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Claud Butler Bikes: Pedalling Forward

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Claud Butler Criterium 2011

Claud Butler Criterium 2011 (Photo credit: Jack999)

Bicycles are a great way to improve one’s health while being environmentally friendly. While the increasing prices in petrol, more people are looking to the sound investment of this type of transportation. Since 1928, Claud Butler has been a name that carried great integrity for sound engineering of bike frames. Falcon Cycles has been producing many different bicycles for both men and women that carry the Claud Butler name since 1988.

Whether the individual is looking for a recreational bicycle or one to be used for commuting, these bicycles still have the same innovational and structurally sound frames that first endeared them to costumers in the first place. Falcon Cycles is based in Brigg in North Lincolnshire, where it maintains its reputation as being one the foremost British companies in the bicycle industry. The bicycles produced are some of the most cost effective investments that will last for years to come. The different styles range from light-weight frames, mountain bikes, city frames, to trekking frames for the Claud Butler line.

There are many benefits that one can expect when utilizing a bike. It is an enjoyable way to add exercise to a person’s routine that is easy to adjust based on his or her schedule. Bicycles are much easier to find storage and parking for than a car, there is no need to worry about the cost of petrol, and it offers a much quicker way to commute than walking.

Currently, the timing of purchasing one of these bicycles could not be better. With Claud Butler bikes sale going on, people have the chance to experience these wonderful products at an even better value. This makes now a wonderful time to invest in something that is not only good for one’s health, but also is an excellent way to reduce one’s carbon footprint.

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Using A Dawes Bikes Shop For The Perfect Match

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Dawes is a British company that has been manufacturing bikes for over one hundred years.  The catalog of bikes has grown over the years.   The company provides a wide range of road bikes and well known for being built by hand by a skilled workforce.  The bikes are well suited to all ranges of skill; there is a great deal of beginner bikes and the top end models can be used for many professional endeavors.  The hobbyist will find a perfect fit at a Dawes bikes shop.  Buying his and her bikes is a great way to introduce exercise and a hobby to the significant other.

Road bikes are not the only type in the catalog.  The touring bikes are another high quality product that has been sold successfully for many years.  There so many options when it comes to purchasing a new road bike.  Even the cheaper bikes are of superb quality and often the cost comes from the various options and accessories that are added to the bike.  For someone who is just entering the hobby, there is a bike that is a reasonable price and will not break the budget.  The advantage of going to a specialized Dawes bikes shop is that the staff will be knowledgeable and provide examples of what product will be the perfect fit.

Consulting experts at a Dawes bikes shop

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Barclays Cycle Hire docking station with bikes. Next to 30 St Mary Axe aka The Gherkin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

is just a smart approach, though there should be some preliminary research done prior.  The internet is a fantastic place to locate reviews and opinions on what models are better for different activities; this information can be cross referenced with the experts at the store.  The multiple sources of information is a spectacular means of ensuring that a person gets what he or she pays for, instead of being stuck with a product that ends up gathering dust in a garage or behind the house.

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Bissell Pro-Cycling Team Taking on the Amgen Tour Again

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Bissell Pro-Cycling Team Taking on the Amgen Tour AgainIt’s cycling season again in many countries and it’s the time of year where cyclists are training and gearing up for the Amgen Tour of California. The tour is set to include the fairly new Bissell pro-cycling team that was formed in 2008. This year the team are preparing to compete in the annual race.

Bissell Pro-Cycling Team

The entire team is currently based in Santa Rosa for training. It’s an extremely exciting event that annually takes place in the breathtaking Santa Rosa location, which also known for its perfect racing and training terrain. The Bissell team have entered this event every year since the crew formed and they’ve proved to be serious contenders on the cycling circuit. They won the best continental team of 2011 and scooped the NRC team standings. It seems that the Bissell team have a reputation as being a very ambitious team that often wins thanks to their aggressive tenacity.

Amgen Tour

The Bissell pro-cycling team will be challenging some serious terrain in the 2012 Amgen Tour. Tour designers have said that this year may prove to be the hardest thus far. There are seven stages that are guaranteed to take anyone’s breath away. Even the most hardened cyclists who compete in Amgen every year may be looking at quite a challenge.

The first phase of the race is the Coleman Valley ascent. Phase two will take cyclists to Bonny Doon Road which will take them to Mt. Baldy and Big Bear, but not summit. Mount Diablo has been included in the race route this year and fans are pretty excited about it. Here’s to hoping the Bissell pro-cycling team stick with their honoured tradition of ensuring they have at least one team member in every pack leading up to the leaders of the race.

