Select The Right Mountain Bike

March 2, 2009

One of you biggest investments when considering taking on an adventure race is your mountain bike. Generally, the boat for the paddle section will either be provided for you by the race organizers or you will rent it. The gear for the trekking and navigating sections is minimal, and many races do not even include a climbing section anymore, so save the bulk of your budget for your bike. With that said, you still don’t want to break the bank. Here in Colorado it’s not unusual to see a car valued in the hundreds of dollars hauling on its roof a bike worth thousands. Sure you can get a mountain bike with full suspension, the absolute lightest components and all the bells and whistles but remember, little Timmy is going to need braces someday.

If you are looking for reviews, stick to the sites and publications that can be counted on for accurate and valuable information. Most print publications have accurate reviews. When reading one of these reviews, it is important to look on the edges of the page for very tiny print that says ‘advertisement.’ If you see that, you can be sure that this is not a real review you are reading. It is an advertisement disguised as a review. Its purpose is to get you to buy the  bike – not to point out both the pros and the cons! Move on!

When looking for reviews online, stick to the better known online magazines such as Single track, Gear Head, Mountain Bike parts, and Mountain Bike. These are the online magazines that will give you the most accurate information in terms of reviews. You will also find the latest mountain biking news, as well as quite a bit of information on races and trails. These four websites are vitally important to serious bikers.

By the way, unless you are taking on an urban assault, it is pretty much guaranteed that portions of the bike section will be on dirt roads, trails, rocks and other surfaces which will launch a road bike into a formal protest, so let’s look at the two types of mountain bikes you will want to consider, hard tails and full suspension bikes.

Hard Tails

Hard tail is lingo amongst mountain bikers for a bike which only has shocks on the front forks, thus a “hard tail.” Generally, a hard tail is both lighter and cheaper than a full suspension mountain bike. The shocks on the front end are designed to absorb some of the impact and bumps on the front tire while allowing for some added comfort and control.

Full or Dual Suspension

Full suspension means a mountain bike which has shocks on both the front forks and on the rear of the bike. Further comfort and control, especially downhill, comes for a higher price and added weight. As this is being written, some full suspension bikes are catching up to hard tails weight wise, but you’ll pay a premium to shed the weight looking at a minimum price.


The good news is that most entry level motorcycles these days come with adequate components and will get you through your first training session and race. If you’re a beginner or on a budget, I would recommend going with a hard tail in order to save money, keep the weight of the bike down and ease your maintenance requirements.

When it came time for me to decide on my first bike I bought a 2003 Jamis Durango for $350.00. It got me through my first race with flying colors and, with a couple of component upgrades, I still use the bike today, most recently in my first 24 hour mountain bike race.


Qualities of Honda Bikes

February 27, 2009

Are you looking for a perfect ride on a bike? Honda motorcycles are the answer. These motorcycles are manufactured to be “top of the class” and are guaranteed to deliver a unique riding experience to anyone. Honda is a Japan based company who dominated the market with their variety of motorcycles designed for everyone regardless of race and social status. Honda motorcycles are known through out the world for their contributions to their owners day to day living. Honda motorcycles are different from other Specialized bikes in existence today. They have created a legacy of excellence with their motorcycles and are continuously providing riders with the comfort on every ride. Owning a Honda motorcycle gives you the pride of being part of those individuals who made the right decision in purchasing motorcycles.

Honda is the world’s largest manufacturer of engines and has got its reputation for supreme quality, performance and reliability. Honda parts are manufactured from strict quality standards imposed by Honda engineers for an accurate fit and specific action. They are designed to meet or exceed the demands of customers through advanced engine technology, quality components and advanced manufacturing facilities maintaining original operating specifications.

Honda vehicles are reflected in the parts from which they are built. All Honda parts are specifically designed and carefully tested, not only for its individual performance, but also for its interaction with the entire vehicle. This process guarantee that each Honda Part will function at its optimum performance level while providing the durability and reliability that is expected from Honda.

