Road Or Mountain Bike Helmet – Which One Do You Choose?

Whether you are riding a road bike or a mountain bike, you certainly need to wear a helmet for safety purposes. A good helmet can protect your head from the sun and from any accidents.

It used to be the case that for some road races that finish up in a mountain, racers can ride without having to wear helmets. But even that rule has been scraped now. For safety purposes, all racing events (road and mountain bikes alike) must take place with helmets on – no exceptions. If a rider is found without a helmet, he or she will be disqualified.

But what about if you are not riding in race? Do you still need to wear a helmet? Common sense tells us that the helmet can help protect our head in the event of an accident. Still, many riders take this issue lightly and fail to put on helmets while riding.

On a road bike, the bicycle is traveling at a higher speed. During downhill descents, speed reach up to 100 kph. That’s as fast as a motor vehicle! A crash can cause serious injuries or in the worst case scenario, may even be fatal. There are so many riders blogging about their crashes, and many were just glad that they had their helmets on when they crashed. They kept their broken helmets as souvenirs. Now they can show off their “scars” to their friends.

You may shocked when you see those pictures of the helmets because in most cases, the back of the helmet cracked. That means if you are not wearing a helmet, your head is going to absorb the full force of the impact. And any strong impact to the back of the head can only spell disaster. So don’t take this lightly, wear your helmet when you ride.

If you don’t have one, how do you choose a good helmet? Most helmets have been tested in labs to be able to cushion a strong impact during an accident. However, better quality helmets offer more comfort and reduce drag.

If you ride a road bike, stick to a road bike helmet. Road helmets are built more aerodynamically to reduce wind resistance. The frontal area of the helmet is more pointed so that wind travels smoothly to the back of the head. Besides, you will look better in a road helmet.

But if you already own a mountain bike helmet, you may just want to use the same helmet, especially if you are into leisure riding. Unless, of course, your mountain bike helmet is a full face helmet. Then you need to get something else. You certainly don’t want to wear a full face helmet while riding a road bike. A full face helmet can prevent injuries to the face when you are riding in rough terrain on a mountain bike.

Source by Darren W Chow

Beach Cruiser Bicycle Guide – Aluminum vs. Steel

As a Beach Cruiser enthusiast I’m often ask about the difference between an Aluminum Beach Cruiser and a Steel Beach Cruiser. This article will highlight the differences in various beach cruisers and make some recommendations.

Years ago most bicycles were made in the United States. Beach Cruisers by Schwinn, Electra, Nirve and many others held a strong presence in the United States Beach Cruiser Market. Those days are gone.

Almost all bicycles are made in either China or Taiwan. The same plant that is making baby buggies today may be retooled and making beach cruisers tomorrow. This has had two dramatic effects on the USA Beach Cruiser Market. First, the price of Beach Cruiser Bicycles has fallen dramatically over the last thirty years when adjusted for inflation. Unfortunately so has quality. Today’s market is very much a “buyer beware” type of market and is full of bicycles that years ago would not have passed quality control standards. Part of this is due to the throw away nature of our society. Few people anticipate keeping their bike more than 1-2 bicycle seasons. Most beach cruisers will see a usable life cycle of 1-2 seasons and then set in the back of the garage or carport until discarded.

However, for those looking for quality I suggest two approaches. First, examine the welds on the bicycle. Cheaper bicycles show weld puddles at the joints and do not have the smooth fine welds made on your quality models. Second, (and maybe this is just me) I have observed that bicycles produced in mainland China do not have the same quality controls implemented as beach cruisers produced in Taiwan. Although, controversial as to the reasons I have attributed this to the relatively new introduction of the mainland Chinese to free enterprise markets. Hopefully, in a few years Chinese manufactures will implement quality controls so that all “runs” of beach cruiser bicycles will be quality controlled and not just a few. For now buyer beware.

As to the difference in steel and aluminum beach cruisers you can expect to pay slightly more for an aluminum beach cruiser. If you are looking for a light weight beach cruiser that will be rust resistant then aluminum beach cruiser may be exactly what you are looking for. People living on the beach or who take their beach cruiser to the beach regularly will benefit from this technology. The downside is that most manufactures have a far wider selection of steel beach cruisers than aluminum beach cruisers. As a result most customers who have a limited life expectancy for their beach cruiser will be happier with the greater selection of steel beach cruisers.

