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Micro-mobility devices to test ride at the E-bike Challenge

by Russ Lowthian, Editor at HaveFunBiking

As consumers gain an ecological awareness of greener transportation with all the alternatives in our ever-changing world, electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more attractive. Especially with battery and solar technologies speeding forward. The human-powered bike or trike, combined with electric motor assistance can also make for an eco-friendly option when looking at EVs. Known as micro-mobility, please find a shortlist below of some of the e-bikes and trikes that you will be able to test ride at the E-bike Challenge Minneapolis.

Find a vast selection of electric-assist EVs at the E-bike Challenge.

Why an e-bike and the advantages when buying your next vehicle

Those who haven’t had the pleasure of test riding an electric bicycle or e-trike will find they are perfect for many local trips. While not everyone can replace a car entirely, most trips within a 10-mile range can be less expensive with an e-bike. And, in many cases, quicker than a four-wheeled vehicle.

Making it easier to run errands, go to a meeting, or visit the local coffee shop. Also, using an e-assist bicycle allows you to pedal peacefully, sweat-free to your destination. Then, enjoy a fun cardio workout on your return trip. Below, discover many examples of e-assist bikes around the E-Bike Challenge test track.

Cargo bikes to haul kids and freight.

Plus, these e-bikes are being used as an effective rehabilitation tool for riders who may be facing physical limitations or rehabbing following surgery.

The types of e-bicycles and their movement towards micro-mobility

It’s a vast and diverse industry with something for everyone, from adaptive, cargo, folding, fat, long-tail bikes, and trikes ready for you to test ride at the E-bike Challenge. The common thread is that all these bikes and trikes use electric motors to assist in the human-powered activity for micro-mobility. It is replacing car miles – especially gas-powered car miles to create a cleaner environment.

Shop and compare at E-bike Challenge

Bikes to see at the E-bike Challenge

As we work with the E-bike Challenge team, here are some of the brands below expected to be at the April event:

Aventon Aventure (fat tire bike)

Aventon Aventure Step-Thru Electric Fat Bike

This e-bike with four-inch fat tires and front suspension ensures that you will be comfortable cruising the pavement or enjoying the challenges on the off-road trail. Especially with the 80mm of travel in the front suspension absorbing all the bumps in your path. Equipped with a powerful 1130W (peak) motor and 720Wh battery allows any adventurer to go further than before. See more on the Aventon line of e-bikes here.

Catrike eCat (recumbent trike)

Catrike eCAT 5.5.9 Recumbent Electric Tadpole

With sixteen years of engineering and experience, Catrike has created the eCat. Go farther, faster with greater ease aboard this recumbent e-trike. At the heart of this trike is the latest electric assist system from Bosch motors. The result is a recumbent trike offering a perfect combination of maximum efficiency, comfort, and riding enjoyment. See more on the Catrike line of e-bikes here.

Gocycle G4i (folding bike)

Gocycle G4

A folding e-bike perfect for transit and ease of storage in tight city living spaces, on boats, or in motorhomes. With a streamlined chassis, enjoy Gocycle’s bespoke new G4drive wheels that offers extra torque. And the iconic stowable magnesium frame, with a fast-folding handlebar and carbon wheels, creates a genuinely helpful urban folding bike with a 50-mile range. See more on the Gocycle line of e-bikes here.

IZIP Tristar Plus (trike)

IZIP Tristar Plus

This versatile electric three-wheeler has the power to handle your cargo load with every pedal stroke. With its easy handling and responsive TranzX M16 center motor, it’s easy to run errands, deliver goods, or take your pup for a ride. The easy entry frame has a 3-speed drivetrain with a large rear cargo basket, offering an average range of 30-miles per charge. Many are finding this electric-assist trike a welcome member to mobility. See more on the IZIP line of e-bikes here.

Magnum Scout (fat tire bike)

Magnum Scout

An all-terrain fat tire e-bike built for comfort year-round, this large frame model is perfect for five-foot-six and taller riders. Add in the 17.5Ah battery and 750w motor the Scout will get there, within a 35 to 65-mile range, per charge. With this bike, other features of the Scout include high-tread fat tires, front fork suspension, and hydraulic disc brakes. They are making it easy to pedal away for your next remote hunting, ice fishing, or backwoods adventure. See more on the Magnum line of e-bikes here.

PEBL e-Micro-Car (trike)

PEBL Eco Car

Designed to be a local transportation solution for those looking for commuter options in areas where variable weather conditions exist. This compact micro-car has the exercising ability of a bicycle and comes with a 750-watt motor system and lithium battery to assist the pedal power. Whether you want to replace your car, get back into an exercise routine, or just cruise around town the PEBL is another option to check out. See more on the PEBL line of e-Trikes here.

Pedigo Stretch (long-tail bike)

Pedigo Stretch

This cargo bike is complete with everything you need and more. It is fully loaded with user-friendly features that make riding even more fun and practical to haul people and cargo. It comes standard with useful cargo accessories to carry loads of all shapes and sizes. With a premium drivetrain, complete with 5-levels of pedal assist for full power on demand, the Stretch is a complete package with everything you need and more. See more on the Pedego line of e-bikes here.

Riese & Muller Load 75 (long-tail bike cargo bike)

Riese & Muller Load 75

Its full suspension makes it a noteworthy cargo bike, a comfortable ride when hauling packages or children. The Load 75 may be the ultimate family bike hauling up to four toddlers. This e-bike now offers a Bosch 4th generation motor system for more get-up-and-go. Now with more torque, it’s lighter and sleeker than ever before. And like the Load 60, the 75 is also highly reliable, thanks to its high-grade components. See more on the Load 75 line of e-bikes here.

Serial 1 E-bike powered by Harley Davidson

Serial 1 power by Harley Davidson

Inspired by the creation of their first motorcycle, the “Serial Number One,” back in 1903. Today this new line of e-bikes offers fun, freedom, and instant adventure for those looking at a pedal-assist electric bicycle. Powered by the advanced bicycle technology at Harley Davidson, enjoy the freedom of a bicycle with the effortless joy of electric power to change the way the world moves again. See more on the Serial 1 line of e-bikes here.

