Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Lumo's Cycling Gear With Built-In LED Lights

Lumo's Cycling Gear, Lumo LED cycling jacket

Lumo's Cycling Gear, Lumo LED cycling jacket

At last a fashionable reflective gear for cyclists. Reflective gears are essential when cycling at night however most of the neon colored jacket and reflector stripes makes you look like a traffic cone. Now comes the UK-based Lumo which has launch of their Kickstarter campaign to raise enough funds to develope their fashionable line of reflective, cycling-specific, LED-powered gear.

Their jackets and bags looks ordinary with no reflective seams or bright neon colors that are not easy on the eyes, but once it gets dark you will see the rows of bright LED strips on the front and back, that are designed to be hidden. The LEDs are waterproof and can be wash by machine. It is powered by a removable USB-rechargeable battery pack which is hidden inside. The battery can last from 2 to 6 hours depending on the settings you use.

Lumo's gear includes jacket, parka, backpack, cycling cap and polo with reflective detailing. All apparel is available in women and men cuts and sizes. The Jackets start at $264, while the backpack starts at $200.

Here is their kickstarter page.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

How Set Up Your Bike like a Professional

Watch this video from the Guardian on tips from cycling professional on how to set your riding position on your bike for maximum efficiency and comfort. Essential tips from saddle height to cleat positioning.

To check the fit of your bike check:
1. Cleats and pedals - the ball of the foot should sit directly above the cleat spindle. Adjust the position of cleats with an Allen key. Badly positioned cleats can lead to over-extend leg and damage the achilles tendons. It also makes you use more energy , so efficiency will suffer.

On the pedal, use a low tension setting to start off with so it's easier to unclip.

Benefits of wearing cleats include:

a. Avoids muscle strain from incorrect foot position.
b. Makes you more efficient on the bike.
c. You can pedal in a circular motion, so it is easier to ride faster.

2. Saddle position and height- saddles can have their height adjusted, as well as their fore/aft position for a good fit. The correct knee angle helps avoid pain and discomfort on joints.

3. Handlebar setup - stems can be bought in different lengths and spacers added to get the right fit for you. Check the new stem matches the diameter of your fork, as these can vary.

Usually, men have longer arms and differently proportioned upper bodies. Distance between saddle and handlebars is longer on men's bikes.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Winter Jackets That Will Keep You Warm When Cycling

It's really hard to go out cycling during winter, the cold can be numbing and it may want you to skip cycling during winter and use your car instead. Not to worry, there are decent jackets that can keep you warm without burning a hole in your pocket. Staying warm while cycling is important to keep you riding and keep you healthy.

Here are my top three cycling jackets for winter:

1. Proviz Reflect 360 jacket -

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Based on statistics there are more accident that involves cyclists during winter when there are poor visibility. The Proviz Reflect 360 jacket can help you in that area since the entire outer shell surface of the jacket is reflective. It bounces car headlamps light back to the driver, that makes it very visible for motorists. It is a great choice when you are cycling at night and twilight.

The jacket do its job in keeping you warm, it also has rear pocket, and a small interior pocket for your smartphone. It is also waterproof, that makes it poor in the breath-ability department even though it has large vents placed strategically around the jacket.

For safety and visibility, this is the jacket for you.


2. Polaris Tornado jacket -
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This jacket is stylish and it offers both breath-ability and wind protection but it has poor visibility. The front of the jacket is made from windproof fabric while the back is a lightweight and breathable fabric. The front is completely black which makes it hard to see during the night even though the majority of the back is fluoro yellow.


3. Giordana Silverline Jacket -
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Here's a great jacket for us women. It has a great fit and do its job as a windbreaker. The jacket is made from durable Corsa fabric that keeps you warm and comfortable during those chilly rides. It also has an inner layer of WindTex fabric that protects you from wind and water but it removes water vapor from your body to prevent overheating. It has DWR (Durable Water Resistant) coating. The jacket has reflective logos at the face and at the back. It also has reflective strips along the three back pockets that helps in the visibility department.

