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Why you should go tandem biking with your partner

Tandem bikes are bloody amazing. There are few experiences like it for a couple.

Sure you could get a bike each and have a nice cycle. But where is the fun in that? Riding together on a tandem bike requires communication, teamwork and togetherness. All things you won’t get riding separately! Tandem riding requires a massive level of trust in the captain/leader and a greater about of communication from both parties.

Don’t let the first ride daunt you. It takes a few rides for you to get into a rhythm with your partner and really start to enjoy it. Once you get a feel for how each other are going to ride then it becomes an amazing, relaxing, calming experience.

Tandem riding can bring your relationship closer together. Nothing challenges you more than the first few tandem rides with your girlfriend. Maybe canoeing but i can’t speak for that thanks to my fear of water. Ill take 2 wheels, 2 cranks and 2 handlebars any day.

Happy couple on tandem bike

If you are ever in need of a new date idea then get down to your local tandem rental shop. I promise you won’t be disappointed. It is hilarious for the first 10 minutes before either of you have worked out how the hell you are going to keep this monstrosity balanced for the next few hours. Once you have the knack of it though you will see why so many people love riding tandem. You will see why so many people love riding tandem with their partners.

Would you rather sit indoors and watch another episode of Breaking Bad on Netflix or explore the city on a bicycle made for two?

 

Best Single Speed Bikes For Commuting

As commuters we don’t want to be faffing around fixing our bikes everyday or week or faffing around with a folding bike. We lead very busy lifestyles and we need our bikes to be working 100% of the time and not to have to take it in for repairs constantly. This is what makes single speed bikes perfect for commuting; especially in a largely flat city like London (sure there are some hills but London is mostly flat) What are the best single speed bikes for commuting?

Single speed bikes are the perfect option for commuters because they offer a low maintenance and much cheaper alternative to Road Bikes. There are less complicated parts on a single speed bike so they are mechanically very simple to own and maintain, requiring you to only check the brakes and chain tension every now and then.

All you need to properly fix any issues on a single speed bike is a small set of allen keys and spanner or socket to remove the wheels. That’s it. Both of these items fit nicely inside even the smallest backpack or bag. There is no fiddly chain business with the chain derailer or messy hydraulic breaks. This also makes them incredibly light and fast!

Single speed bikes also feature a ‘flip-flop’ rear wheel to switch between free wheeling and fixed gear. With the dominance of the British Cycling team at Rio fixed gear is gaining massive popularity for even casual cyclists and commuters. Olympic track bikes are set up with a fixed gear to really push the speed limits of bikes and the Athletes that ride them.

Single speed bikes also look so much nicer than other bikes because of the minimalism of single speed bikes.

Best Single Speed Bikes For Commuting

Vilano Rampage Single Speed Road Bike Review

Vilano Rampage fixed gear bike review

Vilano are experts at producing quality, affordable bikes and the Vilano Rampage Single Speed bike is no different. It looks amazing with its minimalist styling and array of colours. I go for all black every time because it looks a little bit better in my opinion. However, the The Vilano Rampage single speed still looks good in all its colours. Blue in particular. The Vilano is a clean looking bike.

The Vilano Rampage not only looks the part but rides like a bike much more expensive than it is. This is an entry level bike that feels like a professional bike when you’re riding it. It feels like you can go much faster than usual and manoeuvre very effectively through traffic, parks etc.

Vilano Rampage Single speed bike review

The breaks on the Vilano are ok. The rims are painted all the way up to the breaking surface which leads to the paint being stripped off by the breaks and not locking onto the wheel properly. You can get around this by getting break pads that are made for painted rims and just swapping them over. You don’t want the breaks to fail but you also shouldn’t let a £5 part put you off this fantastic bike.

As an entry level single speed bike this can’t be beaten. I would get a pair of drop bars because i prefer them but otherwise this is the best bike you’ll get for anywhere near the price range.

Be sure to check out the reviews on amazon

Retrospec Bicycles Mantra Review

 

Retrospec Mantra bike review

The next on the list from Retrospec is the Retrospec Mantra. The Mantra is slightly more expensive than the Vilano above but offers a few improvements.