Specialized Creo SL Electric (Road/Gravel Bike)

Specialized Creo SL Electric

If you are looking for an adventure both on or off-road, the 2021 Specialized Turbo Creo SL Comp Carbon EVO Electric Road Bike is here to assist you. The features of this bike come with the same motor, battery, and frame as its road-oriented cousin. Only this bike is faster! And the bike allows you to take advantage of the tire clearance with Creo’s adventure-ready components. Now you can go wherever your heart desires. See more on the Specialized line of e-bikes here.

SYKL Xplorer X1000 MD Series  (fat tire bike)

SYKL Xplorer X1000 MD

This e-fat bike is designed for rugged terrain and is perfect for climbing hills, long-range hunting trips, and all-terrain exploration. Whether that means getting quickly and quietly to your duck blind; climbing mountains to see what is at the top; or powering along a sandy beach to watch a sunset, the Xplorer bikes will get you where you want to go. See more on the SKYL line of e-bikes here.

Tern GSD S10 LX (long-tail bike cargo bike)

Tern GSD S10 LX

It’s the same length as a regular bike and easy to carry two kids plus groceries or a lot of cargo. And the GSD S10 LX is ready to replace your car. The bike has a handling capacity of 440 lb (200 kg) Maximum Gross Vehicle Weight. Plus, the built-in dual-battery technology lets you ride all day. And with space-saving features of the FlatFold and Vertical Parking makes the GSD, easy to own and use. See more on the Tern line of e-bikes here.

Urban Arrow Family E-Cargo Bike

2022 Urban Arrow Electric Cargo Bike

This bike is the newest member of the famous European cargo bike family line. The 2022 Urban Arrow Electric Cargo Bike can easily transport you and your children or wherever you want to haul. No more worries about your busy schedule, fetching groceries, shopping trips, or delivering a payload. Now zip through the city effortlessly, or enjoy a trip to the country using trails and roads. See more on the Urban Arrow line of e-bikes here.

Just a sample of some of the bikes you can test ride at the E-bike Challenge coming to the Minneapolis Convention Center, mark your calendar for April 2 & 3, 2022. Then, check back often as more e-vehicles signup, and we do total reviews on the models you want to know more test out.

by Russ Lowthian, the editor at HaveFunBiking

On this bike pic Wednesday, as Santa departs for another year, we hope you received the gift you were looking for to make this Holiday season the best.

The top holiday gift ideas for that active person in your life

Find the perfect holiday gift for that active outdoor person in your life with our growing list of ideas. Each Friday, up through November 26, 2021, we will be adding more gift-giving ideas that will go into the holiday issue of our Bike/Hike Guide.

Holiday Gift Ideas

Pannier Backpack a convertible office

The Two Wheel Gear 2.0 Pannier/Backpack

Two Wheel Gear’s the Pannier Backpack Convertible 2.0 PLUS was voted “Best bike pannier to hold a mobile office” and is perfect for commuting, touring, and bike packing. And its plus-sized makes it easy to hold even more gear, with its organizational pockets, including a 15” padded laptop protection slot, With another pocket on the side to hold a water bottle and a clasp on the back to attach a helmet.  $179.00 See more details and order options here

HANDLE STASH – A shock-absorbing bike cup holder

HandleStash bicycle cup holder

The HandleStash cup holder is so good it is woven from the yarn of magical outspace silkworms. It looks like a million bucks, and the heavier fabric does an even better job absorbing vibrations and resisting unwanted movement. Same design as the other cup holders in the line, see video. Holds your drink with diamond hands.  $38.00 See more details and order options here

Bubi a Water Bottle: Re-Imagined

Bubi Bottle -collapse

The Bubi Bottle is an environmentally friendly water bottle made from medical-grade silicone. This reusable, collapsible, BPA-Free squeegee water bottle is also heat resistant, microwave, and dishwasher safe. This eco-friendly water bottle rolls up to fit into tiny spaces, so you can take it with you wherever you go. $24.99 See more details and order options here

Darian -Insect Shield Mossy Oak® Camouflage Shirt (Men’s)

Darian -Insect Shield Mossy Oak® Camouflage Shirt

This Long Sleeve Tech Hunting Shirt is made from a lightweight, 4-way stretch material powered by Hydroplex™ cooling technology with 50+ UPF sun protection. The shirt features activated sweat and moisture reduction, along with tested and proven EPA-registered Insect Shield®, bug repellent technologies to protect against diseases like West Nile Viruses the mosquito carries, and Lyme Disease from ticks. A comfortable shirt for that next outdoor adventure also works great as a layering piece in cooler weather for added warmth. $36.99 See more details and order options here 

Faran Insect Shield Sports Shirt (Unisex)

Faran Insect Shield Sports Shirt

Sporting a smooth texture in a crew neck style, the Faran semi-fitted, short-sleeve comes in citrine orange, cinebar red, seolfor gray, or frost white. Made of lightweight, highly breathable fabric, the shirt features Insect Shield® Technology to repel mosquitoes, ticks, and other dangerous insects. Our extreme moisture-wicking fabric is snag-resistant and quickly moves sweat away from your skin to help keep you cool and dry. Great for exploring on foot new cultures and landscapes. $29.99 See more details and order options here 

Wind-Blox Focus for bike helmet ear protection

Wind Blox | Wind-Blox Focus

Not like the bulky earmuffs of your grandparent day, the new Wind-Blox Focus biking ear covers are engineered out of soft-shell sports fabric and designed to hold in-ear warmth. Plus, the Focus still relies on the Wind-Blox patented technology to block wind noise. It stays on the helmet and helps cyclists stay tuned into their surroundings for audible riding and comfort. $21.00 See more details and order options here

Also, see their new Wind-Blox patented rim-to-clip design in three sizes for less than $20.00

 Kilo Endurance Sport Sunglasses

The new Tiposi line of Kilo Endurance Sport Sunglasses.

