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5 things you should know about Electric Bikes

E bikes are showing up everywhere, and as an electronics hobbyist and robotics coach that Loves Bicycling. I see E bikes as an evolution of the bicycle that can bring more people to the bike shop. More people on bikes means more healthy people. Healthy people outside are happy people. Happy people make a better world.

I’ts Not cheating. If you wouldn’t be riding otherwise or you might give up if it takes too long to see progress in your health or riding you should be on an E bike. If you want to commute but your just a little too far away to make it reasonable to do frequently, an Ebike could cut your commute in half.

It’s affordable. cost of ownership on an E bike is similar to a regular bike. effectively cost of charging is the same as a laptop. you can save money by commuting to work. we can do the math in another post Here. You also will spend less on healthcare long term by becoming more healthy. Not spending money on parking and filling your gas tank is another money saving bonus.

It’s getting better. Ebikes are improving every year, the number of people on bikes is growing. the pressure for better bike infrastructure is also growing, making it even easier to get out on your bike.

It’s good for you. weather you are young and fit or in need of moving more. biking is a safe low impact way to get fit. Pedal assist e bikes which is what most reputable bike shops will sell, require your pedaling to provide added power to your pedal stroke. so your still getting exercise on an ebike. inactivity is a primary reason for onset of most of our top health problems. The assistance encourages you to ride more and longer.

Its FUN! with out fail every E bike test rider returns with a big smile on their face. Pedal assist ebikes are so much fun. they just boost your abilities and allow you to go more often and for longer rides, while not feeling like you just did a major work out. but you’re getting one…

Go to your local bike shop, test ride an E bike. You’ll come back with a great big grin on your face and you won’t regret it!

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How to look Sexy in a Bicycle Helmet

Its time to talk about an important Question, Can you look sexy in a bike helmet?

Well, you cant be sexy if your dead.  So Yes, you can be sexy in a bicycle helmet.  🙂
The facts are 67% of people who have died do to a cycling accident were not wearing a helmet. Wearing a Helmet reduces head injuries by 88%. So if you don’t want to die or deal with a head injury you should be wearing a helmet every time you ride. Many Bicycle industry Professionals are of the opinion that it might be a sign of a head injury to not wear a helmet.

Here’s the key points for choosing a Bicycle helmet.
1. Price doesn’t effect the governmental safety standard requirements, that said make sure your helmet has one of CPSC, ASTM, ANSI, or SNELL certifications stickers in it. The only safety feature that can be bought is MIPS, it exceeds the safety standards so they can charge more for it. What is MIPS? MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection. Simply, MIPS helps when there is a twisting type impact and can help reduce injuries better under those circumstances. most good helmet models have a with and without MIPS options, that range from $15-$25 more for the with MIPS option. See the links below for more information.

2. Fit, get the fit right, and if you can’t get a helmet to fit, try another.
The front of the helmet should be no more than 1 or 2 fingers above your eye brows and should fit with minimal movement from left to right or front to back. I usually say, “it should feel like it will stay on your head well with out the chin strap clipped, but it should be clipped”.
The straps should form a V that goes behind and below your ear, the tip of the V should be just in front of your ear, and the clip should allow no more than 1 to 2 fingers to be inserted below your chin. The videos are very helpful for seeing how it should look.
It should be comfortable. probably not like that first image below…

3. When to replace a helmet.
If you crash, replace your helmet. If you Drop it on a hard surface, Replace Your helmet.
If there is any visible damage or discoloration of the foam, Replace the helmet.
After a major impact the foam of your helmet weakens. Even if you can’t see cracks or dents in the helmet, it can cause your helmet to break apart if you crash.
If there’s any doubt, Replace the helmet.
Before you buy a new helmet, check with your helmet’s manufacturer. Some companies have a crash replacement program or may replace the helmet for less than the cost of a new one.

4. Other considerations like Look, Weight, Airflow, lights, Cameras, Visors etc. These things are what your buying when you spend more on a helmet. everyone has their preferences on these add-on options. Who am I to tell you what you want. Just know your helmet should match you riding type and style. most people will tell you that visors are for Mountain biking and non visors are for road, but do what you want, your already a sexy beast, You just do you.

Links and videos: 
http://mipsprotection.com/mips-faq/
https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/bicycle-safety
https://www.helmets.org/nhtsafit.pdf

Videos for those that learn visually.

Basic Information

Helmet type compairisons

Safety Standards info:

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1 week – week 3 update…

Here’s an update on the progress of my transition from an IT Office to the part time bike shop life.  Things are going great at the shop. Things are coming back to me pretty quickly and I’m having a blast learning new things and fixing bikes, getting to know the regulars and all the new technology that has been added to bicycles in the last 15 years.  By the end of week 1, I completed the “Trek Ninja” Certification and was given a few nice very gifts from Trek for doing so. I’ll review those soon.

This week was really busy,  I managed to finish off the remaining sessions for a “Trek Road Scholar” and “Trek Dirt Scientist” Diplomas and 2 Shimano S-T.E.C. certifications for “Wheel and Hub” and the Electric “S.T.E.P.S. Drivetrain”. I also started working on the “Mountain drivetrain” classes too. after the remaining 170 Shimano modules and the remaining 100 or so Trek modules I’ll start the Specialized, Thule, Ascend, Pearl Izumi, QBP, Saris classes and certifications, the goal being to get as many bike industry related certs under my belt quickly so I can focus on other parts of my “midlife crisis plan“.

I took a ride on the rail trial last week because the temp was a balmy 50 degrees Fahrenheit, it was the maiden voyage for my new Cannondale Caadx 105 Cyclocross bike, it’s really peppy and quick. The trail was wet and dirty so it was a good ride for the bike.  I may not need a hard-tail Mountain bike any more (Ha Ha!)

every time

Week 3 is almost over and things are great, I’ve ordered a bunch of tools to restock my tool box and I’ve been drooling over which bike I’ll get with the special Ninja Discount.  and shopping for the rims and hubs I’ll be using on the wheels I’m building for my bike.

Send me your comments or email me your suggestions for a set of road hubs and rims you think I should use on my wheelset build.

I’ll be making another update soon.  Keep spinning, and Enjoy the ride!

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Salvation for humanity – Ride a bike

If you don’t own or ride a bike You should watch this.  🙂

Most of the health problems that we suffer from can be helped by riding a bike.

Those same health problems are aggravated by not riding a bike.

Mark Makes some great points its worth a watch.

I ride because it makes me feel good and for all those reasons.

enso bike wheel - cycle in the zone
Enso bike wheel – cycle in the zone.

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