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Because Cycling is Better Than These 7 Alternative Means of Travelling…

Here are a few alternatives which, when compared to cycling in terms of commuting, prove that cycling is a better choice.

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RUNNING

Commuting with the idea of running can be very challenging. Carrying a backpack which would continuously brush against your neck and result in a graze that’d make your colleagues judge you is another issue with this choice of commuting.

Also, you don’t want to sweat and look like a total fiasco when you enter your office because running is something you can’t help with perspiration. Moreover, you’d have to carry spare footwear for running too.

ROLLERBLADES

This choice of commuting may be dangerous for everybody. As it demands perfection and experience with rollerblades, carrying them in running traffic or busy pavements is yet another challenge.

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Scooter commuting may seem completely normal, but it isn’t. It’s definitely a faster mode than walking but technically not faster than cycling. Also, it looks silly as it only allows one leg to be exercised at a time. So, it’s like a one-legged fitness mode of transport.

CAR

Car is definitely a more comfortable choice on a sunny day. But during rush hour, poor drivers watch cyclists swift through the traffic easily. Also, cyclists get an advantage to move through pavements or take shortcuts which are inaccessible for car drivers.

Another disadvantage of taking a car to commute is finding a safe and suitable car parking as every office doesn’t reserve or provide parking for your car.

BUS

Well, travelling by a bus has its own challenges. Waking up early in the morning and getting ready in haste to catch a bus at a certain time. Even if you do, it isn’t necessary that you’d get a seat. Also, one cannot guarantee the behavior of the crowd in the bus along with the interior conditions of the bus. Such as a chewing gum beneath the seats, sweaty and rusty poles, speed of the driver, peaceful environment, etc.

TRAIN

The conditions and challenges of commuting in a train are pretty similar to that of a bus. Too packed to get a seat, unsuitable environment/crowd, fixed time that you would have to adhere to, unhealthy seating or travelling conditions, etc.

SWIMMING

Swimming isn’t much of an available option for people to commute. A minority of people commute through swimming that too when they have to work in waters for e.g., fishing. So swimming cannot be your option anyway as it requires an expansion of water from your home to your office.

Keep in mind these alternatives to travel to your office if you don’t like cycling as a choice and you’ll get your answer.

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Road Cycling Guide for Beginners

How many of you out there love watching the Tour de France every year? Has it recently inspired you to hop on to a bike and get riding? Now you can cycle for a number of reasons.

You can do it do for the thrill of racing, to get back into shape or just to have fun up on the mountains but before you get going there are a few basic things you should know about and here in this guide I have covered it all for you.

Never forget your helmet

When it comes to wearing a helmet or not well there is no thinking twice, it is an absolute must. Crash without a helmet and there is a good chance you may not even know your back home.

Now I know not all us like it but it is the simplest way to stay safe. Also do not avoid spending on your helmet. It may seem like a lot but will be nothing as compared to your medical bill in case you crash.

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Find the right fitting bike

Now finding the right bike fit is not as easy as it sounds but if you can get expert help well then nothing like it. Check out local shops around you to help you get the right fit. Getting the right bike is crucial and here is why.

It will not only provide you better and comfortable ride but more importantly keep back problems away. I usually check the bike fit through the saddle height which in some bikes can be changed.

Here is how to get the right bike


Find the right road

Now that you have the right bike the next thing you need to look for is the right road to ride it on especially if it is your first time. I would suggest you look for a cycling club near you or check it out online.

This way not only will you find better routes but it is also the best way make new friends to ride with which is always fun.

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Carry your ID

You may have all the right gear, the best helmet and the strongest bike but even then accidents happen. Now while avoiding them may not always be possible a few things can ensure you get back home safely.

Make sure you always carry your ID along with you. I usually carry some basic information about me in my dairy. You can also wear a bracelet if carrying a diary or paper seems too boring.

Get used to the traffic

Well you are going to be riding on roads and thus going to come across a lot of traffic. So how do you deal with it? Well the only way to do that is to get used to it. There is no avoiding traffic so keep your head straight, keep an eye out for on coming and ongoing cars and power through.

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Top 10 Myths About Cycling Busted

We all are certain with the basic benefits of cycling. But there may be a few myths that proliferate among the rookies or the non-cyclists. Here we are to expose such myths.