Source by Jake Storeyz

Five Vital Tips to Consider When Cycling Long Distances

Exercises are important and studies have manifested this repeatedly. They enhance one’s mental as well as physical health. While running and doing stretches are great, but cycling has its own series of advantages. Apart from making you fit and fine, biking trips offer exceptional opportunities to explore new places.

In the present times, long-distance cycling tours have become increasingly popular because they refresh one’s body, mind, and soul. Although it seems like fun, the success of your trip greatly relies on proper planning. Let us explore some of the necessary steps that you must undertake to make the journey seamless.

• A Well-Defined Sketch of the Route-

Are you keen on taking an independent trip? If yes, prepare your itinerary with utmost caution. You need to choose routes that are challenging and safe at the same time. In the case of guided tours, however, skilled professionals would prepare your journey and assure its accomplishment.

• Proper Dresses and Shoes-

Remember that you need to pedal for miles and you would simply not get time for changing your clothes. So, wear outfits that could withstand all the exhaustion, sweat, dirt, and dust. Padded shorts with breathable jersey would let you feel comfortable all day long. Do not forget to wear gloves and helmets, which would protect you from injuries. Clip-in shoes, perhaps the best for cycling trips. Make sure to carry extra footwear.

• Sufficient Water and High-Energy Edibles-

You have to stay hydrated and energetic all through the trip. Thus, be sure to carry plenty of water bottles and whole-grain bars. It is better if you avoid the energy drinks, which might lead to a sugar crash.

• Essential Warm-Ups-

You have to make your body ready for long-distance cycling and that is possible only through extensive training or rigorous workout sessions. Jog before the trip. This would reduce risks of cramps. Do not push your limits. Cycle at a normal speed because this is not a race and you would not be awarded for coming first. Remember to take necessary breaks.

• Servicing of the Cycles and an Emergency Kit-

Before participating in the trip, make sure to get your bikes serviced. Also, learn the ways of changing tires so that you can avoid unnecessary difficulties during the trip. Carry an emergency kit with tire pump and patches. Also pack first-aid items like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and some common medications.

Following the above-mentioned pointers would certainly make your cycling trip out of this world.

Source by Rajib KR Saha

What to Do When You Get a Saddle Sore: A Guide for Cyclists

Saddle sores almost inevitably occur amongst serious cyclists to varying degrees. If treated proactively, saddles sores should only be a short-lived hiccup. Left unchecked, saddles sores can progress into legitimate medical and/or surgical emergencies requiring prescription medications and painful procedures. Therefore, it is imperative to address these problems head-on when they first arise.

What is a saddle sore?

“Saddle sore” is a nebulous term that mean different things to different people. It can mean anything from a horrible life-threatening infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissues to just feeling bruised from a long hard day in the saddle. For our purposes we will refer to saddles sores as an actual visible lesion of the skin and/or subcutaneous tissues of the area of the body in contact with the bicycle saddle or seat. Saddle sores come in two basic varieties: skin breakdown (e.g. chafing and ulcers) and subcutaneous lesions (e.g. boils, carbuncles, furuncles, abscesses, and other “lumps”).

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

The best way to combat saddle sores is to not get them in the first place. Here’s a list of 10 things a cyclist can do to prevent saddle sores:

