Top Selling Badminton Racquets of 2012

As the year draws to a close, here is an insight into our best selling badminton racquets. These are the most popular products of the year 2012 and you may want to check out the same on www.sports365.in – India’s best online sports store !Image

Read more about our badminton racquet best sellers in our blog article.

www.sports365.in offers widest collection of the badminton products across brands like Yonex, Head, Victor, Silvers, Artengo and many more. You can buy badminton racquets, badminton shoes, badminton shuttles, badminton apparel and badminton accessories online at the best prices.

A mountain bike guide for dummies.

Buying a mountain bike can be quite a challenge if you don’t know what exactly you are looking for. Mountain bikes are designed with strong frames, high-grip durable and high shock absorption which makes them more resilient to handle rough terrain. Another unique characteristic of mountain bikes is that the brakes have higher clearance in order to avoid debris and dirt build up. This blog article will give you insights into the four main features of a mountain bike which are suspension, brakes, frames and gear shifters:

Suspension

Deciding the kind of suspension you want is the most important decision you will have to make regarding the bike.

There are basically two kinds of suspension:

  • Full suspension – front and rear suspension
  • Hardtail – only front suspension

Full suspension bikes ensure more comfort and offer better control in comparison to their counterparts.  The downside of the full suspension bikes is that they are heavier, and their efficiency is a little less compared to hardtail suspension bikes. Full suspension bikes are usually more expensive.

Full suspension:front and back suspension
Full suspension:front and back suspension

The hardtails also have some advantages. Firstly, pedaling is much easier and more efficient especially when the terrain is relatively smooth. They are also lighter and low maintenance bikes. The lack of suspension translates every movement you do into an instant reaction,hence improving maneuverability. If you are looking for a much more explosive and adrenalin rush packed ride, the hardtail is the best option.

Hardtail suspension:only front suspension
Hardtail suspension:only front suspension
Hard tail suspension Full suspension
Weight Lighter Heavier
Terrain Smoother terrain Severely rocky terrain
Power transfer More power transferred Less power transferred
Ride comfort Harsh at times Mostly smooth

Breaking systems

In addition to the function of making your bike stop, the breaks on your bike also help re-directing your bike and maintaining balance.

There are 3 kinds of breaking systems:

  • Disc Brakes
    These brakes work well under any conditions since they are located in the middle of the wheel. So, they remain dry even when biking on wet trails. However, they are heavier and more expensive. They also cool down fast (due to the higher surface area, making them the ideal choice for downhill ride (Brakes lose stopping power if they cross a certain temperature range).
  • Rim Brakes
    The advantages of the rim brake system is that it is lightweight, inexpensive, and offers good braking performance, as long as the rims are kept in good condition. Unlike disc brakes they do not perform well on muddy and wet terrain. These are not very common nowadays.
  • V- Brakes
    Nowadays V-brakes are standard in all ranges of Mountain Bikes. They are lightweight, easy to install, and inexpensive. However, V-brakes are not very suitable when biking on wet roads. The cables will be prone to rust, unless they are greased on a regular basis.
Type of bakes Terrain
Disc breaks Ideal for wet terrain also
Rim breaks Ideal for dry surfaces
V-brakes Better suited for dry surfaces

Frame

There are four materials from which bike frames are made:

Steel

Most entry-level mountain bike frames are made of steel. Bikes with steel frames are   stronger and more durable. Steel frames are fairly inexpensive in comparison to other materials. However, this makes the bike heavier and that it can be prone to rusting.

Aluminium

Next in line is aluminum. Aluminium frames are light and rust-proof. They are less expensive than steel frames. A couple of disadvantages are that they are not immune to breakage and cannot withstand repeated stress. Therefore aluminium frames are not preferred by most mountain bike riders as the terrain is usually rough, and the frame is constantly subject to stress especially when there is a heavy rider. Despite this, many prefer aluminuim frames because they are stiffer and provide a string base for climbing.

Carbon fiber

Carbon fiber frames are one step better than the aluminium ones. They are similar to aluminium frames in terms of weight and being rust-proof. These frames are very strong and are not as expensive as the titanium frames. Again these frames are prone to breakage, and this breakage happens suddenly and usually at the worst possible time. These frames can be quite expensive.

