Interestingly feel of outdoor sports

People often play outdoor activities to have a healthy life. On the other hand, to lose weight and shape a perfect body, it is necessary to burn a great amount of calories in the body. Sport is one of the best options for burning calories significantly. It is recommended that you should spend 150 minutes practicing aerobic per week. To get ideal benefits for health, people should spend 5 hours practicing intense aerobic moderately.

The amount of calories that you burn depends on your physical capabilities and weight. It is also depends on the level of sports as well.

Take a look at some sports which help burning a large amount of calories:


Cycling by bicycle for more than 20 miles per hour will burn a great number of calories in your body. For instant, one person who weight 185-pound can burn approximately 1466 calories by cycling every day. However, if you cycle at a slower pace, you will burn less calories in this period of time.

For most people, they choose to ride a bicycle to get into shape because of different reasons:

• It is easier to strengthen the bones and joints than other outdoor sports. When cycling, you are not only use your legs but biceps and triceps as well.

• This activity is the best option for people who want to avoid high-impact but still want to lose weight and get away from stress.

• Cycling is the best way to build stamina for body. In addition, this outdoor sport also helps reducing the risk of taking heart disease and cardiovascular.

Cycling is a moderate outdoor sport for preventing various health problems. For people who don’t have time to practice outside, pick up one machine so that you can work-out at home whenever you want. In fact, Sunny Health & Fitness is a brand which produces several types of bike for users. For instant, the typical bike called Sunny Health and Fitness Indoor Cycling Bike SF-B1203 gives users a sense of comfort and its professional quality when using for their workout process.


sport2Whenever you swim to relax or to participate in a competition, this sport burns a considerable amount of calories for the whole body. To illustrate, swimmer can burn from 600 to 980 calories when practicing butterfly stroke in one hour. Different styles of swimming can burn different amounts of calories. There are 2 more swimming strokes that can help burning a significant calories include the breaststroke and the backstroke.


boxingBoxing is an intense activity which require fast motion and clear action. People can burn approximately 550 – 900 calories depending on their weight and physical condition. For example, if you weight more than 150 pounds, the amount of calories you burn will increase a lot.

Boxing requires the use of different parts in your body such as arms and legs. This intense sport will help you become stronger, more toned and more flexible. We also suggest that you should have one trainer in order to teach you all the techniques of this activity.


There are various team sports include soccer, basketball and baseball. Spending one hour playing basketball, people can burn approximately 450 – 730 calories. Besides, there are researches show that soccer player may burn 420 – 630 calories in an hour. On the other hand, there are some sports which help burning more than 600 calories such as squash, rowing and tennis.


People often think that activities that we play outside in the winter are just to relax and entertain; however, they have a lot of benefits for your health. According to Health Club researches, moderate ice skating and skiing can burn from 450 to 550 calories in an hour. Other sports which also strengthen and shape the body are snowshoeing, ice hockey and sledding.

ice-hockeyWhichever sport you decide to play, you can apply the level from moderate to high in order to burn the amount of calories that you want. Indeed, moderate exercises mean you can talk with friends or partner while playing these sports. When you can say just a few words between every breath you take, it is called vigorous activities.

In conclusion, your health and fitness depend on the habit of doing exercises in daily life. Swimming helps not only reducing the stress but strengthen your muscle as well. Every types of sport have their own advantages for strengthening the body. If you want an intense workout, join in a group so that you can have chances to practice more and meet new people.

Swimming to Manhattan

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For as long as I can remember, I have always loved to swim. I love the gear, love the tangy smell of chlorine, love that it’s a way to travel-a literal change in milieu-without leaving the confines of a gym. As a kid, I was an avid swimmer. I participated in swim meets and even won a bunch of races. As an adult, though, I never thought of swimming to keep in shape. Instead, like most city-dwellers, I joined a gym, where I spent occasional 30-minute spurts pedaling nowhere on a stationary bike. I decided to change my regimen this fall, after eating my way through Venice. The sight of so much water must have unconsciously stimulated my childhood impulses. I put two and two together: I had weight to lose. I had just vacationed in a lagoon. I should swim.

Most swim coaches will tell you that swimming is more efficient at burning fat than any other activity besides sleeping. But there’s swimming and there’s pottering, and pottering was a much more apt description of my first week in the water, when I lazily logged laps in various gorgeous pools in Manhattan-Reebok Sports Club, the Jewish Community Center. I ended my workouts not because I was tired but because I was bored.

Swimming, I realized, was deceptive. I thought I had immersed myself in a physical activity when all I had done was immerse myself in water. Web sites devoted to comparison-calorie counting agree: “Leisurely swimming” (my style) burns only 370 calories per hour for a woman of my weight (133 pounds). Leisurely jogging, on the other hand, burns 600. I was swimming roughly 20 minutes a day, barely enough to burn off a dozen peanut M & Ms.