Firstly, the Mantra is lighter than the Vilano, only slightly. It also comes with a nicer seat and handlebars and a smoother looking chain set up. The frame sits a little differently putting the rider a bit higher to focus on getting power into the pedals. This is a great feature for the average commuter. You are able to get yourself into a better position for generating power therefore you expend less effort to get the bike up to speed.

Retrospec Mantra bike review

The peddle straps are another handy feature that the Vilano misses. With the straps you can use the full peddle rotation to power the bike rather than just an up-down peddle movement. The amount of torque you can produce on this bike is incredible. You will be powering through the city no problem on the Retrospec Mantra.

You can pick up a Mantra over at Amazon

Pure Fix Cycles Original Fixie Bicycle

Pure Fix Original Fixie bike review

Simplicity, Elegance, Urban. The Pure Fix Cycles Original Fixie is a perfect bike for the odd 10 mile journey to work. It is more than capable of comfortably riding 60 miles through the country but for something like that you would need gears. Pure Fix are specialists in fixed gear and single speed bikes and the Original Fixie benefits from that specialism.

In Navy Blue/Silver the Original Fixie is the best looking bike on this list. The retro look is sure to get heads turning. Just like the Vilano; the Original Fixie would benefit from a pair of drop bars to complete the retro look and feel of this bike but the set of risers that it comes with get the job down and look pretty good anyway.

Pure fix original fixie bike review

The Pure Fix Original Fixie weighs approximately 10.5kg. Light enough to carry up and down stairs but sturdy enough to feel secure on the road.

To summarise: the Pure Fix Original Fixie is one hell of a bike. It’s stylish, light and fast and comes with some amazing parts as standard. You would be hard pressed to find a better bike for the money.

The Pure Fix Original is available on Amazon in the UK

Surprise Entry – Vilano Aluminium Road Bike 21 Speed

This Vilano Road Bike is not a single speed bike. Sorry.
Vilano 21 speed bike review
But, it has the look and feel of one. It is simple, sleek and light. The Vilano is perfect for commuting in cities that are a little bit hillier than London thanks to its 21 gears. This bike is literally a single speed bike with gears and I love it. The design is minimal and it looks absolutely fantastic in the flesh. Black from nose to tail and like something crafted by Hephaestus himself. Marvellous.
Vilano 21 speed review
The Vilano 21 speed weighs only 10.9kg out of the box making it one of the lightest bikes in its class. With this comes speed. Without effort the Vilano 21 speed glides effortlessly down the street overtaking everything in sight. Getting from A to B on The Vilano is no effort, all fun. Commuting to work is the highlight of the day on one of these. Commuting home is even better.

The Best Cheap Folding Bikes Review

Folding bikes are a great option for the long distance commuter. If you travel from outside of the city and need an option to cycle from the train station to the office then folding bikes are perfect. Especially in the summer when the underground feels like you’re in a pressure cooker! Cycling that last mile to the office can be a great way to avoid the sweaty underground and get in some cardio. Win-win.

But what are the best cheap folding bikes? If you don’t want to pay out all that money for a Brompton we’ve got you covered. We are going to look at some of the nations favourite cheap folding bikes to cycle to work on that can rival the Brompton.

Firstly, We are going to need some criteria to consider in the review, all the bikes need to:

  • Be small enough to fit in your apartment, office, train etc
  • Have a folding/unfolding process that is quick and achievable in as few steps as possible
  • Be as light as possible to make carrying easier
  • Be durable

If a bike satisfies these criteria then it can be considered a good cheap folding bike. What is cheap? All of the bikes considered are folding bikes under £350 with the cheapest folding bike coming in at only £150.

Best Cheap Folding Bikes Review

ECOSMO 20″ Folding Bike Review

ECOSMO 20 inch folding bike reviewOk, so this bike ticks all the boxes. It’s the lightest on the list but durable, is foldable in less than a minute and folds into a
manageable size! It is the perfect cheap folding bike for a casual commuter. Coming in at only 12kg the ECOSMO is light enough for even the smallest person to carry happily. The ECOSMO is fitted with a 7 speed Shimano Twist Grip gear system that is perfect for getting you around the city or even on a weekend cycle through the countryside.

