Use Internal Gears in Bicycles

  1. The system of the gear: After a set of gears is interlocked, it is called a planetary system. As a result, it will help you to ride up on a hill. Or better yet, it will help you go faster on a flat. Based on the condition of the gear, the driver has two options. He can spring first on outer rings. However, the planetary gears may go deeper in the hub. As a result, it gets nearer to the center. All in all, there are all 11 combinations. That means it’s an equivalent of an 11-45 tooth cassette.
  2. Disc-brake on rotors: When working with disc brakes, you are up for an amazing treat. That is because it gives superior stopping and exceptional control. This is most applicable on wet roads or when your bike is densely loaded.
  3. The axle is fixed. The whole system goes around a fixed axle that has three pawls — they are spring-loaded with wedge-shaped pieces of metal. At times, shifting makes specific pawls to prolong the from the axle. Thus, it prohibits a few moving sun gears from spinning.
  4. The cog is critical. Like a free hub body, the one and only external cog of an internal gear hub is attached to a driver unit. Consequently, the labyrinth of great inside the hub turns and uses a clutch to get into different gears.

Now that we know the anatomy of an internal gear, we are aware how to use them. Let us get to a few reasons you need to use an internal gear hub.

  1. Reliable: One of the most substantial advantages of internal gear hub is that all of the moving parts for shifting are sealed in a unit. This is no other than the hub. Also, it means that they are absolutely protected from dirt, grime, road salt and water.
  2. Durability and Maintenance: Do you know that internal gear hubs are not difficult to keep than standard derailleur systems? What you need to do regularly is to keep the suitable tension on your chain and lubricate it regularly.
  3. Shifting: Imagine this ever happening to you: You came to a stop on your bike. You suddenly realized that you are still in too much high of a gear to start in. Worry no more. With the help of an internal gear hub, you can shift gears while stagnant.

Choosing a Mountain Bike

The first question to ask is how much are you willing to spend. It is important to understand that it is not just the cost of the bike. If you are new to cycling, you may also need to buy accessories like a helmet, riding shoes, padded shorts, water bottles, bike rack, and pedals (WAIT… WHAT… My bike won’t come with pedals! In most cases, higher-end bikes do not come with pedals with the assumption that higher-end riders have their own preferences. And if it does come with pedals, they are just the basic pedals that came on your Huffy when you were a kid, and you will want to change them out, anyway).

Assuming you are not just looking to buy a bike from Target, Most Bike Manufacturers offer Mountain Bikes from a few hundred dollars to, in some cases, over $10,000. If you are reading this post, you probably don’t need a $10,000 ride. However, if your budget allows, you may consider spending anywhere between one to three thousand for a bike that you will be able to keep around for a while, as your skill level increases.

The reason prices vary so dramatically is due to the type of components on the bike, and the material the frame is made of. We will get into these later. For now, know what price range you are looking for. No sense in “Jones’ing” for that bike you would need to remortgage your house to even consider.

What type of terrain are you planning to ride and what is your skill-level. This is important because, these days, Mountain Bikes are designed for specific types of riding and conditions.

TRAIL – Most people just getting into Mountain Biking will want to consider a Trail Bike. These are general-purpose bikes that will ride nicely on everything from dirt roads to singletrack. These generally come in hardtail (front suspension) or full-suspension (front and rear suspension)

CROSS-COUNTRY – These Mountain Bikes are fast and nimble. They are for those looking to compete. They ascend and corner well. However, their clearance and build are not suited for technical rock-gardens or jumps

ALL MOUNTAIN – With heavier built frames and beefier and longer suspension, these Mountain Bikes are built for more technical terrain. They are well suited for steep technical downhill. But, due to their relative weight, are not as fast on the ascent as other categories. This can be overcome with carbon frames and lighter components if you are willing to spend the money.

FREERIDE – If you want to just go downhill fast and jump high… this is the ride for you. Think skier on two wheels. People who Freeride, are often hitting the ski slopes during off season, and are being shuttled to the top. Ascending a Freeride bike is not going to be efficient.

FATTY – A fast growing market in the Mountain Bike Arena are bikes with Fat Tires. These were initially designed to be ridden on snow and sand. However, recent designs are equally as comfortable on trails. Similar to a 4×4 with bloated tires, these rides roll over obstacles, and due to more surface area, grip better than traditional MTB tires. They also provide more cushion, minimizing the need for additional suspension (although, some designs still have it). However, this is not a fast bike, and will be extremely inefficient on hard, smooth surfaces.