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CYCLING IS RISKY

Cycling is actually a very safe thing to do. It may sometimes feel dangerous but it isn’t. And the chances of crashing one with a motor traffic are pretty rare. It partially depends on who is riding, the experience and where the bike is being ridden.

If you’re a rookie, cycling maybe trickier to handle in traffic. Try to avoid fast traffic if possible. Consider riding on footpaths if you strike a heavy traffic. But the key is to keep yourself away from busy roads if you have not gained confidence in yourself till date. It can be great if you’re riding on a separate cycle path as it is not dangerous at all.

CYCLING IS SLOW

Well, people believe that cycling compared to other modes of transport, can be slow. But we all have observed that during rush hour, cycles move swiftly among the cars stuck in traffic.  Cyclists also have a benefit of shortcuts which cars don’t get. They also get to sneak through pathways.

IT’S NEVER TOO FAR TO CYCLE

Most trips around the town are nearly 5km or less, a distance that can be easily traversed by a bike within 20-30 minutes at a gentle speed. If you’re new to cycling, start small. Plan short trips first, and eventually your commute when you gain confidence in cycling.

HARDER IS  BETTER

If you try filling your tires with a high pressure, you may experience an uncomfortable and bumpy ride. This happens because you will have no suspension to cushion the blows and feeling every bump in the road will eventually slow you down and worse, damage your bike.

CYCLING MAKES YOU SWEAT

The first thing you want to know is that cycling is not sweating. It totally depends on your pace. In fact, cycling is like walking. If you walk or run faster, you sweat. It’s a similar case with cycling.

In addition to this, you can wear light clothes; get yourself an electric bike, etc. to avoid sweating if you pedal faster.

Moreover, perspiration mainly depends on your weight and experience. After repeated training, your body becomes more capable at cooling. So the fitter you are, the more you will sweat.

CYCLING IS UNSUITABLE FOR HILLY AREAS

If you live in hills, take example of people who cycle at hilly regions of other places. All you have to do is figure out the easy and gentler paths to your destinations. Also, it’s okay to get off the bike and push it a little. And in worst case scenarios, buy you an electric bike.

YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO WEAR CYCLING ATTIRE

It is completely contradictory that you should wear cycling clothes while cycling. It is good get the necessary gears but not all of them. You can always wear comfortable clothes that you have in your wardrobe.

SHAVE YOUR LEGS

Shaving your legs maybe good for fad. It does display your toned muscles, indulge you in “riding socialization”, but it has nothing to do with speed. You simply want to go out on the road; it’s absolutely alright if your legs aren’t shaved. Go ahead and enjoy your ride.

IT IS OKAY TO EAT BEFORE OR AFTER CYCLING

If you eat a certain amount of calories per day, cycling burns those calories irrespective of the time you cycle. Even if you go cycling in the morning and burn fat, you will add those calories throughout the day. It is nothing like you need food inn your stomach to burn before exercising.

BALANCING WITH A WEDGE

Many people are advised to wear a wedge because of their hip, leg or foot injury which makes one leg slightly shorter than the other. Well, it’s only true in a few cases. The problem lies with the pelvis which demands to be corrected with exercise or diagnosed properly instead of wearing a wedge suggested by a salesman.

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5 Things to Keep in Mind Before You Sell Your Bike

Buying a second hand bike can be a great idea when you want to save cash or are new to cycling. You wouldn’t want to spend your money on a new bike when you cannot do justice to it completely. So, second-hand bikes are good for the starters.

But buying one can be one hell of a deal. You might want to know about the history of the bike you’re buying so that it doesn’t surprise you later on.

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Here are a few tips to make sure you buy a good bike with a bargain and not loss.

KNOW WHAT YOU WANT

You don’t want to lay your eyes upon a bike just because it’s a good deal. You need to be very clear what all you want in a bike.

If you want to plan road trips, look for a road bike, if you want to hit the trails then mountain bike is your catch. Otherwise, you should look for a hybrid if you want both features well working in your bike. Also, the most important thing is that the bike fits you. Buying a bike at a great deal and still not being able to make complete use of it is a waste.

