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.