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AIKA for urban cycling is all about going local. It’s about getting to work or picking up the kids; it’s about enjoying your ride and using a hand signal when you turn; it’s a large bag of groceries on your handlebar with your briefcase on the rack, and from a business suit to a pair of high heels, it’s wearing what you like on your European urban bike.

At AIKA you can not only find Dutch bicycles and Dutch bike accessories, you can also find the best European bikes, bicycle bags, basket, lights locks and a whole range of kids bike accessories, like the Yepp toddler and kids bike seats as well as wooden balance bikes.

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The importance of choosing the right pedals for mountain bikers: We break down what you need to know

The beginners do not focus on choosing the right type of pedals for their mountain bike as they do not understand the importance of choosing the right type of pedals. They focus on choosing the right quality gearbox and several other things but they do not pay much attention when choosing the bike pedals for their mountain bike.

The expert riders understand that choosing the right type of pedals is as important as choosing the other accessories. The bike pedals help you make sure that you’re going to be safe throughout your journey. This may sound strange to most of the people but it is a fact and there are several other facts about the bike pedals that many people aren’t aware of.

In this article, we’re going to talk about the importance of choosing the right pedals for mountain bike so that you may not commit a mistake that many others make. It isn’t a rocket science but there are only a few important aspects that you must understand before choosing the bike pedals for your mountain bike. Let’s take a look at why is it important to choose the right type of bike pedals.

Functionality

The most important thing about bike pedals is that they help improve the functionality of the bike and they also help you make sure that the bike will keep moving properly for many years. Although the pedals aren’t directly connected to the gearbox they help in improving the overall performance of the gears. In other words, the pedals are used to improve the functionality of other parts of the bike.

Performance

The good quality pedals provide you the better performance while the bad quality pedals may make it difficult for you to ride the bike in some difficult tracks. The mountain bikers love going to several tracks to ride their bike. So, you must have good quality bike pedals installed in your mountain bike if you want to feel relaxed when going to ride on some difficult tracks.

Comfort

The comfort is another major aspect that you must look for when choosing the pedals for your mountain bike. The good quality bike pedals will provide you extra comfort and you’ll feel relaxed when riding the bike while a wrong selection can cause several problems for you. The comfortable pedals help you enjoy an amazing ride.

Foot Adjustment

The right quality pedals are used to adjust your feet properly. Unbalanced foot placement would make it difficult for you to enjoy the ride and at the end of the day, you’ll get back to home in a tired situation. The unbalanced foot placement can also make you suffer from several health issues in the old age.

Cycling gear that should be on every cyclers list this Cyber Monday

Everybody has the right to fulfill their desires and live a life according to their wishes but everybody can’t afford to make their dreams come true. Most of the times our dreams get bigger than our budget and we always feel sad for not having enough money to pay for things that we want to have. Thanks to the companies that offer several discounts on several occasions to make our dreams come true.

The Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the two major events when the top brands offer several discounts to sell their products. People that can’t fulfill their dreams keep waiting for such events to make their dreams come true. If you’re a cyclist and can’t afford to buy the expensive cycling gear, don’t worry, because you can also take advantage of the amazing discounts offered on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

In this article, we’ll only talk about the gear that is extremely important for the cycle and expensive as well so that you can fulfill your needs without spending a lot of money. Here you may take a look at the equipment that you can buy this Cyber Monday.

Helmet

The helmet is the most important thing that every cyclist needs to have because the helmet helps you stay safe in the dangerous situations and it also helps you protect your eyes from the small particles because sometimes the small particles can also cause some problem by getting into your eyes. Don’t forget to take a look at the material used in the production of the helmet.

The strong material helps you stay safe during an accident but you must consider choosing the lightweight material that may not make it difficult for you to ride the bike. The heavy material may put some load on your neck and it may also make you suffer from some pain.

Backpack

The expert cyclists always consider carrying a backpack with them so they may use several important things during the ride. Usually, riders keep the water bottle, food items and several other things in these backpacks. You may also keep the first aid kit in the backpack so you can use it in case of an emergency. The cycling backpacks are also used to keep the hand tools if you’re going on a long journey with your friends.

