How to choose a Cycle that suits you?

Cycling in India has suddenly become quite popular, and has been chosen by many not only as a leisure activity but also to keep fit. Apart from cycling regularly to work, mountain biking is also widely practiced. There are a number of organizations that conduct cycling tours to picturesque hill stations and other cycling friendly locations. It is widely acknowledged that cycling is one of the best ways to achieve good health.

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Have you planned to buy a cycle or upgrade the old one but felt confused about its size?

Here is a bit of info that will help you choose the best cycle for you and make your cycling experience more relishing.

YOU AND YOUR BIKE: A FIT SIZE FOR YOU ON ROAD BIKE

Determining Your Road Bike Frame Size
Height Your Inseam Length Bike Frame Size
4’10” – 5’1″ 25.5″ – 27″ 46 – 48 cm
5’0″ – 5’3″ 26.5″ – 28″ 48 – 50 cm
5’2″ – 5’5″ 27.5″ – 29″ 50 – 52 cm
5’4″ – 5’7″ 28.5″ – 30″ 52 – 54 cm
5’6″ – 5’9″ 29.5″ – 31″ 54 – 56 cm
5’8″ – 5’11” 30.5″ – 32″ 56 – 58 cm
5’10” – 6’1″ 31.5″ – 33″ 58 – 60 cm
6’0″ – 6’3″ 32.5″ – 34″ 60 – 62 cm
6’2″ – 6’5″ 34.5″ – 36″ 62 – 64 cm

 

YOU AND YOUR BIKE: A FIT SIZE FOR YOU ON MOUNTAIN BIKE

Mountain Bikes – Finding the Right Size
Height Your Inseam Length Bike Frame Size
4’11” – 5’3″ 25″ – 27″ 13 – 15 inches
5’2″ – 5’5″ 27″ – 29″ 15 to 17 inches
5’3″ – 5’7″ 29″ – 31″ 17 to 19 inches
5’11” – 6’2″ 31″ – 33″ 19 to 21 inches
6’2″ – 6’4″ 33″ – 35″ 21 to 23 inches
6’4″ and up 35″ and up 23 inches and up

 

YOU AND YOUR BIKE: A FIT SIZE FOR YOU ON HYBRID BIKE

Hybrid Bikes – Finding the Right Size
Height Your Inseam Length Bike Frame Size
4’11” – 5’3″ 25″ – 27″ 13 – 15 inches
5’3″ – 5’7″ 27″ – 29″ 15 to 17 inches
5’7″ – 5’11” 29″ – 31″ 17 to 19 inches
5’11” – 6’2″ 31″ – 33″ 19 to 21 inches
6’2″ – 6’4″ 33″ – 35″ 21 to 23 inches
6’4″ and up 35″ and up 23 inches and up

Sports 365 has an extensive range of road and mountain cycles that you can choose from. Cycles are available for kids and adults. You can check it out from here.

Disc brakes vs. Rim brakes

There are generally two kinds of brakes used for bicycles:

Disc Brakes:

Disc brakes can be either hydraulic or cable operated. Cable operated brakes are usually the entry level and are more economical in terms of cost. Hydraulic systems have the benefit of increased power and are protected from the elements thus eliminating the need to frequently change cables.

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Continue reading “Disc brakes vs. Rim brakes”

CatEye: Leader in cycle computers, bike lights and reflectors

Cateye is the leading manufacturer of cycle computers, bike lights and reflectors. In 1964, Cateye became the first company to create a flashing lamp for bicycles. Cateye invented the first battery headlamp in 1982, and the very first bicycle headlamp using white LEDs in 2001. Cat Eye is a true leader in lens and reflector technology; Cateye’s Opticube lens and reflectors allow them to make one of the brightest and most efficient LED headlights in the world.

 

CatEye Stealth 10 GPS Cyclocomputer:

The Stealth 10 is a simple GPS enabled cycle computer that delivers your basic cycling functions fast. The Stealth 10 uses GPS technology to calculate your position quickly, eliminating the need for a sensor. This product is suitable for light training and everyday cycling. It enables you to track speed, distance, elapsed time and record up to 60 hours of data that you can upload and share via web-based training sites, such as CatEyeAtlas.com and TrainingPeaks.com. The display screen – speed at the top, time in the middle and average or max speed, overall mileage, trip time, and two trip distance options at the bottom makes it easy to see and scroll through with the single mode button.

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CatEye Strada Slim:

The Strada Slim is a ‘slimmed down’ version of the popular Strada Wireless computer and is suitable for road bikes. In spite of the smaller size, it still boasts the same great cycling features and functions with a larger screen and the ability to customize your display by showing only the functions you select.  All the usual functions are present and correct: 12 or 24-hour clock, elapsed time, trip distance, trip distance two, total distance, maximum speed and average speed. A little arrow on the display tells you whether you’re riding over or under your average speed. The Strada Slim comes with a new Slim Sensor which is fitted such that it is virtually out of sight ensuring your bike has a sleek, aerodynamic look.

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CatEye Strada Digital Wireless:

The Strada Wireless boasts the largest screen and numbers in its class. It offers the new CatEye ClickTec interface in which you can switch modes by simply pressing the bottom of the computer face. This is useful as it can be performed even on rough terrains. In addition to the normal features, the Digital Wireless also has the additional functionality of digital heart rate and cadence measurements. The Strada Digital Wireless also features a low battery alarm for both the computer head and sensor.