  1. Bike fit – This is THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT measure you can take to prevent saddle sores and general discomfort on the bike. If you are a serious fitness, recreation, or competitive cyclist, you owe it to yourself to pay for a professional fitting session. I nquire at your local bike shop.
  2. Cycling shorts – There are just a few pieces of equipment in cycling where, relatively speaking, you should spare no expense. Quality bike shorts will have a molded pad (i.e. “chamois pad”) in the crotch area made of COOLMAX or similar polyester-based material. This material is designed to wick away moisture, provide cushion, allow for airflow, and prevent chaffing.
  3. Saddle – A quality bike saddle or seat is of obvious importance when it comes to the comfort of your posterior. Saddles come in a multitude of shapes, sizes, cushion thickness and type, and construction. Since no two pelvises are the same, try out as many saddles as possible before settling on the right one for you. Many shops have programs where you can test drive multiple saddles before purchasing. Some manufacturers have models of varying widths that can accommodate your specific pelvis measurements (e.g. Body Geometry by Specialized). You might be surprised to find that the cushiest and widest saddles are often the most uncomfortable.
  4. Skin – Clean and dry is your mantra when not riding. Always try to remove your shorts as soon as possible after riding. Head to the shower as soon as possible too. If you do not have an active sore or chafe, then assure after showering that your crotch is dry before putting on undergarments.
  5. Undergarments – Between rides, wear lightweight undergarments that allow for maximum airflow and do not promote moisture build-up (cotton is king here).
  6. Laundry – Do not wear shorts twice without washing them! Cleanliness is important when it comes to preventing saddle sore.
  7. Unctions and tinctures – Old school riders swear by dousing their most delicate areas with isopropyl alcohol when ramping up early mileage with the thought that this toughens up their skin. If you can withstand the sting, then this will certainly aid in drying your nether regions after a post-ride shower. Beware, it hurts and may not be entirely necessary.
  8. Inspection – Take a look at your crotch frequently. Look for areas of chafing, redness, and little bumps. You might be surprised by what you find! Some of these spots can be fairly asymptomatic so you’re only going to know that they are there if you look. Pay close attention to “little bumps” as they can grow into large boils and abscesses. The best remedy for these little bumps or chaffed areas is time off the bike or a decrease in mileage. You can also try a variety of ointments available on the market.
  9. Rest – Just as your body needs rest to accommodate a training load, your crotch needs time away from the bike.
  10. Chamois cream – Either you use it or you don’t. Most people become habitual users once they try it. Chamois creams were initially created to condition chamois pads when they were made out of actual animal hide. These days, a chamois cream is essentially used to decrease friction between a rider’s skin and chamois pad. Some brands use botanical ingredients to hinder bacterial and fungal growth. It’s these microbes that are the big culprits in non-healing saddle sores. Beware of brands that use mineral oil and silicone as they can breakdown modern chamois pads and clog the airflow properties inherent to the material used in chamois pads

Treatment of saddle sores

Areas of minor skin breakdown can usually be healed rapidly with a short-term decrease in riding volume or, better yet, complete rest. The area of skin breakdown should be cleansed with simple soap and water twice daily. Avoid hydrogen peroxide and isopropyl alcohol as they can inhibit normal wound healing. A topical ointment like Neosporin (or other over the counter triple antibiotic ointment) can speed up the healing process.

Bumps or hard knots under the skin are typically a more serious condition than skin breakdown. Additionally, these lesions can be quite painful. If at all possible, a complete break from riding is the best path to a speedy and uneventful recovery. As above, cleanse the area twice daily. Although ointments can soothe subcutaneous lesions, most do very little to speed the healing process as they cannot penetrate the skin deeply enough to reach the area of concern. For subcutaneous lesions that produce thick drainage and areas associated with fever or intense redness of the skin, see your physician. Antibiotics and surgical drainage of these lesions can be necessary in some cases.

***You should seek medical attention if:

1. You notice an area of intense swelling and redness around ANY saddle sore.

2. You develop a fever associated with a saddle sore

3. Your saddle sore worsens after treating it as above

4. You develop drainage of thick material or pus from a saddle sore

Source by Joshua G. Barton, M.D.

Motorcycle Stunt Riding Facts and More

Motorcycle stunt riding is a growing sport in the United Kingdom and the United States. However, United States law prohibits “stunting” motorcycles on public roads and it can even get you in jail quickly.

If you’re buying a second-hand motorcycle, check if the bike has been stunted. Check for flat spots on the front tire which shows you that the bike has done some wheelies and also check for scratches which could have resulted from a crash. Stunting can trash engines, transmissions and the suspension, so beware unless you intend to use your bikes in the same way, as a stunt bike.

