Safety Gears for Bike Riding

Bike riding is a sport kids and adults enjoy doing. It is a good form of recreation and exercise at the same time. But just like any kind of outdoor activity, there are safety precautions which must be observed while bike riding, which include wearing safety gears.

Before you get too excited and start to pedal your bicycle, be sure to follow this checklist of safety gears you should be wearing for your protection:

1. Helmet

Helmet is utmost important for any open vehicles such as motorcycle and bicycle. Helmet provides protection for your head against injury in case of accidents. Don’t ever ride without this safety gear.

2. Gloves

Aside from a helmet, gloves also provide added protection in case of accidental falling while bike riding. It is especially designed for protecting the palms of your hands when you accidentally fall on the pavement. While driving, gloves also protect your hands from direct exposure to the sun which could lead to sunburn. For long rides, it is more ideal to use padded gloves as protection against compression stress from holding the handlebars. Pads also provide added comfort during winter.

3. Full Body Armor

Some parents outfit their children with full body armor as protection against sharp objects in case of accidents. However, this gear can be warm inside especially during summer and warm weather. Full body armor is composed on knee or shin armor which can protect the knee area during high speed collision. There is also the body armor which can protect you from broken vertebrae or ribs.

4. Mouthguards

Although bike riding is not a contact sport like boxing, riders still need a mouth protection against strong impact especially in adventure riding or long distance riding. There are studies showing that a blow to the chin causes more damage than just messing up the teeth if the person is not wearing a mouthguard. Mouthguards stabilize the jaw which can prevent further damage. And it is an important gear you should also wear when riding a bicycle.

5. Flags

If you will be riding a bike in a high traffic area especially for long-distance travels, having a bike flag may be able to save you from road accidents. Flags help other motorists see you.

6. Active Lights

If you are riding a bicycle after dark, active lights is a must. It lets other drivers see and prevent them from bumping you. Reflective lights are not as effective as active lights so you might as well invest in this type of gear. Commonly used active lights are blinking rear lights which let others identify your bicycle.

7. Reflective Materials

Reflective stickers and other materials can also help especially during nighttime. You could put them on your helmet and on the body of your bicycle.

However, even if you are wearing all these safety gears, there is no guarantee that they will protect you during accidents. Each rider must focus on safety first. Do not expose yourself to dangerous road conditions which are prone to accidents and can lead to injury or even death. Instead, be a defensive driver. Only travel when and where it is relatively safe.

Introduction to BMX Bikes

Bike riding is one of the most popular activities among children and adults. For children, they consider bike riding as a form of fun and enjoyment. For adults, it is more commonly used as a mode of transportation, recreation or exercise.

When bike riding is mentioned, what first comes to mind to most people is the BMX bike. BMX stands for bicycle moto cross. While many people often use the term BMX generically, it is important to understand that there are different types of BMX bikes designed for different biking styles. These BMX bike types are classified into freestyle bikes and jumping and racing bikes:

  • Freestyle bikes

Freestyle BMX bikes generally have a 20- to 22-inch top tube and 20-inch wheels. Surprisingly, they are not always equipped with brakes and if they do have brakes, they are normally straight cable brakes. Their grips also have no flanges because they can be bothersome to their riders when certain tricks are performed. Additionally, different freestyle BMX bikes have varying peg sizes except for dirt bikes which normally don’t have pegs. The peg is the part that attaches to the bike’s wheel axle. Tire styles also depend on the surface where the bike will be used. For dirt bikes, a more knobby tire is most suitable because they can provide extra grip on loose grounds.

My Curious Kids

My kids are really fond of their pets as they always take care of the fishes I got them and the stray cat from the park where I always train with buddies. The stray cat that we once knew looked better as she now has a full body of fur and she became fat. My kids Remy and Sammy even potty trained them. I’m so proud of my kids that at such a young age, they managed to have such patience to train pets. I remember when I was their age, I couldn’t train my dog with basic skills like sitting or staying because I was so impatient to do so. The thing was, my agreement with my parents when I got a dog was I have to train him so he’ll never be rowdy inside the house or he’ll just be tied out in our backyard. To make it short, he just lived in his doghouse in his lifetime, so I was always required to check up on him outside every day.