It is also worth a mention that the ECOSMO is made of Hi-Ten steel that is built to last through all your rough commutes. The bike comes 95% assembled out of the box and you will only need to secure a few things and test the brakes are set up how you like them (The ECOMSO has the right hand brake connected to the back wheel American style). This can all be done in 5 minutes and you are all set!

The ECOSMO gets 4.5 out of 5 from whichcycle.com; check out the reviews over at Amazon

Dahon Vitesse D8 Folding Bike Review

Dahon have released a few spectacular looking bikes in the past few years.
Vitesse Dahon Vitesse D8 Folding Bike ReviewFrom the Mu Uno single speed to the Vitesse D8 they all have a certain je ne sai que that the competition can’t compete with. The simple and lightweight design are second to none and make it ideal for urban commuting. London seems tiny when you have a Dahon. The Dahon Vitesse is, in my opinion, the big brother of the Uno range.  The Dahon Vitesse folding bike has the Dahon Neos 8-speed shifting system to give much needed gear variability to the the Uno.
Incredibly, the Dahon Vitesse folding bike can be folded in just 15 seconds! This is one of the fastest folding times on the market. Coming in at only 11kg makes it a commuters dream to cycle to work on.

The Dahon Vitesse D8 folding bike gets 4.5 out of 5 from whichcycle.com. Check  out the other reviews on Amazon

As we said at the top: folding bikes are great. And cheap folding bikes for commuting are even better. It doesn’t matter if you are a commuter or want a folding bike for casual rides around town; Folding bikes are versatile enough to cover most of your needs. The best folding bikes that don’t break the bank are the Dahon Vitesse D8 and the ECOSMO 20″ folding bike. The reason these are the best cheap folding bikes is because they are the easiest to fold up and have the best weight to durability of any folding bike.

If you are looking for a more stylish way to cycle to work then check out our review of the best single speed bikes for commuting.

5 Awesome Full Face Mountain Bike Helmet Review

There are some crashes that require more protection than your standard helmet. Mountain bike trails usually run through heavily wooded areas where there are a lot of things to crash into! Full face helmets provide that extra protection to your whole head; as well as the back. If you are serious about mountain bikes and going on adventures then our awesome full face mountain bike helmets review is a must read!

GIRO REMEDY FULL FACE MOUNTAIN BIKE HELMET

Best Mountain Bike Helmet

Giro is a well known brand in the cycling world. They bring their class and expertise into all of their products and this is no exception. If you are looking for a helmet that is well priced and will save your life then go for the Giro. The helmet itself is made of a fiberglass shell with an EVA-lined chin-bar. The helmet is very comfortable. It includes 14 ventilation holes with inner channels designed to keep your head cool on the warmest days. Not only does the helmet look great and fit well it also fully complies with the consumer protection safety commission in the USA.

Just like it’s carbon composite cousin, the fiberglass version of the Remedy is suited-up and ready for world-class downhill and progressive freeride deeds. It’s an amazing helmet for anyone who has big dreams on a smaller budget.
– GIRO

Specification:

  • Weight: 2.3 Lbs
  • Sizes: Small, Medium & Large
  • Price: $$$
  • Star Rating: 4.1/5

BELL SANCTION BMX/DOWNHILL FULL FACE MOUNTAIN BIKE HELMET

Best Mountain Bike Helmet

Bell is another well known and reliable brand making helmets and safety gear for BMX and mountain bikers. The Sanction is actually a junior helmet but it’s size makes it okay to wear for adults just make sure you measure your head and get an appropriate size. Because its a junior helmet it is lightweight and feels very comfortable. It comes in a lot of colours and designs so you can have the same safety but not look like a clone at the trails. The Bell Sanction is also very reasonably priced; ranging from $60-$80 on amazon. It’s no wonder more world champions ride Bell helmets than any other.

