5 Reasons to Use an Elliptical Trainer In Your Training Routine

One cardio machine you’ll come across in almost every commercial gym is the elliptical trainer. Ever wondered why? And are they perfect for home use as well? Here are few benefits of an elliptical trainer that make it the ultimate home or gym cardio machine.

A better cardio workout

A person with a fit cardiovascular system has a lower risk of any heart or breathing related issue and can also perform tons of activities like running, trekking and even lifting with greater ease. Using an elliptical machine helps you achieve that by raising your heart rate and help you sweat out the excess fat and toxins. For best results, we’d recommend using a top notch elliptical trainer like the Sole Fitness E95 Elliptical Machine.

It’s an all in one workout

The best part about working out on an elliptical machine is that it mimics the movement of most important cardio movements like running, walking, jogging or even stair climbing thus providing a one-stop solution for all your workouts.

You can adjust the resistance to vary intensity. The top models adjust the difficulty of your workout based on your heart rate readings thus ensuring you enjoy an efficient workout at all times.

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It provides a complete workout

A treadmill or spin bike is great if you’re a runner or cyclist and need to strengthen your lower body muscles but for losing weight an elliptical is ideal because it engages both lower and upper body muscles.

Each time you move forward your chest and calf muscles are engaged and when going backward your back and hamstring muscle is engaged plus you can throw in a few dumbbell workouts in intervals for a more efficient routine and leaving the handlebars grills the core.

Perfect for all ages

The elliptical trainer like most cardio machines is also low impact workout and thus the perfect machine for your older parents to get a good workout to stay in shape and strengthen weaker joints and muscles such as the knees, ankles, hamstrings etc.

These trainers also come with an emergency stop button and provide important data during workouts like the heart rate for added safety.

It’s easy to maintain and use

The elliptical trainer is one cardio machine that values for money not only because it’s easy to use, a fun way to stay fit and works out every muscle in the body but also because it’s fairly easy to maintain and use as compared to other cardio machines.

Most elliptical trainers can be folded and put away when not in use. Also, since it requires minimal moving parts the repair and maintenance cost is low too. The high-end machines come with a lifetime warranty and if maintained and used correctly will last you an entire lifetime.

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Public Meeting: Potential electric-assisted bike pilot on multi-use paths (Boulder, Colorado)

Public Meeting

As part of the current update to Boulder’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP) , city staff is developing a proposal for City Council consideration of a one-year demonstration project to test the use of electric-assisted bicycles (e-bikes) on off-street multi-use paths (this will not include open space trails).  E-bikes are currently allowed only in on-street bike lanes.

You are invited to attend a public meeting to learn more about the proposed demonstration project and provide feedback on elements to consider in testing the use of e-bikes on off-street paths.

Date:  Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013

Time:  4 to 6 p.m.

Place:  Boulder Creek Meeting Room
Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Avenue

(Click on title of story above to get the full details on the upcoming meeting)

Join Us On July 28th For An E-bike Group Ride To The Huckleberry in Louisville

Join Us

The Date: Sunday, July 28th, 2013

The Plan: We will meet at Pete’s in Boulder at 9:45 AM. Pedals will turn at 10 AM and we will be off to Louisville! We will stop for refreshments and good conversation at the Huckleberry in Louisville.

The Ride: The ride to the Huckleberry is about 20 miles round trip and we plan on keeping the pace at a level that will be enjoyable to all e-bike riders who attend.

Bring a Buddy: If you would like to bring a friend who does not have an electric bike we have THREE loaner e-bikes that are available to the first three individuals who reserve them.

RSVP: If you wish to attend, please RSVP to chuck@petesebikes.com by Friday, July 26th.

Happy riding all! ~ Chuck

How Do You Roll On Your E-bike?

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We love hearing from customers about their experiences with their e-bikes. CC from New Orleans just emailed us a photo of her Easy Motion Sports Mix bike with Panasonic mid-drive motor. She has been using her new e-bike to commute, haul large containers of water, shopping, going to the barn and general joy rides. We are so happy she is enjoying her new bike.
Please feel free to share your photos of the places you go on your e-bike.  Let us know what you are hauling, how its changed your life.

Happy riding!

Travelling the world by bike

Petes is proud to be one of the newest Bike Friday dealers offering the best folding bikes for travel. Not all folding bikes are created equal. Some bikes fold easily but are no fun to ride.  Some bikes ride well but are no fun to fold.  Some bikes are no fun to ride and no fun to fold.

And then there is Bike Friday. Designed and built in Eugene, Oregon by active cycling and touring enthusiasts whose mission closely resembles ours here at Pete’s – offer the best cycling solutions to help eliminate the need for a car. We have long been known for high quality, highly reliable electric bikes, both folding and not.

