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Bicycle Work Stand Guide

bicycle work stand

Whether it is to assist you with mechanical repairs, clean your bike thoroughly or lubricate your chain and inflate your tires just before an event, the use of a sturdy and easy to use bicycle work stand makes work safe and effective.
Before choosing the type and model of bike stand that best suits you, you need to identify your needs by answering the following questions:

• Should you transport or store your stand, or will it be installed permanently?
• What kind of mechanics do you plan to do: minor maintenance (inflating tires, lubricating chain), tuning (adjusting brakes and derailleur) or heavy work (replacement of components, Including the pedal bearing)?
• Do your bicycle frames have out-of-the-ordinary shapes (dual suspension mountain bikes), or are they made of relatively delicate materials (metal or very thin composite tubes)?

Bicycle work stands can be grouped into three categories:

Clamp stands are the most versatile. They give the possibility to rotate the bike on a horizontal axis. Some have a pivot around the vertical axis, which facilitates access to both sides of the bike. Others are adjustable in height to allow the bike to be positioned comfortably in order to work sitting or standing. The bike is held by a vise clamp, the action of which is firm and rapid, or by a sliding clamp, Longer to set up but whose pressure adjustment is more precise, and therefore better suited to fragile materials. The heavier the support, the more stable it will be. Legs with a tripod configuration are better suited to uneven surfaces. The bike is preferably retained by the seat post in order to avoid damaging the frame. Also, this type of bicycle work stand makes all components accessible.

Bikehand Pro Bicycle Work Stand

With a horizontal bicycle work stand the bike is supported by the bottom bracket, and a Quick Release (quick-release) In place of the front or rear hub. As one of the two wheels must be removed, one can only work on the front or the back of the bike, Then the assembly must be redone. The bike is stable and at good height, but its position is fixed. Compatibility with some dual-suspension bikes or with oversized rear forks is to be checked on a case-by-case basis, however, this type of support is very safe for light road bikes. These bicycle work stands are generally lighter and more compact than the work stands that use clamps.

Miniature supports hold the bike in balance by lifting the rear wheel off the ground. Practical for storing the bike or doing minimal work such as inflating the tires and lubricating the chain, they are very compact, affordable and easily transportable. The stability of some of them is however somewhat doubtful, Especially if your bike is heavy. Depending on the model, the bike is retained either by the base and the left bracket, or by the bottom bracket housing and the base of the diagonal tube.

Why not take a look at our range of bicycle work stands for some great offers and deals.

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Kids Scooters Buyers Guide

kids scooters

Considering purchasing one of the many kids scooters for your child? In this article, we cover some useful information on kids’ scooters to help you pick the right one.

If you’re finding it hard to keep up with your kids, then getting them a scooter is great for helping them use some of that extra energy! With so many different types of scooters available it can make hard to pick out the right type for your child – This buyers’ guide to kids’ scooters offers some handy advice.

Choosing the Right Size Scooter for Your Child

Selecting the correct scooter size and type for your child’s age means that they’ll have so much more fun, whether they’re riding to school on two wheels, or just playing at the skate park. Generally speaking the handlebars on the scooter should reach your child’s hip/waist height. This is the ideal scooter size, because it means they will be able to ride the scooter with much greater control, and therefore more safely. You will also want to make sure the scooter isn’t too large. Children should be able to ride their scooter with a straight back, and not be hunched over or stretching to reach the handlebars.

Choosing a Kids Scooter

Kids can be spoilt for choice when it comes to all of the different styles of scooter that are available. Here are some of the key features and types of scooter you might want to look out for when making your selection:

  • Adjustable Handlebars – These can be a great idea on kids scooters if you’d like to get more use out of the scooter. As your child grows you can adjust the handlebar height to suit them
  • 3 and 4 Wheeled Kids Scooters – Usually made from plastic, these are more stable and are great for little ones just getting started with a scooter. The extra wheels make things easier for wobbly toddlers
  • Folding Scooters – Superb for children to ride on to school, these scooters are easily portable, so once you’ve dropped the kids off you can fold this type of scooter away and carry it or store it in the boot no problem
  • Electric Scooters – A really fun way of getting around, electric scooters are powered by batteries which need charging, and can typically achieve speeds of around 12Km per hour.
  • Stunt Scooters – Designed for slightly older children, these are usually more robust with clamps and stronger construction and materials, so kids can easily and safely practise their tricks at the skate park. Remember, most folding scooters are not suitable for stunts or tricks due to their design.

