🌎 Finalist at ISPO Brandnew! 🌎

2017-06-20T09:32:17+00:00 Adventure Life, Bike Industry, Bike Tourism, Outdoor Experiences|

Finalist at ISPO Brandnew!

Hi Guys,

Now it’s official, we are finalist at the ISPO Brandnew!

This contest is promoted by worldwide leaders in the sport industry. It takes place during the ISPO, the most important
sport showroom on the planet and we have our own stand there. What an opportunity!

We are in Munich from February 5-8th in the BN22 Brandnew Area!

ispo brandnew sentier

We are going to meet people, show our products and learn loads of things about the sport industry!

Now you can understand our excitement.

See you out there!

The Sentier Team

Bike touring innovation? Glorious.

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5 Reasons to cycle on a daily basis

2017-06-20T09:32:17+00:00 Fitness, Outdoor Experiences|

5 Reasons to cycle on a daily basis

“I DON’T RIDE A BIKE TO ADD DAYS TO MY LIFE. I RIDE A BIKE TO ADD LIFE TO MY DAYS”

More energy, lower costs, extra fun, no traffic frustration, faster way to work, longer life, improved health,…cycling makes you a better person in many ways. Leaving your car at home is going to help pollution both locally and globally.

But this month, there are even more reasons to ride your bike on a daily basis. 3o Days of Biking is a pledge to ride your bike every day in April, any distance, any destination. Anyone can share their adventures online with hashtag #30daysofbiking. For every 2 pledges, they will be donating $1 to World Bicycle Relief. A charity specializing in large-scale, comprehensive bicycle programs by providing supply chain management, technical knowledge and logistics expertise across rural Africa through sustainable work-to-own and study-to-own programs. Fast Company has recently named World Bicycle Relief  among their Most Innovative Companies of 2016.

So if you are not a cycle enthusiast already, here are the 5 proven benefits bikes offer in oder to improve your life, and others. Join the nation.

reasons for cycle to work

1 | Happier feeling

Apart from the increased self-esteem and confidence that getting fitter and leaner will give you, time spent outdoor will cheer you up automatically. Sunlight has the power to boost your levels of the feel-good hormone serotonin and Vitamine-D.

More daylight in your life will even help you sleep better and longer. Stanford University School of Medicine researchers asked sedentary insomnia sufferers to cycle for 20-30 minutes every other day. The result? The time to fall asleep was reduced by half, and they dream for almost an extra hour a night.

2 | Longer lives

Lower the risk of  cardiovascular disease, Type II diabetes, all types of cancer, high blood pressure and obesity with aerobic exercise such as cycling, say major Medical and Research Institutions. Also, studies from Purdue University in the US have shown that regular cycling – even as little as 20 miles a week – can cut your risk of heart disease by up to 50 percent.

3 | Improve your Community

Bicycling is the most energy efficient form of transportation ever invented. By cycling to work, home, school or the shop, you will escape from the traffic jam hell and the parking place nightmare. It increases mobility for those who don’t have access to motor transport, who don’t qualify to drive a car or can’t afford motor transport.

Bicycling in your neighborhood is a great way to meet your neighbors and build community.
Camaraderie of cyclists makes it is to connect and socialize with like-minded people at predictable commute time.

4 | Get leaner

The body’s metabolic rate – the efficiency with which it burns calories and fat – raises during a bike ride but even for several hours after! So good news. “Even after cycling for 30 minutes you could be burning a higher amount of total calories for a few hours after you stop,” says Mark Simpson of Loughborough University.

Imagine yourself becoming fitter without really trying, without spending extra time training, and feeling and looking younger. According to the National Forum for Coronary Heart Disease Foundation in the US, regular cyclists enjoy a fitness level equal to that of a person 10 years younger.

Employees who ride a bike, walk or take public transportation to work have a lower body mass index and body fat percentage than people who drive to work, according to a study from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

healthy reasons to cycle

 5 | Environmental Consciousness 

When you are cycling, you are not contaminating the atmosphere. Zero pollution. Even more, it takes around five percent of the materials and energy used to make a car to manufacture a bike. Bikes are efficient machines too – you travel around three times as fast as walking for the same amount of energy and, taking into account the ‘fuel’ that you put in your ‘engine’, you can do the equivalent of 2,924 miles to the gallon.

