All posts by Ramona Matthews

Searching For BMX Freestyle Bikes for Sale?

The early 1980s was the beginning of BMX freestyle bikes for sale. At this same point in time extreme cycling became popular. Bicycles were mainly used for transportation, pleasure riding and racing before BMX freestyle bikes became popular. The design of the bike has-lead to a new style of extreme cycling that has become a well-known sport. This style bike is designed for jumping and tricks but they are mainly used for street and off street riding.

In years gone by we all have fond memories of getting up on a summer day and heading out to see what the day would bring. We would spend countless hours riding our bikes from early morning till day's end. It was our means of transportation as well as just a good time. Remember the sting-ray bike with the banana seat? As we got older the ten speed bike became the ride of the young teenager until we started to drive. Once we started to drive the bike was a thing of the past.

This is not the case with the extreme style of today's cyclist. It has become a sport that one can start at a young age and it seems to intensify in the teen years. Once they start to drive the bike ends up being thrown in the back of the truck of the young driver heading to the next race or new dirt track.

When shopping for the best BMX freestyle bikes for sale spend a little time to do your homework. Research the bike from the handle bars and brakes to the tread of the tires. Things to take into consideration would be the size, weight, different features and of course staying within your budget. Taking the time to become well-informed will lead to buying the bike that meets your performance and safety needs.

The weight and construction are of utmost importance when shopping for a BMX freestyle bike. A sturdy light-weight bike is what you're looking for. With a light-weight bike you have better control and will be able to get much higher off a ramp. A sturdy bike is going to hold up better when it comes to landing. As you come down from a really high jump the last thing you want is to have a bike that can not withstand the landing. A bike constructed with a quality material none as Chromoly is what to look for when searching for BMX freestyle bikes. It will give you a safe landing while being extremely light to get the height you want.

Other things to consider in your search for BMX freestyle bikes for sale would be the type of wheels, tires and crank. These are key factors to be aware of before making a purchase. Knowing some of the things to look for will make your search interesting as well as successful.



Source by Kathy Martin

Yamaha Bikes and Hero Honda Bikes

Bike riding are the latest craze, mainly among the youth. Riding on the bikes are the symbol of style, freedom and mobility. When you drive the bikes it gives you the different feeling on the roads. Most of the people prefer the two wheelers especially in metro cities due to their small and manageable size, low maintenance and pricing. There are many bike brands available in the market. The two most preferable bike brands in India are Yamaha bikes and Hero Honda bikes.

Yamaha bikes and Hero Honda bikes are the most famous and popular two wheeler bike brands in India. Yamaha bikes are known for its stylish looks where as Hero Honda bikes are recognized by its quality and durability. The two giants face each other in a duel.

The taglines of any brand show the confidence of their product. Hero Honda says Dhak Dhak Go where as Yamaha says Yes! Yamaha. Both brands are using the persuasive strategies to promote their brands like Hero Honda endorsed the super star like Hrithik Roshan and the other four Cricketers like Virender Sehwag, Mohammad Kaif, Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan as its brand ambassadors where as Yamaha has signed the John Abraham as its brand ambassador.

Splendor and Yamaha crux both are the excellent bikes by its performance, engine, looks and features. Splendor is ruling in the hearts of Indian consumers from the last few years. It is the most selling bike brand in India and beats all the selling records. Yamaha Crux is the attractive by looks, gives you the comfortable riding and comes with the cool price tag.

Let’s compare the Splendor and Yamaha crux by its performance, features and price. Splendor is powered by 97.2 cc and Yamaha crux by 106 cc. Both have the similar fuel tank capacity 11 liters and associated with 4 stroke air cooled engine. The length and width of Splendor is 1950 mm and 720 mm where as Yamaha crux has 2000 mm and 735 mm. The total weight carries by the Splendor is 109 kg on the other hand Yamaha crux has 103 kg of weight.

Yamaha crux comes with the price tag of Rs 35, 000 approx whereas Splendor bike price is Rs. 40, 000 onwards. There is not much difference in the cost of both bikes. Let’s enjoy your ride with the bike of your taste and budget.



