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:
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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.

helmetBefore 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.

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Understanding Shoulder Pain

Have you ever tried biking while your shoulder is in pain? Isn’t it uncomfortable and disturbing? I have tried this at one time and I had to stop frequently to stretch out. And as I got more tired, it seemed that the pain was also increasing. I know of other bikers who suffer from shoulder pain after several hours of long drive or practice. Understanding shoulder pain can help bikers and other people deal with this problem and possibly avoid it as much as possible.

Shoulder pain refers to any pain around the shoulder joint. It could be a pain in left shoulder or in right shoulder or a pain between shoulder blades, you can read more from the experts at Each of our shoulders has four tendons called the rotator cuff which is responsible for a wide range of shoulder movements. Any damage, inflammation, swelling or bone changes in the rotator cuff would cause shoulder pain. Aside from that, there are also underlying conditions that may cause shoulder pain, including arthritis, bone spurs, bursitis, broken shoulder bone, shoulder bone dislocation, or separation and frozen shoulder. Any injury or overuse of the nearby tendons like the arms’ bicep muscles may also cause shoulder pain. Sometimes, the pain in the shoulder may also be due to problems in other parts of the body such as the neck.

A less serious shoulder pain can be remedied at home. One common remedy is the application of ice pack on the shoulder for fifteen minutes three to four times every day for three days. Resting can also help alleviate the pain. You should avoid doing activities that are highly demanding on your shoulders to encourage fast healing. And when your shoulders feel better, do not return to your normal routine immediately, especially if those activities were the cause of your shoulder pain. If you bike, don’t bike long distances immediately. It would be good to slowly return to your regular routine so as not to stress out your shoulders.

While shoulder pain is not generally a very serious problem, there are cases when the pain can be a sign of an impending heart attack. This is especially true if the pain comes out suddenly for no reason. The crushing and sudden pain normally affects the shoulder and it runs to your chest to the left jaw or neck or arm. Also, aside from the pain, you may experience dizziness, sweating or shortness of breath. When these symptoms occur, it is best to call 911 or any emergency health care service for immediate medical attention.

However, there are cases when you don’t have to call 911 but have to see your doctor at the soonest time possible. These are cases of shoulder pain where the pain also comes with swelling, redness or bluish skin color around the affected are, fever, where the pain causes your shoulder to be immobile, or where your condition does not improve and the pain remains after more than two weeks of home treatment.

What is relieving about shoulder pain is that it can be prevented with stretching and exercises that can strengthen the rotator cuff. That is why if you are a biker like me, I highly recommend doing these exercises to avoid shoulder pain before going on a long ride.

What is Scalp Folliculitis?

Have you ever experienced having scalp problems like scabs on scalp, dandruff and others? I used to have a serious problem with dandruff before and it has caused me discomfort because of the itchiness associated with it. Sometimes, it has caused me to lose concentration while biking. But I am fortunate enough because dandruff and even scalp scabs are a less serious problem compared to scalp folliculitis. I know of one fellow biker who had this problem and it was totally ugly.

scalp folliculitis

Folliculitis is like pimples because it causes bumps on the skin. But it is an infection affecting the hair follicles. It may affect other parts of the body but is most common in the head, thighs and groin.

There are several factors that can cause this condition which includes bacteria, fungus and yeast. You may also have folliculitis if your follicles are damaged. Wearing clothes that irritate the follicles as well as shaving may also cause it. For boys, folliculitis is commonly caused by follicles becoming irritated or blocked by oils or gel. A person is also more likely to get folliculitis if he or she frequently uses the swimming pool, whirlpool or hut tub, or wears tight clothing. If you are using steroid creams or antibiotics for a long time, you are also more prone to having it.

Folliculitis can be easily managed if treated early while it has not yet spread. It usually heals in about two weeks. What you could do is to apply warm compress containing a small amount of vinegar to stop the itching and promote healing. There are also especially formulated shampoos designed for folliculitis.

But you cannot treat folliculitis unless you know you have it. Symptoms to look for include red bumps with hair growing in the center of each bump. The bumps may have pus and can be itchy. When these bumps are broken, blood, pus or both may drain from them. There is also hot tub folliculitis which commonly appears after 72 hours of using a spa or hot tub.

Generally, you don’t have to seek medical attention for mild folliculitis. However, if the itchiness or pain does not go away after several days or weeks, or if it has spread to other follicles, you may have to consult your doctor for proper treatment. You should also see your doctor if you are already experiencing fever and if the infected area becomes swollen, red, warm and painful. Your doctor may recommend using antifungal pills or antibiotics to get rid of it. In severe cases, laser treatment may be your best option. Laser treatment will destroy your hair follicles so they will no longer be infected.

While folliculitis can be treated, prevention is better than cure. Preventive measures include bathing everyday using mild soap, avoiding the use of oil or gel on the head, and avoiding sharing of towels and other personal items.

If you are into BMX biking and are suffering from any scalp problem, I would recommend solving your scalp problem first so that you will not lose concentration by the pain, itchiness or discomfort caused by your scalp problem.