HARDTAIL – Hardtails are called so due to the fact that they have no suspension in the rear. These are generally cheaper than Full-Suspension bikes. Also, all things being equal, can be more efficient on the ascent.

FULL-SUSPENSION – These bikes have suspension in the front and the rear. This results in a more comfortable ride and reduces fatigue. An other benefit is that, due to less bounce, there is typically more tire contact with the trail. In the past, there was a significant drawback to full-suspension bikes. They were less efficient on the ascent, and one gave up a little control on cornering. These days, these types of bikes provide ways to adjust the amount of suspension (and even lock it out) depending on the conditions you are riding on.

Running Shoes

To make sure you stick with option one, you need to protect your joints. The best way to do this, is to use running shoes, suited to YOUR feet.

All shoes have varying levels of support and, to avoid injuries, this is one of the first considerations you need to think about when choosing a pair of running shoes. As most of us have different support requirements, there is no ONE best running shoe which will work perfectly for everyone.

This fun little Garmin gadget attaches itself to your shoe and measures your running speed and distance. It even notices your stride length changes for accurate distance calculations!

Garmin has developed a great little foot pod gadget to attach to your running shoe or even just your shoe laces, it’s that small. This foot pod will measure your running speed and distance whilst noticing any change in your running strides and report back to you on your forerunner.

Most other pedometers measure distance and speed on a broad basis. The Garmin Foot Pod, on the other hand makes use of MEMS sensor technology which is highly accurate and takes your movement changes into consideration when calculating speed and distance. When your stride changes, the results will reflect these and you can have confidence in an exact running distances and speed.

As the cherry on the top, the sensor also measures your running cadence. By analyzing your running cadence you will be able to approach your goal speed and distance in a realistic manner with and evaluate your progress with measurable results.

Garmin has developed a great little foot pod gadget to attach to your running shoe or even just your shoe laces, it’s that small. This foot pod will measure your running speed and distance whilst noticing any change in your running strides and report back to you on your forerunner.

Most other pedometers measure distance and speed on a broad basis. The Garmin Foot Pod, on the other hand makes use of MEMS sensor technology which is highly accurate and takes your movement changes into consideration when calculating speed and distance. When your stride changes, the results will reflect these and you can have confidence in an exact running distances and speed.

As the cherry on the top, the sensor also measures your running cadence. By analyzing your running cadence you will be able to approach your goal speed and distance in a realistic manner with and evaluate your progress with measurable results.

Ball Position

Initial position

You have to have some guidelines on first placing the ball. There is a very narrow stretch of area suitable for this. This area lies between the left of your left shoulder and the right of your nose. This is more of a matter of precision. Gradually, as you become an experienced golfer, this will come naturally to you.

Use the same position

This is an important trick that not many people will tell you about. This is an effective way to keep control over the distance. No matter what club you are using for your game, ensure that the ball is kept in the same spot. But how do you address the issue of the club length then? All you have to do here is adjust your stance width. Changing stance width and static ball position together will give you good control.

Upper strike? No!

Keep this point carefully in mind. It is a common misconception that a vertical strike is going to help the ball go airborne and thus a father distance. You need a big trajectory, true. But for that, you need a downward stroke that will give the ball more spin. This is a very effective formula, remember this!

Driver club

The driver club is the longest of the lot. How do you deal with this? This requires a game which is played inside the front foot. This gives the ball a bigger trajectory that takes it farther rather than just imparting a downward stroke. Sometimes, it is advisable to move the ball half an inch with every increasing club length.