It was time to join the “swim team” at Equinox. (Hilary Swank, who swam in the Junior Olympics, apparently took this same class.) The experience was-and I am being neither modest nor hyperbolic when I say this-an utter fiasco. The session was true to its name, a swim team, if not in actual practice then in character. The participants all wore zippy racing gear. They swam rapid laps of freestyle-as a warmup. Most were former college swimmers, and the few who weren’t swam with serious goals in mind-like triathlons. I stopped about fifteen minutes into class, a blur of frenetic activity involving kickboards and sprints and modified strokes. I was breathless, clumsy, carving the erratic path of a drunk.

The coach, an energetic former swim-teamer named Marcelo Ehrhardt, gave me a private workout about a week later, taking me slowly through each exercise, which included clutching a kickboard (to build leg strength), swimming with a pull-buoy between my legs (to build upper-arm strength), and swimming underwater, coming up only occasionally for breath (to build endurance). But it seemed unlikely I’d be able to regularly attend the class: I could barely do two 25-yard laps of freestyle without collapsing-and 35 of them made a mile. The swim team completed at least that during one of its workouts. So I did what any self-respecting swimmer in New York would do. I called Asphalt Green.

Asphalt Green is an improbably mammoth fitness complex at the northeastern corner of Manhattan. Their Olympic pool is where Michael Phelps, winner of six gold medals in the 2004 Olympics, trains when he’s in town. Among its many programs, Asphalt Green offers underwater stroke analysis. For $150, Neil Cook, a veteran swim instructor whom I came also to regard as a swim philosopher, recorded my swimming with an underwater camera and evaluated my technique.

We began our session. As usual, I was exhausted after just two laps. “Your feet are nowhere near the surface when you kick. It’s creating a lot of drag,” Cook told me. He has a Father Christmas beard and lightning tattoos-one yellow, one red-on each of his calves. “If you look at the bottom of the pool, you’ll be able to swim for much longer.”

I looked at him incredulously. “It’s not because I’m out of shape?”

He laughed. “I have sub-three-hour marathoners that come to my triathlon stroke clinic,” he said. “They do 25 yards, they’re out of breath, and they complain of being out of shape. Do you think they’re out of shape?”

At the end of the session, we popped in the tape. An image came to mind: the scene in Fantasia of the dancing elephants in tutus. That lumbering creature was me? Cook was scrupulous in his analysis, showing me where my legs were too bent, where my back was arched, where I breathed too late.

It was amazing what a difference this one lesson made. Over time, as I swam three or four days a week, my strokes became efficient and my timing vastly improved. Before long, I could do 20 laps of freestyle in a row. I began incorporating Marcelo’s exercises. Now when I swam, I emerged from the pool panting and exhausted, as gratified as I’d ever been after a long run.

After about three weeks of this routine, I looked at myself in the locker-room mirror one afternoon and noticed that my thighs had firmed up and my waist had slimmed down. I reached over to scratch my arm and discovered-what the #@?!-a muscle. I’d never before been able to discern any bodily differences from my gym workouts. And I’d never felt so healthy in my life.


On a Thursday evening not long ago, I arrived at Equinox, hardly in a swimming mood. My boyfriend and I were teetering on our last legs. But I changed, jumped in the pool, and, for the first time in my life, I swam a mile, 35 laps, almost all of it freestyle. My inner sound track of self-blame stopped about a quarter of a mile in. All I heard was my own breathing, which by then I’d come to think of as the sound of a popping can of Diet Coke. Forty satisfying minutes later, I emerged from the water, pleasantly exhausted and amazed. Only later, on the subway, did I realize: I had just learned the double meaning of the word buoyancy.


Did you watch the swimming events during the 2008 Summer Olympics? Then you, along with millions of other people, probably saw Michael Phelps win an unprecedented eight gold medals. Now the elite athlete wants to keep swimming in the spotlight.

Michael-Phelps.jpgPhelps is off to a strong start. Teens across the country are finding that swimming is fun and an excellent way to stay fit at a low cost. It’s an activity that builds lean bodies with powerful muscles. But you don’t need to compete or swim like a fish to reap the many benefits of swimming.

Body Builder

When you swim, you use almost all the major muscle groups, including the heart. The activity “engages a lot of arm and leg muscles,” says Dr. Michael Joyner, an exercise researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. In addition, swimming develops muscle strength and endurance and improves flexibility.

“I like the strength I get from swimming. I have more energy and feel fit,” says Emily M., 16, of Fairbanks, Alaska, who swims on both her school team and a club team.

Deep Breaths

Swimming can help your lungs work better. “When you swim, you breathe from the diaphragm,” says Dr. Holly Benjamin, a pediatrician and the director of primary care sports medicine at the University of Chicago. To understand why, think about how the diaphragm–a strong, thin muscle below the lungs–works.

As you breathe in, your diaphragm and other muscles contract and air rushes into your lungs. Your rib cage expands, and lung volume increases. When you breathe out, the diaphragm and other muscles relax and lung volume decreases.

Deep breathing means that you breathe from the diaphragm, which increases lung volume. That’s just what you get from swimming, according to Benjamin. “This deep breathing requires the swimmer to concentrate and control his or her breathing,” she says. Better breathing control and increased lung volume help you breathe easier even out of the water.

