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Benefits of Biking to Work

Our grandparents and their grandparents have witnessed the massive development in transportation means. In 1769, mankind witnessed the invention of the first steam-powered automobile by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot. And only after 48 years, we adopted a new transportation tool - a bicycle.

 

After some time bicycles lost their popularity and were considered as children’s transportation mean. Kids love cycling because it’s fun, they spend their energy, they move around, they are active and feel great after a short cycling session. We basically pointed out all the benefits to biking, but there’s more to say.

 

 

  • It’s more fun!

 

 

Biking is simply a fun activity. It’s correlated with childhood memories and games. You could still have fun while biking as an adult. You get to observe the streets you pass by, hear the daily sounds, encounter animals and birds, and integrate with nature.

 

Children love observing their surroundings. To have more fun you need to keep your inner child and find happiness in the simplest things.

 

 

  • It’s practically a workout

 

 

Biking to work is good for your physical health. First of all, you are saving money on your gym membership. Secondly, you are getting in shape.

 

Even if biking is a simple cardio and leg workout, and doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll build your ideal body, it’s still a healthy way of transportation.

 

Biking burns a lot of calories and prepares your heart for other cardio exercises in the future. You can, of course, start jogging to burn calories and fat, but biking is better for your joints too. By biking every day to work, you can improve your cardiovascular fitness, lower the blood pressure and boost energy. You will be able to build a stronger muscle tissue and improve coordination.

 

Isn’t it dreamy? To have a practical and beneficial transport all in one.

 

 

  • You get to save your money on transportation

 

 

Buy a bicycle once and stop worrying about your transportation costs. Leave the worrying to personal car drivers. The gas price keeps rising, and driver’s wallets keep thinning. On average, people spend half of their salaries on gas money.

 

The public transport users are also in a bad image when it comes to saving money. Yes, it’s better to travel by public transport, but you still need to pay money for the services and keep up with other people too.

 

Of course, there’s carpooling, but it’s for another cause. You could still look up carpooling benefits and see how you’d like to share the cost of transportation.

 

 

  • You get to save your money on repairs

 

 

The average cost of maintaining a car in a good condition is between 9000 - 10 000 US dollar a year. And it differs from men to men. Bike owners only spend 300 - 500 US dollars a year to maintain their bike’s good condition. Not to mention the huge difference between a car and bike repair costs.

 

 

  • Enjoy the outdoors & get to know your community

 

 

When you are biking to and from work you find opportunities to enjoy the commute more by seeing the changing of the seasons or finding pop community events happening. These unplanned perks can help you actually look forward to commuting each day.

 

  • Losing weights and becoming fitter

 

We already mentioned that biking to work is good for your fitness activities. But what about those people who want to lose weight and get in shape? Most people don’t have time to visit the gym daily or at least three times a week.

 

Biking to work every day is a great substitute for an hour on a treadmill. Biking will help you lose some weight and become fitter.

 

 

  • Avoiding traffic jams

 

 

What’s more pleasing to hear than this? While cars and buses stay in the traffic jams on busy hours, you can safely drive on bike lanes and go home in time. Car drivers will envy you for such flexibility.

 

What else is there to tell you that will help you decide to try biking to work? You’ll be able to experience all the benefits and advantages of biking while going to work.

Top 6 successful ways that help startups build a great team spirit

A business’ success story is always about great teamwork! Undoubtedly, startups need teamwork as much as they need investment. Find out what goes into building a great team spirit in this blog.

Every brand’s success story is viewed from two perspectives –

  1. How they handled stepping stones, what innovative ideas they brought in the market, and the secret ingredient that keeps them afloat amidst all the competition.
  2. How the team handled stepping stones, how the team worked on creating innovative ideas, and the secret ingredient to team spirit that keeps them afloat amidst all the competition.

It is clear that while the world views success as a series of accomplishments, a business owner knows it is all about the team. It is not possible to become a brand without a successful team backing you up at every point.

One of the major reasons why startups fail is due to the wrong team. Your team shouldn’t necessarily be a group of highly skilled, all-rounder professionals. However, they should definitely fit together like a jigsaw puzzle where one person fills the shortcomings of the other – in order to create a bigger picture.

