So, I’m gearing up for winter and I’ve seen a couple of winter tires that I like, but I’ve never bought any before, so I’m just throwing a post out here to see if any of you have a brand or type that you really enjoy.
Strangely enough, I was reading about how some tires have tungsten carbide studs, and that was funny to me because I never thought of using tungsten that way — even though I actually have a client that sells tungsten rings online and it makes sense because tungsten is so strong.
Anyhow, I’m terrified of getting off my lazy butt during the winter to go out and cycle, but if I buy the gear ahead of time, I’ll probably be motivated to use it.
Have you ever used winter tires with tungsten carbide embedded in it?
What is your favorite brand? Do you feel safer with or without studs?
Any information you can share would be helpful, so kindly comment below. I want to be safe and fashionable … it’s the only way to be. That and fat. I’m pretty good at fat. And rambling on in posts. Heh.
Since I’m off topic … do you know how to get a tungsten wedding band off?
Alright, I’m done being distracted. Chime in below …
Am I safe putting the same material I use with my tungsten carbide ring below my wheels on the slippery stuff this winter?
Help me out. Your input is appreciated. Thanks! And happy Napy!
So you want to purchase a new pair of indoor cycling shoes for a spinning class or something related, but you don’t know what kind of features you should be looking for. This article will guide you in the right direction so you can find a pair of indoor cycling shoes that are functional, and perfect for your own personal use. I will help you pick the right ones, I promise.
There are my guidelines:
- Does the shoe have stiff soles? This is important because your shoe needs to have stiff soles if you want proper power transfer during your exercise. With a good pair of stiff soles you will be able to effortlessly transfer power from your feet to the pedals of the cycling machine.
- Does the shoe offer practical use? This is not nearly as important as other features but is still quite important to me. If I am going to spend 100$ or more on a pair of top quality indoor cycling shoes, I want the shoes to be able to perform when I am walking from my home out to my car. Try to find a pair of cycling shoes that will perform during your exercise session while still providing the luxuries of a normal pair of shoes so you can use them outside of your exercise sessions if needed. Make sure you would feel comfortable walking to the store in your new pair of cycling shoes.
- Does the shoe offer great ventilation? This is a very important feature and you can probably guess why. When you are working hard during an intense workout you want a pair of indoor cycling shoes that will properly ventilate the heat generated from your body. A pair of cycling shoes that can properly ventilate so as to prevent hot spots in the shoe during your exercise session this is excellent.
- Does the shoe weigh a lot? When it comes to cycling indoors the lighter the better. You want a pair of cycling shoes that is not going to make you feel like you have lead weights tied to your feet.
- Does the shoe offer supreme comfort? Since you are likely going to be doing some intense exercise in these shoes you want to make sure that they provide excellent comfort. The added level of comfort will keep you feeling great even when your body is telling you to give up during the workout.
Hopefully this article gives you great insights so you can make extremely efficient and educated buying decisions when the time comes. Remember to think of any personal preferences that you can add to this list that will allow you to purchase a pair of indoor cycling shoes that will last for a lifetime. If you have a specific recommendation, list it in the comments below.
On a side note … you might want to also find a great shoe for after your workout … if so, you might also want to take a look at Regev’s barefoot shoes. They seem so comfortable!
As I’ve been researching Orbea bikes a little more, I’ve decided that I’m going with one for sure …
The three main reasons for my choice …
Orbea Sells Well-Made Bicycles
Carbon-fiber from a company that’s been making bikes since 1930 (and rifles for 90 years before that). As I’ve been researching bikes on forums, it seems that almost no one is dissatisfied with their Orbea.
The Guy At The Orbea Shop Says …
… They’re light than most, but built with comfort as the primary focus. So, while I might be able to find lighter bikes in the same price point, or bikes with more rigidity, these machines are built to be super comfortable.
The Price Is Reasonable-ish
Yeah, so I’d rather pay less, but who wouldn’t. Overall, I feel like I’m getting excellent value for the price …
Which brings me to the real question … which one do I buy?
Which Orbea Bike Is The Best?
On my post where I expressed my amazement regarding the sheer number of bicycles offered by Orbea, a reader commented and made a suggestion that I go with the Orbea Orca Bronze Ultegra Di2, and that’s what I was already considering.
What do you think? It’s on sale right now for just $3.799.99 … $400 off if I buy it right now. Pretty enticing.
Let me know your opinion in the comments below. The money is burning a hole in my pocket!
I read an article today about how big cycling has become in London, especially during the work-day commute.
The London Evening Standard reports that “Bikes now account for 24 per cent of all road traffic in central London during the morning peak and 16 per cent across the whole day.” (source)
I’ve got to tell you, I think that’s awesome.
Not only do Londoners talk with such a great dialect, they also ride my favorite 2-wheeled vehicle.
The only thing cooler than visiting London would be to ride around all day on a bike. Taking in all the sights and trying to stay alive while riding on the wrong side of the street.
Here in Reno, NV, where I live, it seems like no one rides a bike. The city is getting with the program when it comes to installing bike lanes, but there are still plenty of poorly designed intersections that make it so that you’re taking your life in your hands the moment you get out of your residential neighborhood.
I wish I were more into mountain biking … I’ve got great trails just out my back door … actually that may be just the thing I should consider … buy a mountain bike and ride up and down empty trails with no cars to worry about …
Probably shouldn’t drop a bunch of money into a mountain bike till I’m sure I’ll use one, but I can probably pick up something decent on Craigslist … time to check that out!
Well, now that I’m getting back into cycling, I’ve got to start accumulating gear again. I really wish I still had everything from my last attempt at getting back on two wheels.
I’ve always been a firm believer in wearing a helmet, especially since I saw my dad fly 30 feet of his mountain bike once into a ravine and land smack on the side of his head. The fall separated his shoulder and split his helmet clean in two, but his brains stayed put. Helmets save lives … I saw … I was there.
Anyhow, I sat down to start researching cycling helmets, but I came across a study that was released at the end of 2011 by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. I had no idea, but it turns out that cycling tops the list of sports-related head injuries.
Apparently, each year, around half a million people visit the hospital for cycling-related injuries. Of those visits, a whopping 85,000+ are head injuries. There are nearly twice as many head injuries from cycling each year as football and 5 times as many as all winter sports combined.
The study also explained that wearing a helmet can make you 85% less likely to have a head injury when cycling. Wow. Who knew?
Fortunately, I was already planning to get a new helmet for my upcoming summer of fun, sun, and lactic acid buildup, but I was truly shocked to learn that cycling is at the top of the list for sports-related head injuries … and by such a wide margin, too.
So, please, teach your kids to wear a helmet. It’s critical that you help them learn good cycling habits. Lead by example.
Oh, and, let me know what your recommendations are for helmets … I got so busy digesting the details of the cycling head injury study that I blew away my time for bicycle helmet research.
What brands are your favorite? What do you look for in a brain bucket? Aside from fit, what are the most important features to you?