4 tips on how to choose a good quality bicycle

One of the key reasons you are likely to enjoy cycling over driving is if you are able to select the best bike as this will greatly impact your experience. It’s therefore a good idea for you to have an idea of the type of bike you are looking for as this helps you with quality assurance. At the end of the day, you want to be influenced by quality and nothing less.

Therefore, here are 4 tips on how to choose a good quality bicycle.

Tip 1: Work on your knowledge of bikes

Different bike manufacturers design bikes for different purposes therefore you must ensure that you familiarize yourself with as many different types of bikes as possible so that you are better placed to know what kind of outdoor activities they are meant for.

Tip 2: You need to know what you intend to use the bike for

We are of course promoting sustainable transportation but we know your bike will have more uses other than just being your primary mode of transportation to work. It’s therefore a good idea for you to know how else you intend to use your bike so that you are able to go for a model that supports your various activities.

Tip 3: Always go for quality and not price

Different bicycle manufacturers will value their products differently depending on how premium they consider their brands to be as well as the value their bikes assure you in terms of service. This is one of those areas where cheap can end up being expensive if you decide to compromise on quality over price.

Tip 4: Ensure that it’s your size

Always make sure that the bike you purchase is your precise size as this is the only way you will get to enjoy a comfortable ride without straining your body. A bike that is either too small or too large for you will strain you therefore discouraging you from using it.

Last but not least, ensure that you give your new bike a test ride before you pay for it to ensure that it feels right before you spend your money.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our Velo City 2011 events.

Here are 3 amazing health benefits of cycling

Before we get into the environmental benefits of cycling we thought it a good idea to first briefly look at the health benefits associated with cycling. Our goal is to demonstrate to you that taking up cycling is a win-win as you have enough incentive to do it other than just playing an active part in saving your environment which we feel should be enough incentive in itself.

Here are 3 amazing health benefits of cycling.

It’s good for your cardiovascular health

Your heart has been tasked with a very demanding task of ensuring that blood is pumped to every part of your body non-stop throughout your life. It therefore requires a regular boost through cardio exercises in order to keep performing at optimum. Regular cycling has been proven to be one of the best cardio exercises.

It’s good for your muscle development and strength

The day to day physical tasks that you engage in require great muscular strength therefore one of the best ways to strengthen your muscles and aid in their continuous development is through regular cycling. The task of pedaling helps strengthen multiple muscles in your upper and lower body which are important for your day to day physical tasks.

It’s good for your posture

One of the primary reasons people suffer from frequent muscle and joint pains is down to poor posture. The way we seat, stand, sleep, shoes we wear, and many other things we do affects our natural poster thereby putting a strain on our bodies which results in joint and muscular pains. Through regular cycling, our body can be restored to its natural posture therefore relieving us of such problems.

The beauty about cycling is that you won’t have to go out of your way to do it as the Velo City 2011 initiative proposes adopting cycling as our primary mode of intra-city transportation. This therefore means that you will get the benefit of exercise as you handle your day to day errands.

3 environmental benefits of cycling

The primary reason for promoting sustainable transportation initiatives such as cycling is the tremendous environmental benefits that it brings in addition to the fact that it calls ordinary citizens to play an active role in environmental protection. These are usually direct benefits because they can be seen and even quantified and easily comprehended by ordinary citizens.

We are therefore going to briefly look at 3 environmental benefits of cycling.

Cycling promotes zero emissions

The main benefit of cycling to the environment as a sustainable mode of transportation is that it promotes zero emissions. Bicycles don’t use any form of energy source other than the physical strength of the cyclist through pedaling and this doesn’t result in any emissions into the environment as opposed to other modes of transportation such as motorbikes and cars.

Cycling will reduce traffic jams

It’s no secret that traffic jams are very costly on the environment not only as a result of the loss of man hours wasted in traffic but also the combined emissions released into the environment at the same time and at the same location. Cycling is the best solution for this because bikes require less space and are more mobile.

Cycling will promote local economies

With more cyclers on the road, there will be creation of jobs for various people including spare part shops, bicycle mechanics, custom shops and so on. This will therefore spur the growth of local economies with bike owners regularly spending money on such services.

There are of course many more benefits of adopting sustainable transport initiatives such as cycling therefore making initiatives such as Velo City 2011 a no brainer. The beauty about such initiatives is that they place the responsibility of environmental protection firmly on the hands of ordinary citizens therefore giving them an opportunity to actively play a part.