If you’ve been looking around some stunt scooter shops, and you’ve been reading some stunt scooters reviews, and you’re wondering what all those features actually mean… this Stunt Scooter Features Guide is for you. We’ve taken some of the typical features and put together a quick explanation of each one, so you can buy a scooter with full knowledge of what to look for when you buy a scooter. Continue reading Stunt Scooter Features Guide
Choosing an Electric Bike Conversion Kit
When it comes to owning an e bike, you can either purchase a ready built electric bike, or build your own by choosing an electric bike conversion kit and installing it on a standard bike frame. If you’re thinking of going for the second option, we have all the information you need to get you started. There are many electric bike kit suppliers, so whether you’re hoping to build an electric mountain bike, or an e bike commuter, lets look at the options.
Cycling Sports Nutrition
With the whole Summer of 2016 ahead of us, we thought it might be useful to take a look at OK at some nutrition tips to help your summer cycling sessions. When you’re out for longer rides, getting your sports nutrition right can make a huge difference to your performance, and even if you’re cycling at a more leisurely pace, maintaining your energy levels will certainly help make the ride more enjoyable. In this article, we’ll take a look at some common advice to help you decide on the best sports nutrition tactics to suit your needs.
If you’re searching for the best scooters for children, we have details on our top 5 scooters for kids available so far in 2016. Here at planet cycling, we love scooters, because they’re a great two wheeled alternative to a bike, and can help develop balance in younger children. They’re also fantastic fun! If you’re about to buy a kids scooter or are just trying to find out what features are currently on offer, the following scooters should answer your questions.
What Types of Scooter are Available?
Kid’s love scooters. In fact a lot of adults love scooters too! They make fun, compact vehicles and can be used for anything from transport to stunts and tricks. When you’re buying a scooter, it’s worth thinking about how it will be used, as this will help to narrow down your selection.
Some awesome scooter tricks!
Cheap Scooters and Special Offers
Price may well be an important factor in your choice of scooter. There are plenty of low cost scooters available that won’t empty your bank account, and if you’re buying more than one scooter to keep all the kids happy, you’ll definitely be looking for the best scooter deals and offers. Here are a few bargain scooters and special offers that are available to buy right now:
RRP: £129.99 – Sale Price £44.99
The scooter uses the “tilt”steering system allowing steering using the body weight for tilting. This strong and tough scooter is so robust it comes with a 3 year breakage warranty. Weight: 3.3kg, Adjustable Height Levels:690mm to 940mm, Wheels Diameter:120mm, Wheel Width:24mm, Wheel material:PU, Bearings:Abec 5 Carbon, The height adjustable handle means that both young and older children can use it and you won’t have to buy a new scooter as your child gets older.
The iScoot Pro is very popular for the school run, no more hanging back dragging their feet – now you will be running to keep up!! The iScoot Pro folds easily and can fit in the back of your car, on your buggy or the corner of a cafe.
Great when one child is still in the buggy and the other is not quite ready to walk “all the way” take the iScoot Pro out and they will enjoy the trip with you! Light and easy to carry it’s not a problem if they don’t want to ride for a bit you can just hook it onto the buggy!
This scooter has a strong frame and is easy to unfold to full size. Good quality height adjustable handle which is good, and this scooter is particularly suitable for kids around 4-5 years age range. build quality is good, with solid wheels that won’t wear down really quick like some other scooters. It also has a non slip footplate.
- Ultimate Spider-Man Folding Scooter with light-weight tough frame
- foam easy-grip handles
- printed foot plate
- Adjustable handle height
- Folds down easily for compact storage
If you ride rougher terrain, the stylish HUDORA Big Wheel 205 with large wheels of 205 mm feature driving safety even at very high speeds. The scooter is made of high quality aluminium and supports riders up to 100 kg. It also includes a rear friction brake and the height-adjustable handlebar can be locked with a fastener.
