Super Road Bikes For 2014

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Lamborghini

What if you’ve always coveted a Lamborghini, but can’t stand the idea of owning one? Those V10 and V12 engines aren’t very environmentally friendly, and luckily, Lamborghini has a solution. The latest Lamborghini is compact, lightweight, and easy to park. It’s also a bicycle. It costs 25,000 euros, or about $32,000 

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Diamondback Century Line

The Century line is designed for riders who want a comfortable position on long rides. The line includes both aluminum and carbon models, with prices starting at $700 for a Shimano Sora-equipped aluminum frame. The top-of-the-line Century 5 Carbon Di2 costs $4,000 with the electronic Ultegra group.

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Felt AR

The new AR bikes have revised shapes that the company says lets them incur even less aerodynamic drag. The updated models also come with a new reversible seatpost design that lets riders easily convert their bike for a triathlon or time trial with clip-on aero bars. This accessible version, the AR 5, costs $2,500. The high-end AR FRD Di2 comes complete with Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 components and Zipp 404 wheels, and costs $12,500.

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 Pinarello Dogma K Hydro

The Dogma K is built for riders who want the speed of the Tour de France-winning Dogma, but prefer a slightly more comfortable position and some additional damping. For 2014, the platform is available in a disc-brake version for added stopping power that will let you get the most out of your favorite descents. The bike will be sold only as a frameset in the United States and will cost $5,300.

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Wilier Cento 1 Air
This new aero road model from Italian builder Wilier is designed to let you slip through the wind.  A frame module that includes a fork, seatpost, headset, and bottom bracket costs $4,000. Spend $5,000, and you get a complete bike with either Shimano Ultegra Di2 or a mix of Dura-Ace and Ultegra mechanical components.

HAPPY RIDING – HAPPY ADVENTURE

Safety Tips for Bicyclists

Four Basic Safety Tips

Here are four basic bicycling tips:

  • Maintain control of your bicycle.
  • Protect yourself–reduce the risk of head injury by always wearing a helmet.
  • Be visible, alert, and communicate your intentions.
  • Ride with traffic.

Maintain Control of Your Bicycle

There are many things you can do to control your bicycle, even in an emergency. First, ensure your bicycle is the right size and properly adjusted to fit you. A properly fitted bicycle is easier to control, more comfortable, and causes less fatigue. A bicycle shop can help you choose the correct size bicycle. Ensure your bicycle is in good working order by inspecting it regularly.

Protect Yourself  – Wear your helmet per manufacturer directions.

Right and wrong way to wear a bicycle helmet. Continue reading

Top 5 Reasons to Ride a Bike

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1. For Your Body

Riding a bike offers many health benefits. Here are just a few:

  •  increased cardiovascular fitness
  • increased strength
  • increased balance and flexibility
  • increased endurance and stamina
  • increased calories burned

 It can be done by people of all ages, from childhood up even through the adult years when achy joints don’t allow for more stressful exercise like jogging. Continue reading

Bicycles: How to Choose?!

family-bikingjpg-7310ed643b4f8ee4_large  Bicycling lets you have fun and get exercise while being kind to the environment at the same time. It can   also be a great way to run errands, commute to work or experience a backcountry trail, not to mention more serious pursuits such as touring or racing. Whatever your goals, you have a number of bicycle options to take you there.

The aim of this article is to help beginners, casual riders or those who haven’t ridden in a while to select the right type of bike for them.

What’s Your Primary Riding Style?

Your first consideration is to know where you’ll be riding: on pavement, dirt trails or both. Some bicycles are made specifically for a particular kind of riding surface, while others are versatile enough that, perhaps with a quick tire change, they can be ridden in more than one category.

To get you started, here is a general breakdown of the different kinds of bikes that REI carries. Within each of these categories are individual models that emphasize performance, versatility or comfort. Continue reading

Benefit From Biking

Cycling to keep healthy and get fit

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It only takes two to four hours a week to achieve a general improvement to your health. Cycling is:

  • Low impact – it causes less strain and injuries than most other forms of exercise
  • A good muscle workout – cycling uses all of the major muscle groups as you pedal. Cycling has been shown to get you fitter than walking, as it lifts your heart rate to a more beneficial level
  • Easy – unlike some other sports, cycling does not require high levels of physical skill. Most people know how to ride a bike and, once you learn, you don’t forget
  • Good for strength and stamina – cycling increases stamina, strength and aerobic fitness
  • As intense as you want – cycling can be done at very low intensity to begin with, if recovering from injury or illness, but can be built up to a demanding physical workout
  • A fun way to get fit – the adventure and buzz you get from coasting down hills and being outdoors means you are more likely to continue to cycle regularly, compared to other physical activities that keep you indoors or require special times or places
  • Time-efficient – as a mode of transport, cycling replaces sedentary (sitting) time spent driving motor vehicles or using trams, trains or buses with healthy exercise. Continue reading