Is riding good for you?

No wonder, but we'll gonna answer: YES. Riding is great for you! You should ride more if you can and it will be even better! That's it, thanks for reading, see you next time.


...Just kidding, just kidding. I mean what can you expect a bike gear shop to tell you? Happily for us and you, if you love biking just as much as we do, biking really has a great number of benefits but also certain very specific advantages. Let's see what those are.

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Of course, it gets your heart pumping so it's good for your cardiovascular health, like any sport really but what is really great about it is that you can do it ar your own pace. You can go easy and enjoy a nice ride without losing breath or you can go brutally hard and really enjoy a leg-burning ride! Two type of workouts, same bike. That's the beauty of riding and because it's very low impact compared to, say, running you can do it more often and for longer without pain or fear of injury. Great success!

It's also a great workout for your muscles and flexibility. Riding works almost all your muscles and it does it while you do one simple move: pedal, pedal, pedal. The fact that it's so easy to learn and then do it anywhere it's a great benefit of cycling. You can go to work on a bike, you can go on a trip on a bike and you can do it without losing much time at all. Running errands and working on your muscles, all in one go. Cycling is really the smart men's productivity habit, isn't it?!

And lastly, we must talk about the distressing and mental health benefits. Because again, studies find that it's a great activity for distressing, relieving anxiety, depression and lifting your mood. That's maybe the best benefit of them all, if you smile when you get on your bike, all the rest is extra (hint:it's impossible not smile when you have "most comfortable saddle" :D.

It's not for nothing to remember that while riding adds years to your life, we ride to add life to our years.

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Riding your bike during winter: a game of layers!

Everyone knows by now: Winter is COMING!

In fact, winter is already here for us and the thought of leaving the bike at home is making us sad...

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Good thing we don't have to!

In the great battle with cold, we will be victorious!

No reason you can't beat cold too. Read on to find out how to keep warm on your bike no matter the weather.

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It's true that the winter cold can be daunting and uninviting.

Even the most passionate of riders would think twice before getting on the bike. But then you might remember how cycling in the cold is better for you, your health and your immune system and decide to do it anyway.

Yey for that!

We are here to help with a few practical advice. Yes, it's a bit more complicated to dress up for cold, but once you get the hang of it...well, it will still be a little more complicated.

We'll focus on how to STAY WARM.

That's what we all want during winter. It's essential and to do just that you need to focus on layering! Once you find the right combination of layers, any temperature can be conquered.

1. Start with a base layer, something that keeps you warm but does not keep the moisture in.

Believe it or not, you will sweat even when it is freezing outside. Oh, the wonders of the human body! The best base layers are sport-specific, made of futuristic materials and can be easily found in any sports store. Just look around until you find something that fits you well.Look for short or long-sleeved jersey and compression shorts. 
They also tend to feel very nice on the body!

2. HANDS.The extremities tend to get cold first .

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Protecting them is most important. A pair of good warm gloves are worth their weight in gold. Go waterproof to be safe, you really won't like soaked gloves when there's much to ride.

 

2. Keep your head warm!

Even with the helmet, your head is exposed to the cold air so you need a skullcap, headband, cap or beanie.

It's your choice, just keep your head warm!

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3. Winter jersey / fleeced-sweater or windbreaker.

The decision to go for something that is water-proof but less breathable versus choosing something that can get wet but let the air passes through is all yours. The best idea is to go and try what works for you best.

This layer could be the last one if it's not very very cold but if the conditions are really atrocious then you really need...

4.  JACKET!

A jacket is best to protect you again the elements like rain and snow but also to provide additional warmth if needed.

At first you might think that a jacket is always necessary but don't forget that you will always be a little cod when you start your ride and warm up as you go. You might even discover that you are too warm!

That's why, you might have a lightweight waterproof jacket with you in case it stars raining or it is easy to take off if you get too cold.

For the coldest of colds, a gore-tex type of jacket might be best. As always, go out and see what works best for you.

 

5. Shoe Covers

Invest in a high quality pair of shoe covers to slip over your boots and you will be able to ride more and not worry about the cold.

That's about it! It does not need to be expensive or stuffy to ride during the winter, once you have a few items, you have the bases covered and it's easy to mix. match and adapt to any weather out there. Trust us, the satisfaction to get home after riding in the cold is something else!

See you later!

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Biking side effect: lose some weight!


Who does not want to lose a few pounds this year, please skip to the next blog post.
For the rest (all) of us... Hello and welcome!