Young Girl Swimming Underwater

Strong Heart

Add swimming to the list of heart-healthy exercises. This activity makes the organ stronger and more efficient as it works to supply blood to all the exercising muscles and the rest of your body. The heart is a muscle, so exercise is good for it. Furthermore, swimming improves your circulatory system by expanding blood vessels. That allows more blood to circulate and can decrease blood pressure in people who suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure).

Fewer Injuries

In water, you weigh 10 percent of what you weigh on land. That buoyancy makes swimming a super-low-impact form of exercise. Swimmers move against the resistance of the water, which builds strength but with less pressure on joints, muscles, and bones.

This activity isn’t associated with a lot of injuries. It is forgiving because “you have less tension on your muscles, so you have less strain, or pull, on muscles,” says Megan Romano, 17, a top competitive swimmer from Florida who has her eye on the 2012 Olympics.

Faster Metabolism

Swimming speeds up metabolism–your body’s process for turning food into energy-which “can help [keep] you from becoming diabetic or developing high cholesterol,” says Joyner. Increased metabolism may also result in weight loss, but that depends on how many calories you eat and burn. Researchers report that many lap swimmers lose weight or stay the same, and occasionally, they may even gain a few pounds. That’s because muscle weighs more than fat. However, increased muscle, or lean body mass, increases metabolism.

Keep It Fun

Just splashing around won’t provide health benefits. You need to do a real workout, which means swimming laps from one end of the pool or the beach to the other. Swimming can contribute to the 60 minutes of aerobic activity a day that the American Academy of Pediatrics says teens should get.

Instructor Lana Whitehead, owner of SWIMkids USA in Mesa, Ariz., recommends writing goals for each swimming session. For instance, you can pledge to swim five minutes longer than you did last week or try to shave a few seconds off your butterfly stroke. Achieving your goals feels good!

To make swimming laps more fun, some teens play music on a stereo while in the pool or think about their favorite songs. You can also prevent boredom by varying your stroke; incidentally, that helps your fitness because freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke use different muscles. Another way to spice up swimming laps is interval training, in which you swim 50 yards, and then take a 10-second rest. Next, swim 100 yards and rest 10 seconds. Continue this pattern with 150 yards, 200 yards, 250 yards, and 300 yards. Then reverse the pattern.

Where to Swim

Public and private high schools with swimming pools usually offer open pool times. Local colleges and universities may have open pool for a small fee. Check your local recreational parks too. In the warmer months, some cities have temporary “mobile” pools that can be transported from one location to another.

And don’t forget about the natural resources in your area: Oceans, bays, lakes, and rivers can be great places to paddle. Local communities regularly post safety precautions at these sites. Before swimming, always consider riptides, shallow bottoms, and high bacteria count.

Diving In: Places for Classes

Just about anyone can swim. All you need are some lessons and a commitment to doing it at a level that’s right for you. You can find classes at Y’s, recreation centers, and swim schools, as well as through community education programs and your local American Red Cross chapter. Perhaps taking one-on-one lessons or getting involved with a swim team is more your style. Whatever you do, you can enjoy swimming–and staying in shape–for the rest of your life.



Other than a swimsuit, a towel, a pair of flip-flops, and maybe a bathing cap in certain pools, you don’t need much equipment for swimming, it’s a good idea to buy a pair of leakproof goggles. Wear glasses or contacts? You can still keep them on in the water, covered by goggles or a mask.


Not ready for the deep end? There are other ways to get fit while you float. Water polo is popular among teens. You can check out water aerobic or low-impact cardio water classes. Other water exercises include kayaking, canoeing, rowing, and diving. Even scuba diving is great for building your lungs.

Before Reading

  • Ask students about their favorite warm-weather exercise activities.


  • How does swimming help the circulatory system? (It strengthens the heart and expands blood vessels to lower blood pressure.)
  • How much aerobic exercise should teens get every day? (60 minutes)
  • Besides health benefits, what makes swimming a good choice for exercise? (It’s a cheap activity almost everyone, everywhere can enjoy.)
  • Of the other water activities mentioned in the article, which would you enjoy doing for fitness? Why? (Answers will vary.)

Types of hunting

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Hunting shows the activity of using tricks and power to get the target but in order to do that there can be several ways which is called type of hunting in the technical terminology. The following paragraphs will describe in details the nature and features of some type of hunting.


One of the principles of hunting is that you have to pick up the trails of your target, follow it and then take it by stalking or trapping. In order to do that you should have a great deal of knowledge about the quarry and the hunting field. Some tips you can apply such as you should always stalk against the wind because wind is power and can be called enemy of hunter as it will help to expose the smell very well. You are advised to wear non-rustling clothes.

You should have a very quick and flexible looking and observing ability as you can not decide your target until you can see them in your view. Sometimes, you have to decide immediately your target, among some of them, running through your gun. Necessary accessories are indeed a must, such as a pair of binoculars and a riflescope to have better view for your hunting.

