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By Linda Carter
An electric bike calls for the same care as a manual bicycle during the winter, with the additional consideration that electric bikes for adults have batteries that are sensitive to fluctuations in temperature. The following electric bike storage and maintenance guidelines will preserve the condition of a men’s or women’s electric bicycle throughout the cold season and prepare for the first ride of the spring.
Store Your eBike Indoors
Indoor air tends to be drier and warmer than outdoor air during the winter. For this reason, it is a good idea to store electric bikes and electric tricycles for adults inside your home when you are not riding, particularly in bad weather.
When you take your bike out, disconnect the battery to bring inside and use a portable cover or bike tent to protect the frame. Make sure that terminals are dry and free of snow when you reconnect the battery to resume riding.
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A clean, dry bike and batteries can be safely stored in any climate-controlled indoor area. For prolonged storage, bike care experts recommend removing the front steering headset post and bottom bracket, depending on the location of the motor.
Clean and Lubricate Components
As soon as you arrive home after a winter ride, it is a good idea to wipe down your bike. Rinsing road salt off of the chain and sprocket can prevent corrosion that would otherwise necessitate premature replacement of these parts.
The best way to clean the chain and rear tire cassette of a bicycle are to use a bucket of very warm water containing diluted mild degreaser, such as dishwashing liquid. A scrub brush can get stubborn dirt and debris out of links that would otherwise cause premature wear.
Most experts recommend using wet lubricant during winter, as it cleans and penetrates into parts better than dry lubricant in cold conditions. It is also a good idea to apply a treatment to prevent rust at the start of the season and every few days of riding in wintery weather.
Sustain eBike Battery Life
During any season in which you regularly ride an electric bike, it is important to cycle batteries. Start by riding on a charged battery and use either pedal-assist or full-electric power until the battery is drained before recharging. Batteries perform best around room temperature or between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you plan to store an ebike, charge the batteries at least once every 40 days and maintain a 60% charge level for optimal operational life. As lithium-ion batteries may pose some fire risk, you may want to keep batteries in fire-resistant bags in a room that stays around room temperature.
Seasonal electric bike maintenance is essential, whether you ride an ebike during the winter and only take breaks during severe weather or store your bike and batteries until the spring. Proper storage and maintenance will ensure that an electric bike stays ready to ride. If you plan to ride in cold weather, it is important to warm the battery and account for the reduced range in freezing temperatures. (IANS)
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By Ayesha Billimoria
Being shut indoors for days without any great movement can be quite frustrating and often demotivating.
As the world comes to terms with the global pandemic, we are quite lucky to still connect with people virtually and motivate them to do things. For me training indoors or outdoors has never been an issue. Although I am a huge outdoor training person, nothing stops me from still doing what I love doing. Training.
So, I’ve prepared a leg work out which can be done in a small square or in your living room which will keep you fit and strong no matter what. If you are a runner – even better. These exercises target your primary running muscles and improve your stability.
Exercise 1: Lunges
Description: Remember, lunges can sometimes do more harm to your knees than good if done wrong. Watching your posture and alignment is the key for any exercise especially lunges and squats.
Muscles it works: Thigh & gluteus muscles
How to do it: Begin by keeping your upper body straight, with your shoulders sitting just above and in line with your hips and chin up (pick a point to stare at in front of you so you don’t keep looking down) Step forward (in flexion) or backward (in extension) with one leg.
Lower your hips until both knees are bent at about a 90-degree angle. Make sure your front knee is directly above your ankle, not pushed out too far or over-shadowing your toes.
The back knee need not touch the floor but stay close to the ground rather than staying high. Keep the weight in your heels with the front leg and stay there for about 30 secs to feel the lactic burn in those thighs & gluteus muscles.
As you push back up to the starting position take a few seconds break and switch legs.
Reps: 3 sets of 30 secs hold on each leg.
Exercise 2: Single leg balance with toe touches
Description: One of the primary exercises for any runner is a single leg balance. Running is a single leg activity, hence; to strengthen your unilateral movement is key. Keep at it everyday to build your confidence.
Muscles it works: Gluteus muscles
How to do it: Begin by keeping both your feet hip width apart. Slowly raise your right leg off the ground and up in a 90 degrees angle.
The standing leg knee should be soft and not locked. At no point should your knees be locked in this exercise. Hold the balance for about 1 to 2 mins to start waking up the gluteus muscles and once you feel confident, slowly reach forward with your right hand to touch the toe of your (left) standing leg as you simultaneously push the right leg back into the air in a full extension. If you cannot touch your toes, don’t panic.
Reps: 3 sets with 10 toes touches on each side
Exercise 3: Kneel to squat
Description: Kneel to squat are a glute activation and strengthening exercise. Their purpose is to teach and strengthen that powerful hip extension is what you need on squats and deadlifts. They are similar to ‘hip thrusts’ and excellent for women who are looking to work on their buttocks.
Muscles it works: Buttock muscles
How to do it: Start in a tall kneeling position with knees as wide as hips. Hinge from your hips and Sit on your heels. Raise yourself up again and bring your right knee forward then left knee forward and hold a squat with chest up, knees bent at 90 degrees and feet hip width apart.
Reps: 15 reps of 3 sets
Exercise 4: Squat Jack
Description: Squat jacks very similar to jumping jacks (but in a squat position) are meant to fire up those quads and glutes and can be called a great calorie-burning powerhouse.
Muscles it works: Quad and gluteus muscles
How to do it: Begin, by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and slightly turned out, in a deep squat. Put your arms in a namaste position with elbows bent and close to your chest. Jump up explosively, bringing your feet together and clapping your hands above your head. Then jump with your feet apart, land with control, and lower your body back into the sumo squat position with hands up to complete one rep. This is also cardiovascular along with strength.
Reps: 15 reps of 3 sets
Ayesha Billimoria, Brand Ambassador, Under Armour India, is a three-time national champion (2001-2003) in 200 metres. She has represented the state of Maharashtra for 17 consecutive years, and has held several national and state titles, along with being named the ‘Fastest Girl in India’ in her teens. (IANS)
It’s a known fact that sunscreen saves your skin from the adverse effects of UV rays. Applying it while stepping out of your house is a must, but you need to do it while staying indoors as well, say experts.
Technology and harmful radiations from devices have barged into our living and sleeping spaces in a big way.
“The increasing digital dependency has exposed our skin to the most harmful blue rays. Though consumers are well versed with the precautionary measures to protect themselves from the UVA rays, they are unaware about the damaging effects blue light has on their skin, and the possible protection available,” dermatologist Rashmi Sharma said in a statement.
Clearly, you need to take both an indoor and outdoor approach that provides protection to the skin.
“Ensure using blue light shields on your digital devices to limit the effect, use sunscreen even when you are indoors,” she suggested.
Dharma Rajput, research and development expert, Organic Harvest, said it’s advisable to look out for sunscreen with ingredients such as Kaolin clay and aloe vera that remove impurities and give 24/7 protection to your skin.
“Use a full tablespoon of organic sunscreen with protection from UVA and UVB rays on your face and reapply every two to three hours even when you are indoors,” said Rajput. (IANS)