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To get philosophical, weight loss is simple but not at all easy. Studies after studies have shown that it's a simple mathematical formula: calories in vs calories out. To lose weight you have two options:
Option A - lower the "calories in" which... sadly ... means eating less.
Option B: increase "calories out". Here's where biking can really help.

A lot of people go directly to Route A, the dreaded “dieting ". Ugh, just writing the word make me shudder. But honestly, we've all done it. With so many diet fads coming in and out of fashion, one must have captured our imagination and dietary habits - my sin was: low fat. Don’t judge me - only to have reality crushing our dreams. It's hard to keep a diet when you're hungry and all your favorite foods seems too outlawed.

That's suspicious if you ask me! But maybe there's a better way in trying a different route. And getting there by bike. The idea here is that at the moment you are not gaining weight but just want to lose a few, even a small bump into the "calories out" column will make a difference. Adding some exercise into your life will do just that.

Biking is one of the best exercise you can add because it can fit seamlessly into any lifestyle.

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Plus it is fun, practical, environmental-friendly and pretty fast. You need to make time for going to the gym, for running or anything else but you can bike to places you usually go by car. You can bike in weekends and you can go on all kinds of adventures by bike. Another thing that I like about it is that is very good for your body. It is easy to learn, easy to go for longer distances and easy on the joints. So how much weight can you lose by biking, really? Generally, to lose 1 pounds of fat you need to burn about 3500 calories knowing that, let's see how much can you burn by biking say 30 minutes to work.

We played around with this calculator [ http://www.bicycling.com/training/weight-loss/cycling-calories-burned-calculator ] and for example, a 50 kg person, going at a moderate-slow pace can burn up to 300 calories per hour.

That's pretty good! And if you add in the fact that the metabolism tends to burn even more after exercise - the so called "after burn effect - it's even a better deal. I like this math! One word of advice though: don't do that thing where you think that just because you biked somewhere you now deserve a triple chocolate lava cake with a side of ice-cream.

The whole idea is to keep everything else the same and just add some biking. As they say: you can't outbike a very large and yummy cake. I hope this helps and next time we're going to talk about more benefits to biking, outside and in the gym!

Luiza,
Creative Solutionist @ Bikeroo

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How to choose and stick to your healthy new year resolutions?

Hello, everyone!

It's that time of the year again. The time to make new year resolutions that we're totally gonna forget or ignore by February! It's a sweet-sour cycle that we just can't seem to beat. But why do we do that?

Making resolution is actually very very satisfying, almost like actually keeping them. We love making plans.

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Here's the thing: when you make plans, you are imagining yourself as a self-improving, driven and health-conscious adult.

Problem is that when it comes to actually carrying out the plan, reality hits in the face: You are suddenly a tired, busy and meh adult.
It's difficult and your chances of sticking to your resolutions are slim to none. Only 8% of the people actually stick to the resolutions they make.

If there's one thing that riding a bike teaches you is that giving up is not an option. So here's what we purpose:

WHAT IF...we'd actually stick to our resolutions this year?
WHAT IF...we'd make ourselves proud, healthy and a little bit happier this year?
In light of all the research, it might seem foolish yet we believe that we can. More, we believe YOU can too!

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Here at Bikeroo, we want to make 2018, the year we're the healthiest and the most active yet. We hope you want this too and we know just how difficult it can be. Life tends to get in the way and motivation can ebb fast.

We have made a small, actionable plan with easy to follow tips. We hope it will help you chose and follow your resolution. Beating the odds is FUN!


Let's start:

1. Chose one or two resolutions and focus on those like it's your job.

It's easy to get excited about all the new habits and good things you're going to do this year. In reality, you'll end up feeling overwhelmed and give up fast. The best way is, as they say, baby steps!


2. After you chose one, think a bit deeper about it.

-  What does healthy looks like for you?

-  How can you make that a reality?


Being healthier is not a resolution in itself because it's hard to quantify. You want to find some specific things that you can actually follow through. Wanting to go to gym 3 times per week is goal oriented and easier to stay accountable. So is drinking more water, eating more veggies and sleeping 7 hours a night.


It's worth spending a bit of time figuring out the why and the how. It's like setting yourself up for success from the get go. And when things get tough and you want to quite - which happens for everyone!- you'll just need to remember why you started.



3. Chose something you enjoy!

If every time you do it feels like a chore, chances are you won't stick with it for too long. And for good reason.
In our case, we want to....I don't know if you can guess.... bike more!(too easy?). It's a passion and every minute on the bike is fun!
So chose something is fun for you, that is enjoyable and that actually happens to make you healthier and more active.