There will be time trials in between the third and fourth phases but that should be a cinch for the Bissell team. The real trying cycling comes into the picture when teams have to complete two mountain top finishes at Big Bear and Mt. Baldy.

The tour starts on May 13, 2012, but the Bissell pro-cycling team members, managers and directors will be available for interviews and photo opportunities. This is the perfect time to meet and greet some of the brilliant Bissell cyclists such as Frank Pipp, Chris Baldwin and Carter Jones who was part of the USA Team. The Bissel Pro-cycling team is set to show some serious cycling tenacity again this year. Good luck to them.

Vida Denning is a keen writer that doesn’t cycle half as much as she used to. Her exercise now entails dancing around the living room with her kids while they use the vacuum cleaners. She’s also tried steam cleaning machines but they aren’t great dancing partners.

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Garage Bike Storage Solutions

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Everybody who owns a garage vow at some point or other that they must sort out all the stuff and organized it so that it looks nice and everything is at hand when they need it. But because of the sort of things you have to store, garages tend to become extremely cluttered spaces. One of the worst culprits are the bikes. They look innocent enough and make you think they won’t take much space but they always seem to get in the way. So lets look at some garage bike storage ideas I came across in a consumer product reviews website so that you can store your bike efficiently and without it getting in your way.

That article I referred says it is best to put a bike in a shed of its own if you have any form of outside space in your premises because it will free up space in your garage. However since this isn’t a option for most people then you have to make the most of the space available in the garage by using a efficient bike storing method. There are several such methods mentioned in that article which include the following.

1) Use a ceiling mounted bike lift. This storing solution allows you to raise the bike to the ceiling height and suspend it above head height. This method preserves 100% of your floor space to park your car and store other stuff underneath it.

2) Using a wall mounted bicycle rack is the second option. This is a favored storing solution and ideal for garages that do not have high ceilings. It allows you to mount the bike on a rack on the wall and still be able to park a vehicle in your garage. The drawback is they aren’t easy to use as the previous solution

3) Freestanding bike racks are the next solution where you can’t use the above mentioned options. These stands are easy to use but unlike the previous two take up space.

There are a few more techniques to storing bicycles but these 3 solutions are the ones that are readily available. We hope they help you.

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What Makes a Sport Extreme?

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Extreme sport shot to popularity in the nineties, despite popular belief, the definition of extreme is not how inherently dangerous the sport is, but whether or not it aligns with a number of other unwritten rules. Extreme sport’s lowest common denominator is that of counter culture, by counter culture I mean being in opposition to the established culture of sport and recreation, that is, values of safety, fair play and sportsmanship. Cycling is statically one of the most dangerous sports, as riders often pick up numerous injuries, whereas Squash is one of the most lethal, more people die playing Squash than in any other sport.

A sport being classed as ‘extreme’ therefore, isn’t all about danger and death, rather it is a division of competitive sport that flies in the face of traditional ideals. Extreme sports are commonly perceived to be performed at high speed and provide an adrenaline rush, though this does not tell the whole story. Consider motorsport, arguably the quickest and most adrenaline inducing sport, this does not fall under the ‘extreme’ banner.

Rather, we may think about extreme sports in terms of their youthfulness or lack of tradition, thus BMX is far more widely thought of as an extreme sport than motor racing. Another facet of extreme sports is the propensity to perform stunts, this comes back to the counter-cultural aspect of the genre, rather than straight out competition, extreme sport allows an encourages the performance aspect; who can perform the most outlandish stunt? One thing we can say with confidence about is extreme sports is that they are largely individual endeavors (winning is based on time or accumulation of points) rather than team ‘games’.

The definition of extreme sports has changed over the years, closely intertwined with the marketing of certain sports or activities as ‘extreme’. When the term was first coined extreme activities were considered to be things like scuba diving, skiing, mountain biking and snowboarding. As these pursuits became more popular however they no longer warranted the ‘extreme’, counter cultural moniker and have been superseded by more youthful variations like skateboarding, BMXing and aggressive skating.

It is key to recognize the important part that other cultural artifacts play in the image and popularity of extreme sports, video games like the Tony Hawk series have done wonders for the popularity of skateboarding while punk rock bands like 182 have always been closely associated with the culture of extreme sports. So it seems extreme sports are fundamentally youthful, counter-cultural and influenced by media, while thriving on the perception of danger or risk of injury.

Joe is a copywriter and extreme sports enthusiast. He doesn’t do anything as dangerous like jumping off cliffs, but he does like to ride his BMX bikes.

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