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Bicycles are fun for everyone,
Whoever you are !
Not only is it a wonderful way to get around, it provides you with your daily dosage of exertion and activity as well. So while Bicycles have principally been a means of transport for a long time now, that is no longer the case.
Bikes keep you fit. Bicycles can add adventure to your day. Bicycles also keep the surroundings cleaner. And for the more self righteous ones – bikes make you feel like you are doing the world a favour!
What to consider:
So you’ve decided to buy a bicycle, now the first thing you’ve got ask yourself is:
* Who’s going to be using it?
* What it will be used for?
* How much are you willing to spend on it?
and Most Important…
* Your Reason for buying a Bicycle
Among many bicycle lovers, while most choose to bicycle casually, either to school, university or even work; some more adventurous ones have also been a part of stunt biking groups, professional cycling clubs or mountain biking associations.
Cycling is a great hobby and with so many options to choose from, you can decide how best you associate with this great invention! However, before you jump to any of that, you do need a bicycle. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when purchasing a bike either for your kids or for yourself.
Purchasing a bicycle for your toddler
So you’ve decided to initiate your toddler to the wonderful world of cycling; now the right time to get your toddler a two wheel bike is when they have reached age 3. By this age, kids have properly developed motor skills as well as a sense of balance and self sufficiency.
Buying a bike for your child requires some research. Just knowing the brand and the colour preference is not enough. The bike needs to be comfortable enough for the child to ride, especially if the child is starting out learning to ride a bike.
Bicycle sizes are classified via the size of the wheel. There are recommended wheel sizes for all age groups.
When purchasing a bike for your child, pick the bike with the correct wheel size of 12 or 14 inches. Take your child with you for bike shopping. Make sure her legs reach the floor. When riding a bike, this will give the child more self confidence.
Also make sure you purchase a pair of detachable side wheels for training her so she can learn to balance. Another important thing to keep in mind is to purchase a bike that is light in weight. Since you toddler is learning to ride, chances are she might fall a few times. And a heavy bike will worsen the experience.
So while it is a bit more expensive, it is worth the investment. And while you are at it, don’t forget to purchase a cycling helmet!
Bicylce for kids in their pre-teens and teens
By the time your kids are in pre-teens or in their teens, they will have mastered the art of riding a bike and would have long outgrown the toddler bike.
Now is the time for something different!
Since they are a bit grown up, they will want more say in the purchase decision.
It is best to get to know what it is they are looking for. Now, remember, kids might want the world, but you are working with a budget.
So make sure your child is aware of it before hand so he can do his bit of research as well within that budget.
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In this age group, most kids will use the bicyle to go to school and for after school activities like meeting friends, taking part in local racing competitions etc.
Consider the ergonomics of the bicycle. Make sure the handle bars are not too close to the seat as it will exhaust your child quite easily. And ensure that the seats are comfortable.
The ideal wheel size for a pre-teenager’s bike is 18-22 inches. Make sure bikes for your young teen have coaster breaks for additional safety. Teenagers can use the same bike size used by adults, which is a standard 24 inches.
Take your children with you so they can test ride the bikes before finally choosing one which fits their requirements and your budget.
Read more about Bicycle Ergonomics Here
Also, don’t forget to accessorize.
Items like extra headlights, water-bottle, reflectors, mirrors, radio etc. will personalize the bike for your child.
Considerations when purchasing a bicycle for adults
The ideal bike size for adults is 24 inches. When purchasing such a bicycle, ask yourself a couple of basic questions.
Is the bike for casual riding or exercising or for a special hobby like mountain biking or for sports?
You can opt for a single gear or multi-gear bike giving you the convenience of varying speed limits, based on where you are riding it. These days road bikes offer speed ranges of 12 to 21, to choose from. Another important thing to look for is adjustable seats and handle-bars.
Before you make a final purchase, test ride a couple of bikes since unlike kids, you are not likely to outgrow the bike you purchase.This also means you should go for something that is not just sturdy but also light.
Today, there are different brands with various models of bikes catering to all these specific requirements.