If you are not sure, try something new: rock climbing can be great, spinning is intense and rewarding, yoga can make you feel younger.

 

 

4. Once you find it, stick with it!

Here's a cool thing: people enjoy what they're good at. Whatever you chose to do, you'll get better and naturally want to do it more. So don't ever doubt your choice, you'll end up loving it anyway.
Once you chose a good healthy activity you just need to show up. Showing up is rewarding for humans. A lot of times, we love more to say what we did something than actually doing it!
So start showing up to your activity and if you do it often and long enough, it will become a habit and you won't remember your life without it.

 

5. Start small and work your way up.

1. Ride your bike every Monday to work and just that.
2. Eat vegetarian only on Wednesday and just that.
3. Go to the gym two times this week.
4. Baby steps add up to giants steps!
5. Next week, add a little more and so on, so on.

One of the mistake most people do at first is that they use motivation as fuel.

Motivation is great to get you started but it tends to burn fast. Once it died down, and it does incredibly fast, then what are you left with?
Instead, focus on discipline. Do it because you said you'll do it. If you want to be successful discipline is your best weapon.

Trust it with your resolutions and you will end up a winner. Take that, entropy!!

Last step and the most important one:collect all the compliments you will receive in March, April from semi-envious friends and co-workers.
"Looking good!"
"How did you do it?!"
"I can't believe it!!"

That's it from us! We hope 2018 will be the best year ever and let's stick to our healthy goes together.



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Bringing Christmas Joy to all sport lovers!


Every year we run around shops in a mild panic and grab  presents we can. This means that for Christmas most people usually get something that they have absolutely no use for. Well this Christmas, if they are a fan of sports and cycling, in particular, we can help you get the perfect present.

But not anymore! Use our suggestions to make sure you will get it right this time!

Anyone of all the new small action cameras would be a great gift for any sports fan. If you go golfing, set it up to analyse your swing. Going snowboarding, strap it on and record your lines. Going cycling, film your journey.

If they enjoy heading into the wilderness, why not get them a GPS tracker? Then they can show you all the new routes and adventures they have gone on. They can also be used to work out fitness by comparing speeds over the same routes and help motivate your friend to get fitter after Christmas.

What about a heart rate monitor, they now just fit on wrists and look like watches. Pretty much any sports fan is going to love the ability to track how much effort they are putting into their chosen activity.

What about helping to make cycling more comfortable. It is uncomfortable if you have a saddle you do not get on with. So for Christmas why don't you get someone a gift that will make them enjoy riding their bike.

A nice comfortable exercise bike gel seat cover or a large one depending on what saddle your friend has is going to be a great gift that will not be forgotten about quickly. 


Available in a few colors, these covers will allow your friend to spend longer working out and enjoying cycling. The fact that they are guaranteed to be comfortable, means you can shop without any fear.

You could also buy a whole new saddle if you want. There is a comfortable bike seat for men and a different version for women. Both types of the saddle are designed to relieve pressure on key points of your friend's anatomy.  No pain means longer cycling. Like the gel cover, these saddles have a comfort guarantee. Giving you peace of mind when you are purchasing a gift for Christmas.

So this Christmas, do not fear to have to find the perfect gift for a cyclist, we have just given you the answers. You will now be on everybody's Christmas card list for next year.

 

 

 

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Drink! Drink! Drink! Hydration is so important!

 

Hydration for Cyclists Bikers; Drink Water While paddling, Stay hydrated

Staying hydrated is very important especially if you’re very active and perspires a lot. It is indeed as important as exercise, being said that losing more than 2% of your body’s water will decline your performance by huge percentage. If you are dehydrated, it can generally make such difference and impact in your optimum performance.

Timing is very important. Hydrate yourself before pedaling to avoid water loss during a ride. At least 4 hours before hopping on your bike, sip 16 ounces of water. Then again, 2 hours prior to biking, sip again 12 ounces of water. During the ride, drink just enough to match the intensity of your ride, and much more if the weather is sunny and you sweat a lot.  Try to customize, learn how you sweat. To know more, step on scale, if you weigh less, then you need to drink more, but if you weight more, you need to cut back down to avoid over hydrating your body.

Keep it simple by just having what you need to last long during your rides. What you need is an essential fluid, carbohydrates for energy and electrolytes. Those three simple ingredients are the only thing that you need. If you’re salty sweater (those who find white streaks after you drying up a sweaty clothes), choose a more sodium content in drinks OR add ¼ teaspoon salt to your 16 ounces’ sports drink.

