Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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
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
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
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Raphael Carrondo from London is looking for a cyclist who kicked him into the in the path of a moving bus. He uploaded a Youtube video that shows the horrifying event. The video captured the road-rage that happened on Victoria Embankment using his bike-mounted video cam. It shows Carrondo overtake a bus, then another cyclist riding a BMX bike overtake him on his right side then kicked his bike's front wheel that knocked him off his bike and he almost falls under the bus.
Luckily, Carrondo escaped with just few scratches. Carrondo posted the YouTube video to ask people to help him identify and find the cyclist who kicked his bike he is also offering a reward.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Harrison Ford, 72 who is known for playing Han Solo in the original Star Wars and Indiana Jones shows off his Lycra cycling gear. He was seen in going around London in a bike. His gear includes cushioned cycling shorts, helmet, compression socks, shock-absorbing running shoes, and a waterproof jacket for the London weather. His ride is a Genesis Croix de Fer bike which is has a standard retail price of £374.99 on Genesisbikes.co.uk.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Someone sabotage the race by throwing hundreds of black painted drawing pins on the road of a cycling race route that busted 70 participants bikes at the Valleys Velo Sportive race last Sunday September 28, 2014. The assailant dropped the drawing pins on a downhill stretch of road near Nantymoel, Bridgend county right before a hairpin bend.
Athletes were going about 70kmph and acts like these could have resulted to accidents that can injure or even killed someone.
Cyclist Richard Manning 46 was among the participant he said, "I only hope that the culprits are caught and that their punishment is enough to dissuade others from doing this. The placement of these drawing pins on a really fast descent, just before a hairpin bend can only lead to the conclusion that the saboteur was hoping to cause serious injury or even death."
"Painting them black to camouflage them on the road shows a level of planning I find deeply distressing", he added.
Local Police are now investigating the incident and they are looking for the culprits.
Another cyclist Rider Gary Dawes said, ""Black painted drawing pins scattered as sabotage on a fast descent is nothing less than attempted murder."
Monday, September 29, 2014
Check out GNC video on important biking tools that you need to own in-order to properly maintain your bike. Owning a bike also requires maintenance like owning a car. It's also fun to do some DIY bike maintenance that will not only save you money but will also broaden your understanding about your bike and will make you appreciate it more.
Some DIY maintenance that you can do is, check and adjust seat-post, replace cables, replace bar tape, check headset, check bottom bracket, replace chain, and bike cleaning.
Here are the tools that you will use frequently in maintaining your bike:
- Tyre levers - to replace and fix the inner tube of a punctured tires.
- Mini Pump - to pump air to your tires when you are on a road.
- Track pump - more powerful pump to put air in your tires.
- Multi tool - just like a swiss army knife, you'll have different tools to fix and adjust anything that needs to be adjusted in your bike.
- Allen Keys (4, 5 & 6 mm) - most common Allen keys for your bike.
- Cassette Tool and Chain Whip - use to remove your bike's cassette
- chain tool - use to chain remove link and re-attached the chain when it snapped.
- Spoke key - to make sure your wheel is running straight.
- Cable cutters - use to replace break and gear cables.