Saturday, January 14, 2017

Top 3 Lightweight Disc Brakes

There are a lot of debate regarding lightweight disc brakes. Do you really need them are they essential or just a waste of money and time.

Well, either way lightweight disc brakes are becoming more and more popular. Bicycle companies are starting to release re-designed bikes that is specifically built to accommodate the additional braking power.

Speed is useless if you don't have control, which is why the faster you go the better your brakes need to be. And the best way to stop a speeding bike smoothly is with hydraulic disc brakes. So let's look at the top 3 Lightweight Disc Brakes currently on the market.

Shimano SLX M675, bike brakes

Shimano SLX M675 - offers top quality performance at a mid-range price. The levers are broad, deeply crooked and get extra grip dimples and it has a big reach adjuster dial on the knuckle.

It has the "Ice Technology" that significantly reduces heat build-up in the brake system . It has an updated lever/piston pivot with ServoWave mechanism to connect to the master cylinder, which means better pad clearance for quieter, cleaner running, as well as increased power at the contact point. The 2-finger tool-free reach/free-stroke adjustable lever blade give better ergonomics and increased power.

Formula R1 Disc Brake, bike brakes

Formula R1 Disc Brake - it is one of the lightest serial disc brake on the market today. Custom tuning can bring down the stock weight of 298 grams by further 16 grams. Despite being lightweight it can give more than enough power and performance for an All Mountain or Enduro use. The forged master cylinder body and caliper provide increased modulation, braking power and durability, while the R1’s patented caliper piston system increases fluid capacity in the caliper providing stability and fade resistance even on long descents.

 SRAM Guide RSC S4, bike brakes

SRAM Guide RSC S4 - this is a very expensive piece of equipment but latest updates make them unbeatable for outstandingly consistent braking. It gives you power, consistency, and modulation. The S4 caliper has a fuss-free bleed port and a redesigned fluid path within the caliper to aid oil flow and banish bubbles too. The weight is just average.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Happy New Year 2017

I hope this new year will be as fragrant as roses, as bright as the sun, as colorful as the rainbow
and as cheerful as the lark. Happy New Year to all!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Merry Christmas 2016

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May you be blessed with success in everything that you do and don't forget to share your blessings to others and your loved ones, Merry Christmas and a happy New Year too!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Cycling: How To Fix Noisy Bike Brakes

There will be a time the brakes in your bike will make a loud, screeching, and annoying sound that will make you cringe. It may also fail to stop your bike which can lead to accidents, so it is really important to fix it immediately. If they are rim or disc brakes and they are giving an awfully noisy sound then there's probably something wrong with them. Noisy breaks are often caused by vibrations.

Watch the clip above to fix noisy, squeaking brakes.

Important tips to maintain your brakes:
- clean the rims and brake pads.
- Toe your brake pads in.
- Check Caliper and pivot bolts for tightness.

For disc brakes, check discs if they are bend if they are straighten them up or replace them. Make sure the brake pads are not worn. Make sure disc pads are free from oil.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Best Gifts for Kids Who Wants to Ride a Bike

If your kid is asking for a bike then why not, it will help your kids love riding as  much as you do. It's a good exercise and it will keep them alert and attentive. Also, learning how to ride a bicycle is one of life’s milestones. It's a rite-of-passage and an introduction to their independence.

1. Early Rider Childrens No Pedal 14" Evo Balance Bike - Early Rider is an award-winning bicycle maker for kids based in Britain. The Early Rider Childrens Evo Balance Bike Classic is their flagship wooden bike. It has a low centre of gravity to make it stable so that it's easier for kids to handle the bike. It weighs 9.37lbs( 4.25kgs) and it is designed with two levels of steering, restricted and unrestricted. It is one of the coolest balance bike in the market.
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- Suggested age 2 - 5 yr

Early Rider Childrens Evo Balance Bike $100.00

2. Cruzee UltraLite Balance Bike - balance bike is a good alternative to tricycles and training wheels for your kids to learn how to ride a bicycle. This bike is made of rust-free anodized aluminum. It is very light one of the lightest bike in the world, weighing only 4.4 lbs(2kgs) which is great for kids. Kids will learn how to balance, steer, and it will develop their motor skills.