Stand hunting

Stand hunting, implied by the name, shows the position of hunting as you stand. You have to stand to wait for your target. Of course, maybe you have to stand for a long time so the place you choose must bring to you the most convenience. There can be any place you would like to stand, in the ground, in the ladder, in the tree or among the bush. The factor deciding you success is your knowledge of the hunting location: For example, you should know where your target will often go to and its habit of running, some can appear during day but some only at night. In order to achieve successful stand hunting you must be able to understand these knowledge. For this kind of hunting, accessories such as binocular is needed.

Of course, besides the skill of the hunter, in case the animal appears at night then the brightness of hunter’s optics is quite important. This type of hunting can have a great advantage as you can stand so it is much easier for you to adjust and to take care of your shooting before actually make the shoot.

Driven hunt

There can be a case for your hunting that there will be a pack of wild boar running in front of you unexpected and suddenly what you should do with that to take use the opportunity the most.

Hunting alone will not be the kind suitable in this case. You are going to introduce to a quite exciting form through which you will work with others, with other kind of support, normally with dogs. For this kind of hunting, you have to prepare yourself with a powerful weapon for hunting, normally with a rifle to have the shoot correctly. Riflescopes are important as you have to observe the group of target from a distance and prepare for your shooting. You must be quick enough because your target will run through so quickly. The wide field of view is important as you need to keep the surrounding area in your view at all times, it can help you have better preparation and protect you from any danger. Dogs can help you a lot in smelling. The closer the target is; the better for the dog to recognize. Therefore, driven hunting will be useful for group work of hunting big and power folk of animal

Mountain hunting

Hunting in mountain can be another kind of hunting type which is not so popular compared to ground hunting in the wood. Mountain hunting requires you to have best health for the game because you have to climb up into the mountains. During the climbing you have to stalk and follow the trails of the target, meaning you have to do several task at the same time. But for some hunters, that are the reason making them interested in mountain hunting.

Mountain hunting will require special hunting equipment because of the shooting distances, one more than 100 metres so the long-range shooting equipment is needed. The optics of the weapon is quite important with far distance view. Weight is important also because you have to move all the time together with bringing a heavy air rifle. In the market, there can be a lot of brands providing you the most suitable air rifle for mountain hunting.

However, regardless of all the pros and cons, the type of hunting stalking is still seen as the most traditional, classical but challenging so that a lot of hunters are stick in this type.


Tips for hunting deer in wood

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Every activity has its own technique and if you are skillful enough then you can master the field easily. Adding success to your task the following tips will be presented for your reference in terms of deer hunting.

Tip 1

You set up your hunting location but you can not attract any targets, you know that deer is quite intelligent then you should think of some deer decoy such as some smell grass or leaves which could be grown the most naturally.

Tip 2

Disease can happen to you anytime, especially to your skin when it is exposed to the nature and the wood, you must make yourself protected by these kinds of disease, especially the tick-borne diseases, which can cause you a lot of trouble with your help as well as an end to your hunting.

Tip 3

The good hunting location can be one of the factors making you get your target the quickest. You have to find out and understand your standing. And be sure to use a cover for your entry if you hide in the bush, but do not try to make it so dark or thick cover otherwise you will feel inconvenient when shooting.

Tip 4

After each hunting, you clothes and equipment should be cleaned and washed by non-scented detergent to remove the human being smell for next use.

Tip 5

You can create the mock scrape and trap in the hunting area. You should wear gloves to do that to make sure that your personal smell will not be exposed.

Tip 6

When the season is off, it is the time you should remove all your traps and mock scrape so the deer can be free to enjoy your hunting location as free of danger. You can set up your own in next season otherwise they will not come to your area.

Tip 7

If you go hunting in the winter, especially in some snowy day then the signal for you to recognize the appearance of the deer folk is the fallen leaves in the ground or any foot track If these signs are in the ground then you can be sure that they will return.

Tip 8

After you shoot the target, you should equip yourself with the knowledge of identifying if the target is dead or not, and with the certain signals you can identify which position of the body of the target has been shot by you. The amount of blood, the breath and the position of falling can work out in this case.

Tip 9

The last one is how to protect yourself, you can fall down from the tree, you can be attacked by any other animal. Everything can happen in the wood so you have to make sure that you are having the most fit and professional hunting clothes and accessories.

The endo the line

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Each tool around us are sourced . For example, the portable air compressor have from the BC, but the development of science and technology at that time asynchronous, especially knowledge of mechanics, physics, materials … lacking, so the production a best air compressor for the money very difficult. Bicycle is also a means of transportation has a long history of development and before the situation escalating fuel costs, we again find on the bike as a saving solution, minimizing environmental pollution and as well as a method to improve health.

Mountain bike racing sucks. That’s the message the bike industry, pro team managers and amateur racers are sending NORBA (National Off-Road Bicycle Association). At a November meeting, the managers summed up the situation: flagging participation., drooping spectator numbers and a flat TV product. Ironically, the bust could be a boon for recreational knobheads.

