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Electric bicycle (e-bike) laws are different in every state, and can be confusing for
consumers, retailers, and suppliers.
The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association and PeopleForBikes have a partnership to make
riding an e-bike easy and accessible for all.
With clear rules on how and where to ride an e-bike, everyone stands to benefit.
Local bicycle shops and manufacturers will see increased business and their customers
will no longer be confused; people who already ride e-bikes can more easily understand
where to ride; and new bicyclists who may be discouraged from riding a traditional
bicycle due to limited physical fitness, age, disability or convenience will have new transportation alternatives.
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Helmet Safety History
From the soft leather football helmets of the 1920s to bicycle helmets being made compulsory in
UCI races for the first time ever in 2003,
recreational helmets have come a long way in a short amount of time.
As early as the 1950s, athletes and doctors began to realize that
helmet safety requirements were needed to protect athletes.
Because of this, three main standards emerged: CPSC, which is law in the
United States, CEN which is used throughout Europe, and ISO, which is used internationally.
These three standards were developed with the goal of mitigating major head trauma.
As the science of head injuries has continued to develop, numerous helmet companies have found
ways to adhere to the current standards while developing innovative ways to address low-G and
rotational impacts with the ultimate goal of minimizing brain injuries — something researchers are
still learning more about even today. Read on to learn about some recent innovations in bike helmet technology.
Created from the combined knowledge and efforts of a Swedish engineer and a Swedish neurosurgeon,
MIPS was designed to alleviate rotational forces generated from an impact.
Research began in the mid 1990s, with the first MIPS equipped helmets going to market in the early 2000s.
The product itself is made up of a low-friction layer positioned between the head and the helmet that absorbs some of the rotational forces generated by an oblique or angular impact typically associated with a rider falling from a bike.
Basically, the MIPS liner shifts upon impact so that your brain doesn’t rattle around in your head as much.
Several major helmet brands on the market use MIPS technology.
On the sales floor, you can tell if a helmet is equipped with MIPS or not by looking for a MIPS sticker or a thin,
yellow plastic layer lining the inside of the helmet.
Released in 2017, POC’s Shearing Pad INside (SPIN) system was developed with the desire to address the same kinds of rotational
impacts that spurred the creation of MIPS, but with a totally different approach. POC’s research showed that, compared to a
direct or linear fall, the amount of force required to cause serious injury from an oblique impact is often much lower.
Even a “light” fall that generates low rotational impacts can have serious consequences on brain health.
The SPIN system reduces the impact of oblique falls by shearing the forces in any direction. This is done using several
strategically-placed pads that allow relative movement between the helmet and the head — kind of like a slippery pillow.
While these pads don’t look much different from the typical padding that lines a bike helmet, they pack a big punch when it
comes to shearing forces.
As a relatively new helmet company, 6D has made a big splash in a short amount of time, engineering a revolutionary
new impact system called Omni-Directional Suspension (ODS).
What is ODS and how is it different from what’s already on the market? This system essentially uncouples the two main layers
of the helmet and adds elastomer dampers between those layers. Picture a suspension system inside the helmet that makes the
helmet more capable of managing energy at lower demands, which is where concussions happen. You’ll find this technology in
every 6D helmet
There’s no better place to be on a hot day than cruising around beautiful lanes on your bike!
Riding in the heat may be far more appealing than venturing out on a grim winter’s day,
but it comes with its own set of challenges to overcome as your body deals with high temperatures.
We’ve put together five simple tips to follow to help you avoid some common pitfalls when
1 Keep hydrated
One of the biggest obstacles with cycling in hot weather is maintaining adequate hydration.
You will sweat more as your body naturally tries to cool itself down,
but that sweat will evaporate quickly, meaning that it is hard for you to gauge
exactly how much fluid you are losing.
Drink little and often when riding, and make sure that you have plenty of drink with you or know of places
on your route where you can obtain more drinks – as if a mid-ride café stop needed an excuse.
It is amazing how much drink you can get through on a hot day
drinking two full bottles during a long ride is pretty normal.
The worst thing you can do it drink only when you become thirsty, keeping sipping from the beginning of your ride until the end.
Using drinks with electrolytes can be a good idea to replace those lost by sweating,
which can cause cramping. Packing ice cubes into your bottle before you leave will help keep
your drink cool, at least for the first half an hour.
The harder you work the more you will sweat, so if it’s really hot and you’re starting to feel it,
romping through your drinks, knock off your pace or shorten your ride.
And don’t forget in among all the drinking to pay attention that you are eating enough on your ride, too.