You need to compare the bikes from different places such as online, newspapers, advertisements, etc. and make sure the owner has provided sufficient photographs of the bike before fixing a meeting. You can demand the seller to provide a size guide which can help you to conclude whether the bike will fit you or not. Unfortunately, every brand has a different size guide, so look for the size guide of the bike you want on its individual brand website.

KEEP AN EYE OUT

Avoid buying a stolen bike. If you’re getting a bike for a very cheap deal to be true, then it’s not right. Ask the seller for the bike history and the duration they’ve had it for. A responsible seller would keep the bike receipt as well. If not, then there is an ID number on the bike frame which you can check from Bike Register database. This will confirm the honesty of the seller.

Moreover, if you’re making a purchase online, use a service like PayPal which offers you protection if anything goes wrong.

CHECK THE DAMAGE

It’s better we accept the bitter truth that all sellers are not genuine. There are many who want to sell their products at the cost of risking others’ money and passing damaged bikes for their own good. So it’s better you keep your eyes open and consider the following things before buying a bike.

The frame: Check for any cracks especially near chain stays, seat posts, bottom brackets and forks.

Replaced parts: There is a possibility that the seller may replace some parts of the bike before selling it to improve its performance. In order to avoid this, compare every part of the bike to the original model.

The drivetrain: The chain, cassette and chain set shouldn’t be rusty. Also, if the cogs are worn down, they definitely will need a replacement.

The tires: Firstly, check if the wheels are travelling in a neat and straight line, and not swinging to and fro. A cheap set will. Also, look for slashes or cracks on the tires.

The cables: Check that the cables are not tattered or rusty and are in a proper working condition.

The seat post and handlebars:  Check if the seat post and handlebars are adjustable, either by undoing the bolts or not as you don’t want a bike you can’t ride comfortably.

MAKE SURE IT FITS

This is a very vital part of buying a bike. You have to be truthful with yourself. Even if the bike has amazing features, it is available at a great deal, etc. you shouldn’t fall for it if it doesn’t fit right as it’ll never give you the comfort while riding that you want.

Sit on the saddle with a foot on the pedal, you should have slight bend in the knee with no need to stretch more. Your hands should be resting comfortably on the handlebars keeping the same circumstances in mind.

Also, you should have an option to adjust the saddle later for farther extent in terms of height so preferably you should be somewhere in the middle.

IT’S TIME TO TEST THE RIDE

Once you’re satisfied with the condition of the bike, ask the seller if you can take the bike for a test ride of around 30 min.

Check the tire pressure before you go for a ride as a bike is not at its best with low tire pressure and risks a flat. Check if the brakes and gears are working efficiently and you’re good to go.

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10 Common Beliefs About Road Biking that Aren’t True!

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CYCLING IS DANGEROUS

When you conduct a survey of the literature on cycling accidents you discover that cycling safety statistics are pretty dry. But there is more to each accidental experience. It is not the entire contribution of the car in an accident, its partially you or entirely you.

It maybe the adverse weather, rolling a stop sign by you on a residential street or you may be cycling in the dark without being careful.

A significant contributor to cycling risk creed is social media. It forms the opinion out of people by displaying several accidents and scaring them. Cycling is not dangerous, it just requires being careful in different conditions and experience.

CYCLISTS  PAY ROAD TAX

Car drivers pay VED which depends on the vehicle’s carbon dioxide emission. Since bicycles produce zero emission, they aren’t supposed to pay VEDs.

CYCLISTS SHOULD ONLY USE CYCLE LANES OR CYCLE TRACKS

Only motorways are built for cars and not bicycles. Cycle lanes are the painted areas on the road while cycle tracks are separately built on the side of the road or away from it. 

But you are suggested to use them only when they are “practicable” as per the Highway Code. As we see some cycle lanes are narrow.

CYCLISTS HAVE TO KEEP LEFT

Sticking to the kerb might feel safer but a certain distance should be maintained. You should be away from the kerb, about a meter or more while cycling.

Also, when you opt for the lane, you make yourself more visible to the drivers in the centre of the lane which forces them to react to your presence and there comes their need to overtake you properly rather than sifting past from the side when there’s not enough room.

TRAFFIC LIGHTS ARE NOT FOR CYCLISTS

Cyclists should abide by the traffic rules as they indirectly induce car drivers to jump signals as well when the cyclists do.