The meeting came amid announcements that Schwinn, Specialized, Mongoose and Jamis were dropping all or part of their teams, and Fisher and Yeti were financing just one rider apiece.

Industry insiders list a number of reasons for the pullout: poor performances by Americans, pre-Olympic overspending, post-Olympic letdown, escalating salaries for top pros, lack of mainstream media attention (particularly for cross-country), NORBA’s inability to market the national championship series (NCS), and the general expense of supporting separate World Cup downhill and cross-country teams.

Meanwhile, amateur racers have been reciting a litany of complaints for years. Racing is expensive, registration procedures Byzantine, venues out-of-the-way, courses uninspiring and crowded, prizes paltry, start times cruelly early.

To combat these problems, NORBA has formed the advisory NORBA 2000 Board, consisting of racers, promoters, industry representatives and media. NORBA has also announced a series of changes, the most shocking of which is a restructuring of the NCS cross-country event for elite riders. The proposed new format includes a traditional cross-country race on Friday with top qualifiers racing the main event, a “spectator- and TV-friendly” criterium, on Saturday or Sunday.

So far the plan has drawn criticism for being “extreme when there are more obvious solutions” and “a sell-out.” A reporter for the bike-racing tabloid VeloNews suggested that “turning cross-country into a made-for-TV dog and pony show sucks soul from a sport founded on soul.”

In the “old days” a race was an all-day adventure culminating in a party. You could cycle with friends and family if you wanted; heck, you might, for a brief moment, ride beside the likes of Ned Overend. Rather than a manicured circuit at a contained ski resort, the route, more often than not, was point-to-point or one huge loop, and it took you to back-country places you might never otherwise visit.

Seeking to recapture a sense of fun and adventure, more and more recreational riders are trying “alternative” events: off-road triathlons (such as Scott Tinley’s Dirty Adventures), 24-hour races (Canaan), enduros, ultras, fun rides and festivals. And there’s room for more.

These types of events can benefit from the industry cutbacks to pro racing. Poor or flat bike sales over the last few years have manufacturers questioning how to spend their marketing dollars. Although most budgets remain the same (according to the trade magazine Bicycle Retailer and Industry News,) companies are allocating money differently.

Look for alternative events and consumer shows to capture these funds. Schwinn, Specialized, Trek, GT, Mavic, SRAM and Shimano all have plans in increase their spending on recreational or “grassroots” programs.

As Steve Driscoll, marketing manager for Mavic, says, “Consumers are not going to know what hit them.”


Mountain bike racing is experiencing a decline in popularity. A number of sponsors have decided not support bike teams because of the low turnout of spectators and lack of television viewers. The National Off-Road Bicycle Assn is initiating a number of schemes to boost the sport’s popularity

A Fracking Mess

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Just down the alley from National Collision Center, past the trash dumpster, and next to a graffiti-stained brick wall is a red door marked 5319. No name, no fancy marquee. The only clue to what’s going on inside is a pink, girl’s bike parked at your feet.

Six-foot, four-inch Al Rodzinski answers your knock. He’s wearing black coveralls and a grin reminiscent of Lurch on the Addams Family. He’s delighted to see you, as are Sir Andrew and Sir Mark.

“We’re knights of the wheel,” Al explains.

Except, that is, for 5-foot,3-inch Steve Bilenky. He’s the unlikely king here, disguising his authority behind a lumberjack beard and LeMon spectacles. He makes a fruitless attempt to wipe the grease from his hand and then reaches for yours.

The kingdom you have entered is Bilenky Cycle Works in north Philadelphia. Bike frames hang like bats from the ceiling, while giant WWII-issue mills and lathes rumble and loom. Sir Mark proudly explains that a good portion of the stuff in here has been recycled from neighborhood trash-the tool boards that were scrap wood, the crankarm that’s been reborn as a bathroom door knocker, and the earless concrete deer who’s become Bambi, the shop mascot.

The workspace itself, Al explains with a flourish, is organized according to universal ley lines (“as above, so below”), and there are 9 work stations (“a sacred number”) with the raw frame tubing arriving at the rear of the building and then slowly working its way toward the front door (“because that’s where all bikes want to go”). “It’s a harmonious situation,” says Sir Mark, “and it makes a bike ride better.”

While that’s tough to quantify, such a birthplace certainly gives a bicycle personality, and that’s one thing specialty builders such as Bilenky can offer. Most big-brand bikes are cookie-cut overseas and have their character inserted via advertising campaigns. But a Bilenky bike–well, it’s almost as if it should be baptized and named, considering that it’s one-of-a-kind and, most thrilling, it’s yours.

“I generally bring to life the types of bikes I like,” says Bilenky, who specializes in exquisite tandems and road models, yet commutes to work on a battered Raleigh 3-speed. “But I’m out to make bikes for your vision, not mine. Most custom buyers don’t just want a piece of sculpture. I fit size and use. I see each bike as a personal tool, a unique compendium of components, a…”

Suddenly, the shop lights go off, and Bilenky is out of his chair in midsentence.