Protection pads

The protection pads should always be used when you’re riding a bike because these pads help you protect yourself from the damages of an accident. These pads are usually worn on the elbows and knees. The good quality pads are a little bit expensive. So, you can take advantage of the Cyber Monday sales to buy these pads from your cycling journey. Click Here and take a look at some other important things that you may buy this Cyber Monday.

Best navigation gear for dedicated cyclers looking for a leg up

The days are gone when people used to find the navigation of different places with the help of a compass. It was very difficult for most of the people. Finding the direction was very difficult for most of the people in the past because it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea to understand the methodology of a compass. Sometimes, a minor problem in the compass made it difficult for the experts to reach the proper destination.

However, the things have changed a lot now because technology has brought amazing changes to this world. Now, you can easily find the direction to different places with the help of the latest tools that are introduced to the world. These tools are so much easy to use that even a kid can reach the exact direction with the help of these tools.

Some of these tools are available in the form of a smartphone app and some are available in the form of a watch or something else. These tools are very helpful for the cyclers that go to different places of the world to explore something new.

The cyclers usually travel to some unknown places and they are bound to hire a guide to visit all the important places but now they can use the navigation tools to reach wherever they want. Let’s take a look at some tools that you can use to find directions to different places.

Google Maps

The Google Maps is an amazing app that helps you find the directions to a location. It doesn’t only provide you the directions but it also informs you that how much time it is going to take to reach there. It uses your mobile’s GPS to provide you information about your current location. You can now travel to any part of the world without any guide because Google Maps is always there to help you reach your destination.

You can install the app on your mobile and see the results instantly. There are some parts of the world where Google Maps provide you the option of street view. With the help of this feature, you can now explore a place while sitting in your bedroom.

GPS watches

Some experts have introduced some GPS watches that can help you find the direction to a destination. These tactical watches with GPS help you stay informed about your current location. There are some parts of the world where the internet doesn’t work and it gets difficult for you to analyze your location. GPS watches can help you with this problem.

Most of the watches are very cost-effective and you can easily find them on an online store or you can buy them from your local store.

Why longboarding is a great recreational sport whether you’re young or old

So, what exactly is longboarding?  A kind of skateboard, the longboard can be used by people of all age groups for a variety of purposes. Some of them also use it for its health benefits. Many skaters use longboards for racing, cruising, stunts and transportation. In some cases it is considered as an addictive sport but some consider it a motivating and engaging sport when they use it for the sake of fun. It can also be used as main element for the long run success of any type of fitness program. Actually people usually stick to it because they enjoy longboarding for the sake of recreation.

Along with using longboarding as a recreational sport people of all age groups use it as one of the best ways to go around wherever they go whether to the beach or the nearby market etc. Many young or old people also use long boards to workout every morning.

Moreover people from all age groups look very stylish while skating on a longboard, especially when longboarding in very different styles like nail crossing steps etc. If you’re just starting out and looking to lose weight, check out this awesome list of longboards for heavier riders reviewed by AA.  Many people also use longboarding as ideal mean of transport, especially when transporting a friend becomes unavoidable. Some of them can also use it to go on solo adventurous trips to enjoy fun and excitement a lot.

In fact the users of longboards are never too young or too old. They can start riding longboards any time as it is very easy to learn at any age. You can also do it even if you have kids by using it along with their stroller to go anywhere. Moreover you can carry your longboard with you as they are usually pretty light and easy to carry.

You can also make your longboard more interesting and very fun by decorating it by using your creative skills and ride it as per your requirement.

In this way, longboarding as a recreational sport is an ideal way to spend your free time as along with entertaining you it also helps in improving your health.

Exploring Silver Lake

Discovering new ground in your own city can be quite inspirational. That’s what happened to me when visiting Silver Lake for the first time yesterday. Following Sunset Boulevard all the way up from the Pacific Palisades is an experience in itself and worth the 50-minute drive. You directly notice when you hit the Silver Lake neighborhood. People dress differently, and good-looking restaurant or storefronts pop up interspersed with not so great looking places. Some are super-messy even. Many are old warehouse-like buildings and a couple have already been restored while others are just fenced off.