Robert Craig Knievel, Jr. is probably the most famous American motorcycle daredevil. Now considered as both an icon and a legend, he started his career as an entertainer somewhere in the late 1960s. He performed numerous motorcycle jumps which are televised in the entire country. His attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon located at Twin Falls, Idaho back in 1974 was among the most watched (it ranks number 4) event in ABC’s Wide World of Sports up until this date. He died last year, November 30 at age 69.

Some Motorcycle Stunts & Drill Teams in the US include the South Florida Bike Crew, D-Aces Stunt Riders Motorcycle Team (Wasau, Wisconsin), TenNinety6 (Kalamazoo, MI) and the Hardly Angels (a Women’s Motorcycle Drill Team).

Bob Duffey, a professional Motorcycle Jumper was dubbed as “The Fastest Man on Two Wheels Backwards”. He’s got an ET of 11.71 seconds and a trap speed of 122 mph. The man is untouched on the dragstrip riding backwards. This record was done on a 1979 stock Kawasaki Z1R-TC, his favorite bike, at an IDBA (International Drag Bike Association) sanctioned event.

Debbie Evans – The Queen of Trials was the first woman to successfully ride in the US Trials during the late 1970s and is generally considered as the best female rider in the history of the sport.

Australian Robbie Maddison now holds the record for the “Longest Motorcycle Jump”. He broke it earlier in January this year at an exhibition event sponsored by a big hotel. He leapt 322 feet, 7 inches (98.34 meters) totally and ended up smashing the Guinness World Record of 277 feet, 6 inches (84.58 meters) set in 2005 by Trigger Gumm.

Perhaps the most widely known sport bike motorcycle stunt is the “wheelie”. It is a trick where the front wheel or wheels come off the ground and the vehicle is balanced on the rear wheel or wheels.

Other Popular Bike Stunts include the handstand (The rider does a handstand on a moving motorcycle), the Endo (a stunt which lifts the motorcycle’s rear tire off the ground while balancing the bike on the front wheel or wheels while still rolling), the Stoppie (stopping a moving motorcycle, so the rear wheel is raised in the air while the machine is balanced on the front tire and comes to a complete stop), 12 O’ Clock Wheelie (a kind of wheelie that is straight up and the rider scratches the tail of the motorcycle on the street), Circle Wheelie (wheelie while driving in a circular motion), and Combo Wheelie (a wheelie that features multiple rider maneuvers while on one wheel).

A full range of protective gear should be worn when attempting a stunt in a high powered motorcycle. Some popular brands include Alpinestars, Teknic, Icon, Sidi and Joe Rocket whilst Arai, Bell, AGV, KBC, Icon, Shoei and Suomy are some of the popular helmet brands.

Source by Nail Khazen

Designed For Women – The Specialized Ariel Is As Happy Off-Road As On The Streets

The Specialized Ariel series of women-specific hybrid bikes is placed pretty definitely at the mountain-bike end of the hybrid spectrum. With fat tyres and suspension forks on all models, these bikes should suit those cyclists who like nothing more than time spent out down the tracks and trails.

At the same time, an Ariel will take you just as happily to work or college with the bare minimum of fuss – the truth is many owners have said just that. The condition of many modern roads will be no problem, as the shock absorbing ability of the Ariel will get by with no trouble.

The same A1 Premium aluminium alloy frame is carried right through the collection and the swan-neck curve of the top tube is very distinctive. Specialized are obviously aware of practical issues, as the frame will take racks and fenders. There’s additionally a fitting for a kickstand.

All bikes in the series carry suspension forks. These feature growing sophistication as you move up the range. The Ariel Sport Disc and Comp Disc both include lock-outs which save energy when suspension is not needed on even surfaces. Suspension forks undoubtedly add to the weight of the bike, but the benefit in terms of comfort and off-road ability should make up for that.

So far as brakes are concerned, apart from the V-brakes on the basic Ariel, the collection carries discs – mechanical, or hydraulic on the highest model. Discs are powerful – and hydraulics can make the command of that power more even. Discs have the obvious benefit that the brake surfaces are kept drier and cleaner, improving performance and keeping down damage.

