250cc X31 Gio Pit Bike Review

Are you looking to get into the pit bike realm? Are you on a budget? You’re in the right place because Gio Bikes, a Canada based company, has some awesome deals on pit bikes. While China continues to build mostly worthless pieces of junk, Gio Bikes has been making and selling off-road worthy pit bikes.

A 250cc pit bike is the perfect learners bike for a larger kid or an adult because it has a high enough seat height and has enough power for a bigger rider. Gio Bikes has a few different 250cc bikes, but the 2010 X31 (19″/16″) is their most popular 250cc pit bike. You may be thinking, “this is just another cheap look-a-like dirt bike,” because it’s not as well known as Honda or Kawasaki. Think again, because these pit bikes are Canadian-made with higher quality parts than China copycat bikes.

Engine

The engine in the 2010 X31 is a 250cc air-cooled four-stroke. It has decent torque, but pulls good in the mid to upper rpm. It comes with a high-performance Mikuni carburetor, which is used on the best name-brand motocross bikes. This bike has enough power for anyone to have fun on. It can hold its own in the trails and has enough ‘oomph’ when messing around with your friends. It also comes with a high-flow exhaust system that provides good power and sounds great.

Chassis

The engine is wrapped around by a lightweight aluminum perimeter frame. It’s the style that the big motocross bikes use. The CAD designed frame is made to be abused by adult riders and weekend warriors. It’s much stronger than a Chinese pit bike and is light enough so a kid riding it can lay it down in the corners without tipping over.

Suspension

Are you a younger and smaller rider that likes to rip the trails up? A female that wants a good bike to follow the family around? Or are you a bigger guy that enjoys fartin’ around on a pit bike and shows off to his friends? If you are any of those, or in between, the suspension on this 250cc pit bike can adjust to your riding style. Both the shock and the forks have fully-adjustable suspension that is Japanese-grade (much better than Chinese). The forks on the 2010 X31 are inverted Fast Ace shocks that have great damping. They probably aren’t quite strong enough for motocross or big jumps, but they do get the job done if you stay close to the ground. For the rear, it has an air cell Showa shock absorber. Showa shocks are used on Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, and other big name-brand motorcycles and dirt bikes, so you know it’s top notch. Not all pit bikes come with fully-adjustable suspension, let alone adjustable, so that is a huge benefit this 250cc Giovanni pit bike has.

Build-Quality

Almost every part on this pitbike is made with high quality material. This means less sudden breakdowns, unlike Chinese copycats. Just by looking at this bike you can tell that the parts aren’t cheap. You will be able to ride Gio Bikes 250cc bike for hours on end, assuming that you do regular maintenance to it as you would any other dirt bike. I would definitely recommend Gio pit bikes for their quality parts as an alternative to Chinese bikes.

Additional…

There is a lot to the X31, but the main features other than the engine and suspension are the brakes, controls and other body parts. Both wheels are stronger than the previous years of this bike, assuring you they will withstand the abuse given to them by adult riders. On the wheels are hydraulic disc brakes to give you stopping power like motocross bikes. The triple clamps are made from high-grade alloy that make the controls softer and more comfortable. Plus, you can get the bike in four different colors!

Final Thoughts

The anodized and motocross style features, the Japanese-quality parts, and the slick look of this 250cc pit bike make you want to go ride. With electric start, anyone that can get their butt on the seat can ride it. If you want a cheap, durable bike that has enough power and suspension to tear up the trails and corn field, go no further. Gio Bikes has auctions where you can get these bikes for dirt cheap (pun intended). If you don’t want to wait for an auction to end you can just pay for a bike and they will ship it out to you right away. Also, if you want to upgrade or change a few parts, Gio Bikes has plenty of aftermarket and replacement parts in stock to fit your pit bike. As long as you take care of this bike, it will take care of you. Have fun, and rip it up!