“Who turned on the microwave?” he yells. “You can’t use the microwave when the heater is on. It blows the circuit.

“…Sorry. Now what was I talking about?”


If it’s true that genius thrives amid mayhem, then Bilenky Cycle Works just might uncover a new world order on its way to configuring the perfect frame. But don’t let this slightly mystical, madcap crew fool you. They know bikes better than Bo knows Nikes.


Rodzinski is a former professional racer who finished the CoreStates U.S. Pro Championship twice riding bicycles he built. Sir Andrew (Dyson) is from England where he crafted mountain bike frames. Sir Mark (Casale) formerly worked for CoMotion Cycles and Burley. And Bilenky himself has been at it for 27 years, starting as an apprentice wrench at age 13 in Philly’s Supreme Cycle and advancing through agricultural engineering studies at Penn State, ownership of a local shop in the late ’70s/early ’80s, and finally to building bikes with his signature (1,500 to date).

Bilenky has a longstanding fascination with English builders, and he mentions names such as Harry Quinn, Bob Jackson, and Claude Butler in the same tone as nuns list the saints. He trained under an obscure Englishman named Jim Gittins and, although Bilenky is known for his fine fillet brazing rather than ornate English-style lug-work, he says he continues the tradition through old-world craftsmanship, attention to details (most notably the customer), and a style of “classic elegance.”

Bilenky Cycle Works pushes about 20 bikes out its red door each month, 80% of which are tandems bearing the Sterling brand name. The bulk of the business used to be custom road bikes, but the general decline of that market, combined with tightening economics, forced Bilenky into “custom production.” This means that he inventories material for a number of stock frame sizes, mostly tandems, and outfits them to order with special geometries, finishes, braze-ons, and componentry.

Nevertheless, his palm-sweating passion is still the blank-sheet, something-from-nothing, just-for-you custom. And for this article, I asked him to re-create a bike that the industry has largely abandoned: the classic tourer, built in the English tradition and outfitted with lots of utilitarian features.

So for a moment, forget about creditcard touring (ptui!) and staying in quaint b&bs with all that damn potpourri. Instead, picture yourself carrying everything you need on 2 wheels, pedaling slowly but surely (and comfortably) through rain, up mountains, over rough roads, and even into the night. If you’ve never tried it, it’s just as exhilarating and free as it sounds. And here’s the bike that can do it.

A broad at home

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Essentially, this is Bilenky’s heavy-duty “Midlands” touring frame, which is $950. It was built to my 6-foot frame and then customized to our collective eccentric wishes. In fact, this 38.7-pound, $2,900 bike is so loaded with features that if it were a car the window sticker would run down the door.


But bear in mind that this is customizing to the nth degree. Bilenky can deliver a 26pound Midlands model minus the options (see specs) for $1,950. (He also makes a lighter sport-tourer called the Clubsman for even less.) But check out this Cadillac first:

Frameset–Fairly standard, right? Look closer. It’s made from double-butted Reynolds 531 steel, with a mix of special tube shapes and sizes for extraordinary performance. The top tube, for instance, starts out round at the head tube and then flattens as it approaches the seat tube. This makes the frame more rigid horizontally and more compliant vertically, both valued traits in a touring bike. The seat tube also flattens front-to-back as it nears the bottom bracket, which sturdies the frame against pedal flex.

Meanwhile, the chainstays have been stretched 1 1/2 inches beyond standard length and the BB dropped 5/8-inch below normal to enhance stability. There’s lots more stuff like this, but you get the idea.

Braze-ons–These are the little frame growths that allow you to neatly and easily attach cool stuff to your bike. Everyone does pump pegs, water bottle bosses, cable guides and even chain hangers, but how about fork blade tunnels for routing computer wire, a bottom bracket bridge for securing a generator and rear fender, a fork tab for mounting a nifty bell, and (Lordy! Lordy!) 2 sets of spoke holders on top of the right chainstay that also serve as a stay protector. Wanna know something else? I could have had a brazed-on bottle opener.

Finish–Go ahead, touch the tube joints. They,re just as smooth in the photograph as they are on the bike. And that’s unfinished fillet brazing, Bilenky points out proudly. The paint is stock zucchini green.

Racks–Bilenky makes these himself out of tubular chrome-moly. They’re expensive ($350 for the prototype setup you see here), but they’re marvelously engineered. It’s actually 2 rack systems in one. You have conventional front and rear racks for light day touring, or you can add the Lowrider-style units shown in the photo for heavily loaded excursions. These are fully adjustable and have fender mounts and even a cage to protect the headlight.

Componentry–An eclectic mix as you can see from the specs, with highlights being the new one-sided Shimano SPD pedals (perfect for touring! see page 25 for a review) and the Third Dimension lever (a $28,8.6-gram aftermarket item that enables Shimano’s popular Dual Control brake/shift lever to handle a triple crankset).