The triple gear set provides you with a wide selection of gear ratios, making tackling hills painless. The number of gears goes up from 21 to 27 through the series.

The 700mm wheels ensure efficient running on the tarmac. The smooth face of the 45mm tyres keeps rolling resistance low, while the tread on the side supplies enough grip for the grass and gravel.

Riser handlebars make for a very comfortable riding position, and comfort is enhanced through the fitting of women-specific grips and saddle.

So there’s a valuable series of choices in the Specialized Ariel range. They all come from the same design stable, clearly – fast commuter bikes, but at the same time able of doing rather more off-road work than the average. Maybe not the lightest bikes you can find, but sturdy and strong.

The basic Ariel is great value for money, but the improved refinement up through the collection is worth paying for if you have the funds. When you get to the top of the collection, the Comp Disc model has few competitors.

Source by Stephen J Bailey

Beach Cruisers – Selecting The Right Bike

Beach Cruisers were first introduced in the 1930 -1940’s. Beach Cruisers are Bicycles which were/are characterized by a over sized seat, extended handlebars, fenders and typically a basket which attached to the front wheel. Rear Fenders were built with supporting steel rods and sufficient strength to support a picnic basket or a small child.

However, in the last decade Beach Cruisers have been re-introduced with such utilitarian upgrades as Springer Forks and such extravagances as 144 Spokes, Duck Tail Fenders, and hanging baskets. (These baskets detach as if it was luggage similar to the BMW motorcycles detachable saddlebags).

These upgrades and the modernization of Beach Cruiser accessories have resulted in a resurgence of the Beach Cruiser both at the beach and for riding in the neighborhood. However, today’s beach cruisers are made of much lighter materials and the days of “catching a ride” by sitting on the back beach cruisers fender are gone.

Beach Cruisers can be seen with horns, bells, bike pipes (an electronic pipe that emits simulated motorcycle engine sounds), skull head inner tube caps and many other accessories the complete list which can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.

Riding my Beach Cruiser has become every bit as much a ritual as brushing my teeth or getting dressed. My current Beach Cruiser is my 5th or 6th Beach Cruiser in the last 15 years. I started with a cheap version wanting to save money. I quickly learned that not all Beach Cruisers are made alike. Cheaper Beach Cruisers are typically made of cheaper parts. Expect ball bearings to go bad, pedals to break off and the wheels to be misaligned. These things combined result in an exhausting ride. I learned that cheaper made beach cruisers do not pedal as easy. They are exhausting to ride and in just 1-2 miles my knees would hurt and my back would become sore. I decided to upgrade.

I next tried a Micargi Chrome Mustang. Although, a slight upgrade from my Wal-Mart Brand I found that the “coolness” of leaning forward to pedal is havoc on the back. I also found that because of the lower end component parts that braking sounded more like scratching on a chalkboard or tin cans coming to rest than anything I wanted. Sure I looked really cool but that didn’t help my back or knees. (In fairness to Micargi the Mustang GTS Beach Cruiser with its long chain allowed quite a bit of concrete to be eaten up when pedaling – you just had to limit the amount of time on the bike which, for me, defeated the whole purpose).

My next bike was a Firmstrong Urban Beach Cruiser. It was actually bought for my mother in law who is 68 years old. I bought her a Pink Urban Beach Cruiser without fenders. She loved it. I rode it myself and found that there really was a difference between the lower end bikes and what I would consider a middle range bike. It rode smoothly, kept its balance and was built so component parts could be added or replaced with little expense.

Finally, I purchased a PT Cruiser Beach Cruiser. Although, I bought the single speed (I was using it on flat terrain) the multi speeds are built equally well. What was most amazing was the bike component parts were so superior that they required little maintenance and this was the only bike that provided an easy ride. Cheaper bikes have difficulty coasting because of the friction with the parts and the misaligned wheels. The PT Cruiser Beach Cruisers coasted for what seemed like miles. Exertion on the pedals was minimal and the bike came with a bell standard issue. The color selection was limited but I have learned that what is really important is purchasing a beach cruiser that rides smoothly and not a beach cruiser that “looks cool”. My garage is full of stuff I thought would look cool. My beach cruiser isn’t one of them. I’m to busy riding it each day.