After a ride, you should replace all the lost fluids in your body by drinking plenty of water until you prove a colorless urine.

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Did you know? Warm up and Cool Down for Cyclists/Bikers!

Warming up is essential to let your body prepare to perform optimally. Not doing so will compromise your good performance in riding a bike. Physiologically, warming up provide a lot of benefits in your body through enhancing adequate blood circulation and enabling transport of oxygen to different areas in the body. This is your starting effort and doing so means you’ll less likely get fatigue.

On the other hand, cooling down helps in restoring your body to its pre-exercise state and aids in recovery of the muscles. It also helps you to prepare for the next ride and prevents metabolic waste build up that usually inhibits muscle recovery. Cooling down also prevent post-exercise dizziness and fainting as it allows your blood to transfer oxygen all over the body and not just on the tired muscle itself. A 10-15 minutes’ cool down easy spin is good enough during post ride and keep in mind that your heart rate should be less than 80 bpm.

Below are some of the best stretches before and after biking:

Leg Swings

Stand with your bike to one side, hold onto the seat for balance. Lift your one leg forward and backward, make sure it was straight and extended as you swing your leg from side to side. Feel the stretch on outer hip and thighs. Repeat to the other side.

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Heel-Toe Walk

Stand up straight, step one foot forward, landing on heel. Stay on heel and lower your torso down over your right leg. Raise your torso back up and transfer the weight onto your right foot while rolling the heel to the ball of the foot. Rise up on the ball of your foot as high as you can. Slowly lower to take step forward with left leg that lands on your heel. Do this for 30 seconds.

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Foam Rolling

Sit on foam roller, placing it behind your thighs, particularly on hamstrings area. Balance by lifting your body using your both hands. Then slowly roll over the foam roller. Roll over going to your gluts then back again. Repeat on the other leg.

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Chest Stretch

Stand facing on the side of the bike, grab the top tube or saddle and handle bar for wider grip then lean forward at your waist. Hold onto that position before pressing your chest down toward the ground. Repeat for 5 to 10 repetitions.

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Butt Kicks

Stand in one secure place. Jump on alternating feet, fully bend your knee one at a time. Try to get your foot as closer as possible towards your butt for maximum stretch. Do this for 60 seconds.

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High Knees

Yes, it’s already in the name of the stretching itself, the motion of doing high knees. Stand in a secure place, jog then lift one leg high as much as you can, with alternating legs. Do this for 60 seconds.

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Why is the handle bar height so important?

 

Discomfort is one common problem that most riders may experience when the handlebars are too low or high and close. The handlebars should be adjusted to your comfort. But keep in mind that it’s not easy to raise or lower bike handlebars. It depends on the bike, and having a special tool or bike parts are also needed.

Keep in mind, it doesn’t mean that the higher the bars are, the more comfortable it is. As a matter of fact, if the handlebars are too high, most of the body weight gets shifted back and that usually causes discomfort such as body aches and pains. Much worst, it can lead to a chronic low back pain.

Always consider the distance from the seat to the handlebars. This can be determined through length and angle of the top tube of your bike frame. Your handlebars should be 4-5 inches wider than your shoulders. Having your saddle/seat little higher can give more stability especially for downhill riders. However, a little lower will give you more climbing or uphill optimal power.

Evaluate your handlebar height by:

  • Lean your bike against a wall and place a yardstick on the saddle
  • Make sure that the yardstick is level to the seat/saddle and the end of the ruler extends over the bars
  • You will notice here how high the handlebars are in relation to the height of the saddle/seat

Having a correct and proper height of the handlebars can result in comfort that balances pressure on the body. Make sure that your arms and neck felt comfortable and relaxed naturally during rides. The height of your handlebars should be based to your comfort and riding preferences.

 Happy Riding!

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How to improve comfort when riding a bike?

 Improve riding comfort on your bike

The only pain that you should feel when riding your bike is the pain after pushing yourself hard but a feeling of discomfort should not prevent you to do your best performance. Following all these adjustments can help you get moving and enjoy the rest of your ride.


In setting up your bike saddle height, you need to find the correct and most ideal height. Many other position are done to get the best fit that strikes the balance between comfort and power. Learn more and try which method will best fits you.

 

Heel-to-pedal Method

The most common way is the heel method or heel-to-pedal. It involves sitting on the saddle, while holding on a stable chair or table or just by leaning against a wall or ask for somebody to hold the bike for an added support.

