Hybrid Electric Bicycles

A short list of electric motor bikes that make great alternatives to gasoline automobile for short distance commuting.


Because of the energy crisis, hybrid is the buzzword of the day. With respect to cars, hybrid usually refers to engines that use electricity and gasoline. The combination gets you more gas mileage. For example the 2008 Toyota Prius, a well-known hybrid car, gets 48 miles per gallon as oppose to a comparable non-hybrid car, say a Honda Civic, that gets 36 miles per gallon. By the way, Honda also has a hybrid version of the Civic and it gets 45 miles per gallon. The point is hybrid technology allows you to cover more grounds for a given set of resources, gasoline in this case.


In the cycling world, the term hybrid refers to bicycles with electric motors. Yep, that’s traditional push pedaling made easy with electricity. Instead of higher gas mileage, you get more miles pedaling and best yet, you don’t have to buy gas (because it’s a bicycle).


THE FRUGAL AND HEALTHY CONSUMER


But you’re asking why mention gas with bicycles? In the past, at least in the United States, gas prices were never a concern. Up until 2006 or so, Americans were able to buy gas for under $2.00 per gallon. That’s practically nothing! And times have changed since then.


In other parts of the world, however, they haven’t been so lucky. Europeans have been experiencing gas prices between $5-$8 per gallon for years. But they still get around. Common among their usual transport is a bicycle. You’ve seen many pictures of common folks getting around town bicycling. Kinda like what we did when we were kids. To get more “mileage”, a lot of Asians and Europeans use hybrid electric motor bikes.


Many smart and frugal Americans are discovering electric bicycles for short distance commuting to save money. They don’t have to pay for gas!


There is another advantage. Since you’re pedaling, you’re exercising. Makes you healthy. Of course, not everyone is in superb physical shape to be pedaling from one side of the city to the other. But remember, it’s a hybrid bike. The electric motor helps you pedal. Therefore you can get in shape slowly, but at the same time do so enjoying the outside.


The price of a hybrid bike may set you back from $500 to $1000 USD. But that should pay for itself within a year if you can save on $50-$70 a month on gas and/or $20-$30 on gym membership.


THE ECO-FRIENDLY CONSUMER


Just as important as saving money, there is a global trend, or at least in the US, to be more eco-friendly. Among others, gasoline is a concern. As you know, burning gasoline emits pollutants that are harmful to both the environment and our health. Transportation that uses less gas (hybrid cars) and no gas (electric car, hybrid bikes, electric scooters) are getting a lot of attention among consumers.


THE CHOICES OF HYBRID ELECTRIC BICYCLES


Though there are quite a few manufacturers of electric bicycles in existence, none of them are quite household names yet. But below are just a handful electric motor bike readily found from Amazon, eBay, Shop.com and other online retailers:


iZIP Enlightened Hybrid Electric Street Bicycles
From Currie Technologies, the iZIP is one of the more popular electric hybrid bikes. In one battery charge, it can travel up to 23-30 miles depending on the cycler’s weight. Top speed on this 8-gear street bike can be up to 18 mph. As you can see from the pictures, the motor and battery pack are cleverly integrated within the bike’s frame. So unlike most electric bicycles, these components are not visually obtusive. The geared hub motor is a brushless DC type encased in an alloy shell. The battery pack is made of NiMH EV Rated Batteries Down Tube Concealed 24V / 9AH Pack (20) 1.2V Rechargeable Cells. There are men’s and women’s versions of the iZIP bike.


The Euro Electric Bicycle
Designed for urban commuting, the Euro gives you the impression you’re gliding to your destination. The rear storage rack makes it easy to run errands such as groceries. The Euro is powered by a 24V 10Ah Li-ion battery with 6 speed Shimano derailleur and a high speed 350W motor. Since the battery is Lithium-ion, it can be recharged over 1,000 times, making it more durable than a typical NiMH battery and SLA (sealed lead acid) battery. Another plus is that Li-ion batteries are recyclable making this electric bike a truly eco-friendly.


Electrec Electric Bicycle
From Ideation Taiwan, the Electrec electric bicycle allows for non-pedal cruising for an 8-12 mile ride using only the motor. Of course, the actual range depends on the terrain and weight of the cycler. This seven speed electric bike comes with a 600-watt high-torque brushless motor powered by a 24-volt, 12 amp-hour battery pack.

Road Bike Wheels 700c

Mountain bikes which are designed mainly for mountain biking. They are usually ridden on dirt trails and many other unpaved surfaces. When compared to road bicycles they are better and rugged enough for such unfriendly terrain.


It would not be easy just walking into a shop and selecting the bikes. Each bike in the store serves different purposes. One needs bikes that will fit his personality well come at price within his budget and also he needs to enjoy riding it. Comfort and safety are also other important factors. Most important of all, the bikes must be worth the money.