There are other bikes that I can recommend, for example, the 106 is a moderate level bike with few complaints and the Firmstrong Bruiser Beach Cruiser is an excellent bike for the big and tall guy but for me I like my PT Cruiser Beach Cruiser.

See you at the beach.

Source by Jake Storeyz

Wii Gaming Guide – Guinness World Records the Video Game

Guinness World Records The Video game for the Wii is seriously underrated and is a real barrel of laughs! This game is packed with 36 mini games that are perfect to play in multiplayer mode. From a health aspect, many of the games get you ‘running’, ‘throwing’, ‘pushing’, ‘pedalling’ and more with the Wiimote and Nunchuck, so there is lots of action to be had that will get your heart pumping. There are also some really difficult accuracy games that require skilled hand eye coordination to break records. My favourite has to be the ‘Most Dominos Toppled’ record game! Read more about this below.

Today I want to share some how-to’s with you so that you can get the most fun packed action out of the games. The onscreen instructions are only visual, and can be a little confusing at times. So here is a guide to my favourite mini games in Guinness World Records The Video game:

Hint: The mini games are grouped by location in groups of 3. The first game is free to play; the second game will need to be unlocked with 1000 points, and the second game (usually the most fun) with 5000 points. To gain points, you will need to get high records in the ‘free’ games. If you gain a ‘Guinness World Record’, you will usually be awarded over 1000 points. Then you will simply need to click on the game to unlock it. The game will prompt you if you need to collect more points. Good Luck in breaking those records!

Mini Games Group 1 FREE – Fastest Time To Shear 5 Sheep. You will use the Wiimote as your shepherds crook to catch the sheep. Point at the screen, hover over a sheep and press A to grab your sheep. Then your Wiimote will control an electric sheer. You will need to press A again and move the sheer over the sheep’s body to shave it. Quick Tip – Try holding the Wiimote at an angle to cover the most ‘wool’ as you shave with the sheer. aim to shave each sheep with just three strokes.

UNLOCK 1000 POINTS – Land Speed Record. Hold the Wiimote horizontally. Tilt the Wiimote gently up and down to move your rocket from side to side as it picks up speed. The aim of the game is to avoid any obstacles that will slow you down. This game appears easy at first, but as soon as the pace quickens you will have more obstacles in your path! Don’t crash!

UNLOCK 5000 POINTS – Fastest Time To Push A Lorry 50 Metres. Flick the Wiimote and Nunchuck down in time with the onscreen arrows to get ‘pushing power’. Aim to get an ‘Excellent’ or ‘Nice’ pop up on screen. Then get your avatar to run to the finish line by shaking the Nunchuck and Wiimote frantically up and down in an alternating motion.

Mini Games Group 2 FREE – Longest Fingernails (Grose)! Use the Wiimote as a pointer to trace the finger nails along the wibbly lines. This will make then grow. Be careful not to go too fast or too slow as the finger nails might break! You will get 5 try outs, one for each finger and one for the thumb.

UNLOCK 1000 POINTS – Paper Aircraft Accuracy. ‘Throw’ your paper aircraft forward by holding the Wiimote like a dart and making a jerking forward movement. Then tilt the Wiimote gently from side to side and down to get it into the three barrels.

Quick Tip – The harder you ‘throw’ the paper airplane with the Wiimote, the faster it goes. This is good if you can be really accurate with your aim. If not, then try to throw it more gently to begin with until you are a pro!

UNLOCK 5000 POINTS – Fastest Time To Catch A Tonne Of Fish. I find that it is easier to play this game if you hold the Nunchuck in your writing hand. ‘Cast’ your rod by flicking the Wiimote in a forward motion. Then ‘hook’ your fish by sharply flicking the Wiimote upwards when you are prompted by the onscreen diagram. Next, Reel in your fish by moving the Nunchuck round and around as if you really are reeling! Now you will see some arrows on screen as you are reeling your fish in. This indicates the direction that you should flick your Wiimote in as you reel your fish in with the Nunchuck. If you get this right, you will be able to reel your fish in faster! Good Luck!

