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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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Thanks to the latest reviews from 29 experts at BikeRide.com, see 46 of the best hybrid bikes to consider when buying your next bike.

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?

 

Making yourself heard, with a bicycle bell or by 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 less 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.

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.

What’s an electric assist bike, or e-bike and is it for you?

You have probably read about electric-assist bicycles, commonly known as e-bikes. With many improvements, the past couple of years, this type of bicycle has grown in popularity around the world. So what exactly is a pedal-assist bicycle?

Simply by pedaling, instead of using a twist or thumb throttle, you activate the motor to help turn the drive-train. If you are curious and would like to check them out, stop by a local bike shop or visit the E-bike Challenge Minneapolis. Either option, here are some questions you may want to ask when test riding.

Fun test riding opportunities at the E-bike Challenge Minneapolis

First, how would you use an electric-assist bike

  • commuting to work, running errands or hauling cargo
  • maybe bike touring
  • spending more time on off-road trails
  • or assist with rehabbing after an injury?

Then ask yourself

  • will an e-bike make it easier for me to stay active
  • make it more enjoyable, especially when dealing with hills and headwinds
  • help so I can keep up with friends who ride faster?

Because electric bike technology is progressing quickly, both the batteries and motors are lighter to allow you a better range between charges. Today there are bikes for every conceivable application from hauling cargo to making a climb up a mountain bike trail a breeze.

Choose an e-bike for your style of bicycle riding

Geared to accommodate different kinds of activities, you have a lot of e-bike options. When considering an e-bike are you going to use it for cargo-hauling; relaxed cruising; off-road trail riding; child transportation; road biking; fat bike riding; bike touring; or urban commuting?

With so many e-bikes on the market today, design options vary to fit different people and their preference of use. So it’s up to you to decide what is most important. Is it the ease of riding; the cost; maintenance, dependability, and range – or all the above?

Test ride

Now that you have answered some of the questions, visit a few bike shops or the E-bike Challenge Minneapolis and test ride them. There you will see all the latest brands and models available to ride on the huge indoor test track.

Tern’s HSD electric-assist bike, out of the box and on the road

by Russ Lowthian, HaveFunBiking

Every so often, I run across a bike that is truly unique and the Tern HSD electric-assist bike is one, and worth checking out. Especially if you are looking for a comfortable ride with options of hauling cargo or a child. As I look over some of the latest electric bikes that will be available to test-ride at the E-bike Challenge Minneapolis. I had a chance to take this new Tern HSD P-9 e-bike out for a spin.

My initial test ride of the Tern HSD electric-assist bike

Using three parallel streets, on a hillside in my neighborhood as my personal test course. I had a chance to experience the pedal-assist-power and comfort of this new e-bike. On my initial ride, with close to 300 pounds of weight between myself and some extra gear, I found the bike had a smooth acceleration with plenty of power to spare. It didn’t matter if I stopped on the flat or on the 12-degree incline of the hill. Each time I started pedaling, which kicked in the motor, there were no irregular jerk movements, it was smooth. Plus, with the Bosch motor set on the Eco mode (the lowest of four e-assist settings) and the 1×9 gear drivetrain, my cadence was comfortable going up all the hills. It was also reassuring that I still had the Tour, Sports, and Turbo motor settings at my fingertips if needed.

About Tern’s HSD electric bike

The Tern HSD electric-assist bike is a compact cargo bike offering a comfortable ride.

The Tern HSD P-9 is a compact cargo bike perfect for commuting, recreational riding and running errands with some extra space to haul cargo or a child. At 5.5 feet long it is slightly shorter than the average road bike and has a load capacity of 374 pounds.

The HSD P-9 model uses a Bosch Active Line Plus motor and 400Wh battery with a Purion display, with Eco, Tour, Sports, and Turbo power settings. The drivetrain uses a 9-speed Shimano® Alivio Shadow RD cassette/derailleur. So this motor/drivetrain combination was smooth when beginning to accelerate and throughout the ride.

Bonus items that come standard

The HSD comes with a headlight and taillight. A Suntour suspension front fork to help ease bumps, 20″ wheels, an aluminum frame, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and an integrated Abus frame lock in the rear wheel. Plus, the bike can be stored standing on its rear rack and the handlebar stem folds down flat, making it easy to fit a compact space.

The HSD easily stands on the back rack for convenient storage.

Accessories

You can buy many accessories online, but Tern’s proprietary ones are fit to the bike and add convenience. Specifically, the Go-To bag that attaches to the front of the bike using a Tern Luggage Truss™ adapter. It was easy to fit my laptop inside this bag, and perfect for commuting to work, school or the library.

The Tern Go-To bag comes with a special cover for added weather protection and visibility.

On the rear, Tern’s proprietary cargo hold panniers are weather-resistant and pack down flat. Each pannier can hold up to 60 pounds and closes securely with a magnetic clip. I found I could easily slip in two paper grocery bags on each side, nice!