With a safe and easy folding mechanism the handlebar can be folded down and the scooter features a stand and an adjustable shoulder strap. This scooter is really well made, very smooth, folds up neatly and you can get replacement parts if you need. It’s definitely a model with a lot to offer.
RRP: £99.99 – Sale Price £39.99
- Adjustable handle bars (29″ to 33.25″). Inflatable 12″ Tyres for Normal & Off-Road Use
- Cushioned Handle Bars. Heavy Duty Steel Frame. Heavy Duty BMX Foot Plate
- V-Type Front and Rear Brakes. Kick Stand. Front BMX Cushion
- Maximum weight up to 64kg. Suitable for age: 6 – 11 years
- BMX Handle Bars & BMX Fork Wheels
Perfect for light off-road tracks and fairly easy to assemble, this scooter is also light and sturdy. This model has adjustable handle bars (29″ to 33.25″) with inflatable 12″ Tyres for Normal & Off-Road Use. The cushioned Handle Bars also smooth things out. There is a great platform with the heavy duty Foot Plate, and a V-Type Rear Brake. Another nice touch is the included Kick Stand.
Maximum weight is up to 64kg and this scooter is suitable for age: 6 – 11 years. With the current offer price giving a whopping 60% discount, this scoter is an absolute bargain.
RRP: £20.00 – Sale Price £12.00
A superb pre-school trainer scooter that can grow with the child. It features 4 large PU wheels provide extra balance as the child develops coordination and balance skills, and can be changed to 3 wheels and then to 2 wheels as the child gains confidence.
- A terrific pre-school trainer scooter that grows with the child
- 4 large PU wheels provide extra balance as the child develops coordination and balance skills
- Change to 3 wheels and then to 2 wheels as the child gains confidence
- Easy to use fold and lock system
- Height adjustable with child friendly hand grips
My First Scooter can be folded down when not in use and has been designed in bright colours with co-ordinating hand grips. Recommended for age 2 years+. Comes with a small tool kit for easy assembly. Includes manufacturer spare parts warranty.
Summary of Our Top 5 Bargain Scooters for Kids
So there you have it, five of our favorite scooters that are currently available for kids, and some great bargains in that list! Whatever option you go for, it’s also worth looking at suitable protective equipment such as helmets and pads. We hope you find our list of top five scooters for kids useful, and if you want to see more details of these and other models, check out our full list of scooters.
If you want to improve all aspects of your cycling, one of the best things you can do is just ride. Every time you get out on your bike you will naturally improve a little, but of course there are additional things you can do to really make a difference to your cycling. Here are our Top Ten Cycling Tips to enhance your cycling.
1. Stay Relaxed
To avoid muscle soreness and fatigue, it’s vital you stay as relaxed as possible on the bike. Tilt your head every few minutes to prevent tight neck muscles, and don’t hunch over the bars. Frequent rest stops can also help, and having the correct size bike and fit is essential.
2. Make Small Adjustments to Your Position on the Saddle
By sliding forwards or backwards slightly on the saddle, you can target different muscle groups. This is especially useful on longer climbs as a way to give different muscles a rest while others carry most of the work. Moving forward focusses on the quads, while moving back targets the hamstrings and glutes.
4. Don’t move your upper body too much.
Let your back serve as a pivot point, with your bike swaying from side to side beneath it.
5. Pull the handlebar with a rowing type motion to counter-act the power from your legs.
This helps to transfer more of your energy into the pedals, rather than into wasted movement.
6. Relax your grip.
On smooth road with no traffic, practice draping your hands over the handlebar. This will not only help to relieve muscle tension, but it will also help to reduce the amount of vibration from teh road that is transmitted through to your body.
7. Periodically change hand position.
This follows on from tip number 6. Grasp the drops for descents or higher speed riding and the brake-lever hoods for more relaxed style riding. On longer climbs you can also hold the top of the bar to sit in a more upright position and being less compact also helps with easier breathing. When standing up on the pedals, grab the hoods lightly and gently rock the bike from side to side in synchronisation with your pedal strokes. But always keep each thumb and a finger closed around the hood or bar to prevent yourself from losing control if you hit an unexpected pothole or bump in the road.