Source by Meena Singh Shah

Specialized Roubaix: Evolution of the High Performance/High Comfort Road Bike

Pro Bike Geometry Dominates Road Bikes Business from Mid Eighties to 2000

Following the road bike boom in the 1970s and early 80s, road bikes declined in popularity as the mountain bike market emerged. The road bike market from the mid eighties until the turn of the century was dominated by bikes with aggressive, race-oriented geometry. This trend was exaggerated by two trends: longer top tubes on road bikes became the norm with American manufacturers who were capitalizing on the success of pro cyclist Greg LeMond, and the use of threadless headsets which had a lower stack height than the older, threaded models.

These two factors made the front ends of most road bikes too low and too long, leading to discomfort, especially on longer rides. The trend helped facilitate the rise of the hybrid bike market. Hybrid bikes used shorter top tubes and taller head tubes. This gave greater comfort in the short run, but the hybrids were inefficient and heavy compared to road bikes.

Comfort Became an Issue for Road Bikes at the Turn of the Century

In 2003, Specialized Bicycle re-introduced a bike that they had made for a few years in the early 1980’s – the Sequoia. The original Sequoia was a lugged steel bike with sport touring geometry. This allowed for use of racks, fenders and wide tires, but without the add-ons and with a 23 or 25mm tire the bike was light, responsive and fun to ride. The new Sequoia was made from an aluminum frame with a carbon fiber front fork. You could put racks on it but there wasn’t enough clearance for fenders or wide tires. Strong sales of the new Sequoia demonstrated that there was a market for “endurance road bikes” as Specialized called them. Here was a bike that was comfortable, relatively light and had a shorter top tube and longer head tube than most other road bikes of that time. The Sequoia was ideally suited to century and club rides, or touring if you didn’t have to carry your own gear.

The Specialized Roubaix Road Bike Revolutionizes the Industry

The following year, 2004, capitalizing on the success of the Sequoia, Specialized introduced the bike that changed the industry: The Roubaix. The Roubaix, which took its inspiration from the famous Paris-Roubaix race (run over many sections of uneven cobblestone), was a bicycle with a full carbon fiber frame that introduced several important innovations. The top tube was longer than the Sequoia but not too long, more in line with European stage-race geometry. The head tube was much taller than the norm, which allowed more flexibility in handlebar height.

A multi position stem was used to enable a greater range of handlebar heights than most other road bikes at the time. The carbon fiber frame was engineered to be torsionally stiff but compliant (flexible) vertically, which maximized pedaling force while allowing the frame to absorb road shocks effectively. And an elastomer material, which Specialized trade-named “Zertz” was inserted into the seat stays, seat post and fork. This Zertz absorbed the high frequency road buzz that lightweight bikes amplified and transmitted to the cyclist, contributing to the riders’ fatigue level on longer rides.

That first year, 2004, the Roubaix was available in four models with the highest being the Roubaix Pro. That put the bike on an equal footing with Specialized’s highest-end road racing bike, the Allez Pro. The very next year, Specialized introduced its S-Works line of bikes, the very pinnacle of cutting edge technology for each bike type. For 2005, the S-Works Roubaix was sold as a frameset only. In 2006, it was sold as a frameset and a complete bike. By now, the other big players in the bike market were trying to copy the commercial success of the Roubaix, but they never put in a wholehearted effort to understand the bike or its market, and Specialized was staying 2 – 3 years ahead technologically. The 2007 S-Works Roubaix added SL to its name, signaling a significant weight reduction from previous models.

2009 Sees Specialized Bicycle Company Introduce the SL2

For the 2009 model year, Specialized did something extraordinary: they introduced a major technological frame advance in the S-Works Roubaix only, dubbed the S-Works Roubaix SL2. By now, Specialized-sponsored Pro Tour teams like Quick Step and Gerolsteiner were using Specialized’s race-specific bike, the Tarmac. By giving the Roubaix more cutting-edge features than the Tarmac, they were signaling that the Roubaix was a bike to be taken seriously by professional and elite-level riders as well. And indeed, their efforts paid off with the Roubaix coming full circle to its original inspiration: Quick Step rider Tom Boonen won the 2008 Paris-Roubaix on an S-Works Roubaix. He would repeat the following year, and in 2010 Saxobank’s Fabian Cancellara took the title, also on a Roubaix.

