Spinning 101: The Best Spinning Tips for Beginners

The climb up the pass was tough, but now you have an eight-mile descent to really hang it out. You’re flying in your 53×12, really spun out.

Suddenly, a guy comes whipping around you at high speed. You want to catch his draft, but as you try to pedal faster you find yourself just bouncing all over your bike.

He’s gone.

At the next rest stop you see the guy and ask him what gear he was in, imagining it was a 55×11 or some other superhuman gear. “53×13” he replies, then adds, “Yeah, I remember seeing you. You really ought to work on your spin.”

Damn, there’s that advice again!

Ever since you began riding, you’ve been hearing, “Work on your spin.” But there are two problems with that advice.

  • First, most of us just like to go out and ride. We like the feeling of riding, the wind, the view and the effort. The idea of working on your motor-control program for pedaling technique is just a little, well, tedious.
  • Secondly, most people who give that advice don’t really explain just exactly how one works on spin.

Well, it turns out that working on your spin is not really work at all — it’s relaxing. In fact, as you spend just a little time “relaxing” on your spin, you will find that all the other aspects of cycling that you love so much will be enhanced because you will be less fatigued and better able to deal with a wide variety of riding situations.

Spinning: What Is It?

If you belong to a gym, or have friends who do, you have probably heard of a phenomenon called “Spinning.”

Your friends might have told you it’s indoor cycling or a trainer workout or cycling’s version of a step aerobics class, but none of these definitions really pegs Spinning for what it is.

Invented in 1987 by bodybuilder cum RAAM cyclist Johnny Goldberg (aka Johnny G), Spinning is, basically, a non-impact indoor bicycle ride that simulates, through instructor motivation and the assistance of a resistance knob on the spinner bike, an outdoor ride.

The course’s basic precepts are athletic training principles, such as using a heart-rate monitor combined with mental “empowerment” techniques.

The result is a program which has been called everything from revolutionary to ridiculous. We decided to see for ourselves why there are more than 1000 fitness clubs nationwide with Spinning programs and took a class at Johnny G’s headquarters in Culver City, California.

Situated in an old bread factory, the 41-bike facility regularly fills up during high-traffic workout times, like weeknights. The Schwinn Spinner is a stationary bicycle with a weighted flywheel, a special multiposition handlebar unlike anything you’ve ever used before and a fully adjustable (fore-aft and height) seat.

Pedal choices are clip and strap, SPD or Look. If you’re dead set on using Speedplay or Time, you’ll have to bring ’em yourself. For attire, wear your riding shorts and the most breathable top you own.

After choosing a bike and fitting it, you receive a pair of headphones and climb aboard.

The instructor (who has taken a nine-month certification course) takes you through a series of intensity levels during the course of the 40-minute workout, encouraging you with words and upbeat music piped into your headphones, which ranges from old Chicago tunes (I heard “25 or 6 to 4”) to John Tesh’s latest and greatest (if there is such a thing). 

There’s more than one spinning workout: Recovery, advanced spinner, power and endurance classes are offered in addition to the basic course.

The result?

The coolest thing about the Spinning class is you set your own intensity level with the resistance knob on your bike. No one else knows how hard or easy your bike is set, so you can hammer hard or lay off if you’re having a bad day.

The worst thing is there are no fans, so you end up looking as though you’ve taken a dip in the sweat swimming pool. I normally hate indoor cycling, viewing it as one step removed from sensory deprivation, but the Spinning class was much more palatable than any roller game or race video motivation techniques I’ve tried.

 I’m even going to go again. Johnny G’s headquarters charges $12 for a one-time Spinning class, but prices will vary depending on your local athletic club, which may or may not include a program for free.

Keys to A Silky Smooth Bike Spin

  • Relax your quads and calves. 
  • Push down on the pedal with hip extension by using your glutes and hamstrings. 
  • Let your heel drop so that, when the pedal is at 3 o’clock, your heel is level with, or just below, the pedal axle.
  •  Use your hamstrings to pedal through the bottom of the stroke using a motion identical to scraping mud off the bottom of your shoe.

How and Where to Spin

On the road

Next time you’re out on your favorite ride, find a portion of the road that is slightly downhill and/or has a tailwind. Leave the bike in a small gear, and as your pedaling rate increases, fight your instinct to shift up.

Let the revs come up until you find yourself starting to bounce. Now you are ready to relax into a spin. First, stop using your quads. Just relax them and use only hip extension to push down on the pedal. This motion may not come naturally, so at first you may have to mentally emphasize it.

Just do like the aerobics teachers say and “squeeze, squeeze, squeeze your buns.” As silly as it sounds, it really works. You’ll find that you can drive the pedal down with just your glutes and hamstrings.

Next, relax your calves and ankles so that when you push down on the pedal, your heel drops slightly, and you get a stretch in your Achilles tendon. This is an important step because it sets you up for the key and final element of spinning: the scrape through the bottom (see sidebar on next page).

As the crank reaches a 4:30 or 5 o’clock position, use a scraping motion to deliver torque to the cranks. Continue that scrape across the bottom of the pedal stroke to the 7:30 or 8 o’clock position.

As you practice this motion you will develop a seamless transition from the pedal push (with your heel dropped) to the scraping motion. Keep an eye on your cycling computer and see how fast you can spin.

On rollers

There’s something about riding rollers that really allows you to concentrate on your spin. Somehow they amplify any flaw in your pedal stroke and, therefore, provide excellent feedback. They do not provide much resistance, so it is easy to get up to a high rpm in just about any gear. Indeed, many coaches insist that their riders use rollers to work on their spin.

For instance, the Australian national team kilo and pursuit riders do roller workouts that include six-minute bouts at 160 rpm.

The steps involved in relaxing during your spin are the same on rollers as they are on the road, but with rollers you never hit an uphill or a head wind — you just keep right on spinning.

As I described for road riding, just start rolling up the rpm. When you start to feel yourself bouncing on the seat, begin to relax into a spin. Start by relaxing your quads and then your calves. Let your heel drop so you can smoothly transition from the push down to the pull back.

On the rollers, you can set up a progressive training plan. For instance, let’s say on your first time you start to bounce at 100 rpm. To determine rpm, count your pedal strokes for six seconds and multiply by 10. You should try to smooth out that 100-rpm cadence and hold it for one minute.

Recover for a few minutes at a lower rpm, then go again. Repeat this five times for a total of five minutes at a high rpm.

The next time you try this, you will probably find you can do 110 or 115 without bouncing. Just find your “bounce limit” (the cadence above which you bounce on the seat) and then slightly exceed it for a minute at a time. 

Once you get to 120 rpm, you may want to start adding time so you can work up to five minutes at 120 rpm. Then start to add rpm again. These are just general ideas about how to be progressive.

You can devise a progressive program that works for you and keeps you motivated. The main point is to increase both your pedaling rate and the time that you can sustain that rate.

Wind or Magnetic Trainers

Most wind trainers provide too much resistance to allow you to effectively work on your spin. Magnetic trainers may work, but keep them on the lowest setting. Provided that you can get the resistance to an appropriate level, follow the same steps described for rollers.

Keys to Spin Development

  • Find your bounce limit.
  • At that cadence, use all the strategies described previously to smooth out your spin and eliminate the bounce.
  • Spend a progressively longer time at or above your previous bounce limit.
  • Aim for a long-term goal of about five minutes at over 120 rpm.

Spinning class

Okay, okay, I know what you’re thinking: No self-respecting cyclist would go to a spin class. Right? Wrong!

Look, motivation is where you find it. If you have trouble riding at home in front of the TV but you need to train, why not seek out company? Think of it as a group ride.

One cyclist I know had a history of getting sick when he rode in the cold. Consequently, he would avoid riding during the winter so when springtime came, he’d be in pretty bad condition. Last year he started going to spin class and, as a result, was in his best off-season form and had his best racing season ever.

Just keep the resistance to a manageable level and relax on your spin. Of course, the drills the class instructor puts you through may not allow for the real systematic increases that rollers do, but just go with the flow, and when you feel the bounce, relax it out.

But wait, there’s more! Improved spinning is just like those cheesy TV advertisements where with every thing you buy, you get a free gift. In this case, along with a better spin, you get more endurance and more power.

More endurance

The benefits of developing a smooth spin go well beyond just that one mountain descent. You will begin to use your hip extension more and more in all your pedaling, not just the high cadence.

This will really improve your endurance because the glutes and hamstrings are much more adapted to aerobic exercise (i.e., higher capillary and mitochondrial density) than your quads.

Also, you’ll find that your back will become less fatigued on long rides because the action of pedaling through the bottom of the pedal stroke serves to stabilize you on the seat, reducing the rocking motion of your hips and lower back.

More power 

Ever notice how some riders can power out of turns in the saddle with no perceivable motion? The key to that acceleration is the action through the bottom of the pedal stroke. It really locks you down on the seat and allows you to push harder on the pedals. The result: less wasted motion, more power and a better seated aero position.