Source by Tom Stark

Bikes – Features to Be Considered Before Purchasing Them

There are so many different types of bikes available in the market. A person should choose it according to his needs, requirements and budget. It is very important that you buy the bike from a reputed and branded store. Boys bike which is available on sale or a discount is of a cheap quality and might have many problems associated with it. You can always test drive the bike before buying it to check its quality, feel and comfort. It is important that you are familiar with some basic information about the bike and spare parts like the wheels, brakes, pedals etc. You can always choose the type of pedal you want in your bike. There are many bikes available that are distinguished according to their functions and features.

A mountain bike is generally considered to be a boys bike. Mountain biking is a sport activity which is becoming popular day by day. While riding a mountain bike it is necessary that the person has the right equipment and safety measures. Helmet is the most important device which should be used by the riders. There are many varieties available in mountain bikes for the boys. In the beginning it is better to use the bike which has a light frame that is made from carbon fiber. The bikes made of carbon fiber are well known for their durability and strength. A hard tail bike or a cross country bike is very useful and can face the hardest paths or roads. You can buy these bikes in your budget easily that is ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars. If you cannot afford it you can buy a second hand bike. Search online for websites or companies who offer good deals. You can visit any local sale of your area or buy the previous year’s model at a much cheaper rate.

If you are planning to buy a bike for your kids then do not forget to take their opinion. They might want a particular bike or some kind of typical design. You can find many designs and types in kids’ bikes. The bikes for girls and boys differ in their structure and physical appearance. However, the functionality is the same for both. Girls’ bikes are generally pink or purple in color with accessories like a basket in the front or streamers are placed on the handles whereas the boys’ bike looks totally different. You also get bikes with certain cartoon characters on them. You can buy the bike which has your kid’s favorite cartoon character on it.

Apart from bikes you can also choose tricycles for your kids. There are again many kinds of tricycles available under different brands. However, you should consider the safety factor along with comfort and durability. Tricycles are not only for kids but also for adults. There are different types of tricycles such as delta, tadpole, uptight and recumbent tricycle. Thus, these are some ways to choose bikes according to different requirements and needs especially the functionality.



Source by Bernard Huff

The Schwinn Airdyne Bike – A Good Choice?

The Schwinn Airdyne bike has been made and sold since the 1970’s. But is it still competitive compared to all the recumbent exercise bikes today with computerized workout routines built in and magnetic drives? Is there a reason why Schwinn can still sell this exercise bike?

The Schwinn Air-Dyne bikes introduced the fan resistance exercise. The concept is simple. You pedal the bike and the pedaling turns a large fan. The faster you pedal, the faster the fan turns and the harder it is to turn. So the resistance increases as you pedal faster.

Also the handle bars are linked to the pedals so the handlebars move as you pedal. You can “pedal” just with your arms or just with your legs or with your arms and your legs together. So someone with a injury can work just the legs or just the arms.

If you push the handlebars and the pedals, you really get a total body workout. The handlebars work your entire upper body in a vigorous workout. You don’t just work your arms, this thing works your arms, your shoulders, your back, really your entire upper body. Your lower body is worked on by the foot pedals. So it’s a great machine for a muscle workout plus a heart and lungs routine too.

This machine is built like a tank! Every part of the Schwinn Airdyne is nearly indestructible. Every piece is heavy duty. That’s why you can find a used one if you look for awhile. You literally cannot wear the thing out. You may get tired of it, but you won’t wear it out. Of course you’ll need batteries in the electronics and you might wear out a pedal or some minor piece, but this thing is made to last. Even the seat is super heavy weight and durable.

Mine was purchased used and now has 7,000 plus miles on it and except for a little rust from dripping perspiration and one worn pedal, it rides like new. Schwinn doesn’t sell two of these to very many people. You can’t wear it out.

What are the downsides? The bike is hard to move since it is so heavy. It does have wheels for rolling it around, but it’s still hard to move. Secondly, it’s noisy. The fan stirs up a lot of air and is loud, too noisy to listen to anything much while you pedal. That’s about it on the downside.



Source by Al Bullington

New Or Used Motorcycles: Which Is the Right Choice for You?

When deciding between new or used motorcycles, how do you decide which is right for you? On the one hand, a new bike comes with fairly iron-clad guarantees of reliability. On the other, used motorcycles tend to require far less initial cash outlay. Which is the right choice? The answer depends on a few factors.