Specification:

  • Weight: 2.1 Lbs
  • Sizes: Small, Medium & Large
  • Price: $
  • Star Rating: 4.3/5

SIXSIXONE COMP SHIFTED FULL FACE MOUNTAIN BIKE HELMET

Best Mountain bike helmet

Sixsixone make some of the best safety products that you can buy. All of my knee pads have been Sixsixone and the Shifted helmet is another fantastic product. This helmet has been designed to be stylish and safe; the perfect combination for a helmet. I would have no issues bombing down the side of a mountain wearing this beast. It comes in a range of sizes and is very light for how much protection it provides; only 3.2 pounds. The Sixsixone Comp Shifted helmet features a very wide field of view, much wider than other helmets on this list. That adds another level of safety that the others can’t match.

Specification:

  • Weight: 3.2 Lbs
  • Sizes: Small to X-Large
  • Price: $$
  • Star Rating: 4.9/5

DEMON PODIUM FULL FACE MOUNTAIN BIKE HELMET

Best Mountain Bike Helmet

Demon have created this low profile mountain bike helmet to be multi-functional; it can be used for downhill, dirt jumping and is light enough for a BMX rider to enjoy. The Demon Podium full face mountain bike helmet is light and durable, it is made of injection moulded thermal alloy resin polycarbonate for the shell and EPS foam inside. The inside liner is machine washable which is a massive bonus in the summer months when things get sweaty. Amazingly though this is one of the coolest helmets on the market. It has 13 well positioned air vents that circulate the air around your noggin to keep things comfortable. This helmet fits well even if you have a massive frontal lobe.

Specification:

  • Weight: 2.2 Lbs
  • Sizes: Small to X-Large
  • Price: $
  • Star Rating: 4.3/5

TROY LEE DESIGNS D2 PROVEN BICYCLE HELMET

Best Mountain Bike Helmet

The final helmet on the list Troy Lee Designs D2 Proven. First of all this helmet is my favourite in terms of looks. The decals are on point! It has a legendary TLD style that has been the choice for so many championship winning riders. It is multi-functional and could even be used on the slopes by skiers and snowboarders. The comfort is second to none. the foam padding moulds perfectly to your head and the inner lining is soft and comfortable to wear. This makes it very stable on your head as well and limits the amount of bouncing around to give you clear sight the whole way down the mountain!

Specification:

  • Weight: 3.6 Lbs
  • Sizes: Small to X-Large
  • Price: $$$
  • Star Rating: 4.5/5

 

How to Tailwhip

History

How to tailwhip BMX

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A staple in any rider’s arsenal. The tailwhip was debuted in 1984 by Joe Johnson and has become one of the symbols of BMX with riders now doing double, triple and even quadruple tail whips.

Before Johnson it was only a BMX rider’s pipe dream that it could be accomplished. Many people had the idea but no one managed to pull it off. The first tail whip in competition was landed one foot on the frame and one on the pedals.

Fast forward to 2008. Mike Spinner, a relatively new rider attempts the first quadruple tail whip at the dew tour in Cleveland, Ohio. This landed him first place for the stop and was one of the most impressive moves seen at the tour.

 

How to Tailwhip

The Tailwhip, is a relatively simple move once you’ve learnt it. The hard part is landing the first one. I’ll break it down into 5 points:

  1. Take off and either let your feet come off or give the frame a kick with your back foot
  2. Once the bike has started spinning you need to ‘stir’ the handlebars to create momentum. Do this 
by moving your arms in a circle with the back end. Once you get the hang of this it becomes easy.
  3. Keep your eyes on the pedals as it comes round and try to catch the front pedal with your leading 
foot
  4. Stay over the bike; this means leaning slightly forward to keep your legs high and make it possible 
to get your leg over the frame to land on both peddles
  5. Once you have caught the front peddle and your back foot is over the frame and on the other 
peddle; clamp. You need to hold the bike steady to land smoothly and not let a foot slip.