Learn to spin and you’ll get it all: better endurance, less fatigue, a smoother style, higher top speed and better acceleration. Now isn’t all that worth just a little relaxation?

Best Bike Rack for Toyota Prius- 2022 Reviews & Buyers Guide

If you like outdoor biking with family and friends, finding the best Prius bike rack this year. I know it can be a task and particularly confusing with so many different bike carriers being available, but don’t worry, I am here to make the shopping process easier for you.

My goal is to help you narrow down options to only the best bike racks for Toyota Prius, and hopefully save you a buck or two in the process.

There are 3 Prius bike rack designs available:

  • Trunk mounts
  • Roof mounts and,
  • Hitch mounts.

If you are looking forward to purchase the best bike rack for your Prius, you need this guide.

I have taken time to do the best selection for you in order to save you time and energy that may be needed in visiting different shops and stores looking for one.

Considering the speed of the car especially on the highway, a bike rack for Prius should be stable and should fit the vehicle properly, securely transport your bikes and fall within your budget. The wrong rack could be a safety hazard, scratch your vehicle and possibly lead to a lost, stolen or damaged bicycle.

You should also note that a bike rack even without bikes mounted, will negatively affect your vehicle’s gas economy as it leads to slowing down the speed of your vehicle leading to reduced gas mileage. With this information, you note that it’s not good to keep your bike racks always mounted when not in use.

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Factors to Consider When Buying a Bike Rack for Your Prius

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The key to choosing the right bike rack for your Prius is accurately defining your needs and the vehicle you have. Before buying a bike rack for your Prius, first ask yourself these questions.

  • How often will you be using it?
  • How many bikes do you need to transport?
  • Will you need to change the racks between vehicles? i.e. change the racks from vehicle 1 to vehicle 2.
  • How much are you willing to spend on your bike rack?
  • How important is the security for your bike and rack?
  • How high can you lift a bicycle by yourself?
  • Do you have a special bike that you need transported, like a bike with an odd-shaped frame?
  • Does your Prius already have a tow hitch or roof-mounted utility rack? Also look into its load capacity.
  • Does your vehicle have a rear-mounted spare tire that may interfere with your bike rack?

Types of Racks For Toyota Prius

There are three distinct categories of bike racks. The Strap-on Trunk Racks, Hitch-mount Racks, and Roof Racks. All the three types have their good and bad sides.

Also remember that not all are available for every vehicle. There are also special racks that are designed specifically for certain vehicles e.g. Pickup tracks, SUVs and now the Prius.

Some trunk racks can be used above the bed, allowing for storage underneath. Others have specialized mounts that can be attached to rear-mounted spare tires.

Let us now look closely at the strength and weaknesses of the three main types of bike racks.

Strap-on Trunk-mounted Bike Rack

They are the least expensive option, typically going from 40$ and 200$ though some models can go up to 300$. The straps are attached to the car’s trunk hatchback or rear bumper.

The bike’s frame rests on plastic-coated support arms but there are more improved carriers that have padded or indented cradles to hold the frame. These carriers must be strapped tightly to the vehicle with the frame supports and carrier arms properly oriented before mounting bikes.

They typically carry one or two bikes and in some cases three. Yes, they are not expensive and fits many vehicles, but they pose a greater chance of damaging the vehicle and the bikes than other designs.

Pros

  • They are not vehicle specific; one carrier can fit many vehicles.
  • Easier to lift and fit your bikes in place.
  • It can easily be stored even in the vehicles trunk.
  • They are quite affordable.

Cons

  • The combined weight of the rack and the bikes rests on the vehicle’s body panels which can damage the vehicles paint or sheet metal.
  • They may block the drivers view through the rear window.
  • Straps can get loose, wear out or snap.
  • Trunk-mounted spoilers can interfere with installation.
  • The straps can be cut easily compromising the security of both the bikes and the rack.
  • Bikes may be damaged from backing into an object or being hit by another vehicle.
  • Padding may need to be added between the bikes to keep them from banging into each other and causing scratches.
  • The vehicle’s trunk cannot be opened with racks installed.
  • Extra attachment may be needed to support odd-framed bikes.

Roof-mounted Bike Rack

It is the most versatile bike rack for your Prius but a bit difficult to use. Some of these racks can be attached on already existing roof rack and crossbars while others use mounting feet and clips that attach to a vehicle’s upper door frame and rain gutters. You will get a reduced price if your vehicle is already equipped with a roof rack or crossbars that will support the bike’s mount.

The basic racks start at less than 50$ per bike but the more improved models starts at around 100$, but if you need to buy the basic roof rack and crossbars, you should add about 125$ to 200$ to the total cost. When you select a roof rack, you also select the method of mounting the bikes. Some racks use a fork mount carrier that clamps onto the bike’s front wheel fork. The disadvantage is that the front wheel must be removed and stored elsewhere. However, the bike is easier to manage up on the roof and bikes with unique frame shapes can be accommodated.

The upright mounts holds the bike by the frame or pedal crank such that you don’t need to remove the front although you need to reach up higher to put the bike on, and some unusual bikes frame shapes won’t fit.

Pros

  • The modular setup allows additional cargo storage with an added-on storage case.
  • The rack can also be used to transport other materials like skiing and canoeing materials.
  • There are lockable mounting available in the market.
  • The roof racks can hold as many as four bikes or even seven depending on the vehicle.
  • They can also support odd-framed bikes like the tandem and the recumbent.

Cons

  • May be complicated to install.
  • Vehicles can’t go into packing garages or under any overhead structure with low clearance.
  • The increased wind resistance reduces gas mileage than other types making it a bit uneconomical.
  • They produce more wind noise.
  • Lifting a bike onto a tall vehicle can be difficult which can result to mishandling the bikes causing scratches to the car’s roof or sides.
  • May not fit properly on curved-roof vehicles or convertibles.
  • It touches the vehicle’s body that may lead to scratching the vehicle’s paint.
  • It is not recommended to carry heavy rooftop loads due to interfering with the Centre of gravity that can compromise the vehicle’s stability leading to rollover accident.

Hitch-mounted Bike Rack

Hitch mount racks are the most expensive but the easiest to operate. They come in different sizes to match the class of hitch on different vehicles. Class 1 hitches with 1.25 inch openings are designed for most cars. Class 3 hitches with 2-inch openings are usually found on pickups and truck-based SUVs, but your choice will depend on the number of bikes to be transported. Racks for class 1 hitches rarely carry more than three bikes and class 3 hitches though capable of carrying many bikes, they cannot be adapted to most cars. A single bike hitch can be found for under 100$ and over 125$ for popular brands and swing-away models can go for as much as 400$.

Some hitch mount racks secure bikes in mounting compartments much like the ones used with roof-mounted models. Others require you to strap the bikes securely to the carrier. With the hitch-mounted carriers, you need to keep the bikes from scratching each other.

Pros

  • Very easy to install. You just slide it into the hitch.
  • You don’t need to remove the front wheel to mount the bike.
  • Easier to lift and secure bikes in place.
  • There is reduced chances of scratching vehicles paint when mounting bikes.

Cons

  • There is an added expense of the trailer hitch in case your vehicle does not have one.
  • Some hitches require drilling holes into vehicle’s chassis or cutting rear fascia. This may ruin the vehicle’s appearance when the hitches are removed.
  • Some small vehicles are not rated for towing, and mounting a tow hitch can affect the warranty or cause problems when the vehicle is being serviced.
  • Installed rack may block access to the vehicle’s rear lift gate; the swing-away models that provide better access are a bit expensive.
  • Padding may need to be added between the bikes to keep them from banging into each other and causing scratches.
  • Bikes may be damaged either from banging into something or being hit from behind.
  • May need extra attachments to support odd-framed bikes.
  • May block the drivers view out of the rear window.
  • It’s difficult to lock bikes into the rack.

Top 7 Bike Racks for Prius

1. Thule T2 Pro XT 2 Hitch Rack

It is the best Hitch Rack for Prius. There are many reasons this bike rack is being featured among the best racks for your Prius. Just to mention a few, the Thule T2 Pro has an auto attaché which allows you to detach the bike rack from your vehicle without using any tool.

It’s easy to use, quick to set up and reliably secure. Attach it to your vehicle quickly with the tool-free Auto-Attach System then lock your bikes to the rack and secure it to the receiver with the integrated cable lock and lock knob. The installation process of this bike rack is so simplified that you don’t need much time to attach it to your car.

When not in use, the T2 Pro XT easily folds towards the vehicle and tilts away from the vehicle for rear access. The load capacity is up to 120lbs, or up to 60lbs per bike. It eliminates bike interference by adjusting side to side to create spacing between each bike.

It’s capable of carrying up to two bikes at a time with wheels inches ranging from 20’’ to 29’’, and up to five tire inches without using an adapter. It also has an allowance of 190mm between each bike to prevent bike contacts while in transit.