Price is a deciding factor for many riders. Once a new bike rolls off the lot, depreciation sets in, making a used vehicle a sensible choice, strictly in terms of impact upon the wallet. Simply stated, the price for last year’s model is likely to be far lower than the shiny new rides on the showroom floor. With a small sacrifice in terms of bells, whistles, and the latest technology, it may be possible to buy a higher quality bike than one could otherwise afford. It’s important, however, to weigh the total cost. Used motorcycles show the wear and tear of having been ridden. The bike that seems like such a great deal might, in fact, need a lot of work, or be due for major maintenance. If you are not an expert mechanic, it may be wise to buy from a dealer, who has a vested interest in ensuring that the bike is at least mechanically sound. They may hope to build trust with customers who will then return for maintenance, repairs, and accessories.

A rider’s personal mechanical ability comes into play when deciding between new and used motorcycles as well. Most riders are enthusiasts, and many have tinkered around with engines, at least to some extent. Not all riders, however, have the knowledge to spot a bike that has been laid down, causing a bent frame, or know the signs of a hog that has been ridden hard and poorly maintained. An honest assessment of your own ability, willingness, time, and resources is necessary when considering a pre-owned machine. Are you willing and able to perform repairs? Do you have the resources necessary to replace parts, carry out necessary repairs, and recognize signs of damage or wear?

Finally, it’s wise to consider the future. Buying used motorcycles through classified advertising or online sales sites is always risky, but a savvy buyer may choose to go in that direction if a particularly good deal presents itself. It may be prudent, however, to consider buying from a dealer, whether you decide upon new or pre-owned. You will have the assurance that the bike has at least been looked over and assessed for wear, tear, and the potential need for repairs. Most dealers offer more than just motorcycles. They’re an excellent resource over the long term, whether you need maintenance, repairs, accessories, or just advice. The riding culture is built upon relationships. Building a solid connection with a local dealer not only supports the community as a whole, it provides you with a valuable resource for help down the road. Whether you buy new or used, make sure to buy the ride that’s right for your needs.



Source by Andrew Stratton

Running Your Pit Bike Engine For the Very First Time!

This article concerns everyone who just bought a pit bike online and are wondering what to do after assembling it!

Most manufacturer manuals and other sources will tell you the same thing about running the engine for the very first time:

Do not run your bike at more than two thirds of its full throttle and avoid high rpm’s during the first two hours of running. Often you are advised to drain the oil AFTER these two hours and use quality semi synthetic 10W40 4-stroke engine oil.

Because I just got myself a two new ssr pit bikes , I was browsing a very reputable pit bike forum (pitbikeclub.co.uk) looking for some info on assembly and breaking in and I stumbled upon some VERY valuable info. This article is a short summary of a newsletter article I found written by Motoman. Motoman is a very experienced superbike tuner who has his own newsletter (Power News Magazine).

This article “Break-In Secrets” is very controversial.

“Links to this article now appear on hundreds of motorsports discussion forums from all over the world. The reason is that over time, large numbers of people have done a direct comparison between my method and theowner’s manual method, and the news of their success is spreading rapidly.”

“The results are always the same… a dramatic increase in power at all RPMs. In addition, many professional mechanics have disassembled engines that have used this method, to find that the condition of the engine is much better than when the owner’s manual break-in method has been used.The thing that makes his page so controversial is that there have been many other break-in articles written in the past which will contradict what has been written here.”

Motoman wrote “break-In Secrets” after successfully applying this method to approximately 300 new engines, all with great results and no problems whatsoever. So I advise you to consider his advice!

According to Motoman, by just following the instructions from the manufacturer, you risk a permanent loss in power of about 2 to 10 percent. The direct result from a too gentle break-in will be leaky piston rings. This will allow pressure to blow by into the crankcase on acceleration, and to suck up oil into the combustion chamber on deceleration. In other words: loss in power and permanent contamination of the engine oil. The only solution to a bad break in will be: re-honing the cylinders, installing new piston rings and starting over again. In other words..you will have to take the engine apart!