These Haro mountain bikes have broad, knobbier tires for more grip and absorption of shock. In modern bikes, suspension for front wheel has become the custom while suspension for the full front and rear is becoming more and more general. In few Haro mountain bikes, the handlebars are fixed with bar ends, but riser handlebars which are made such that they oppose to a flat straight handlebar are becoming increasingly popular because a very few riders use bars with their ends extended.


These bikes usually have 26 inches or 559 mm wheels, but many bikes are available in the markets, which have 29 inches or 622 mm wheels. This is the diameter universally used for other normal road bikes which is also known as a 700c.


Some important varieties and colors of Haro mountain bikes are:


BMX HARO F1C


Colour: blue


Colour: yellow


BMX HARO F1


Colour: black


Colour: orange


BMX Backtrail HARO X1


Colour: blue


Colour: black


Colour: orange


BMX HARO F2


Colour: double plat


Colour: green


Colour: black


Colour: red


BMX HARO PARTIAL 16


Colour: black


are very popular among the professionals. It is a very stylish bike designed mainly for mountain biking. The important features of this bike are:


They are very light in weight, they provide better climbing and acceleration, they are laterally stiff, they give us a submissive ride and absorb vibrations and most important of all they are drop-dead gorgeous. They provide more comfort and style.


The components used for making the bike are efficient and very strong. One can also upgrade a few areas to lessen the weight or make it look more stylish or even to improve performance of the bike. But if the buyer is on a budget then the bike has an excellent built with stylish looks.


Haro mountain bikes feel very stiff while ascending and gives optimum performance. Riding is highly comfortable and enjoyable. They have a rugged and resilient structure that means they would last long. They are very popular among the top riders.


It is very convenient because of the simplicity in its design that makes it very easy to repair. The bike has enough strength to go on epic rides but it may get a little uncomfortable. Overall Haro mountain bikes are one of the very best available in the market. It is available in many price ranges affordable for all. Go for Haro bikes for great performance and an enjoyable ride.

Cycling – The Best Way to Get Around Commuter And Urban Bicycle Gear

Cycling – The Best Way to Get Around
By Paul Jorgensen


Most urban dwellers like myself have numerous options for how to get around. Many have their own cars, motorcycles, or scooters. And a lot of people take public transportation such as the bus, the subway, or tramlines. All of these are viable modes of transportation, but cycling has a number of special benefits that make it the best form of transportation.


One benefit of cycling is that you can get exercise. Exercising several times a week is essential for good long term health, but most people make excuses and ways to avoid exercising. Many people will buy a gym membership and stop going. Others will play sports but fail to schedule times with the other players. Many people go jogging but take a day off. Then the next day they take another day off. And the next day they take another off. The problem here is that these people intend to exercise, but they need to incorporate exercise into their routine so it is unavoidable and impossible to resist. Commuting to work by bicycle is the perfect way to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Because there are no excuses. If you are tired after work, you still have to ride home. You can’t escape the exercise you have committed to.


Another reason to cycle around town is that it’s affordable. You don’t have to pay for gas, and in this day and age of high oil prices that is a huge benefit. You generally don’t have to pay for parking either. This depends on the city, but in many cities you can just lock up your bike on the strike or a bike rack for free. The key to affordability is to avoid having your bike stolen, so I recommend you invest in a good bike lock.


Another benefit of bike riding is flexibility. If you want to ride along the beach to work, you can. If you want to take a shortcut through a park or narrow lane, you can. You can walk your bicycle on the sidewalk. You can’t do those things with a car, and of course not on public transportation. Sometimes that variety and flexibility of taking whatever route you want can take some of the stress out of your daily commute.


I own a car because I like to take road trips and head up into the mountains. But when getting around the city, my bike is so much more convenient and enjoyable than all of the other transportation methods. So if you don’t have a bike, make sure to get one and start enjoying your commute.

Orion 10029 StarBlast 90mm Altazimuth Travel Refractor Telescope

With its considerable 90mm (3.5 inch) aperture and versatile f/6.7 optics, the StarBlast 90mm Travel Refractor is the fantastic grab-and-go telescope you’ve been trying to find. Not just will you get fantastic views of the Moon and its hundreds of intriguing craters and canyons, but this compact travel telescope will also supply remarkable views of comets, Jupiter’s cloud bands, the 4 biggest Jovian moons, and Saturn’s incredible ring system, even from brighter metropolitan places. Given that the StarBlast 90mm is so portable and lightweight at 13.5 lbs. when completely assembled, it’s easy to take on the roadway to your preferred dark sky website, or bring along on the next family campout or road-trip.