 

Here’s how:

  • Place your heel on the pedal and pedal backwards reaching 6 o’clock position.
  • Make sure that your knee is completely straight, if the knee is still flexed or bent, you might need to increase the saddle height
  • Adjust a bit of increments one at a time
  • If you feel that your heel can no longer reach the pedal, then it’s time to lower your saddle.

 

LeMond Method

Popularized by Greg LeMond in the early 80’s, this method uses flat object such as meter ruler or spirit level placing in between your legs while applying a bit of pressure to the groin. In performing this, the shoes should be removed and ask for somebody to help in getting your “inseam” measurement, from your crotch to the floor. Once you get the result from the measurement, you have to multiply it by 0.883, the answer to this will be your proper saddle height.

Here’s an example:

Inseam measurement = 27 inches’ x 0.883 = 23.84

Your saddle height will be 23.84 inches

However, this method doesn’t always seem appropriate for all, and other factors should be taken into consideration such as longer legs than torso and poor flexibility of the rider itself.

 

Crank length

Another method to consider is the crank length. This is also very important because it opens up the opportunity for people to change the length of the crank without worrying about the outcome. Crank length can be used as a parameter to affect other factors of bike fit such as a shorter crank length at which can significantly open up the hip. Another thing to consider is that crank length should reflect your saddle height, especially when switching bikes and setting the saddle height. Most people that are having a low saddle height (usually on smaller bikes) need to use a shorter crank length.

However, some may experience discomfort after they bought an assembled bike from a shop due to inappropriate saddle height and usually the cause would be the arm length crank that is already installed and people tend not to change it. You have to be aware if the crank length is not measured accordingly for a biker, they intend to extend their knee just to compensate pedaling and this could lead to a much lesser comfort while riding.

 

 Happy Riding!

 

 

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How to choose the correct bike saddle

When you buy a bike, there is a chance that the original bike seat will not have enough padding. That means that you will feel all the shock through your lower back when riding your bike. This is the reason why you should make a research and choose the right saddle for you and your riding style. 

Find bellow some of the Bike Saddles that you'll find on the market and choose the correct one for you.

 

Racing saddles

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    These are long and narrow saddles, built for road riding and racing. Suitable for fast and continuous pedaling. Allow your body for full motion and prevent chaffing. These racing saddles are developed overtime to protect male’s sensitive areas. 

     

     

    Comfortable Bike Saddles

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    Extra wide and extra padded saddle that is designed for moderate pedaling on short-medium rides. Designed to allow easy pedaling and absorb shock vibrations from rough roads. 

     

     Cruiser Saddles

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    These are wider, padded saddles, suitable for leisure rides while sitting upright on the bike. These provide a lot of comfort due to support on both ends. The handlebar nature on cruiser bikes makes the rider sit upright which means the weight will be directly on the seat. The word cruising means you’ll ride on cruise so no need to pedal too quickly. Often use for children bikes.

     

    Gender specific: 

    WOMEN 

     Due to thick padding and dual spring suspension, this wider bike saddle design make it the best choice fort women anatomy in order to provide more comfort.

     

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    MEN:

    Designed for men's unique anatomy, with the hollow core and deep center cutout, this narrower saddle will provide you the comfort you need when road riding. You will feel no pressure on your prostate making sure that in time your sensitive area will not be affected 

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    Types of saddle cushioning

    Gel

    It usually molds to your body and provides you great comfort. If you choose to ride more on recreational or more casual, this type of cushion is well recommended. The only downside is that the gel tends to become compacted much easier than foam cushion.

    Foam

    It provides you flexible feel that can easily spring backs to shape. Road riders often uses it as it gives them much more support. For longer rides, firmer foams is much advisable to choose as it won’t compact easily compared to gel cushion.

     

    Some misconceptions about Bike Saddles 

    If you’re into biking, one of the most common complains you’ll hear are back aches and pains from sensitive areas of a rider’s body. It is not the fault of the saddle itself but rather because the saddle isn’t suitable in the cyclist’s physical structure or not properly adjusted. These are some of the factors and it’s essential to get knowledgeable how to set up your bike accordingly.

    Another misconception is that the seat is created to bear your entire weight, however, a saddle is designed to carry you but not entire weight. That’s the difference. Softer saddles don’t necessarily mean will provide you good comfort, as they usually are not required to use for long rides because it has lesser support for the body, makes you even more tired especially during longer rides.

    In the images bellow you will also find how the pressure points are applied based on your riding position.

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