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Five Reasons Why You Should Take Up Swimming

Five Reasons Why You Should Take Up Swimming

November 02, 2021

For many, swimming is a pleasurable past-time activity that helps them relax and unwind after a tough day or week of work. On the surface, swimming might seem like a low-intensity activity that involves just the use of arms and legs to wade through the water. However, that is not entirely true, as swimming is a full-body workout that involves most muscles in the body, and has other perks.
With E-bikes Booming, Are Their Batteries a Threat to Our Environment?

With E-bikes Booming, Are Their Batteries a Threat to Our Environment?

October 04, 2021

For many years, many economies of the world have been dependent on fossil fuels as their primary source of energy. This heavy reliance on fossil fuels has had a toll on the environment. We have observed drastic changes in climatic patterns resulting from global warming, due to high levels of carbon emissions from engines running on fossil fuels. This has led to the adoption of electricity as a more environmentally friendly alternative source of energy.

We have had a boom in the number of people using E-bikes in the recent past. What makes these bikes unique is the fact that they run on an electric motor powered by lithium-ion batteries.

With this influx of E-bikes, the main question is whether or not these lithium-ion batteries can sustainably meet our energy needs.

Add to Your Years with a Bike Ride

Add to Your Years with a Bike Ride

September 01, 2021

Riding a bike is a fun way to decompress and unwind. Many health perks come with cycling down the street on your two-wheeler. Pedaling reduces the risk of stroke, enhances cardiovascular fitness, lowers stress levels and joint mobility and coordination, increases bone strength, and enhances cardiovascular fitness. But did you know that cycling, even for a brief period, can extend your life by a couple of years? 


Pros & Cons of Bicycle License Plates

Pros & Cons of Bicycle License Plates

July 05, 2021

The government requires drivers to keep license plates on their vehicles to protect public and private safety. Commuters are opting to ride bicycles over driving cars for any number of positive lifestyle benefits, but cyclists trade off the safety afforded to drivers.

License plates are not required by law for bicycles in most areas, but there are various benefits to implementing this measure to protect cyclists in reckless riding behavior. Several American states have attempted bicycle license plate systems on a provisional basis, as documented.

 

Why You Should Regularly Wash Your Bike & Tips to Get the Best Results

Why You Should Regularly Wash Your Bike & Tips to Get the Best Results

June 01, 2021

Whether you are a leisurely bike rider or consider more of a passion, all riders should be in the habit of regularly cleaning their bike. Simply put, a clean bike looks betters, operates better, and will last longer.

Even if you are using your bike just to cruise to the beach or around town, Bicycling.com recommends, "Cleaning your road bike monthly (or every 20 to 25 rides) and a mountain or 'cross bike more often". So, while it may be easier just to put your bike back in the garage after a few rides, making an effort to wash your bike monthly (even if it doesn't look dirty) can really help extend the life of your bike and help with day to day operation of the bike! 

Tips to Remove & Prevent Rust from Bicycles

Tips to Remove & Prevent Rust from Bicycles

May 01, 2021

Whether you bike hundreds of miles a week or just to the nearby park every weekend, taking care of your chain is important. Failing to maintain a clean and well-lubricated bike chain will make it harder to pedal, and could also lead to damage to your gears or other parts of the drivetrain. Luckily, upkeep on a chain is relatively simple and inexpensive.

Stay Moving to Stay Alive: 3 Reasons to Take Up Cycling

Stay Moving to Stay Alive: 3 Reasons to Take Up Cycling

April 02, 2021

Sometimes the world seems so dangerous. We worry about accidents, cancer, and criminals potentially lurking around the corner. Actually, there's a much quieter, much closer concern that many of us overlook.

Inactivity is currently the world's fourth leading cause of death. It's a problem often confused and conflated with laziness and personal choice, but in reality the issue is geographic, systemic, and woven into the structure of modern living. (EuroNews)

That statement may sound shocking, but the numbers back it up.

  • 1.5 billion people around the world are so inactive they are risking their long-term physical health
  • 5.3 million people die each year from causes related to inactive living
Hit-and-Run Accidents Increase During 2020

Hit-and-Run Accidents Increase During 2020

March 01, 2021

Biking is an enjoyable hobby for people of all ages. Whether you're tooling around the neighborhood or participating in road races, cycling is a great way to get fresh air and exercise.  

Unfortunately, cycling can be dangerous. And it is important for us to bring awareness to the potential dangers of cycling to help all riders become highly alert of their surroundings when riding on the road. In 2020, nearly 700 cyclists were killed in crashes involving vehicles. Of those, a quarter were hit-and-runs, which means the driver fled the scene before police arrived.

Those are the results of the 2020 Cycling Deaths project compiled by Outside Magazine.  The data was analyzed with the assistance of information scientists at BikeMaps.org.

Coming Soon! The Great American Rail Trail

Coming Soon! The Great American Rail Trail

February 09, 2021

Ever dream of thru-biking across the interior of the United States? Thanks to a decades-long project spearheaded by the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy, that trip is one step closer to fruition. 

When completed, the Great American Rail-Trail will stretch from Washington D.C. to Washington state, encompassing nearly 3,700 miles along the way. The idea has been in the works for 50 years and more progress is being made every day. 

About 80 miles of the trail are considered complete, but the Great American Rail-Trail already connects with existing bike trails. It's built on old railroad lines, hence the name. The path is made from paved asphalt, crushed stone and other materials.  


Loco Cycles: Looking Forward to 2021

Loco Cycles: Looking Forward to 2021

January 02, 2021

2020 has undoubtedly been a tumultuous year. The COVID-19 pandemic changed our daily routines and habits, leaving many to wonder what going back to "normal" will ever look like. Companies and individuals have faced tremendous challenges, with no area of our lives left untouched by the disease. 

The bicycle market saw its own unique impacts from the pandemic. Many people turned to exercise and outdoor recreation to pass the time and safely get some fresh air. As a result, bike sales increased at the same time that transporting materials became harder than ever. Here at Loco Cycles, production plans have been delayed tremendously — and we're not alone in that problem. 

Change that Works for You: The Science of New Year's Resolutions

Change that Works for You: The Science of New Year's Resolutions

December 18, 2020

As we prepare to turn our calendars from 2020 to 2021, making yet another change might be one of the last things we're looking forward to. With an unpredictable year behind us thanks largely to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many of us are looking to 2021 to signal a return to normalcy. In that sense, we may not be excited by the prospect of change. There are, however, changes that work to our advantage. Hence the ongoing popularity of New Year's Resolutions.
These 3 High-Tech Bike Helmets Are Straight Out of Science Fiction

These 3 High-Tech Bike Helmets Are Straight Out of Science Fiction

November 20, 2020

The world of bicycle helmets has changed a lot over the past 20 years. Now they are being designed with a range of high-tech, futuristic features you didn't even realize you needed until now. From smart helmets that alert you to approaching cars to helmets that purify the air you breathe, check out these 3 cutting-edge helmets on the market now. 



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