Some offences yet, are not applicable to cyclists for example, crossing a certain speed limit on public roads, talking on mobile phone while riding, etc. But they can be fined for minor offenses and dangerous cycling.

CYCING MAKES YOU PERSPIRE

Cycling is not sweating. It totally depends on your pace. In fact, cycling is like walking. If you walk or run faster, you sweat. It’s a similar case with cycling.

In addition to this, you can wear light clothes; get yourself an electric bike, etc. to avoid sweating if you pedal faster.

Moreover, perspiration mainly depends on your weight and experience. After repeated training, your body becomes more capable at cooling. So the fitter you are, the more you will sweat.

A CYCLIST MUST BE FIT

Frequent cycling sessions will enhance your health and tone your muscles but that doesn’t mean you have to start with being fit already.

Cycling is a fun activity you’d love to do on a daily basis. Also, what makes cycling difficult may depend on the quality of bike. A nasty, badly set-up bike may give you a horrible experience but properly set up, good bikes are a breeze.

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5 mistakes to avoid before your next bike ride

Are your friend’s able cycle better than you? Can they ride longer, faster than you are able to? Well then instead of trying to make your bike faster or getting a new one have you ever considered the fact that you may not be preparing well enough for your rides?

Well while most sites and experts will tell what you should be doing it is also important to know what you should avoid. So here are 5 mistakes to avoid before you go cycling tomorrow.

Consuming fat and fiber rich foods

To ride well you need energy and no the salad you love eating before your ride does not provide you that. These foods are rich in fiber and your body needs time to digest them whereas energy is provided by foods that are quickly digested.

Foods rich in fat have the same problem and can also make you feel sick. So for your next ride I would suggest you ditch the salad and switch to foods rich in carbs and proteins.

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Drinking water

Yes being hydrated is good but if you are going to gulp down a whole bottle of water before your ride well then it can be a problem. I would advise you drink little in regular intervals rather than chugging down the entire bottle to make up for the entire ride.

Drink too much and you will need more bathroom breaks than everybody else. Apart from that it can also cause hyponatremia which can result in a headache, nausea etc.

Not running a maintenance check

So how many times has it happened that 20-25 minutes into your ride you realize than the tires are low on air or your brakes are not tight enough? All these are signs that you are not doing a proper check of your bike before you head out.

These checks are crucial especially if you plan to ride long and ride fast and if you are not sure about it get it check by an expert.

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Not stretching right

Yes stretching is good and is important but if you are not doing it right well then it hardly makes a difference. Static stretching is not as good as you may have first thought. In fact it only reduces your muscle strength.

So what should you be doing to get yourself warmed up for your ride? Well a small ride on your bikes is good and here are a few stretches you can try out.

Keeping your location a secret

While most of us think we are too cool to be telling everybody our location have you ever considered what if you got stranded or met with a crash? So the next time you head out do make sure you let someone know your location and also how many hours you plan to ride. Also make sure you carry your phone.

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A Must-Read Gear Guide for Beginner Cyclists

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So what bike do you plan to buy next, a road bike, mountain bike or a hybrid bike? Well irrespective of the kind of bike you love riding there one thing I would suggest all beginners must practice really hard before planning a long road trip and that is gearing.

Learn it well and I bet you will have a speedy yet smooth and comfortable ride and to help you out I have covered a few tips you will definitely find helpful.

Practice, practice and practice

Have you heard the saying practice makes a man perfect? Well even if you have not I can hardly stress more on how much it matters. So stop watching the videos and reading articles and get out there and actually do it.

For that I would suggest you begin by cycling on smooth empty roads and continue practicing till you get better at it and if you can do it quickly enough trust me those climbs will seem a lot easier than they do at the moment.

Right is rear, left is front

Did you know your bike comes with 2 gear sets, one in the front and the other one at the back? The front set is called chainrings while the one at the back is known as the cassette.

To change the front gear use the lever provided on the left side of the bike whereas the one at the back can be changed using the lever at the ride side. Remembering this is important to changing the gears quickly enough especially when climbing.

 

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Always shift

A mistake I often made as rookie was just staying on a single chainring and only changing the rear ones. Now this is not a bad thing to do but it is best if you avoid it. Well you are probably wondering why?

