Know How to Care for Your Action Camera Now

downloadYou are not the only one who gets tired and worn after an exhausting yet fulfilling day of doing your favorite sport or hobby. Your action camera pretty much also gets the same brunt of stress from your activities more or less. This is the reason why proper maintenance and care for your gadget is a very important step in owning an action camera. Not only do you need it to prolong its shelf life, it will also let you enjoy shooting high quality videos more.

Here are some essential tips and trade secrets that you can follow to keep your action camera at its best state.

1. Immediately clean your camera after using it. Sand, grime, and water stuck on its surface can cause damages to your hardware if you let them sit there for too long. Remove the casing since it is the one that has the most dirt and clean it off using tap water.

2. Here’s a quick trick you can try if you don’t want to wait for the casing to dry. Get a hair blower, put it on its coolest, and

You Are Only One 100-Mile Bike Ride Away From Your Idea Body Weight

downloadOkay so, the title of this article is rather clear isn’t it? And so, let me ask you something. You do own a mountain bike right? And you are an American right? So, you are 15-20 lbs. over your ideal body weight right? Well you know, if you were to go on an off-road 100-mile bike ride, I bet by the time you finished you would have trimmed off at least that much. Now then, let me ask you something; what are you doing this weekend?

Well, it’s amazing how quickly you can lose 15 pounds if you have a mountain bike. But if you’d like to lose it all in one weekend, the best thing you can do is go out for 100-mile bike ride, and follow it up the next day with a 30-mile bike ride. At that point you will have lost your 15 to 20 pounds, and if you adjust your diet, and keep riding your mountain bike, you won’t have to worry about putting those pounds back on in body fat. Now you might gain those pounds back in muscle

Mountain Bike Drop-In Strategy Using the New Bikedrome Concept

downloadHave you ever gone to a skate park and noticed that the skateboard riders get to drop-in to the various ramps and jumps which have been designed into the skate park? These drop-ins allow the rider to gain speed and inertia to do all of their tricks. Often, there are BMX riders who also like to go to the skate parks and use the drop-ins for their own tricks. Perhaps you’ve seen the X-Games sponsored by Red Bull, and watched the BMX riders compete for who can do the best tricks. Many of them risk life and limb for the notoriety and for prize dollars.

If you go onto YouTube you will see there are mountain bike competitions for downhill, and for rather exotic trails, often modified with jumps and other features. It seems to me that having a drop-in strategy to allow these mountain bikes to get up to speed makes a lot of sense. It also means that smaller hills can serve the same purpose as larger mountains because the entry speed would be greatly increased. Now then, what I have in mind

Big Wheels and Big Egos

downloadThe other day, I was talking to an individual about how wonderful graphene coatings and carbon nanotubes will be in the future. In fact, we did a little brainstorming, and believe that carbon nanotubes will be great for transportation. Cars will be lighter, therefore more efficient, and therefore they will get better fuel mileage. Likewise bicycles will be quite a bit lighter and will go quite fast exerting very little energy when you’re peddling. The tires of cars may never go flat again, nor will your bike tires. And speaking of bike tires I came up with an interesting concept.

We should be able to make bike tires which are somewhat aerodynamically streamlined, extremely lightweight, and somewhat buoyant. This means you could take your mountain bike modify the forks, and have giant tires which were very light weight to allow you to drive over water, that’s right take your mountain bike out into the surf for a new type of sport. You can also ride across the beach and sand without sinking, think how much fun you would have doing cool tricks? Yes, we will

What to Expect From 10 Day Biking Trips

downloadTraveling around the world is almost everyone’s dream. A common itinerary includes securing accommodations and visiting well-known places in the area. If it is a beach, participating in aquatic activities is a must. Other activities such as rock climbing, hiking, and rappelling may be alternatives. A big part of the stay involves a lot of picture taking. Doing these things on every place you visit, however, can be a tad too repetitive.

Say you are visiting New Zealand this year. It’s the best place to sightsee with all the natural wonders everywhere you look. Touring the region by car may not give you the best experience. You have to experience the wonders as close to nature as possible. A new and exciting way to enjoy your travels is by participating in bike tours.

