Why Bicycling Makes Us Happier

Happiness. It comes easy to some. It’s more elusive to others. But seeking happiness is a primary purpose of practically everyone’s life. It’s even in the Declaration of Independence: “…the pursuit of Happiness.” Defining happiness is nevertheless difficult to do, mainly because every person sees happiness differently. One thing is certain, though. Happy people know that to be happy, you can’t just sit around waiting for happiness to show up. You have to do things that make you happy, and bicycling makes us happier.

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How to recycle your child’s old bicycle

Now that the holidays have ended and the new year has started, it’s the perfect time to get your space uncluttered and organize for 2017. Let’s start by getting rid of your child’s old bicycle taking up space in the garage. Don’t just throw it out in the trash or chuck it into a dumpster, instead properly dispose of the old bike by donating it to a charitable cause.

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How to make exercise fun for kids

With almost a full third of American children weighing in as overweight or obese, it’s critical for parents, grandparents, and other caretakers to get kids moving again. Exercise is essential for healthy growth and avoiding future illnesses, but today’s obsession with video games and social media websites has reduced physical activity dramatically. Even the youngest kids spend more time watching a screen than running around outdoors. Caretakers who are ready and willing to get their kids off the couch can follow these easy tips for making exercise more fun and appealing. Continue reading…

Ten inexpensive stocking stuffers for older kids

Children start planning their Christmas lists months in advance. They will hint, beg, scream, and plead until they fall asleep on Christmas Eve. Up to a certain age, children are easy to read when it comes to what to wrap and put under the tree. The hard part is finding meaningful gifts to stuff their stockings with. This list is full of ideas that are simple and inexpensive, but will still manage to keep the kids engaged in mind and body. Continue reading…

Why bicycling is good for the economy

The University of California recently issued a report about the correlation between a city’s economic health and the level of physical activity of its citizens. The report, recently published by Bicycling magazine found that cities whose residents ride bikes, run, walk, or are otherwise active have healthier, more productive economies than other areas. These cities also have higher levels of mental health and well being. Continue reading…

From hula hoop to Spokester: plastic toys are cool!

I grew up in the late 1950’s. While most of our toys were made of metal (Tonka Trucks, the Slinky, and Erector sets) or wood (Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, or building blocks), I remember the growing popular impact a new material was having on the toy industry: plastic. This new material quickly gained favor because it was lightweight, flexible, relatively soft, and could be left outside without rusting. In addition, plastic toys were inexpensive and molded in bright colors. Continue reading…

Bike-sharing world map

Planning a trip? Check out a bike sharing service at your destination. With the Bike-Sharing World Map, you can find a bike sharing location in over 880 cities around the world. Continue reading…

Would you call this a bicycle?

Check out the FLIZ-bike, a new two-wheel vehicle designed by German inventors Tom Hambrock and Juri Spetter.

This concept bike suspends the rider in a five-point harness – there is no seat. The harness hangs down from the frame which arcs over the rider’s back between the front and rear wheels. The frame splits into a “Y” over the shoulders, allowing the rider to see where he is going. Continue reading…

Bike lanes in the sky?

A unique project—aptly named SkyCycle—has been proposed in London that seeks to install raised bike lanes throughout the city. It would make use of the existing rail lines already networked through the heavily urbanized area to provide the right-of-way, so no extra space would need to be developed; the bike lanes would simply be built above the commuter rail. Continue reading…

A beautiful look at the complexities of a bicycle

Check out this cool pic of a disassembled bicycle by Todd McLellan. His book, entitled, “Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual for Modern Living,” contains dozens of photographs of disassembled products, such as an early Apple Macintosh computer, a chainsaw, a sewing machine, and more. Continue reading…