Each motorcycle is designed for specific purpose and terrain. Honda motorcycles are reliable bikes that anybody can use in any weather condition. They have designs fit for touring, sports, crossover and other forms of activity that need a good bike. Durability, style, and look are among the pride of these motorcycles. They have unique qualities that are not commonly found on other motorcycles. No wonder why we do not hear any arguments when talking about Honda motorcycles.

Among the best known product of Honda is there Honda Super cub. Manufactured from as early as 1958, until now they continue to manufacture these motorcycles because of the demand it is getting from satisfied owners. Super cub sold for over millions of units all over the world that no other manufactured motorcycle has ever accomplished. With the increasing prices of gasoline, this motorcycle is a perfect choice with its fuel efficient design. A larger number of this motorcycle can be seen all over Asia as the size was designed to fit Asians.

Overview Of Mountain Bikes

February 26, 2009

There are many makes and models of mountain bikes on the market today. If you are in the market for a new bike or even for your first bike, you definitely need to check out Trek Mountain Bikes. A specialized mountain bike is one that has especially been customized to meet the requirements of the rider.

Now that you know that Trek is all about bikes like dirt bikes and mountain bikes and fulfilling the needs and whims of bikers and mountain bikers, visit the site, and start building your Trek mountain bike. People use mountain bikes for several purposes including trailing, dirt jumping and street-urban riding, but the most popular versions of mountain biking are down-hilling, cross-country and free riding. Specialized mountain bikes of the Rockhopper line, for example, have remained at the top of consumer rankings for a long time, contending with equally popular classics like the Trek 4500 and the Gary Fisher Marin.

Examples of the precision youth Gary Fisher mountain bikes, are the Tyro Girls or Boys 24″ Wheel line, with a Fisher Great Fit Aluminum frame. As can be expected Gary Fisher mountain bikes is synonymous with the development of many bikes through the years, from the Mt. No matter what the price, all mountain bikes have the following basic features.

Mountain biking websites and magazines provide a wonderful variety of information for all types of mountain bikers, ranging from the seasoned professionals to beginners. Most websites and magazines review the latest bikes and also offer a data bank of information with details about available bike models, prices and user comments. Each website or magazine usually has its own criteria for judging a bike. Besides the basic description of the Mountain bike parts, reviews contain a detailed analysis of all the features of a bike. New bikes are test ridden by experts and the test results are published for the benefit of consumers. Often websites and magazines compare a number of bikes on key criteria and provide ratings along with their recommendations. This can be a big help to anyone interested in purchasing a bike.

All Mountain specialized Bikes are characterized by 5-6 inch (125-150 mm) rims to take on very rough conditions. Size: Like conventional bikes, mountain bikes come in small, medium and large sizes. They have 16 gears in these bikes which allows the rider to build up the speed they need while making jumps. Over the years, they have worked to ensure that the latest technology is used in their bikes. Testing has proven that the welds have to endure most of the stress on a mountain bike frame. As a beginner, you really won’t have any idea what you need in the way of a mountain bike. If the sport of mountain biking isn’t something that you know a lot about, you may have the wrong idea about the sport. Specialized parts and components cost a lot of money in most cases, but some specialization and customization can be done affordably, if you are willing to do the work yourself and only pay for the needed parts. Mountain bike specialization could include improving the bike’s performance by adding more and better parts, or improving its looks.

Although bicycles have been used since the time they were invented, the first specialized mountain bike was built by Joe Breeze in 1977. Specialized is also known for producing quality “budget” bikes – and by this, we mean trail bicycles that are slightly cheaper than industry standard, for their caliber.

Review On 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 4×4 Trucks

February 25, 2009

It happened in the ‘70s, when Dodge finally came out with its best, most refined and highest horsepower cars that the economy tanked and the company nose-dived into financial crisis. Although at that time, it was more of a fuel shortage that changed the face of the company and the economy. As Dodge finally comes out with what we consider one of its best trucks yet, history repeats itself and the company dove into another financial crisis amidst a poor economy.