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- Suggested age 1.5 to 5 yr

Cruzee UltraLite Balance Bike $159.99

3. WOOM BIKES USA Balance Bike - this balance bicycle has an amazing geometrical design. It is made from lightweight AL-6061 aluminum tubes and optimized for simple balancing, which is supported by an upright seating position and a steering lock limiter. It only weighs 7lbs (3.6kg). It is also equipped with high quality v-brakes for easy and effortless braking.

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- Suggested age 18 mths-4 years
WOOM BIKES USA Balance Bike $199.00

4. Micro G-bike Chopper Balance Bike - the beach-style handlebars makes it easier for kids steer and it limits the steering radius that provides more stability for young kids. It weighs 5.4 lbs (4.45kgs)
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- Suggested age 2 to 5yr

Micro G-bike Chopper Balance Bike $129.99

5. Dynacraft Magna Starburst Girl's Bike - this one is great for your little princess. It has a BMX frame that is decorated with vibrant pink and purple flowers with a matching hot pink seat, grips, pedals and training wheels. It has a "star Burst" decal. It's a great value for its price since this is only a training bike and they will eventually outgrow it.
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- Suggested age 3 to 5yr
Dynacraft Magna Starburst Girl's Bike $50.24

Other bikes to consider:

Monday, November 7, 2016

Best Electric Bike Batteries

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If you have an electric bike its lifeblood is the electric batteries, it is the most important components of an electric bike. If you have a crappy batteries, your bike will give you a headache. Battery technology is evolving rapidly, so it’s hard to know what type of battery is best.

Here’s a guide to battery types for electric bikes:

Lead-acid Electric Bike Batteries or SLA - these batteries are sealed in a hard plastic case and can be turned in any orientation safely without leaking acid which makes them good for ebike use. They are cheap and easy to recycle. Lead acid batteries also has high power output unlike Lithium batteries that generally don’t like to handle too much current.

The downside for this is they are usually large and heavy, that limits where you can place them on your ebikes. They are also sensitive to bad treatment, and have a short lifespan about less than 200 cycles.

Since SLAs are heavy, it's advisable to mount your batteries as low as possible to keep the center of gravity of the ebike lower towards the ground. This will significantly improve your bike's handling.

Lithium Electric Bike Batteries - the best advantage of lithium batteries is their small size, you can fit them almost anywhere in your ebike frame and they are lightweight. Since they are small you can fit 2 or 3 mid to large capacity lithium batteries in your bike that can give you more range.

Lithium batteries that are designed specially for ebikes often come with specific bicycle mounting points that makes them very easy to attach to the bike frame, seat post or rear rack.

The big disadvantage of these batteries is the cost, they are much more expensive than lead acid batteries. Prices vary depending on the voltage and capacity of the lithium battery, but standard ebikes usually have lithium batteries starting in the $400 range. Another disadvantage is they are easy target for thieves since they are small and has a high price tags in the black market.

Types of lithium bike batteries includes:

Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) - most expensive lithium batteries, they last longer than others and also the safest.

Lithium Manganese Oxide (LiMn2O4) and Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide (LiNiMnCoO2) - LiMn2O4  and LiNiMnCoO2 batteries fall into the mid range of lithium batteries in terms of size, weight, safety, lifespan and cost.

RC Lithium Polymer batteries (RC LiPo) - thase are the smallest, cheapest, lightest and most powerful lithium batteries. Unfortunately, they don't last long and can explode if not handled correctly.

Nickel-cadmium (NiCd) Electric Bike Batteries - type of rechargeable battery using nickel oxide hydroxide and metallic cadmium as electrodes. They have more capacity than lead-acid battery. However, nickel- cadmium is expensive and cadmium is a pollutant and hard to recycle which is bad for the environment. 

Nickel-metal Hydride (NiMh) Electric Bike Batteries - they are more efficient than NiCd batteries and more expensive.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Happy Halloween 2016

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This Halloween the most popular mask
is the Donald Trump mask.
And the best part?
With a mouth full of candy and some makeup
you will sound and look just like him.