Tifosi Optics’ most unique cycling sunglasses, the Kilo, are designed to enhance your ride and are available in three models. Perfect for an unrestricted view of the road or trail, offering maximum coverage and ergonomic face-fit protection from the elements. All Tifosi glasses here are tested and tortured to enhance your sports activity. Regardless, if you’re running a 5k’er, riding your first century, or playing 18 holes of golf. Tifosi helps define its customers with enthusiasm to guarantee they have fun. 79.95 See more details and order options here 

Allett the hybrid wallet

Allett Wallet Card

This Hybrid Card Wallet is sleek and tidy, with space for a stack of folded bills. The wallet’s intuitive design has two internal card pockets, a clear ID pocket, and a tiny pocket built to hold the micro pen. The exterior side has one card pocket, just the right number of pockets for the person on the go.   $44.00  See more details and order options here.

The DaHÄNGER a bicycle wall hanger

DaBigRing pedal hook

The DaBigRing pedal hook is a horizontal bicycle storage system that holds the bicycle by the pedals with adjustable legs with three settings. The 18, 25, or 30-degree angle setting will allow dad to put his bike in the best position no matter the application. This pedal hook unit holds up to 65 lbs. and includes everything needed for installation. $64.00 Shop now  See more details and order options here

Spurcycle a compact bike bell

The perfect brass bell housing holds a ring longer, starting with a very hard “ping.”

A sleek and attractive bicycle bell built to standards using fewer parts and a singletrack focus. Lighter and more compact, it’s the perfect bell for your mountain bike or a flat-bar commuter. The new compact form fits (half the mount width), the bell easily fits between other components on the handlebar. This compact bell is plenty loud for off-road riding and suburban commuting, but its true advantage is how long the ring lasts (or “sustains”), ending at the same frequency. $39.00 See more details and order options here hop now 

C5 GORE® WINDSTOPPER® Road Cap

C5 GORE® WINDSTOPPER® Road Cap

A perfect layer under the helmet, this winter cycling cap with a visor to keep the low winter sun out of your eyes also has ear flaps to keep the chill off longer when you’re riding. The caps material is windproof and extremely breathable to block the wind and allows vapor to escape. This combination of protection and breathability will reduce the risk of overheating when you are active. $55.00  See more details and order options here

GORE® WINDSTOPPER® Face Warmer

GORE® WINDSTOPPER® Face Warmer

This face-warmer is lightweight, windproof, and breathable for cyclists riding in winter weather and looking for protection from the extreme cold. Along with the material’s ability to reduce the build-up of condensation or sweat. The mask also has an opening for the nose with additional holes for the mouth to allow vapors to escape. You will also find a velcro strap in the back of the mask to make easy adjustments. $35.00 See more details and order options here 

GORE® WINDSTOPPER® Overshoes

GORE® WINDSTOPPER® Overshoes

When cycling in cold weather, the windproof material of the Gore-Tex Overshoe helps protect your feet from the wind, with some insulation factors for added comfort. The design of this boot cover is easy to slip on with elastic cuffs around the ankle and a velcro opening in the back for maximum comfort and fit. Plus, the tailored design allows for clear pedal movement. $70.00 See more details here hop now

Would you please check back periodically over the next couple of weeks for more gift-giving ideas? We will have more great gift ideas coming your way. Thanks for viewing!

Tifosi Optics Launches the new Kilo Endurance Sport Sunglasses

by Russ Lowthian, HaveFunBiking

Just released, the latest Kilo Endurance Sport Sunglass models from Tifosi Optics will have you riding in style on bright sunny days this fall. It’s also perfect for fall and winter glare and is available in three models with lenses for bright, low, and no light settings.

The new Tiposi line of Kilo Endurance Sport Sunglasses.

The perfect option is Kilo Endurance Sport Sunglasses

Tifosi Optics’ most unique cycling sunglasses are designed to enhance your ride. You will find an unrestricted view of the road or trail, offering maximum coverage and ergonomic face-fit protection from the elements.

The Kilo is available in three models, with two of the models equipped with multiple lenses. You will find their Blackout model, with a smoke polarized lens, perfect for those looking for a single-lens solution. The Kilo line, with the Blackout, will retail, starting at $69.95.

The Crystal Smoke Tifosi Kilo Endurance Sport Sunglasses, with polarized lenses and a handy carrying case.

The new Kilo line offers Tifosi’s new Clarion Red Fototec lens for better clarity. A photochromic lens that can adapt on the fly to ambient light, transitioning from a nearly clear tint in low light to a red mirrored smoke tint in full sun. This lens repeals, providing a clear view during the hardest workouts.

The White/Black Tifosi Kilo Endurance Sport Sunglasses, with three interchangeable lenses and a handy carrying case.

And, you will find all Kilo frames built with a lightweight Grilamid TR-90 that provides all-day
comfort. The rubber ear and nose pieces fully adjust and swell with moisture that guarantees they stay in place as you sweat. Plus, the polycarbonate lenses are shatterproof and vented, making the Kilo line ideal for endurance sports
like cycling or running.

The Yellow/Smoke Kilo Endurance Sport Sunglasses, with three interchangeable lenses, come with a carrying case.

Tifosi’s mission is to provide technically advanced eyewear to enthusiasts of
all sports and outdoor activities. All Kilo glasses here are tested and tortured to enhance
your sports activity. Regardless, if you’re running a 5k’er, riding your first century, or playing 18 holes of golf. Tifosi helps define its customers with enthusiasm to guarantee they have fun. So, find a store carrying Tifosi Sunglasses near you.

How an e-bike can help the post-rehab process after hip or knee surgery

by Russ Lowthian, HaveFunBiking

Recovering from hip or knee surgery can actually be fun when adding an electric-assist bike to the post-rehab process. After my second hip replacement and talking to others with hip or knee procedures, an e-bike can make the rehab process easier. Helping to achieve full-joint motion and an active lifestyle after surgery. Especially with the improvements in electric bike technologies in the last few years.

