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

Stomps: High-Resistance, High-Intensity Intervals for Indoor Cycling (Very Cool)

If you do cycling workouts and have ever done stomps, you may think I’m crazy when I say this, but I’ve always liked them. They’re extremely tough but appeal to that twisted part of me that enjoys hard training.

If you’re an outdoor cyclist or an indoor cycling instructor, you probably have that part, too.

Stomps are designed to increase power in the saddle. Chris Carmichael is generally given credit for them; his guidelines involve 20-second stomp intervals outdoors. The indoor program I taught followed the format below.

Because stomps are difficult and can stress knees and lower back, a solid warm-up is essential. Roll the legs for several minutes, then run this pattern several times: 2:00 seated at 110-120 rpm; 1:00 of 80-rpm standing runs; 1:00 seated with resistance at 80 rpm; 1:00 of recovery at 90 rpm.

A stomp interval is 60 seconds; recovery is 60 seconds. Allow 25 minutes or more for a set of 5, a 5-minute break, and another set. The break can be longer. Resistance during stomps is very high and drops during recovery. Recovery cadence is individual, but I suggest 90 to 100 rpm.

Stomp at a strict 80 rpm. Fatigue will tend to slow the legs, so it helps A LOT to have an 80-rpm song to beat-match. We often use Hallogallo by Neu! It’s a precise 80 rpm and is 10 minutes long, which helps sustain the energy of the training. Repeat or change music for the second set.

Keep the body centerline on the bike. Don’t move side to side, as you would in climbing. Keep hands in position 1.

Rules for a beautiful, circular pedal stroke don’t apply during stomps. Exaggerate the down-stroke and smash against the resistance, without moving the body side to side. I cue it as “punching the pedals.”

Heart rate isn’t the point; however, there are no heart rate limits on this exercise. If you or your riders are seriously stomping without modifying the resistance, heart rate can spike quite high. (Intervals under 60 seconds may yield lower rates.)

Avoid “mushy” cueing. One instructor would cue his class with, “Okay, you guys, do another stomp now.” There’s no way that will elicit a rigorous stomp interval from your riders.

Instead, start cueing about 5-6 seconds before the interval. In a firm voice, say, “And load the bike… AND… STOMP!” The slight pauses and the delivery should time the word “stomp” with the first second of the interval. Cue time at about 30 seconds and with 10 seconds to go.

Find some feature on the resistance knob to mark the resistance used on the last stomp. It’s much easier than trying to re-determine resistance for each interval. Cue that reminder for your riders.

Resistance can be ferocious during stomps. Every time I do them – about 8 times per year – I notice I can still raise the resistance for each interval, despite growing leg fatigue as the training proceeds. Don’t ask me to explain that, but it’s too consistent to be a fluke. It happens even when I do the training on my own. You might cue your riders to keep increasing the resistance so they get the added strength and power benefit.

If you use high-intensity intervals in your workouts or your classes, this training could fit right in with that approach. With the emphasis on strength and resistance, stomps offer a change from, say, speed intervals.

Stomps are a killer workout.



Source by Joan Kent

Bike Review – 2012 Rocky Mountain 29" Vertex 970 RSL Carbon

This review is tough to write as I don’t know where to begin with the paradigm shift we are seeing with this bike. Five years ago the idea of riding a carbon fiber frame offroad seemed insane. Okay for road but not tough enough for the trail. Now that idea has been dumped on its head. For 2012, many companies are offering carbon fiber mountain bikes in hardtail and full suspension with both 26″ and 29″ wheels. The first of these new wonder bikes I’ve been able to test is the Rocky Mountain 29″ Vertex 970 RSL. Full carbon 29″er with new geometry and sexy style.

The engineering that went into this frame is quite impressive. They combine a tapered steerer tube with a front 15 mm through axle to stiffen up the front end. The bottom bracket is a BB86 pressfit to improve power transfer at the crank and the rear end it tied together with a 142 mm rear hub with a 12 mm through axle. Set up the tires tubeless and the lack of quick releases won’t be an issue as flats will be almost non-existent.

Aside from the technology in the frame, the other big story is the new 29″er geometry Rocky Mountain has come out with. The complaint about 29″ers is that they are slow steering in tight, twisty trails. With the changes done to the Vertex this is a thing of the past. To mimic the handling of a 26″ wheel they raised the bottom bracket, shortened the chainstays and used a fork with more offset to get a balanced package that is quick on tight trails but still has the stability we come to expect from 29″ wheels. I’ve been on 29″ers since 2001 and this is the best handling big wheel bike I’ve ridden.