Accessories and Parts for Kids Scooters

Do you already have a scooter? Here are some of the parts you might want to consider to give it a bit of an upgrade or make things a bit more durable:

  • Wheels – Upgrading your scooter’s wheels is a great way of giving smoother and easier rolling.
  • Grips – It’s usually fairly easy to change grips on many scooters, so you can customize the style and make things a bit more comfortable.
  • Pegs – Adding stunt pegs means you can try out lots of new tricks. Often available in different colours, pegs need to be the right size for your scooter.

So there are – a quick overview of the different scooters available. Why not take a look at the fantastic range of kids scooters we have available on planet cycling.

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Push Along Bikes

push along bikes

What Are Push Along Bikes?

A push along bike is a toy bike or childrens trike that usually has a rear handle so that a parent can push their child along on the toy. In general, these are three or four wheeled toys, the most common sort look like pram tricycles. Some are two wheelers but they have far thicker wheels or the rear wheel features training wheels so as to help with balance. The aim of push along bikes is to introduce children to the awesome world of balance, one step at a time.

Push Along Trike for Children

Adjustable Handles

These bikes do have normal handlebars where you’d expect to find them but they also feature a rear safety handle for parents. This handle is important as it gives parents full control over the speed, steering and balance of the bike as well as a quick way to pull their child out of harm’s way if need be. Most handles are adjustable and removable. This means you can set the handle at a comfortable height for yourself and later, once your child wishes to ride solo, you can remove it completely. The trikes often have some type of seatbelt to ensure that their passengers do not fall out. This slowly introduces kids to balance and riding while keeping safety as a top priority.

Touch Steering

Many of these tricycles have a “Touch Steering” system of sorts. This allows the parent to take full control of the trike and its steering by locking the front handle bars or switch it to a mode whereby the child can take control and steer the bike around. Some of the more advanced push along bikes have up to four different modes to choose from, each giving the child more and more control.

Accessories and Pedals

Some of these push along bikes resemble prams, with removable sunshades, bells and other accessories. Usually, there is a storage bucket at the rear of the trike, this is great for other toys and all your bits and bobs. Most of these push along bikes have a stationery foot stand where children can place their feet when mom or dad pushes them around, some of these are even retractable for when they are no longer needed. There are also a set of pedals on the front wheel so that children can power themselves around once they feel a bit more comfortable.

Storage and Comfort

A push along bike usually has rubberized, shock-absorbing wheels so as to make for a comfortable ride for your little one. The top-of-the-line trikes even have their own real shock absorbers built into the wheel forks. Some have a pouch located at the top of the push handle, in which you can store your phone, purse, camera and other belongings. One fun feature is a front-mounted mirror which allows you to see your child’s face and expressions as you push them around and explore the outdoors.

push along bike

Most bikes have a guard rail that is height adjustable and this surrounds your baby until you feel confident that they will not fall off of the bike. Many of the rear storage baskets or buckets are placed behind the rear wheels and some have a handle grip so that you can easily pick it up and move around with its contents once you’ve parked the trike.

These safety trikes come in all different shapes and sizes, you’re certain to find one that meets your needs and matches your style. Introduce your child to the art of balance and riding in the safest possible way with one of these push along bikes.

Why not check out our superb range of childrens trikes and push along bikes.

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Stunt Scooter Features Guide

Stunt Scooters Features

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

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Choosing an Electric Bike Conversion Kit

Electric Bike

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.

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Sports Nutrition Tips for 2016

Sports Nutrition

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.

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Top 5 Scooters for Kids 2016

Scooters For Kids

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:

iScoot Pro

RRP: £129.99   –  Sale Price £44.99

iScoot Pro v2 Cheap Scooter

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!

 

Ultimate Spiderman Folding Scooter

£19.99

Ultimate Spiderman Folding Scooter

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

HUDORA GS 205 Big Wheel Scooter

£56.09

Hudora Big Wheel Scooter Top 5

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.

iScoot Black Jumbo Stunt Scooter with Monster Wheels

RRP: £99.99 – Sale Price £39.99

Top Bargain Stunt Scooter

  • 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.

 

Ozbozz My First Scooter

RRP: £20.00 – Sale Price £12.00

Ozbozz Cheap Scooter for Kids

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.

 

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Top Ten Cycling Tips

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.

top ten cycling tips

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!

 

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Buying the Best Cycling Shoes For You

Buying the Best Cycling Shoes For You

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.