The Tern HSD p-9 E-bike I used for my rehab

This time around, I used an e-bike from Tern Bicycles that helped me keep a comfortable cadence regardless of the terrain. A huge help in low-impact exercise to aid both the hip and knee rehabilitation process.

Incorporating an e-bike into your post-rehab process

Using an e-bike in the post-rehab process can be a great exercise. Ask your doctor or physical therapist (PT) if it is right for your specific condition. Then, once you have full movement on a stationary bike, add some light resistance with an e-bike outdoors. Usually, within four to six weeks, this will help improve the strength around the joint(s) you had replaced. Your therapist can help you determine the right amount of resistance settings when it’s time to convert to an e-bike. Just remember, if you start feeling a sharp pain, inform your therapist and decrease the resistance or stop.

Going from a stationary bike to an e-bike in the post-rehab process

Using the Tern e-bike in my post-rehab schedule.

During my hip rehabilitation, I had the opportunity to talk to several physical therapists at Twin Cities Orthopedics. They all recommended using a stationary bicycle for two to three weeks to help reduce the swelling. Especially after a total knee replacement, some procedures may take a bit longer before starting to ride outdoors.

After two to six weeks of using a stationary bike and a regular walking regimen, you should be cleared to start riding your bike outside.

Advancing to the e-bike outdoors

Once your physician clears you to start riding, take it slow and stop if you feel any sharp pain. Most e-bikes allow you to control the amount of electric assistance you use to gain a steady pedal rhythm or cadence. Start with the highest level of assistance in a low gear and gently spin. This will ensure that you don’t stress your rehabilitated joint. As you progress, you can gradually decrease the level of assistance for a more robust workout.

The advantages of using e-bikes as compared to other sports

As you can see in this video, riding an e-bike after knee replacement surgery provides the perfect balance in making a complete recovery. This is because a bicycle can strengthen your muscles and increase your mobility without putting too much strain on your joints when exercising. With the pedal-assist of electric power, the e-bike requires less physical intensity and allows you to retain a normal cadence level to heal faster.

Finding the perfect gear for cadence

Selecting the right e-bike, there are many to choose

Finding the perfect e-bicycle that allows you to pedal comfortably after surgery can be a challenge. We all have a natural cadence pace, and the body performs best as the bicycle’s crank spins with steady yet comfortable resistance. The goal with an e-bike is to allow you to shift gears and motor speed to allow you to pedal at a steady and comfortable pace even as the topography changes.

Plus, stopping, starting, or accelerating with an e-bike maximizes your chances of a full recovery and a rapid return to normal activity.

Electric bike technologies will improve the post-rehab process.

As I mention above, e-bikes are continuously changing for the better. After replacing my right hip in 2014, there were very few e-bikes available on the market. At the time, they either came with a front or rear hub motor. Like the Curry I-zip I used on back then.

Look for an e-bike with reputable parts and a 3 to 5-year warranty.

Now, with mid-drive motors mounted directly into the crank, you have a balanced power movement from the pedals to the drivetrain. Making the Tern HSD E-bike with a class 1 Bosch motor system perfect for my recent left hip post-rehab process. Thanks to Perennial Cycles, in Minneapolis, for their assistance.

Some added e-bike buying tips for the post-rehab process.

After talking to others who have used an e-bike post-rehab process, here are a few more suggestions when looking for an e-bike that fits your needs and budget:

  1. Look for a pedal-assist motor – Class 1 system – stay away from throttle bikes
  2. Avoid rear bub motors – the off-balance weight and throttle will kill your progress
  3. Make sure the e-bike has a dropper seat post (especially for knees), as adjustments will need to be made through the rehab process
  4. Also recommended, riser or adjustable handlebars, so you sit upright instead of leaning forward
  5. Use a non-slip pedal – a Chester pedal with pins works great and still allows you to quickly dismount to move your foot to the ground and stabilize your balance.

    Enjoy the post-rehab process with an e-bike.

 

Making yourself heard with a bicycle bell, vs voice command

By Russ Lowthian, HaveFunBiking

Working on the gift section in the winter edition of the MN Bike/Hik Guide, coming out in early December, we tested a new bicycle bell from SpurCycle. The Compact Bell is perfect for the mountain bike or a flat bar commuter. The bell also offers the same high-frequency ping as their original bell, just smaller with fewer moving parts. However, with more people walking and biking, is it better to use a bicycle bell or your voice command to bring attention as you approach?

The SpurCycle Compact Bicycle Bell

In a recent test of the SpurCycle Compact Bell, I found the ring lasts longer than most bells. I found the high-frequency ping with a rich aftermath tone helps those, as you approach, of your on-coming presents.

The perfect brass bell housing holds a ring longer, starting with a very hard “ping.”

This compact bell is plenty loud for off-road riding and suburban commuting but won’t win against car horns and heavy street traffic in a metropolitan area. This bell’s true advantage is how long the ring lasts (or “sustains”), ending at the same frequency.

From its package, test out the high-quality ping this bicycle bell makes.

It’s great for commuters or mountain bikers because you can start the ring 10-15 seconds before passing a biker or pedestrian. Letting let them know where you’re approaching from and how far away you are. With the SpurCycle Bell, there’s no need to ring your bell 20-times like the inexpensive department store models. The initial ring offers enough of a shrill to get the attention of even the most hardcore earbud rockers if you do choose to hit it repeatedly.

If your bike has a larger diameter handlebar (22.2 to 31.8 mm), consider the SpurCycle Original.

Mastering the use of your voice or the use of a bicycle bell

In a recent article published by CyclingSavvy, on should you use a bicycle bell or your voice? For many, it’s a cultural issue. In this in-depth article, John Brooking discusses how you can use a bell or your voice to alert people and what to check for after sending an audible signal. He also touches on the other sounds bicycles make and how these extend your pre-ride safety check. Mastering the use of your voice or bell when riding is a call-and-response. Musicians use this so the audience can sing along; you can use it, so your passage is predictable and safe.