Along with several other cyclers, you will traverse plains and roads free from traffic. Experience the natural heat and cooling winds brought to you by biking. Pass through different types of terrain and enjoy the scenic views up close. If you want a different way to explore new lands, this is your most

What Good Is an All Carbon 4 Pound Mountain Bike Frame

images (78)The other day I was talking to someone who just bought an incredible mountain bike, the frame of his mountain bike was only about 4 pounds and it was completely carbon fiber. It was the lightest thing you’ve ever seen, you could put it in your hands, put your arms straight out, and hold it there for 15 minutes and not even notice, it was that light. He also had all the bells and whistles available for his new bike, and even asked me if I wanted his old frame, which I didn’t need. Okay so let’s talk shall we?

You see he likes to go on long rides, but by the time he puts all the components on, the sports computer, and carries the extra water bottles, and everything else he is adding a tremendous number of pounds onto the bike frame. What good is it to save 4 pounds on a mountain bike frame if you are going to put three water bottles on it? Further, wouldn’t it be better to lose 10 pounds on your body instead? It’s nice having a

How Can We Save Mountain Bikers From Text Messaging Motorists

downloadWell, I don’t know about you but something about the Google Self-Driving autonomous car just really turns me on. Why you ask? I guess because I’ve always been deeply involved in the auto industry and I realize how dangerous cars can be and how we need to stop killing 30,000 people per year. Not only do we have people die in cars and trucks, but those cars and trucks also hit pedestrians and bicycles. So, autonomous systems in cars or additional sensors might just prevent huge numbers of motorist deaths and save thousands of bicyclists along the way.

Today, folks are overloaded with distractions when driving and thus, they are more apt to not be looking outside or their minds are slower to register bicyclists and pedestrians. Not long ago, I drove one of my friends hybrid Lexus’ and was amazed at all the bells and whistles, but also somewhat disturbed at the false sense of safety, and all of the distractions, almost to the point of telling the driver that you don’t need to look out, the car is monitoring everything, problem was, it

Should Chase Vehicles In The Tour de France Be Electric

images (75)Recently, Tesla Auto had scored highest on the NHTSA tests, nearly a perfect crash test score. How can that be for an all-electric car you ask? Well, I was somewhat taken aback, I really didn’t expect this because electric cars are generally heavy due to the batteries below, and thus, they have to try to make the rest of the car lighter to maintain performance, so how did they do it? Well, modern day materials certainly help, although they also add cost. Apparently, Tesla not only has that going for it, but also some damn good engineering.

Still, crash tests are only one important issue with automobiles today, perhaps not even the most important to all consumers. Fuel mileage is. But, don’t electric cars kind of have both going for them? Yes, actually they do, but then there is that problem with range. Now then, the other day some cyclists in our think tank were contemplating the challenges while on long distance bike rides on heavily traveled roads or in big metro areas, namely the smog and car fumes, boy it isn’t healthy at

Forrest: The Mountain Bike Capital of Victoria

downloadForrest is situated in the very heart of Victoria’s Great Otway National Park. It is a small community which boasts a very vibrant social fabric involving all sorts of communal activities and activities for tourists. Probably the most notable is its wide range of Mountain Bike trails. These mountain bike trails are rated as the best in Australia and cover more than sixty kilometres spidering their way through the hills surrounding this small town of Forrest.

Just a few short years ago Forrest was a typical, small country town. A delight to visit but not a great deal going on to put it on the map. Things have definitely changed. Forrest is now well and truly on the map with numerous festivals throughout the year. The Forrest Festival which is now in its third year, takes place in November and December. This festival is unique in that it enables your ‘average’ mountain bike rider to compete on a professional circuit but not in the true sense of the word. Competitors in this race compete against their friends and riders of similar ability. This is a

The Bicycle Rules Safe Aware and Cautious

images (76)A bicycle messenger is peddling fast in the bike lane, trying to get to his destination. He’s observing all traffic laws, wearing a helmet, and maintaining situational awareness to avoid being struck. He’s also going very quickly, trying to make his route before he has to return to the office. As he approaches the intersection, he checks the turn lane for cars, and sees none. He pedals on, entering the last intersection before he is done for the day. Suddenly, he hears tires lock up, and sees the broad side of a car screeching toward him into the side of the intersection. It’s all he can do to jump off of his bike, but the car is faster and he catches it square in the chest. The bike messenger is thrown several yards from the car, and lies on the hood of another vehicle waiting at the red light.