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CatEye Fit wireless:

This device offers the dual function of operation in Bike Mode or Walk Mode. The CatEye Fit Wireless brings with it the functionality of a 3-D pedometer in addition to the standard cycling functions. The built-in 3-D sensors automatically track your steps once it’s removed from the bike. It tracks in real time current/average/max speed, elapsed time, distance and calories in Bike Mode and tracks steps, elapsed time, distance and calories in Walk Mode. Additional features include auto data save and reset each day, a large, easy to read screen, and a 12/24 hr clock.

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Sports365 has in store a wide range of CatEye cycling accessories at: http://bit.ly/1g4Mbqx

Our knowledge series on the Btwin Rockrider range of mountain bikes

Mountain Bike range from Btwin

How to prepare for a cycling marathon

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The day before the ride: Spend your day preparing your cycle and your body


Bicycle Prep: Make sure your bicycle is in good working order, here’s how – The ABC Quick Check, the most popular procedure for checking your cycle.

“A” is for air:

  • Inflate tires to the rated pressure as indicated on the sidewall of the tire.
  • Check for damage to tire tread and sidewall; replace tire if worn.

“B” is for brakes:

  • Rotate wheels to check that nothing is rubbing. Pick the bike and rotate the wheel by hand, if there is any contact, the wheel will come to stop within 2-3 revolutions.
  • Inspect brake pads for wear; replace is there is less than 1/4″ of pad left.
  • Check adjustment of brake levers.  When applied, there should be least 1″ between each lever and the handlebar.

“C” is for cranks, chain, and cassette:

  • Chain should be clean, lubricated, and quiet — not chattering, squeaking, or squealing!
  • Use a lubricant that’s specifically designed for bicycles.
  • If your chain skips while riding, you might need a new chain, a new cassette, and/or an adjustment.
  • Make sure that your crank bolts are tight.

“Quick” is for quick releases:

  • Wheels need to be tight in the frame, with the hub’s quick-release lever fully engaged at 90° angle (if you have a quick release).
  • Your hub quick release should point back to insure that nothing catches on it.
  • Inspect brake quick releases to insure that they are engaged.

“Check” is for check it over:

  • Inspect the bike for loose or broken parts; tighten, replace or fix them.
  • Check to make sure that your helmet is snug and level on you head, with straps snugly adjusted.
  • Take a quick ride to check if derailleurs and brakes are working properly.
  • Pay extra attention to your bike during the first few miles of the ride.

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Prepare your Body

  1. Sleep Well – Good sleep is mandatory for any physical activity. Get at least 8 hours of snooze time.
  2. Hydrate – Make sure you are drinking enough water. An average adult should be drinking a minimum of 4-5 liters. Considering this is a special day, do drink more than that.
  3. Eat Well – Forget your diet! Eat healthy on this day. All three meals, and a snack too. Especially during dinner, don’t shy away from carbs. These will give you energy for the ride the next day.
  4. Stretch – yes, start stretching the day before the ride. Especially if you haven’t been getting much physical activity otherwise.
  5. Sleep – This is so important, we are going to say it twice.

On the day of the ride

Prepare your mind

You can either race against other competitors, or try to outdo your personal time – which ever you chose, remember each rider is different. Some burn energy upfront and some save for the final kick and some others are just consistent throughout the ride.

  1. You know your body best; decide how you are going to ration your energy for the ride.
  2. No matter what happens, stick to this decision – you can get into trouble if you decide to mix strategies in the middle.
  3. Energy – Yes, energy for your mind. You need this to keep you going through the full bike ride. Some people meditate, some people do breathing exercises, some even listen to heavy metal.

Prepare your Body

  1. Eat a Banana – Great for slow release of energy, and they have some advantages over low fat nutrition bars and gels. You can read more here – http://www.active.com/cycling/articles/carbohydrates-fuel-for-your-cycling

Have some Coffee – The caffeine is more important than the taste, so you can avoid the namma Bengaluru filter coffee. Just a plain black coffee will do. It’s scientifically proven that caffeine does indeed help to improve performance on the bike, especially short-term, high-intensity efforts. Read more here – http://www.active.com/cycling/articles/caffeine-and-cycling

  1. Warm up – Nothing vigorous – Brisk walking or simple jogging. Get the blood pumping.
  2. Stretch – especially the legs. It’s hard to give standard stretching routines, since different people will have different strengths in muscles. You can look this up on Google. Remember to stretch Calf, Soleus, Achilles tendon, Hamstrings, Hip, Lower Back, shoulders and lats.

Checklist of items to carry to the ride:

  1. Water – In a sipper, backpack, what ever you are comfortable with
  2. Helmet – Don’t ride without a helmet
  3. Basic First Aid –Keep these handy. Other first aid will be available at venue
  4. Riding glasses, Gloves – Not mandatory, but useful
  5. Clothing – Decently fitted shorts (to reduce wind resistance) and a well fitted jersey/t-shirt

Sources: http://www.landrys.com/about/abc-quick-check-pg85.htm

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