We can’t help but think that truck enthusiasts, now and in the future, will have the same appreciation for the many features Dodge built into the ’09 1500 Ram. Although there are many upgrades, including a sleek, new body style, 20-inch diameter wheels, storage compartments in the bed and more, it’s the radical change of its suspension.

The ’09 Dodge Ram Crew Cab 4×4 1500 is a great looking truck that that can come with just about every option you can imagine. We were very impressed with the multi-link rear suspension that gives the Ram great articulation without loss of traction. Dodge trucks swapped out the old reliable rear leaf spring suspension for a coil spring, multi-link version. While the multi-link suspension is common on many passenger cars, it typically hasn’t been used on pickup trucks due to its limitations to support heavy loads. Dodge engineers, however, found a way to make the suspension work on the truck, allowing it to be capable of an estimated 1850-pound payload and an estimated 9100-pound towing capacity. In addition, the suspension also improves the trucks’ handling, and in the case of the 4×4 model.

Dodge trucks

The Hemi receives more horsepower at 380 hp and produces 404 lb-ft of torque while getting adequate fuel economy. We got a little more than 16 MPG in combined highway, street and off road driving. When you combine a superior suspension with a peppier 5.7L Hemi V8 engine that produces 380 horsepower and 404 lb-ft of torque, you’ll be driving down the highway forgetting that you have a bed behind you. In this case, it was a Dodge’s new 5-foot, 7-inch bed that’s available in the Crew Cab 1500 models, which keeps the longer wheel base truck looking more proportional.

Was the slight increase in power noticeable? You bet. Upon acceleration, the new Hemi produces torque right off of idle and feels great while pushing us back into the leather buckets seats of our Laramie Edition test model. On highways battered by 18-wheel big rigs that cause longer-wheel-base trucks to oscillate up and down, jarring your neck and kidneys loose, our ’09 Crew Cab Ram drove smoothly, absorbing every bump, crack and groove in its path. It also managed to pull off more than 16 MPG on combined street, off road and highway driving, giving it respectable fuel consumption for the amount of power the engine produces. Much of the Ram’s fuel economy and great use of power is due to the five-speed automatic transmission that seemed to have firmer shifts for greater performance.

The interior is luxurious on the Laramie Edition. It includes chromed trim and simulated wood that is comparable to a high-end luxury cars and SUV cars. Inside, our well-appointed Ram featured the nine-speaker amplified stereo system, as well as heated front and rear seats, Sirius radio and Sirius Backseat TV. The Laramie edition also surrounds all of the instrument controls with a combination of chromed trim and simulated wood that puts the Ram’s interior in the same league with luxury SUVs, but without the hefty price tag.

Storage spaces under the rear seats and under the floorboards make the Crew Cab great for traveling with kids who can take along games and reach down for a cool soda or juice box. If you need more storage space, the Ram has optional storage compartments in the truck’s bedsides that are lighted, lockable and are a great place to store tools, cold beverages and more.

But while we enjoyed the full amenities and multiple storage spaces of the Ram’s interior, it was our intent to see how well it performed on a minor off road excursion. This would allow us to see how the multi-link rear suspension and front coil springs handle a wide variety of situations that one typically encounters in the dirt. Right away, we noticed that the ride was smooth, even as we slowly climbed over small rocks that left the rear fully articulated, never giving up any traction when we needed it most. It was also evident that the rigid new frame, that features high-strength steel supports, kept the vehicle from twisting and gives the driver a more secure, predictable feeling.

No matter what the terrain, the stiffer frame and improved suspension gave us a smooth ride. As we traveled over a variety of terrain that included loose dirt, river rocks, ruts and small ledges, we were impressed with the ’09 Ram’s power, and smooth ride. A simple twist of a knob on the dash easily switched the vehicle from 2WD to 4WD High without hesitation.

All things considered, the 2009 Dodge Ram definitely sets new goals for Ford, GM and Toyota to reach for in a new pickup truck. In addition, the vehicle’s appearance with a more slanted and aggressive front fascia and an aluminum power-bulge hood really adds a great performance appeal to the Ram over the bulkier appearance of its predecessor. The 5-foot, 7-inch bed also has an optional divider that can adjust to any position, providing a great way to secure cargo.

