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May
2

Bicycle Safety – Riding Tips

The Fundamentals – Hand Signals – Hazard Recognition – Tips to Avoid Collisions

Even if you are an experienced cyclist, it’s a good idea to review the fundamentals periodically. You may also want to review them with younger cyclists in your family.

The best guideline is:          Be Alert. Be Wary. Be Seen.

            Be Alert                     Scan ahead, center, left and right.

            Be Wary                    Pay attention to vehicles, pedestrians and others on the road.

            Be Seen                    Use your horn, hand signals and light to be seen by others on the road.

 

 

10 Tips for Safer Cycling

  • Wear your helmet. Follow this simple rule and you reduce your risk of serious injury by as much as 85 percent.
  • Keep your head up and look ahead, not at the ground. You need to see what is coming up so you have time  to react and maneuver.
  • One person per bike. Riding with unsecured passengers puts you at risk for injury to yourself and others.
  • Ride in single file with space between bikes.
  • Ride on the right side of the road, never against traffic. Otherwise, you are at risk for an accident – or a ticket.
  • Plan ahead if you will ride in a group. Agree on the route ahead of time. Have a plan on what you will do if separated by traffic.
  • If you will be riding in an unfamiliar area, check out local laws and rules first.
  • Avoid busy roads and peak traffic times on your route.
  • Before riding at night, ask someone to help you check your visibility to motorists.
  • Maintain the bikes in your household. Keep chains clean and lubricated and periodically inspect brake pads.

Communicate your intention to turn, stop, and change lanes using recognized hand signals.

What is a Hazard?
Both road and weather conditions can be dangerous to riders. Identifying potential hazards and paying attention to your surroundings will keep you safer.

Hazards on the road

  • Uneven, rough surfaces can cause falls.
  • An object in the road can cause a flat tire, loss of balance or unsafe maneuver. Avoid riding across unknown objects.
  • Slippery surfaces create a loss of traction which may cause you to lose control of your bike. Slow down or walk your bike across slippery surfaces.

Make safe choices

  • Do not wear headphones while riding.
  • Keep both hands on the handlebars, except when signaling.
  • Keep both feet on pedals.
  • In a group, ride single-file, with the flow of traffic.
  • Wear a brightly colored helmet and retro-reflective material on your clothing.
  • Use the correct hand signals.
  • Before entering a roadway: Stop. Look left. Look right. Look left.

Avoid riding at twilight or in the dark, especially on narrow roads and roads with speed limits that exceed 35 mph.

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Apr
25

5 Tips for Safe Bicycle Trips

There’s no better way to enjoy a beautiful summer day than with a bike ride with the family. When we think of bikes we think of healthy exercise, but we can sometimes forget that bikes are not just outdoor toys.  Several years ago, I was in a bicycle accident and my head hit the ground so hard.  Had I not been wearing a helmet, I am sure I would have had more than a fractured hip. That is just one safety measure of cycling, but there are many more than can protect you and your family.

Bicycle accidents account for 2% of all traffic fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, over 700 people die from bicycle injuries each year. Bike safety is important for everyone especially our children. 300,000 kids each year are hospitalized for bike injuries.

People most at risk are young kids ages 5-14 and adolescents/young adults ages 15-24. They account for one third of all emergency room visits for bike injuries. Older Americans ages 40+ are also at a higher risk of bike accidents.

There are ways to protect yourself and your family when you are out riding your bikes. Here are five tips to remember to have a safe trip.

Apr
20

Writing Tips and 85 Brilliant Topics

Have you ever thought about the importance of transportation? We see thousands of cars and big trucks, planes, and ships, and even do not think what exactly they are doing. No, they do not only transport people from one place to another. All those vehicles form a huge transportation system as well, which plays an extremely important role for any country.

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1.  🔄  Narrow the Scope of Essays on Transportation

Needless to say, transportation is a field that offers hundred of issues to consider. The choice of a topic for essays on transportation may depend on many factors, and some of them are:

  • Your knowledge of Geography

  • Your understanding of economic issues

  • Your awareness of various types of transport, how they work, etc.

2.  🚌  Transportation Topics

Here are several topic suggestions for essays on transportation:

  1. The importance of transportation for the country’s economy. You can critically review the main effects of urban transport on different aspects of a country’s economy and draw conclusions on how they are important.

  2. The public transport system. Some research may be undertaken in the sphere of different modes of transport and how are they are connected.
  3. Transportation in times of the Industrial Revolution, etc. Industrial revolution has in many ways influenced today’s transport economy, which is why it is important to research into the transport organization of that period.