One weekend morning, my family was eating breakfast and Sammy asked my wife can dogs eat bananas because he saw a dog owner out last week living also in our building complex that he was feeding him one. My wife looked at me like telling me I take over and so I did. I explained to Sammy that bananas are one of the best and nutritious fruits around. It contains potassium which helps our muscles and nerves to work properly and our kidneys to filter blood for toxins. It also contains manganese, which helps in the formation of our connective tissues, absorption of calcium and most importantly, aids in proper functioning our thyroid gland. I added that it may take some time for dogs to eat bananas because it is an acquired taste, but they’ve gotten used to it, it will them lots of benefits like taking a multivitamin each day.

And now, Remy asked what hypoallergenic dog food is because he heard that term when we were at the pet shop once and he forgot to ask us about it. I told her that those foods are made for dogs who had food sensitivity issues as they were designed to reduce the possibility of an allergic response.

My kids were so fascinated with me knowing all of these things. I joked and asked them if I don’t look smart enough for them as my family laughed. I shared that when I have spare time, they often see me in front of a computer and I’m not playing or posting on social media sites. Instead, I spend my time reading through all sorts of articles around the web. I told them that it’s always a good thing that you learn something new every day, be it as small as about candies or something huge about medical stuff. What’s important is that you gain knowledge and be better each day. My wife agreed and joked that today, they need to learn how to wash a car as our children chuckled.

Surviving Allergy as a Family

yeast allergy

My daughter Remy was born with many sensitivities which includes her doctor’s recent finding, yeast allergy. It is very unfortunate that there are foods that she couldn’t eat. My wife and I don’t want her to feel left out about it so we decided as a family to eat according to her condition. We already consulted her problem to an allergologist and he conducted a certain test called the skin prick test wherein he pricked our daughter’s skin with a needle containing a small amount of the allergen to determine which type of yeast was the main culprit of her condition. It took him a few hours to examine my daughter’s case and he found out that it was indeed a yeast allergy most specifically corn derived foods and fermented products like cheese. To double check, her doctor suggested we could try a food elimination diet to see if corn allergy symptoms like hives, nausea, vomiting and the worst, difficulty of breathing as some experience swelling of their airway and should be attended to promptly when they encounter food that they have allergies from. Some worst cases even have them bring a syringe with medicines just in case they ate yeast unknowingly.

I remember when we were still not aware of Remy’s condition and we normally have yeast products stocked in our pantry and fridge like bread, pickles, strawberry, olives, raisins, corn, etc. She often eats those and moments lately she’d have hives on her skin. I thought it was just about her other allergies, but it often occurs after she eats our food, that’s why we resorted to get her examined.

Ever since knowing her real condition, we became more conscious of everything we get from the grocery store. We gave away all our foods with yeast as our neighbors thankfully got them. We used to take 30 to an hour when buying groceries, but now, it takes us two hours because we meticulously read the ingredients of the food that we’re going to buy. Taking these precautionary measures is vital to the well being of our kid. From time to time, I eat foods with yeast with the condition that I will eat it elsewhere and not in our home. It was hard, but we were really trying to manage her condition as a family. My wife doesn’t let her buy food in their school, instead, she always makes her bring foods that she prepared at home.

It’s nice that our diet at home doesn’t bother us as much as we all know that it’s for Remy. Her doctor called me the other day and told me about desensitization treatment as we can feed her some small amount yeasty foods from time to time to let her system react to it and hopefully her body can make antibodies to counter them. We have yet to try this method because my wife and I haven’t discussed it yet. I hope it works as I know that she always crave for foods that she can’t eat and as a parent, I don’t want her to feel deprived


Me and My Big Mouth

Whenever I don’t go out biking around the streets of New York, I try as much as possible, to go out with my friends fishing at some of the major lakes found around here like Lake Placid, Lake Ontario and Cranberry Lake. We chose to frequent lakes because we are fond of getting catfishes. They are really a joy to catch but at the same time, so challenging that I often get arm pains after fishing. We use homemade catfish bait because we experienced that they like them better than the commercially bought ones from the shops around.