Personally, I prefer the bell to voice commands. Especially if you are in an urban area with heavy pedestrian foot traffic. Spending time in Amsterdam on a bicycle made me a true believer that the bell’s sound was mightier than the voice.

A Fathers Day gift guide for that special dad

Skip giving dad ‘Old Spice’ this year and check out the following Fathers Day gift items. We think we have found some fun ideas that will keep him active and happy, that may fit into your budget.

Allett | Hybrid Card Wallet

Allett Wallet Card

This Hybrid Card Wallet is sleek and tidy, with space for a stack of folded bills. The wallet’s intuitive design has two internal card pockets, a clear ID pocket, and a tiny pocket built to hold the micro pen. The exterior side has one card pocket. With just the right number of pockets, this cardholder/wallet hybrid is a good option for dad, at $44.00. See more details and order options here.

Bubi Bottle | Any size on the website

Bubi Bottle

 

Keep dad hydrated with the environmentally friendly Bubi water bottle made from medical-grade silicone. This portable water bottle, even in larger sizes that are heat resistant, microwave, and dishwasher safe, can rolls-up to fit into tiny spaces when not in use. The perfect reusable bottle to take with, wherever he goes. The 16 oz size starts at $16.99; See more details and order options here

The Buena Onda Games | MayaFlya

Buena Onda Games | MayaFlya disc

 

Catch the fun with Buena Onda Games cotton crocheted fair trade frisbees. This lightweight disc is the perfect game to take along on a bike ride, hike, or use indoors when it’s raining. The 8-inch El Grande Disc sells for $27.99. See more details and order options here.

The Buena Onda Games | Ultra Bocce

Buena Onda Games | Bocce

When stopping along the trails in the parks, dad will find this bocce game complete with 2 sets of 4 matching balls to play with family and friends. The kit has two hard-packed Rollers and two lightly stuffed, floppy, Kerplunkers which serve as blockers for each team.  This adds a new strategic twist to traditional Bocce, which can be played in the house, .campsite, to a tailgate party. It sells for $44.99 with a lifetime guarantee, and Dad will love it. See more details and order options here.

The DaHÄNGER | DaBIGRING Wall Hanger

DaBigRing pedal hook

DaBigRing pedal hook is a horizontal bicycle storage system that holds the bicycle by the pedals with adjustable legs with three settings. The 18, 25, or 30-degree angle setting will allow dad to put his bike in the best position no matter the application. This pedal hook unit holds up to 65 lbs. and includes everything needed for installation, with a price of $64.00. See more details and order options here

The Fenix Store | Fenix CL30R LED Camping Lantern

Fenix CL30R LED Camping Lantern

The Fenix CL30R is the perfect camping, hiking, and all adventure activities companion. Dad will find this lantern a powerhouse providing a maximum of 650 lumens which can portray light in a 115-foot full circle. Add with the Micro-USB rechargeable feature the lantern can also act as a power bank to charge external devices. And, a cold-resistant battery compartment makes it perfect for all-season usage. Plus, the lantern can be attached to a tripod, or you can hang it, with a price of $109.95. See more details and order options here

Other Fenix Store items to consider for Fathers Day

The Fenix E35 V3.0 EDC Flashlight with 3000 Lumens

The Fenix E03R Keychain Flashlight

The FJORD | Static Rope Edge Protector

– FJORD | Static Rope Edge Protector

When off the main trail, a rope can be a person’s best friend. Add the Static Rope Edge Protection (STREP®), and dad can rest with ease that his rope won’t fray. Constructed using the same proprietary nylon weave used in Chafe-Pro®’s Commercial Series, the STREP® system is designed to withstand sharp angles and abrasive surfaces and protect the static line contained within. The Edge Protector is priced from $74.99 to $239.99, with several style options. See more details and order options here.

The Haeleum | RECCAN | MIDNIGHT BLUE/SEOLFOR GRAY

RECCAN | MIDNIGHT BLUE

Dad will find the jacquard weave of this shirt, available in two colors, a comfortable addition to his next adventure. The long-sleeve Reccan is made of lightweight, highly breathable fabric that features Insect Shield Technology® to repel mosquitoes, ticks, and other dangerous insects.

RECCAN | SEOLFOR GRAY

Made of extreme moisture-wicking 100% DrýTru™ polyester fabric not only quickly moves sweat away from your skin to help keep you cool and dry, but it’s also snag-resistant—perfect for going up a steep mountain or down a lazy river. Priced at $39.99, choose the RECCAN Midnight Blue or RECCAN Seolfor Gray for more details and order options.

Kali Gritt | Road and Gravel Adventure Helmet

Kali – Gritt, an all-new performance road, and gravel adventure Helmet

Kali’s newest venture into the performance road category, the Grit Helmet is now available. The Grit features a Rheon low-density layer (LDL) to protect Dad in the case of low-G linear or rotational crash. Plus, their proprietary Supervents increases the overall strength and helps with ventilation. The Grit also features our new Frequency Fit System, with vertical adjust and dial retention for maximum comfort and a precision fit at $200. See more details and order options here

Also, check out Kali’s brand-new Cascade and Mission gloves,

Cascade Glove

 

Mission Glove

Kali’s brand-new Cascade and Mission gloves were born from an unquenchable desire to pull on a pair of gloves that fits perfectly. See more options here.

The Koa Wood Grain Aurora™ Coffee Mug

Liquid Hardware | 12oz, 16oz or 20oz Koa Wood Grain Aurora™ Coffee Mug

Dad’s beverage of choice will stay hot or cold with the Liquid Hardware® -Aurora™ Coffee Mug. This timeless vacuum insulated stainless steel bottle transcends functionality with its patented 360 Magnetic Lid Port™ technology. Built with heavy-duty 18/8 food-grade stainless steel, this leak-proof coffee mug is designed with a Double Stop™ magnetic flip lid to add to its sealing power.  The wide mouth design is easy to clean and will keep a beverage hot or cold for hours, Priced at $27.95. See more details and order options here.