Lights–Self-reliance. That’s the idea behind this bike, and the reason for its Union 6-volt lighting system. Since you might not have access to an electrical outlet in the boondocks, it’s engineered to draw power from the bike itself. By moving a lever on the seat tube, you flip a bottom bracket generator into contact with the rear wheel. This juices the head- and taillight while trickle-charging a seat-tube-mounted power pack, which in turn keeps the lights blazing when you slow down or stop.

No doubt about it, you can feel the extra drag when the generator is engaged, so Bilenky advises using it on downhills throughout the day to build an hour’s worth of residual power. Then you can merely rely on the battery to get you to the campsite. The 3-watt halogen bulb is adequate, but you don’t want to be doing a lot of fast night riding with it. The light is smartly positioned to the side so cargo won’t interfere with the beam, and Bilenky has even routed its cable inside the rack tubing.

Tires–And you thought Umma Gumma was a catchy name. How ’bout these Schwalbes? They’re sinister-looking German blackwalls in a European size that’s equivalent to 700x32C. Although a hefty 550 grams apiece, Bilenky says they’re among the most practical and durable all purpose tires made. Incidentally, the Mavic rims can handle up to a 38C.

Bell–There’s nothing quite like the cheeriness of a bicycle bell. This unique Reich model from Germany, which sounds like an old-fashioned telephone ringing, is activated by lifting a stem-mounted lever, which pivots the unit’s small yellow wheel into the rotating tire. Voila! A Queen concert.

Kickstand–Damn the weight, I love it.

Fenders–Another practical English touch. These plastic ESGE mudguards are extra long and so firmly mounted that you’ll be dry and rattle-free forever.

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The Ride–While such a dizzying array of accessories nearly crossed my eyes at first, when I went to lift the bike into my van I almost had to cross my legs. Thirty-eight pounds! Still, the bike rode a lot lighter then I expected, and when hung with loaded panniers it seemed to come into its own, handling even more predictably and smoothly. I guess it’s like adding butter to a baked potato or cheese to macaroni. There’s a certain enhancement. But make no mistake, this is a tortoise in a world of hares, and pedaling 100 pounds of bike and gear across Indiana or India is no Butterfield & Robinson catalog cover.

But the question here is not whether this bike is for you. Remember, there is no other like it. Instead, ask yourself if a custom craftsman such as Bilenky can match his skill to your dreams and create a bike so special that it’ll take you away even when it’s sitting in the comer. This bike represents the possibilities. Built by: Bilenky Cycle Works, Ltd.

5319 N. 2nd St.

Philadelphia, PA 19120


Suggested Retail Price: $2,900 as shown, $1,950 w/o options; frameset: $950 Sizes Available: Custom Weight: Frame, 5.0 lbs.; fork, 1.8 lbs.; complete bike, 38.7 lbs. Frame: Reynolds 531 double-butted chromemoly steel tubing, fillet brazed; 531 fork

Wheelbase 42.5 in.; 108 cm

Seat tube 22.4 in.; 57 cm

Top tube 22.6 in.; 45.7 cm

Head angle 71 degrees

Seat angle 73 degrees

Chainstays 18 in.; 45.7 cm

Bottom bracket height 10.6 in.; 26.9 cm

Fork rake 2.375 in.; 6.03 cm

Trail 2.1 in.; 5.3 cm

Component Highlights: Shimano Deore XT derailleurs and Ultegra 600 STI Dual Control levers with Third Dimension adapter; XTR 12-32T 8-spped cassette; Stronglight 1000 53/42/28T alloy chainrings and 172.5-mm crankarms; Mavic Module 3 CD rims; 36, 14-gauge stainless steel spokes; Hugi Compact hubs; Schwalbe Special Marathon 700x32C tires; Brooks Professional saddle; Dia-Compe 987 cantilever brakes. Optional Equipment: Shimano Ultegra 600 STI Dual Control levers w/Third Dimension Adapter–$180; Union Touring light system–$145; Bilenky Rack System–$350 w/bike purchase or $490 w/o bike; Brooks saddle–$60; Tires–$30; Bell–$22.


Bilenky Cycle Works Ltd in Philadelphia, PA, specialize in tandems and road cycles. He emphasizes a British tradition of craftsmanship and elegance. The custom bike featured is a heavy, sturdy touring bike with many add-ons and features.


Golf GPS watch is the

essential accessories to a golf player. There are different types and models of such watch. Some players

prefer stylish wrist watches while others choose prefer watches that have necessary features. All

famous golf players use GPS watches to improve their performances and fashion as well.

Important features of a GPS golf watch:

  • Sensitive GPSreceiver

    for accurate distance in every corner of the golf course.

  • The watch should be able to give information about golf courses of round the world.
  • It should give service for at least 8 hours continuously with GPS service on.
  • Golf should be able to have weather information from the watch.
  • The golf watch should be easy to set up.
  • It should have water resistant feature.
  • In addition, it should have stylish and sporty look.

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For last couple of years, there has been a lot of technological improvement in golf playing. For example,

golf clubs, balls and many other things. Golf GPS watches are the latest edition in this list. Now we can

say that these watches are the compact form of many large products. One thing remembers that you

cannot use this type of watches in every golf tournament. When you register yourself in a tournament

make sure whether you will be able to use these watches in that tournament or not.