Transport is on its way to overtaking industry as the major contributor to CO2 emissions in the UK. Vehicles give out about 70 per cent of air pollution in UK towns and cities, and 22 percent of the UK’s total CO2 emissions. Going by bike contributes nothing, and either walking or cycling much more for local journeys would reduce our dependence on oil.

If all commutes in England under five miles were completed by bike instead of car they would save a collective 44,000 tonnes of CO2 every week, the equivalent of heating 17,000 houses. Given that the average speed of rush hour traffic in London is 7mph and a reasonable average cycling speed is 13mph, that makes commuting by bike almost twice as fast as taking the car. Oh, and 10 bikes can be parked in one car space.

If you still need extra motivation, we totally recommend you the documentary Bikes vs. Cars. Enjoy and Ride…

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Cycle Life Beyond Mountain Biking

2017-06-20T09:32:17+00:00 Active Travel, Bike Tourism, Outdoor Experiences|

Cycle Life Beyond Mountain Biking

“MAY YOUR TRAILS BE CROOKED, WINDING, LONESOME, DANGEROUS, LEADING TO THE MOST AMAZING VIEW.”
Edward Abbey

I fancied mountain biking about 10 years ago. I had always loved hiking in the Dolomites though the descent part of the excursions were not that fun. I was somehow caught by the idea of explore the same footpaths and discover many more on a bicycle.
As I pedaled every weekend for a few hours, faithfully along the off roads suggested by my book guide, I soon realized what the difference of level meant on mountain biking. Chances are, I took a severe steady training at the nearby gym during the winter or wouldn’t enjoy it at all. Next thing I was able to pedal my ascents far, maybe not at an amazing speed but with good preparation and resistance.

I felt increasingly great and mostly grateful for discovering, exploration and adrenaline. The Alps of the Trentino and South Tyrol regions offer some 1000km of trails to cross on two wheels, from paved cycling paths, pleasant forestry tracks, challenging steep slopes. All of that has been surrounded by astonishing views.

mountain bike innovation 2016

I eventually ended up buying a new bike in favor of efficiency in weight, suspensions and breaks. I have also upgraded my wardrobe on a regular basis and my shoes cost almost as much as my first bike.

Over the last year, during some relaxing flat ride along the river Adige, I started noticing the rising number of cyclists travelling from Germany to Italy. They all got bags attached to both the rear sides of the bike and the front wheels. They piled on tons of stuff. Most of them are just on normal looking shirts and shorts with regular shoes. Certainly, they all look like they are carrying everything with them like homeless’.

I marveled that some of them do travel for months over distances that seem far by car. At the same time, I was impressed by the opportunity of starting a different way of cycling whilst discovering new parts of the world.

mtb innovation 2016

In spite I am not a proven bike tourist, I have realized some topics that make bike touring a different approach compared to mountain biking:

– everyone’s allocated time on a holiday is limited, however bike touring is not a competition. Speed or altitude reach is unimportant. The only important goal is that you make it at your destination by sunset every day of your tour;

– the weight of your bicycle is not an issue. Forget spending money on lightweight innertubes and, most of all, forget about carbon: frame, seat post, forks. No carbon for all of them, it is an inferior material in the touring world. Get yourself a good steel bike, that will be much easier to find somebody who can repair it;

– if you would like to travel without being marked as a cyclist, stop wearing your classic jersey and shorts. There are various clothing options like lightweight hiking shirts and shorts that still keep away sweat and moisture as well as quick to dry after a wash. Make sure you will look like a guy passing through town!

– spending money on expensive bike components and parts is not the priority in bike touring. It is rather more important to opt for what is easily available in most parts of the world or can be easily fixed. You may perhaps spend on good gear such as light tents, light sleeping bags or anything that is light and resistant.

Saying that, my next thing is STILL going to be an offroad bike adventure riding my double suspended mountain bike with a Sentier bike trailer!

“Ride your bike to enjoy a travel without hesitation.”

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