Get on yer bike with Ideal World

Category Health & Fitness Published 2 May 2017 by Phil Mann

Get on yer bike with Ideal World

Cycling can be a wonderful experience, to be enjoyed by people of all ages and levels of experience. We proudly present our Bike range: the pedal-assisted bikes, using the latest technology to add power when you need, make arduous hills a thing of the past. With a modern, trendy design: they look great!

We have three great new bikes for you to choose from, and we hope they can take you far!

Elife Air Electric Bike

Elife Air is the lightest weight bike in the Elife range weighing in at only 16kg due it's ingenious alloy frame. The battery is discrete, hidden by being built into the frame, so no one would ever know it's an electrically assisted-bike. It features a single gear speed and a massive 9 power modes through a hi-tech, but simple handle bar controller allowing you to have different levels of assistance simply by pressing a single button.

It has modern and trendy design, echoing the classic "fixed-gear" bike look which looks great. Charge your phone through the USB port. Perfect for enjoying cycling again.

Using the latest technology, this bike has got an ON/OFF switch button on the handle bars to add power when you need it making the arduous hills a thing of the past.

Our best battery yet is the Hi TechLithium rechargeable battery is light, discrete and has the latest 36v power available. It's very easy to remove allowing for effortless charging and storage, both in the bike frame, and can be easily taken out and charged at inside at home.

Elife Air

Fully folding for easier and more compact transportation, with redesigned clips and latches to make it even easier to stow away or carry. Pop in the pedals at a single touch, and intuitively fold and un-fold the bike for easy storage.

With a walking mode for easy push and start off, and 9 assist modes to power you along, your comfort has also been considered by the redesigned comfy saddle.

Our handy bike guide

To get the most from your bike we've put together a list of the best tips to help you get started, whether you're biking for fitness or fun.

Before you start

The main thing is getting out on the road and having fun, but make sure you do a safety check before setting off: checking that your tyres are inflated, your brakes and lights work and you have a helmet (and elbow- or knee-pads).

  • Your wheels should spin straight and not rub the brakes. Make sure they have plenty of tread and are properly inflated with no cuts or holes
  • Your bike chain shouldn't be too over-lubed or too dry. Test it by gently rubbing a finger over. It should leave a trace but not too much.
  • Practice in a safe environment
  • Be seen and heard
  • Stay alert
  • Plan your route

Starting off

If you're new to cycling or out of the habit, find yourself a traffic-free area to start off in, such as your local park. Practise riding single-handed so you can make hand signals, and get comfortable looking over both shoulders to improve your visual awareness.

Make sure you're familiar with the Highway Code before cycling in traffic.

Practice changing a flat tyre before it happens to you

Flat tyre kits are cheap and easy to use, but make sure you practice in the comfort of your own home before being stuck on the side of the road after a long day.

Cycling in Intervals

If you're looking to improve your fitness, try interval training. Try the following intervals and see if you notice a difference. (Consult with your doctor before attempting any excericse, be sure to follow the highway code at all times.)

  • 2 minutes hard, 2 minutes easy
  • 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy
  • 30 seconds hard, 30 seconds easy
  • 15-second flat-out sprint
  • 5 mins easy

Have fun exploring

Break out a new map once in a while, biking is a great way to explore a new area and see the sights, while still getting home before sunset or a storm blows in quicker than if you were on foot.

Try a steep climb

There's nothing more satisfying than conquering a big hill at a steady pace, but with an electric bike, if you get stuck halfway up, you can turn on the pedal-assisted technology and have it carry you the rest of the way.

How to find the time

Commuting to work by bike is an easy way to get your daily activity in and build a habit. Eventually, you want to have built your habit so it becomes part of your life

Padding and Saddles

It sounds backwards, but most people find padded shorts more comfortable than padded saddles, but make sure you get the right height, too.

Stay safe

If you're out cycling on your own, tell someone where you're going and when you're expected back. Be careful not to lock your gears and fall off, instead stay alert and brake earlier.

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