Some benefits of golf GPS watch:

  • Golf players easily know the position of water hazards of a golf course.
  • A golf watch also help players to take more accurate shots.
  • It makes the life of a caddie easy.

Golf GPS watches are one of the modern equipment that help the golf players to improve their

performance. It also entertains a golf player in some cases. Anyway, if you want to buy a golf GPS

watch, you should give emphasis on the attributes stated below.

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Features you should look while buying golf GPS watch:

  • The watch should have mapping functions. Some golf watches can show the routes of a golfcourse and some other watches are capable to transfer information from watch to a specified desktop

    computer or laptop.

  • You have to decide whether you are going to buy a water resistant golf watch or a waterproof golf watch. Waterproof golf watches will be in working condition under a certain depth of water.

    But the water resistant golf watches will be out of order even above the water surface if the weather

    has too much humidity.

  • Some golf watches are able to download information from a computer automatically if thecomputer is within the range of the watch. While other watches are able to download information but

    the process has to be manual.

  • There are some golf GPS watches available in the market that can monitor the condition ofyour heart when you wear it. In addition, there are some golf watches that can evaluate the calories you

    burned while you were engaged in golf playing.

  • Many golf watches have features that will enable you to share information in the cloud. As aresult, a golf player does not need to download necessary information all the time. Moreover, it will be

    very convenient if the required information is stored in a secured place.

Today’s world is called the cutting edge world and the golfers want to take the benefits of every single

accessory they can afford. GPS golf watches is the modern and latest technology that helps the golf

players to improve their performance. If you want to buy these watches, do some online research and

compare the features. You can visit eBay or Amazon or other online stores to have looked on the

features of the latest golf GPS watches. The online stores will help you to buy the best golf watch

available in the market.


Golf GPS watch can calculate the distance of the golf course. It is very comfortable, easy to wear and

lightweight. The watch has long lasted ion battery. Most important is it has a lots of pre loaded maps

and detail information about golf courses around the world. So you will be able to calculate the distance

your current position to the golf course. It will also help you by providing the detail information

including cost, tee off time and so on.

Some exclusive attributes of golf GPS watch:

  • These watches are really super duper cool looking.
  • Lots of valuable information is just a few clicks away.
  • Specially designed to improve the performance of a golf player by providing expertopinion.
  • High quality but affordable price.
  • Individual shot distance measurement feature is available.
  • To wake up in the morning, you can use it as alarm.
  • You can measure the distance you walk in the golf course.
  • Screen of the watch is even viewable in the sunlight.
  • Though the watch is a little bit expensive, it has a large number of positive customer reviewsin Amazon.

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Reason to use golf GPS watch:

Golf GPS watch can be said as fitness watch because of its appeal to the golf player. The goodie is

important not only for playing golf or outdoor activities but as the monitor of your heart condition, track

the performance in the golf course and suggest expert opinion. It can also measure the calorie you burn

while playing in the golf course.

  • These watches have a lot of information about golf courses around the world stored in it. Soif you need any kind of info about a golf course, for most of the cases, you don’t need to subscribe or

    download anything. In short, you are just a few clicks away to get the info.

  • The watch is able to calculate the angle. In addition, it is also able to calculate the distancebetween you and your target. This attribute is considered as a great help to boost up the performance

    of a golf player a lot.

  • There are some golf GPS watches that have feature to locate your child. The feature is called‘child locator’. Unlike other GPS locator,

    you don’t have to place it in a child’s wear or backpack. In addition, if the watch is displaced or any

    unauthorized person tries to tamper it-a sms or email will be sent to you. The watch is not that much

    helpful in any unwanted incident but plays very important role while locating the position of your child.

    Child locator

Golf GPS watch-the smart investment within your reach:

In past years, there is a rapid advancement in science and technology sector. As a result, there are a

wide range of simple, handy and useful gadgets available in the market. Golf GPS watch is one of them.

It has been able to attract the concentration enough and become one of the most popular accessories

among the golf players.

  • You won’t need to do any guess work. As a consequence, you will have additional controlover the clubs and yardages. This is a great advantage if you are seriously trying to improve your

    performance. It will also save you from taking several strokes in one single round.

  • You will b able to know the exact distance from your position to the target. Moreover, youwill also be able to locate the position of any other thing that exists in between you and your target. This

    valuable information will help you to select the perfect club, your position and stroke you should take in

    this circumstance. Since you can select both stroke and club long before the tee off time with the help of

    this precious information, the number of mistakes will eventually decrease. It is not only helpful in case

    of single player game, for double or players in a group the information is helpful as well.

Golf GPS watches can improve the level of performance as well as enjoyment if the equipment is kept

and maintained at their best. So when you decide buy this type of watches keep in mind the attributes

you want to have in the watch and also the budget you can afford. The goal you want to achieve in the

golf course is also very important. Whatever you invest on golf equipment, always remember that

personal golf trainers are much more important than golf GPS watch.