How Much Will You Use Your Horse Trailer

February 20, 2009

Be realistic about how much you will use the trailer. You certainly don’t need to buy a brand new state of the art trailer if you’re only going to use it a few times a year. It’s always necessary that the trailer is structurally sound and that brakes and lights are working, but a nice used trailer can do the job. If you use the trailer regularly, then you should buy the best and toughest trailer you can afford. How many horses will you be hauling? If you are only hauling one or two horses, then a two horse should be adequate. It’s never a good idea to buy a trailer to haul horses for your friends, unless you don’t mind losing the friendship.

Buying a trailer that holds more than two horses requires a heavy duty towing vehicle, so you will be spending more money not only for the trailer, but for the necessary truck to pull it. There are more vehicle choices for a tag-along trailer, which means there is also a better chance to pick the wrong one.  Many people believe that a gooseneck trailer is safer than a tag along, but that is not exactly true. If the tow vehicle is properly rated and equipped with the proper hitch, a tag along two horse trailers can be just as safe as a gooseneck. For more than two horses, a gooseneck is the better option.

Do you show or camp? If so, a dressing room or living quarters may be a necessity for you. Adding the extra length of a dressing room onto a two horse trailer actually adds stability to the combined unit as long as the tow vehicle is properly rated. Although it’s fairly simple to figure out the human needs when shopping for a horse trailer, some careful consideration of the equine perspective of horse trailers may result in some unexpected conclusions.

From the horse’s point of view, he doesn’t belong in a trailer at all. Horses are creatures of the prairie. They are designed for life in the wild open spaces and because they are prey animals, they have a highly developed “flight or fight” response. When danger threatens, horses run away. That’s how they have survived the last few million years. Feral horses who don’t run away quickly enough or fast enough, end up as dinner. A small, closed up space like a trailer makes a horse claustrophobic because he feels he has no where to escape. To further complicate things for the domestic horse, evolution has taught members of the equine species to be wary of unsteady footing to protect them from falling into a tar pit or quicksand. The unsteady feel of a horse trailers is instinctually frightening for an inexperienced horse. It’s obvious we have to consider this flight response in all our training and handling of horses, but we should also think about these natural instincts when choosing a used trailers in order to make traveling a pleasant experience for all involved.

Horse trailers for sale

Even though domestics horses learn to put their natural instincts aside and do what we ask, it may not be comfortable for them, and they can suffer stress in ways that we don’t even notice. We may not realize that illness and injuries can be avoided by design features in a trailer that make trailering less stressful for the horse. Some trailering problems have become so commonplace that people just accept them as part of the process. Episodes of refusing to load, breaking halters, cutting legs, and even breaking the trailer itself are some of those acceptable risks that can be avoided. These problems and health risks like shipping fever, dehydration, colic, and even the acute stress of injury can be prevented by a stress free trailering experience and a well designed trailer.

Stress can be defined as an external stimulus that is beyond the control of the animal. When a living creature is exposed to stress the autonomic nervous system kicks in to physically prepare the animal the react to the stress. Heart rate elevates, adrenaline and epinephrine are secreted and other body functions, such as hormone levels, change to enable the animal to react. For horses, this is usually to run away to avoid the object of stress. Once the object of stress has been outrun or successfully fought, the system returns to normal and the horse is alive and well. However, if the horse cannot escape the object of stress over a long period of time, the health of the horse begins to suffer. The chronic stress can also have a negative impact by changing immune functions that predispose the horse to disease. What features are best to reduce stress for the horse? Enough room, light, ventilation, and safety in design.

The horse should have enough room and light to feel comfortable. A dark interior may cause him to balk when loading because horses’ eyes do not adjust quickly to light changes, and walking from daylight into a small dark trailer can be frightening. Windows or slats, doors, and a light colored paint make the trailer seem more open and inviting. Height, width, and length should be proportionate to the size of the horse. All three are equally important. He should be able to use all four of his legs to keep his balance. This means that he should be able to spread his legs apart if he needs to, and to slide them forward or backward with freedom of choice. He must have enough headroom so that he doesn’t feel cramped and so he can use his head and neck for balance. It is also very important for his health that he can lower is head and cough to expel hay dust and other contaminants from his respiratory tract.