2 Dress for the weather
With a huge array of technical cycle clothing now available on the market at a whole range of prices,
there’s really no excuse to be throwing on your long-sleeved winter jersey when its 30 degrees and boiling-in-the-bag.
Lightweight materials with wicking properties will help you cool off and prevent the uncomfortable build-up of sweat.
A full-length front zip can help you regulate temperature, and a lightweight base layer can also aid the removal
and evaporation of sweat from your skin. The breeze you create by riding along has its own cooling effect,
and it’s sometimes only when you stop riding do you appreciate exactly how hot it is.
Finger less gloves are a better idea than no gloves, as sweaty palms can become sore when gripping the bars.
Lightweight, sweat wicking cycling socks are also very good idea.
A well-fitting pair of shorts are also essential, any rubbing on your delicate parts exacerbated by sweat can cause
uncomfortable soreness very quickly. Applying chamois cream before a ride can help.
Wear sunglasses with 100% UV filtering lenses to prevent damage to your eyes and stop dust,
bugs and flies taking a bath in your eyeballs.
3 Keep an eye on the road surface
Having dealt with snow, ice, rain and potholes during the winter in your home town, summer brings a different set of road
conditions to be wary of. On very hot days, tarmac can melt, causing patches of slippery or sticky tar as the road surface
lifts off in the heat. Aside from the danger of riding on an unstable surface, the tar can become stuck to your tires,
attracting grit and dirt.
4 Wear sun protection
While some cyclists are proud of their cycling tan as a badge of honour, others find it embarrassing to look as
though you are still wearing a white T-shirt when you take your top off. But laughable tan lines are not the main concern
damaging sunburn and the risk of skin cancer due to excessive ultraviolet light exposure are a problem.
Wear sunscreen on the exposed parts of your body: arms, legs, face
and in particular the back of your neck. The position on your bike means that the area on the front of your legs above
the knee and calves will be exposed to sun more than other area of your legs.
5 Ride in the morning or evening
A very obvious way to avoid the severity of the sun’s rays is to avoid the hottest periods of the day for your cycling trip.
There’s plenty of daylight in the summer months, so heading out early or at the end of the day can still mean you are riding
in the warm, but without many of the hazards
Riding in the morning or evening can have its own benefits – quieter roads, and spotting wildlife that is usually hidden
away as the sun fully rises in the sky.
If you ride in the evening, make sure you are equipped with lights in case you’re enjoying yourself so much you get caught
when the sun goes down. Night riding can also be fun with a decent set of lights – you’ll see familiar roads literally
in a new light.
And when you get home…
Pay particular attention to fluid intake when you get home, but also don’t forget to eat as you would normally after a ride.
Making a recovery drink before your ride and putting it in the fridge ready for your return will provide you with a refreshing,
fuss-free cold drink. A cold bath or shower will help you cool off and wash off the accumulated grime.
You may also feel you deserve an ice cream or two…
Congratulations on your decision to become a cyclist.
We will try to walk you through the steps necessary to build up your knowledge, fitness,
and confidence so you can quickly become fully operational and independent on or off the road.
These are our personal experiences and opinions, it’s not based on scientific research, just
some local bike shop knowledge to pass along from daily questions asked in the Oro Valley Bicycle
First, There is a tune-up coupon!
and for those of you that have bought a bike from us take advantage of
your free service agreement and get outside.
Second, Look at our calendar in our website to find out what
ride suits you and the type of terrain, road or mountain bike.
So your goal is the full El Tour de Tucson loop?
NOW! Is the best time to start your preparation for the El Tour de Tucson.
Welp! Paul states,
“Start riding that distance in a cumulative week and
make one of your rides during that week half the entire distance you have your goal set on.”
(for example: three days will be two 25 mile rides and a 50 mile ride)
Before you know it you will get that endurance up and finish strong.
Stop by any of the shops and find a time to learn flat tire repair so you aren’t left too far
behind and pick up nutrition or hydration options to help keep you on track for the time goals.
Now is a great time to begin getting that near perfect fit so the body can be rested and
strong enough to make that sprint finish.
Lastly go out and have fun…
Have you all heard that Oro Valley Bicycle is now a proud dealer for NORCO bicycles?
Come by for a test ride and Explore another brand for your cycling options.
Bert Lewis founded Norco Bicycles in 1964 with a simple vision: build better bikes. From our humble beginnings operating out of a converted chicken coop in small-town B.C., we’ve grown into a global brand delivering more than 125 different models to cyclists worldwide. We are proud of the role we’ve played in helping to shape the industry and the sport over the past five decades… read more at www.norco.com