The MEDI-DYNE | TULI’S PLANTAR FASCIITIS INSOLES

MEDI-DYNE | TULI’S PLANTAR FASCIITIS INSOLES

Help Dad find comfort in every step or pedal stroke with this insoles’ unique design. Tuli’s Plantar Fasciitis Insoles are full-length premium arch supports designed specifically for plantar fasciitis for use by both men and women. The inserts with their 4-degree medial heel wedge evenly distribute the body weight pressure throughout the feet to help improve stability, balance, and posture. The insoles can be trimmed in the forefoot for optimal casual, dress, or athletic shoes. Priced at $39.99. See more details and order options here

The MEDI-DYNE | 2TOMS® STINKFREE® SHOE & GEAR ODOR REMOVER

MEDI-DYNE | 2TOMS® STINKFREE® SHOE & GEAR ODOR REMOVER

Perfect for Dad’s gear bag, the 2Toms StinkFree Shoe and Gear Odor Remover is guaranteed to remove (not mask) unwanted odors. Smells that are caused by dried-in sweat left in a person’s shoes, boots, gear, gym bags, pads/guards, gloves, lockers, etc. Containing no perfume, 2TOMS advanced formula cleans the pores that trap the odor in the shoe or gear and is safe to use on canvas, leather, satin, and denim and is priced at $9.99. See more details and order options here

The Orange Screw | Ultimate Ground Anchors

Orange Screw | Ground Anchors (assortment)

If dad is still using steel stakes, it’s time to simplify his gear and usage with a ground anchor that does it all! Orange Screw® ground anchors are lightweight, rust-proof, nearly indestructible, and made entirely in the USA from 100% recycled materials from Washington state. Easy to use, twist the screw into the ground using the clear tube for additional leverage and then tie off anything that needs fastening. Dogs, tents, sunshades, bounce houses…whatever. Just sit back and see how many uses dad will find for these ultimate anchors. Prices start at $6.95 for a single pack – See more details and order options here.

The Roving Blue | Roving Blue GO³™ Water Purification System

Roving Blue GO³™ Water Purification System

For those who venture into areas with questionable water, the GO3™ Water Bottle Pod will make water safer, right in the bottle. The first of its kind in the world, fill the bottle with H2O, attach the pod, turn it upside down, and press a button. The treatment time is 3-minutes, and dad will never have to purchase another plastic water bottle. This pod will make all water safer to drink and smell, leaving nothing but a fresh, clean taste  – it even destroys chlorine. The GO3™ Water Bottle Pod, USB charge cord, and carry case is priced at $169.00. See more details and order options here

The Trail Keg| TrailKeg Gallon Package

Trail Keg| TrailKeg Gallon Package

Consider getting dad a personal keg for his favorite beverage. As beverages start going flat as soon as you open the lid on a glass bottle, the TrailKeg keeps beer cold for up to 24-hours and perfectly carbonated, fresh on tap. A perfect replacement container for those who buy their beer in growlers or homebrew. The TrailKeg Gallon Package is priced at $179. See more details and order options here.

The  Wind Blox | Wind-Blox Focus

Wind Blox | Wind-Blox Focus

Is it time dad replaces his bulky earmuffs for a sleeker look? The Wind-Blox Focus provides full ear coverage, the perfect solution for all-season riders and commuters.  Wind-Blox patented technology is wind tunnel tested and engineered to block more than 80% of wind noise. The Focus biking ear covers work to allow cyclists to keep the sounds, they want hear, to remain tuned into their surroundings for audible riding at $20.00. See more details and order options here.

Hybrid bikes are one of the many available options for casual riding

by John Brown, HaveFunBiking.com

Trail bikes, fitness bikes, hybrid bikes, and dual-sport bikes all fall into the same category of bicycle. Although these bikes all occupy the same category, they have very different uses. Read on to find out what bike will fit your needs best.

Before Buying One Of Many Hybrid Bikes, Determine Where You Want to Ride

Hybrid

Road, trail, or offroad.

Hybrid Bikes for Road Riding

Paved surfaces are more inviting to cyclists than ever before thanks to bicycle conscience city planners and influential cycling groups. Bike lanes on city roads, bike paths on retired rail lines, and dedicated cycling trails are just a few of the options open for paved riding. Because of these options, there are many bicycles available for paved riding specifically.

Hybrid Bikes for Path/Trail Riding

By far, path and trail riders are the largest segments of casual cyclists. This is due to the vast availability of riding options. Due to the fact that there are tons of options, these bikes are designed to ride comfortably and efficiently through almost anything.   

Hybrid Bikes for Off-Road Riding

A newly emerging category is casual off-road riding. For this reason, many bicycle manufacturers have developed products to allow riders to enjoy trails comfortably. These bikes are similar to path/trail bikes, but usually include tires with more knobs and suspension.

How frequently do you plan on riding?

The cost of a bicycle can range from around $300 up to the tens of thousands of dollars. The most basic models use less durable materials like plastics rather than metals in the shifting components, and mild steel rather than stronger alloys for the drivetrain and cockpit. As the prices increase, stronger materials replace less durable materials, lending to a bicycle that will hold up better for frequent use. Consequently, at a certain price (different for every category of a bicycle), the durability doesn’t increase. Instead, the weight begins to decrease. A lighter bicycle is easier to control and accelerate (making for a more enjoyable ride). Determining how frequently you intend to ride and weighing that against the bikes you are looking at will ensure you get the right bike for your needs.

Bike Features

Disc brakes vs. rim brakes

Hybrid

Rim brakes work by two rubber pads squeezing the aluminum rim of your wheel. They are inexpensive, functional, and lightweight. When conditions are good, they work incredibly well. Disc brakes use hardened semi-metallic pads to squeeze a hardened steel rotor. Disc brakes produce an enormous amount of friction, and that friction can overcome poor conditions. To summarize, both brakes work, but disc brakes work better in poor conditions.

