Have you ever thought about ditching your car and riding a bike to work? It’s a great idea! Not only does it keep you healthy, but will also cut down on your carbon footprint. In this post, we have 7 tips for new bike commuters.
This post explains exactly how to teach a child to ride a bike, based on our experience teaching our own kids and grandkids. The post includes short videos illustrating the most crucial points. Some of the tips here will surprise you, as they are contrary to conventional thinking on the subject.
This post is about how to rent a Velib bike share bike in Paris. For a very low cost, you can rent a Velib bike at any one of more than 1,230 Velib bike stations in Paris. This post also includes tips on cycling in Paris for tourists. Plus a video to give you a taste of what it is like to ride a Velib bike share bike in Paris.
A great feature on the Strava app is the ability to create your own custom cycling routes. This post is about how to create a route on Strava, and then how to follow your custom cycling route on your Smart phone or Garmin Edge bike computer.
After attending the very first New West Grand Prix, I am happy to report that the future of cycling is in good hands! I was so happy to see the energy, enthusiasm, and sheer courage of the very young cyclists in the kids and youth events (3 years old and up!) And it made me think that not only is the next generation of cycling in good hands, but also – the Circle of Life is more fun on a bike!
This is a review of the Thule 9032 Easy Fold Bike Rack. This bike rack is designed to transport up to two bikes weighing up to 66 pounds each. Clearly, this rack is intended to be much stronger than the average bike rack. If you are thinking of transporting two heavy bikes, you should seriously consider this rack. The post includes a video that shows how easy it is to install this bike rack – straight out of the box!
The first New Westminster Grand Prix was a huge success. This was the first time the BC Superweek included an event on the hills of New Westminster! The biggest winner was the city and the people in it. Founded in 1858, the City of New Westminster is the oldest city in Western Canada, but it has never looked like it did today, with its streets full of colorful cyclists and enthusiastic spectators and volunteers.
BC Superweek is upon us again, offering 8 exciting bike races over 10 days to watch in Greater Vancouver. It has become one of the most prestigious pro-cycling events in North America, with a total prize purse of more than $120,000. It includes events for Women, Men, and Youth, and offers a stunning spectacle of cycling skills in the usually busy urban streets of Greater Vancouver. This year features a brand new event, the New West Grand Prix, to be raced on the steep hills of New Westminster! This post lists all of the BC Superweek 2017 events, and features photos from last year’s events.
7 Tips to Become a Mountain Biker. Mountain biking often involves cycling in extreme environments. Steep hills and sharp rocks make mountain biking a sport for the most daring cyclists. If you are just getting started in mountain biking, this post is for you. We have 7 tips to help you master this advanced type of cycling!
If you have an especially active lifestyle (which you do if you are an avid cyclist) you are going to need a LOT of protein, and this is where protein supplements can come in handy – especially when you need a quick and reliable source of nutrition. This post handily describes five of the best protein supplements, including whey protein, vegan proteins, and superfood insect proteins.
This is a review of the Catrike 700 Performance Recumbent Trike. This trike is made by Catrike, an American manufacturer of premium tricycles for adults. They have created a great line, and the Catrike 700 is positioned right at the top. It is aimed at the avid cyclist who wants the most efficient, speed-oriented trike available. This recumbent trike is for anyone who wants to get some speed going on a bike – with three wheels. As such, it is lightweight, aerodynamic, and beautifully crafted, with premium components.
People on bikes are key to downtown business growth! Following the release of new figures which show that 51 per cent of people in Vancouver want to cycle more often, business leaders are recognizing the impact that bikes can have on the local economy. The City of Vancouver’s recent Walking and Cycling scorecard illustrated an active city in which half of the population already reach their destination by bike, foot or transit, something that businesses welcome.
Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones and Jaybird X3 Sport Headphones are two of the most popular, premium Bluetooth Headphones for cyclists. This post compares Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones vs Jaybird X3 Sports Headphones to help you choose between them. Includes a chart that you can use to compare the key features of both sets of headphones, plus warnings about some potential problems with the Bose SoundSport Headphones.
Most people assume that crossbars were dropped on women’s bikes to make it possible to ride with dresses. However, the primary reason was more scandalous than that! This post traces the design history of bikes with dropped crossbars, and reveals the surprising recent change in the gendered association of the dropped crossbar.
The UK is blessed with beautiful surroundings in abundance. Cycling in North-East England, you are sure to come across some of the greenest, soul-enriching scenery you’ll find anywhere in the world. And if you are looking for a romantic cycling route in North-East England, there are plenty of those too! This post describes 5 Romantic Cycling Routes in North East England.
Did you know that our dog Billy is a Pet Therapy dog? Accompanied by Maggie, he visits patients at the Royal Columbia Hospital, spreading smiles and cheering up very sick and stressed people of all ages. He loves his job – but is always completely exhausted after spreading all that love! Lots of other dogs do this too, as part of a great organization called Pets and Friends. This weekend, we will be joining other pet therapy dogs (and their owners!) to compete in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. Please contribute to this great cause by visiting the web site and making a donation to our team.
Usually, I would recommend that you buy a bike at your local bike shop. However, that is not possible or easy for everyone, and there is actually a good alternative: buy a bike on Amazon, taking advantage of the many benefits this online retailer offers. Here’s a post with recommendations for some excellent brand name bikes that are great deals on Amazon.
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Looking for the best gifts for cyclists? Here’s our list of 7 of the best gifts for cyclists. This list is for you if you have a special cyclist in your life – a parent, a spouse, a child, a best friend – and you want to find them a luxury cycling gift. Price tags on these gifts range from around $50 to over $300. None of them is cheap, but each is a very special, high quality gift for a cyclist.
This is an in-depth review of the Garmin Vivoactive HR GPS Smart Watch. This best-selling fitness tracker is a four-in-one device: an activity tracker; a sleep tracker; a smart watch with notifications; and a GPS device to track your runs, hikes or bike rides. As such, it is an ideal fitness and activity tracker for dedicated athletes, particularly athletes who usually exercise outdoors, and athletes who do a variety of sports. For example, it would be an incredibly helpful tool for a triathlete. It is also an extremely handy fitness tracker for a cyclist, given that it has a built-in GPS and heart rate monitor, so that you don’t need to carry any other equipment to record a ride.