Here are top 6 ways that will help you put up pieces together perfectly to create the bigger picture –

 

1.Hiring process – make or break time
Whom you hire decides the future of your startup and how you hire is how you can ensure a good future for your startup! Your hiring process should be crystal clear in your mind and should filter you the candidate that not only meets your requirements but also matches your core values.

Here are certain points that are absolutely necessary for hiring –

  1. Break away from the regular and age-old process of hiring, especially if it doesn’t meet your criteria. Figure out what works for you and hire accordingly.
  2. Whom you hire shouldn’t be your sole decision but a team decision. This is especially important for startups.
  3. A resume can be as good or bad as a book cover. You know what they say about judging a book by its cover – never make the same mistake with resumes.
  4. Most importantly, never forget to ask the question – “Are you ready to work in a startup?” A frank answer will save you from troubles later on.

 

2.It’s time to move ahead of the “cogs in the wheel” ideology

 

 

Frankly speaking, how often do you relate happy emotions whenever the idiom “a cog in a wheel” comes to your mind? Yes, it sounds corporative and brings out a certain spirit of discipline, organization, and orientation. However, with employees spending more time at the office than their homes, they need to feel more than that.

 

Create a work environment that makes employees feel motivated to work and eager to head to the office every day. The work environment differs according to the type of work that goes in the office. However, you can make sure that work never goes off balance.

 

3.Recognition matters more than you can imagine

Whenever your startup successfully achieves a milestone, it’s a matter of pride and happiness. However, it’s not something that is exclusive to an employee. Just the way you want your startup to be recognized, similarly, every employee wants to be recognized for his/her efforts.

Remember, every small thing (maybe a small Employee recognition enamel pins) counts. From verbal appreciation every now and then to giving out the employee of the month, awards on annual parties, and special acknowledgment during completion of projects.

 

4.Don’t miss on the fun quotient

 

 

Lack of energy and motivation are very common problems in the workplace. Especially in a startup – where you can be faced by difficult challenges at any given point. Startups cannot work according to their schedule; they need to work around their client’s schedule. Hence, too much workload is a common sight at a startup office.

 

Beat this gloominess with fun! Incorporate fun in office schedule whenever and wherever possible. From monthly visits to cinemas and local places to yearly trips. Even your daily schedule can have some interesting activities to do. There are many ways to have more fun at work.

 

5.Hierarchy should not hamper communication   

You’ll be surprised to know what problems can miscommunication cause at a workplace. If we have to name one major reason for miscommunication at a workplace – it has to be hierarchy.

 

Hierarchical structure makes people at a certain level unavailable and inaccessible to people at a different level. When employees feel they are unheard, unappreciated, and unduly judged, it affects the whole working system.

 

This problem can mostly be tackled only in the starting period of the business. Make sure you create a hierarchy that leaves no to minimum space for miscommunication.

 

6. Understand how to deal with conflicts

What’s worse than a poor sales period for a business? Conflicts within the team. Recovering from a dry period is comparatively easy than recovering from conflicts within team members.

The nature of conflicts can vary from being solely work-based to personal matters. You need to deal with them with precaution, as these matters can easily upset the work environment of a startup in no time.

Clear mind, unbiased perceiving of the matter, and focusing more on resolution than pinning the blame – these are some of the important aspects that every startup should know about how to deal with conflicts.

Secret Ingredient to team spirit

The secret ingredient to team spirit that most successful brands vouch by is – ensuring growth for every team member. As your startup grows, it’s very important that your employees feel they are growing with it too!

Final Words

 

Your startup’s success story of becoming a brand is not just in your hands but in the hands of your team as well. Remember, no startup was driven to success by a single person. It’s collective efforts that lead to collective results.

So I bought a bike from Amazon

Hello Bike Commuters! It has been a while since I posted, but things have changed quite a bit. Unfortunately I am no longer doing the Bike-Train commute thing, I am really bummed about that. I used to take the train so I would avoid spending up to an hour and a half stuck in traffic but now I have a carpool buddy and that has reduced my commute time to about 40 minutes.

This meant that I no longer needed my Giant Expressway folding bike so it was sold to a person who travels by plane and needed a bike to get around town. I gave “Gravel” riding a try with my old 26″ Hard tail mountain bike but I was not able to keep up with riders with fancy Gravel/CX bikes and 29rs. New Gravel/Adventure bikes start about $900 so I started perusing Craigslist to see if I could score a cheap gravel bike.

