A Beginners Guide to Cycling

Cycling as an exercise and a sport started at around 1900s. Now cycling is one of the most popular workouts in the world. But cycling isn’t just all about workout anymore; it is also used for transportation and a way to release out stress. Not only it is ecological but being on a bike can help you save money because evidently, you don’t have to pay for gas or any parking spaces.

So, did you just buy a bicycle and eager to know what’s next for it? In this article, we are going to tell you some helpful tips that will surely benefit you, in the long run.

What You Need

1. First let’s get to the gears. What should you wear when cycling? You can wear anything you want, but wearing the proper gears can help you get more comfortable and secure.
2. Helmet – As we all know, the brain is one of the most sensitive parts we have. Any brain injuries could lead to a serious brain damage that could potentially impair you. Helmets varies from $70 and above, but this is nothing compared to how a helmet could protect you from any serious injury. Not all countries have laws about this, but cycling enthusiasts strongly suggest it.
3. Shoes – At least buy proper shoes that you’re comfortable with. If your shoes are too tight or too narrow, it could potentially hurt your feet.
5. Padded shorts – This will be particularly helpful for males. When cyclists ride for too long, they tend to feel compression in the groin that makes is a little painful or numb. Using padded shorts will help ease the discomfort.

Useful Bike Accessories

It’s also recommended to buy the following for your bicycle. These will come handy at some point when you’re biking.
1. Locks
2. Lights
3. Saddle Bag
4. Repair Kit
5. Mirror
6. Fenders
7. Bike pump
8. Water Bottle Cage

Rules of the Road

If you’re planning to use your bicycle for transportation, this will be very helpful for you.

  • Keep your eyes on the road; be attentive about the happenings around you.
  • Remember you are not the only one in the motorway.
  • If it rains, ride gentler and slower than before. It’ll also be helpful if you have reflective lights and bright clothing.
  • Furthermore, know the basic rules of the road.
    traffic light1. Follow the traffic light – Bicycles are considered as vehicles, so it’s only fair to follow traffic lights. Just like cars, traffic enforcers can fine you for crossing when it’s a red light.
    2. Make your moves predictable– Use your hands to signal to other vehicles and do not make turns that are unpredictable.
    3. Ride in the bike lane – Always ride in the lane provided for bikes only, if it’s not available, ride on the sidewalk but ride slower as there are other pedestrians walking that way.
    4. Prevent Distractions –Just like in cars, it is not recommended to use cell phones or listen to music while riding your bicycle.
    5. Always Ride on the Right –At least in the United States, each and everyone is obligated to drive on the right side of the road.

The ones above are just one of the few basic road rules when cycling. The laws will depend on every state, so if you want to be sure just google your state + cycling laws or go to this webpage: bikeleague.org/StateBikeLaws

Bike Theft – Everything You Need to Know and How to Avoid It

According to National Crime Victim Survey, about two incidents of bike theft happen per minute, this equates to more than 1.5 million bicycles a year. Contrary to the popular belief, not all bicycles are stolen in exchange for money. Some thefts steal bikes just for transportation to get from one place to another and then ditch it somewhere else.

3 Sorts of Bike Thieves Based on Their Motives

bike trade1. Volume – Steals specific types of bikes to order
2. Joyrider – Steals any bike just for transportation, they usually just abandon the bicycle after using it.
3. Acquisitive – People who steal with every opportunity. They steal it to trade it for goods, money and sometimes drugs.

Thieves use several techniques to steal bikes. The methods usually depend on the owner’s practice of locking. If the bike is poorly locked, less theft-skill will be required.

4 Known Techniques  Bike Thieves use:

Try to see if this is how you lock your bike and how a bike-thief will steal it from you. chain
1. Picking – If your locks need keys, thieves usually insert tools and pick the lock to open
2. Cutting – If your lock is something flexible, thieves can use bolt cutters, hacksaws, and tin-snips to cut your lock.
3. Lifting – If the bike is locked to a signpost that is not tall enough, thieves can easily just lift the bicycle then steal it from you.
4. Striking – If you’re using a chain lock that touches the ground, thieves can easily just use a hammer to destroy the chains or lock.

If you have a bicycle that you often use or if you’re just planning to buy one, it’s important to take precautions to take care of your bike. Be responsible and don’t add up to the millions of bicycle theft victims.

