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Author: Mark Taylor

DMR V12 Magnesium Pedals

434 that’s it, that’s all you need to know, review over. Okay, maybe not. The 434 refers to the weight, 434g, which we will come back to later. DMR V12 Magnesium 9/16 Inch Pedals are the ultimate platform pedal. Die-cast from a special magnesium alloy that is 30 percent lighter than aluminium but just as tough. DMR Pedals DMR have 3 pedals in this range. DMR V8 Pedals DMR V12 Pedals DMR V12 Magnesium Pedals Before we go any further, let’s look at the price vs weight scenario. DMR V8 Pedals – weight 528g – price £27.99 DMR V12 Pedals – weight 536g – price £51.99 DMR V12 Magnesium Pedals – weight 434g – price £69.99 As you can see, the standard V12 pedals are the same weight as the V8 pedals but are twice the price. So why bother with the V12 pedals? The V12 Magnesium pedals are 100g lighter than the standard V12 pedals. If you don’t think that is a lot, before you read on, just pop into the kitchen and find something that weighs 100g and then imagine that being taken off your bike at the end of a long day halfway up that climb – now do you see why its worth shedding the extra weight? The choice in my book is the V8 pedals at half the price or the V12 Magnesium pedals...

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Kids Bikes

Kids bikes typically have many distinguishing features that make them separate from adult bikes like training wheels, adjustable seats, handlebar accessories, foot and hand brakes, and garish decals. When getting started out in kids bikes, it is important to get one that has sufficient safety features to ensure the safety of a child that is making his or her first entry into the streets where there are passing cars, motorcycles, and other children in the way. Retrofit the bike with reflector lights and set strict limits on where the child may ride his or her bike. Even if your child does not ride their bike at night, he or she may ride it in low light towards the end of the day and as such, it is a good idea to have reflector lights so cars can see the child, or at least their bike. This is especially true during the school holidays when kids play out all-day, and often into the evening when the light can fade quite quickly. Encouraging children to ride their bikes during the school holidays is a great way to get them outside and do something healthy. Another safety device is a flag that can be appended to the bike so that other cars can see it from a long distance off. Since the training wheels will most likely be on the kids bike,...

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Cycling Holidays

The most appropriate way to see special countries is to go cycling through them. This enables you to take in the beautiful scenery, freshen the body, and revitalize in the context of nature while also seeing something new for the first time. The double effect of getting exercise and cycling through somewhere new you haven’t seen before can spark a psychological revitalization and get rid of mild depression, work-related anxiety, and specific somatic syndromes. What makes it even better is that the guided cycling tours make it so you don’t have to do any work at all. For a small fee, a guide can tour you through the area on a bike. Having a guide along will get rid of any extra anxiety because he knows the area, can help you discover, can provide first aid if someone falls ill, and knows where to get help if someone is injured. These kinds of cycling holidays are much preferred to vacations by airplane which can seem stagnant, stalwart, and malevolent comparitively. The reason is that the exercise, nature experience, and outdoor information guide is comparatively better for your system than being cramped in an airplane, vehicle, or lying motionless on the beach. Bike Tours Cycling holidays, also called bike tours, bike vacations, and bike trips are gaining ground in families because they provide a way for the whole family to...

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BMX Bikes

BMX bikes are not for the faint of heart. These bikes are designed for extreme dirt and motocross cycling where the primary purpose is riding, racing, and jumping bikes in motocross style on specialized tracks with inline start and big obstacles. BMX bikes can be used for casual use, usually by kids – and big kids – but their express use is dirt and motocross cycling. BMX encompasses all forms of extreme bike usage like the dirt track, vertical ramp, park, street, and flatland racing, but it is not limited to those.   The materials used to make BMX bikes include steel, aluminium, chromoly, hi tensile steel, or a composite metal material. These BMX bikes are used for the race, freestyle biking, dirt jumping, and flatland riding, and children, people, and teenagers, especially teenagers, have taken up the sport at BMX and skate parks to compete and ride in organized competitions.   BMX bikes continue in a long line of extreme sports, and you need the right equipment and accessories to not get hurt in the sport. The protective gear like a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, gloves, protective clothing, and BMX repair tools are a must, and they’re a necessary accessory pack for your BMX experience. Long-sleeved clothing is often worn like special jerseys and pants in case of rough scratching, burning, and abrasion from falling, landing irregularly,...

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Ducati 1098s Review

The extremely sexy Ducati 1098s immediately strikes you as a modern bike, with images of the old Ducati styling back, thankfully. Ducati features like the high tail section, and compact front end flowing into twin under-seat silencers and single-sided swing arm are very pleasing to the eye. The 1098s actually looks fast on the side stand. Add the new Testastretta Evoluzione engine at the heart of the machine and you get an all-out performance Ducati Superbike. The 1098 introduces a number of ‘firsts’ for Ducati, The 1098 is the first production motorcycle to have the amazing stopping power of Brembo Monobloc brakes, the first to have a data acquisition system integrated as standard equipment, and the use of the information-rich instrumentation, like on the Moto GP bikes, although there is an inherent problem with misting up of the instrument panel, which should have been sorted out in pre-production. But I suppose it is a Ducati and we need something to complain about don’t we? Ducati have a lot riding on this new machine, least of all its heavily dented reputation after the 999 debacle, despite being successful at racing. Inspiration has clearly come from the infamous 916 model on which Brit Carl Fogarty won five world championships. Ducati are also hoping to make their bikes more accessible by increasing the servicing interval and reducing the costs. They claim to...

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Llandegla – North Wales

Trail Name: Llandegla Trail Location: Llandegla Forest, North Wales Distance (green): 5km – 3 miles Distance (blue): 12km – 7.5 miles Distance (red): 18km – 11 miles Distance (black): 21km – 13 miles Time: 1 hr – 4hrs, depending on route Bike Trail Grade: – Something for everyone; green, blue red, black Suitable For: Beginners to more experienced mountain bikers, black route is not too technical. Surface Types: Forest paths with some more technical sections on the red and black routes. Technical Features: Gentle climbs and descents. Expect boardwalks, medium rocks, medium steps, drop-offs, cambers. Suggested Fitness Level: Entry level of fitness and stamina to medium to enjoy the more challenging routes. Llandegla Review Llandegla, or Coed Llandegla for when you are looking for it in your Sat Nav, is a dedicated mountain bike track in North Wales, not too far from Wrexham. The trail is typical forest track and is perhaps seen as an easy trail. It has a gentle climb which is readily accessible for those with moderate fitness. There are trails suitable for all types of bikers and is a great place for beginners and family groups to get to grips with what Mountain Biking is all about. The trails are marked as green for beginners, blue for newbies or those just wanting a decent introduction to mountain biking, red for those wanting a good ride...

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