The bike rack has powder coat finish that helps it to look good and withstand normal wear and tear. The coating also helps it when exposed to weather conditions by preventing rust.

Pros

  • Accommodates different sizes of bikes.
  • Corrosion free protection.
  • Can carry up to two bikes.
  • It has an anti-sway feature that keeps the rack in position.
  • It’s easy to install.

Cons

  • There is an added expense for a trailer hitch if the vehicle doesn’t have one.
  • Some require drilling holes into the vehicle’s chassis that may ruin the appearance of your vehicle.
  • Not suitable for bikes with odd frames.

2. BUZZRACK Entourage Bike Platform Hitch Rack

It’s a Fat Tire compatible bike rack that can fit 1-1/4 inch and 2 inch receiver hitches. This makes loading bikes easier and convenient. The low platform means no overhead lifting and no wheel removal required to load up to three bikes of almost any frame design or wheel size.

It comes with movable wheel trays with ratcheting straps and padded frame clamps to secure bike while on transportation. Quickly adjust the wheel trays to accommodate women and kids bikes, off-road , full suspension and 29 inch E-bikes, then easily secure the bikes with a no-fuss ratchet straps and padded frame clamps and lock them all down with the integrated clamp locks. This ensures that your bikes are always protected.

The racks tilts down to allow convenient access to the rear hatch or tailgate, and with no bikes attached, the platform folds up flat to make parking and storage easier. It’s constructed with heavy duty powder coated steel to increase its durability.

Pros

  • Compatible with fat-tire bikes.
  • The platform makes loading easy.
  • Ensures the bike are protected.
  • Made of heavy duty powder coated steel and therefore durable.
  • Easy to fold and easy to store.

Cons

  • Requires a lot of knob twisting.
  • Not fast enough to hold more than two bikes.
  • The bikes pedals scratch each other’s body.

3. Saris Bones 3 Trunk Rack

It’s the best Trunk Rack for Prius. The Saris Bones 3 is one of the best pocket friendly bike racks that is high performing. It is known for its features, its competitiveness and affordability. If you are looking for a bike rack that is well designed and durable, the Saris Bones 3 is the bike rack to go for.

It’s made of steel material that makes it stronger and prevents it from corrosion. It’s also made up of non-rusting materials that are recyclable. It holds a tested sense of style, design, convenience and durability. The Saris Bones Trunk Rack is not only the best looking rack on the market but also makes transporting your bike or bikes from one point to another very easy.

It carries up to three bikes and its Arc-based design fits Sedans, Hatchbacks, Minivans, Suvs and nearly all cars with rear spoilers. The rubberized feet protects your vehicle and the coated straps protect your bike. This rack also has the strongest frame due to the injected-molded arms and legs. It weighs only 11lbs and it’s constructed with rust-free, 100% recyclable materials.

The Saris Bone 3 Bike Racks are available in a wide array of colors to choose from. Pick the color that will match your personality or a cause that’s close to your heart. The Arch-based design fits over most spoilers and separates bikes on different levels. Its injection-molded arms and legs are the strongest on the market. It safely carries 3 bikes up to 35lbs each and also compatible with most vehicles.

It consists of an anti-sway straps for a secure bike hold and an articulated rubber feet and vinyl-coated hooks that protects the vehicles’ finish, a spring buckle straps that protects the bike’s paint.

Pros

  • It’s lightweight.
  • Made of non-corrosion materials.
  • Easy to adjust hold down ratchets.
  • Fits almost all sizes of bikes.
  • Can be easily stored even in the vehicle’s trunk.

Cons

  • If not properly installed, it may damage your car.
  • Straps can come loose, wear out and snap.
  • Not suitable for bikes with odd frames.

4. Allen Sports Premier Hitch Mounted Bike Rack

This bike rack for Prius has hitch inserts that fits 2 inch receiver hitches, Quick Fold Carry Arms design which allows the carry arms on the racks to be dropped out of the way when not in use by simply squeezing the two red release buttons on the carrier.

The dual compound tie-down cradles and quick set straps individually secure your bikes in place and work with a wide range of tube sizes. The tie-downs includes a soft cradle bed to fully protect your bicycle during transport.

The Allen sports premier hitch racks also feature an easy to use rapid tilt-away main mast, a rugged internal mechanism that keeps the rack securely in place when in use. It also allows for single handed tilt-away if you need access to the inside of your vehicle. The no-wobble bolts on the other hand  eliminates rack movements inside the hitch and offers a soft gray landing pad to protect even the inner-most bicycle during transport.

Pros

  • Easy to set-up
  • Easy to access the trunk and the back of the vehicle.
  • The powder coat wears down during assembly.
  • Easy to fold and store.
  • Allows single handed tilt away.

Cons

  • The tension bolt is hard to remove.
  • The bike hit each other when stack together.
  • It’s a little sloppy on the receiver.

5. Hollywood Racks Expedition Trunk Mounted Bike Rack

The Hollywood rack is the best for someone who does not want to deal with complicated manuals. This bike rack comes fully assembled and ready for use. When you are on a road trip, storage is always a challenge, but this bike rack is here to change that. The bike rack occupies less space in your trunk as it fold down to a flat shape. The cradles arms are able to be folded down as well when they are not in use.

Creation of this product has utilized the best technology. It’s designed with anti-vibration technology to prevent excess vibration from the straps. The rubber anti-sway bike cradles and EPDM rubber straps holds the bikes firmly in place. It’s capable of carrying a maximum of 35lbs per bike.

It’s fully adjustable to fit most vehicles including cars with spoilers, comes with adjustment hubs with quick release levers that are easy to use and six attachment straps that keep the rack securely fastened to the vehicle. It allows you to include your family and friends as it is able to carry up to three bikes at a time.

Pros

  • Loading and offloading is simple.
  • Installation is easy.
  • Maintains its stability when loaded.
  • Able to fit different bike sizes and bike frames.
  • It’s not vehicle specific.

Cons

  • The straps loosen up on bumpy roads.
  • No security features installed.
  • May block driver’s view out of rear window.

6. Allen Sports Deluxe Hitch Mounted Bike Rack

Allen Sports Deluxe is one of the bike racks available for your Prius. It has a load capacity of 120lbs. it can carry even the heaviest bikes without fearing that the rack will be damaged. This bike rack also allows you to include lots of family and friends as it can carry up to four bikes at a time.

The racks feature individual Tie-downs which offer protection to the rack. Its frames are padded in order to protect the paint on your Prius from being damaged and the additional side’s straps give the rack stability and keep the rack sturdy even when cutting sharp corners.

It also offers easy access to the rear of your vehicle as the bike rack tilts away from the vehicle. Its cradle arms can fold down easily when they are not in use. This gives you enough space for its storage. Installing it in its position is also an easy task with the help of the No-Wobble bolts that are included. You don’t need any special tool to install tis rack.

This bike rack for Prius is also affordable and durable. I can say it’s affordable considering the features offered with this it. It does not rust due to its black finish paint that prevents rusting even when exposed to water; this makes this bike rack suitable for use in all weather conditions. It’s designed with steel body, strong and able to carry multiple bikes. It carries a maximum capacity of 70 lbs per bike.

Pros

  • Steel material for strength and durability.
  • The no-wobble bolts helps in faster installation.
  • The bike rack is pre-assembled.
  • It’s affordable.
  • High performance.

Cons

  • Not installed with anti-theft system.
  • The metal clips that fasten the straps to the car are not cushioned.
  • Not suitable for fat tire bikes.

7. Kuat Transfer 2 Hitch Bike Rack

I can say that this is the ultimate rack for your Prius because of many attractive features it comes with. It can carry up to two bikes at a time at the back of your Prius. The rack has zero contact with the frames and it holds the bikes by the wheels. It has ratcheting hooks that minimizes the hassle of loading and offloading your bikes on and from the rack.

To make it even more easy to use, the Kuat Transfer has a tilt away feature that helps the rack to be tilted away from the rear of your vehicle if one needs to get something from the trunk of the vehicle. The rack also folds up when it’s not in use for easy storage.

It’s a budget friendly product that’s made of steel and finished with a gray powder that’s corrosion resistant. It’s a 2 bike capacity rack, fits both 1.25 and 2 inch receivers. It has a perfect fit adjustment system that ensure your bike will fit just right and the foot pedal lever allows full access to the rear hatch of your vehicle by simply folding the bike rack away from your Prius. It has no contact with your bike frame. It fits 20-29 inch tires, and holds up to 3 inch tires with a 47 inch maximum wheel base.

Pros

  • The steel construction ensures its durability.
  • Tilt away feature gives you access to the trunk.
  • Folds up for storage.
  • Can accommodate different types of bike sizes.
  • Easy to install.

Cons

  • Security locks are not included.
  • Does not have light deflectors.
  • It’s a bit loose in the hitch.