Choose A Badminton Racket

  • Step 1
    First up is frame construction. According to Hart Sports New Zealand, the most affordable types are made from steel but they do come heavy. Lightweight aluminum rackets offer more control while graphite models are the lightest and should give off excellent speed, handling, and control. Experienced players will find graphite rackets fit for them while beginners ought to start with steel or aluminum.
  • Step 2
    Grip size is also an essential element to the game. Make sure your hand fits around the handle of your racquet choice perfectly by trying it out before you make the purchase. Some shops will give you size measurements advice and letting you try different grip sizes of the same racquet. When in doubt, go for a smaller grip size that you think you need. This is because you can simply add overgrips to increase the size overtime if you find the handle too small for comfort.
  • Step 3
    Balance as well as comfort and fit are also of prime importance. Make sure you visit local badminton clubs to try out several racquet brands to see how you and your racquet fit each other.
  • Step 4
    For string tension, new players need relatively low tension ranging from 15 to 22 lbs. This amount of tensions gives in to every strike, giving you more power. More advanced players who already have their wrist-power already developed will like a 22 to 28 lbs. racquet which gives more accuracy and control.
  • Step 5
    PVC-coated steel strings are the strongest type of strings by their responsiveness is sometimes too low for experienced players. Nylon strings are more likely to break but they do have a higher level of response which allows for more control.
  • Step 6
    The shape of the racquet head is also a factor. KK Racket Exchange Company says that isometric heads feature a relatively square shape thereby increasing the racket’s “sweet spot”. Oval heads have a smaller sweet spot but they do pack more power for seasoned players.
  • Step 7
    Finally, match shaft flexibility to your skill level. Stiff shafts provide better performances via control so they are fit for more advanced or professional players. Flexibility adds speed to every swing, creating more power so new players will definitely need more flexibility from their rackets to generate more speed and power while they are still on the learning curve.

Rock Climbing And Abseiling

Some tours may just be a rock climbing tour where you start the tour at the bottom of the cliff or object you’re wishing to climb and vice versa for abseiling only tours, starting at the top of the cliff.

The question is which adventure should I choose? A rock climb or abseil?

The simple answer would be both if possible. Both of these thrilling adventures take a certain skill or mindset to be carried out and for me personally I prefer to kill two birds with one stone.

Rock climbing will use your physical skills, strength and will test your mental strength too where as abseiling does require skill although the mental barrier here is letting yourself casually fall down the cliff face.

Some people may feel nervous around heights and might not be sure if this adventure is for them. Well not to worry I too get extremely anxious and nervous around open heights and I certainly had doubts when I visited Port Vila Vanuatu where I had organised an abseiling tour.

For this abseiling adventure in Vanuatu we climbed the mountainside to reach the top of a 50 metre waterfall. So not only was I exhausted from the steep hill to reach the top, I was anxious about being 50 metres high and I had to deal with abseiling while a tonne of water was rushing down on top of me.

And even though I had doubts that morning about whether or not I should actually try out this experience, I made it to the bottom safely and wanted to go again and again.
The experience of both rock climbing and abseiling sure is thrilling and an adventure that will live with me personally for my lifetime.

Even though I feel the nerves around heights I want to take up this adventure a few more times and try it out in different locations but more important using both rock climbing and abseiling within the climb.

I’m positive that it will be hard to find an abseiling tour that will top the Mele Cascades in Vanuatu however I do want to head out to some areas near my home town and try it out again. The Blue Mountains is one of the places that offers these climbing adventures as well as many others including caving experiences etc.

Rackets Define Their Sports

With tennis, though, racket technology has vastly altered the game forever. During the 1960’s, for example, average top speeds for first serves hovered around 100 miles per hour. Today, 120 miles per hour and 130 miles per hour are common in most professional matches. Rallies among the world’s best players are lightning fast and this was made possible because these players can strike the ball much harder using spin control that modern racket technology has made possible.

The best players in the world will note that the racket is essentially an extension of the player’s arm. In order for the player to perform at the highest level of his or her game, the racket not only needs to be comfortable and lightweight, but it also needs to be set up ideally for that particular player’s game.

While a beginner in any of these sports might not understand the difference between rackets, control is ultimately the name of the game. Once a player develops some basic skills in striking the ball, it’s important that he or she is able to control the ball effectively. A lighter racket will allow the inexperienced player a better feel since most tend to draw the racket back late, forcing them to rush the swing.

Also, an inexperienced player just starting out or working to hone his or her game more effectively, will tend to gain more control by relying on higher string tension. The type of racket that a player uses will certainly be important, but it’s more about the tension than anything else.

While a player may struggle with control, there are a number of factors that can contribute to this lack of comfort. First, control comes from the player’s feel, which is the grip. Too large of a grip and the player may lose control of the racket. Too small and it could slip easily in his or her grasp. Second is the weight and size of the racket. With a more compact swing, a longer racket will have less of an impact, though each of the sports mentioned have specific requirements for racket length and size.
Last, string type and tension are the most important factors in control. In order to achieve exceptional control, not only must a player practice, but he or she should experiment with various tensions.

The Benefits of One-on-One Training in Football

Practice certainly makes perfect, but there can be more to football practice than just team training and match practice. One-on-one football training can also complement team training and can be beneficial for a football player’s development. In team training, players are, exactly as the name suggests, part of a team and therefore can get lost amongst the crowd, which can leave gaps in development. One-on-one football training can be useful in several areas for players of all abilities.

