Ready to try a group cycling class? You'll need to set up your bike and learn how to connect your shoes, but once you're in the saddle the instructor will tell you exactly how to work your butt off. Here's what you need to know for your first time.
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The Queensland government has announced it will amend bicycle helmet laws to allow exemptions for riders with 'religious headwear', such as turbans. The decision was made following the recent court case of a Brisbane Sikh who successfully contested a $100 fine for not wearing a helmet. This got us to thinking -- if it's legal to ride without a helmet on religious grounds, shouldn't it be legal for everybody?
Instructable user Sailor Bob wanted to track his pedals-per-minute to set goals and get more out of his routine, so he turned a cheap $US10 bicycle computer (found at Wal-Mart, in his case) into a reliable cadence meter using some dollar-store magnets and a few cables. The hardest part seems to be setting up the LCD computer, but it's nothing you couldn't tackle with a little free time and effort. Hit the link for detailed installation and setup instructions. Very Easy Cadence Meter For Your Bike
Stay warm when you're biking (or for any other outdoor sport) by choosing the right clothes. The Whole Lotta Nothing weblog targets this article (and some of the clothing suggestions) to bikers, but it really can be extended to anyone who is outdoors for prolonged periods in the coldest winter days. Wear a skullcap to keep your ears warm. A waterproof one will make rainy days more bearable. Don't forget gloves and wear those most suitable for the temperatures outside. You might prefer a lightweight glove for warmer days but a heavier one when it gets a lot colder outside. If you're an avid athlete, the expenses for such clothing recommendations might be high, but in the end they're worthwhile if they keep you warm and fitter in the coldest weather. Winter Riding Tips for Your Road Bike
If you liked the idea behind the DIY IKEA bike rack but don't feel like spending $40 on supplies, reader Mike Sapak shows us how he rolled his own, very similar DIY bike rack out of a 2x4, some hooks, and a little elbow grease. In all Mike says the bike only set him back around $15 in supplies and took about a half hour to assemble. Not bad! DIY Bike Rack
The IKEA Hacker weblog demonstrates how to turn a few relatively cheap items from IKEA into an attractive, apartment-friendly bike rack. The IKEA goods will still set you back around $40, but the actual project shouldn't take much time at all and the results are certainly impressive. Looking for a more of a portable bike rack? We've got you covered there, too. stolmen bike rack