First commercially successful steam locomotive
The First Locomotives
  1. Urban transport improvement in developing countries. Here the research may be aimed at finding ways to solve transport problems in developing cities. You may also elaborate a new transport policy.
  2. Adjustments for London transport fares in a city. The essay may identify issues in transport economy and suggests measures for its improvement.

  3. Raising funds for transport improvement. Under this topic, a researcher may focus on different fundraising strategies such as public campaigns.

  4. Types of government interventions in air transport organization. The essay may review existing and perspective governmental instruments for improving air transport in a city or a country.
  5. Balancing supply and demand in rural transport economy. This crucial topic may be explored by identifying issues in rural transport and reviewing strategies for matching supply and demand.

  6. Application of economic theory to urban transport. The essay may explore the extent of the influence of various economic theories on different modes of transport.

  7. Economy of the road transport. The research could target the economic problems of a certain mode of personal or public transport.

London street, cars and red buses

  1. Effective transport systems in developed countries. Study a several examples drawn from public transport in German, British, or Danish cities.

  2. The future of public transport. Find

Apr
2

Car Buying Secrets, Car Buying Advice and Car Buying Tips to Save You Money When Buying and Financing a Vehicle!

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You will also learn how to trade a car even if you owe money on it, the best time to buy a car, How to try to get a car loan with bad credit, how to avoid problems when financing your car through a dealer, what goes on behind the scenes in a car dealership during a car deal and many other aspects of the car buying process.

You will find no theory here – only actual proven facts from my own hands on car dealership experience!

Most car dealers and car sales people are honest folks, but you must remember. . . Car Sales People, Sales Managers and Finance Managers all work on commission. They are thinking about their pay checks first when selling you a vehicle and arranging car financing for you!

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Apr
2

Top Tips and Planning Basics

Like the song says, you’re going to the chapel to do you-know-what. But how’s Mom getting there? Or your bridesmaids, or for that matter, your fiancé(e)? And just as important, how’s everybody (wedding guests included!) getting from the ceremony to the reception… and then home? Unless you plan on beaming up to your destination, it’s time to work out some wedding transportation logistics. Start with our expert guide.

When Should You Book Your Wedding Transportation?

When there are between four and six months to go, it’s time to think about your transportation… aka when you’ve long settled on your date, ceremony and reception sites and wedding party size. If you’re marrying in April, May or June—prom and graduation season—high-class vehicles will be in high demand, so you’ll need to book your transportation even earlier. Pro tip: Make the final reservation in person so you can inspect the vehicles and ask which one(s) you’ll be getting.

Who Should You Transport?

Your first step is to take a headcount for immediate family and VIPs. For many weddings, that means the couple, their wedding party, both sets of parents, siblings not in the wedding party and grandparents. Some couples also provide wedding transportation services for close relatives, out-of-towners or all guests. So where do you draw the line? The decision will probably come down to budget, but you should also consider the following:

Distance: If your ceremony and reception venues are only a short distance away from each other, you’re in the clear. But there’s a cutoff—if they’re more than 30 minutes apart, you should definitely consider providing transportation for all wedding guests so you don’t inconvenience them with Uber charges and long, tedious drives. Keep other distances, like the miles between your wedding venue(s) and the hotel where you’ve booked room blocks, in mind too.

Location: If you have lots of people coming in from out of town (who might not have cars with them) and/or have a hard-to-get-to or hard-to-find location, you should also consider booking transportation for guests.

Special needs: Think about anyone who might otherwise struggle to transport themselves and organize a travel plan for them—for example, asking your brother to pick up your 90-year-old grandma who isn’t comfortable behind the wheel. 

Even if you decide not to book transportation for certain guests, you can still throw them a bone. In your invitation suite or on your wedding website, do provide information about public transportation. This can include where to catch a cab, phone numbers of (reputable!) local services, and estimates of how much each option will cost (that way, no one will have to worry whether they have enough cash on them). Another thoughtful option is providing discount codes for rental cars. (FYI: Wedding guests get up to 25 percent off the bill if they book a Budget rental car through The Knot.) 

Also, check with the hotels you’ve reserved rooms at to see whether they provide any sort of airport shuttle service; if they do, definitely clue

Apr
1

5 Tips to Get You Started in Vehicle Wrap Design

Vehicle wraps are a very popular design product for small businesses. The side of their vehicles is a great advertising space that will be seen by many people. It’s basically a mobile billboard with ad space that a business owner only has to pay for once.