From reasonably dark skies, this portable performer gets very nice views of emission nebulas like the Lagoon (M8), the Orion Nebula (M42), along with dying stars like the Ring Nebula (M57), globular clusters like the Great Cluster in Hercules (M13), and gorgeous open star clusters like the Double Cluster in Perseus and the glimmering Pleiades (M45). The consisted of altazimuth mount is easy to operate, and provides the StarBlast 90mm telescope a steady foundation. The mount’s practical slow-motion controls make it easy to manually track celestial things as you see them over extended durations.


A great grab-and-go refractor telescope for beginners and experienced hobbyists alike 90mm (3.5 inch) aperture and 600mm focal length provides nice views of a wide variety of objects in the night sky Easy-to-operate altazimuth mount equipped with slow-motion controls for convenient tracking of objects as they appear to move across the sky A perfect travel telescope for family road-trips and campouts Includes 25mm and 10mm 1.25 inch eyepieces, EZ Finder II aiming sight, comfortable 90 star diagonal, and more!


A great grab-and-go refractor telescope for beginners and experienced hobbyists alike^ 90mm (3.5 inch) aperture and 600mm focal length provides nice views of a wide variety of objects in the night sky^ Easy-to-operate altazimuth mount equipped with slow-motion controls for convenient tracking of objects as they appear to move across the sky^ A perfect travel telescope for family road-trips and campouts^ Includes 25mm and 10mm 1.25 inch eyepieces, EZ Finder II aiming sight, comfortable 90 star diagonal, and more!

Sbyke P-20 Patented Rear-Steering Scooter

The wide, hardwood maple deck is stable and allows for side-by-side foot placement.
This hybrid bike-scooter combines the world of BMX and skateboarding and can be used for transportation, exercise, or solely for fun. It features the ease and maneuverability of rear-steering, the control of a hand brake, and the stability of a wide platform that allows for side-by-side foot placement. Crafted of high-quality materials such as hardwood maple and aircraft-grade aluminum, the sbykeTM is rugged and durable with a sleek, eye-catching design.


Recommended for riders 8 years and older, and up to 220 pounds, your sbykeTM can be parked just about anywhere in the garage, and fits easily into the trunk of a car. Riding in tight spaces is no problem either–the unique design allows you to make a 360-degree turn in a space equal to the width of a sidewalk. It has an adjustable spring rate for carving and cruising and a kickstand for standstill stability. The 10-ply maple hardwood deck has a 3-cam carving truck and ABEC 7 bearings.


Features:


Hybrid bike-scooter
Fun for kids and adults
Matte black lightweight aircraft-grade aluminum frame for strength and durability
Includes two stem lengths to accommodate tall and shorter riders; 9.25 and 5 inches
10-ply maple hardwood deck with 3-cam carving truck and ABEC 7 bearings
Self-standing with adjustable spring rate for carving or cruising
Front caliper hand brake just like a bicycle
Includes logo decals, instruction manual, and tools for simple assembly


A 3-cam carving truck with ABEC 7 bearings allows for the ease and maneuverability of rear-steering.


Specifications:


Size: 20-inch front rim
Weight: 13 pounds
Weight Capacity: 220 pounds
Frame: Aircraft-grade aluminum
Deck: 10-ply maple hardwood
Bearings: ABEC 7
Rims: Aluminum alloy
Stem: Interchangeable 4130 CroMoPro & LoPro
Brake: Front hand calipersbyke™ is the next step in the evolution of the scooter.






The wide, hardwood maple deck is stable and allows for side-by-side foot placement.


This hybrid bike-scooter combines the world of BMX and skateboarding and can be used for transportation, exercise, or solely for fun. It features the ease and maneuverability of rear-steering, the control of a hand brake, and the stability of a wide platform that allows for side-by-side foot placement. Crafted of high-quality materials such as hardwood maple and aircraft-grade aluminum, the sbyke™ is rugged and durable with a sleek, eye-catching design.


Recommended for riders 8 years and older, and up to 220 pounds, your sbyke™ can be parked just about anywhere in the garage, and fits easily into the trunk of a car. Riding in tight spaces is no problem either–the unique design allows you to make a 360-degree turn in a space equal to the width of a sidewalk. It has an adjustable spring rate for carving and cruising and a kickstand for standstill stability. The 10-ply maple hardwood deck has a 3-cam carving truck and ABEC 7 bearings.


Features:



  • Hybrid bike-scooter

  • Fun for kids and adults

  • Matte black lightweight aircraft-grade aluminum frame for strength and durability

  • Includes two stem lengths to accommodate tall and shorter riders; 9.25 and 5 inches

  • 10-ply maple hardwood deck with 3-cam carving truck and ABEC 7 bearings

  • Self-standing with adjustable spring rate for carving or cruising

  • Front caliper hand brake just like a bicycle

  • Includes logo decals, instruction manual, and tools for simple assembly





A 3-cam carving truck with ABEC 7 bearings allows for the ease and maneuverability of rear-steering.