The test track was at Albion Hills Conservation Area which is home to the 24 hour races here in Ontario. If you’ve ridden there you will be familiar with the rolling hills and twisting single track. The Vertex 970 was like a road bike on the double track. Drop the hammer and go. All that power goes to the rear wheel. Once you hit the single track it just dances. I’ve been on 29″ wheels for so long that I don’t notice the little extra body english needed to dice through the single track until it was gone. The first few corners I over steered but once I got used to the timing it felt like I was slicing and dicing through the woods. One of my first good bikes was a Rocky Mountain Blizzard 20 years ago. This reminds me of the feeling I had riding it. Definitely a step above the current lot of 29″er hard tails on the market. For 2012 Rocky has dropped the glove and come out to fight.

The 970 comes with SRAM X9 and Formula brakes. The drive train is a 2X10 system which you’ll be seeing a lot more for 2012. Lighter weight, better shifting and a cleaner chain line are all benefits to this system. The drive train worked flawlessly but I’m not entirely sure how the well the front shifts as I did my whole ride in the big ring. As I ride a single speed a lot of the time when I ran out of gears on the back I just stood up rather than thinking to shift down.

As anyone who reads my reviews know I’m honest in my reviews and try to present the good with the bad so you get a true picture of a bike so you can make an informed decision when choosing your new ride. With the Vertex it’s hard not to sound like a fan boy but trust me if it steered like a bus I would tell you that. My only complaints I had are the ones I have with almost every bike because nothing comes with my favorite saddle and grips out of the box. As far as handling, ride quality, weight and stiffness this is as close to magic as I’ve ever ridden. Light and stiff. Smooth and great handling. The only mark against it is the price but then there is no such thing as a free lunch.



Source by Winston Endall

History of Focus Bikes

INTRODUCTION:

Focus Bikes is a bicycle manufacturing firm in Germany. Racing Bicycles, Sports Bikes, Road Bikes and Mountain Bicycles are manufactured in the company. It was established in the year 1992 by the famous German biker Mike Kluge.

HISTORY OF FOCUS BIKES:

In the year 1992, Mike Kluge founded the firm Focus Bikes. He was himself a cyclocross ( a kind of bicycle racing) World Champion for three times. He kept the name of the company Focus as he wanted it to the focal point in the development of bicycles especially racing and sports varieties.

In the year 1993, the firm took a partnership with the bicycle manufacturer Derby Cycle Werke in order to improve the quality and production of their bicycles. In the same year, founder Mike Kluge became the German National Champion and also runner-up in World Cyclocross Championship. He rode a Focus bicycle in the championship.

In the year 1994, six varieties of Mountain Bikes were produced. They were all produced keeping both price and performance in mind. This “value for money” aspect in their bicycle production was one of the main reasons behind the massive success of their bicycles.

In the year 1995, the company expanded its production. They also expanded to the touring and road bikes in addition to the mountain range. Founder Mike Kluge also became the manager of the first ever German professional mountain bike team.

In the year 1996, Mike Kluge participated in the Olympic games in Atlanta on a Focus Bike model. His bike model was named Focus Raven.

In the year 1998, Jorg Arenz, the brand manager of Focus Bikes won the German cyclocross championship on a bicycle manufactured in the company.

In the year 2003, Jorg Arenz took over as the product manager. They also increased the number of bicycles in their racing line in the same year.

In the year 2005, Hanka Kupfernagel became the Cyclocross World Champion while racing on a Focus Bike. The bicycle used in the race was named Focus Mares Team Bike.

In the year 2006, the first bikes with Carbon fiber frames were produced. This Bike became very popular within a short span of time among the touring professionals and recreational riders. Due to the carbon frames, these were lightweight and easier and smoother to ride.

In the year 2007, Kupfernagel also became the World champion in the individual time trail while participating in the World Road Bike Championship.

In the year 2008, The production of the time-trail range of Focus bicycles were done jointly with the collaboration of Andreas Walser who specialized in time train research and testing. The fastest series of time trail bikes were launched by Focus bikes. Athletes riding Focus Bikes won four title during the 2008 German Cyclocross Championship. The four titles were: one in juniors category, one in women category, one in 23 and under category and one in elite category. The time trail series was also expanded to triathlon segment in the same year.

In the year 2009, Focus Bikes established partnership with the European racing team Team Milram. This sponsorship deal meant that the bikers in the team needs to ride Focus Bicycles while participating in important races around the world. In the same year the company began an advertising campaign throughout Europe in the Eurosport TV channel. In the same year, the company also established subsidiaries in the United States thereby entering directly into the North American markets. Their sponsorship of the US-based racing team Jelly Belly Cycling Team was announced to further their exposure in the United States.

In the Year 2010, a lot of new designs were introduced by the firm. Focus Bikes increased its sponsorships. Two more Italian teams of the European continent namely, Team van Vilet and Team Net App also started to ride Focus Bikes in races. Focus Bikes also entered a World Cup team. They sponsored Mountain Bike Teams like Team M.I.G (Made In Germany) and an Italian amateur team, Team Focus Italia. The firm became an official partner of the 2010 Tour de Suisse.