Conclusion

Bike racks are significant tools and also an investment. Make sure you invest in a model that will satisfy your needs, a bike rack that will transport your bikes without causing damage to your Prius or to the bikes. The examples I have listed above are the best in the market. I believe this guide will give you an easy time when choosing your bike rack so that you may enjoy carrying your bikes anywhere.

Best Mountain Bikes for Hunting

Mountain bikes with fat tires are distinguished for hunting. They are safe to ride on mud, sand, through rocks, grass and other forms of terrain that define the jungle.

The high-end bikes are fitted with a scabbard for a gun, bow or fishing pole. The bike itself is a tool for hunters since it enables them to access even those hard to reach places.

There is no better tasting thing in hunting than acquiring a hunting bike and the best mountain bike for that matter. You can do hunting while riding, scout the ditches and the brush and still keep a sharp eye on the game while cruising quickly past low lying cover.

In my former hunting years, I tried all manner of mountain bikes in the woods but Fat Tire Bikes beats them all. They are quiet, forgiving on rough terrains and very stable.

What is even more impressive about these Fat Bikes is their geometry that put you in an upright position, good and comfortable especially while riding on low speeds.

The best mountain bikes for hunting are designed in different models. We have the normal traditional mountain bikes and the more sophisticated modern electric ones. Despite the modifications that have come with time, the main feature that defines a mountain bike for hunting has remained; The Fat Tires.

I am preparing you for the best experience in hunting which I believe is the journey you are preparing for; no wonder you visited this page. Let us now look at what you need to know before purchasing a mountain bike for hunting.

Top Seven Best Mountain Bikes for Hunting

1. Mongoose Dolomite Fat Tire Mountain Bike

This hunting bike has a 26 inch, steel-framed supersized all-terrain knobby tires tough enough to conquer any off-road trail with ease. It comes with a Shimano rear derailleur with seven speeds, a twist Shifter that makes it smooth and easy to change gears while riding, making hills easier to climb.

The thread less headset is adjustable for riders of different heights. For added speed and performance, the strong lightweight alloy rims keep the weight down. You also need to ride this hunting bike on the sand in the desert or in the beach and enjoy the comfort of its beach cruiser pedals, front and rear disc brakes that ensure you absolute safety.

This bikes ships ready to be assembled with the right sizes for adult riders 5 feet, 6 inches to 6 feet tall. It’s also designed in many colors, from bright to dull, plain and dotted colors and in fact, you can get one with jungle color finish that enables you to hide comfortably in the bushes without game noticing your presence.

Pay us a visit and see what kind of a machine you will get from this product. Its huge and tough tires will not only glide over sand, but also through snow, mud and rocks. There is nothing you can’t do on a Mongoose Dolomite and almost nowhere you can’t go on it.

Pros

  • Strong wheels.
  • Strong body.
  • Comfortable suspension.
  • All terrain bike.
  • Can last a long time if well taken care of.

Cons

  • Comes in only one size.
  • It’s a bit heavy.
  • Uncomfortable uphill.

https://www.amazon.com/Mongoose-Dolomite-Mountain-26-Inch-Multiple/dp/B07LFS9WKH

2. Krusher Men’s Dynacraft Fat Tire Bike

Join the fat-bike revolution with this 26 inch Dynacraft Krusher machine. It features super-fat tires on 20-inch rims. The tires are built with durable steel frames and include a coaster brake and spring saddle.

You should take this bike and enjoy riding on the trails as you go on long distance hunting adventures. This men’s fat-tire bike will allow you to make the most of the summer time weather as you get to explore the outdoors.

It will motivate you to get off the house and get active. Get yourself this stylish bike and see what it can do. Although it’s labeled men’s, it’s quite unisex, both men and women can ride on it. It comes with super-fat 4 inch tires, 20 inch rims, durable steel rims, coaster brakes, spring saddle, and 26 inch frame size and also features a weight limit of 275lbs. The seat height is not very high such that it can comfortably fit the slightly short riders. Its rims are notched and not very wide as compared to other hunting beasts making the overall weight of the Krusher Dynacraft is much lighter.

Pros

  • Small in size.
  • Effective braking system.
  • Comfortable suspension.
  • Easy to assemble.
  • Comfortable and enjoyable.

Cons

  • Lacks adequate low gearing.
  • No comfortable saddle.
  • Not good for those who engage in long rides.

 

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Mongoose Beast Men’s Fat Tire Bicycle

It’s a 26 inch fat-tire hunting bike. It’s a resilient machine with non-comparable agility, built with a rigid steel cruiser design frame along with an alloy of four-inch-wide wheelset. It also features supersized 4.25-inch knobby tires that can take on any terrain while maintaining stability and traction. This Mongoose mountain bike is single-speed and equipped with crank and beach cruiser pedals and rear coaster brakes. Its ATB handlebars are low-rise and its seat is padded for extra comfort. Its geometry offers a convenient position for athletic riding. Also available in multiple colors, though some assembly is required before riding on it. Its features can be simplified as below.

Rigid steel, cruiser design frame, single speed, rear coaster brakes, 26-inch wheels, supersized beach cruiser 4-inch knobby tires, alloy 4-inch wide wheelset, extra-strong kickstand, low-rise ATB handlebars(comfortable and stable), padded seat, 3-piece crank and beach cruiser pedals and a maximum weight of 250lbs.

From the listed features, you will notice that this hunting bike can also be used to ride on sand, in the deserts, and in the beaches, also its suitable to ride on muddy and swampy places with grass and also on rocks. I know there are other hunting bikes out there with similar specifications, but this one is a quite solid, affordable and easy to maintain mountain bike.

Pros

  • Performs very well on all terrains.
  • Grips the surface with no disappointment.
  • Very fast.
  • Durable.
  • Strong body and wheels.

Cons

  • Uses a small handle grip that makes gripping difficult.
  • It’s a bit heavy.
  • Quite expensive.

https://www.amazon.com/Mongoose-Beast-Mens-Tire-Bicycle/dp/B01789VBAS

Cyrusher XF800 Fat Tire Electric Bike

This bike prides itself in having a seven system and a wider tires that can help you tackle the different terrains on an expedition especially when you are on the hilly terrain. The Shinamo Shifter enables you to enjoy 7 speeds and the Dual Hydraulic Disk Brakes ensures your uttermost safety while riding on the Cyrusher XF800 hunting bike. The brakes makes sopping a breeze especially in wet and slippery situations.

It comes with 1000W 48V High Power and fitted with Quick Removable 48V 13amh Battery, specialized for mountain bike. It can cover 25 miles on Full Electric Mode and 50miles on Assisted Pedal Mode. Actually the Cyrusher XF800B works on three different mode: Full Electric Power or Twisting Throttle Mode, Assist or Mop mode, or Turn off Power and Pedal. It’s quite a perfect transportation device for commuting, tour and daily use. It offers a smooth ride due to its Dual Hydraulic Disc Brakes, Full Suspension and 4 inch Fat Tires that can help you tackle the different terrains on an expedition especially on the hilly terrains. It has a USB Charger Port to allow charging of your phone and other devices while riding to ensure that you will have convenient use of your phone with no fears when you most need it. The frame is made of High Quality Aluminium Alloy fitted with the Oil Spring Suspension Fork with Lockout. It also comes with a large 5 inch LCD Screen that clearly displays Battery Charging Level, Speed and Trip Distance. You can control your distance and monitor your mileage. It’s a good bike for night hunting and night adventure.

Pros

  • Strong body.
  • Strong wheels.
  • Affordable and durable.
  • Has a comfortable seat suspension.
  • Performs very well on all terrains.

Cons

  • Has narrower wheels
  • A bit high for short people
  • Feels heavier while riding uphill.

https://www.amazon.com/Cyrusher-Electric-Mountain-Suspension-Hydraulic/dp/B07FZWYNMY

Ecotric Fat Tire Electric Bikes

The Ecotric Electric Hunting Bike is quite a relief due to its ability to multitask. It completely changes the travel norms and helps you forget the problems of having to tackle traffic jam every morning or evening on your way to work. Enjoy the individual independent space with this bike that helps you maneuver through all terrains; be it in the market place or in the jungle, the Ecotric Bike gives you the best.

It features 26 Mph maximum Speed, 132lbs Rider Weight for flat road and full power. It also feature Exclusive Shinamo 7 Gears Shifting System for Fat Tire Electric Bikes only to ensure fast, smooth and accurate ride. It has a strong 1000W Driving Rear Hub Motor Battery and a removable 48V Lithium Cell with Smart Lithium Battery Charger. The 26×4.0 Fat Tire is a durable all condition road Fat Tire, safe, balanced, fast and stable for young cycling with a maximum load of 260lbs. You will also find a USB port under the meter that allows you to charge your phone while traveling.