What we normally do when we’re going fishing for tomorrow was we prepare and all the necessary supplies today so we won’t experience problems during fishing like going home too early because of busted rods, missing baits and low food supply. We treat each fishing trip as male bonding too as we bring food and beer to accompany us while waiting the fishes to take the bait. Sometimes, we even brought grills to make barbeque if the boat we brought on the trip is big enough.

The last time that I fished with my buddies, I got home with a big catfish that we caught. My children were in awe when they saw it still alive, trying to breathe. Sammy, my youngest asked me if there are smaller ones and my other child, Remy kidded that the babies are smaller. We all got a kick out of it. Anyway, I told my children that there are smaller species of catfishes that don’t grow as much as the species we fish at the lakes. There are even a number of species of catfish small enough to be put into little tanks or aquariums. They were shocked of the information that I gave them. Now, my youngest wanted to have an aquarium to put catfishes in it. Me and my big mouth were at it again. Sammy nagged me for a good whole week to get him a tank with catfishes. After a week, I finally gave in and told him that we’ll get him fishes in the weekend after I run errands and finished training with my buddies at the park.

Weekend came as I see Sammy woke up early than he used to. He was all smiles as he greeted me good morning. I reminded him that it’s going to be later afternoon since I still have things to do this morning. He told me that he knew that and he was up early to make research on the web with the help of his other siblings to find on what species of catfish to buy. He said that he wanted a very colourful, active, playful catfishes that he’d really enjoy taking care of. My children were in front of the computer when I left the house. I got back after 5 hours and Sammy told me that they already found what specie that we’re going to buy. He chose spotted cory catfish and pictus catfish because are playful and colourful and it’s going to be fun to stare at.

I’m Back

BMX biking is my life and I don’t know what I’ll do without it. It has always been a routine of mine to wake up early in the mornings and practice BMX tricks with my buddies at the park. I’ve been doing this for years and I haven’t got tired of it. I experience sprained foot from time to time, but it’s all good as I just ice for the first 24 hours until the swelling goes down and then try to rest it for a couple of days and I’m good. I sometimes take pain pills if I can’t tolerate the pain anymore. I sometimes use elastic wraps or braces if I can’t bear the weight on my foot.

In my opinion, my choice of sport really comes with a high risk of always injuring myself, that’s why I always try to keep my body fit and healthy to lessen the risks. Besides from biking, I also run from time to time to build up my stamina and endurance. I have a competition coming up in Indianapolis and I joined the freestyle contest. I will be given a certain amount of time to perform any tricks that I could think of and three judges will keep score. There will be 3-4 rounds depending on the case as every round, one or two people will be eliminated and the only one who survives will be the champion.

Two years ago, I joined the same competition and sadly, I just came in at 3rd place so this year, I’ll really try to come back bolder and stronger. I had a bad ankle injury back then with occasional tingling feet. It was like pins and needles piercing my feet. I had a hard time doing tricks as I find it tough to find my balance with my injury. I played through my injury not minding the doctor’s orders. I was so immature back then because I haven’t thought that I could further aggravate my injury if I continue abusing my body.

After I came in at 3rd place, I vowed to get myself healed before undergoing training again as I don’t want to risk further injuries down the line. After 8 months of rehabilitation and therapy, my doctor finally gave me his go signal for me to train again, but he reminded me to take it easy for a while because my body isn’t used to training anymore. I listened to him as I gradually increase my training hours. He really is a good doctor because he knew what he was talking about. I don’t feel any pain or tingling sensations anymore thanks to him and my physical therapist.

Being in the competition now makes me feel nervous. It’s like my first time again to join. My dad used to tell me that being nervous is okay and it is normal with people. It’s just how will you use the experience to bring you up or down. My mindset today is I got nothing to lose. I feel great ,I trained to the very best of my abilities and I will come out strong.