Specifications:



  • Size: 20-inch front rim

  • Weight: 13 pounds

  • Weight Capacity: 220 pounds

  • Frame: Aircraft-grade aluminum

  • Deck: 10-ply maple hardwood

  • Bearings: ABEC 7

  • Rims: Aluminum alloy

  • Stem: Interchangeable 4130 CroMoPro & LoPro

  • Brake: Front hand caliper

About sbyke™
sbyke™ is a true testament to the American dream. sbyke USA, LLC was formed after two brothers in a legendary racing family, Bart and Steve Wilson, met inventor, Brad Wernli. The first prototype was created by Brad in his garage. The Wilson brothers then applied their engineering and business expertise in the racing industry to develop the sleek and speedy version of sbyke™. The patented design is portable, easy to control, and perfect for use in countless places–it’s even used in the racing pit by legendary motocross champion Ricky Carmichael’s team.


Review : High quality and good for exercise
This scooter has been great for my family, well made, glides smoothly, and good handling. I bought one for my daughter (8 yr old) and she quickly picked up how to ride and has been taking it out daily ever since, really great exercise – I recently purchased another one for my wife so they could go cruising together and she’s loved it as well, I’m impressed how it’s versatile enough for a kid or an adult, the old Razor’s we had never really worked for anyone but the kids – with the full size deck and 2 stem sizes in the box though it is for both a small or tall rider.


Definitely worth the money and a good choice for a kick-scooter – I would recommend it to other parents or anyone who wants to make a long walking trip more fun.

Intensify Your Home Theater Experience With HDTV

Home theater is entertainment at home with a bit of excitement thrown in. It is basically a combination of video and audio equipment set up in your home in such a way that you feel you are actually sitting in a movie theater as opposed to in your own living room or family room. Contrary to popular belief, home theater does not have to run you into scores of big bucks. Instead it can be whatever you want to make it. A home theater can consist of as simple or as elaborate a system as you prefer. For example a 32-inch television set coupled with a DVD player and/or a HiFi VCR with a stereo and speakers can equal a home theater experience. Make it whatever you wish.


HDTV programming is gaining strength all of the time, in the form of broadcast, cable and satellite service. Home theater can intensify tremendously with HDTV. For example the audio that is part and parcel of HDTV video comes in surround sound. What this does is it takes complete advantage of the surround sound receiver of HDTV broadcasting.


Although a DVD (which stands for digital versatile disc) is not available in a high-resolution format, it displays what is known as a progressive scan signal. It is a progressive scan which makes the DVD player work to its optimum best. The majority of DVD players have the ability to give off progressive scanning and it is this function that gives the movie watcher an image that is clear, smooth and greatly resembles the quality of a film seen in a movie theater.


As well more and more DVD players in today’s electronics world have the capability of HD-up scaling. This up scaling takes high definition capacities of HD-compatible televisions to greater heights. In addition, DVD continues towards greater advancements. Blu-ray and HD-DVD are both forms of high definition DVD that are up and coming elements of HDTV. All of the benefits that HDTV has so richly to offer when it comes to details seen in visual images could go well beyond what the present technology of DVDs are, in particular in regards to projections on large screens.


In order to set up your own home theater to receive HDTV signals, you must first determine what particular sources are available in your area. HDTV can be obtained from three different sources. The first and most commonly accessible source is over-the-air (otherwise known as terrestrial) broadcasts that can be received by way of an aerial (or rooftop) antenna. In order to make use of this source of HDTV signals for your home theater you must live within a sixty-mile radius of the nearest transmitter and your property must have an unobstructed view for the signals to clearly come through.


HDTV signals can also be transmitted by satellite. This is the second most widely used source. Presently there are only two networks by way of satellite that broadcast HDTV. These are DirecTV and Dish Network. DirecTV offers the channels HBO, Showtime and HDNET, while Dish Network offers the Discovery channel, HBO, Showtime, a 24-hour pay-per-view channel, an HD demo channel and the national feed of CBS HD.


Cable is the third source of HDTV for home theater. Not all cable systems carry HDTV broadcasting as it varies from place to place. Keep in mind an important point, and that is that a “digital cable system” has no association whatsoever with DTV transmitted by way of cable. Digital cable is basically just regular cable that is digitally transmitted but with a multitude of other channels. The closest thing this could compare to is digital satellite. If you want to go this route it is important that you get in touch with your local cable company to find out if it is even possible to do so.


An HDTV tuner will be necessary for your home theater in order to do a variety of functions including grabbing, decoding and converting HDTV signals into a format that a television can recognize. An honest to goodness high-definition television has a tuner that is already built into the console of the set but this is not very common, as the technology for tuners has moved along swiftly and reduced in price much quicker than the technology for displays. The best thing to invest in is an HD monitor (which is a display minus an HDTV tuner) that can, if you like, be combined with a tuner any time you care to do so.