Tips to Help You Prevent Bike Theft

bike lock1. Use a good lock – It’s better if you spend money for a quality lock than a cheap lock, it will pay you off later on.
2. Do not buy cable locks, though, as they are usually cut using hacksaw or bolt cutters. Instead, buy yourself a heavy bike-chain or a D/U-lock.
3. Lock it somewhere steady– Look for a stable solid object you can find and lock it there. Ideally, if you can find a rack or a place where there are several bikes or people, then park it there.
4. Register your bike –Check the serial number of your bike then list it down. Take pictures of your bike as well so if your bike ever gets stolen, it will be easier to find. Usually, you will find your bicycle’s serial number imprinted in the metal or a sticker, under the bottom bracket.
5. Don’t leave it in the same place every day –If you often use your bicycle for transportation, try to park it in a different place every single day. This is particularly helpful for you, especially if your bike is something valuable. Some thieves may watch out for you, so be careful.


Reasons To Buy Your Next Bike In Person, Not Online

image of buying a bike online 1Buying everything online has turned from an enjoyable thrill to a near compulsion for people. The collective right now believes that everything is less expensive when it is purchased online. Ask a shop owner or people who work in bike shops, they see it all the time.

Cyclists come in touting the pricing they saw online (even for kids just starting out). They use your store as the springboard for their online shopping ventures. They try out look at and explore their options using your showroom as their Internet showroom. Sometimes they tell you what they are up to, and other times they keep their work close to their chest.

Bicycles are not small, have many moving parts, and the shipping is not cheap. It might be a law of the universe, but when you buy oregano online, it never fails to show up in one piece. Once you purchase that $10,000 television or the rare fine oboe, then something will go wrong. It might come to you with free shipping, but on the return trip you realize that it costs nearly $200 to ship it back to arrive in one piece without too much exposure to harsh climate elements.

While this article favors buying a bike at your local bike shop, it’s not impossible to select yours online. In fact, there is no denying that you will receive a lower price. If you’re curious about the advantages of going online, we highly recommend you check out Rovo Bike Reviews.

We explain the various risk that come along with going the online route.

Parts, Accessories, and Bike Comparisons

Price is always a factor, but in the case of deciding whether to buy online or in a shop, expand your thinking a bit. Buying online may involve many unhappy returns, at your expense. Maybe there’s a fraud on the other end, and you cannot get your money back, at least not as fast as you like.

Packaging Geniuses

So bikes come non-assembled tidily interlocked for safe and efficient shipping. You say you still have not mastered replacing the back wheel without having to have the bike shop put the chain back on for you? Then this non-assembled bike will never get built, not without paying the local bike shop extra money to do the job for you.

Here’s a quick guide to help you assembly your bike.

So, if you need to return it and buy another and then need it built for you, that costs a few hundred dollars even before hitting the road the first time. Is the discount to buy online still exceeding the savings of going directly to the local shop first, where you build rapport while you learn to replace inner tubes yourself?

The other fun part is when parts are missing from the box. From the likes of what bike shop experts see, the boxes are not treated well in shipment. A missing part will have you wondering what’s wrong with your assembling skills. At a bike shop, they see what’s missing, and can grab an extra from the shelf, or contact a vendor to send replacements pretty quickly.

You say you are handy with your, well, hands? Even so, bikes require precision in assembly. All those little and big parts need to move in line with one another, without friction here, and definitely with some tightness there. One misstep and a wheel will get bent, or something falls off, and someone gets hurt.

Here are the basics of assembling a bike. Seriously, by the end, you probably will want to hire a professional, and just buy from the shop from the very beginning.

Unpacking The Parts

If something is wrong that makes the bike a potential hazard, you guessed it. You have to pack it all back up and fit it all back in that box, without creating more damage. Vendors might wonder if you damaged it before sending it back. In the store, if this is the case, their vendors and distributors pay the return shipping, which can be anywhere from $120 to nearly $200. If you still want to buy your bicycle online, be clear on the return shipping terms and conditions before you ever hit the buy button.

Why Stop Here?

Brakes are never aligned right when you pull them out of the box. They are crooked and probably rubbing the rim, or not making proper contact with the wheels. The cables require adjustment to meet a happy medium here. It also depends upon whether you are in the age of hydraulics or disc brakes what other adjustments may be necessary

Most of the bike is assembled though some parts are deliberately attached backward. For instance you probably will find if the stem and handlebars arrive together and attached, it is backward and upside down. Next, if you do have to attach parts, let’s hope you paid attention to how to apply proper torque in shop class back in high school.