In the year 2011, it also started sponsoring the Russian road racing team “Team Katusha”. It is also continuing its sponsorship to Team Jelly Belly and Womens Team Vanderkitten. It also introduced several new Focus Bikes Project range of bicycles with massive expansion plans in 2012.

So, Focus Bikes have grown from a small firm started by a former racing champion to a massive bicycle company with subsidiaries and sponsorships around the world. In recent year, the company has been increasing both production and variety of the bicycle range and is gradually turning into one of the world’s top bicycle manufacturers especially for racing purposes.



Source by Waz Zaman

Bike Review – Kuota Kharma Race Carbon Road Bike

Not everyone has the cash to buy the Tour de France wonder machines on the market. More people are looking for a good value in a high performance carbon road bike. This is where bikes like the Kuota Kharma Race come in. Many of the features of the higher end models with a much more modest price tag. Four years ago a frame like this would have been on a $6000 bike. Now the complete bike is less than half of that.

The Kharma Race is available as a complete bike or frameset to build how you like. The complete bikes are available with Shimano 105 or Ultegra, or SRAM Rival. I tested the Rival equipped bike. While a review of the group will be for another article, it works flawlessly. Shifts are fast and precise with a good lever feel.

The heart of any bike is the frame and what a heart the Kharma Race has. The swooping curve of the top tube draws the eye to the aero seat cluster. All the tubes flow into one another. Unusual for a bike of this price, the frame tubes are aerodynamically optimized to help you cut through the wind. This includes a cut out for the rear wheel in the seat tube and an airfoil shaped seat post. As wind drag accounts for over 90 percent of the resistance when riding on level terrain, every little bit helps. The fit is a little more relaxed than it’s higher end siblings, with a slightly shorter top tube for a given size All of the tubes are shaped to give a good balance between aerodynamics, stiffness and weight. And being an Italian design, a certain flare is apparent that you don’t see from a lot of the big brands. You will stand out on the local group ride on a Kuota Kharma, as they aren’t the standard cookie cutter bike.

But that is just the construction. The ride quality is the real star of the show. When I stated earlier that this would have been a top of the line frame a few years ago, I wasn’t exaggerating. I used to ride the Orbea Orca and that is what this bike reminds me of. Stiff but not harsh. Light and responsive. Handling is quick but not twitchy. Just very well balance with a good road feel. When you jump out of the saddle to sprint or climb a hill, the power is driven to the rear wheel. This doesn’t ride like a company’s starter carbon fiber bike. If you put on a set of race wheels on, you will be able to contest any ride or race you have the legs for.

The build kit that comes with the bike is solid with Deda bar and stem, Selle San Marco Ponza saddle and Shimano R-500 wheels. You may find the need to swap cockpit parts as the fit of these won’t be for everyone, but is usual with any bike. The only area I would suggest upgrading if you want to race or just get maximum speed, is the wheels. The Shimano wheels are fine as a training wheel but the aren’t either light or aero enough for a race wheel. If you haven’t ridden deep carbon fiber rimmed wheels then you won’t find it an issue.

The Kharma Race fits my criteria of being a working class bike. It’s light but tough. Good value with performance well above it’s price tag.



Source by Winston Endall

Three Wonderful Benefits of Riding a Tandem Bike – Bicycle Built For Two or Three

Tandem Bikes are two-seater bicycles, and although not as common, tandems are also available in a three-seater as well.

With a tandem bike, each rider works equally to propel the bike, as one long chair runs through both sets of pedals to drive the rear wheel.

Here are the three most common reasons that a cyclist or cyclists chose to ride a tandem bike over a solo bike:

1. Couples that enjoy riding together but who have different levels of strength and stamina chose a tandem bike because it forces compromise in riding speeds and allows them to always be together or to keep up with the group.

2. A person with a disability who cannot ride a bike on their own would get all the benefits of cycling that they could not experience on their own. By riding with another cyclist who can take the lead and perhaps make any riding decisions, it also builds a relationship of trust and is a wonderful experience for the lead cyclist as well.

3. Young children of cyclists are not usually capable of keeping up with the adult and/or are not mature or experienced enough to handle traffic or road limitations. By riding a tandem the child gets the full benefit of cycling as well as learn the benefits of family activities.

The feel of riding on a tandem is different than riding solo. A tandem bike is considerably heavier, and has a much longer wheel base, therefore; practicing with your tandem partner on a quiet street or in a parking lot is highly suggested. Because of the size and weight of the bike, the cyclists need to practice stopping and also swinging wider around turns.

Also, tandems are considerably longer than a regular bike, so you won’t be able to carry one on your car using a standard rear-mount or roof rack. With a tandem bike, you will probably need to buy a carrier as well.