Important Facts You Should Know about Bunny Pets

Although bunnies are not as common as a pet cat or dog among bikers, I know of some who own a bunny or a pair of bunnies. I have learned that bunnies are great pets because they are not very difficult and expensive to maintain and care for as long as you take time to understand their needs.

Here are some quick bunny facts to help you care for your pet:

  1. The safest place for pet bunnies is indoors.

Rabbit owners ought to know that rabbits or bunnies raised as pets should be kept indoors. They are different from the wild ones as they cannot tolerate extreme temperatures. They are also at risk of predators outdoors. The sight of other wild animals can easily cause them stress and they can easily suffer from a heart attack and die of fear.

  1. You need safety precautions if you decide to let them roam inside your home.

If you decide to let your pet roam inside your house, you should make your house rabbit-safe. These animals like to chew on things so make sure that all electrical cords are covered and out of reach. Keep all your floor-mounted cabinets locked to avoid access. Also keep poisonous and toxic materials out of reach including cleaning supplies and insecticides. Some common plants such as Calla lily, aloe, Lily of the Valley, azalea, and philodendron are also poisonous to them.

  1. If kept in a cage, they need a lot of room for stretching.

If you decide to keep your rabbit in a cage, make it at least five times its size to allow space for exercise and stretching. The cage should also be layered with cardboards and other materials because wire floorings are hard on their feet. Inside the cage, your rabbit also needs a quiet space for hiding and resting. Placing a cardboard box inside the cage can achieve this purpose. Additionally, if kept in the cage, you should let your rabbit out of the cage for a few hours a day for exercise, playing and exploring.

  1. Rabbits need a balanced diet.

Many health problems among rabbits are caused by feeding them with foods that are incompatible with their digestive system. A basic rabbit diet should be composed of hay, leafy dark green vegetables and fruits such as apples, papaya, bananas, pears, plums, melons and others. Foods to avoid feeding to rabbits include tomatoes, iceberg lettuce, cabbage, beans, peas, corn, potatoes, onions, beets, rhubarb, seeds and grains among others. If you are not sure whether a certain food is okay with your rabbit or not, you could ask your veterinarian for advice. Moreover, there are also rabbit pellets available in the market, but they should only be given in small quantities alongside vegetables and fruits. Your rabbit should always have a fresh supply of clean water.

  1. Handle rabbits with care.

Rabbits are very fragile and they can break their own spines if they are struggling. That is why you should handle your pet with special care if you have to carry it.

Now that you know these tips, it will then be easier for you to take care of a rabbit as your pet. There is a wide range of breeds that you could choose from and one of the most popular is the lionhead bunnies. Be sure to keep these five tips in mind when caring for your rabbit.

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.

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.

Natural Remedies for Bronchitis

When biking, it is important to consider where you are biking. Many people prefer to bike in places with less traffic and pollution. And that is a good decision compared to biking in a city area where you are in danger of getting hit by vehicles or of developing sicknesses caused by pollution. One of the serious health problems that you can develop if you frequently bike within the city is bronchitis. This disease is caused by exposure to certain pollutants that may be present in the polluted city air. That is one of the reasons why I prefer to bike in parks or natural environments where I can also breathe in fresh air.

Many people are confused about bronchitis vs pneumonia because they share many similar symptoms. But the latter is a more serious condition, especially if you are elderly. Bronchitis, on the other hand, can be treated with several home remedies.

Bronchitis remedies are directed toward thinning the phlegm in the chest so that you could easily cough it out. Here are some of the effective remedies you may try:


The most effective approach to thin the phlegm is by way of breathing in steam. You can do it by taking a hot shower, soaking it in a hot tub, or simply inhaling the steam coming from a basin of hot water. To make it even more effective, you could add several drops of eucalyptus which has antibacterial properties that also help in softening the mucus that is obstructing your airways. You could also add pine oil as it acts as an expectorant which is helpful in keeping the phlegm moving from the bronchial tubes.


Water is also effective in helping you cough out the phlegm easily. Drink at least eight glasses of water every day. Also, avoid drinking caffeinated and alcoholic beverages which can dehydrate your system and make it tougher for the mucus to dislodge.

Cayenne and chili peppers

Spicy foods containing cayenne or chili peppers can also help out in thinning the mucus, allowing you to have a more productive cough.

Mullein tea

Mullein is a traditional remedy for respiratory problems. It contains saponins and gelatinous mucilage which can soothe your mucus membrane. You could boil two teaspoons of dried mullein and then steep for around 10 minutes before straining the leaves and drinking the tea.

While trying these home remedies, avoid drinking milk because milk contains lactalbumin which can stimulate mucus production. Aside from home remedies, there are also supplements that can help alleviate the symptoms of bronchitis. This includes N-acetyl cysteine and R-lipoic acid.

Prevention is better than cure or remedies. Aside from frequent or prolonged exposure to polluted air, you are also at risk of bronchitis if you smoke. Don’t smoke if you do not want bronchitis and other respiratory problems. This is the same advice I tell my friends because I notice that respiratory problems are becoming more common as the person gets older. Overall, don’t smoke and bike in the city.

Surviving Allergy as a Family

yeast allergyMy 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