Tips from a Biker

If as a kid you spent hours together on your balance bike, I congratulate you! You are one of our own and have the spark in you to be a biker one day. When you are possessed by a fiery sense of fernweh, there is nothing more exhilarating than to make a road trip and get lost somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Before you set out for a road trip, you ought to ensure that you have everything that would keep various kinds of problems at bay. Here is a list of the five most essential items that you should have with you on a road trip.

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  1. Breakdown supplies: If you’re going riding in the night, a flashlight is extremely important. Bring along with you an extra flashlight and fresh batteries. Emergency supplies are very helpful in finding your way if in case you are lost.
  2. First Aid Kits: Road trips can be extremely adventurous and this brings into picture the risk of hurting yourself in a number of ways. You may slip or fall or have a bad headache and therefore it is always a good idea to take along with you a first-aid kit comprising of items like nicks and scrapes, anti-bacterial cream, bandages, pain killers and medicines.
  3. Music: Don’t forget to bring your music along with you. The joy of riding is multiplied ten times when you have your favourite artist playing your favourite songs right in your ears. Music adds to the fun of riding and a good playlist would come in really handy.
  4. Camera: A working camera would help you capture the memories of the trip and cherish them for the rest of your life. If you are going in a group, a couple of cameras would be more than enough. You want to travel light and when in a group, it would make little sense for each rider or pillion to carry a camera each. There is nothing like capturing the scenery that makes up the fantastic background for the road you’re travelling.
  5. Eatables and juices: Fruit juices help you stay hydrated and staying hydrated is an important aspect of any trip. It is always a good idea to take along with you food items that are sources of quick energy. Fruits, pretzels, granola bars and crackers are food items you can take with you without having to make much space.

The world of biking is a world of raw nature and dead rubber. Once you entered it, as a young child on your best balance bike or an old man on your beat up old hog, you are a biker for life and trust me, you would never want to leave and might perhaps be even happy to be living the life of an outlaw if at all!

Where you can look for Balance Bikes:

– BabbleBikes – http://www.babblebikes.com

– KidsBalanceBikes –  http://www.kidsbalancebikes.com/

Selecting a Good Motorcycle Backpack

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Motorcycle backpacks have been around for a long time, but in recent there has been some pretty cool innovation on this front in both design, comfort and additional utility like safety. If you’re looking for a new backpack to wear while riding then you’re basically spoiled for choice. Here are a few pointers to consider when selecting a new bag:

1) What will you be using it for?

The first question you should ask is what exactly you need this bag for. If you’re a long distance or road trip rider then chances are you’ll need something that that’s very comfortable and can carry a larger payload. If you use your bike mainly to commute to work then you may be looking for something smaller that can double as a day-pack and maybe even look good when you carry it into meetings. Additional features like water resistance and compartments for your tolls of the trade, like a laptop could should be considered.

2) What are you riding?

Let’s face it, the big bulky bag that effectively “sits” on the passenger seat of your hog while you cruise the back roads is not the same one you want on your back when speeding down the highway on a crotch-rocket! For the latter, you’re probably looking for something with a slim profile and low drag.

3) Safety considerations.

As any rider will tel you, riding with a backpack changes your dynamic on the bike a little. Your center of gravity and balance may be influenced and your drag may increase depending on the size of the pack. Keep these things in mind when shopping for motorcycle backpacks. As always, safety comes first! There are some great high visibility motorcycle backpacks available nowadays and even some hard-shell packs that are impact resistant and can help protect your body in the unfortunate event of a crash or fall. These, while still practical backpacks double as additional safety devices and is well worth talking a look at.

4) What will you do with it off the bike?

Unfortunately, you will not be riding forever and it makes sense to keep in kind what you’ll be doing with the back once you get off the bike. Again, if you’re a cross-country rider, you may have to stow it with the bike while you catch some frosty adult beverages or haul it with you into a diner of motel. As mentioned before, if you’re a professional and use it to haul your laptop and carry it into meetings then finding a pack that looks neat and professional may be important.

5) What do you like?

You have to pick a bag you can live with. Find something that fits your style, sits comfortably on your body and appeals to you and the people you ride with! There are some reputable companies like High Sierra that manufacture backpacks that, while not strictly motorcycle backpacks, may serve your needs very well. this opens the scope of packs you can consider up quite substantially.

6) What can you afford?

Finally, and this obviously drives a lot of purchase decisions you have to pick something that works for your budget. Motorcycle backpacks range from $200 to $29 on Amazon.com. That’s quite a difference and in many cases you get what you pay for. That beings said, there are some ridiculously overpriced bags on the market and it makes sense to read a few good backpack reviews to ensure you don’t buy something you’ll regret spending your money on in a few months.