There's also plenty of room for a small pump and other tools with its three large pockets at the back.  What it lacks is a zipped compartments that keeps you from dropping valuables.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ferguson in Flames

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This is sad, Ferguson protesters reacts violently with the grand jury's decision not to indict Michael Brown. I've been following the news on Fox and I see people overturning police cars, shattering windows, looting mom and pop stores, burning businesses owned by local residents. This is just insane why will they do that?

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said in an interview that there are at least a dozen buildings burning to the ground and they were at least 150 gunshots from the protesters. Police didn't fired a single shot. One cop was shot but not in danger. Police had made 29 arrests.

If you are fighting for something why destroy private and public properties? why loot?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Here's How you Can Increase Your Biking Speed Like A Pro

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Pedaling harder will surely speed you up but here are other ways on how to improve your speed:

Make sure your Elbows are bent and tucked in to lessen wind resistance that slows you down. Try lowering your your body and bend it closer to the bars so you can slice through the wind.

Wear tight cycling clothes, it will also lessen the drag. If the weather is too cold, you can wear ultralight jacket that is windproof and water repellent. You will also need to wear a good quality base layer to keep the moisture away from your skin. A windproof cycle jacket will help keep your body stay warm and comfortable.

Losing weight will also speed you up since you have less force of gravity to deal with. Eating more healthy food and less of sugary stuff will help you lose weight.

Make sure that your Bicycle tires are inflated correctly, having the correct tire pressure will make it easier to spin.

Improve your pedaling efficiency, you can watch this video from Global Cycling Network for tips on how to improve your pedaling efficiency:

Friday, November 7, 2014

Netherlands: World’s Only Solar Bike Lane

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This is amazing news, Netherlands have built the world's first cycling lane made entirely out of solar panels. It is the first of its kind and the SolaRoad is designed to harvest energy from the sun and turn it to electricity. The lane connects two suburbs in Amsterdam and can generate enough electricity to power three households. 

The construction started in 2009 and cost about $3.8 million (€3m). It stretches 80 meters, from Krommenie to Wormerveer. It is expected to attract about 2,000 cyclists everyday. The bike lane has already opened last October 21, however the official opening is on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. The bike lane was funded by local authorities and they are targeting to extend it by 10 meters in 2016.

The road is composed of rows of crystalline silicon solar cells, encased within concrete and covered with a translucent layer of tempered glass. It has tilted angle and non-adhesive finish which will help the rain wash off dirt and in effect will keep the surface clean. That will give it a maximum exposure to sunlight.

The creator of the solar powered road aims to produce electricity to power traffice lights, street lights, and even electric cars in the future.

The developers hope to use the electricity produced by the road to power street lights and traffic systems – or even electric cars driving on the surface. At the moment, the road is capable of supplying power for three households.

The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) said that 20% of their 87,000 miles road can be transformed to solar panels that can help produce clean electricity.

I hope this will set an example to other governments to follow and will help minimize our dependence to gas.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Critical Mask Ride: A Pleasant Halloween Costumed Mass Ride

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After the successful "CRITICAL ASS, Gainesville's First Annual "Nearly Naked" Bike Ride", Pleasant Cyclery is hosting another bike ride named "Critical Mask Ride: A Pleasant Halloween Costumed Mass Ride." It is a costumed Halloween mass ride that will be held on Friday, October 31 at 6:30pm. It will start at Pleasant Cyclery shop that is located at 235 nw 8th avenue Gainesville, Florida. The route is 10 miles that will be done at slow pace. 
The purpose of the ride is to raise awareness of cyclists on the roadways, fair share of cyclist road lane while obeying the law, interacting positively with motorists, and making a spectacle all at the same time.

Riders are encouraged to wear costumes, but please wear masks and costumes that will not impair your vision or infringe on the safety of other riders.

If you will bring your car you can park at the Hospice Attic thrift store across the street.

For more information check their Facebook page here