The 2011 Roubaix saw a number of startling changes. The S-Works Tarmac had been upgraded to a new frame technology, dubbed SL3, for the 2010 model year. This construction method created the frame in four parts: the top tube/head tube/downtube section was made in a single unit. The seat tube was a separate unit, as were the seat stays. The bottom bracket area, chain stays and a short lug to connect the seat tube and down tube were fashioned as one piece. This gave the Tarmac best-in-class bottom bracket and chain stay stiffness, the part of the bike where torsional flex would waste the most power. And it allowed the bike’s engineers to build in vertical compliance in the seat stays and top tube, to give the bike a smoother ride.

The 2011 Roubaix got this innovation, plus a few more. The Cobra head tube wrapped some fibers from the top tube and down tube around the front of the head tube, widening the top and bottom of the head tube as well as the connecting ends of the top tube and seat tube. This stiffened the head tube junctions for quicker, more predictable handling with less material, saving weight and maintaining the vertical compliance of the top tube. Also for 2011, the Roubaix gained internal cable routing plus redesigned fork and seat stays.

The Zertz inserts were no longer all the way through the carbon. They fit into a concave section in each area, maintaining the vibration-damping properties as before while also making the fork and seat stays torsionally stiffer for better power transfer and handling. And perhaps the boldest innovation of all: the Pro and Expert models of the Roubaix also gained SL3 construction and internal cable routing, bringing the technology that one year earlier had been available only on S-Works bikes costing upwards of $8,000 to models starting at around $3,500. Also, the entry-level Roubaix Elite at under $2,000 and Roubaix Comp at about $2,600 were given SL2 framesets. Talk about trickle-down!

What Does the Roubaix Revolution Mean for the “Rest of Us?”

So what does all this bike geek-speak really mean to the average cyclist? It means that now, almost any rider can get a bike that is super-light, super-fast and super comfortable. The Roubaix handles like a dream, accelerates quickly and maximizes rider power and comfort. It can flatten hills, shorten century rides and make road biking a true joy for beginners, elite riders and professional cyclists alike. That’s a pretty impressive achievement for a bike that defined a whole new category just seven short years ago.



Source by Steve Bowen

The History of Mountain Biking and the Schwinn "Klunker"

To many, the word, “Klunker” connotes a large, heavy, massive, and somewhat clumsy item. The “Klunker” was actually a bicycle model created by the Schwinn company in the late 1970’s to answer the desire for off-road biking or “Mountain Biking”.

Schwinn has a history of developing rugged, heavy, long-lived bicycles. The history of the Schwinn company dates back to just before the turn of the 20th century, in Chicago. The center of the bicycle universe was located there, and there were over 30 bicycle manufacturers making approximately one-million bikes a year from 1900 to 1905. Unfortunately for them, the automobile was becoming more popular as were motorcycles. There was a sharp decline in bicycle sales leading up to 1910.

Although many bicycle manufacturers went out of business, a few survived, including Schwinn. In the 1930’s, Schwinn designed a bike that purposely resembled the popular motorcycle. It had a steel frame, steel wheels, and huge, ballooned tires. It was rugged and built to last, and those characteristics were more important than being lightweight, at that time.

Schwinn continued to make steel bicycles, although Europe and Japan began to experiment with lightweight metals in their designs. In the 1970’s in California, boys began modifying the Schwinn Sting Ray bike and began holding off-road races. This style of off-road bicycling became known as “Mountain Biking” and the equipment used were called “Mountain Bikes”. Schwinn modified one of their Sting Ray bikes by adding a 5-speed shifter, and dubbed it, the “Klunker”. Because of its ballooned wheels and heavy steel frame, the Klunker became synonymous with heavy, clumsy objects.

European and Japanese bicycle manufacturers also modified their lightweight bikes to satisfy the new rage in off-road bicycling. Schwinn thought it was going to be a short-lived fad, and ignored the market, at first. When freestyle bike tricks, known as BMX became popular, Schwinn called it “unsafe” and “dangerous” behavior. Both mountain bikes and BMX were here to stay, and Schwinn began to adapt to late to catch most of the increase in bicycle sales throughout the 1970’s.

