocross looking e-bike, is the High Power Cycle Revolution. With a massive 5kW power reaching up to 50 mph, this hand-welded bike designed for speed. The battery can last up to six hours that allows the bike to go a hundred miles. …

3 amazing public places to ride a bike in the UK

Cycling is not only an excellent way to shed off some pounds and keep our bodies healthy, but riding a bicycle also allows us to go to the best places with minimal cost and more heartfelt, breathtaking experiences, literally.

For any enthusiast, whether pro or not, as long as there is land and the right type of gear and bikes, cycling can be anywhere. As long as you know how to balance your single-track vehicle, the location should not be a problem.

However, if you’re also after the view and the landscape, then you may have to go a little farther from home. If you happen to be in the UK, your problem will not lie on where to go. Rather it would be an issue of where to go first.

When in the United Kingdom, there are a lot of areas to go cycling. Imagine choosing among four countries, with each nation having various bike rides to exhibit. Here are my top three personal favorites.

3 Lake District National Park

If the crowd doesn’t upset you much, Lake District is a must-go. The scene is perfect to be enjoyed while riding your bike. If it does, then go biking along the northern and western lakes.

If you haven’t been here before, let me give you a heads up. There’ll be slopes and passes making your bike ride an adventure. If you have enough guts, try the Hardknott and Wrynose passes, between Eskdale and Langdale. For a more action-packed adventure, try going back and forth. There are other areas to explore if you still have time, energy, and air.

2 The Yorkshire Dales

If you want to experience the first stage of 2014 Tour de France yourself, go to this area of standout scenery. Professional riders come to the Dales to train for their competitions, with its quiet roads and landscape.

History and science come your way as you drive along the Dales. See limestone formations, moorlands, and historical villages nearby. Whether you prefer a smooth ride or a challenging bike adventure, you’ll find the perfect spot at the Dales.

1 Moidart and Glencoe

In Scotland, you’ll find Moidart as a remote area 20 miles west of Fort William while Glencoe arguably the most romantic or cinematic Glen in the area, more than ten miles below Fort William.

The 80-mile long Glenuig Loop stretches from Fort William to Moidart, where you can take the Coran ferry to Ardgour. On your return, you’ll pass ‘Road to the Isles’ road, where you move along Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest mountain, elevated at least 1300m from its base.

These are just three places where you can go cycling around the UK. If these places are far from where you are and traveling will be an issue. Don’t fret. There is always a nearby place where you can go biking while enjoying the scenery.

Better yet, while you haven’t found the place to be, start outside your home and explore.…