It is 90% pre-assembled with an ergonomic design that pays attention to every detail of each component from the hand bar, adjustable seat to the anti-slip wear resistant tire.

Pros

  • Has a pretty fast speed.
  • Well-made and durable.
  • Has a durable battery.
  • Easy to use.
  • Strong body and wheels.

Cons

  • Does not do well on ice.
  • The wheels are not fat enough.
  • Does not do well on swampy grounds and mud.

https://www.amazon.com/ECOTRIC-Electric-Bicycle-Powerful-Mountain/dp/B07JXS1NKR

Addmotor Motan 1000Watt Electric Bicycle

The ingenious design coupled with the elements of the flying tiger makes this E-bike unique such that riding it on the road attracts attention of passers-by. This Black Motan M-5500 Electric Bicycle Design is fit for 5’10”-6’10” riders and can carry adults weighing close to 350lbs making it an ideal option for larger riders. The design of the bike body reminds us of the flying tiger and the Shark Mouth Logo on the frame is the symbol of the flying tigers.

It’s made of durable and stiff 6061 Aluminium alloy frame with the fat tire that makes this bike especially perfect for the mountain, wasteland and also effective on the road, trail, city, beach or on snow. It has 1000W State-of-the-art geared post positioned motor that delivers best in class acceleration and hill climbing. The sensation of power that this motor gives you is exhilarating. Has 48Volts 14.5Ah battery that is reliable and long lasting and uses Panasonic cells with cutting edge Lithium-ion Technology. Also has a Removable Pack Motor, 48V 1000W Rear Hub Motor specially designed for Snow Beach All Terrain Gear Sensor. It can detect and record the action when the rider shifts the gear on E-bike LCD display.

This almost-all-purpose bike features a stiff and durable rear luggage rack perfect for carrying your groceries and shopping, you could also add a basket or bike bag to carry your pet. It makes your trip convenient and enjoyable.

It also comes with an efficient electric power Headlight with reflector to keep you visible at all times, never having to worry about charging or replacing batteries at the end of the long hunting or travelling day. With a powerful battery taillight, which combines reflective function, flash and constant mode to ensure that your safety while riding at night is well looked at.

Pros

  • Easy to assemble with the manual.
  • It’s a quiet bike.
  • Comfortable to ride.
  • Has a pleasant design.
  • It’s highly durable.

Cons

  • The control is not the best because it is placed down the system.
  • Difficult to assemble without the manual.
  • A bit heavy.

https://www.amazon.com/Addmotor-Electric-Bicycle-Suspension-Mountain/dp/B07J6GYMDK

Nakto 29 Inch 500W Fat Tire Electric Bicycle

This Electric Bike adopts High Strength Carbon Steel Frame. The Front Fork is made of High-Strength Carbon Steel and packed with Premium Comfort Shock Absorption. It has a multi-function LED anti light digital dashboard that displays PAS level, speed, distance, and time and battery power. This super cruiser electric bike is fit for 5’6”-6’8” and can carry adults weighing close to 300lbs, making it ideal for larger riders. If you use Motor Power and also pedal with Level One Assist, the maximum speed can go up to 35MPH and move a distance up to 35-50 miles per charge. You can still pedal in case the charge is lost.

It is fitted with a 500W Brushless motor which is powered by a removable and waterproof Samsung 48V/12Ah Lithium Water Bottle Battery with over 1000times recharge cycle. The braking system includes Dual Disk Brakes and Full Suspension for efficient and flawless stoppage, matching with Bright Front Light and Horn for protecting your cycling safety.

Carries with it Three Working Modes; Twist Throttle, Power Assisted and Pedal only. You can enjoy your ride with any model. It is 100% electric with 0% emissions, saving both your wallet and the environment. Both the Bike and the battery comes with 1-year warranty and the bikes parts are free for the customers during the quality assurance period. The E-bike is 95% assembled before shipment to avoid the collision and damage during transit. You only need to assemble the front wheel and the handlebar.

Pros

  • Strong bike
  • Big and tough on any environment.
  • Has a pleasant design.
  • Strong and reliable battery.
  • Enjoyable and comfortable.

Cons

  • Noisy and not good for the environment.
  • Scares game because of the noise.
  • Not suitable for hunting.

https://www.amazon.com/NAKTO-Electric-Mountain-Removable-Function/dp/B07DFPDQVF

Factors to Consider When Selecting a Mountain Bike for Hunting

The distance on a charge for Electric Bikes

You need to check how your electric bike charging system rates. Different designs come with different charge life span so you need to select one that will give you the best service. Most of the electric bikes are rated to travel about 20 miles on flat, hard ground with the power setting at its lowest, energy-saving position. If you are intending to purchase a bike where you will be travelling many miles, you can purchase an extra battery to carry with you though you should not worry much because these electric bikes can also be ridden with no power at all.

Handling Terrain

Test your hunting bike on all terrains; dry, sandy, loam up the country. Try it on deep sand beds in the roads. Due to the wide, low-pressure tires, you should encounter absolutely no problem. If you purpose to ride your bike along the sides of the rocky slopes, it should not slip sideways but I would not recommend extremely sharp slopes. Choose also a bike that would cope in muddy logging roads and big hills to test the breaking system. On steep slopes, you are required to hold the brakes tight while descending. In these cases the brakes should perform flawlessly with no squeaking.

Bike Tire Size

If you are a daily hunter and you want to avoid a flat tire, a dirt enthusiast who lives for single track or maybe you are an occasional cyclist looking for a comfortable ride. Depending on the kind of riding you do, you would want to choose the appropriate bike tire beyond the obvious.

Remember this is a hunting bike we are talking about so you should have the jungle in your mind as you explore your options. Check the rim size, the thread edges which of course should be sharp enough. Always replace your tires if you notice that your bike is getting a lot of flats and also when your bike is handling poorly or the threads appear rounded or uneven.

Different mountain bikes come with different tire sizes. For hunting, you should consider fat cross country tires which are meant to withstand the abuse of drops and rock gardens. Consider also those tire sizes that will exert low pressure on sandy or muddy grounds that characterizes most jungles.

See: Best MTB Wheelsets for the Money

Bike Tire Threads

More treads typically means more grip and more toppling resistance. So you will need to balance your need for sped with your desire to grip. Knobby tires are the most appropriate when it comes to hunting. There are tires with small knobs which are faster and suitable for smooth single track. Taller knobs offer more grip in technical terrain like roots and rocks. Wide tires with sturdy paddle-like knobs are best for soft trail conditions. For the jungle you need tires designed for mud which have widely-spaced knobbies so that mud sheds from the tire.

Suspension

Bicycle suspension is the system or systems used to suspend the rider and the bicycle in order to insulate them from the roughness of the terrain. Bicycle suspension can be implemented in a variety of ways or a combination of different methods.

  • Front suspension.
  • Rear suspension.
  • Suspension seat post.
  • Suspension saddle
  • Suspension hub.

Bicycles with only front suspension are referred to as Hardtail and those with suspension on both the front and rear are referred to as Dual or Full suspension bikes. When a bicycle has no suspension, it is called Rigid. I know you would prefer a stiffer frame but remember that no material is infinitely stiff and therefore any frame will exhibit some flexing.

Bicycle designers intentionally makes frames in such ways that the frame itself can absorb some vibrations. Besides providing comfort to the rider, suspension system improves traction and safety by helping to keep one or both wheels in contact with the ground.

Throttle Mode Vs Pedal Assist Mode

A throttle or pedal assist electric bikes: which one will you prefer? The throttle mode is similar to how motorcycles or scooters operates. When the throttle is engaged, the motor provides power and propels you and the bike forward, a throttle allows you to pedal or just kick back and enjoy your ride. The pedal-assist on the other hand is a mode that provides power only when you are pedaling. If you are used to riding traditional bike, the peddle assist mode has a more intuitive feel compared to the throttle mode. The pedal assist is also nice because you can focus purely on your pedaling and you won’t have to hold the throttle on a certain position.

Since you have to pedal, the pedal assist mode will generally give you more range when compared to the throttle mode. A lot of pedal assist bikes have different levels of assistance, for example: low, medium or high assist. It’s also good to note that some electric bikes have 4 or 5 pedal assist settings and some come equipped with both the throttle and the pedal assist modes such that you can be operating the bike in pedal assist mode and then get an additional boost by twisting the throttle. Also some have both modes but cannot be used at the same time.

Now which mode do you prefer? If you want the option to simply cruise along and pedal or not pedal, then you should consider a throttle e-bike. If you enjoy pedaling and want a more intuitive e-bike then go for the pedal assist also known as Pedelec.

More and more bikes are coming with both systems so you may have the option of using both systems depending on your style.

I hope my guide helps in making you understand what you need as you explore the different electric and traditional bikes in the market. I would recommend that you take a closer look at the following different examples for more insights. My list without an iota of doubt considers the best mountain hunting bikes that many buyers have used and recommended to be true to description.