You never took shop? You never assembled anything before in your life? This is not the time to start. Remember that how well you assemble matters where a bicycle is concerned. It would probably void your warranty and could harm you.

Once you get it all together, you are ready to hit the road, right? Not if the sizing is off. It is not necessarily a reason to send it back. You will have to visit your local bike shop to have them swap parts for a proper fit.

Another great reason to get out to your local bike shop is to find a community of bike enthusiasts who also want to ride. They are a great way to talk about latest equipment, and build a group of people to call when you want to go for a ride.

5 Top Places In The World For Bicycle Ride

1. A ride along the Mekong River-Cambodia

riverAngkor is one of the most known tourist attraction sites in Cambodia. You can visit the place in a car, but the most appropriate way to do it is to visit it by riding a bike. Riding your bike on the dusty paths along the Mekong River, will give you that definite and ideal feeling of getting to see the way the people on the chain of small villages actually live. The villagers are not used to tourists on their lands; you might actually find more chicken and goats on their roads that you will find cars. If you take on their roads with a bike, you will have some kids running after you calling out Suas’dei as you ride along. This could be the best feeling or rather a gift you could offer them. If you took it to Angkor with a hungry stomach, their meals will definitely never disappoint. Coconut and rice will be served for lunch, a meal people rarely do, and this is the ideal meal for those who visit the place.

To see- It is about 40km from Phnom Penh. There is a route through Kratie, Chulong and Kampong Cham. You can find more details on this on our route notes.

tasmania2. The Tasmania Island- Australia

If there is a place where a cyclist would wish to call it heaven, then it should be a place where there is very light traffic, smooth roads, breathtaking views, and of course where to camp is absolutely free. The place where to get this ideal heavenly feel is definitely available. Visit the Island of Tasmania, in Melbourne Australia and you will not be disappointed.

Tasmania is mainly referred to as Tassie by its residents. A visit to this amazing place will give you the never ending scenic view of the sea, the totally free camping sites which are well protected, and the many bakeries which offer amazing tasty foods. You will get the opportunity to see two or more wombats, echidnas, and if you are those lucky persons, you might see a Tasmanian Devil.

To see- you will take a ferry from Melbourne. Get the bike of your choice at the stop at the tourist bureau. Do not forget a guide to tourists. You don’t have to waste time, take any road and enjoy the views.

oregon3. Eastern Oregon- America

Most people do think that Oregon is all about rainforests and the amazing views on the coastal lines. They are definitely wrong. The 395 route cuts across the very center of the Oregon’s desert, the country of cowboys. It will give a rider that ideal feeling of a peaceful atmosphere, which is suitable for reflecting upon the many issues in life one would wish to get away from. The place has an amazing view especially that of the Abert Rim, its beauty will leave you in total wonder. The Abert Rim is a fault scarp, and among the highest in the US. There is a lot more to enjoy in the Eastern Oregon. Take a ride of your lifetime, and be sure never to regret it.

To see- At the Californian border, begin at the Lake-view and then ride north. It is a desert, so it is hot; ensure you, therefore, carry a lot of water with you.

4. Ride from Shiraz to Yazd- Iran

Take your riding mission to Iran, and be sure to have the celebrity cyclist feeling. Iran is one of those places people think so negative about. But it is not so. Iran is a place where tourists are welcome, and many do go there. There is probably their charm, as most people love Iranian tea.

People from Iran are the friendliest. You did not know that. Iran has a lot of special archeological sites. They are indeed special, although few people visit the places nowadays compared to many years back. There is a lot of breathtaking architecture that you will only find on other few countries in the world. Their mosques are totally gorgeous and especially those in Esfahan. Visit Iran, you will not be disappointed. Be sure to feel good about a place you might have heard only bad news about.

To see- you might have to begin by processing your visa so that you can make it either in late autumn or early spring because the temperatures during these two seasons can be managed. People do cycle even during winter, but this is more in the southern parts. You can get more details on the route notes on Shiraz to Yazd.