Suspension vs. no suspension

Hybrid

Bikes that go off-road typically use suspension forks to silence the chatter of gravel paths, dirt roads, and trails. Bikes with rigid forks tend to handle better because they are laterally stiffer and end up being lighter due to the lack of moving parts.

Wheel size

hybris

26″ x 1.75 and 700×37

In this category, you will find smaller wheels and larger ones. The smaller wheels are usually 26” in diameter and around 2 inches wide. The larger wheels are sized out at 700 c (roughly 28″ in diameter) and usually are between 28 and 42 millimeters wide.

Differences

Once you have figured out where and how often you want to ride, and you learned about some of the features, it’s time to learn about the differences in the bikes.

Hybrid Bikes

Hybrid bicycles at one point were the only bike in this category. They get their names from the fact that they were initially a hybrid of a mountain and road bike. Today, a hybrid is a great bike for fun and fitness. They usually incorporate suspension forks to smooth out the road. Most types use a tire that is 30-40 mm wide and well suited to gravel roads, rails to trails, or paved roads. If you are looking for the most comfortable ride across the largest segment of conditions, a hybrid is a right choice for you.

Fitness bikes

Fitness bikes share a lot of features with hybrids. They have similar wheel sizes, riding positions, and gearing. Where they differ is that hybrids incorporate a lot of features to add comfort, while fitness bikes focus on efficiency and being lightweight. If you are the type of rider who wants to get a great workout and enjoy your neighborhood or local bike path, a fitness bike is a right choice.

Dual Sport bikes

Dual sport bikes are a new and quickly growing segment of this category. The Dual sport bike is similar to the hybrid, in that it uses suspension. Where it differs from a hybrid is that they are designed for off-road use. By changing the rider position, incorporating wider tires, and using disc brakes, these bikes excel on bike trails that are a bit more technical. If your adventure takes you off the beaten path, dual sport bikes are the tool of choice.

How to choose

Paramount to buying the right bike is trying them. Start with a bike that fits you correctly. Take it for a good 10-15 minute ride to see how it handles. Ride it on hills and on some path if possible. Next, try some other models that use different features. Test riding will quickly highlight the benefits of disc brakes, suspension, and tire sizes. Once you feel comfortable on a few bikes, try them back to back and figure out which is the right fit for you.

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About John Brown the author

As a lifelong cyclist and consummate tinkerer, John operates Browns Bicycle in Richfield, MN. It all started for him in grade school when the bike bug bit and that particular fever is still there. Now, and over the past thirty years, he has worked at every level in the bike industry. Starting, like most, sweeping floors and learning anything he could about bikes. He eventually graduated to a service manager and then store manager.  Through the years, he has spent extensive time designing and sourcing bicycles and parts for some of the largest bike companies in the world. All the while focusing on helping as many people as possible enjoy the love of riding a bike. In that pursuit, he has taught classes (both scheduled and impromptu) on all things bikes. John also believes in helping each and every rider attain their optimal fit on the bike of their dreams. Please feel free to stop in any time and talk about bikes, fit, parts, or just share your latest ride. You can also see more of John’s tricks and tips on the Brown Bicycle Facebook Page.
An electric bike is perfect for commuting to work.

Considering an electric bike, helpful tips before buying

The real advantages of an electric bike or e-bike include their climbing efficiency, taking a bite out of wind resistance, and the ability to expand your range of travel. Before purchasing an e-bike, it is important to know how far you want to go and what type of terrain you will be riding it on.

For those who have experienced a medical issue or sports injury, an e-bike can breathe new life into your desire to stay active while having fun. With a little assist, you may again want to re-connect with your cycling buddies or add that #NextBikeAdventure to your list. Plus, if you are planning on commuting to work by bike, you will arrive feeling fresh.

Now that you have a reason to consider an electric bike, it’s time to choose the right one! With thousands of electric bike models on the market, there are several things to consider. The last item on our list here at HaveFunBiking is to test ride the e-bike you are looking to buy. Consider visiting several bike shops to compare.

First when buying an electric bike know your style of riding

With all the e-bikes on the market today, design options vary to fit different people and their preference of use. It’s up to you to decide what is most important. With so many models to choose from, first, you should figure out where you’re going to be riding your e-bike.

Geared to accommodate different activities (cargo-hauling; relaxed cruising; trail riding; mountain biking; child transportation; road biking; fat bike riding; touring; and urban commuting), compile a list of questions. The first one, ask yourself before entering a store, what will be my preferred bicycling activity with a new electric bike?

The electric bike drive

There are two mains types of e-bikes. The most common is what has come to be called the “pedal assist.” This system monitors the rider’s pedaling and automatically adds a certain amount of motor assistance – usually depending upon rate, force, and speed.

In most places, the motor’s output is regulated and limited to no more than 750 watts and the maximum speed up to 20 mph or 32 km/h. When you reach this speed, the motor automatically disengages. A few models in this category also offer the twist-n-go option. A switch on the handlebar, like a throttle on a motorbike, is used by the rider to trigger assistance from the motor.

The second drive train system is set for high-performance electric bikes that can easily achieve speeds much faster. Riders with these faster drive train systems need to have a special driver’s license, plates, and insurance. The regulations differ in every state and country, so it’s important to ask your local bike shop for details.

The e-bike motor and its location

There are two main types of motors and where they are located. The hub motor assist is located in one of the wheels and is the most common. Hub motors, which place the electric motor in the center of a bicycle wheel, are the most common. This e-bike power source tends to be quieter but often doesn’t handle hills, as well as a crank assist center mount system.

Rear motor system for an electric bike

Rear motor system for an electric bike

Located over the center mount in the crank and pedal area, the crank motor assist is at the bottom of the frame, transferring the motor’s power to the rear wheel via the bicycle’s chain. That means the electronic controls can include a sensor that detects how hard you’re pedaling and can measure the assistance accordingly. Typically, crank-assisted bikes have become much more common over the last couple of years and have a reputation for doing well on steep hills.