You only get ONE chance to break in your engine correctly! I will explain you why and how.

Correctly breaking in your engine is all about the piston ring seal. A correct break in will result in a better fit of the piston ring against the cylinder surface. This will prevent leaky pistons. New rings  must be worn in quite a bit in order to seal all around the bore. If the gas pressure is strong enough during the first miles of operation (open that throttle!), then the entire ring will wear into the cylinder surface, to seal the combustion pressure as well as possible.

So what is the problem with a too easy break in?

The honed crosshatch pattern in the cylinder bore acts like a file to allow the rings to wear. The rings quickly wear down the “peaks” of this roughness, regardless of how hard the engine is run.There’s a very small window of opportunity to get the rings to seal really well … the first 20 miles! If the rings aren’t forced against the walls soon enough, they’ll use up the roughness before they fully seat. Once that happens there is no solution but to re hone the cylinders, install new rings and start over again.

SO…the best advice i found about breaking in your engine is

1)Run it hard! (for specific methods: breaking in on a dyno, on the streets or on the racetrack…check Motomans 14 page article!

2)DONT use synthestic oil! Refresh your oil immediately when receive the bike, BEFORE breaking in, as you cannot be sure about its quality. Use Valvoline, Halvoline, or similar 10W40 petroleum CAR OIL. Cange oil and oil filter after first 20 miles!! After two days of hard racing you can change to your favorite brand.  Check the article to find out why.



Source by Jan Klaas

Reducing The Chance Of Delamination In 50mm Clincher Wheels Made Of Carbon

To meet the needs of a variety of types of terrain when cycling, 50mm carbon clincher wheels usually fit the need quite well. This type of wheel is also simple to use for a rider because of the features they’re designed with. Some of these features help with lessening delamination, which is something that is not uncommon with this type of wheel.

Lessening The Risk Of Delamination

It is a given that wheel manufacturers pay close attention to what types of failure can come about with a particular material they are using. It is unfortunate, but risks are a fact of life for any type of material used for bike wheels. Carbon clincher wheelset manufacturers have made the effort to develop ways to lessen the chances of failures with these wheels.

How Delamination Is Reduced

– First, the braking mechanism has been moved away from the rim of the wheels as a way to cause less damage brought about by heat. Intensive cycling conditions can cause overheating, which can sometimes bring about fiber delamination.

-To help stop overheating that is created by braking, manufacturers add crushed basalt to portions of the braking mechanism. Rims are designed to have a smooth surface that is often sealed with a high gloss finish in order to decrease the amount of friction that occurs. Reduced friction is known to stop the possibility of rims overheating.

Fortunately, carbon wheels typically incur damage under exceedingly intense riding conditions. Carbon wheels are regularly used on a variety of types of aircraft, and the aircraft industry is known for having very high safety standards. Boeing 787 Dreamliners are manufactured with a little more than 45 percent of composite materials. Carbon laminates make up the bulk of the composite material. Aircraft typically go through a large amount of stress during operation, and this fact is a good indicator of just how strong carbon fiber is under stressful conditions. This also shows that a bike wheel made of carbon is a smart idea.

The following information will further explain what exactly can happen when carbon material is used in conditions that bring about damage from heat. While carbon fiber is considered a strong material that can withstand a high amount of heat, it can still be damaged in conditions that are extreme. Intensive impact and repeated stresses are known to cause the process of delamination to occur. Separating layers can come about due to stress, which makes the material far less durable.

Delamination typically occurs inside of a material, rather than showing on the surface to the naked eye. If you have found yourself wondering if the carbon wheels on your own bike have incurred any damage, you can check this yourself. Listening to the sound the carbon material makes for an easy test. Carbon material that has not been damaged makes a sound that is noticeably vibrant. Materials that have been damaged will often make a much more dull sound.

Having a substantial crash on a bike is a good reason to purchase new bike wheels. This is because a serious crash occurring along with braking over a long term can often cause damage to a frame.

It is a fortunate thing that delamination is typically not a problem under regular conditions of use. Manufacturers work hard to offer a product that allows riders to use their product with little quality troubles when used under normal conditions.