Today, the Schwinn bike is remembered for the Sting Ray, and the well-built, long-lasting bikes of the 1950’s and 1960’s. The younger generation has a different view of Schwinn, and hardly recognizes the name, at all. The “Klunker” is no long known as a word that is associated with the bicycle manufacturer. It is a term that the older generation can easily identify, and one that the younger generation has never used.

Schwinn declared bankruptcy in 2001, and their name and assets were bought by other bicycle manufacturers. Unfortunately, the quality and long-lasting attributes associated with that name no longer have any meaning in the bicycling world, today.



Source by John D Meyers

Super Pocket Bike Upgrades

Super pocket bikes are great toys to buy for our children – but who says that we – as adults – can purchase some for ourselves for the same reason? One of the reasons that these bikes became so popular is because they were being used to race with.

Japan and other such countries used these miniature bikes to show off the speed and handling that they offered and soon leagues all over were forming. Here in the United States the racing end of pocket bikes has not fully kicked off – but that is because people are still getting to know what they are dealing with.

If you are really interested in racing than you need to consider the dozens of upgrades that are offered for pocket bikes. These upgrades give your pocket bike more power, better handling, and so much more. We have compiled a list of some of the most popular upgrades that you can find that will improve your pocket bike experience.

Redline Motorsports Cone Air Filter

The cone air filter from Redline Motorsports will increase the horsepower as well as the performance of your pocket bike. The filter performance kit will also give your engine the chance to breathe easier. The filter is in the shape of a cone so that it can cover a larger area and deliver more air. This comes available with high speed velocity stack and mounting hardware.

Aluminum Pull Starter

This upgrade is a lightweight direct OEM replacement part. It is produced with a heat resistant outer casing making it more durable and able to withstand high speeds. This part is connected to the side of your pocket bike giving it a sporty look.

Redline Motorosports Exhaust System

This exhaust system that has been designed and produced by Redline Motorsports is chrome plates and one of the highest output exhaust system. It offers your bike to reach higher speeds. Due to its longer and slightly wider expansion chamber the exhaust system has a reduced amount of back pressure that let's the engine work more easily. This in turn allows for a higher top speed. NGK High Discharge Spark Plug

This specially designed spark plug gives your super pocket bike the ability to race faster and more efficiently than before. The spark plug is designed to ignite the fuel and the air mixture contained within the bike's cylinder. This pocket bike upgrade will offer faster acceleration and top speed.

Redline Motorsports Clutch Springs

Get rid of your old stock clutch springs because Redline Motorsports has something even better for you super pocket bike. Their specially designed clutch springs are high tension and geared specifically toward racing. They allow the engine to rev to an increased RPM before you even engage your drive train.



Source by Naomi West

How to Adjust Valves on a Motocross Bike?

Are you a participant of power sports events where bikes are used to ride around the pits? If yes, then motocross bikes are meant for you. Owning a motorbike is of great esteem however it must be kept in mind that merely owning the vehicle is not sufficient as it requires proper upkeep too. Since these bikes are concealed aggressively, these need high quality repair and maintenance services.

Although different components of your motocross bike are important, it is the valve which needs utmost attention. Adjusting the valves of your bike engine is not that intimating and mysterious as it sounds or looks. The key maintenance process can be done by anyone who possesses few basic tools.

In both practice and concept, the mechanism of adjusting the valves of your motocross bike engine is very straightforward. Noteworthy, these valves act as doors to your bike's combustion chamber, facilitating the fresh mix to flow at the time when the stroke intakes. This further seals the chamber when there is power stroke and compression, allowing the gas to exit which was spent when the stroke exhausted.

Process of adjusting valve on motocross bike:

The engine of motocross bike is generally designed to be used in sport events; his regular inspection of valves is necessary. Although not difficult, this process is actually a manipulation which needs patience and attention on owner's part.

• Remove the plastic and saddle or any other aesthetic part which could interfere with the process.
• Dismount the cylinder head cover and you will see distribution chain and camshafts.
• Take out the ignition cover.
• Analyze the valve adjustment. For this you can have a look at the owner manual and compare with the actual adjustment.
• Make a mark on the chain and sprocket so that you have free access to camshafts.
• There are screws that hold the camshaft. Unscrew them and take them out quietly.
• Take out the pads by using a magnet which is very thin.
• Replace the pads with the ones which have correct thickness.
• Next take out the pellets and use a magnet for putting them back in their place.
• Following this, put the camshaft back.
• Check for the valve clearance and if it is not appropriate, check the valve adjustment again.
• Place the different peripherals, head cylinder cover, and ignition cover back.

