The founders of Ampler don’t want you to think of electric bicycles as special. "We are making bicycles," says co-founder Ardo Kaurit with a pause. "We’re building 21st century bicycle
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I went for a bike ride recently with our local club and two of the cyclists were riding electric bikes. Riding on a flat portion of the route they performed just like the other bikes but on the hills they provided assistance. Normally at strong cyclist, one of the people riding the bike had an accident a few months ago and this bike permitted him to ride with the club like he used to. I can see people who enjoy riding but have trouble on hills purchasing it. For the moment I still ride my road bike.
Do you know why you do what you do? Do you know why you like to ride your bike, do intervals, work where you work, and live where you live? Can you really get to the root of why? What if you could get in touch with the why’s?
In the 1960s, Dutch cities were increasingly in thrall to motorists, with the car seen as the transport of the future. It took the intolerable toll of child traffic deaths – and fierce activism – to turn Amsterdam into the cycling nirvana of today
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Whenever I say I am going cycling in Europe everyone assumes it must be to the Netherlands. This is the story about how cycling developed in Amsterdam.
I grew up in central Pennsylvania, but I always envisioned myself leaving and moving either out west somewhere or to northern New England—two places that I thought had more to offer for an independent, outdoorsy woman such as myself.
I love how scenic Pennsylvania with many forested hills. Even better they have created numerous trails for both mountain biking and bicycle touring plus there are numerous bike shops to support you if you run into trouble.
The Confederation Trail, part of the Trans Canada Trail provides a great way to explore this province. At a flat 470 km it provides an easy ride. Cycling friends who have been there tell me they also use some of the local roads for the return ride rather than returning along the trail. This ride is on the bucket list of many Canadian cyclists.
A good indicator of bicycle safety in a city is if you see a mother riding a bicycle with her kids. In fact, women riding bicycles in general point to the overall bicycle safety in a city. “It is understood women are catalysts for safe ...
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Never really thought about this but this writer presents some valid points about Women cycling.
BikeRadar.com Improve your cycling in just seven days BikeRadar.com Whether you're taking your first pedal strokes, riding to work or using cycling to shed a few pounds, you need some structure to your riding week.
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Always a good idea to have a structured cycling training plan early in the season to get you up to speed for longer rides later in the season, this is a plan to get you started.
Interesting list you should go cycling, many which are not top of mind for many cyclists. Surprisingly missing from this list is bicycle touring, it is a great way to explore new regions and you see things from a very different way than from a car.
Matt Abbott looks at the best way to learn the safest and most effective way to pull on the anchors, whether you’re riding alone or as part of a groupMatt Abbott looks at the best way to learn the safest and most effective way to pull on the anchors,...
Photo: Shutterstock.com Don’t let the heat of the dog days spoil your training. Use these tips to run safely and effectively all summer long. Training in hot weather is not always pleasant, but it’s not always avoidable, either.
We once on a ride where one rider got so dehydrated that they had no energy even on totally flat terrain. They rested under a tree until we got back to our cars and picked him up. Very important and timely subject.
There are some things that our non-cycling friends (why are they our friends if they don't cycle?) say that just crop up time and again. You know the sort of thing: "Your bike cost how much?"; "You rode how far?
So true, I get questions from non-cycling friends all the time. The biggest questions seem to be that when we are driving or taking a train somewhere out of town to start a bike trip they all assume we are cycling right from our home. Also this summer I am cycling in Europe and they don't know that there is a network of long distance signed bicycle touring routes across the continent with hotels that cater to cyclists. Always lots of questions about that.
While this article includes a suggested breakfast menu for a training ride it is also true for bicycle touring. A cycling colleague on one of our tours skipped breakfast and after one hour of riding on a flat route had no energy. We were lucky enough to be close to a fast food outlet where they could fuel up, an unhealthy choice but it provided the needed energy until lunch.
Also this article explains about when you should eat prior to starting your ride, something I do but more by luck than any real planning.
A reference is made to an energy drink which is the official supplier to Team Sky, this is also available in Canada and the USA.
Do start your ride off right with the right breakfast.
There are 5 great reasons listed to go cycling. Personally I often find I may be in the mood to go for a ride but once on the bike things soon change and I feel great. Yes bicycle riding does change brain functions and puts you in a more positive mood. Check out the other 4 reasons in this article.
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