It Happens Every Day
Bicycle accidents happen every day. Bikes are subject to many of the same laws as vehicles, and have the added caveat that they must be careful to avoid being struck. Vehicles

21 Speeds and He Takes The Bus When Going Up Large Hills in Pasadena

images (77)Not long ago, I was in Pasadena CA and I was talking to a mountain biker who came into Starbucks to fill-up his water bottle. He asked if I could watch his bike while he went in, as a fellow cyclist of course I agreed to. It was a pretty exotic bike with 21-speeds, and he said that made it nice going up and down the hills in Pasadena – lots of hills. We got to talking and he told me a story.

You see, he has a friend who also has almost an identical mountain bike ($5500 estimated value), perfect for going up hills. However, his friend takes the bus when he has to go uphill and he rides his bike when coming downhill. He said he felt that was cheating, where is the value in that, where is the workout, and then I asked if his friend was overweight. He said it was funny that I mentioned that, because he is very overweight, and he won’t change his diet either. I explained to him that since he was so overweight he may

Top 6 Safety Accessories for Mountain Biking

downloadMountain biking can be a fun and exhilarating activity. However, in order to enjoy it, you must have all the proper safety accessories needed to protect you from falls, crashes and other unforeseen events that tend to be quite common when you’re racing through such rocky or treacherous terrain. Here are the top six safety accessories that every mountain biking enthusiast needs to have:


The top safety item is, of course, the helmet. In fact, you’ll want not just a helmet to protect your head, but a full-face helmet that will protect your entire face and head from falls or those random branches and foliage that may get in your way. Keep in mind that a mountain biking helmet is very different from a bicycle helmet, which only tends to cover the top of your head. A mountain biking helmet will look more like a motocross or dirt bike helmet. It will have vital face protection, while still allowing you to see and feel the wind in your face through a number of vents.

Eye Protection

Also critical is having proper eye protection. In this case, you

Adventure Mountain Biking With Safety Equipment

downloadMountain biking is the perfect sport for those with an appetite for outdoors and adventure. Cycling downhill gives the adrenaline rush that thrills many youngsters. MTB bicycles or bikes as they are popularly called are designed specifically for this sport. The MTB bikes come with suspension to with stand the tuft terrain. The bicycle may come either with full suspension or only front suspension.

Mountain bikes are normally categorized into four groups based on suspension:

Rigid: This term refers to a bike’s frame with a rigid fork and fixed rear, but no suspension.

Hard tail: This term refers to a bike’s frame with a front suspension fork and no rear suspension.

Soft tail: This term refers to a bike’s frame with a small amount of rear suspension, which is activated by the flex of the frame instead of pivots.

Dual or full suspension: This term refers to a bike’s frame with a front suspension fork and rear suspension with a rear shock and linkage that allow the rear wheel to move on pivots.

While choosing a mountain bike for a trail, it is important to consider the right frame for

Heading Out on the Road for Some Serious Mountain Biking

downloadThere is absolutely nothing like heading out on the road with your vehicle and traveling to some gorgeous track somewhere, whipping out your bike, and then doing a spot of mountain biking. If you have a mountain bike then you are going to need to head out on the road. On this page I want to run you through a couple of the things that you will need to think about when heading out on that trip.

Firstly, you are going to need to get an idea of the type of place you want to head. You can do this in a couple of ways. In the past I used to pick up dedicated mountain bike magazines and have a flick through the pages. Most included a fair few maps of trails. However, most of these were not local. Nowadays you can just head online and get all sorts of advice. Do not forget to print off some maps. You are going to need to follow them.

Now, most people head out there with just their mountain bike and a bit of safety equipment. You can

Why It Is Imperative That You Wear a Helmet Mountain Biking

images (74)The introductory story took place with a horse and not a bike but it makes the point very clearly. Helmets aren’t optional for safety but a requirement for responsible riders of both bikes and horses.

We were doing mounting exercises. I didn’t have to wear a helmet but we decided to use it anyway. The horse spooked and took off with me half in and half out of the saddle. It was a very short wild ride before I came off and hit the ground hard.

When I came to I found out how lucky I was. The helmet had a three inch crack where my head hit a rock. If I’d skipped the helmet I would be dead.

Pressure: There is a poster hanging in my garage. It was given to my husband while he was working as a motorcycle mechanic as a young man. It has a picture of two broken eggs. It says “It only takes seven pounds of pressure to crack your skull.”

When someone hits their head without a helmet at any speed the skull is in danger. When rocks are involved,

Better Than Mountain Bikes for Sale

images (73)For those of you unsure as to what exactly a hybrid’s bike is; it’s basically a combination of road and mountain bike; suitable for most general purpose rides over a variety of terrain. If you’re exploring the option of buying hybrid type of bikes, – based or otherwise, here’s some things you need to know before committing to purchase.

