Cold Weather Cycling

Posted April 1, 2014 By BikesandBags
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There’s a certain mystique, grit, or maybe it’s just plain dedication, to cycling in cold weather. Some might say the attributes are more properly defined as crazy, stupid, foolish. And let’s be perfectly honest. We’ve all seen someone riding a bike in hazardous weather and wondered why on earth someone would put their life in obvious danger. But let’s not pass judgment. To some people, anyone riding a bike after the leaves have fallen needs their head examined. And cycling while there’s snow on the ground, most definitely clinically certifiable. Forty degrees to a Miami native is perceived differently than it is the cyclist from Minnesota. In short, the term cold weather is up for regional interpretation.
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Cycling Essentials For Beginners

Posted March 19, 2014 By BikesandBags
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There’s nothing scientific about it. You can jump on a bike and through the power of your own legs, move forward. Sometimes it’s a ride around the yard and sometimes the ride never ends. But between the two are huge differences. You’re not going to decide one day that you’re going to hop on a bike and Gump your way across the United States. Ride Forest! Ride! Believe it or not it takes some conditioning. All joking aside, every year many people purchase brand new bicycles, ride them for a brief period, then lose interest. That’s unfortunate. As a cyclist you may have gone through this stage of evolving from a recreational rider to an avid cyclist. And that’s where this article was hatched. We want more people on bikes. It’s good for all of us. So here are a few ideas and options for turning that first bike purchase into lasting venue of enjoyment and exercise.
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The Benefits Of Cycling Clothing

Posted March 15, 2014 By BikesandBags
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There are a lot of myths around cycling clothes. Those at the top of the list come from people who don’t ride or are just getting started. As a new cyclist you might have subscribed to some of the notions that bicyclers wear tight clothes to get that extra fraction of a mile of speed. Or that we all wear bright colored clothing because we want people to look at us. In a sense that’s correct. Nobody wants to get hit by a vehicle and if a brightly colored shirt, or jersey, reduces that possibility then it’s all worth it. Well, that and a few more reasons all of which have benefits you might not have realized. Below are some of the most basic items that you will find in most avid cyclers arsenal.
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Purchasing Proper Racks and Packs

Posted March 15, 2014 By BikesandBags
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Finding the right bike bag is fairly easy if you have an intended use but fear not if you’re unsure. You can combine most bike bags to expand or upgrade storage as needed. While most bags offer a lot of information visually it can be difficult to realize the size of each bag. From small and concealed to large and waterproof bags we explain some of the basics below for making an educated decision.
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What About Helmets

Posted March 13, 2014 By BikesandBags
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When choosing a helmet many new cyclists look no further than the price and the color. We agree that those are two important points but the most important is that you’re choosing to wear a helmet. There’s a lot of statistical debate whether or not a helmet actually protects a rider but what can it hurt by wearing one? We hear quite often the same complaints. A helmet is hot. Like a cheap styrofoam cooler sitting on top of my dome. It looks stupid. That is particularly true especially when your only concern is the price and the color. There are many different styles of helmets all of which aren’t really intended to make a fashion statement. They’re made to protect your brain bucket because you will, sooner or later, find yourself on the ground for one reason or another.
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Choosing The Right Bike

Posted March 13, 2014 By BikesandBags
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Bikes have different styles and have been designed for a specific use. While the bike is not technically limited to that usage this is where it will perform the best. And while some bikes can be used for dual purposes you will get the best return for your money when your purchase suits your intended needs. Many people will simply buy the bike they think looks cool or reflects their personality. Often they look at the amount of gears, the tires, then the price dictates the purchase. But you arena’t necessarily getting your moneys worth if the bike you’re buying isn’t going to satisfy your needs or fail mechanically shortly after the purchase. In fact, it’s often the case where new riders lose interest quickly due to a purchase that entailed no background information. With that in mind we’ve created some basic guidelines below that are intended to help you make a smarter decision when purchasing a bicycle.
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