Aj Anaya has a great video how to tailwhip on youtube:

Variations

Double, triple, quad
 – This variation is where the rider lets the bike pass around for a second, third or forth rotation.
360 tailwhip
 -This is where the rider spins a 360(link) while doing a tailwhip.
Opposite/switch tailwhip
 – This is the same as a regular tailwhip but the bike is kicked in the opposite direction to normal.
One handed tailwhip
 – This move adds difficulty to the move because it is more difficult to stir when you only have one hand on the bar.

Best Spinning Bikes and Indoor Bikes review

Winter is coming.

No seriously, winter is coming and that means that it will be more difficult to get out and get on your bike outside. This can be a bit of an issue for those of us that rely on cycling as our main form of exercise. Have you tried to ride a bike in the snow and ice? Not fun right? There is a way to keep up the cycling in the winter and that is by using indoor bikes or a spin bikes. These bikes can be quite cheap whilst maintaining there power and functionality! Spin bikes are perfect for keeping your legs and lungs in a good condition. When spring rolls around you are ready to jump back on the saddle and get outside.

Best Spinning Bikes and Indoor Bikes

Features to look for in a spin bike are the ease of assembly, noise (don’t want to annoy your room mates) and flywheel weight to make the peddling smoother. We have compiled a list of the best spinning bikes reviews to get you started when researching for the perfect spin bike.

Fit Bike Racer 25

Best Spinning bikes and indoor bikes Diadora racerThe Fit Bike Racer 25 from Diadora brings the professional bike feel into the living room. It features a 25 kg flywheel for a smooth ride and a fully adjustable saddle to make sure everyone is comfortable when riding and a heart rate sensor monitored by hand pulse.

The LCD display is one of the largest on the market and it makes reading your stats clear when there’s sweat in your eyes. The computer is a basic spin computer and cycles through heart rate, speed, distance, time etc every 8 seconds. Even without any resistance on the flywheel this spinning bike still gives you a hell of a workout; this is great for off season training and staying in shape for the summer.

If there is one thing that really stands out about the Fit Bike Racer 25 it’s that it doesn’t have a flimsy belt. Instead, it uses a decent size chain to make your ride smooth and the bike last much longer than some of its more expensive competitors.

Still not convinced? Read the 5 star reviews on Amazon

Star Trac Spinner® NXT Bike

Best spinning bikes NXT

Wow, NXT bike form Star Trac is a serious machine. There are a a lot of gyms around that use this for their spinning classes. It really is like getting a professional workout at home. There are a few patents pending on this bike that make the ride as smooth as humanly possible. The superior biometrics are led by the best in class bottom bracket Q factor (Q factor is the distance between the pedals; essentially). This gives a more natural feel to the ride as it more closely matches the movements of human legs.

The bike is made of steel and is coated in Zinc for added rust protection if you are to store it in the garage. The feet are fully adjustable and are made of non rusting urathane. This gives a very easy levelling adjustment.

To sum up, this bike is used by professional spin instructors and gyms worldwide.  You can get the best deals on Amazon.

JTX Cyclo 6

JTX Cyclo 6 spin bike reviewThis you will have seen in the gym. The JTX Cyclo 6 is a legitimate spin bike used at gyms everywhere. But it is less than £500! It is crazy that a machine this good is so cheap. You get a smooth ride, good workout and great customer service to boot.

Those of us used to riding road bikes throughout the year will understand why this spin bike is the best. It feels like riding a real bike (without the fear of traffic). The JTX Cyclo 6 is a much better ride than the NXT above and for half the price it should be a no brainer. This is a gym spec spin bike that you can actually afford to put in your home.

The JTX Cyclo 6 is fitted with a quiet belt and 22kg fly wheel for intense cardio and resistance workouts. It is also a very sturdy bike. It doesn’t wobble much under my 80kg bodyweight and aggressive ride style. The JTX is completely adjustable both vertically and horizontally to accommodate all body types and shapes.

