Having fun with the model railway

Having hogmany fun with the model railway

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Another use of the Bicycle

Merry Xmas from Fun Run Robbie

A new year a new bike

Driver Daily on December 21st, 2009

Author: Peter Holverson

With the increasing price of fuel and the problems of locating accessible (and cheap) parking, many commuters are considering buying a foldable bike.

Folding bicycles are easy to use – you don’t need a license or vehicle registration and there’s usually a minimum of regulations (but even if you don’t have to, ALWAYS wear a cycle helmet – most cyclist deaths are the result of head injuries.) Foldable bikes are great in city congestion and you can stash them easily at home or work. You can also take them with you on public transport.

But not all foldable bikes are created equal. Foldable bike design is a compromise between strength and lightness and often that can cause problems. In addition, the increase in popularity of foldable bicycles has resulted in some manufacturers making cheaper models so they can take advantage of the trend, but their corner-cutting measures can seriously affect your cycling pleasure – and your safety.

Here are 5 things to be aware of when shopping for a folding bike

1: Is it well engineered?
Foldable bikes have to fold so check that hinge mechanisms are sturdy and well manufactured. Bad hinges can make the bike flex, or can even break. Check the steering post, too, for build quality and rigidity.

2: Is it solid?
Expensive bicycles use light-weight alloys to keep the weight down but less expensive bicycles have steel frames so manufacturers look for opportunities to keep the bicycle light. Check that they haven’t cut corners in construction. The frame of a well-built bike should be rigid.

3: Are the fittings good quality?
Manufacturers often buy-in foldable bicycle components like gears, brakes and wheels. Check that these components are well made and, preferably, by a well-known parts manufacturer.

4: Is the gearing right for you?
Most folding bikes come with a good set of gears but check that the range suits you. There’s nothing worse than trying to ride a bicycle that’s either too high- or too low-geared.

5: Is it big enough?
Folding bicycle manufacturers keep weight down by using smaller components. That’s fine if you have a small build but taller people can be at a disadvantage. Check that the seat post can be raised enough so that your leg is almost straight when the pedal is down. Similarly, can the handlebars be adjusted to the point where you have a good riding position.

So there are five important things to be aware of when buying your foldable bike.

Before you buy, spend some time researching the foldable bicycle you want to purchase – the major manufacturers all have web sites. Check out a similar model at your local bike shop, or visit online bike discussions. Be cautious with really cheap bikes – they are often built to a price, not a standard, and are frequently of poorer quality. If you’re purchasing on the Internet, don’t buy on impulse and buy your bicycle from a vendor with a good reputation. If you do your research you’ll have years of fun cycling to look forward to.

About the Author:

Peter Strudwick rides a folding bike and writes for FoldingBikeSale.com where you’ll find a great range of good quality folding bikes. If you’re in the market for a cheap folding bike visit FoldingBikeSale.com today.

Article Source: ArticlesBase.comBuying A Foldable Bike? – 5 Handy Hints Before You Buy

Three Great Cyclists from the State of Iowa

Three great friends from the great state of Iowa ,top picture is Kim West,Dave Cornelison, next is Mauro Heck  Next Sunday 27/12/09 Kim and Dave interviews 9 times Tour De France rider Tyler Hamilton, you can fing the Kim West cycling show on I- tunes or on the net under KNXO sports radio

My nephew[BIG PHIL] and the man who beat me over 1.5 miles in France during the summer holidays is back from Uni Today

Picture of FRR at the finish of his training run