Life on the Hog: Working with Back Pain

One of the problems of long road trips the older you get is the toll it takes on your body.  When we were all young, we could ride for days with little or no pain.  Now the hand and back pain has taken a toll.  After our annual 3 week trip, that now has become a 3 or 4 day trip, all of us are down for the count.  With that being said, if you work at it you can prevent the pain.

harlIn 2012 after a trip to Sturgis Bike Week I started a few things to help from the wear and tear of time on the road.  I wrote this up below as a way for people to work through their lower pack problems.

Lower back pain is becoming a troublesome issue and an increasing work-related health problem. It not only stems from lifting heavy weight but general bad posture caused by prolonged hours of sitting in the office chairs. The principle of ergonomics, yoga and Inversion therapy help to prove the workplace, bettering the standards for employees. If we look in detail at the lower back pain, we can discuss some of the ways to prevent it through ergonomics and make the working environment more comfortable and in turn, more efficient in terms of productivity and output.

Here are some guidelines to prevent employees from suffering with lower back pain in the office:

First and foremost, the most important thing is to identify the causes of lower back pain in any work environment and then take steps wisely to eliminate these causes. Prolonged periods of static posture are one of the major causes of lower back pain as many office employees spend hours at their computer desks. Factually speaking, the body should change position every twenty minutes so that there are some benefits in frequent breaks or an office setup where employees are required to move between stations. Stretching your body from time to time can help prevent stress a static posture can create on muscles and ligaments.

Ergonomic balance ball chairs are proving to be extremely beneficial for employees who have to spend long hours sitting in the chairs. Although they are a little expensive, these chairs help you to align your spine and give the user an opportunity to change positions frequently.

Yoga has been around for a very long time and is a revolutionary exercise for an office worker. It has been recognized lately to prevent lower back pains. Providing for yoga class or yoga breaks between working hours sounds like a sensible idea for employees who sit in a static position for hours.

These days, the most effective treatment for preventing lower back problems is called the Inversion therapy. The Inversion tables are designed in such a way that a person’s feet are placed higher than the head. Therefore, it helps to reduce the negative effects of gravity since gravity helps to stretch the backbone. This treatment helps in increasing flexibility and reduces the effects of gravity, improves posture and better blood circulation. Thus, this is a very effective treatment for curing lower back pains. And can be used at offices for people who have to spend long hours sitting in a static position.

Resources – 

Inversion Table Guide – www.inversionguide.com

Forbes – www.forbes.com

Guide to Purchasing Spray Paint for Cars

I was looking for a cool way to add some color and customize my car.  My best friend gave me an awesome idea to spray paint my car.  I decided to go with Montana acryclic spray paint in shock red.

Pros

Bright and beautiful color-  I was looking for an inexpensive way to upgrade my ride but I wasn’t expecting amazing results.  The color and finish of the spray paint was bright and bold.  I feel like everyone is looking at my car when I drive down the street.carsss

Can be used on multiple surfaces-  After I finished spray painting my car, I still had some spray paint left.  I was able to use the extra paint on a wood bird house.  The bright red color attracts birds from miles away.  This spray paint can also be used on concrete, metal, plastic, glass, and more.

Easy to change the pressure output for different projects-  By simply changing the cap, I was able to switch from a low-pressure to high-pressure output. The low pressure output is ideal for creating lines and details and the high-pressure output is perfect for filing in large areas.  By using the high pressure output, I was able to spray paint my car in a short amount of time.  And when I used the low pressure output on the birdhouse, I was able to create some custom details.

Dries extremely fast-  The fact that this spray paint dries extremely fast allowed me to change the color of my car within a short amount of time.  This was ideal because I wanted to upgrade my car within a couple of days.  If I would have taken my car to the shop for a paint job, it would have taken at least one week.

Affordable way to upgrade my ride- I was able to paint my car instead of taking it to the shop which saved me a couple of hundred dollars.  The new color covered up some minor scratches.

Color ring at the top of the can makes it easy to identify-  I loved this spray paint so I decided to purchase it in a couple of other colors.  There is a ring at the top of the can which allows you to easily identify the color.  This is a great feature because it allows me to easily find the color that I am looking for.

Doesn’t take up a lot of space-  The small spray paint can doesn’t take up a lot of space.  This is perfect because I don’t have a lot of extra storage in my garage.

Cons

Hard to clean up-  I disliked the fact that this spray paint was difficult to clean up.  Because it dries so quickly, you definitely have to be careful about where you are spraying.  You need to set up an adequate paint station before you start.

Should be used in open spaces- Even though the manufacture claims that you can paint in indoor spaces, I would still recommend using this product outside.  However, the atomized spray reduces the odor.  I always recommend researching the best paint sprayer for your car before moving forward.

Overall opinion

Overall, I would give this spray paint a nine out of ten.  I loved the color and finish but I wish I had made a paint station before I started.  I would definitely recommend this spray paint to all of my family members and friends.  And will never pay a car dealership hundreds of dollars to spray paint my car again.