Global Warming

I was a very hot day today as our training resumes at the wide open park. The sun’s rays were so strong today as even when I wore polarized sunglasses, I still got glares on my eyes. I just went on training and then in just a few hours, I felt my skin sore. My buddies told me that they looked reddened and burnt. I thought to myself that I maybe had a sunburn. I got home as fast as I could with my bike. I asked my family if we have burn ointments inside the house but there was none. I rushed to be in front of the computer to search with the keyword home remedies for sunburn. The first thing that I saw was weird, it was vinegar for sunburn. I also saw olive oil, tea tree oil, honey and lemon. I’ve read that vinegar has anti-biotic properties to heal burns so I decided to try it. Another reason was it was the only thing that we have on stock at the shelves. I took a cold bath for a good hour to ease my burns on my arms and neck as it was so painful and then patted them dry and used vinegar on my arms and neck. It smells so bad but it soothes my skin really good. I didn’t even have to take over the counter pain killers for pain relief. I’ve also read that I could use it until my wounds were cured.

I thought it was a really good home remedy and I’ll use it when I’m at home but I’ll buy a burn ointment later in the pharmacy to use them when I’m going out to avoid people noticing that I reek of vinegar. My wife suggested that due to more harmful ultraviolet rays coming from the sun today compared when we were young, I needed to use a high SPF skin lotion to prevent further skin injuries. She gave me hers as she has plenty of them on stock. She told me that she always use it whenever she goes out for errands outside. I thought that those things that she put on her face just makes her pretty. She laughed and told me to stop flattering her because she already knows that she is pretty.

I didn’t know all these things because it was my first time to get burnt riding on a bike. World really changes because of blatant pollution and world development that causing global warming. I asked my kids if they know about it and told me that their teacher at school sometimes discusses it with them and even asked them to do their small part like segregating garbage for recycling. We segregate but sometimes, we were too lazy to do it. I encourage my family to always remind each other about it so we can play our part. I also told them to tell their friends about it to increase awareness of the trouble that our world is facing.

How I Met Jay

I’ve been training with my buddies for the last couple of months now to get ready for the next Xtreme Games being done in Japan and it’s really going good for my part. I’ve really built my endurance and stamina on making more completed tricks in a certain amount of time. Sadly, one of my best friends, a really good buddy of mine, Jay has to pull out of the competition because he is suffering from his tailors bunion, like the ones describe at this website. I asked him one time, what can causes the bunions that you have but he didn’t have any idea. His feet have been hurting on and off and it was making it hard for him to make tricks that he used to make even on a blindfold.

I feel so sorry for him because he was the one who introduced me to the sport besides my grandpa and dad.   He is a childhood friend of mine and I’ve known him all our lives and I know that it’s a dream of him to compete on such world events. He’s very competitive, always striving to be on his very best against all odds. He told me that it was usually his motivation, Him against the world.

In his early age of 6 years old, his parents divorced and wanted nothing to do with him. They just left the poor kid with his auntie who lived next door. I was a very outgoing kid that I always roam our streets with friends playing and I always saw him sitting down on their porch, looking so sad and bored. So one time, I approached him and befriended him. He introduced himself as Jay and I asked him to come with us because we need more kids to fill the fields to play baseball. He told me that he didn’t know how to play and I told him that we also didn’t have a clue on the real rules; they just made up one as they just hit the ball and run. We got a crack about it and walked towards the park. He told me that he didn’t know anybody yet from the neighbourhood and it was the first time that someone talked and invited him play. He was thankful that I made him come along with us. I told him that it was nothing and we should be good friends because we’re neighbours.

I introduced Jay to all my friends and told them that he’s cool. An Italian friend of mine named Gino told me that anyone cool to me is also cool with them and we played our made up baseball. After a few hours, we decided to go home because we were hungry. Jay and I were on the same route home so he walked with me. He again thanked me for inviting him and he really had lots of fun hanging out with us kids. He wanted to return the favour by inviting me in their house for a snack. I told him thanks but I have to tell my grandpa first to not let them worry on where am I. I entered our house with Jay and introduced him to grandpa and then left for a snack in his home. Since then, we’ve been really best of friends always hanging out until now.

