Thursday, 29 May 2014

Bike to Work

Alimay Sports helps get a bike to work harder and better for any cyclist. Whether it’s a bike to work scheme to  improve fitness while reducing travelling costs or maybe an experienced cyclist seeking to get  a bike to work better, Alimay Sports online cycling shop have lots of accessories and components.
Cycling has become one of the biggest growing trends around the world when it comes to commuting to and from work and also exercising. Cycling is a superb way get fitter as a cyclist will be pumping those legs on a bike to and from work.
The benefits of cycling are numerous, the most obvious ones are personal fitness and exercise but it’s also much cheaper than public transport and reduces motor vehicle traffic which in turn is easier on the environment.
No matter what age or stage of life, whether you're young or old, athletic or sedentary, bicycling is an enjoyable and healthy way to travel and experience the great outdoors. As any serious cyclist will testify, when cycling is done vigorously, it gives the heart and circulatory system a workout and can burn more than 500 calories per hour. The development of new types of bicycles and bicycle accessories, for example the hybrid, which combines the speed of a road bike and the ruggedness of a mountain bike has made riding easier and offers more options to suit a cyclists specific needs. What's more, thanks to government initiatives cyclists now have more places to ride. Here, ways to improve your performance, safety and comfort when cycling.
Everyday a new cyclist will saddle up his or her two wheeled steed for the first time, this is the day where more people learn to love the sport or hobby of cycling. Remember "Knowledge is the key to improving your cycling performance."
Below you will find lots of helpful advice on how to enjoy your cycle and get your bike to work for you.

Food and Nutrition
Eat a healthy breakfast 30/40 minutes before the start of your cycle
• Porridge and a slice of toast are a good option.
• Light cereals such as cornflakes may not provide the slow release energy you will need for a cycle lasting a few hours.
Carry additional food
• Some bananas and sports nutrition such as energy bars (Powerbar Energy Bar ) are ideal.
• Take two water bottles. Add fruit juice to improve the taste or use a sports drink like PowerGel from Powerbar if going on a longer cycle. Try to drink/eat small amounts often.
• If you are nervous eating while on the move, wait until you are at the back of the group to eat.

Alert Calls
knowing to alert the cycling group or partner to hazards on the road and traffic approaching is very important. The cyclists at the front of the group should clearly and loudly announce hazards on the road ahead. These are announced early so the group is aware of potential dangers and can smoothly and safely take evasive action. Cyclists at the front of the group call the hazard and people behind repeat the call so the message gets passed through the group.

Example of calls
• “Hole on left” = Pothole on the left hand side.
• “Stones on the right” = Stones on the right hand side.
• “Gravel in middle” = Loose gravel in the middle of the groups path.
Moving cars approaching the group
If a car is approaching from behind (or a car following the group is beginning to overtake the group) “Car up” is called. The last person in the group should be aware of traffic following/approaching the group from behind.
If a car is approaching the group from in front: “Car down” is called.
The person who gets the puncture should call “puncture”. This alerts the group that someone has a puncture so the group can stop.
The call also alerts people who are cycling behind the person that has suffered the puncture that there is someone in the group who may need to stop immediately and that they need to be alert.

Cycle two by two / don’t overlap the rear wheel of the cyclist in front.

Cyclist in front cannot see the position of cyclist following behind.  If your front wheel overlaps the rear wheel of the person in front, any movement left or right could result in wheels touching and a loss of balance and a large number or people could be involved in a crash.

Never pass another cyclist on the inside (left), always pass on the outside (right).
Avoid freewheeling when at the front of the group
  • It usually requires more effort to cycle at the front of the group.
  • If a cyclist at the front of the group freewheels the following cyclists could easily run into the back of the cyclist at the front, causing an accident. Always keep pedalling when at the front of the group.
Bike Gears
Most new cyclists keen to get fit think they are getting a better workout if every pedal stoke is a strain and the quads are burning. Although there's a place for low-cadence workouts, during a normal ride, aim for a smooth spin at between 85-100 rpm (pedal revolutions per minute) which is much more efficient -- and easier on the legs, especially the knees.

Handlebar grip
Always keeps a good grip on the bikes handlebars using the thumbs. Don’t rest hands on top of the bars.
A rear mud guard is a good idea during winter
  • Keeps your back dry and warm by wearing correct bicycle clothing (even if it does not rain during the cycle a wet road could have your back wet and cold in a few minutes).
  • Your fellow cyclist will appreciate your mudguard as it reduces the amount of water and grit thrown into the face of the cyclist behind.
Enjoy your Cycle
Last but most importantly, build up the distance of your cycles gradually. If you are comfortable with 20 miles try 25 then 30 miles and so on in small increments.
Join a bike club where possible and ask the group leader (or another club member) for advice if your have any questions. Cycling club members are always delighted to advise new members

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