Source by Ben Cawood

Montague Paratrooper – The Tactical Folding Mountain Bike

Montague Paratrooper Tactical Bike

About:

The Montague Paratrooper is a bit of a puzzle. It's basically an all round commuter bike with mountain bike capabilities however with a name like 'Paratrooper' it comes with the burden of expectation. The marketing people would have you believe that air force troops are embarking on missions with this folding bike as a necessary tool. It may be good for commuting to and storing in the office, with some weekend trail riding thrown in, but I've severely hard risk my life on this particular model without some serious upgrades.

Pros:

-This multi-purpose folder has a sturdy frame that provides both comfort and stability on road and trail.

-The 'Trooper' really looks the part with a rugged military appearance and top of the line design (unique patented seat tube folding system) and will raise your street credibility quickly.

-It's not just cool, it's convenient too. This bike folds in 30 seconds without tools, is light enough for the train, and its standard parts are serviceable at any bike shop.

-An added bonus is great support from Montague who are known to compensate customer effort with extras such as folding pedals.

Cons:

-This bike is not heavy (aluminum) however it carries the weight of reputation; having to live up to its image as 'tactical' is too much to expect from a bike that is overpriced by at least $ 100 yet fitted with cheap, low-end, and sometimes generic components.

-The major downfall of this bicycle notwithstanding the sturdy frame is durability, or a lack of it, as the parts / fasteners bend and warp easily and are non-corrosion resistant.

-It's not uncommon to replace the gear sets, shifters, pedals, shocks and cranks on this mountain bike.

Recommended:

Yes, if you are willing to surround a solid frame and leading-edge folding design with self-tailored custom hardware and do minor repairs yourself. Remember to shop around for a good deal then replace standard components with your own specialized equipment and you're ready to ride.



Source by Charlie McFarlane

Simple Bicycle Tire Sizes Buying Guide

In buying replacement tires for your bicycle, it is very important that you know about your options when it comes to bicycle tire sizes. There are many factors to consider aside from the bicycle tire sizes, such as the type, durability and brand. At the end of it all, you would want the right fit for your vehicle and for your frequent style in terms of riding such.

Different Tires for Different Bikes

The standard bikes that are used by adults, such as hybrids and mountain bikes have tires that measure 26 to 27 inches in terms of the outside diameter. BMX typically uses bike tires that measure 20 inches. Racing bikes, on the other hand, measure the tire sizes in metric. The most common bicycle tire sizes for the road or racing types of vehicle is 650 mm or 700 mm.

The width is also very important in measuring the kind of bicycle tire sizes that you need. For the hybrids and mountain bikes, the typical measurement that would include the width is 26 x 1.5 inches. In this case, 26 is the diameter and 1.5 is the width. Road bikes commonly measure 700 x 23 mm. These vehicles are fit for racing and high speed mode of riding that is why the width is slimmer than the other kinds of bike tires. For beach cruiser bikes with balloon tires, the most common measurement is 26 x 2.125 inches.

Strength

If you do not have much experience in many types of bicycle tire sizes, you need to get other people's view and feedback about the materials that they have already tried. There are many brands that cater to this need, and all these specialize on certain aspects. You have to make sure that you will be getting something that can withstand the kind of roads where you will use the bike. There are even some models that you can avail with extra features and added reinforcement to make the tires resistant to punctures.

About the Tread

You have to be specific in choosing the kind of tread that you want for any bicycle tire sizes. For mountain bikes, you have to look for treads that are knotby. These will help the bike trail through wet and muddy paths. If you are using race bikes, you have to get tires with smooth treads that have minimal contact with the ground. The smooth tread pattern is best suited for everyday use, especially if you are often riding the bike on pavements.

In buying tires for your bikes, you have to know exactly what type do you need and which will best suit the kind of riding that you do often.



Source by Jens Peter Jensen

Examining Different Mountain Biking Terrain

Mountain biking has become a popular sport and recreational activity for a lot of people. An important factor for most mountain bikers is the terrain they ride on. While most riders prefer riding on rough and dangerous terrain, it helps to understand the characteristics of each of these terrains. Mountain bikes are chosen keeping the terrain in mind and are usually strengthened by using better materials and also sport larger tires for the added support. The terrain also makes claims on the biker's skills and talent, as not all terrains are suited for the average rider.