I Got Punked

I’ve don’t really have a fascination with personality tests because I feel that they sound useless and time wasters as I have to answer lots of questions and let it tell me what personality I have but the thing is, I know myself better than a silly test. On the other hand, Heather is really fond of them. She told me about this Myer-Briggs Test and I quickly said no. She shared that a tandem of mother and daughter psychologists formulated the test with the pattern of researches of Carl Jung, who was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist and known for his theory of paradigms, the unified benumbed and his studies of the human psyche. She asked me to reconsider because I didn’t have to answer many questions. She added that I just need to pick 4 items and then we’re finished. I was surprised that there was a personality test that short. I agreed and she began asking me between extraversion and introversion, sensing and intuition, thinking and feeling and lastly, judging and perception. I was going to rush on my choices and she told me to wait because she had to explain something. So there we go, I thought to myself that it was the catch that’s why it’s just four choices because it will take too long to explain. She caught me smiling and asked about it and I said nothing.

She explained the differences of all the choices. First is introversion and extraversion which can also be called our attitude or the way we deal with people, things or situations whether directly or indirectly. Introversion is indirect, while extraversion is the direct way. Second is sensing and intuition, which is how we pay attention to information as some uses the five senses which is sensing and some pay more attention to the diagram and possibilities as they are more about reading between the lines and gut feels in intuition. The third on the other hand, is thinking and feeling which are how our judgements are made. Thinking people are more on the logical side as they always think with facts and not with emotions while Feeling is its complete opposite, it decides on using empathy and by association to people, things, or the situation. Lastly, judging and perception is all about you look and live your everyday life. Judgers are very organized as they always plan their days ahead and follow it meticulously unlike with Perceivers who doesn’t plan at all and just go with the flow wherever life takes him to be.

After her explanation, I learned that I’m with the INFJ relationships because I am warm, a very good listener, soft spoken and gentle. I also don’t take criticisms that well and I always have very high expectations on myself, which always makes me better on the things that I do. Meanwhile, Heather is with the INFP relationships because she is typically laid-back, supportive and nurturing to our children. She is also flexible, diverse, and driven, but has the tendency to be shy and timid, especially to strangers as they always take time to warm up to people.

I made it a night as I told my wife that this is the last time that she will trick me into trying “short” tests then we laughed and got ready to sleep for a new day ahead.

Depression Eating You from the Inside Out

Since Jay already knew that he couldn’t join our team to compete in the Xtreme Games, he was so devastated and frustrated because of it. He was never the same as he doesn’t even show up and support us in our practices. I haven’t seen him for two weeks so I went to his house and I talked to his Aunt Lily. He told me that he doesn’t have an appetite for week and hasn’t been himself as he just locks himself in his room almost all day. I told her what happened and she’s concerned with what’s happening with his nephew Jay as he is like the son that he never had. I suggested that he gets a checkup that maybe supplements for anxiety would help him regain his old self back as I also have a relative who has the same condition and it made wonders for him.

Aunt Lily knocked on Jay’s room and told him that I’m visiting him. He opened the door he looked so busted up. His room reeks of putrid smells like of   combined spoiled food and sweat. I told him that his team misses him and that if he needs to consult a doctor about his feet, I’ll gladly come along with him. He told me that he’ll think about it. I stayed in their home until dinner. I reminded him to think about consulting a doctor and he said thanks.

After a week, I got a call from him that he was having chest pains. I immediately went to his home and see his condition. Her aunt and I were forced to make him to go to the hospital with us to make sure that he is okay. He agreed and told us to give him a couple of minutes to take a bath and change to clean clothes. I waited with his aunt in their living room and after 30 minutes, Jay got out and told us that he was ready.

Jay, Aunt Lily and I went to the hospital and asked the receptionist if there was an available doctor to attend to him. He told me to wait for an hour as he still has a patient. We got paged and then proceed to the doctor’s office. Jay explained to Dr. Reagan what happened. He wanted to have him to get an x-ray in the laboratory to see his feet’s condition and explore the options from there. He also suggested consulting the on call psychologist free of charge about his condition.

Aunt Lily and I told him that he has nothing to lose so he decided to have a consult after taking an x-ray exam. The psychologist looked like in her early 30s. She wore a lab coat and glasses. She smiled at Jay when we entered the room. He asked Jay the details on why he was referred to her. She concluded that those pains were an anxiety chest pain and told him that he might be prescribed some medications for a week. He also asked him to get a complete blood workup before being prescribe to make sure it won’t do any harm to his system.