The past year has seen an abundance of bike manufacturers entering into the electric bike arena with slick, lightweight and powerful bikes. Despite misconceptions, electric bikes allow commuters to increase their range safely and arrive to the office smelling fresh, while still getting exercise (yes, you still have to pedal an electric bike) and reducing their carbon footprint. They also continually beat cars in commuter races. An efficient electric bike may be just the push one needs to make the decision to give up the car and commute by bike. Electric bikes are also efficient for running errands, towing things (like kids), and for the elderly or for those with physical ailments. It can be difficult to navigate your way through all the options and styles available in an electric bike so we’ve done it for you. By studying forums and sites such as NYCeWheels, A to B Magazine, BikeForums.net, and Electric Bike Report, we’ve come up with a list of the best electric bikes for 2012.
LED Christmas lights have come a long way since they first hit the market. Now you can get just about any shape, size, and color to please the most die hard of holiday decorators. Most agree they are even more brilliant than the traditional incandescent Christmas lights, but perhaps the greatest benefit is that they are up to 90% more efficient. Making the switch will reduce your utility bill and your carbon footprint.Read more
With Memorial Day Weekend right around the corner, it’s time to start looking forward to a little fun in the sun. But if you’ve ever woken up with burning, itchy skin after that sun-filled weekend, you know how important the right SPF can be to prevent skin cancer, premature aging and skin damage that can come along with too many rays.
Sometimes, though, this seems like a bit of a trade-off. Sure, too much sun can be bad. But are the parabens and chemicals laced in your favorite sunscreen better than overexposure from the sun?
Fortunately, a number of responsible companies have taken the time to create sunscreens that don’t make you choose. These companies have taken the harsh chemicals out of their sunblock and replaced them with good-for-your-skin ingredients. Better yet, the Environmental Working Group’s Cosmetics Database provides an incredible resource in the form of a rating system that tells you what’s best and what’s worst when it comes to all the products you use every day.
If your favorite sunscreen is rated a 0, there’s little concern about its ingredients being harmful. If it’s a 10, it’s best to stay away. All of these picks fall on the 0-2 scale, so you can slather up without stressing out!
If you’re looking for a ride to work that shrinks your carbon footprint and your rear end, picking up a commuter bike is a perfect choice. With space to hold your pocket book, briefcase or even your groceries, commuter bikes work as hard as you do. Here is a rundown of the best women’s commuter bikes.
For more great commuter bike’s, check out Justin’s Review of the best commuter bikes.
If you are a smoothie — or margarita — person, you know how important it is to have the best possible blender. You also know how annoying it is when you are trying to fly out the door and weak blades just can’t power through all those frozen strawberries. No matter what your blending needs, you need a machine that is sturdy, well made, reliable and powerful. To find the best blender for you and your kitchen counter, keep reading.
Nothing takes you back to childhood more than hopping on a bike. Now that you’re more interested in a comfortable ride than beating your little brother to the end of the driveway, though, your old 10-speed might not cut it. Fortunately, there are a number of bikes on the market — for less than $500 — that make getting where you’re going more comfortable and stylish than ever.