Based on your requirement, choose the right Street Bicycle for your needs.
Thanks for your helpful Insight Mr Marco Terrell
Does proximity to high volumes of car traffic lead to autism?
Maybe, maybe not, but research by the University of Southern California and published in JAMA Psychiatry shows an association between the numbers of autistic children with levels of nitrogen dioxide and micro-fine particulate pollutants when the children are in the womb and shortly after birth. The USC researchers say further epidemiological and toxicological examinations of likely biological pathways will help determine whether these associations are causal.
This study is not a smoking gun for autism, but we already know fine particulate matter causes brain damage. This is in addition to other direct damage caused by driving cars such as various respiratory diseases (from emissions), stress-induced illnesses (from road noise), and various cancers (from VOC, NOx, and maybe PM).
Abstract is here; full journal article available to subscribers.
Happy Hump Day and greetings to Eloy, who I met this morning on the Guadalupe River Trail. This Dutch cyclist wears the royal color for his bike commute.
That Taylor Street Bridge in San Jose where a cyclist was killed on Monday is a nasty one. Sadly, among the few bad east-west bike access choices, this one is about the least bad. Chris P, who regularly cycles across that bridge, started a petition asking the San Jose City Council to improve the safety of that bridge. San Jose’s bike plan includes improvements for that bridge but it’s currently unfunded.
Some of you might remember my disappointment two years ago when a handful of businesses opposed a streetscape project for California Avenue in Palo Alto. I recently learned that one of those businesses has done a complete about face and now welcomes cyclists to their business with open arms. It’s a wonderful story of bike advocacy in action.
Elly Blue has a bicycle coloring book featuring line drawings by artist Taliah Lempert.
What is with these guys? Unlike passing motorists, I generally wave with all five fingers on a given hand, and there are no pentagrams tattooed on my palms. Has the mousse that grips their so-carefully coiffed ’dos soaked through their scalps to enmire the already-sluggish machinations of their brains? Are their Oakleys so dark that they simply can’t see my friendly salutation? Have they heard the ugly rumors about me, their sisters and the Sonoran donkey?
“Glee” star Gran Gustin rides a bicycle and crashed.
You may have seen the Chron‘s report to improve cycling safety in San Francisco because of a 20% increase in collisions. Jym Dyer compares this increase in collisions with an estimated 35% increase in cyclists over the same time period, and points out this is in line with Jacobsen’s “Safety in Numbers” findings. He also points out the safety improvement that results in taking motorists off of the street.
Here’s a short collection of advocacy news stories from James Bikes Green.
Santa Cruz Bicycle news
My friend Karen Kefauver covers some of the bicycling innovation in Santa Cruz for the Sentinel.
Santa Cruz police shut down a stolen bike chop shop.
This is old news but I guess nothing has happened yet so Santa Cruz Indymedia repeats the claim that the city of Santa Cruz violates city code in how they distribute unclaimed bicycles. I know the Bike Church made very good use of the donated bicycles. I have no clue what Bike Dojo does behind their closed doors.
Ramona Turner’s Street Smarts column covers exceptions to the “as far right as practicable” law in California.
Finally, I happened to notice this big purple bus passing through Santa Cruz County this morning. This is the Cavarallo Transit Center in Scotts Valley.
Apple and Google both have employee buses for Santa Cruz County residents, but I’ve never noticed a Yahoo bus before. The guy with his back to me in the photo was standing next to me and chatting amiably with other people on their way to board this bus. I get his attention and ask him if this is a new bus for Yahoos. I’m freshly shaven and dressed professionally, but this freak just looked at me like I was Frankenstein’s monster, muttered a couple of incomprehensible syllables, then turned around and blew me off.
Something tells me that if this guy rides a bike, he probably doesn’t wave.
A hit and run driver killed a cyclist Monday afternoon on the Taylor Street overpass over Highway 87. This is the third cyclist fatality in the Bay Area’s largest city in a week.
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I’ll promote a comment left earlier this morning by San Jose resident Mark Saurwald. Saurwald has previously brought up the lack of east-west bike connectivity to city and county transportation planners.