The reason of my visit was to check out the European inspired, but fully-handmade in Detroit, USA Shinola bicycles, having recently been approached to start carrying the Shinola bicycles in our Santa Monica store. I was quite impressed. Shinola bikes are built to last (like our Gazelle’s) and the details and hand craftsmanship make them quite unique in their kind. The Shinola store is beautiful and sophisticated-looking. The products are perfectly displayed by color, and the “all that I want? factor increases by the minute while there.I lucked out since Clare V.’s first flagship store is also located in Silver Lake and after having just read Clare Vivier’s success story in the LA times magazine Image last weekend, I was also able to cross that of my list. Well that said, I loved it so much that now Id like to check out their newest store that opened this week in West Hollywood.

Very pleased I was to see and feel the hustle and bustle taking place on a part of the street that was closed off for cars. What a positive impact on the livability of a neighborhood! Thankfully more cities are discovering this and experimenting with it. I just read that the huge city of Hamburg in Germany is working toward a fully car free city in the coming two years. Very exciting! Let’s put Hamburg on my must see places to visit for 2017…

For more information about silver lake. Click here.

Yepp Junior Finally Hits The North American Market

With the arrival of the Yepp Junior in the North American market, Yepp is the only line of child bicycle seats that offers a solid child bicycle seat solution for each age group.

Yepp, already known for being the only brand to offer a range of adapters that make the seats suitable for 95% of all bikes, delivers again with the solid Yepp Junior solution. The introduction was long waited for by many avid cyclists familiar with the Yepp brand and wishing for an option to take older kids on a bike.

The Yepp junior has been on the Dutch market already for several years. However GMG, the Dutch manufacturer of the Yepp brand, was reluctant to bring the Yepp Junior’s to the US market, due to the lack of sturdy rear racks available in the US market suitable to carry the additional load of a 5 to 9 year old. Therefore the Yepp Junior is packaged in combination with a heavy-duty rear rack and can only be bought as such.

The Yepp Junior set-pack includes, a sturdy rear rack with an Easyfit-window and has a maximum capacity of 75lbs. A fender is attached on both sides of the rear rack and serves as feet protector, preventing the kids feet from being caught up in the spokes. In addition foldable footrests are present to make it easy for kids to get on and of the bike and rest their feet while riding along. The Yepp junior seat can be locked to the rear rack to prevent against theft. There is one seatbelt at waist height and reflectors on the rear of the seat for extra visibility, all to enhance the safety of the child. The Yepp Junior is available in the color black and is suitable for kids ages 5 and up with a maximum weight of 75 lbs. MSRP $229.99

It’s the ease of use, the comfort and the great design that parents rave about when being exposed to one of the Yepp child bicycle seats. Online reviews reflect this sentiment fully. With Yepp being one of the safest child bicycle seats out there, you can imagine why Yepp is the child bicycle seat that is becoming so popular world-wide.

New colors are arriving for spring! We will be phasing out the pink, brown and lime and replace these with ocean, yellow and purple. Together with the existing colors orange, black, silver, white and blue we will again offer 8 colors in the Yepp line.

At the end of last year Yepp had already introduced a rear rack with the Easyfit window. This sturdy rear rack is specifically designed for the Yepp Maxi Easyfit rear child bicycle seats and fits bikes with 26” or 28” wheels, it’s capacity is 75 lbs. The weight capacity of the Yepp Mazi Easyfit is 48 lbs. The rear racks are available in the colors black or silver, MSRP $89.99. The Easyfit window is the rectangular space needed to slight in and tighten the Yepp Maxi Easyfit seat. Slowly more and more American bicycle manufacturers like for example Xtracycle are seeing the benefit and need to equip their bikes with sturdy rear racks and facilitate the Easyfit window functionality. So it becomes easier for families to get out and about on their bikes with their kids. Most Dutch bike brands have the integrated rear racks installed on all their models, hence the name Easyfit.

All Yepp products are available from our webstore or through our North American dealer network. The seatfinder on our website might be helpful in finding the right seat for your child and your bike.

For more information about Yepp Brand. Click here.

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