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How To Tackle Helmet Hair

Good hair day is always gonna bright up a girl’s mood!

We are never gonna compromise on our hairstyle, safety and a beautiful day without sweat and the only thing that could bring us a huge challenge while achieving all of these is a HELMET!

Yes! No matter which part of the world we live in, there’s always gonna be sweat when we put that helmet on and our hair gets worse after the ride. And the sweaty hair which can increase the bacteria number – a perfect recipe for dandruff and hair loss!!

It’s gonna be okay if we are heading back home but what if we are going out? One of the girl’s worst nightmares is having a just woke up hairstyle before going to shopping/college/workplace or even a hangout.

Make sure you follow some checkpoints before you start your day with a ride to make it a beautiful one.

Hair Care

Wet hair + sweat is the worst combination ever. So plan and start your day to make it a happier one till the end. Condition your hair properly so that it won’t get frizzy when you hit the roads.

Choosing a Helmet

Choose a helmet which is washable and has small air ducts inside the cushions. It will help to keep up the air flow and also can be washed as it gets dried easily. Get a helmet liner to prevent bacteria from sweat entering the helmet.

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Hair style

A good hairstyle can be spoiled in seconds with a helmet on! So choose a helmet friendly hairstyle.

For girls who get more sweat, use an appropriate hair style like braids, Boho head wrap, scarf or even a handkerchief to tuck up your hair before you put your helmet on.

Minimal Accessories

Go minimal with your hair and ear accessories. Just carry the heavy ear rings or those cute hair clips with you and put them on after the ride.

Always maintain a comb, a face wash and a cream with SPF in a small pouch, these will keep you going. Later, find some space where you can get ready in minutes for an important day after the ride.

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Don’t forget to embrace your messy hair after you pull back that helmet, the ride is always worth it!

Your hair is your crowning glory…own it…love it…Enjoy it!

-Random Pinterest quote

But, what about the days when you just cannot wear a helmet cos’ you gotta keep up that good hairstyle (which is impossible with a helmet)… Like the day you decided to go to an awesome party? Well, ditch the bike & take a cab. Happy motoring!

Bike Driving Tips For Beginners

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DRIVING TIPS FOR A NEW BIKER

Bikes have become very common these days and even school going kids are found driving across the streets, racing their way from one street to another at greater speeds. Driving a bike has become a common phenomenon; but on the other hand, the new models that trend the automobile world everyday with various specifications, drive quality and appearance, create a difficulty from the driver’s point of view.

Getting accustomed to the new vehicle is not an easy task even for veteran, experienced drivers and bikers. The handling takes time to get used to and it is normal for many people to stumble and stutter while driving in the city traffic. So here are a few things that every driver needs to look upon before starting driving.

Gear shift:

This a common difficulty faced by even the most experienced drivers across the roads. The method of gear shift changes accordingly with the variation in the capacities of the engine. Most of the bikes today are incorporated with five gear transmission. The difficulty can very well be understood when one drives a Splendor for some time, followed by a Pulsar or a Gixxer.

This might look like a trivial issue that can be sorted out, but without adequate practice and diligence, it might very well be a serious issue. Imagine increasing a gear by mistake near a signal when you actually want to stop your vehicle. You would not want to do that. So, at least during the initial stages of driving a new vehicle, do not plug in your headphones or indulge in any practice that would divert your concentration.

Ignition Switch:

This would come in handy most of the time at signals. It is a common scene to notice people who try to start their vehicle by keeping the key in the off position. This red switch comes as a welcome note to avoid all these last minute tensions. Make sure to switch it on immediately after turning it to the off position so as to avoid the embarrassment of hearing swear words from the urging motorists.

Braking:

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Bike Driving Tips For Beginners – Don’t use the disc brakes for normal braking!

Disc brakes might look fancy while driving a new vehicle, but they have a lot of risk factors associated with them. The disc brakes usually press the wheel rims tighter than the usual drum brakes do, thereby forcing the vehicle to come to a stop comparatively earlier. This would mean that a vehicle going on a slight turn (or even straight terrains, sometimes) would go down skidding all across the road, thereby resulting in injuries to the driver as well as the bike.

So, do not use the disc brakes for normal braking. Unless a mad dog or an innocent toddler crosses the road suddenly, you wouldn’t want to get yourself injured by disc braking.

Keep track of the fuel limits:

This is particularly a point worth noting down for those who had been driving a comfort bike and have switched to sports type recently. The numeric quantities that relate to the mileage would not strike the mind immediately and you might end up forgetting to fill the tank for a sports bike that gives only 35 kilometers per liter, while planning for a long trip.

Handling and driving:

The new bike might seem a bit rigid to drive, mainly not because of the physical appearance of it (that might well be a reason, too; the bikes tend to become ergonomic as days go by), but because of the inexperience of driver in handling that particular vehicle. This would not be much of a problem after a fortnight or for the maximum period of a month, after which the vehicle becomes quite smoother and the driver an expert.