Mini Games Group 3 FREE – Most Melons Crushed In 1 Minute. This is a really simple game, but lots of rip roaring fun! Simply swing the Wiimote downwards when you want your avatar to hit the Melons. Now you can see your avatar hit the melons with his/her head! The more melons you crush, the faster they come, so watch out!

UNLOCK 1000 POINTS – Highest Jump On A Pogo Stick. ‘Jump’ by holding the Wiimote sideways with both hands like handle bars and flick the Wiimote upwards. You will need to jump just at the right time to get extra height. Look out for the arrows on the ground, and try to jump when they turn green. Aim for an ‘Excellent’. Now repeat jumping in a pattern of 3 when prompted by onscreen instructions and see where you come on the height measurer!

UNLOCK 5000 POINTS – Most Arrows Caught In A Minute. In this game the Wiimote and Nunchuck control the hands. Move the controllers left and right to catch the arrows as they fly towards you. This sounds easy, but it really isn’t. If you miss an arrow, you will be penalised for a short while and the offending hand wont move.

Quick Tip – This game is all about timing. To get the timing right, try looking at the bottom left and the bottom right of the screen to ‘catch’ the arrows at just the right time!

Mini Games Group 4 FREE – Highest Video Game Score. Point your Wiimote at the screen and press A on your Wiimote to shoot at oncoming ships.

UNLOCK 1000 POINTS – Fastest 100m on a space hopper. ‘Jump’ up by holding the Wiimote and Nunchuck upright and jerking upwards. Jump at just the right time by waiting until the arrows on the ground turn green. This will give you more speed if you get an ‘Excellent’! Go for that record!

UNLOCK 5000 POINTS – Fastest Rocket. First, shake the Wiimote up and down to boost the rocket engines. Next, press A on the Wiimote when the count down reaches zero to launch the rocket. Now the Wiimote controls the hand. Click on the coloured buttons on the rockets control panel as they light up. Be quick, or your game is up!

Mini Games Group 5 FREE – Highest BMX Jump. When the bike is on the ramp, pedal as fast as you can by moving the Wiimote and Nunchuck round and around as if your hands are the feet on the pedals. Get a high jump with the BMX by moving the Wiimote and Nunchuck upwards when the bike leaves the ramp.

UNLOCK 1000 POINTS – Longest Motorcycle Jump. Hold the Wiimote and Nunchuck sideways in hands like holding onto bike handles. Tilt the Wiimote sharply towards yourself when the bike engine revs reach the blue lightning bolt on the speedometer. Aim for ‘Excellent’. When the bike is in the air, move the Wiimote and Nunchuck upwards in rapid succession to keep the onscreen arrow in the central position. Now just see how far you can go!

UNLOCK 5000 POINTS – Fastest 50 Metre Tightrope Walk. Hold the Nunchuck in your left hand and the Wiimote in your right hand. Make sure that your arms are outstretched so that the wire between the controllers is straight. This game is all about balance, so try to keep your Wiimote and Nunchuck as straight as possible to stop your character from falling off the rope! Press Z on the Nunchuck and B on the Wiimote to move the avatars feet. Good Luck!

Mini Games Group 6 FREE – Longest Balance Of A Vehicle On Your Head. This game is played with just the Wiimote. Hold your Wiimote horizontally and gently tilt it to get your avatar to balance the bus! Try to make small adjustments so that you don’t lose control and go crashing off screen!

UNLOCK 1000 POINTS – Furthest Toss Of A Cow Pat. This game is played with just the Wiimote. Swing the cowpat around the avatars head by making a lasoo movement with the Wiimote. Press B to release the cowpat into the field at just the right time.

UNLOCK 5000 POINTS – Most Dominos Toppled. This is definitely MY FAVOURITE. This game is played with the Wiimote only. Hold the Wiimote horizontally and tilt it from side to side to get along the track and knock down all of the dominos. Press the D-pad or 2 on the Wiimote when you race over them to knock down the extra dominos to the side. Remember to press left or right as indicated on the track.

