Fulfill Your Pocket Bike Desires with Mini Chopper Bikes

There are those among us who collect big toys not just for the sake of displaying them, but also of enjoying them to the fullest. Pocket bikes, for example, are there to be ridden and seen in public in, and customizing pocket bikes is a way to show the world that you know your stuff. For the true pocket bike enthusiast, only the possession of mini chopper bikes can provide the genuine badge of creativity and uniqueness.

Mini chopper bikes are essentially custom-made pocket bikes. You can order them from reliable manufacturers of pocket bikes of known models, such as Harley-Davidson models. Alternatively, you could look overseas for more affordable, yet no less stylish, models. China is considered the headquarters of affordable pocket bike models, custom or regular… but other manufacturing destinations, such as India, are fast catching up.

Back in the post-World War II United States, motorcycle enthusiasts started taking out parts of their bikes that they considered too ugly, too bulky, or just not functional enough. They modified their bikes to suit their tastes, chopping out the parts that they felt were excessive; hence the term “chopper” bikes. Such bikes are often streamlined for aesthetic purposes, but serious racers also do it for a boost in speed.

Chopper bikes can be easily spotted on sight. A trained eye will note their lack of distinctive motorcycle parts, such as turn indicators, fenders and yes, even front brakes. But even the untrained eye can spot a chopper bike, because many of them have the bulky spring-suspended saddle removed, which means the seat is much closer to the ground than regular bikes. Removing the saddle lessens the bike’s weight, and optimizes the bike for racing. For this reason, chopper bikes are especially useful to dirt track racers.

The act of “chopping” does not only involve cropping out the unwanted parts of a motorcycle – some reposition the parts in order to create a custom look. Sometimes, bike enthusiasts do this themselves, but many find there are more advantages to letting experts handle the work. The most famous chopper bike shop in the world is said to be the one that is also the first: Wild Child’s Custom Shop of Kansas City, Missouri, owned by James “Wild Child” Greene.

Mini chopper bikes follow the tradition set forth by regular chopper bikes, carrying the unique and unusual freedom of style and movement on to this new generation.

How to Get Rid of Ugly Cellulite

You know what cellulite looks like – ugly, right? But what is cellulite? What causes your skin to look that way, and how can you get rid of it?

Cellulite consists of fat accumuldated in the connective tissue beneath the skin. Toxins and waste that has not been removed from the body collect there and become hard. The skin and tissue around the fat deposits is very soft and weak and this causes the hard deposits to be visible as ugly cellulite.

While regular body fat is smooth and serves a purpose (cushions your organs and stores energy), cellulite is lumpy and does not serve any purpose. If you are going to get rid of cellulite, you must treat it from the inside out.

Drink two liters of water every day to flush toxins from your system. Give up caffeine (sorry, but you must!) because it causes you to retain water and slows your liver function. Also, give up fried, greasy foods and even butter – remember, cellulite is fatty deposits!

Exercise more to get blood pumping. Studies have proven that bad circulation in condusive to the growth of cellulite. Riding a bike is an excellent form of exercise which will mprove blood circulation in the legs. This can be effective for ridding cellulite on the hips, thighs, and buttocks.

Lastly, don’t waste time on “miracle creams” or “cellulite cures” – these things never work, because cellulite is an internal problem. It develops because of your lifestyle – if you want to conquer cellulite, you must make changes to your lifestyle.

And remember, some people just tend to develop more stubborn cellulite than others. Following these tips will help you control your cellulite, possibly before it even starts.

Skuut Wooden Bike Review

Since moving to an urban community a couple of months ago, the kids have been spending more time skateboarding, walking to the park, and generally running about on the sidewalks. So I was pretty excited to get a Skuut wooden balance bike.

I have never visited Scandinavia, but from books the kids and I have read together, biking is a way of life there, and kids start out with these wooden balance bikes before learning how to ride a big bike. No training wheels, the child learns how to balance using their feet so there is no scary transition.

I thought my 3 and 5 year old girls would love the Skuut, but so far it has been my 7 year old, who already rides a regular bike, who loves it. When the weather is too cold to ride outside, he Skuuts around on the hardwood floors of the apartment!

I think the Skuut has an awesome, clean looking and attractive design. It took us about 5 minutes to put the bike together (it arrives in a flat pack box).

The design is simple but quite functional. The seat is adjustable as far as height, making it comfortable for a child from ages 2-5 (or a small 7 year old like mine – maximum weight is 70 pounds). It also easily angles back and forth for comfort.

And it is darn cute! The thing looks good just hanging around which is all the better. Leave it to the Scandinavians to design something for kids that is not garish and ugly and plastic.

Another thing I noticed, and I am not sure exactly what the wheels are made of (the website says they are pneumatic rubber), but they do not stink like other rubber wheels. A plus since we store it in our apartment.

My son said about the bike: “You pedal with it with your feet, it goes like 3 miles an hour and it lasts going for ten seconds or longer.”

My 5 year old said: “It always does not have wheels but it is so easier. Sometimes I can balance on it but not really good of course. But I like the bike very, very much.”

Environmentalists would be impressed that Skuut, has partnered with Trees for the Future, and ensures that a tree is planted for every bike sold. Also notable is the fact that the bike won Dr. Toy’s 10 Best Active Products.

Mountain Biking – Things You Should Know When Going Downhill

Riding a mountain bike can very well be a dangerous ordeal. But you cannot replace the adrenaline rush from going uphill and downhill afterwards! That feeling must come from riding with your “life on the edge”. However, one should always pay attention to the specific techniques when mountain biking, especially in jungle trails and rough terrains.

Things you should know when going downhill

You have just gotten up to the top or peak of a hill. It was hard work, but you made it nevertheless. You think you have made it. But what about going back down? It requires the same dedication and focus as when you were struggling up the hill.

For some, it might be scary. This is especially when all you can see is a steep decline in front of you. Almost anyone can panic even before riding downhill at high velocity.

Whatever it is, you must remember this single point. Keep your buttocks to the back! You have to stand up when doing this of course. Then straighten your arms and look ahead carefully. What happens when you move your rear of your body to the back is that you balance your weight. This will help keep traction on the rear wheel. At the same time, you take off the already heavily stressed front wheel as a result of going downhill. However, ignore this advice and get ready to land on your face on the ground!

Another tip is when you bump into something on your way downhill, be sure to move your body to the back. This will maintain the balance so you would not fall off the bike. Mountain bike experts call this lunging to the back.

Are there other precautions? Yes. Keep your toes pointed slightly upwards. This way, your heels will more downwards. Again, this is to maintain balance by using your feet. This will also counter any force capable of pushing you forward (and causing you to fall off the bike).

On the other hand, you will also need to maintain your cool. Other than balance, your mind must be calm. Things can get ugly in an extreme situation like going downhill. You have to make mini decisions fast and without thinking. Never ever turn the handlebar by itself alone. Instead, turn with your entire body if you have to steer. If you can, look for incoming dangers on the surface of the ground.

As a final tip, you should always let the bike roll. For example, having pressed the brake too hard and jamming the wheels from spinning is a very dangerous idea. This will result in skidding accidents.