This mention of the respiratory system leads to the next important criteria, ventilation. The environment inside the horse trailer is easily contaminated by dust and mold spores from hay and shavings, and noxious gasses from urine and manure. Studies have proven that when horses inhale contaminants and cannot lower the head to cough them out normally they are at greater risk for shipping fever. When the linings of the lungs are compromised, the lungs become susceptible to contagious infections. Extreme temperatures, hot or cold, may also cause stress to the horse. Smart management techniques and a properly ventilated trailer can control the environment. Adequate windows or slats, and roof vents are necessary to provide good ventilation, even in cold weather. (Use a blanket to keep him warm, don’t close up the trailer) Floors also aid in ventilation. Natural flooring material such as wood breathes and does not conduct heat up from the road like aluminum can do. The spaces between the planks provide airflow.

The fourth characteristic that must apply is safety in design. This means that the trailer should be safe for both the horse and handler. There should be no sharp edges or objects that could injure a horse. All latches, tie rings, breast bars, and dividers should be strong enough to withstand wear and tear from the largest, strongest horse that will be hauled in the trailer. Always keep in mind that horses are always capable of doing the unexpected. The entrance of the trailer should be non-threatening to the horse, and the handler should be able to exit the trailer quickly, if need be, without the horse following. It should be possible to reach each horse separately in the case of emergency, and best if each individual horse can be removed without unloading the other horses to do it.

Dividers, posts, butt bars, and breast bars should operate freely and be easily removable by quick release in the case of emergency. Dividers should not restrict legroom. Ramps should be solid, low, and non-slippery, and long enough to provide a measure of safety from a kick to the head of the person who is leaning down to lift it. A good ramp is safer than a step up – not so much for loading, but for unloading. Step up horse trailers should have enough width to allow the horse to turn around to unload headfirst instead of backing out, especially if the trailer is high off the ground. A front unload ramp is an excellent addition to a step up trailer.

The floor and underbraces should be in perfect condition. There is no compromising on this point. All lights, brakes, and breakaway brake should be in working condition. The same applies for tires and suspension. The construction material should be strong enough to handle the size, weight, and strength of the horses and equipment being hauled in it, and to hold up as well as possible in a traffic accident.

A feature that should be included under Safety in Design is rubber torsion suspension. Unlike the familiar drop leaf or shackle spring suspension used on all horse trailers in the past, rubber torsion suspension increases the safety margin by its design. Neoprene cords run through the axle and absorb about 97% of the road shock from the floor of the trailer. By absorbing so much of the shock and vibration, rubber torsion greatly reduces the stress to the legs and hooves of the horse, which also reduces the stress of riding in a moving vehicle. As an added safety feature, if one tire goes flat, the trailer can ride on the remaining three wheels and the coupler until you can get off the road and onto a safer place to change the tire.

There are additional features that can greatly improve the well-being of the horse and handler such as removable hay bags, mats, screens, bar guards on the windows, removable or no rear center post, and water tanks. It goes without saying that the tow vehicle and the hitch should be adequate to haul the trailer and it’s full load. If we look at some of the common styles of horse trailers from the horse’s point of view, it may look somewhat different than popular opinion dictates. If you don’t have a large budget, a well made stock type trailer is a good choice. This type trailer meets most of our criteria. It is open and airy. The horses can easily step up into the trailer and turn around to come walk out headfirst.

The disadvantages of a stock trailer may be finding one with rubber torsion suspension, but they do exist and if you are buying new, you can order it as on option. Also, since most stock trailers are built for the livestock industry, quality construction and safety features for horses may be somewhat difficult to find. Most stock horse trailers are built to be tough and last for a long time, but appearance may suffer after a while.