Source by Jodie Lawton

Cycling in the City – The Pros and Cons

With changing global circumstances such as increasing fuel costs, traffic and high fees for parking, there has been a change in how people get around, whether to work or appointments or even to grocery stores. One of the means of transport that has gained support is cycling. In many major cities and surrounding areas the push for cycling lanes and laws to protect bikers has grown in popularity and more and more people have taken to the streets with two wheels instead of four. There are however both pros and cons which all cyclists and drivers should consider.

Pros: Cycling is one of the best means of transit. Not only is it better for the environment, healthier for the rider and less costly than driving. Most buses are outfitted with bike racks and other modes of transportation such as subways generally allow a few bikes per car for those people commuting from longer distances. Cyclists are also seeing cities changing to accommodate their needs. Bike lanes and streets which are bike friendly are beginning to be a part of the city. As much as biking instead of driving is good for the environment it is even better for your health as it is recommended to get 20-30 minutes of exercise per day. One of the biggest benefits of cycling is the lower costs associated with it. Commuting to work saves money as you are not stuck in traffic burning fuel and also not paying high rates for parking.

Cons: In West Coast cities and those with milder temperatures, cycling is a year-round activity enjoyed by many, especially the hardy who bike in the winter months. Biking in the city can be a dangerous activity. Inadequate laws can be problematic to cyclists. Currently, other than owning a bike little else is required by law to outfit cyclists. Most states and provinces do not require helmets, reflective clothing and the knowledge of signals. Cars and other vehicles also do not require knowledge of bike signals either which can be confusing and dangerous for cyclists. Many people who ride bikes are very courteous and respect the rules of the road, especially in a city setting which can be very dangerous at rush hour. There are occasionally cyclists who disrespect the rules by taking non-cycling routes which can be deadly as narrow roads, dark conditions and lack of safety equipment can lead to accidents.

Cycling is a great activity. It is healthy, environmentally friendly, cost efficient and a great way to travel. As long as cyclists follow the rules of the road and are properly outfit in safety equipment such as reflective gear, both clothing and on the bike, and a helmet, cycling is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and make a difference in the world.

Source by Rudi Kiya

Advantages and Disadvantages of the Main Types of Bike Racks in the Market

There are three main types of bike carriers; hitch mounted, strap on and roof mounted. Each comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages.

Hitch-mounted racks

These attach to a hitch at the back of the vehicle. There are two types.

• Class I carriers are compatible with a large number of cars and small Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs). Depending on the design, they can hold up to three bikes.

• Class III carriers are designed for use with pickups and large SUVs. They can hold a larger number of bikes than Class I racks. Unfortunately, they cannot be used on smaller vehicles without expensive modifications.

These carriers are extremely easy to install, and there is generally less chance of accidentally scratching the paint off a vehicle while mounting bikes.

However, without proper installation, they can block rear windows, increasing the possibility of causing accidents while reversing, or cover license plates, which is considered illegal in many jurisdictions.

Strap-on trunk-mounted racks

These carriers are attached with straps to the trunk, rear bumper or hatchback, and carry up to three bicycles. They come with padded or plastic-coated frame supports to protect the bicycles from scratches and other damage.

Strap on racks are cheap and easy to store when not in use. They are also versatile, and can be used on virtually any model, which makes them particularly suitable for leased vehicles.

Unfortunately, like hitch-mounted racks, they can block the rear window if installed poorly. They are also less secure, as it is possible for thieves to untie or cut straps attaching bike racks to the vehicle.

Roof-mounted racks

These are attached to the vehicle’s upper door frames or rain gutters, or where available, cross bars or roof racks, which is generally cheaper. Depending on the size of the vehicle, up to seven bicycles can be carried. A special case can be added if extra storage space for tools and other equipment is needed. When it is not being used for holding bikes, the rack can be also used for carrying canoes and skis.

While roof-mounted racks guarantee unobstructed view from the rear window, they are more difficult to install. Other disadvantages include increased air resistance, which can lead to increased fuel consumption and wind noise, and the increased likelihood of scratching paint as bikes are lifted onto the vehicle roof.

Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of the main types of bike racks on the market can make it easier to figure out which one to pick.

Source by Samuel Maina Kang’aru