8.Make Sure Your Handlebars are the Correct Width.
Your handlebar width should equal your shoulder width. A wider bar helps open your chest for easier breathing, while a narrower bar is usually more aerodynamic. Pick the handlebar that suits your riding style. Position the angle of the bar so that the bottom flat portion is completely parallel to the ground, or alternatively, points just slightly down toward the rear hub.
9. Keep your Elbows In.
Keep your arms in line with your body and don’t point you elbows outwards. This is a simple way to make yourself more aerodynamic and go faster for no extra energy. It may take some practice to break bad habits and maintain this position without having to think about it.
10. Try Interval Sprints
Break up long rides with a 15-30 second sprint at regular intervals e.g every 15 minutes. Adding this interval training to your ride introduces variety and is actually more effective training. It can also help relieve saddle pressure, and stretches and relaxes your body. Don’t forget this sort of training is perfect on a spinning bike or stationary exercise bike as well as turbo trainers.
We hope you liked our top ten tips for cycling and we’ll be bringing more tips in this series very soon. If you enjoyed this article, make sure you share it with your friends!
When you’re buying the best cycling shoes for you, you’ll need to consider that there are a few types of cycling shoe available, and the ideal pair will depend on the type of cycling they are used for. There are cycling shoes for road bikes, mountain bikes and somewhere in between there are the hybrids. Let’s take a look at some of the things you’ll need to think about.
Considerations When Buying Cycling Shoes
- Comfort. Your feet will be in your cycling shoes for the whole ride, and often that can be pretty long time. Feeling uncomfortable will not only cause painful feet, you will also lose pedal power since your mind will be too focused on the pain. To be an effective and efficient cyclist, you must be as comfortable as possible.
- Size/Shape. The size MUST be correct for your feet, and the shape of your foot is as important as the size. Having a wide foot in a narrow shoe can cause various problems. Be sure that the shoes match the shape and size of your feet, as once you’ve make the buying decision, it can be expensive to customise the shoes.
- Type of Cycling. As we mentioned the shoes can be road bike shoes, off-road shoes or mountain bike shoes and hybrid cycling shoes. Wearing road shoes and getting off your bike on rough terrain or surfaces will eventually damage the shoes. If you do this too often it will reduce the useful life of the shoes dramatically.
- Price. You can’t have what you can’t afford, but there are some pretty great deals on cycling shoes, priced well below the £100 range.
Mounting Your GoPro for Cycling
GoPro’s popularity means there are now quite a few people who’ve come up with creative ways to mount the camera on both their bike and their body. Creative camera positions mean that instead of just the same old video of the trail or road in front of you, you can mix up different points of view. Your only limit is your imagination.
GoPro Chest Mounts
Chest mounts can be pretty effective. Firstly they make it simple to wear your GoPro in a forward facing position, and the wide angle of the lens may also capture your hands on the bar, giving a true first-person perspective. Unlike sticking a mount point to your cycling helmet, a chest harness also allows you to use the GoPro regardless of the outfit you’re wearing, from a t-shirt right up to full waterproofs. You can also remove and store your GoPro camera quickly. Having the camera on your chest also allows easy access to the controls and display.
In this article, we’ve gathered together some advice to help you buy a bike light.
There are three main types of lights available:
The headlight: A headlight is a front-mounted lamp which projects a beam forwards, (funny that), making the road visible at speed when cycling.
Visibility light: These lights are front or rear and are primarily designed to make the road cyclist visible, particularly in urban traffic environments.
Mountain bike light: Off-road lights are very powerful front-mounted units. These are the most advanced and brightest of all lighting systems and can also be used as very good road commuting lights.
Before choosing a light consider your local conditions, e.g. how much ambient or street light is available? From this you can figure out how much light you will need, and whether a headlight or just a visibility light will be necessary.
