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Peace on the Road: 5 Things Every Bicycle Enthusiast Needs 1

Posted on January 21, 2017 by Lizzie Weakley

Peace on the Road 5 Things Every Bicycle Enthusiast NeedsWhether traveling through city or countryside, on a daily commute or across the country, every bike trip can use a little extra gear to make the trip that much easier. Everything from action cameras to active wear will keep your bike trip convenient and exciting.

Panniers

If you cycle to the store or around town, panniers are invaluable. These packs attach directly to the bicycle, making it easy to store items and ride without directly feeling an extra burden. Whether you’d like to pick up milk and groceries or transport light gear on a longer trip, panniers make transportation a piece of cake.

Active wear

Comfortable, athletic clothing can make the difference between an easy bike ride and an uncomfortable slog through the city. Moisture-wicking clothing, form-fitting shirts, and comfortable athletic shoes are just a few of the many necessities for the well-traveled cyclist. Companies like DHDWear provide stylish graphic tees provide a great example of bike-related clothing that fits in and looks great in non-athletic settings.

Lights

Nighttime safety measures are vitally important, but that doesn’t mean they’re a hassle. With reflective safety clothes and discreet-yet-noticeable flashing LEDs, you can be sure to stay safe when cycling in the dark. Headlights, taillights, and safety vests will increase visibility without much effort, giving you the power to explore the world when drivers have a harder time noticing cyclists. Read the rest of this entry →

Six of the Best Upcoming Bike Tours to Ride This Fall 0

Posted on September 24, 2016 by Brooke Chaplan

fall-bikesOne of the best ways to experience the fall season and its changing leaf colors and new crisp breezes, is from the seat of a bicycle. Riding in a pack surrounded by fellow biking enthusiasts, you get a new perspective of the gorgeous autumn countryside. The following six fall bike tours are some of the best rides suggested by various members of local bike clubs and tour organizers from around the country.

Boise, Idaho
October is the best time to check out the foliage in Idaho. The brisk weather ranges in temperature from the 40s to the 60s and the bike tour along a 25-mile-strech of path through the Boise River Greenbelt that skirts the Boise River is one of the most popular treks. Several bike rental shops are located along the river trail for those who want to rent a bike rather than rather than bring their own.

Lake Champlain, Vermont
One of the favorite foliage viewing locations in the New England area is Vermont’s Champlain Valley. Particularly popular is the six-day tour out of Bristol, Vermont. After heading north to Lake Champlain, the tour makes stops in Ticonderoga, New York, and ends in Middlebury, Vermont. Riding from 13 to 33 miles a day, you’ll be surrounded by an array of fall colors through the entire ride. This wonderful all-inclusive bike trip doesn’t come cheap. For about $2,000 per person, you are provided with a top-class touring bike, nightly lodging at local inns, and terrific meals at local restaurants. Read the rest of this entry →

Head Shot: Sports with the Highest Rates of Brain Injuries 7

Posted on June 03, 2016 by Brooke Chaplan

soccer-headHead injuries are a common occurrence in many sports and can range from mild concussions, to severe or even traumatic brain injuries. All athletes, regardless of the sport, risk injuries, but some sports have much higher rates than others. Here is a look at some of the most dangerous sports out there.

Boxing
Boxing has one of the highest rates of brain injury of any sport. On average, being hit by a professional boxer is like being hit with a bowling ball moving at 20 miles per hour. About 90 percent of boxers, both professional and amateur, have received some type of head injury from the sport, and one in five have received a traumatic brain injury.

Football
Tens of thousands of people visit the emergency room every year with head injuries caused by football. This sport has the highest concussion rate for high school sports, and at least one third of NFL players have received traumatic brain injuries from playing. Read the rest of this entry →

Five Pieces of Equipment to Have For This Road Biking Season 6

Posted on April 02, 2016 by Brooke Chaplan

Road BikingEnsuring your road biking checklist is complete and well thought out could mean a more enjoyable bike trek, if not a life-saver. As road biking season heats up, remember to find the right equipment and keep these items in mind. Here are just a few essentials you’ll want to consider packing for your next ride.

WATER
Experienced riders pack up to a gallon of water, but you’ll need a way to refill when you run out. Plastic bottles are durable, easy to carry, and many include built-in filters that remove sediment from untreated water, ensuring an endless supply. Try to plan a course that puts you near parks with drinking fountains or gas stations that offer free water. You can also get a lot of water on your rides by making use of camelbaks.

CALORIES
Your body needs calories to stay active, and since cycling burns them at a faster rate, stockpiling as many calorie rich foods as you can might be a good idea. Fruit is a great source of energy because your body stores them for longer periods of time and essentially burns them slower, allowing them to power your body longer. Nuts are easy to carry and an excellent source of carbs and protein. Be sure to have some form of electrolytes on hand for your journey as well. This could be in powder form for drinks or as part of your snacks. Read the rest of this entry →

How to Find Extreme Sports that Won’t Cost You an Arm and a Leg 1

Posted on March 17, 2016 by Brooke Chaplan

Extreme-SportsExtreme sports are activities that can provide an adrenaline rush to the participant and usually involve some level of danger, speed, and physicality. In recent years extreme sports have become more popular for both recreation and competition. There are different types of extreme sports categories such as vehicle sports where the vehicle is either motorized or non-motorized like skateboards, and non-vehicle sports. Many extreme sports can be expensive due to the cost of the activity and equipment, but there are also inexpensive options for the adrenaline junkie with a limited budget.

Vehicle-Based Cost Effective Extreme Sports
Motorized vehicle based extreme sports are typically more expensive because of the equipment required. Motocross racing is a popular activity and is a form of off-road motorcycle racing on enclosed circuits either inside or outdoors. For safety reasons, participants must be a minimum of 15 years old. Snowmobiling is another popular motorized extreme sport which involves driving the snowmobile in snow and ice conditions on trails or open terrain. You can find lots of equipment for cheap at places like Bob’s Cycle & Snowmobile Supply. Non-motorized vehicle extreme sports are less expensive and offer more opportunities to participate. Mountain biking, freestyle biking, surfing, and windsurfing are extreme sports that are easy to pursue and typically don’t cost too much.

Non-Vehicle Based Cost Effective Extreme Sports
Non-vehicle extreme sports are a favorable option for extreme sports enthusiasts who do not want to spend much money. These sports include roller derby, rock climbing, paint balling, canyonering, white water rafting, body boarding, zip lining, and parkour. These activities all provide the thrill of danger, are physically demanding, and cost a fraction of vehicle-based extreme sports. Other budget friendly adrenaline driven sports are caving, street luge, bungee jumping, hang gliding, paragliding, and base jumping.  Read the rest of this entry →

Codes of the Road: What to Know as a Novice Road Biker 11

Posted on March 09, 2016 by Brooke Chaplan

cycling-2Having bought or rented your first road bike the temptation to plunge straight in by riding long miles, riding in a pack, or climbing mountains is irresistible. Or maybe you are a bit more nervous, since you aren’t sure what to expect with your first time on the asphalt. When equipped with the right road biking tips, you are guaranteed to ride better, stay stronger, go faster, get fitter, and most importantly stay safer.

Night Riding
It is inevitable that at some point you’ll find yourself riding at night or before the sun gets up. Statistics show that this increases the chances of getting into an accident. Relying on street lights is not enough. The use of headlights enable people and vehicles to notice you and you can flash your light by twitching the handlebars so as to signal approaching drivers. Make sure you have plenty of reflective material on your clothing and bike, and that your headlamp or other lights are illuminating the most road for you to see clearly. Read the rest of this entry →

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