Center motor system for an electric bike

Center motor system for an electric bike

Both have several unique advantages and disadvantages, so choosing the right motor for you will largely depend on your requirements and which advantages seem more useful to your needs. Generally, it would be best if you were looking for a brand with a good reputation, such as Bosch, Brose, Panasonic, Shimano, and Yamaha.

Battery storage

One of the most expensive components of your new e-bike is the battery. Most of the price involved these days in buying a ready-to-go e-bike is the bike’s lithium-ion battery pack size. These batteries are everywhere, so it’s no surprise to find them powering e-bikes.

More expensive e-bikes have higher-tech batteries that are lighter, charge quickly, and last longer. Batteries degrade over time, holding less charge as they age. The quality of the battery makes a difference, so look for a reputable named battery manufacturer. Then make sure the warranty covers the battery for at least two years.

Conservatively lithium-ion batteries are typically said to last for 1,000 full charge cycles. That’s about three years of weekday commuting. They survive longer with careful use, so you should get at least 2,000 half-charge cycles. In practice, several years’ battery life is quite easily achievable depending on how often you charge and store the battery.

The distance an electric bike can  travel

The distance an e-bike will go on one charge of the battery is called range. It’s probably the most important specification. If your commute involves a big hill, for example, you don’t want to run out of juice halfway up. Without power, an e-bike is just a heavy bike.

The range depends on the battery capacity, the speed, weight, profile of the commuting tour, the assistance level you choose, and the percentage of given pedaling power. If you’re only going to do six to ten miles of daily commuting, you don’t need a battery and motor set for a 50 to 70-mile range. However, it would be best if you bought a bike with a higher range than you necessarily need because the range will drop as the battery ages and loses capacity.

Costs is another factor

Good e-bikes are not cheap, as I mentioned above. You can pick up a basic model, but how long will you be happy with it? An average bike with a quality frame, functional brakes, suspension, and other components is expensive. Now, when buying an e-bike, you have to add the cost of the motor and battery. The battery’s cost, with a reputable warranty, along with can cost $500 to $1,000, so don’t be surprised by the higher price; a better bike lasts much longer.

Test ride before you make a final commitment.

Perhaps the most important (and fun) part of buying an electric bike is test riding it. Trying an electric bike allows you to put aside skeptics, reviews, and research and answer the most basic question: Do you love this bike?

The show will combining both cycling tourism and cycling sports into the venue to give you all the facts.

The E-bike Challenge will combine cycling tourism and cycling sports into the venue to give you all the facts.

If so, then ask a few other questions: Does it climb hills in the way I need it? Does the bike fit me in the way I would like it too? And, does it have the quality and functionality I would like?

 

Sledge Sunglasses are designed by cyclists for your riding comfort

by Russ Lowthian, HaveFunBiking

Thanks to today’s oversized styles from Tifosi Optics, choosing a pair of eye-catching sunglasses for cycling is easy and affordable. The latest Sledge models will have you riding in style when the sun is shining. Plus, if you are like me, when you want a more detailed view,  they comfortably fit over your prescription glasses. Either way, you wear them, you will get the airy fit and the protection you desire.

Each pair comes a full lens kit that includes an additional clear and high contrast AC red lens, plus a hard case and soft bag for cleaning.

Styling comfort with Sledge Sunglasses

Tifosi Optics’ newest cycling sunglasses are designed to enhance your ride. Offering maximum coverage and ergonomic face-fit protection from the elements, you will find an unrestricted view of the road or trail.

Each of the vented Sledge lenses fit into the lightweight yet durable Grilamid TR-90 frame of your choice. And all three lenses are guaranteed shatterproof while providing 100% UV protection.

Cycling sunglasses designed by cyclists

The perfected cycling eyewear at an affordable price, Sledge glasses range from $69.95 to 79.95. Click on each of the four-color options below and choose.

Crystal Orange with a Clarion Blue lens

 

Crystal Red with a Clarion Yellow lens

Matte Black with a Smoke lens

Matte White with a Smoke lens

Like me, you will find that the Sledge line of sunglasses offers the ideal tint for any lighting condition. Each pair is shipped with a full lens kit, which includes an additional clear and high contrast AC red lens, plus a hard case and soft bag for cleaning.

Team up with Tifosi during the Covid-19 crisis

Tifosi face shield donation to health care workers during covid-19

In addition to making affordable eye protection for you, Tifosi is also doing what it can to protect healthcare professionals during the Covid-19 crisis. The company recently announced that they would be donating a face shield to health care facilities during the month of May for every pair of sunglasses sold on their site. For more details, check out their post here.

The Apres-Ski Recovery Boot works well for post fat biking activities

by Russ Lowthian, HaveFunBiking

Like the Telic’s sandals, the new Apres-Ski Recovery Boot is the perfect footwear, after fat biking the snow-covered trails. With a fun-filled day of pedaling through the woods and open fields behind us. It was time to slip on some comfortable walking footwear and enjoy the local festivities. Here my wife found this Recovery Boot, made for post-ski therapy, perfect for the activities we enjoyed after fat biking.

After a fun-filled day of pedaling through Minnesota’s True North landscape, the boots support technology added to the comfort.

The Apres-Ski Recovery Boot fit

As I mentioned Telic is best known for its comfortable sandal footwear. Telic originally designed the Recovery Boot for skiers in the snow sports industry to help them relax after training and competition. What they found incorporating the Novlaon Footstrike Technology from the sandals, the boot had a soft supportive fit for added comfort for any post-outdoor activity.

Very attractive, I liked the idea that this boot was lightweight, water-resistant, and had a nice traction control outer soles.

Stylish, and very supportive with great shock absorption.

Trying these boots, my wife found them stylish, very supportive with great shock absorption. So we found these boots kept her feet warm while we walked around the apres festivities after fat biking.

The new Telic Apres-Ski Recovery Boot turned out to be the perfect footwear for post-fat biking fun, after riding the snow-covered trails.