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Introduction to Football

For players just starting out, team training and practice matches can be overwhelming. One-on-one training at this stage can really help players to get to grips with skills so they are more confident when practising and playing with the team.

Mastering and Refining Skills

In a one-on-one setting, players are really able to concentrate on mastering skills and techniques. Practising techniques with football training drill videos can offer the chance to master and refine skills without the defensive pressure of match practice. The core skills and basic techniques outlined by FIFA such as ball control and first touch are all skills that players should spend some time on during one-on-one training to refine them before adding them into team training.

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Individually Tailored Training

During team training, the focus is on the team as a whole, and sometimes attention can be more on winning a game than on long-term player development. Time constraints mean that team coaches simply cannot always take the time to focus on each player’s individual needs. One-on-one coaching is very effective in this area, as players are able to focus on their own strengths and weaknesses.

Build Confidence

The confidence that can come from the positive environment of one-on-one training can really boost a player’s development. All-round confidence on the pitch can be built through team training and one-on-one training. Various football training drill videos are available at Sportplan which are useful for players to build confidence in their abilities and transfer these skills on to the pitch for match play.

Advanced-Level Players

Players at an advanced level can really gain an advantage from one-on-one training which targets specific areas of their game, so they are constantly challenged, and their skills are advanced.

Choose Freestyle BMX Bike

Competition for quality and variety is rising rapidly among different manufacturers and suppliers of bikes. Different models of freestyle BMX bikes have touched great heights in delivering high quality performance features. Among a wide range of models and categories, it may be little bit difficult and time consuming to choose the right type of bike. This confusion can sometimes lead to the possibility of selecting the wrong option. Therefore, it is very essential to have sufficient knowledge about certain factors related to freestyle BMX bikes.

In today’s era of great competition, there is no shortage of bikes that deliver highly appreciable quality traits. Beyond the quality factor, there are many other factors that should be considered while buying a freestyle BMX bike. Here are some points that would help the one to choose an apt bike.

Light weight Body Structure

Most of the freestyle BMX bikes are designed with materials like steel and aluminum. Both are undoubtedly cheap but are heavy in weight and less durable. One may prefer to go for bikes that are constructed with chromoly alloy due to its strength, durability, and light weight.

Type of Riding

Different bikes are designed to be suitable for different types of riding disciplines. Some are good to be used over flatland while others are made to be used over dirt. Before choosing a bike, make proper research to know what type of bike would fulfill your riding criteria.

Choose the Shop that Offers Spare Parts and Other Accessories

One should prefer a store for buying a freestyle BMX bike that provides different spare parts like handlebars, pedals, chains, brake cables and many other bike accessories.

Affordable Cost

Cost is also a very important factor that cannot be ignored in any way as it is not possible for everyone to spend large amounts of money so choose a bike with the cost that is within your reach.

Conquer That Fear

Living a sedentary lifestyle create health problems for people such as obesity, cardio respiratory diseases, stress, and diabetes among others. Realizing the need for a more active lifestyle, more people are now getting into health and fitness programs to improve their health conditions and to keep themselves fit.

People who exercise regularly attest that they function much better at work. They are often found to have a better disposition in life. Perhaps it is because of the fact that when people exercise, they do not only sweat off all the toxins and burn all those calories in their body, but they also release all the stresses they experience at home, school, or at work. Through a good cardiovascular workout, the force of oxygen in the brain somehow clears the head, improves blood circulation and thus releasing a lot of those tension in the muscles. One good cardiovascular exercise that you might want to try is outdoor cycling or bike riding.

Cycling is a low impact exercise that does not strain or puts too much pressure on the joints unlike in running, walking, and weight training. This means that with cycling, you can have a longer exercise time which translates to more calories burned than with running or jogging.

However, some people are afraid to try out cycling as exercise. Among their fears include:

· There might not be a bike that can hold me.

· I might look awkward since I am not good in riding a bike.

· I am scared getting on the road.

These issues are not real problems, really. There are bicycles for big riders and bike shops can help you with the bicycle that fits you. When afraid of looking awkward or falling, you can practice riding your bike right within your yard till you get the confidence to ride farther from your house. You may practice at your nearby park where there is less traffic. As you keep on practicing you will find yourself being more confident to ride your bicycle. What’s fun is, you can ride along with your friends and family