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Universal Gadget Mount

Being a Bike Geek, I love gadgets. Since I carry most of my gadgets on my rear pockets, it could be dangerous when I reach back to get one of them.

I was recently contacted by UltimateGadgetMount.Com and they sent me an ultimate gadget mount to ride with.

I’ll keep you posted on the performance of the Universal gadget mount, on and off the pavement.

Catch 22

My family and I like to ride around the neighborhood. I usually ride the Tandem with the trailer and my wife rides the Breezer. Yesterday, my 6 yr old wanted to ride her own bike, so I pulled it out of the garage, aired it up and then as we started to ride, I told her to stay on the sidewalk. She then asks, “why can’t I ride on the street like you do?”. I then proceed to tell her that is ‘safer’ to ride on the sidewalk. At this point, I felt that my statement was a little hypocritical since I usually preach that riding on the sidewalk is a big no-no. I don’t feel comfortable for her to ride on the street, I feel that is dangerous for her to ride on it.

The question is, Am I doing wrong by instilling on her that riding on the sidewalk is safer than the streets? Or is it acceptable since she is still young and then I can later teach her how to ride on the streets when she is older.

You don’t need a Redbull, just have some coffee

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Despite such speedy-sounding names as “Full Throttle,” “Amp” and “Rush,” energy drinks pack a punch that is generally no stronger than coffee, according to a report released on Monday.

A comparison of 12 popular energy drinks, published in the September issue of Consumer Reports, found that the caffeine in 8 ounces of various brands ranged from 50-145 milligrams (mg), though most were in the 75- to 80-mg range.

Results were rounded to the nearest 5 mg.

By comparison, the caffeine in an 8-oz cup of brewed coffee can range from 65-120 mg, with an average of 85 mg, according to the National Coffee Association.

The least-caffeinated energy drink Consumer Reports tested was the fruit punch-flavored offering by Target Corp.’s private label Archer Farms, with 50 mg. At the high end was the lemon-lime flavored Celsius with 145 mg.

Market-leading Red Bull had 80 mg of caffeine. Sobe No Fear, owned by PepsiCo Inc., had 85 mg of caffeine. Amp had 75 mg of caffeine, while Rush and Coca-Cola Co.’s Full Throttle both had 80 mg.

Jamie Kopf Hirsh, associate editor at Consumer Reports and the report’s author, said it was “good news” that energy drinks were not much more caffeinated than coffee, but said consumers should still be cautious.

Even though 8 ounces is the standard serving size for measuring, most containers have more than that, and most consumers drink more than that.

“You don’t have to be alarmed by this, you just have to account for it in your daily caffeine intake,” Hirsh said, adding that energy drinks, with their graphic video-game-like logos that appeal to young men, could be “coffee for the new generation.”

Thanks to Yahoo.

Tips to prevent your bike from being stolen

Great article courtesy of Fox News

1. Get a U-lock. The overwhelming majority of stolen bikes were locked with a cable or chain, or weren’t locked at all. The cheapest U-lock is better than the best chain. Locally, Home Depot carries entry-level U-locks for around $14. Online, you can get U-locks from Bike Nashbar for $9. Higher quality locks are available at bike shops and sell for $25-80. Remember, a bike being unlocked is a bigger factor in whether it gets stolen than how expensive the bike is.

2. USE your U-lock. Of course this sounds like a no-brainer, but I can’t count how many people (myself included) who have lost bikes that they left unlocked “just for a minute”. I once had a bike stolen from my front porch that was only out there for twenty minutes after I got home. Lock your bike religiously. If you’re at a store and there’s nothing to lock your bike to, at the very least lock your bike to itself. (That is, lock the frame to a wheel.) That way, someone can’t ride off ON your bike (although they could still throw it in the back of a truck and drive off with it).

3. Put the U-lock through the frame, not just through a wheel. If you lock just a wheel, a thief will simply remove the wheel and walk away with your bike frame. For best protection, put the lock through BOTH the frame and the front wheel when locking your bike to something.

4. Be careful about the ends of bike racks. Some bike parking racks are constructed with simple nuts and bolts on the ends. If you park your bike on the end of one of these racks, a thief could disassemble the end of the bike rack with a wrench, and slide your bike off it. By the same token, also check to make sure that the part of the rack you’re locking to is solid and not broken at the top or bottom.

5. Don’t park on traffic signs overnight. A determined thief can take the sign off the top of the pole, and then slide your bike over the pole.

6. Don’t park your bike overnight in public if you can avoid it.

7. If your bike is expensive and you have to leave your bike parked in public overnight or for a long time, consider getting a second, less expensive “beater bike” for those times. That way it’ll be less likely to be stolen, and if it is, you won’t be quite so heartbroken. Note, though, that a poorly-locked cheap bike is often a bigger target than a well-locked expensive bike. (The smallest target is a well-locked cheap bike, of course.)

8. Paint over expensive brand names or scratch them off. Simply adding stickers won’t fool a thief into thinking your bike is old or low quality (although it may make it easier to identify if it IS stolen).

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