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And there it was…. a Raleigh Bikes Preston Classic City Bike, a vintage looking bike with modern parts and a copper finished handlebar! So I started searching for a local bike shop that may have it in stock -No Dice. I noticed that Raleigh was selling this bike in Amazon.com for about $395 (cheaper than their own site and around the same price as a used one). I did not buy it right away, my budget was about $200 so it was over my budget.

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Amazon does this thing that if you leave an item in your cart it will tell you if an item has gone down or up in price if when you go back to your cart. I checked my cart periodically and lo and behold the Raleigh Preston was selling for $295! That was still $95 over my budget but I remembered that I had an Amazon gift card and points accumulated on a credit card. I went ahead and pulled the trigger, the gravel bike will wait.

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I also purchased a few accessories for the bike such as the a leather tool bag by Projekt Bikes, the Retro Front Vintage Bike Light,

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and the Portland Design Works Sparrow Cage, Copper

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So how was the Amazon experience? The bike arrived 3 days after I purchased it and assembling the bike with the tools that Raleigh provided was a breeze. You don’t have to be a bike mechanic to assemble this bike so save yourself the $80 assembly fee if you consider purchasing a Raleigh bike from Amazon. The only thing that was disappointing was that the bike arrived a little scratched up, this is not Amazon’s fault but if the Raleigh folks are reading this; please put extra padding on the top tube!!!

So far I’ve done errands on this bike and it gets a lot of looks and thumbs up, I can’t wait to take this bike to the beach!

Why Every Biker Needs a Cool Wallet

What makes a biker wallet so special? On the one hand, it’s a well-known pocketbook that folds in two or three and has several pockets for bills, business cards, receipts, credit cards, and change. Like the accessories for men, biker wallets are capacious, solid and durable. On the other hand, a biker wallet differs from its leather counterparts about the same as a motorcycle differs from a car. Both are vehicles but they have their own character and personality, so to speak.

Looking at every biker wallet you can tell that a craftsman put his heart into it. It is because they are most often made by hand. Each product comes out individual and unique. You can get a custom wallet that has a one – of – a – kind look but even off-the-shelf products are capable of wowing passers-by thanks to the bold embellishment and daring designs. Biker wallets are never mass-market products with uninspiring cookie-cutter looks.

Biker Wallets – Durable and Tough

Many people consider bikers to be tough, badass and serious men and these assumptions have their ground. All their accessories carry the imprint of the biker culture and they are just as serious and cool as the men on motorcycles. Biker wallets are no exception. They are massive but convenient so that a biker can shove one into a back pocket of his jeans and it won’t cause troubles during the long rides.

Practicality is another sign of biker wallets. Remember, a real wallet for a biker is made only from genuine leather. Bikers do not tolerate fakes by their nature. Additionally, real leather is incredibly durable, it will serve its owner for many years. Rare items are even inherited. If a leather biker wallet gets weathered with time, it won’t make in item worse. In fact, small scratches, abrasions, or traces of oil or gasoline are able to make a wallet even more valuable since they add more individuality. They are able to turn a billfold into an item with a history, which everyone would like to find out.

When Looks Matter

Every biker wants to stand out from the crowd to emphasize his individuality and status among the brethren. An original wallet is of great aid in this matter as well. Bikerringshop offers an excellent variety of design options and finishes. Wallets can be embellished with silver rivets, clasps, embossing, carving, embroidery, etc. They often carry familiar symbols found in the biker culture - skulls, crosses, totemic animals, as well as intricate patterns resembling bizarre tattoos.

Sometimes wallets do not have additional decorations if they are made of exotic leather. The skin of a snake, crocodile, stingray, lizard and other reptiles is attractive by itself thanks to its relief and sometimes voluminous patterns. Did you know that crocodile or snake scales are unique, just like human fingerprints? Therefore, you will never find two identical wallets even if they carry the same design. As a bonus, exotic leather has an outstanding durability, which is several times higher than the finest calfskin.

Finally, each leather biker wallet comes complete with a grommet for a chain attachment. A chain fastens to a wallet on one side, and its other end is attached to a belt. The most common are steel and silver chains but you come across leather chains as well. Chains are not just fancy ornaments. They help to reliably fix a wallet to a biker so that it always stays at hand even when driving fast.