What to expect from a hybrid:

The big difference between a hybrid and a standard road bike is that the braking and shifting is very similar to that of a mountain bike, rather than featuring integrated brake and shift levers (as generally found on road bikes).

The seating position is upright, which obviously impedes speed, but makes for a safer, more comfortable ride. Tyres are also generally larger, which offers a more cushioned experience than the narrower tyres used on road bikes.

Of course, there’s variation between models. Some are more akin to road bikes, others more similar to mountain bikes. When choosing a hybrid, it’s best to think about what exactly you’ll be using it for most, and base your buying decision on that.

Advantages of hybrid bikes:


Biking to Work

downloadIn this post I will provide you with details of why you should start biking to work and also share my experience of using my mountain bike as a means of transportation over the past couple months.

It was last September when I had sort of a reality check and realized that I was not in my best shape physically. For years I have been stuck in office jobs where I usually spend at least eight hours sitting at a desk in front of a computer monitor all day. Over time, this had started taking a toll on me as I noticed I was not as physically active as I should be and that I had started to gain weight.

So I decided that some action needed to be taken before this got out of hand. I would usually be involved in various forms of exercise including mountain biking and hitting the gym in my spare time. But this was not enough; I needed to be active everyday but time was so limited that I could not even squeeze in a couple minutes per day towards

Suitable Types Of Bicycle For Alpine Mountain Biking

downloadIn the past two decades or so, Alpine mountain biking has gone from a somewhat niche sport enjoyed by semi-serious hobbyists and competitive cyclists to widen its appeal considerably to include other demographics. A few timely marketing campaigns, coupled with the area’s natural charm, has caused many people’s heads to turn towards the French and Swiss mountains as a potential destination for an active family or couples’ holiday.

With this increase in popularity came, of course, a parallel boom in sales for sports bikes, namely mountain bikes. Alpine mountain biking is considerably more demanding, in terms of sturdiness and technical features, than road cycling, and many potential enthusiasts wishing to engage in this activity find themselves forced to purchase a new, better bike. And that, usually, is where the doubts begin.

The reason so many hobbyists have questions which bike is the best has to do with the fact that this is an eminently technical field. Most people have only the vaguest of notions about the different types of bicycle available on the market, and as soon as the conversation veers towards the technical, the deer-in-headlights

A Guide to Biking and Trail Running for Women

images (71)Ask any woman biker about what she adores about her activity, and she’s expected to go on explaining its numerous gifts – the sense of liberty, the feeling of exploring someone’s limits and being tougher, the gorgeous vista, the delight of endorphins, the acquaintances and community she has met through biking on carbon wheel set and trail running. They get the identical questions repeatedly: How will I identify where I am going? Is it secure? What about wild animals or snakes? What if I collapse? The list goes on. And yet, at first, many women have no reservations about biking and trail running.

These apprehensions are convincing, surely. But overcoming these can be a vast foundation of empowerment and, by doing so, will encourage you into the convivial arms of the utmost outdoor pursuits on this earth. Experts genuinely consider that any individual’s life can be better by cultivating a biking and trail-running routine. Just find your clan. Not all cities are as lucky to have something like Women on the Trails curriculum, but perform a little investigation in your town to notice if

Upgrade To A Better Riding Experience With A 60mm Carbon Clincher

images (72)The bike wheel market has become more dynamic than ever before. Manufacturers have come up with innovative ways of dealing with a myriad of problems that riders face on the road. The 60mm carbon clincher wheel-set is a new innovation in the bike wheel market. It is touted as the ultimate upgrade for more powerful and exciting bike performance.

The 60mm clincher wheel-sets are currently a darling to those that ride on bumpy roads and those who regularly ride on wet roads. It has also been recommended by professional riders for being superior in power transfers and acceleration. Here are a few features and facts that support this assertion.

Stronger Rims and Rear

Regular wheels require more spokes in order to sustain heavy weights. This often results to an uncomfortable ride. The carbon clincher wheel-set has worked around this by taking longer but fewer spokes, while at the same time ensuring that the rim is stronger. It can take up to 110kg of rider weight conveniently. It also has a shatterproof Kevlar hoop for more convenient braking. For increased safety, the wheels have a glass transition