Bike Light Brightness
Watts or Lumens? The first important consideration is brightness. All modern lights use LED (light emitting diode) bulbs, and there is a range of levels of quality among LED’s. Generally speaking, you get what you pay for.
When purchasing a flashing visibility light, the brightness is fairly standard among different bike lights, although some better models feature a super bright LED bulb. This is ideal for maximum visibility on a rear light and can be quite dazzling to look at directly.
Likewise on the front, if you want to see where you are going a 1 or 2 watt LED bulb is ideal, anything less is really just a light to enhance your visibility to others, but not to illuminate a path or road.
Brightness Measurement: The lumen is the derived unit of luminous flux and is the measure of visible light emitted by a source. Luminous flux measures wavelengths visible to the human eye and are different to radiant flux (power) as this is a measure of all electromagnetic radiation emitted. A lux is one lumen per square meter. Basically, more lumens means more brightness.
For high end commuting or mountain bike lights, you’ll notice the use of “lumens” in the product description. Good bike lights can be rated at around 250 lumens or higher, while on upper-end mountain bike lights you will see lumens figures in excess of 1000-1200. As a guide, this is approximately as bright as a car headlight!
Mountain bike lights are so bright because of the nature of riding off-road at speed. You need to easily see what’s ahead of you. This also translates to the road. If you ride at a very fast speed a good set of lights is important, and will help you quickly spot obstacles such as pot holes.
Bicycle Light Battery
Batteries improve as brightness intensity goes up. On basic flashing “be seen” lights you’ll typically find lithium watch batteries and around 100 hours of run time. It then steps up to AA or AAA batteries in the 1-2 watt or multi LED headlights and an approximate 24hr run time on full beam, or much longer in flashing mode.
For a regular night commuter, lights using these battery types are probably not going to be ideal.
High powered commuting and mountain bike lights often use a separate lithium-ion or lithium polymer rechargeable battery pack. Even on the most powerful 1000 lumen lights, run-times of many hours are often achievable before charging is necessary.
For mountain bike lights the battery is sometimes as important as the light unit itself. There are many seemingly very inexpensive, yet super bright lights available, but some products are cheap for a good reason. The bulbs can be ok but you risk having the battery fail mid ride.
Bike Light Useability
Bicycle lights are designed to be bright and compact. One thing to look for is an appropriate and easily set up bracket for attaching the light to your handlebars, seatpost, backpack or helmet.
For road commuting a handlebar mounted front light, combined with a seat post mounted or helmet mounted tail light is ideal.
When mountain biking the best setups feature a helmet and handlebar mounted front light.
When commuting I it can be a good idea to use as many rear lights on as possible. Try one on your helmet, backpack and seatpost. Multiple lights will make you even more visible.
Buy the best lights you can afford. As mentioned earlier, LED bulbs are not all the same quality so get the best you can. Brightness levels can vary by a huge amount as you get better and better LED’s. Spend wisely, particularly if you commute regularly or want to ride in the forest on a mountain bike in the middle of the night.
Also, light casings and mounting brackets are very different as the price goes up. Again, durability can make the purchase of a slightly more expensive set of lights the most cost effective choice in the long run.
Choosing a cycling helmet is important since wearing a bike helmet makes sense in all riding conditions. Modern helmets are light, comfortable and able to handle significant impacts.
Here are some tips for choosing a bike helmet model that is well-suited to your needs.
Types of Bike Helmets
Bike helmets come in three basic types: recreational (also called multi-use and casual), road and mountain. All of these helmets are designed to protect your head from impact while being lightweight and comfortable. The key differences are:
Recreational helmets are an economical choice for recreational, commuter, road and mountain bikers. They can often include a visor to shield your eyes from the sun.
Road bike helmets are the preferred choice by road cycling enthusiasts for their low weight, ventilation and aerodynamic design. These helmets typically don’t have a visor, keeping the weight low and providing an unobstructed view when you’re crouched in an aggressive riding position.