Many vehicle wraps are made of large, printed vinyl stickers that are applied to the surface of the vehicle. However, designing these effective ads can be a little complex. Any designer who decides to undertake a vehicle wrap project should at least be at an intermediate skill level with standard graphic design programs and do their research before they jump into it.

Below, we’ll discuss the basic process for designing print-ready vehicle wrap files and how to deliver them to your client. Let’s get started.

1. Gather information
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Purchase_Template

Before you even start designing anything, you need to obtain an accurate template. It’s crucial to create the designs on an accurate template file of your client’s vehicle in order to be able to create a design that is to scale and as print-ready as possible. Vehicle wrap files can be large and complex and some vehicle wrap printers will charge your client up to $75/hour or $250 total for any fixes.

Ideally, your client will provide you with template files of the the car’s blueprint up front. If not, they can purchase them for you at car blueprint templates websites like this one or ask their vehicle wrap printer to provide them with one. Please note that templates files purchased online will not always be 100% accurate, since each vehicle may have slight irregularities on the surface.

Next, find out which vehicle printing company the client is using and what their specifications are. Each vehicle wrap printing company may have different file requirements or printing processes, so it’s important to gather as much information as possible before you even start designing.

Lastly, ask your client to provide you with high quality photos of their vehicle and to let you know which car model it is. Ask if there any irregularities on the cars surface that may be different than existing templates.

2. Gather inspiration
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Inspiration

Now that you have all the technical information ready to go, it’s time to start thinking about how to turn your client’s vehicle wrap dream into a reality! Let’s assume that they already have a logo and advertising copy ready to go. You should be asking them about what type of vehicle wrap designs they like.

While it’s not recommended, many clients love photos in the vehicle wrap design. If that’s what they want, very high resolution images need to be obtained and purchased. You’ll need to agree on a budget for stock photos.

It’s always a good idea to keep a vehicle wrap design simple, especially if it’s an ad for your client’s business. Your client’s vehicle may be going 65mph on the freeway, so you’ll need to make sure that the brand’s message can be read in

Mar
31

Bicycle, Bicycle Tips, Bicycle Part Tips


Are folding bicycles a good buy?

For anyone who enjoys riding a bicycle but lacks adequate storage space, a folding bicycle may be ideal. A folding bicycle can be kept in a car trunk, so the owner can stop and enjoy a ride anytime. People living in small apartments can keep a folding bicycle tucked away in a closet, away from pathways.

Many people fear that leaving a bicycle outside invites theft, no matter how well the bike is secured. Keeping a folding bike indoors solves that problem. People living in a boat or motor home can easily get around whenever they want, yet store the bike easily in minimal space.

There are several models of folding bicycles, most of them using smaller wheels than conventional bicycles. Usually, a long seat stem allows for a height comparable to bicycles that use standard 26-inch wheels. Most models fold in the middle, along the seat stem.

 
 


What are some bicycle safety rules for riding in the street with motor vehicles?

Riding a bike is beneficial because it is exercise, and it conserves fuel; however,it must be done in a safe manner. Knowing proper protocol while riding in the street with motor vehicles is a must.

-Ride in the street about 2 or 3 feet from the curb.
-Always use hand signals before turning or stopping.
-Always obey stoplights and signs.
-Ride in a straight line… no weaving.
-Make eye contact with other drivers before turning.
-Watch carefully for cars.

For more information on riding your bike safely, contact your local Department of Transportation and ask for their published bike safety guide.

 
 


What is the difference between a compact crankshaft and a normal one, and what does a compact one get you?

A bicycle’s crankshaft drives the chain of your bike as you pedal. Most bicycles come equipped with either a double or triple crankshaft. A triple crankshaft gives you a greater lower range of gears, allowing you to pedal uphill.

Compact crankshafts are not new, but are just coming into popularity. They also give you a better lower range, but take away a bit at the higher range, unlike the double or triple crankshaft. The upside is that it is lighter weight than even a standard double. The downside is that you don’t get as great a lower end as a triple would give you and you do lose that bit at the high end.

So, if you need better low end gears on your racer, but don’t need all that a triple would provide, a lighter, compact crankshaft could be your answer.

 
 


What is the winning purse for the winner of the tour de france?

Held every July, the Tour de France has long been thought of as the toughest of races. Just to compete in it is a triumph in and above itself. For the winner though, the purse of 2 million French francs is quite a reward. In American money, it equals about $600,000. This