Final Takeaway

We have looked at the Seven Best Hunting Bikes and surely, I am pleased with the advantages Fat Tire Bikes have for you. I am also sure you will find other new uses and benefits as you purchase and use it more and more.

 

Best Mountain Bike Trails in Moab, Utah

Moab is renowned for its technical trails, which offer mountain bikers a wide variety of trails to choose from depending on their experience level. Moab is the ideal place for both beginners and seasoned mountain bikers who are looking for a challenge. You simply can’t get enough of these trails. As you scale the trails you will get to enjoy the breathtaking scenery from the beautiful mesa tops to the world renowned canyons.

Some of the best trails include:

Klondike Bluff Area

To get to Klondike Bluff Area, you will drive 17.5 miles north of Moab, Utah on Highway 191. Turn right on Bluff Road and drive for another 3 miles to a trailhead on your left.

Klondike Bluff Trailhead

The Klondike Bluff consists of an 8.2 mile trail to and from the Klondike Trailhead and 14 miles out and back from the highway. The Klondike Bluff is moderately difficult as it has some easy sections and others that are physically challenging. The challenging sections entail technical climbs some climbs being as high as 600ft. The Klondike Bluff presents the perfect opportunity for novice mountain bikers to horn their biking skills.

Baby Steps Loop

Baby Steps Loop is 20.7 miles out and back from Highway 191 and 14.9 miles out and back from the Klondike trailhead. Don’t let the name fool you into thinking that riding through this trail will be easy because it is not. The baby steps loop involves a 1700ft climb and it has two sections that are specifically designed for use by mountain bikers. The two sections are semi-technical and should be fun even for experienced mountain bikers. The last singletrack section consists of a downhill trail, which makes it the ideal section for adrenaline junkies.

Other notable Klondike Bluff Area trails include:

EKG- 5.3 miles from the Dino-Flow Trails

Mega Steps – 3.1 miles from the Baby Steps Loop

Alaska- 3.6 mile loop that connects the north end to the Mega Steps high ridge

Whole Enchilada

The Whole Enchilada trail system consists of 6 trails that make up a 25 mile downhill run. The 25-mile trail system spans from La Sal Mountains to Colorado River.

Burro Pass

The 4.2 miles Burro Pass trail is considered to be the most difficult section of the Whole Enchilada. It is ideal for experienced riders with advanced skills. The trail consists of a 700ft climb in less than 1 mile and an 1860ft descend in just over 2 miles. The average grade is 14% but there are also sections that exceed 20%. It is advisable that you check your brakes before you attempt the Burro Pass trail.

Hazzard County

Stretching for approximately 2.9 miles, the Hazzard County is ideal for intermediate and advanced riders. The Hazzard County trail begins with a 200ft climb and then the rest is downhill. The average grade is about 9%. The trail is a mixture of fun and fast. It starts at the Hazzard Trailhead and ends at the Las Sal Loop Road.

Porcupine Rim

The porcupine Rim is approximately 11.9 miles with obstacles that are not that easy to navigate even for advanced users. The average grade is about 7%.

Lower Porcupine Singletrack

The LPS trail is among the most challenging sections in Moab. The trail split into two; the North Section and the rim ride section. The rim ride section is a little bit difficult, which should be the perfect challenge for riders with little to moderate experience. The Notch is designated for experts. LPS has an average grade of 11%.

Upper Porcupine Singletrack

The average grade is 6 %. The UPS is moderately challenging as the track includes ledges, dry washes, rocks and roots. If the track proves to be challenging you can always take a break at the primitive campground just close to the UPS. The end of this singletrack is the beginning of the Lower Porcupine Singletrack.

Kokopelli Leg

The Kokopelli Leg is a two-track section that drops approximately 550 ft to the start of the UPS. It is moderately difficult as the only tedious thing is dodging rocks. The Kokopelli leg has an average grade of 7% and a length of 1.8 miles.

 

 

 

 

Best kick scooters for commuting

In the past kick scooters were mainly used and known for kids. However, in the recent times adults too are using kick scooters for commuting. They are being used either for leisure in parks or economical mode of movement from one place to another or around the neighborhood. In some places it is used for sports. Use of scooters comes with benefits since one is able to exercise the body and it doesn’t pollute the environment. What’s more a scooter is a cheap machine and easy to learn how to use it. It is also an amazing chance to meet new friends and socialize in the estates.

Which are the Best Kick Scooters For Commuting?

Razor A5 lux kick scooter

It is made from aluminum which ensures its durability. They are commonly known for their light weight of around 4.5 kilograms with the capability of carrying a rider’s weight of a maximum of 100 kilograms. It is easy to fold for store or carry while commuting thus making it the best kick scooters for commuting. Razor A5 lux has big wheels and rear brakes; this help in controlling the speed. However, it has a small deck hence when one has large feet it might be difficult to place both of your feet.

Pros

  • They are flexible
  • Easy to build speed
  • Affordable and from a well-known brand

Cons

  • Breaks wear with time
https://www.amazon.com/Razor-A5-Lux-Scooter/dp/B01M98EKEM/

Exooter M2050 black kick scooter

It is an aluminum made scooter, black in color. It has an immaculate design with world class technology incorporated.  Here the wheels differ in size, since the front wheel is bigger than the rear wheel having a diameter of 240mm and 190 mm respectively. This enables one to ride scooter in uneven pavements with ease. Due to its technological advancement, one is able to fold the scooter and keep in a back pack. It is ideal for those who commute to work daily, riding to class or moving around the neighborhood.

Pros

  • It is strong
  • Can be ridden on rough grounds
  • Has state of the art technology

Cons

  • It may be a little expensive
https://www.amazon.com/EXOOTER-M1850WB-Cruiser-Scooter-Shocks/dp/B01M4HK8LA

Globber one kick scooter

Globber one is made from a high quality metal with coat powder finishing. It has big wheels which enable the scooter to withstand rough rides, with a diameter of 188mm. The wheels are made from polyurethane ensuring the wheels rebound even after riding on tough terrains. Globber has rear brakes connected to handle bar enabling you easily control the speed with your hands thus making it one of the best kick scooters for commuting. They are easy to fold and carry when not riding weighing 12 pounds. They are ideal when moving around the neighborhood or even walking a pet.

Pros

  • Has brakes
  • Easy to fold
  • Ideal for any age group
https://www.amazon.com/Globber-Primo-Adjustable-Height-Scooter/dp/B00WASU1OU

Fuzion cityglideB200 kick scooter

This kick scooter is made from light aluminum metal which is actually considered the lightest and one of the best kick scooters for commuting. It has big wheels with 200 mm diameter embedded with polyurethane. It has two brakes the rear wheel brakes and hand brake on the handle bar ensuring one is able to control the scooter even at high speed.

Pros

  • Easy to control
  • It is cheap
  • Has two parallel breaking system
https://www.amazon.com/Fuzion-Cityglide-Adult-Kick-Scooter/dp/B00O84TLCC

Xootr Mg scooter kick scooter

This is a top quality scooter, where the deck is made from magnesium. It has an advanced braking system with both the front and rear wheel. The rear wheel brakes are attached on the handle bar this help control speeds. It has a wide deck, this helps place your feet on deck for easy maneuvering. This has to be the best kick scooters for commuting.

Pros

  • It is of light weight
  • It is portable
  • Has a wide deck

Micro kickboard kick scooter

This is a two wheeled scooter which has a high T-bar making it ideal and comfortable for tall riders. It has a low deck this ensures safe landing in case of a fall. It has shock absorbing grips; this ensures a fun ride and soft on ones hands. It has a stand and fenders both at front and rear wheel. Its wheels are made of polyurethane and have a diameter 200mm.

The handlebar is adjustable from 26 to 38 inches and can carry a weight of 220 pounds. Micro kick board scooter easily folds and is a convenient to persons who commute or park in a car boot.

Pros

Can easily fold and carry

The rider has no height limitations

Ideal kick scooter for commuting

Outon pro

This is an aluminum two wheeled kick scooter. Its handlebars are designed like bat wings this helps easy maneuvering. It is available in the market in two colors. Outon pro kick scooter is specifically designed for riders who like to explore and try new stunts.

It has ABEC-9bearing ratings helps it have high performance and move faster thus making it one of the best kick scooters for commuting. It is hence the ideal kick scooter to impress other rides. It has a low and rectangular deck weighing at 8.6 pounds. The scooter has a step on steel fender on the rear wheel used for brakes.