It will cost more to buy a trailer that is built specifically for horses, but there are some advantages when it comes to safety features, construction, and appearance. Walk-through type horse trailers are a better choice than those with mangers for several reasons. Manger horse trailers force the horse to hold his head in a small area with his hay, and since he is restricted, he is unable to lower his head to cough out the contaminates from the hay dust. This isn’t so much of problem for horses that are only in the trailer for a short time, but a walk through type is healthier for horses that are being hauled for longer trips.

Searching Your International Trucks

February 12, 2009

Instead of paying $93,000-to over $100,000 for a new International truck that has not yet been tested nor abundantly reviewed, truckusers can go to several websites and purchase a 1975 model International trucks for $6,500. Instead of paying with an expensive loan from a bank or loan company, many truckusers could pay this sum with cash. And for those who don’t just have $6,000 lying around, a loan for less than $7,000 feels a lot better than a loan for over $100,000.

This is the scope of the International used truck market, a place where buyers and sellers can meet to negotiate fair prices on acceptable products. Though the 1975 farm truck may not be the most beautiful piece of machinery known to man, it gets the job done, and for a farmer or regional trucker looking to start a small-scale business the price and the manufacturer are right.International has been long known to produce high-quality, durable trucks, and paying under $10,000 for a truck is always an excellent deal.

Neither are the sellers on these classified web sites where used International Trucks can be found scammers with no intention of providing a reliable vehicle. The seller of this International model is a small used truck sales company featuring a web site and agreements backed by an extensive parts department.

But for those who aren’t exactly looking for bounce-backs from 1975, the used International Truck market features a great deal of newer, shinier, and fully-loaded International Trucks for a portion of the price that would be paid for a new vehicle. For example, one website offers a 2006 International 9400i for less than $60,000 and a 2003 International model for less than $20,000. With these great prices on trucks less than six years old, the Used International trucks market is booming on the Internet, and all truckusers need to do is start searching now!

How To Select A Perfect Rv

February 10, 2009

There are several types of Recreational vehicles or RVs available in the market today. Each one boasts of different features, which suit some and are less attractive to others. No matter how varied they are, you have to select the recreational vehicle that best fits your needs and your budget. For any given type and size of recreational vehicles, there are wide range of prices amounting to thousands of dollars. If you have a budget, try to select a low-end range without the expensive peripherals like roof-air conditioner, an AC generator or a microwave oven.

Thus in order to buy an RV one must have a clear objective as regards to the price, features, accessories and equipments one is looking for. While shopping for an RV list down all the literature on it like the brand, model, size and price along with some descriptive comments on each. This will help you to narrow your search down to a few that suit your requirements. You can even go to an RV show where you will have a chance to look at a wide range of models and interact with different dealers. Visit a campground, recreational vehicle car parks, and talk to some of the recreational vehicle owners and find out about their experiences with their RV. Consider subscribing to magazines that relate to RV or buy guides that showcase the different types of RVs. Lastly, you can also rent an RV to get a taste of what it is to experience living and driving in one.

It is advisable that you learn as much as you can about RVs to avoid costly mistakes and choose the RV that’s right for you. The more information you gather, the easier it will be to match your needs to a particular type of RV. Also, ensure that you are familiar with all of the different types of RVs before you narrow down your selections.

There are two major types of RV types, which can be further subdivided:

Towed Rvs

Travel Trailers


Folding Camping Trailers

Truck Campers


After you have  selected the model and type of RV that you want, there are a few things to keep in mind before actually buying it. Avoid orphan RVs – There are more than 200 manufacturers of recreational vehicles offering multiple brands. The vicissitudes of the market often lead to many RV manufacturers going bust leaving behind discounted models called orphans. Despite their low prices, it is best to avoid these orphan brands as they may not have sufficient warranty nor will they spare parts if something were to go wrong. This would have you end up paying much more to repair the RV.Stick with brands that have a national network of authorized repair dealers – Even the best brands of recreational vehicles can have problems; you certainly do not need the headache of getting stranded in the middle of nowhere with a dysfunctional RV and no authorize repair dealer to take care of it.