Titanium

Top-of-the-line mountain bike frames are now made from titanium. They surpass aluminium and carbon fiber frames in terms of weight and durability. A titanium frame is very strong, in and so it is best suited for heavier riders owing to its ability to handle larger loads. Titanium frames also flex which enable the bike to absorb terrain vibrations, this is another plus point. But like the other frames the titanium frames also have their drawbacks. Firstly, it is very expensive and because of this they usually fall beyond the range of all but the most serious cyclists.

Material Advantages Disadvantages
Steel Strong and durable Heavy
Aluminium Light, rust proof Cannot withstand repeated stress
Carbon fibre Light, rust proof More prone to breakage
Titanium Very strong and absorbs impact well Expensive

Gear shifters/ Derailleur
Before riding out of the store with your new Mountain Bike, be sure to comprehensively check the shifting of the gear. Run through all the gear ratios and see if it shifts smoothly without hesitation. Pedal also for a time to see if it doesn’t shift while pedalling without you touching the shifters. Also make sure that the cables are caped at the end. See if the limiting screws are adjusted correctly so you won’t accidentally shift off the chainring or cog.

(Limiting screws-When you ride your bicycle, the front derailleur is responsible for pushing the chain to different chain rings. By selecting a larger or smaller chain ring, you will greatly affect how many rotations you need to turn the pedals before the wheel makes a single rotation. If the limit screws on your derailleur are not set correctly, it is possible your chain will slip out of gear or be thrown off of the chain rings entirely.)

Lastly, invest in a high-end rear derailleur coupled with good shifters. This is the part that needs more precise shifting than the front.

In addition to this there are a few other things that must also be taken into consideration, they are:

Pedals

The different kinds of pedals available in mountain bikes are:

Cage pedals

These pedals have a clip or extension which secures the foot onto the pedal. One of the biggest advantages is that this prevents your foot from sliding while pedaling. The cages are usually plastic or metal cages. The cage has a strap which can be adjusted around your foot. The second advantage is that by keeping the ball of your foot centered over and attached to the pedal, you can maximize the power and efficiency of your pedal stroke. This becomes more noticeable during hill climbs.

These kinds of pedals are ideal if you often go on long rides that are relatively uninterrupted by traffic stops, toe clips can give you a noticeable power boost by allowing you to use both sides of your legs. However while using these pedals ensure that you slide your foot properly out of the pedal when coming to a full stop else you will fall.

Cage pedals
Cage pedals

Clipless pedals
Clipless pedals are actually a system comprised of special pedals and cleats, devices included with the pedals that attach to the soles of clipless cycling shoes. Once you have the cleats bolted to your shoes and the clipless pedals on your bicycle, you simply put on your new shoes and step on the pedals to click your feet securely in place. Clipless pedals have the following advantages:

  • You have more power throughout the pedal stroke and while accelerating and climbing.Because your feet are locked into the pedals when riding,
  • Clipless pedals also give you more control by letting you use your feet for maneuvers such as hopping pavement cracks, railroad tracks and more exciting obstacles if you’re riding off road.
  • Lastly, because you can get in and out so quickly, you’re more apt to get your feet down and land safely should you need to dismount quickly.
Clipless pedals
Clipless pedals

Platform pedals

Theseare the regular pedals which are broad and flat. Some platform pedals have notched edges or a surface that grips your shoe treads to maintain a better connection. Arguably, the biggest benefit of the platform pedal is that your foot is free to step off at any time. Whether you use your bike to commute around a town or a city, ride trails or go off-road, not having to worry about reaching down to loosen toe clips or twisting your heel out of a clipless pedal can give you the peace of mind that you’re not going to fall over when you make fast stops. These pedals are not as expensive as its counterparts. But the disadvantage is that if you are riding in wet conditions, your foot can slip off the pedal.

Platform pedals
Platform pedals
Type of pedal Advantages
Cage pedals Prevents feet from slipping, more efficiency
Platform pedal Foot is free to step off anytime
Clipless pedal More efficiency, more control

Handlebars

When looking at handlebars there are a few aspects that you have to take into consideration:

Width

More width gives you more control, but slows down your ability to snap the bike into turns. Low, narrow bars make you more aerodynamic and ergonomically efficient for long stretches of pedaling. Therefore ideally handlebars with more width are better for mountain bikers because one needs to have as much control when riding on rough, uneven terrain.