Pros

  • Easy to fold
  • It is a high performance and fast scooter
  1. Exooter M1050bk foldable cruiser kick scooter

This is a two wheeled aluminum made kick scooter. It has a fender on the rear wheel which is also used as step on breaks. The scooter has suspension both on its front and rear wheel. The suspension absorbs shock hence making it one of the best kick scooters for commuting; the ride is usually comfortable and fun. It is easily foldable and comes in a variety of colors. It has a diameter wheel of 200mm and can carry a maximum weight of 220lbs.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NWSA4NK/ref=as_at?creativeASIN=B00NWSA4NK&linkCode=w61&imprToken=uyy0vjUP5p86moHdlvIjyw&slotNum=5&tag=10etext-20
  1. Go-ped know-ped kick scooter

This is a two wheeled kick scooter made from aircraft aluminum hence making it durable and light weight. It has both the front and rear wheel brakes, this helps control speeds. The Go- ped scooter has large wheels, they ensure a smooth and comfortable ride.

It is easily foldable hence making very portable. It is a strong kick scooter for commuting since it can carry a maximum weight of 180 kilograms.

How to choose the best scooter For Commuting

Before shopping for a scooter, it is advisable to always do some research and have some background information about the machine. The research will help you to not blindly buy the scooter just for the heck of buying, but also offer guidance on fundamental features to check for to suit your goals while buying a kick scooter.

Main features of a kick scooter

  • Wheels—both front and rear
  • Deck
  • suspension
  • Bearings
  • Handles
  • Other features—brakes stands, fenders and stand

Knowing the pros and cons of each feature helps you decide on the best kick scooters for commuting to buy that suits your desired goals. For instance, wheels are the most basic components to check for. Scooter wheels are made from plastic core. The plastic made wheels ensures the scooter is of light weight and has a grip on the ground. The plastic is embedded with polyurethane ensuring the wheel is wear resistant and rebound to its original shape after weight compression.

There are two types of wheels large and small. They both come with their own pros and cons respectively. Large wheels are commonly known for fast and comfortable since they absorb vibrations while maneuvering around. However, scooters with large wheels can be cumbersome since they are heavy weight making them hard to lug around. While scooters made from small wheels are slow with vibrations; they are portable.

The deck is the other most crucial part of the scooter to check for. The deck is where one place their foot while moving around. Here two concepts fall into place deck size and height. There are two types of decks the large and small size. The deck size is always directly proportional to the wheel size. Hence, if the ideal idea of the scooter is for leisure and comfortability go for large decks but if it’s for transport and you may be required to use public transport choose a small deck.

The deck height is an aspect that influences the comfortability of a kick scooter. In general, the trick hereis to go for a lower deck that ensures comfortability. With a low deck one does not require to bend their knee much of the leg standing on the deck to be able to push the other feet against the ground. In bearings, the bearing rating is directly proportional to performance. One is always advised to opt for a scooter with high bearing rating ensuring top performance.

Suspensions are known to absorb shock. They are usually springs installed at the front wheel. However there are some models that have shock absorbers in both the front and rear wheel. Suspensions comes with both its advantages and disadvantages. Suspensions are mostly put in place for comfortability but they are add more weight to your scooter. Shock absorbers are optional in some kick scooter, in case you don’t need shock absorbers opt for the brand without.

Most scooters don’t have brakes, mostly one stops by use of their foot. However, having brakes on your scooter will be a well and promising informed idea. The bicycle style brakes are ideal for a scooter, this will help stop the machine in case of an emergency. Having all the parts information in check, the best kick scooter always zero into three key considerations.

  • Comfortability—here if leisure and enjoyment are the priority, opt for a low deck with large wheels to satisfy your goals.
  • Performance—one looking for speed always go for the overall light weight, large wheels and high bearing rating.
  • Convenience— one may decide to use the scooter on daily basics or you may be required to commute public transport. Choose a scooter that will not inconvenience you. Choose that with small wheels and light weight.

Always try to purchase a kick scooter that suits your budget. If possible it is advisable to go for a test drive and examine the machine at close proximity. However, if the test drive isn’t possible purchase your product from a well-known authorized brand or local distributor with warranty coverage.

Using kick scooters are both economical and engage the body in exercise. This helps ensure your body is fit and is resistant to any lifestyle disease. One is also able to move from one location to another with ease without polluting the air. More often riders discover their most favorable kick scooter after owning a few other different brands. Hence, advisable to not only stick to kind of scooter.

There are also electric scooters in the market ridden on bike lanes. However, always check whether they are legal to ride in your city. They can be a perfect choice mode of movement to move around in traffic congested towns. However electrical scooters are more expensive than manual scooters.They comes with a variety of colors and designs, one is required to make a personal choice and choose their desired color and style.

Taking care of the best scooters for commuting

Before buying a scooter ensure its spare parts are readily available and at friendly prices. Some of the most fundamental parts are wheels and bearing. Which at some later date you are assured a must change due to wear and tear. Always ensure while buying the best kick scooters for commuting you are given accessories to mend your scooter just in case of a break down for example a spanner to tighten nuts and bolts. For your scooter to last long always ensure, it is well maintained by simply washing and drying using a clean cloth. Store your scooter appropriately where it is not prone to harsh weather conditions.

Oil the scooter’s moving parts to reduce wear and tear caused by friction. Wipe off excessive grease to ensure it stays clean and not prone to rust. While riding a scooter always ensure your safety precautions are put in place. A helmet is a must have, this ensures your head is well protected in case of an accident. Have a reflector jacket, this ensures other riders or drivers can see you and avoid any collision. As always it is wise to wear knee guards; this protects your knees from injury in an eventuality of a fall.

Benefits of Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is commonly known as a sport, however it has both health and social benefits. Here we shall discuss benefits of mountain biking.

Health Benefits of Mountain Biking

For good functioning of the body, one needs to be fit and healthy this can be achieved through cycling. Here is a list of health benefits;

  1. Improves heart health

Exercising regularly improves cardiovascular fitness and prevents the risk of a heart disease. For one to withstand such heart complications it’s advisable to engage in a rigorous exercise enough to break sweat and raise hearth rate. Cycling strengthens your hearth muscles, lowers resting pulse, reduces blood fat levels and makes the hearth work steadily.

  1. Reduce obesity and helps in weigh control

Cycling is a good way to control or reduce weight, as it raises the metabolic rate, builds muscles and burns body fat. Cycling builds strong legs, thighs and calves. Climbing and maneuvering turns also strengthens your upper body.  If you are trying to lose some weight, cycling would be the best form of exercise to engage in.

  1. Easy on joints

Mountain biking is a low impact sport putting less stress on your joints than other aerobic activities such as running. Cycling is a non-load bearing sport hence reduces the risk of injuring joints, also improves strength, balance and coordination. Recovering from an injury riding a bike is the most ideal form of exercise.

  1. Decreases stress and improves mood

In addition to physical fitness cycling decrease stress, raise self-esteem and depression. Physical activities decrease the immune system chemicals that causes depression in the body. Cycling provides as a temporarily escape from your worries; this helps break the cycle of negative thoughts that contribute to anxiety.

 

Social Benefits of Mountain Biking

Healthy relationships and social interactions are key to being happy and finding meaning in life. Mountain biking is often a social activity shared by clubs and groups who get out to ride together. The following is a list of social benefits:

  1. Enjoy nature

Mountain biking is more than any other activity, allows one hit the road and enjoy the solitude and beauty of nature. This improves relaxation and reduces stress.

  1. Creates social connections

Cycling brings family and friends together, creating quality social relationships. Mountain biking encourages trails chats with bike buddies; this gives people a chance to talk about life and interact.

  1. Avoids pollution

Cycling reduces pollution than drivers and passengers in the vehicles chucking out the noxious gases hence polluting the environment. It also requires less space for parking also it can be a beneficial mode of transport since one may never be caught in jam unlike in vehicles where most spent hours on.

10 Best Mountain Bike Grips for Beginners

When shopping for the best budget mountain bikes, you’ll note that the handlebars come with their own grips. Definitely, they will serve the intended purpose but, they are not the best. I’ve noted that the market does not have good grips and I’ve decided to share info on the best mountain bike grips.

Ordinary grips do not offer the performance, comfort, and grip that a mountain biker requires. This means that you ought to invest in the best mountain bike grips before you star serious mountain biking.

A great pair of quality grips will definitely keep your hands free from numbness, fatigue and pain. Our aim at Furious Bikes is to ensure that you enjoy every part of mountain biking.

The good thing is that we’ll also take you through a buying guide so that you’re familiar with how to shop for MTB grips.

10 Best Mountain Bike Grips

  1. 1. Ergon ge1 grip

The ergon grip is a unique type specially shaped to fit the hands, it has a slight thin zone under the thumb and the first finger and a wider cushioned outer palm area. Ergon uses two different rubber compounds, fixed bar plugs and an inner clamp system that is totally unobtrusive, ensuring the plastic core is in place in areas when you need maximum shock absorption.

The grip ensures a direct rubber connection with the handlebar increasing shock absorption and damping, offering excellent traction when hands are sweaty and making the hands able to twist easily.

GE1 grip are ergonomically angled to support the arm and upper body position and have good pressure distribution in the thumb area. Their features allows them to rank top of the best mountain bike grips.