Do yourself a favour and get the JTX Cyclo 6. Don’t trust me? Check out the 5 star reviews on Amazon

How to set up your spin bike

The 7 Brightest Bicycle Tail Light Review

Lights save lives. It’s that simple. So why settle for a second rate tail light? This is why we suggest you buy the brightest bicycle tail light for sale. Still, many people forget just how important tail lights are when riding at night and in the dark. Many people are content relying on the cheap reflectors supplied with their bikes but these are just not good enough. The law in most countries dictates that you must be riding your bicycle in the same direction as the traffic. This makes it entirely necessary to have the brightest bicycle tail lights you can find. So what is the brightest bicycle tail light?

Wearing a bicycle helmet while riding is a no brainer really but then why isn’t having lights to be visible on the roads at night. This adds a level of protection that helmets cannot provide. We recommend you buy the brightest bicycle tail light in the world.

Trelock LS 820 Tail Light Review

best bicycle Tail LightTrelock is a massive name in bicycle lighting, it is dynamo powered and is compatible with almost all hub dynamos. It comes with a standing light setting that lasts for up to 4 minutes after you have stopped riding and a few different LED systems. It has all new innovative break light that senses your speed and keeps you visible in low-speed and low light areas. The mounting bolt can be adjusted from 50mm to 80mm. It is usually available for under £30 so grab yourself a bargain.

Exposure Lights 75 Lumen Tracer Tail Light Review

The Exposure is very bright and cable free bicycle tail light that is capable of emitting 75 lumens, it best Bicycle Tail Lightmakes you visible in day light with this much power. The Exposure is a battery operated tail light that runs for 8 hours on continuous mode and 22 hours on flashing mode. High power and ultra reliability make this a winning product. The Tracer features a battery gauge so you will always know how much power you have left. A full charge takes only 3 hours so you could charge at the office before your commute home. Exposure is a great brand and the Tracer is a fantastic product within that brand. Read the reviews on Amazon if your are not convinced.

Supernova E3 2 Brightest Bicycle Tail Light Review

best bicycle tail lightThe Supernova E3 is 100% waterproof tail light is mounted to your seat post; it is CNC machined and has a wide light distribution. The manufacturers claim that is up to 4 times more powerful than the previous versions. It uses dynamo power so you won’t have to ever worry about changing the batteries. At only weights 18 grams it is lightweight but also sturdy since it’s mounted with the bike seat; There is far less chance of it being stolen when your bike is locked up. This model can be easily integrated with the Supernova Head Light to give maximum coverage.

Portland Design Works Aether Demon USB Tail Light Review

The Demon USB tail light is a perfect example of a tail light that uses a USB charger. It has a 0.5 best bicycle tail lightwatt LED bulb that puts out enough light to keep you visible even during the bright day time. There are 4 modes on this light. It can last for almost 175 hours when set to group riding mode. If kept on it will run up to 4 hours which is enough to get you home. The UI on the Aether Demon has been updated so that it remembers your last setting and automatically reverts back to it when it is turned on. No more scrolling through settings! Portland Design Works have many other tail lights on the market so be sure to check them out too.

Serfas Thunderbolt USB Tail Light Review

best bicycle Tail LightThe Serfas Thunderbolt USB Taillight is the perfect blend of safety, style and affordability. Serfas provides a stylish alternative to being seen at night; its 35 lumens of pure LED light is sure to catch drivers attention. It features USB charging and the whole light is charged fully in only 3 hours. It runs for just over 9 hours on its low blinking mode. On its high beam mode it only runs for 1.75 hours so not too long. The Serfas Thunderbolt comes in various colours and sizes so you are not stuck with the standard black finish seen on most lights. for a full breakdown of the colours click here.

Cygolite Hotshot 2-Watt USB Rechargeable Tail Light Reviewbest bicycle Tail Light

Cygolite’s latest product the Hotshot features 2-watt high intensity LED lights for maximum visibility and Cygolite’s 20 years of experience making bicycle tail lights. The Hotshot comes with Lithium-ion batteries and a USB cable for charging. It comes with 5 built-in flashing modes and smart on site programmable technology for adjusting. With a run time of between 4.5 hours to 500 hours on a single charge it lasts a while longer than some on this list. However, the beam is super focused in one direction so it can be ineffective if knocked out of place. It also comes with the wall charger.