Even though the valves live / work in harsh environment, they require less routine maintenance as compared to other components. On an average, these valves need nothing more than a yearly lash inspection together with an occasional adjustment so that your bike rides smooth and safe. With little mechanical skills, you will be able to have a perfect grass on the tasks that you perform with your bike, provided the valves are in good condition.

Keeping your motocross bike in effective condition will assure that you win the next race and feel a sense of triumph over your victory. So now get ready to win the race



Source by Heena Kakkar

A Beginners Guide to Pit Bikes and Mini Motos

For those new to the world of mini bikes, a pit bike is a small motorbike – originally used for traveling between the pits on race tracks. Today, they have gained popularity for being great fun, easy to ride motorcycles, often used in racing. Pit bikes started off life in the 60s before going through several design improvements to end up with the versatile bikes of today. Pit bikes are ideal for areas where space is a limiting factor, in addition to being much cheaper than an equivalent off-road full size motorbike.

These bikes vary in size and specifications, starting from as little as 4-5HP up to around 20HP. The 2-Stroke engines are high revving allowing for quick acceleration, which more than makes up for their lack of top speed (which does not make them suitable for road use). They exceptionally small frame and lower power output make them ideal for kids wanting to have a go on a motorbike. The acceleration, simplicity and relative cheapness are what make these bikes so very fun to ride and has earned them their popularity today.

When choosing which bike to buy, it is important that the buyer ask themselves what they intend to use the bike for, ie serious racing, fun days, for kids etc. Pit bikes primarily differ in the power they offer, typically the more the more power a bike has to offer the more expensive it will be. A more expensive bike is also likely to have higher quality and more resilient parts, meaning the rider could ride it harder than a cheaper model.

Any newly purchased bike will come with an instruction manual from the manufacturer, it is imperative that the owner pay close attention to the startup procedures, run-in checks and maintenance guides. These will ensure the bike retains its top power levels as well as ensuring reliability. Mini bikes do not run on straight fuel, usually they will require mixing with specific oil in the ration of 25 parts fuel to 1 part oil, this is essential to ensure the engine is not damaged. Certain parts on these bikes can wear very quickly (many parts are designed like this purposefully) and so it is essential the owner become familiar with the functions of their bike and feel comfortable working on it. Fortunately, parts and spares for pit bikes are cheap compared to the equivalent for full size bikes.



Source by Paul Lanham

Hybrid Bikes and Weight Loss

The best hybrid bikes on the market offer the rider fitness and enjoyment, instead of enduring tedious workouts at the gym. And if you’re finding your regular day to day work out at the gym rather tiresome then you’re not alone. These lacklustre exercise routines tend to surpass the meaning of dull, so it’s natural for us to strive for change.

Fortunately there’s an easy solution to this common problem and you can be free of your tedious fitness patterns by getting outside and riding a hybrid. Riding a bike is a simple tasks and everyone who does it tends to enjoy it! So try and get yourself into shape with one of these universal bikes.

Hybrid bikes enable the rider to have an enjoyable riding experience while also obtaining a good amount of exercise.

While outside, you can experience a variety of things that you usually wouldn’t see while jogging on the treadmill at the gym. While riding you can cruise around the park, enjoy some thrilling bike trails or have an exciting urban adventure in the city.

You may already be in decent shape; however the best hybrid bikes have the potential to increase your enjoyment and fitness levels. These fantastic bicycles have combined features of that of a mountain and road bike.

If your budget can’t stretch any wider for more than one bike, then it would probably be a good choice to invest in an all-around bike. Hybrid bikes and city bikes tend to be the popular solution to this problem. They are slightly heavier than your typical road bike, however they’re a brilliant for riding long distances and they also tend to be quite comfortable.

Hybrid bikes are usually used on bike paths, where as city bikes tend to be used for much longer distances due to their ergonomically designed saddles, which increase comfort tremendously. These type of bikes are not designed for brutal riding, but they are sturdy enough withstand dirt paths and road trails.

This makes it ideal if you want to ride around town or commute to work. As a bonus, you also get the strong durability of a mountain bike (the types that you might take to road trails and other rough paths).