Cross Country

Cross country is the most popular mountain biking choice. This is a combination of different terrain types. It includes hilly surfaces and loops. The course is outlined in some cases. In some places, riders also have races on these outbound courses. The Scott Scale 60 is a perfect choice for this terrain.

Downhill

Downhill mountain biking is among the most dangerous terrains that mountain bikers. Most often, ski resorts in the summer as used as downhill cycling track. The terrain is usually mapped so that the riders have to maneuver around various obstacles and rough terrains. This terrain needs riders to be experienced and should sport the right protective gear. A Scott Scale 20 or a Scott Scale 29 would be ideal choices for bikes for this terrain.

Freeride

The name suggests that it is a combination of all forms of mountain biking. It contains a good mix of downhill cycling tracks and some trails and loops. The terrain has been rough and is generally recommended for experienced riders who have demonstrated skilled riding in other downhill terrains.

Dirt Jumping

Dirt jumping involves riding up a mound of dirt and landing successfully on the other side. It also involves performing stunts on your way to the other side. If you are a novice rider or just a hobbyist, this is not the right terrain for you.

Trials

Trial riders jump over obstacles of varying sizes using their bikes. This is viewed on par with skateboarding where the scoring lays emphasis on creativity and style.

Mountain bikers keep their terrain in mind while choosing their bikes. Recreational riders could go in for bikes like the Scott Scale 29. These bikes have sturdy frames and fairly good suspension forks. This helps in improving the ride quality. These bikes are commonly used for commute in most cities and are easy to ride. These bikes are perfect for people who would like to go cycling with their entire family.

Mountain biking has evolved over the years. Mountain bikers now have a variety of bikes to choose from. The bikers also have easy access to the best gear and parts for their mountain bikes. However, newer riders should understand the risks involved and should know where to draw a line. A lot of injuries occur while performing stunts or while hurtling down a very tough hillside. People who wish to enter this sport should spend some time researching and understanding the terrain that they are best suited for and get them the best gear and equipment.



Source by Shaun Connolly

Types of Specialized Bikes

Specialized is a world renowned brand in the cycling world. Their bikes have been used by the world’s best riders to compete in some of the world’s most prestigious biking championships. Some of these championships include the Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the Paris Roubaix, and the XC World Championships. They’ve been around for a long time, and just get more innovative with age. Every bike is specifically designed with the comfort and efficiency targets of the consumer in mind. The bikes range from designs for serious professionals and semi-professionals like the S-Works Tarmac SL3 2011, and the Specialized Rockhopper & Stumpjumper respectively, right through to bikes for commuters and casual riders like the Allez 16 2011.

This article aims to help clear up any confusion about who Specialized are and the three different designs of bike they do:

  • Racing bikes – The Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL3 2011 is designed for maximum efficiency and racing power. The S-Works brand is well renowned across the world for its connotations of excellence and record breaking aggressive performance. S-Works bikes are also very lightweight and extremely fast. The Tarmac is no different, because it has an oversized BB, you can pedal at maximum level. It also comes with a FACT 11R Carbon frame, Roval Rapide SL wheels and Shimano Dura-Ace 10 Speed!
  • The road bike/commuter – Specialized also design bikes for less extreme use, the Allez is engineered for the everyday rider who wants the distant feel of the road race scene in the speed and efficiency of the bike, but also wants that everyday element.
  • The everyday bike – not everyone cycles to work or rides in the Paris Roubaix, sometimes you need something to get you about in style without breaking the bank or compromising on quality and efficiency. The Specialized Rockhopper 2011 is a bike that caters to this market perfectly. Whether it be a quick ride to the shops or a Sunday ride in the country, the Rockhopper will do just about everything

If you are in need of a top class racing bike or a bike that’ll get you to work search online for bike stockists in your area. Look for those that are well renowned in the biking world and have personally tested every bike they sell.



Source by Jo Da Silva