NiteRider Solas 2-Watt USB Tail Light Review

best Bicycle Tail LightThe Solas from NiteRider closes out our list. It is in a similar price bracket as the Hotshot from Cygolite but picks up on some of the Hotshot’s weaknesses. The light features a diffuser over the lens to send the light out in multiple directions rather than straight forward like the Hotshot. The Solas is daytime bright and can be seen at all hours. The mount is secure to the bike but you must ensure that the light is also securely fixed in the mount when riding or it might fall out and get lost.

 

 

That concludes our list of the best brightest bicycle tail lights. Is there a brightest bicycle tail light that we missed? We aim to bring you the best bicycle tail light comparison on the internet so let us know if we missed something

Stay safe!

Best Lightweight Bike Locks – Review of the 4

We all know that your bikes are your prized possessions. Not to mention expensive! Because of this they can be the target of thieves that are out to steal the bikes for themselves. If you live in an urban area the risks can be even greater as well as if you live in a high-theft area. This is why having top quality lightweight bike locks is pivotal to your security. The best lightweight bike locks can be U lock or chain locks and both work very well for keeping your bikes safe.

Less expensive, or lower quality bike locks can be prone to lock picking or bolt cutters that can render the locks useless. Bike locks come with a rating system; the best bike locks come with a high rating, 9 or 10, or above on a scale. Kryptonite provide such a scale. Additionally, they should be made of steel or another tough metal.

Security features of the locks include the size of the chain, the thickness of the bolt and the design of the train can help to deter potential thieves. Other features can be important but not for security. These features are to give the user a better experience.  For example: lighted locks, style, colour etc. The locks on this list have the perfect characteristics to successfully protect bicycles from theft.

Abus Locks U 64 Mini Futura Review

Abus Futura 64 lightweight bicycle lockThe U 64 mini bike lock from Abus gives you amazing strength in a small size. The Abus Locks Mini Futura is small and only weighs around 1.5 pounds which makes it extremely easy to carry in a backpack or bag.

The size of the lock can be an issue for some when using thicker bike racks but this also makes breaking the Mini Futura Lock harder because the thief wont be able to get the leverage that they need due to its small size.

The lock features the Abus-Plus locking mechanism capable of stopping drills used to free the lock. The lock itself is made from shackle material making it light and strong. Users reviewing the lock have said that the lock is strong and works perfectly and smoothly. Lightweight bike locks like this is designed to keep your bicycle safe from thieves.

Master Lock Street Cuffs Review

Masterlock 8200D Lightweight bike lockThis is definitely the most original looking lock on the list. The rider can use this lock to secure their bikes to posts the same way they can be secured to a rack.

The 3 inch cuffs and 12 inch length make the cuffs easy to carry on long rides and commutes due to their flexible nature. Even with their flexibility the cuffs are extremely strong and work successfully in high theft areas. They are made with laminated steel and hardened lock to prevent picking or cutting. Lightweight bike locks manufacturers should be in awe of this lock!

Amazingly, the Master Lock street cuffs come with a $3,550 anti-theft coverage to give you even more confidence and piece of mind.

Kryptonite New York Chain Disc Lock Review

Kryptonite Lightweight bike lockKryptonite are the best of the best when it comes to bike locks. This one in particular has a rating of 10 out of a possible 12 on the company’s comparison chart. This makes it ideal for high risk areas. The whole thing weighs in at around 10 pounds so it’s a little on the heavy side compared to the other lightweight bike locks. This corresponds directly with the strength though and therefore it does a good job in deterring any potential thieves. The lock has 3 keys so the owner can keep some spares incase they lose the first. One of the keys features a small light which is very convenient in the dark. The chain and lock are made of 3t hardened manganese steel for strength and the chain has a nylon cover. Like the Master Lock this lock comes with anti-theft protection to the tune of $3,550.

 

Kryptonite Fahgettaboutit Lightweight Bike lockKryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit U Lock Review

The New York Fahgettaboudit U lock from Kryptonite offers consumers the best possible protection for bicycles in urban areas. The lock possesses the same level of protection that Kryptonite has become known for, possessing a ranking of 10 out of 12 on the company’s comparison scale. The New York Fahgettaboudit U lock is constructed of 18mm hardened steel very effective for lightweight bike locks.