In detail, these bikes inherit the upright frame, suspension and wider tires of a mountain bike. And the light frame and components of a road bike for easy manoeuvring and faster riding. Ultimately these all purpose bikes are comfortable, sturdy and very fast, hence the reason why they leave many satisfied with their purchases. So get out of the gym once in a while, get that fresh air and a good cardiovascular workout with a hybrid bike.



Source by Kaden J Hill

What Makes Specialized Bikes Special?

Bicycles are not the casual riding mechanisms that they used to be. You may think of them as your preferred method of childhood transportation, sailing the streets with your friends until you had to come home for dinner. Today, the old pastime has become much more than a pastime. For many people, it is a sport. There are many different types of professional sports out there, and each rider requires a very specific design to allow for the type of riding they do. Here are some of the most popular forms of riding and what sets each type apart.

BMX

BMX is one of the most popular types of extreme riding. The sport is broken up into different categories, which include dirt, ramp, racing, street, and flatland. Each of these subcategories has its own specialized bikes, but in general, there are a few things you should look for. First of all, look for a frame that is made out of a chromium alloy. This is a metal that most good BMX frames are made out of. It is a lightweight material that is also more durable than steel. These are especially important for riders who are performing jumps, as it allows the frame to support the impact of hard landings. Another important thing to consider is the size of the bike. A few inches of size in the tubes can make a huge difference in the feel of the ride.

Mountain

This category is also split into certain subcategories that require specialized bikes. These include trail, all mountain, cross country, dirt jump, and freeride. Each has its own special parts, but there are some main factors that make up a solid mountain bike. One of the main differences in the construction of this style of riding is the suspension. The two main options for rear suspension are full suspension and hardtail. A hardtail cycle only includes suspension on the front wheel only. This is typical for beginner mountain bikes, as it is a cheaper option and gets the rider used to the feeling of suspension. Full suspension means that there is suspension on both the front and back wheels. These bikes are usually more expensive, but they allow for better comfort and better control downhill.

Road

Road riding is an extremely popular type of cycling that, for some, is a main form of transportation. With events like the Tour De France, is has also become a popular world sport. So what components make up a good specialized bike for the road? First of all, the size of the wheels can be a big factor. Wheels and tires on these cycles are typically very narrow. This allows for less friction with the ground, enabling riders to go much faster than cycles with wider wheels. Another defining factor of road cycles, unlike mountain bikes, is that they do not have suspension. They are almost always made of lightweight material, like aluminum or carbon fiber. All of these factors allow for a speedy and comfortable ride.

Whether you are trying to get off road, navigate a city, or just cruise, there are specialty bikes out there for you!



Source by Andrea Avery

Buying the Perfect Mongoose BMX Bike

Mongoose BMX bikes are very easy to find. You can go to a BMX dealer if there is one around where you live or the internet is also a good place to find BMX bikes. If you are not worried if a bike was used previously there are plenty of web sites that you will be able to browse through to look at a number of used bikes that are for sale.

There is a chance that you could be a very picky shopper due to the fact that you need a Mongoose BMX bike for a particular reason such as racing or doing freestyle tricks. If this is the case you still have options. Buying just a frame of a Mongoose BMX bike will leave a rider with the option of putting on his own custom parts that will suit his needs better in some cases then buying a bike that is already put together. You will be able to contact an authorized Mongoose dealer and order parts for your bike to get whatever custom feel that you are looking for.

Often one of the big problems with bikes and their owners would be the sprocket size that puts a different amount of tension on the peddling process. This could be a problem to some people who are looking to race their bike opposed to people who may be looking to do freestyle stunts. Sprockets can be interchanged to help the owner achieve the right amount of tension for his or her needs. Also it’s not un common for the a bicyclist to want different hand grips, different types of seats and different types of break set ups not only for the comfort of the rider but also parts may be changed to help riders stay safer depending on the types of activities that the rider may be engaging in.

In any event finding the perfect Mongoose BMX bike would not be very hard for anybody. Buying one already put together or building one up yourself would not end up costing you much of a difference in the price for whatever option you end up choosing. Either way you go BMX uses only the best quality parts and materials and you will surely not be disappointed.



Source by Walter V Jones