Cycling: some useful accessories
When chosing a bike
- Be clear how and where you will use the bike: that tells you what type of bike you want —
a hybrid, mountain, racing, cruiser, etc.
- Identify 3 or more good local or regional bike shops: go visit them to see what
manufacturers they carry and what models;
and you learn how knowledgable and helpful are their staff;
pick up the catalogs including tech specs.
- Test ride many bikes and take notes of what you liked and didn't like.
- Obviously, research the bikes you favor; get opinions from friends and from Web and print publications.
- If you want more than just a junker bike at junker prices, buy at a store where they can
make sure you have the right bike frame size for your body and can tweak almost everything
(tilt of seat angle, height of handle bars, etc.)
to match you better.
- Once you've bought the bike, be sure to take it back if anything feels wrong — the reason
you're willing to pay the slightly higher price that a local store charges is that they are there
to help you.
- Get some
good add-ons, including lights and a computer.
- In any case, be sure to take it in for its 100-mile tightening.
- And unless you are determined to do your own maintenance, take it in for its annual check-up.
Good Bike additions
Great inexpensive 17-function Bike computer
It has 17 functions including the ability to rotate automatically
though 4 functions (Distance, Maximum Speed, Average Speed,
Trip Timer) while continually showing your current speed.
How to Install
The only trick to the installation is that you MUST get the magnet (attach it to a front-wheel spoke)
close enough (within a millimeter, according to the instructions I got)
to the sensor (attach it to a front fork)
— but don't get them too close or they'll collide, thereby destroying the business end of your gadget!
Here are the basic steps:
- Open up the box and look at the bits.
- I know you don't want to do this, but it will save you SO much grief:
READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!
- Put the battery (comes with) into the computer
and follow the quick-setup instructions.
You'll need to know how big your front wheel is: the instructions have a HANDY table for
converting standard diameters to millimeters.
If your diameter is not on the table, well, good thing you are good at math.
- Now, just to check you've got a live system,
before you attach anything to the bike, clip the computer into the mounting bracket;
wave the magnet back and forth close to the sensor: you will see the "speed"
number increase temporarily.
This is a good step because you can see from this that you have to be REALLY close
to get a reading.
- Mount the sensor on the inside of a front fork.
- Mount the magnet on a spoke; place it so that when you spin the tire, the magnet passes
close enough to the sensor: from being a smarty-pants and doing step 4,
you know how close that is — and that it's REALLY close.
- Mount the computer bracket on the handlebars and insert the computer.
- Tie the wire
(from sensor to computer) away from possible interference with brakes, shift cables, rotating tire, etc.
- Test drive this baby — fun, huh!
Stretching for Cyclists
The runner's yoga book : a balanced approach to fitness
by Jean M. Couch.
Excellent stretches including good ones for bicycling, in particularly:
- Standing poses including Mountain Pose, Tree Pose, Triangle Pose, Warrior I, Warrior II, Side Angle Pose,
and Half Moon.
- Flexible forward bends (at the hip joints).
- Chest openers including Mountain Pose tilted against a wall.
- Hero Pose.
- Groin stretches including Standing Groin Stretch and Kneeling Groin Stretch.
- Back stretches.
- Backbends, including Locust,
Preparation for Cobra,
Bridge Pose, and
Follow these by Child Pose,
- Shoulder stands.
- Strength improvers including:
Preparation for Cobra,