Mountain bike helmets, which are also often used by cyclocross riders, are designed to ventilate well at low speeds. They’re distinguished by their visors, enhanced rear-head coverage and a firm, secure fit for bouncing around on rough terrain. Some feature full-face protection that’s preferred by downhill mountain bikers and park riders.
Bike Helmet Construction
Most helmets use in-mold construction, a process that fuses an outer shell and inner liner without the use of glue. This results in light-yet-strong designs. While weight is often not a main concern for recreational cyclists, racers and frequent use riders will appreciate the weight savings of a lighter helmet.
Shell: Most cycling helmets are covered with a plastic shell to hold the helmet together in a crash, provide puncture-resistance and allow the helmet to slide on impact thus protecting your head and neck.
Liner: Most helmet liners are made of expanded polystyrene foam. On impact, the liner dissipates the force to protect your head. The liner should fit your head comfortably.
Some helmets feature Multi-directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) technology, a way of constructing the helmet that is aimed at providing more protection from rotational forces during a bike crash. MIPS-equipped helmets feature a low friction layer that allows the helmet’s impact absorbing foam liner to rotate slightly around your head during an impact. It moves only a few millimeters overall, but it can reduce the amount of rotational force that may be transferred to your brain in certain impacts.
Ventilation: Helmet vents improve wind-flow over your head, keeping you cooler and more comfortable as you ride. In addition, the more vents you have, the lighter the helmet.
Visor: Some riders prefer having a sun shielding visor attached to the helmet, and these are very common on mountain bike helmets. A visor does, however, add a fractional bit of weight and slight wind resistance.
Full-face protection: Some mountain bike helmets have a wraparound chin bar to provide face protection for downhill mountain biking and park riding. Some enduro racers also like the added protection.
Straps: The strap system should be comfortable and easy to buckle and unbuckle.
Choosing The Correct Size Cycling Helmet
When choosing a bike helmet, a good fit is vital. Most helmets come in small, medium, large or extended sizes.
To find your size, wrap a flexible measuring tape around the largest portion of your head—about 1 inch above your eyebrows, or wrap a piece of string or ribbon around your head, then measure the length of the string with a straight-edge ruler or measuring tape. Look for a helmet size that matches your measurement.
Between sizes? Either opt for the smaller size or wear a cycling cap or beanie to improve the fit of the larger helmet. Some adults with smaller heads can wear a kids’ size comfortably.
Adjusting a Bike Helmet
A good-fitting helmet should be snug but not annoyingly tight. It should sit level on your head (not tilted back) with the front edge 1 inch or less above your eyebrows so that your forehead is protected. Push the helmet from side to side and back to front. If it shifts noticeably you need to adjust the fit.
To adjust the fit, first expand the sizing wheel before you place a helmet on your head. Almost all helmets have a sizing wheel on the back of the helmet’s internal sizing ring. Once the helmet is in place, reach behind your head and tighten the ring until you get a good fit. Next, buckle and tighten the chinstrap. The straps should form a “V” as they rest under each ear. Adjust the straps around both ears until you have a comfortable fit.
Finally, with the chinstrap buckled, open your mouth wide. The helmet should press against the top of your head as you do so. If not, tighten further and repeat.
Bike Helmet Care
Avoid using chemical solvents to clean a helmet. Manufacturers recommend only the use of a soft cloth or sponge, plus mild soap and water. Removal pads may be washed.
Do not store a helmet in an attic, garage, car trunk or other area where heat can accumulate. Excessive heat may cause bubbles to form on helmet parts. Do not wear a heat-damaged helmet.
Avoid loaning your helmet to others. You want to know exactly what kind of use your helmet has experienced during its lifespan.
When to Replace a Cycling Helmet
Any helmet involved in an accident is likely to get damaged. Replace the helmet after any significant impact, even if everything looks OK. If you’ve been crash-free, it is generally recommended to replace your helmet after 5 years. Pollution, UV light and weathering can weaken a helmet’s components over time.