Need more cargo or kid hauling capacity, test ride all the Tern Bikes

Stop by your local Tern dealer or mark your calendar for the E-bike Challenge Minneapolis, March 28-29, 2020. There you can ride all the Tern Bikes including the GSD on the electric bike expos huge indoor test track. Have Fun!

 

This bike pic Saturday, enjoy your time out riding the trails with family and friends as the fall colors are at there peak.

A healthy energy boost makes any off-road cycling adventure better

by Russ Lowthian, HaveFunBiking.com

If you are like me, I like to carry a few energy boost jell packs while enjoying nature in the wild. On my latest adventure, before the snow covered the Northwoods landscape, I found Trail Butter. Trying them I found they were delicious and provided a level of energy that lasted longer. Plus, having several flavors added to the experience and fun of mountain biking in the true north.

Trail Butter flavors in the 1.15 oz. packets for an energy boost.

A natural energy boost source while off-road biking in the true north

Wanting to get one more bike adventure in before snowfall in the upper Midwest, I spent four days exploring the Beltrami Island State Forest, near Roseau, MN. A mammoth forest covering more than 700,000 acres it’s about 30 miles south of the Canadian border. With Roseau several miles away I wanted to maximize my time and the weight of what I carried along. Using a couple of primitive campsites along the 140-miles of logging roads and trail loops the Trail Butter packets fit my needs well. Each day,

The 4.5oz size was my choice on my recent Northwoods trip.

I averaged about 30-miles of mountain biking from the established base camp for that section of the State Forest. Every five or six miles I stopped and enjoyed a single-size serving size of the Trail Butter. Stopping periodically for an energy boost of this nut butter made it easy to complete the planned route in plenty of time before dark.

With Trail Butter no gooey aftertaste

As I have found with some of the other energy products on the market, with Nut Butter there was no pasty after taste. I also found the company’s claim on its website description, as “slow-burning” and this was also true. The almond component of the nut butter mix offers a ready source of fat that burns slowly, perfect for any outdoor activity. Not like some of the other energy products I have tried, full of high fructose corn syrup or other sugar that doesn’t sustain you for very long.

Offered in four flavors and three different sizes

A 16oz jar of Trail Butter works well back to base camp or at home.

The Trail Butter packaging comes in three different styles and to date come in four flavors, with their Spiced Chai Seasonal Nut Butter Blend. Their regular flavors include the Original Nut Butter Blend; Maple & Sea Salt Blend; and the Dark Chocolate & Coffee Nut Butter Blend. Like the Original flavor, which is an almond nut base with chocolate and cranberries, you will find 680 calories to turn into energy in every single serving. Sizes include:

  • The single-serving 1.15oz packets that are easy to open and resemble the packaging of a typical gel. This size works well when disposing of the packaging isn’t an issue.
  • The 4.5oz size was my choice on my recent trip. It gave me several servings in one reseal-able, easy to eat out of the pouch. I just had to decide which flavor I wanted to carry each day.
  • Also available in 16oz jars. This size works well for those who are able to make it back to base camp or at home to prepare a sandwich.

Made in the U.S., Trail Butter is manufactured by a small company out of Portland, OR.  and sells for a reasonable price. So check out their website and give Trail Butter a try for your next adventure!

A perfect pair of sandals can add to your bicycle touring adventures

by Russ Lowthian, HaveFunBiking.com

If you are like me when cycling in a new area, it is fun to get off the bike and walk around a historical area, along the beach or venture into a shopping area, especially with sandals. Many times these extra-curricular stops can lead to more treasured memories.

Telic Energy Flip Flop is a comfortable sandal for both men and women.

The only problem, hiking around in bike shoes isn’t always the best for walking. And, even if your bike shoes are fairly comfortable for walking you don’t want to get them wet or dirty, especially if you use them in conjunction with clip-on pedals. So having a second set of footwear, a pair of comfortable Telic sandals along,  can add to your comfort and fun.

Easy to carry when biking

A bungee or carabiner is the perfect way to hang Telic sandals from the seat post.

Lightweight it is easy to bungee the Telic sandals to your bikes frame or seat post if you don’t have a bike rack or large enough handlebar bag. I found that a carabiner (rock climbing gear clip) also works well. Hook the clip into the straps of the sandal and the bottom of the bike seat.

Telic sandals make the perfect footwear when bike touring

From the energy Flip-Flops to the Z-strap or the women’s Mallory it’s easy to carry along a quick change of comfortable sandals.

Telic Women’s Mallory Sandal offers a comfort slide with Orthotic Grade Arch Support

They look good and feel great with enough medial arch support to keep you floating when not pedaling. With the ergonomic technology the Telic’s heat-sensitive Novalon material molds to the shape of your foot, eliminating pressure points making each step is pretty cushy.

For more information or to order a pair check out their website today!

Think of your next adventure with a pair of comfortable Telic sandals – Happy feet!