Turkey5. The interior parts of Turkey

Turkey has its coast too busy and extremely crowded. It’s city, Istanbul, is a super great city; however it is a place where cyclists don’t dream of going. There is, however, a place for you as a cyclist in Turkey. Get on a ferry to the most attractive places in Turkey’s inland, here you will find adventurous and great sites you’d truly appreciate. There are archeological sites that have almost been left unmanaged, you will also see many turtles that never stop crossing the roads and, of course, the villages that produce the fresh bread just when you need food.

To see- Take a ferry from Istanbul all the way to Bandirma. Then cycle from Bergama, on Izmir and through inland roads to Antalya.

How to Decide on Bicycle

OverweightBicycling is one of the ways that you can lose some weight, and it also helps to have a good time. Some people use them to do their errands while some enjoy the environment outside as they ride them. In some cases, they are used in racing competitions and touring.

However you want to use them; you have different bicycles that you can choose from.

This article will be helpful to the first time riders, those that have taken some time out of riding and the casual riders for thy will know how to choose the best bikes.

What is your real Riding Style?

You will need to know where you will be riding the bikes on. For example, you might need one to be used on pavements or dirt trails. Every bicycle is made for a particular purpose, and it is important to know where you will be using it most.

If you are planning get yourself a bike, the below breakdown will help you in getting different types that REI has. Each category comprises of individual models that emphasize comfort, performance and versatility.

The Comfort and Hybrid Bikes

Best for street or rough and dirt roads.

Description: these types of bikes are best when it come to handling them and will be ideal if you ride them on a flat area, bike paths or the parks. You can also use a range that comes with larger wheels meant to give you that extra smooth ride. They have special features like the from suspension forks. Since they have large tires, you will be able to ride them on dirt or gravel. You can choose one with the fender or rear racks.

Here are some differences between them:

_MG_9339Comfort bikes are appropriately named. They have 26-inch wider tires the seat is comfortable to allow you sit in a relaxed position. The seat also has suspension seat post that makes it more comfortable when it compress. You will find some with rear hubs that will give you simple maintenance routine. You can get one for about $400 -$850.

The hybrid bikes will give you comfort seat and sometimes seat posts or suspension forks. It has the pedaling ability of about 700-milliter wheels as compared to the comfort bikes that have 26-inch wheels. You can ride them to work or enjoy environment outside: they are efficient on the road. They sell for about $5000-$1000 and above.

Commuting and Urban Bikes

Best for street or some rough roads.

Description: they are made with the intention of being used on pavements and the urban setup. They have strong wheels, tough frames that make them powerful on the road. They give you good upright sitting position that helps to be noticed by other motorists as well as you seeing where you are going. You can find commute friendly ones from lighting systems, fenders, and racks. They sell at $500-$1,500
Shop our collection of commuting/urban bikes.
Women’s Bikes

Best for most women with long leg and proportional body size

womanDescription: they are made specifically for the woman with proportional body size. They can also be a comfort, road, hybrid or mountain bikes. The saddle to handlebars is much shorter as compared to the men%u2019s bikes. The shorter reach shifters are appropriately made so as to fit according to the woman hand size, and this gives them the joy of riding the bikes.

How to Select Your Best Cycling Route to Work

So much depends on avoiding as many stop signs as possible.

road signGetting to work as you ride your bike may seem tiresome especially when you use long and complicated lanes. Many people find it difficult to ride their bikes to work because they have no idea how to go about it. However, when you scout your usual route, you will understand why some people are embracing riding to work. The following comments from seasonal bike commuter will give you an idea on this subject.

1. Get a general idea of where you want to go.

Stephanie Renfro says that although Google Map is wonderful, “Portland By Bicycle “is that comes from city’s transportation agency is much better. He continues to say that it easy to carry it since it is small and you do not have to spend cash when you are using it in town. Another one commented that is important to know what the pro bikers are using on the streets.

From Jeff, husband to Stephanie advises bikes to make use of the choosing the appropriate bridge. When doing this, get to know the most crowded bridges since you do not want to end up in traffic due to too much bikes using the same bridge. There is nothing worse like when you want to avoid traffic jam only to end up stuck in it for hours. He continues to recommend that one should either use Broadway bridges or the Steel if you are heading t to south or north. You also have to keep in mind that you have other options of using different bridges when you are crossing the river.

2. Get to know out how much traffic you can handle.

TRAFFIC 1When you start using the road, riding your bike with other cars next to you might be scary. This is from Aaron Beatty that works at the Sellwood’s Bike Commuter place. After being scared the riding, he is now proud to say he has enjoyed the ride for the last 6 years.

