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.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Bicycle Shop Owner Turned Mayor Normal, Illinois

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Normal, Illinois mayor Chris Koos is not just a mayor he's also a small business owner. He owns Vitesse Cycle Shop and Often Running, retail specialty stores in Uptown Normal. According to him being the mayor may technically be a part-time job. He's the only mayor in the United States who runs a bicycle shop just a few blocks from city hall. He said politics in the local level is more about service than politics. He has been in the cycling business for 36 years and he's the mayor of the town Since 2003.

Being a mayor and running a small business is something he enjoys, along with being able to say he's something no other mayor is.

"I'm the only Normal mayor in the United States"

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Friday, September 30, 2016

How to Choose the Best E-Bike For you?

E-bike or electric bicycle, or sometimes referred to as booster bike, is a bicycle with an integrated electric motor which can be used for propulsion. There are huge variety of e-bikes that are available in the market today. There are e-bikes that only have a small motor to assist the rider's pedal-power like pedelecs to somewhat more powerful e-bikes that has a larger motor and looks like a moped but all of them retain the ability to be pedaled by the rider and are therefore not electric motorcycles.

E-bikes use rechargeable batteries and the lighter varieties can travel up to 25 to 32 km/h (16 to 20 mph), depending on the laws of the country in which they are sold, while the more high-powered varieties can often do in excess of 45 km/h (28 mph).

E-bikes are not only great for the environment since it lessen the usage of petroleum products they also make your commute to the office easier and sweat-free.

Before you start shopping around for a new e-bike, and spending thousand of dollars on a bike. Here are the questions that you should answer first:

1. What it is for? Daily commute to work or casual riding since if you'll be using it for your daily commute you need a more sturdy E-bike.

2. How far do you plan on traveling with it? since if you'll only use it for 10-20 miles, most e-bikes are capable. But for longer travel you'll need more assistance and larger batteries.

3. What type of terrain will you be traveling on? If you will only travel on flat terrain it will need less power, torque and cost. Hilly terrain may require you to pedal more and it will need more power.

5. How fast do you need to go? 15-20 mph is already fast for a bike.

6. How much weight can you deal with? Weight is really an important factor in owning an electric bike they may or may not fit in your lifestyle since they tend to be heavier than regular bikes.

7. What's your budget? A bigger budget means you can opt to have more power, sturdier bike, better batteries, longer life and lighter weight. If you have a smaller budget it will limit your choices. Electric bikes can cost anywhere from $499 to $2000 above. Is it worth investing in top-of-the-line LiFePo4 batteries since they last longer.

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GoCycle G3 - it is an electric bike that is compact, fold-able, modern and not cluttered since it doesn't have cables, chains, gears or pinion. This bike is great for short city commute and in crowded streets since it has smaller frame that's easy to maneuver through cars. It is impressively nimble and its electric assistance will help propel you up to 15 mph.  It is equipped with lights, automatic gears and you can control the amount of power using a phone app.
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  • 36V, 8.7 AH Samsung battery; 36V, 250W brushless rear hub motor; 20mph on throttle mode
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Best Biking City In the U.S.: Chicago

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Chicago bags the top spot for the most bike-friendly city in United States, according to Bicycling magazine. In 2014 ranking Chicago was in the 2nd spot while New York is on top, New York slid to number 4.

According to Bicycling Magazine editor-in-chief Bill Strickland Chicago was awarded the top spot because it has emphasized building infrastructure that separates cyclists from motorists. "Awareness of infrastructure, through separated bike lanes, is the next thing that needs to happen to really change cycling and what it means to live in an urban area," he said. He also lauded Chicago for increasing their Divvy bike share program into poor areas of the city.

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San Francisco took the 2nd spot followed by Portland, OR. Here’s the Bicycling magazine’s top ten ranking for 2016:
  1.     Chicago
  2.     San Francisco
  3.     Portland, OR
  4.     New York
  5.     Seattle
  6.     Minneapolis
  7.     Austin
  8.     Cambridge, MA
  9.     Washington, D.C.
  10.     Boulder, CO
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However, some of cyclist in Chicago feels that the city don't deserve it since their bike lanes "are often clogged with illegally parked vehicles, torn up for utility work, or dangerously obstructed by construction projects." There's also a cycling accident that killed four cyclist.    

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride September 10, 2016

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Thousand of naked participants are expected to take part and ride their bike around the street of downtown Philadelphia for the 8th year Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride that will be held on September 10, 2016.

The Philadelphia naked bike ride is to promote the importance of fuel conscious consumption, positive body image, and cycling advocacy. People are encouraged to join. The event has a "bare as you dare" dress code, but you don't have to ride naked if you don't feel like it.

For more information on the bike ride check out their Facebook page:

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Ultra X folding bike Superlight weight Carbon

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Ultra X just weighs 18.75 lb (8.5 kg) it is made mostly from carbon fiber.
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The Allen Sports Ultra X Superlight Carbon bike is one of the best superlight carbon folding bikes in the market today. The bike is designed very well since the hinges and the locking mechanisms are all incorporated in it. And when it comes to folding bikes, they  are mostly heavy not the Ultra X since it only weighs 18.75 lb (8.5 kg). It is one of the lightest folding bike in the market today.

The frame, fork, seat post, handlebar, stem, rims, crankset and saddle are all made of carbon fiber that's the reason why it is so light.  It also features 451 wheels, and an SRAM X9 20-speed drivetrain (with a Shimano front derailleur) which gives you a smooth, responsive ride. It is the ultimate folding bicycle for city commuting or long distance rides. The 20 Speeds gives its rider a wide gear range designed for high speeds on flat terrain, climbing hills and everything else. Taking on sharp corners and avoiding road potholes is easy with this bike.

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Frame: Carbon Fiber
Forks: Carbon Fiber
Front Derailleur: Shimano
Back Derailleur: Sram X9 10 Speed
Rims: Alexrims Carbon
Crank Set: FSA Carbon
Speed: 20
Tires: 20" x 1-1/8"
Wheel Size: 451MM
Shifters: Sram X9 Trigger
Weight: 18.75 LB / 8.5 KGs
Folded Dimensions: 85cm x 35cm x 70cm

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Brazilian cyclist test positive disqualified from Olympics

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Brazilian cyclist Kleber Da Silva Ramos have been disqualified after failing a drugs test before the road race, the Olympic doping body has said. He has now accepted a suspension.

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He tested positive for EPO CERA in the week before the Rio Olympics road race, he already accepted his suspension on a voluntary basis. He tested positive on July 31 but still took part in the Rio Olympics road race even-though he didn't finish the race.

He was provisionally suspended by the UCI 6 days after the race and the Anti-doping Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport said that he voluntarily accepted his suspension without the need of a hearing.

It means that he is officially disqualified from the Olympic Games and the sanction is now referred to the UCI.

The the athlete is currently with Brazilian Pro-Continental team Funvic Brasilinvest-São José dos Campos team; his most notable result was when he won a stage of the Tour de San Luis in 2015.

A Chinese swimmer, Xinyi Chen, has also been disqualified from the Olympics and provisionally suspended. She tested positive with specified substance hydrochlorothiazide.