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Now we can offer our customers a non-electric option that they can easily fold up, pack into a standard size Samsonite suitcase and travel the world.  Not long ago I took my Bike Friday New World Tourist to New York City.  I never took the subway, a cab or a car anywhere.  I rode all over the city and got places faster than I could have any other way.

I saw parts of the city one would never see any other way.  In short, I had a blast exploring the city on a bike and was able to do business as usual without the headaches of getting around by car, cab or subway.  Stop in and check out the new Bike Friday folding bikes.

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How to Participate in Cranksgiving, a Food Drive on Two Wheels – Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Cranksgiving is a food drive on two wheels. Part bike ride, part food drive, part scavenger hunt, it has been held annually in New York City since 1999, and this will be the second event in Boulder, Co!

Cranksgiving

Riding/racing in a chaotic shopping spree by purchasing one specific food item at specific supermarket check-points all over Boulder. There is no entry fee, but you will need to buy the food, which will then be donated to a charity after the ride (Boulder Area Food Banks).

Specific items/stores/directions will be provided the day of event…it’s a surprise! Total shopping route will be about ~1-1.5hrs which will all take place within the Boulder City proper limits.

Participants will meet/start/end in the parking lot of Wild Woods Brewery (5460 Conestoga Ct Boulder, CO 80301). Stay after the event for socializing over a soda/beer and some food.

Bring a bike, bike lock, ~$20 to purchase your groceries and a big smile!

Prizes for: Fastest shopper, surplus shop, most unique item, and more!

General info on Cranksgiving – http://www.cranksgiving.net/

RSVP here: http://www.facebook.com/events/286041081513843/

The self-charging electric bike: fact or fiction?

We often have customers ask about electric bikes that recharge as they are ridden. Regenerative braking is marketed as the holy grail of electric bikes these days as people dream of infinite battery life. Theoretically, an electric bicycle with a regenerative mode could be ridden downhill to recharge itself without the need for a charger being plugged into a wall outlet.

But, while it is true regenerative braking can extend your range by up to 10 percent, the reality is that you would have to ride 200 miles downhill just to charge the battery enough for a 20-mile ride.  Of course, it is a little hard to find a 200 mile stretch of continuous, steep downhill!  I would argue that the additional effort expended riding a bike in regenerative/exercise mode is harder on the planet than plugging into recharge.  Think about all that energy used to produce and package the food you eat to provide the calories need to overcome the resistance of regen mode!  I’d love to hear your comments!

Battery Information

Things you should always know about Batteries:

  1. Nickel-cadmium (NiCAD) – mature but has moderate energy density. Nickel-cadmium is used where long life, high discharge rate, and extended temperature range is important. Main applications are two-way radios, biomedical equipment, and power tools. Nickel-cadmium contains toxic metals.
  2. Nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) – has a higher energy density compared to nickel-cadmium at the expense of reduced cycle life. There are no toxic metals. Applications include mobile phones and laptop computers. NiMH is viewed as a steppingstone to lithium-based systems.
  3. Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) invented in 1859 are the oldest type of recharge battery and are most economical for larger power applications where weight is of little concern. Lead-acid is the preferred choice for hospital equipment, wheelchairs, emergency lighting and UPS systems. Lead acid is inexpensive. Very short life in e-bike applications since they were not designed for high discharge. NOT environmentally friendly – highly toxic.
  4. Lithium-ion manganese (LiMh) – the safest and fastest growing battery system for electric vehicle applications; offers high-energy density and low weight. Protection circuits needed to limit voltage and current. Applications include notebook computers, cell phones, cars, and e-bikes. High current versions are available for power tools and medical devices. Easy to recycle and reuse. Be careful with other types of lithium as some types are untested and have the potential for fires.
  5. 36 volt vs. 24 volt
    36 volt systems boast faster speeds, quicker acceleration, greater range and better hill climbing capability than 24 volt systems. 24 volt systems are typically used on slower models that require pedal assistance to operate.
  6. Recharging battery packs
    Simply plug your battery pack into any standard 110-volt wall outlet. You can leave the battery pack on your e-bike or take it off on most models. Charging takes about four hours and costs just pennies per charge. Safety circuitry guarantees that the battery pack cannot be overcharged.
  7. Maintaining battery packs
    Plug in your battery pack after every use. Lithium batteries are memory-free batteries and do not require a full discharge before recharging.
  8. Life of the battery pack
    Lithium-ion manganese batteries typically can be fully charged and fully discharged 500 to 1000 times which translates to 10,000 to 20,000 miles with average usage. Lead Acid packs are only good for about 100 full charges.