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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Top 5 iPhone apps for cyclists

Top 5 iPhone apps for cyclists
Due to modern technological advances, there are now numerous varieties of apps available to aid and entertain you for any aspect of your day to day life. If you are an avid cyclist there are a wealth of apps to help you optimise your riding performance, track your progress, find optimal destinations and even communicate with fellow cyclists. Listed below are five of these ingenious apps which promise to intrigue and inform you whilst you travel.
1-Cycle Tracker Pro ($4.99)
Cycle Tracker Pro provides you with precise data regarding every element of your journey. It notifies you of your speed, distance, altitude, time as well as the amount of calories you have burned. It displays this information on an easy to use interface which also enables you to play music from your iPod whilst you cycle, permitting you to set certain tracks for specific sections of your route, to boost your motivation when you need it the most! You can also keep in contact with your friends and other cyclists through Facebook and Twitter.





























2-Bike Doctor 2 ($4.99)
Available for both iPhone and Android, Bike Doctor 2 is a vital lifeline for any cyclist because it provides you with a list of the twenty nine most common bike repairs to help you in the case of any incident. The app provides easy to follow, step-by-step guides to show you how to fix a myriad of issues, from mending punctures to stopping gears from skipping. Moreover, the app contains a safety check option so you can be confident your bike is fully operational before commencing any ride.



3-Bike Hub ($0)
This free app informs you of the best cycling routes in your area. Bike Hub permits you to choose the ride which suits you best; be it a quiet route, a hectic one, or a combination of the two. Furthermore, Bike Hub lists all the local bike shops and garages in your area so you can easily stock up on supplies.




























4-EveryTrail ($3.90)
You'll never get lost again! This app enables you to view your current position and cycling route on a Google Map or satellite view. Utilising GPS, EveryTrail integrates your saved rides onto your account on their website as well as allowing you to download 'Open Street Maps' to your phone, simultaneously conserving battery life and helping you find your chosen destination with ease. Additionally, you have the opportunity to test drive this app for free, testing up to a maximum of three rides, before upgrading to the advanced version.




5-Rendezvous
Rendezvous is the perfect app if you enjoy group cycling rides. The app permits you to organise group rides by creating an event and inviting people to join. Subsequently, you can post messages between riders to finalise ride details and discuss possible routes. Moreover, during the actual ride, you can track the locations of your other group members, ensuring no-one is lost or left behind!

















These apps are certain to enrich your riding experience and add a hint of modern technology to the timeless classic hobby of cycling. There are even bicycles available from Jardine Motors which you can connect your smartphone to and have a phone holder so you can easily use your apps on the move. The bicycle will even charge your phone as you cycle along! Whether you cycle out with your friends and all the latest technology or alone on a classic bike, have a great ride.
Author
This article was written by Bradley Taylor, a freelance writer from Derby, England. Bradley is a motoring enthusiast who loves writing about cars and everything automotive, but he is versatile and also writes across a variety of other topics. You can keep connected with Bradley on Google+ and follow him on Twitter.










Hope you enjoyed this article by our very first guest writer Bradley Taylor.
Gerry  :)

Monday, September 09, 2013

This blog is on hiatus but it's not dead!


I know some of you  have been screaming for more how-to articles but I can't write what I'm not experiencing. When I started this blog I already had 15 years of messing around with tools and bikes under my belt and it was easy to throw all of it in the blog. Now, things are different.

I haven't been cycling that much lately and whenever I do, it's nothing to write home or on the blog about. My new passion is photography and when i get into something, I go all in. I've yet to master this new skill and it's taking all of what time I have available. I tried to mix cycling and photography with the folder build but as you all know so well, it went nowhere. Not to say that I won't get back to it at some point but don't hold your breathe.

Until I get bitten by the bike bug again, I will still answer your emails, respond to your comments and keep the spammers out. The free Ebook and articles are still there for you to consult. I even catch myself fixing them up sometimes, so enjoy and use them.

Until next time, ride safe and free.

Gerry :)

Monday, June 24, 2013

Marty Ashton amazing Road Bike video

Sorry folks haven't had time to work on the bike in a while. I found this today and decided to share it with you. Apart from the WD40 being used on the drivetrain, pretty amazing! I had no idea a road bike could be used in this fashion.



Ride safe and free.
Gerry :)

Monday, June 10, 2013

Cycling and Law Enforcement

Recently here in Montreal Police Officers have been handing out tickets to cyclist for various infractions. Some are saying that they are being more aggressive on enforcement than before.

Man gets a ticket for riding in a pedestrian zone.
Tickets issued vary from crossing on a pedestrian light, riding on the sidewalk and having no or missing reflectors on the bike. Reports coming in from some riders indicate that some Officers are not being discerning in their Law enforcement and going heavy on the pen. One noted anecdote states 3 tickets were issued for 3 missing reflectors on the same bike instead of just one ticket for the general infraction. It is also good to know that Montreal PD does not issue any kind of warnings. If the pen comes out, it will cost you.

What to do then? One thing for sure is to pay attention to your surroundings, making sure you don't commit an infraction right in front of a cop. Check your bike for missing reflectors and replace them according to your local law. Here in Quebec reflectors are required as follows: One white in the front, one red in the back, yellow on the pedals front and back, yellow in the front spokes and red in the rear spokes. Quebec's highway code does not specify a definition for a reflector or a standard size, so if you cannot fit a standard reflector somewhere on your bike, you can use reflective tape of the required color.

One element that has been prompted by all that recent MPD activity towards cyclists here in Montreal is a Facebook Group that lets riders know where the fuzz is at during the day. Same kind of thing already done by our car driving counterparts. Don't have one in your area? Start one, it's not illegal (Here anyways).

Lastly, if you do get pulled over for something by a Police officer, identify yourself and shut up. Keep your arguments for court, anything you say will be used against you in the report. Send in your "not guilty" plea with the section for explanation blank if you choose to challenge the case. Would you show your hand at a poker game?

Keep safe and ride free.

Gerry :)

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Big Bike Ride, epilogue

For those curious on how the big ride went, here's a little post to satisfy your curiosity.






Mechanically the bike did good except for developing a tendency to throw its chain at the end and no it didn't rain. That fender did pay off!  :)


My body aches all over today, especially my butt. The price to pay for not having done any serious riding in the past year.


Hopefully I'll be more on the bike this year.

The Tour rides always finish with a big party. This was the scene at the Olympic Stadium.

Until next time, ride safe and free.

Gerry :)