Width Advantages
More width Offers more control
Narrow bars Provides aerodynamics for long stretches

 Handlebar Position

You should now know that having your handlebars further forward will give you more power. This will also give you better aerodynamics and high speed control. Having a lower handlebar will allow you to pull up more under hard acceleration and again give you better aerodynamics. If you choose to have the bar closer to you and/or higher up it will be more comfortable but you won’t be able to ride as fast as you are capable.

Handlebar position Advantages
Further forward More power, better aerodynamics
Lower handlebar Good aerodynamics
Higher handlebar More comfortable while riding

Depending on the kind of terrain that your are most likely to use your bike on, you can choose a handlebar position.

www.sports365.in has a great range of mountain bikes. The most versatile ones are the Rockrider series from Btwin. We also deal in other brands like Cannondale and Trek, and sell bikes for both adults and kids. If you want to buy a mountain bike online do check out our online store for some great options.

Btwin Rockrider bikes:A good bargain

Btwin is a French bicycle brand that has been selling in India for the past few years. With  more and more people turning to cycling not only as a means to keep fit but commute as well, these cycles have been receiving good reviews. One of the most popular series that Btwin has is the Rockrider series.

First off, the Rockrider series has great value for money. It is a hybrid a series which means that it is a cross between road bicycles and mountain bicycles.  Some of the bikes are not meant for serious off roading, but they can be used on moderate off road trails and regular road cycling.  In short, it is best suited for Indian roads!

The Rockriders come with excellent breaks. From Tektro IO mechanical disc brakes to the Shimano brakes that come in the series 5 bikes, there is definitely no compromise on quality. Just a gentle tug with your fingers is sufficient to stop the cycle. These bikes have aluminum frames and this is an added advantage because it ensures that the bikes are lighter. One of the best features of the bike is the configuration of the SRAM drive train. It is especially good, and generally comes only in higher end bikes, but Btwin has incorporated it in the reasonably price Rockrider bikes. Another advantage of most of the bikes in this series is that the trigger shifters are right next to your thumbs below the handle bar which make it easy to shift gears while giving you enough grip on the handle bar and more fingers on your brakes while the small display gives you precise info about the gear ratios.

One thing to keep in mind when buying a Rockrider is the positioning of the handlebars. When compared to all other cycles, the Rockrider series have handlebars that are little lower than other cycles for a little aggression, which in turn makes you lean forward adding a tad more weight on your wrists, elbows and shoulders than usual. So, you will have to adjust your posture accordingly.

To sum it up, for the price you pay the Rockrider bikes are definitely a good buy. If you are looking to buy a mountain or road bike, the Btwin Rockrider series is a very good option:

  • Rockrider 5.0

The Rockrider 5.0 comes with Shimano gears, 3 at the front and 7 at the rear. That gives the Rockrider 5.0 a total of 21 gear combinations. The break lever is abricated out of aluminium and the response of the breaks is very good. The frame is made of steel, and this makes it more durable and resilient toward heavy impact. For those of you who travel with your bikes, the Rockrider 5.0 comes with a quick release front wheel so it can be easily removed without any tools and transported easily.

Rockrider 5.0
Rockrider 5.0
  • Rockrider 5.1

One of the other bestsellers in this series is the Rockrider 5.1 model. TheV brake system makes breaking powerful and effective. The bike is designed for recreational mountain biking and it is advisable not to use it on very rough mountain terrain. It comes with a high performance steel spring suspension. The bike is designed in such a way that easy adjustments can be made to suit the rider’s comfort. Similar to the 5.0 this model also comes with a quick release front wheel.

Rockrider 5.1
Rockrider 5.1
  • Rockrider 5.3

One of the best selling models in this series has been the Rockrider 5.3. It comes with a 27-speed SRAM X5 chainset. This bike has a suspension system with quill finishing which enhances durability. The frame is built in such a way that the sloping top tube improves handling and rigidity. It comes with disc brakes and is suitable for both novice and regular Mountain bike riders.

Rockrider 5.3
Rockrider 5.3

If you want to buy road and mountain bikes online, do check out www.sports365.in . You can buy cycling equipment right from bikes to accessories from brands like Btwin, Cannondale and Trek . Shop with us and you could also avail some great offers!

Wake your walk with Newfeel shoes.