It is simply because this habit can result in the chain and also the gears wearing out rather quickly leading to a higher maintenance cost which I am sure you definitely would hate.

Anticipating well matters

Want to get better at gearing? Well know your routes better. If you can anticipate the hill you can prepare better to gear. Now gearing uphill is so important because I am sure you do not want to reach up halfway and then have to walk the rest.

Now this is not going to be easy at first but stick to it, practice the right technique and it will definitely work out for you.

Avoid shifting often

When coming downhill you might feel the need to shift too quickly, I know I did but like most experts will tell you it isn’t the right thing to do. Know your trail, understand your bike and shift accordingly. Shift too quickly and there is a chance of the chain coming off.

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Want to be a happy cyclist? Here is what you should do

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There are 2 kinds on cyclists in the world, one that just do it to stay fit while others like you and me who do it because it for us is an important part of our lives we have fun doing and want to improve at but has there ever been a time you haven’t felt so strongly about it?

A time when it seems like you are stuck in a rut, when a trail seems too much of an effort? Well if yes then you are in the right place. Here are few ways to help you stay happy and get back on track.

Know yourself

The key to being happy actually depends on how well you know yourself. Be true to yourself about cycling, your limitations etc. and trust me you will be way happier than most cyclists. Always remember why you started off in the first place.

Now have your long road trips with friends been replaced by races and time trials? Well then I guess it is time you took that long awaited road trip to get your head right.

Stop competing

Yes races are fun, quite a lot of fun especially when you are up against a couple friends but is racing and winning all that matters? I started cycling because I loved racing and I am sure most you out there love it too but sometimes we get too caught up in it.

What really matters is that you have fun and if racing no longer seems fun then it is time you reconsidered your cycling goals.

Manage your time better

Another reason you are probably not feeling the same love towards cycling is because it may have turned into a hindrance. Is it taking too much of your time? Is your work or home suffering because of it?

Well relax you do not need to stop it. All you really need to do is manage your time better. Instead of an hour long ride divide it into shorter intervals.

Be organized

How is easy is it to find something in a mess? Well quite tough isn’t it and believe it or not it is the same when it comes to your cycling as well. One thing that makes cycling fun for me is a smooth and well maintained cycle but if your cycle is not well-oiled and the parts are well below par then I can see why it seems more like chore.

So get up, get it repaired, clean it all up and trust me a couple of minutes into your ride and you will feel a whole lot better about it.

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What you should do after a bike crash

Whether you have been riding for years or have just begun there is one thing no cyclist can avoid and that is crashing. Like it or not it is part and parcel of cycling. Now while you cannot always avoid a crash how you react to it can make a huge difference between a major or minor injury. So what is it that you should do after a crash? Below are all the things you need to do and look out for.

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Be calm and relax

How many times have you fallen of your bike and instantly tried to get back on it by saying you are ok? I guess quite a few times, isn’t that right? But the question is, is it the right thing to do? Trust me it’s not.

After a crash relax and take your time to get back riding. Make sure your bike and more importantly you are fine. Move around, look around and only then start riding again.

Have a first aid kit

Do you feel carrying a first aid kit is not all that important? Well trust me it is. Not only is the kit important but after a crash a few standard first aid checks are a must too. Wondering what these checks are?

Well make sure you can still feel every part of your body and that there are no bones sticking out or bleeding. Also make sure no part of your body is paining. In case of any such signs don’t be a hero and instead call for help.

 

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Check for a concussion

The best way to look for a concussion is by assessing the damage on your helmet. Is there a huge crack or bend on it? Well then there is a good chance you may have a concussion.

Apart from that if you feel confused and can’t remember anything then again there is a chance you have a concussion. The key here is to again remain calm and take your time. I would suggest you call for help and stay put.

Check the wheels

Well from my past experience I can tell you this that after a crash the parts that are more likely to be damaged are the wheels of your bike but on the bright side you can find the problem quickly.

After the crash make sure your tires still have enough air and are not leaking. Apart from that also make sure the spokes are intact. Your brakes and discs etc. should also be functioning well.

Frame

The frame of the bike is quite strong and is usually the last thing I check after a crash. Is your bike made of carbon? Well then look for cracks since even the smallest ones can turn bad as you ride away. Cracks and dents in steel or aluminium bikes are usually less problematic.

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