Many of the tandem bikes available are in the range of $1500 or more. If this tandem bike is going to be the main bike for adults and they ride quite often year after year, it is important to ask questions and get a bike that handles

heavier adults and heavy-duty cycling. This even applies to purchasing any single-use bicycle for any serious cyclists.

However, if used as a family cycle or with young children, there are many well-made tandem bikes or “cruiser” type tandems that are relatively inexpensive and are equally safe and comfortable as the more expensive versions.

Riding a tandem bike with a friend, mate or children is a wonderful bonding experience. You can visit parks and parts of your neighborhood and actually discuss what you see as you are riding. It can be a great learning experience for all the riders while gaining the emotional and physical benefits of cycling. With a little bit of practice, riding tandem can be mastered and open up a new world of cycling for many that would prefer the company or are not capable of riding alone.

Seriously, give it some thought – tandem biking may be the route for you. Happy Cycling!



Source by Mary Marino-McDonnell

Advantages and Disadvantages of Electric Bicycles

An electric bicycle is powered by a battery and is preferred and selected by more and more people nowadays. Many people would like to choose electric bikes rather than ordinary bikes or cars because electric bike is environmentally friendly and has many advantages. However, every coin has two sides. Electric bicycles also have some disadvantages.

Advantages

Electric bikes have a lot of advantages and in this article I want to state some of them.

  • It can help you save money.
  • Imagine that if you have an electric bicycle, you will do not need to buy expensive petrol or gasoline and a large garage to park your car. Besides, you need not to spend money on car repairs and other services. All these can save you a lot of money. Generally, an electric bike is very cheap when compared to cars.

  • You will not sweat when riding it.
  • When riding an electric bicycle, you will not have to put in much effort. So you will not be sweaty when you reach your destination. This advantage can be more obvious when summer comes or when you need to travel a long way.

  • It is quiet and safe.
  • Unlike cars and scooters which have noisy engines, electric cycle provides you a quiet surrounding because the motor on it is almost silent. Moreover, it can also offer you a controlled and safe riding experience.

Disadvantages

  • Battery costs
  • We all know that electric cycles are powered by batteries and all batteries have useful time. So when the battery on the bike gets old, we should buy a new one. However, the old batteries pollute the environment heavily and the new battery costs can be high.

  • Heavy to carry
  • Usually speaking, an electric bicycle is heavy and some cheaper ones may be heavier because they use lead acid batteries. So if the battery runs out on the way, you will feel difficult to pedal.

  • Battery recharge
  • You need to recharge the battery daily or very often and it always takes several hours for the battery to recharge fully. So before going somewhere, you should firstly make sure that the battery is full charged or you will have to pedal it.

Though there are some disadvantages of electric bicycles, the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages. There is no perfect vehicle and among all vehicles, electric bicycle is the most worthy one. Do not hesitate, choose an electric bike and change your way of life.



Source by Jeremy Liu

Advantages and Disadvantages of Electric Bicycles

An electric bicycle is powered by a battery and is preferred and selected by more and more people nowadays. Many people would like to choose electric bikes rather than ordinary bikes or cars because electric bike is environmentally friendly and has many advantages. However, every coin has two sides. Electric bicycles also have some disadvantages.

Advantages

Electric bikes have a lot of advantages and in this article I want to state some of them.

  • It can help you save money.
  • Imagine that if you have an electric bicycle, you will do not need to buy expensive petrol or gasoline and a large garage to park your car. Besides, you need not to spend money on car repairs and other services. All these can save you a lot of money. Generally, an electric bike is very cheap when compared to cars.

  • You will not sweat when riding it.
  • When riding an electric bicycle, you will not have to put in much effort. So you will not be sweaty when you reach your destination. This advantage can be more obvious when summer comes or when you need to travel a long way.

  • It is quiet and safe.
  • Unlike cars and scooters which have noisy engines, electric cycle provides you a quiet surrounding because the motor on it is almost silent. Moreover, it can also offer you a controlled and safe riding experience.

Disadvantages

  • Battery costs
  • We all know that electric cycles are powered by batteries and all batteries have useful time. So when the battery on the bike gets old, we should buy a new one. However, the old batteries pollute the environment heavily and the new battery costs can be high.

  • Heavy to carry
  • Usually speaking, an electric bicycle is heavy and some cheaper ones may be heavier because they use lead acid batteries. So if the battery runs out on the way, you will feel difficult to pedal.

  • Battery recharge
  • You need to recharge the battery daily or very often and it always takes several hours for the battery to recharge fully. So before going somewhere, you should firstly make sure that the battery is full charged or you will have to pedal it.

Though there are some disadvantages of electric bicycles, the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages. There is no perfect vehicle and among all vehicles, electric bicycle is the most worthy one. Do not hesitate, choose an electric bike and change your way of life.



Source by Jeremy Liu