In addition, it possesses an extra thick crossbar and double bolts. The result is a lock that can withstand bolt cutters and much leverage. Riders have said that the lock has successfully withstood theft attempts. To further strengthen the lock, the keyhole is in the center of the lock.

It comes with three keys, including one that lights up for easy use at night. Although heavy, the New York Fahgettaboudit receives praise from consumers for its comforting feel. The result is an extremely effective, highly praised lock with a reputation for keeping bikes safe even in high theft areas.

 

Best BMX Tricks 2015: Instagram

BMX has progressed so much in the last 10 years. It wasn’t long ago that just landing a backflip would get you a shot at going pro but nowadays a backflip is an amateur trick that many riders are doing everyday! There are guys now going triple backflips, double flairs and other crazy, incomprehensible stuff.

Honestly, how many people right now do you see doing double barspins, double tailwhips etc. These are now the best BMX tricks for beginners! Even Flair drop ins are becoming mainstream. There are a bunch in the video below!

Old School BMX on has made a compilation of the best BMX tricks of 2015 from Instagram!

Highlights of the video include: Multiple double flairs, frontflip flairs, flair double whips, barspin-double whip and some crazy technical wizardry from Alex Coleborn. It’s fair to say that BMX is really gaining momentum and doesn’t show any sign of slowing down. Some of these tricks should only be possible in video games! These certainly are the best BMX tricks in the world from the best BMX riders in the world.

A lot of you will be questioning that these are really the best BMX park tricks 2015 and i don’t disagree. It would be good to see more street and trails riding in this video because there are some people really pushing the boundaries there too. Well, today is your lucky day street fans because theres a video showcasing the best BMX street tricks from the one and only Garret Reynolds below:

Some seriously amazing riding in both videos but if you think there are tricks that are more awesome then get in touch

One final addition is Ryan Williams pulling the first ever triple frontflip on a BMX bike! Andrew Ahumada got bloody close as well.

Subrosa Tiro

Subrosa tiro bmx bike

The Subrosa Tiro has a great reputation for being a reliable first bike and it’s not hard to see why. It features some of the most reliable aftermarket parts of all entry level BMX bikes.

There is something about this bike that makes it look amazing. Subrosa have done a brilliant job designing this bike to make it a force to be reckoned with.

You can get it here at the World’s number one BMX store

 

 

 

Integrated Head Tube

The Subrosa Tiro frame features an integrated head tube to give it a clean look that separates it from other entry level bikes. The frame is mid sized at 20.5′ which makes it perfect for all types of riding.

It also features an integrated headset and bottom bracket. The frame is made from durable hi-tensile steel. This bike is built to last.

Rant Semi-Sealed Cassette Hub

The Subrosa Tiro features many top aftermarket parts and the Rant Cassette hub is one of them. This hub is semi-sealed so not quite as good as the one on the Verde Eon but it is still an amazing hub.

It has been laced to Rant alloy rims to create a strong, lightweight wheel that can suffer most of what you can throw at it.

Subrosa Tiro Features and specification:

  • Frame – Hi-ten steel and integrated headset. 20.5″ top tube length
  • Handlebars – Hi-ten steel 8.75″ rise
  • Stem – Subrosa Uplift top load stem
  • Rear hub – semi-sealed 9tooth cassette hub
  • Rims – Alloy single wall
  • Weight – 27.7 lbs

Final Review:

The Tiro is designed for the novice level rider but mimics the pro level bikes exceptionally. It features aftermarket parts from brands like Subrosa, the Shadow Conspiracy and Rant. It is a great buy for someone who has just started riding and wants something that will last a long time. This bike will see you from the beginning to the time that you are thinking about a mid level bike. A classic colour scheme and a modern look make this bike stand out in the crowd.

This bike rides well. With a responsive frame design and high rise bars to keep you in control when learning your first tricks. The frame’s top tube is a medium length which most riders will enjoy and find comfortable.

A good buy.

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