Sometimes he would opt to use other roads that have less traffic flow like in the neighborhood places.

Nowadays he is comfortable riding even with heavy traffic flow.

It is recommended that you start with the less used roads and later move to the crowded ones. Make sure you are going in a similar directions as the bikes or cars.

3. Be keen on the public transit

The main reason for riding the bike is to have fun as you ride to work and to your home. However, sometimes the distance can be too much, and you end up being tired and worn out. Instead of this, you should join other travelers on the bus or train and enjoy the good times with them. Do not make riding look like a burden to you since you need the energy required at your employment station.

According to Dr. Randall Bluffstone, who is a PSE professor, says that he has used the bike from 1989, and this is because when he gets tired he is not ashamed to use the MAX.

When he feels lazy, he does not hesitate to use the MAX line to get to the PSU together with his bike. This comes in handy when the weather is not favorable and commuting the bike seems like a tiresome job.

4. Don’t vision cycling as an obligation.

Many people thing riding the bikes is part of the sacrifice they need to do. However, many bike commuters find the use of bike gives them the joy exercising their body, save some cash and also motive them in life.

Sometimes the weather can be so welcoming, and you feel like riding along the nearest river. This is according to Bluffstone, who enjoys the weather when it permits to do so.

Saving on the transportation money is possible when one uses the bike as compared to buying gas for your car. This is a testimony from Renfro, who wonders how much people spend on their cars.

Riding the bike is not an obligation but a way of living especially when you get used to it. Jeff finds it more important to use the bike more than anything else.

Get the Right Bicycle for Your Child

biker-cyclingToys represent something that all children dream at. They want cars, dolls, skates, beautiful clothes or bicycles. If some of these toys are easily found and you can also easily decide about them, when you decide to get your kid a bicycle, things become a little different.

As there are different ages, so are there different bicycles adequate for different periods of development for children. Some are still learning how to ride the bike, so they need some helping wheels to ease their stability. Others already know this process, and they want different bikes, with different features, something to show off to their friends.

Apart from this, when you are looking for a bike for your child, you also need to consider his safety – riding a bike can be dangerous, if the child in question doesn’t have adequate protection.

Here is some advice on how to find the perfect bike for your kid.

Consider the Age

kidsBIKEAge is not a problem, because there are bikes for different ages. If you child is really small, like between 2 and 5 years, you can still buy a bike – the difference is that there will be 3 wheels, and it is actually called tricycle. It’s easy to maneuver for that age and is dedicated to their skills. If you don’t want to buy a bike with pedals, you can always get one without – that is actually a toy, similar to the bike, but the child will use his legs to move forward. This will help them keep their balance and later they will learn easier how to ride on a bike without too much help.

After the age of five, they can use bikes with pedals, and sometimes with the helping small wheels that are placed on the sides of the back wheel. This is the easiest way to learn to ride the bike. They will still need an adult’s supervision, but the process is very easy.

The Size of the Bicycle

This is also a thing that you have to consider. You can’t buy your child a bike that is not adequate for his age. However, not all children develop the same way. If your child is already an adolescent, you can buy him a bike that is suited for adults. However, make sure that he or she can reach the ground with both feet when seated on the bike.

kids-cycle1The reason why the size of the bike is important is that if the kid uses it for a longer period of time, it can get him tired sooner. To have a comfortable ride on the bike, without aches in the back or in the legs, it’s ideal that the bike should be not too tall or not too little.

The Scope

This is also important. Some bikes are used only for pleasure riding, while others are used for competitions. There is a big difference between these two, and you need to know what the bike will be used for. If you know that your child takes part in a competition and you want to surprise him, you’d better call for his advice. Your kid surely knows what type of bicycle is needed for that exact competition.

cute-happy-boy-in-helmet-riding-a-bike_133940801In addition, there are bicycles that can be used on paved roads and bikes that can be used outdoors, on roads that are not paved – like a road in the forest or on the mountains. Make sure you know exactly what the bike is for.


This is also important, because accidents can also happen. Your kid will need a helmet, elbow and kneepads and these will be of help in case he/she falls or something else happens.

Whenever you want to make sure you are buying the right bicycle, come to us at Keystone Biking and we’ll help you out!