Looking for a pair of shoes that compliment casual dressing as well provide the comfort for long walks? Look no further, Many shoes are the solution. They are perhaps the best and most versatile walking shoes that provide an unparalleled walking experience and do not compromise on the fashion aspect either. They are designed for everyday use. Keeping in mind that walking is an everyday activity these shoes are designed combining sport technology, style and innovation. Owing to their design Many walking shoes are the most versatile in terms of style and are best suited for urban walking.

Many shoes come in cool colours!

In order to make the best walking shoes, the Newfeel brand develops their footwear in close collaboration with chiropodists, test customers and R&D engineers. Many makes walking shoes for men and women. They are ideal for everyday use as they are lightweight walking shoes.  The shoes comprise of an upper mesh and rubber outsole. Owing to the flexibility of the sole these are the most comfortable walking shoes. The upper mesh also ensures good ventilation for your feet.

Since these shoes are primarily designed for walking they come with a thin sole that facilitates the natural roll-through of your foot. The comfort level of these shoes cannot be stressed enough, and what’s more, they are very reasonably priced! Another advantage is that Many shoes are machine washable and they also dry quickly.  So, if your shoes tread everywhere and are likely to get dirty soon, you will not have to think twice about tossing them in the washing machine.

The Newfeel Many shoes are back in some snazzy new colours. Sports365 is having an offer on them. So, don’t miss your chance to get 25% off on a pair of the best walking shoes!

25% discount on Many shoes.

You can get an idea of how trendy these shoes are from this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=seHXRoPW-Sc

Sports365 is the one stop shop for all your sports and fitness merchandise needs. To buy walking and running shoes online do have a look at our website. We have a number of attractive discounts on other sports shoes as well, so be sure to shop for footwear online from us.

Shop.Play.Celebrate – Festive Offers at www.Sports365.in!

The Sports365 team wishes you a very Happy Diwali! Celebrate the festival of lights with the exclusive Diwali sale and discount offers. This festive season presents a great opportunity to give gifts and in the same light we have a number of amazing festival offers lined up.  Over the next six weeks we have some exciting offers to bring in the New Year with a bang!

Meet the Stars

Our most exciting offer is the Meet the Stars contest. We are giving you a chance to meet our brand ambassadors! They include accomplished celebrities from the sports and fitness fields like Yuvraj Singh, Mahesh Bhupathi, Dipika Pallikal, Lara Dutta and Panjak Advani.  All you have to do is shop with us, and you will be eligible to participate in the lucky draw which determines the lucky winner! The winner will be announced on 10 January. This offer is valid from 10 November till 1 January. So, if you are looking for a great way to start the New Year, shop with us today!

Meet the stars contest

Cash Back offer

We give you another reason to celebrate this festive season. www.sports365.in  has an irresistible Cash Back offer from 10 November to 7 January. Avail up to 21% cash back on purchases made from our online sports shop. The cash back amount will vary based on purchase value. A couple of things to keep in mind about this offer are that, the cash back offer cannot be clubbed with any other discount voucher and the cash back will be calculated on the final amount paid by you.

Cash Back offer

Gift Cards

There is a lot of gift giving at this time of the year, and it is possible to run out of gift ideas! We make your work a little easier by introducing five awesome gift cards, and it gets better, we add 10% from our side! Sports and fitness merchandise make great gifts. So if you can’t think of a suitable gift to get your loved ones, let them choose something themselves. Now, the perfect gift is just a click away.

Gift cards from www.sports365.in

That’s not all, apart from the festival offers we also have other exciting deals happening every week! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for contests part of which you can win cool goodies from www.sports365.in . We also have an exciting range of new brands that are going to be introduced to give you top quality products for every sports and fitness need. Some of them are Wildcraft, Vivobarefoot and Camelbak.

Weekly sale

Every Monday a few select products will be up for sale at amazing discounts. So don’t miss out on this opportunity to buy sports and fitness merchandise at great prices only from www.sports365.in !

Weekly auction

Every week we will be auctioning one product on our online sports shop. Here is your chance to bid for top quality sports and fitness merchandise. The product will be bid at the base price and you can bid in multiples of ten.  The highest bidder will win the product on auction.

What are you waiting for? Make this festive season a lot more exciting with great deals like our Diwali discount! Visit our online sports shop and don’t miss out on these incredible festive offers.