Type

–single clamp

Pros

  • Ergonomic fit helping riding technique and prevents hand fatigue
  • Has a variety of grip textures
  • Work well for both men and women
  • Clamp down tightly on any handlebar

Con

  • Its set up can be difficult
  1. DMR Brendog Death Grip

This is an excellent all rounded grip for mountain, endure and downhill riding. It has a tough closed end to protect your bars from damage, has an inner grip area that is flanged to provide hand security, mushroomed thumb area that is really soft and malleable reducing fatigue while on a trail, has a classic waffle section that provides additional grip and knurl patterns making it suitable for all weather season hence increasing control. There is the variety of two thickness and soft and hard compounds, making it sure you have a perfect grip.

Types

–single clamp

Pros

  • Has different varieties of thickness making it appropriate for both men and women
  • Has tacky and different patterns providing best grip.
  1. Chromag Palmskin Grips

This is the most suitable for those who like a softer, supple feel and who prefer to ride without gloves and comes with two colors to choose from either red or grey. Has a unique feature split teardrop end clamp which effectively covers the bar end while still utilizing a true pinch clamp and is round in shape with locks.

The palmskin grip has ribbed pattern helping channeling moisture and swear away expected during hot conditions. The palmskin grips is made from a special formulated compound that combines a soft durometer rubber and a proprietary additive for a combination of tackiness and durability.

Type

Double clamp

Pros

  • Perfect choice for riding without gloves

Cons

  • Sweat makes them slippery

See: Best Mountain Biking Gloves

4. ESI Chunky MTB Grip

This type is ideal for riders looking for maximum shock absorption. They are made of silicone hence making them grippy in both wet and dry conditions, sticking to the bar and withstand extreme temperatures. More material is put on top to cushion your palms than on the underside where your fingers hold on. The mtb grip is ultra-violent resistant making it less sticky.  However these grips don’t withstand scrapes and crashes they are easily torn out. They are simple to install by simply rubbing the bar with a window cleaner or alcohol and slide on, leave it to dry properly for around 24 hours.

Type

Slide on

Pros

  • Light and good grip even when wet
  • Ultra-violent resistant
  • Conforms to the hand for maximum grip
  • Easy to install

Cons

-easily prone to damage

5. Lizard Skins Moab Lock-On Grip

Moab grips are inspired by the unique petroglyphs, famous red rocks and two national parks that exist in Moab. These mountain biking grips has a raised texture and works well for those who want a thin grip.

Lock on grips include grips, clamps, screws and plugs. Has a rubber surface making it more suitable whether you are riding with gloves or bare hands. In addition, the Lizard grips have aluminum clamps keeping the grips from twisting as you ride or slowly sliding off the end of your bars.

Has soft dimples and medium thickness providing great grip in wet and dry conditions. For long rides through rough terrains may need more padding for vibration damping.

Type

double clamps

Features

Black/blue – black grip with blue clamps

Black/black—black grip with black clamps

Pros

Has a good grip with or without gloves

6. Race Face Half Nelson Locking Grips

They are designed to give you a super tacky thin feel. They are light weight, have a super slim low profile design, soft and durable compound to give you a long lasting grip. Have ridges on the underside providing more grip on to your fingers. They perform well in wet weather conditions, however have a slim profile that doesn’t absorb much vibration and dirt has a tendency to build up under the grips. However they wear out quite fast, you need to replace them over time.

Types

Single clamp

Features

  • Single lock on grip
  • Has very slim low profile design
  • It is of light weight
  • Has both soft and durable super tacky compound
  • Has topographic moisture channels

Pros

–they are firm and tacky

-they work well in wet conditions

Con

-dirt gets under them

7. Schwinn Tri-Layer Gel Comfort grips

The Schwinn grips have 3 different layers providing awesome grip and vibration damping when required. It has an ergonomic shape and large pad under the palm absorbing vibration and increasing comfort. However they are not suitable for extreme trail riding, but are known to be one of the best mountain bike grips. One may also need to experiment them for a while to get them in the right position.

Type

slide on

Features

  • They are made of kraton compound for durability
  • Has an extra gel layer for soft touch and comfort
  • Has textured patterns on top to improve traction
  • Has a large palm pad area foe vibration dampening protection

Pros

  • They are comfortable since they have three layers.
  • They are durable.

Cons

  • They can prove to be tricky to put them in the right position.

8. ODI Ruffian Bike Grips

Ruffian mtb grips are a low profile knurled grip perfect when you need extra control through rough sections. The fine control offered by the fantastically grippy rubber feels great under gloves, or with bare hands. A variety of compounds are available to match your preferences and all weather conditions.one can easily change styles to meet varying terrain or weather conditions, also enjoy the economics of not having to cut off or destroy the grips  when u want to change the brakes.  However ruffian grips can be too slim when riding through rough terrains.

Type

Double clamp

Features

  • Has ultra-narrow racing profile
  • Have rugged knurled pattern for maximum traction
  • Available in a variety of colors: white, black, lime green, aqua, bright blue, red and pink.
  • Has a lock on grip system ensuring maximum performance

Pros

  • They are light
  • They are slim

Cons

  • Have thin locking bolts
  1. 9.  Renthal Ultra Tacky Dual Compound MX Grips

These mountain bike grips have double clamp design and waffle pattern, the compound is very soft and is very tacky. Regardless of the weather conditions you do not need to hold tightly. Despite being quite thin, they absorb lots of amount of vibration. However they wear out faster than any other grips.

Type

Double clamp

Pros

  • They are very soft
  • They are tacky in both wet and dry weather conditions
  • Have great vibration damping hence making them comfortable

Cons

-normally wear out fast

10. Ergon GA2 Grip

The GA2 grip has a superb tactile soft feel, ultra-violent rubber compound helping one to have maximum control. The ergonomic optimized form allows reduced force to be used when gripping, since the grip zones are matched to the hand. Its inner construction varies in thickness to allow greater damping. The inboard clamp allows even more grip area at the end of the bar and is carbon friendly. There is no doubt that Ergon produces the best mountain bike grips in the market.

Features

  • Has right and left specific grips
  • Has a good tactile feel
  • Made of ultra-violent resistant material
  • Has varies thickness to allow greater damping

Pros

  • Ergonomic fit helps riding technique and prevents hand fatigue

Cons

  • Don’t work well when wet

 

What are the benefits of cycling?

What are the benefits of cycling?

Cycling has long been used in many countries around the world but very few people know the actual benefits of cycling other than having fun. In recent years, cycling has become one of the most preferred means of transport especially in major cities due to traffic. This article will focus on the key benefits of cycling to work and cycling as a sport.

  1. Cycling increases brain power

Researchers have found that physical exercises such as cycling can greatly improve your cardio-respiratory function, which in turn enhances your mental activity. Regular exercises are said to boost blood and oxygen flow to the brain thus triggering the renewal of cells that are responsible for memory.

  1. Increases Stamina

Not only does cycling increase your morale but it also increases your stamina. How? Look at it in this perspective, the more you ride your bike the more you’ll be able to sustain long rides with little or no rests. Turning your occasional rides to exercise routines will greatly improve your stamina levels.  And with the elevated levels of stamina your body will have an improved composure and resistance against environmental elements.

  1. Builds Muscle Mass

Generally, cycling is perceived as an activity that only targets the leg muscles but research tends to disagree with this notion as cycling targets almost all muscles of the body. And although cycling involves a lot of pedaling it does not necessarily mean that it will only help in toning your calf and thigh muscles. In fact, cycling involves many parts of the body, for example, when cycling your arm muscles will also be involved in maintaining balance.

In children, cycling improves their overall muscle and bone health, it is even said that muscle health is directly related to biking. This can be attributed to the aerobic fitness and increased flexibility associated with cycling.

  1. Weight Loss

In recent years, many people have embarked on weight loss and fitness but most of these ignore some of the simplest and easiest ways of losing weight. A good example is cycling which is very easy and very efficient in burning excess calories. Cycling will not only be fun but also engaging, you will involve almost all muscles of your body. This way, you will not a reduction in weight coupled with improved health. Cycling will help you maintain a lean structure regardless of your age.

  1. Increases Longevity

Cycling will significantly improve your health and better health means a higher lifespan. Cycling will not only improve the health of your heart and lungs but will also improve blood circulation. It is considered to be an ideal exercise for seniors.

It could be a good idea to start cycling to work instead of riding to work especially if you are elderly. A study conducted in King’s College London showed that those who cycle regularly are 9 years ‘younger’ than their counterparts who do not cycle. This was after factoring in smoking and Body Mass Index (BMI).

Exercising regularly also reduces your chances of conditions such as type two diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and even cancer. Simply, the body becomes effective in defending itself against diseases and also regenerating new cells.

Cycling has so many benefits, which couldn’t fit in this article; you just have to grab a bike and start enjoying the numerous benefits of cycling and have fun while at it.

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