This highlights the lack of East-West bike routes in San Jose from the area north of downtown (from SJSU to the Airport) to Santa Clara. The only options are Hedding which has a narrow bridge overpass over the Caltrain tracks, or Taylor where the bike lanes that exist on either side of highway 87 disappear to accommodate crossing traffic from all directions getting on/off highway 87. The cyclist was taking one of the only roads available to cross 87/Caltrain tracks, which has terrible bike accommodation, but is the best available.
You all know I’m a big believer in making conditions safer for cyclists through a variety of measures that include safer facilities, education, law enforcement and prosecution to ensure safer driving by motorists.
The fact remains, however, that the only behavior you can control is your own. Defensive driving, which is driving to anticipate the actions of others, applies as much to cycling as it does to driving. Opening a door in traffic is illegal in 40 states and the District of Columbia, for example, but it happens so commonly that we have a name for it when a cyclist is hit by a suddenly open door. Ditto for other common collision scenarios such as The Right Hook and The Left Cross. We can watch for all of these and react accordingly when somebody does the inevitable as a fallible human being.
Very occasionally, you can do everything right and still fall afoul of bad driving. 23 year old Shayla Cypriano was walking her bicycle across the street in San Jose last Thursday when a collision claimed her life. A southbound dump truck on Lincoln was in the light-controlled intersection at Auzerais when a delivery truck on Auzerais struck it and knock it over, directly onto Ms Cypriano. The speed limit on both streets is 25 MPH.
Ms Cypriano leaves behind a toddler. You can read more about her here. She was San Jose’s 17th pedestrian fatality for 2013. Number 16 was a cyclist who ran the railroad crossing gate and was struck by a VTA light rail train near Sunol Street.
Moscow, Russia have piloted their own bike share program after intense lobbying by local bicycle advocates.
300 red bikes (Hear that, Dan Maes?) at 30 docking stations around central Moscow are provided by Homeport Bikesharing Solutions of Prague in the Czech Republic, which also operates the bike share program. This “СитиБайк” (phonetically “City Bike”) program is sponsored by the Bank of Moscow. After this initial rollout which began at the end of May, organizers hope to expand Moscow’s bike share to 1,000 bikes at 100 stations spread across a large part of Moscow.
Like other bike share systems, users purchase a membership (anywhere from a day, which costs the equivalent of US$3, to a “season” for US$30. The first 30 minute are included in your membership fee, with increasing prices from US$1 for the first hour beyond that. Users sign up through VeloBike.RU and use the website or a mobile app to find bike and open kiosk availability.
Photos courtesy Homeport Bikesharing.
The New Yorker Magazine has an article describing how bike share came to be in the Russian capital.
Could it be this?
Capital Bikeshare is doing more than moving people around on red bikes. It’s also helping sell houses and apartments and draw people to businesses.
The bike-sharing system, which has more than 175 docking stations across the District, Arlington and Alexandria, has become the latest tool to spur development and attract young people. Soon it will be coming to Montgomery County, and other communities are trying to bring it to their neighborhoods.
Who needs a bike lane when you can just hop over traffic?
A trio of Czech companies collaborated to create the “F-Bike” flying electric fat tire bicycle.
The design team from Duratec (a custom frame builder), Technodat (which provided the 3D modeling tools) and Evektor Aircraft began working together about a year ago to design this bike. Construction of the prototype bike began last August, and today, the F-Bike took its inaugural five minute flight. For comparison, bike designer Orville Wright’s first historical flight on the Wright Flyer 1 lasted 12 seconds.
The 95 kg bike was remotely piloted with a dummy on board. Project lead Milan Duchek of Duratec says more powerful batteries will be needed before human flight is possible.
Photos from AP of this first flight of the F-Bike all over the web now; the Chronicle is one place. H/T to Platty Jo. Project website is at DesignYourDreams.CZ. There’s been no word thus far from the Wall Street Journal editorial board on the terror this flying bike will inflict on innocent New Yorkers. Mountain bike shuttle operators also had no comment on the impact such a bike might have on their businesses.