Rear view mirrors:

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Bike Driving Tips For Beginners – It is always advisable to keep the rear view mirrors to avoid checking for vehicles by turning your head .

It has become a common practice to remove the mirrors so as to make the bike look more stylish. But this is risky enough for one cannot keep turning from one side to another, and from front to back just to check if vehicles are coming from different directions. So it is always advisable to keep the rear view mirrors fit to the dome in order to avoid mishaps and unexpected happenings.

Neutral gears:

With most of the five-gear bikes, where the first gear requires the pedal to be pressed forward, while for the others, it is on the backward direction, the drivers mostly tend to park the vehicle in the first or second gears mostly. While this is not a great problem as long as the clutch is handled while starting it back to life, there are chances the vehicle might misfire. Moreover, the transmission system is designed in such a way that each gear can transmit only a range of speeds (that is, revolutions per minute) and hence for zero speed (when the vehicle is in halt), it is always insisted to keep the vehicle in the gear neutral position.

Turning and maneuvering:

Most of the current bikes (read sports bikes) in the market have the drive axle (the handle bar and the accessories connected to it), which form an independent assembly. This makes it difficult to take a turn with a smaller radius of curvature. So, make sure you do not attempt to take a U-turn suddenly, or it might result in skidding or fall of the bike. It is required to take a comparatively greater radius of turn for an effective maneuverability.

High beam lights:

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Bike Driving Tips For Beginners – Use high beams lights only if it is necessary.

Make sure you use high beams only during emergency because it would affect the visibility of another person who drives in the opposite direction. When some other bike’s high beams tend to affect your visibility, it is necessary to adjust to the normal vision by parking the vehicle and blinking your eyes at a rapid rate for 15 seconds. This is not required always, but constant exposure to high beams might make one’s eyes watery and the driver might not be able to focus well on the road.

Helmets:

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Bike Driving Tips For Beginners – Always wear HELMETS while driving.

The helmets might also play a vital role in the handling of your vehicle. Don’t discount tight helmets in the context that they are spoiling your comfort in driving. Any helmet with minimal space near the cheeks is always good for driving. Make sure you also get a helmet with sweat absorption material at the inner top layer, so that the luxury of driving does not get lost.

 

Driving may seem to be fun, and it is, only when the adequate precautionary measures are well in place. Bon Voyage !

Bike Maintenance Before And During Monsoon Season

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Bike maintenance during monsoon season

The Southernmost state of India has this unpredictable monsoon changes. Be it the regular rainy days at the ending months of the calendar. Or the sudden climatic changes due to the winds originating from Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean, the coastal regions have always been prey to the effects of the rains. As heavy property damages form the crux of the aftereffects of the monsoon, let us see how one important property of every household (other than the smartphones and televisions :P) – bikes and mopeds – can be protected.

Tyre pressures:

During and after rainy days, the streets are usually water-clogged, which means the tyres go deep down into the surface of water. It is a known fact that being submerged or partially submerged in water would increase the weight of a component. So, it is advised that the tyres should be pressurized only at a level slightly lower than the optimum, prescribed limit.

Full-on pressures would make the tyres subject themselves to more pressure while being under water, and a sharp stone or a glass piece would mean detrimental to their life.

Spark plug:

Spark plugs are located near the engine compartment of the vehicle. Spark plug is the accessory that ignites the engine initially thereby providing the starting torque. But prolonged exposure to watery roads would mean that the spark plugs also get cluttered with water droplets, eventually making them not function properly.

When there are increased chances of the engine being cooled down, spark plugs need to be taken care of effectively. This would come in handy during monsoon periods.

Starting troubles:

Since most (or all) of the vehicles that are rolled out today are equipped with the self-start facility by default innately, drivers tend to use them whenever the vehicle needs to be started from the off condition.

In reality, self-starter facility takes in a lot of energy than kick-start. It drains a lot of energy from the battery. During rainy days, it might not work as efficiently as the kick start because kick start delivers in more power and heat than this sophisticated method. Due to the moisture content and the other water-related contaminants being present inside the engine and the components surrounding it, more power will be required to produce the heat that would ignite the engine. So, always use kick starter during rains.

Tyre conditions:

Tyre pressure check is not only the single prerequisite that is to be done during rains. Due to the slippery roads, these wheels on motion do not get the gripping property as normally as that during the normal sunny hours. Moreover, constant exposure to water might make the rubber soften a bit and the constant friction with the roads might be lost.

Some parts of the tyre might also get worn out to such an extent that the outermost visible layer of the tyre would come out when rubbed with hands. When the layers get coming out one by one, the relative strength of the tyres with respect to the contact with roads get diminished gradually, thereby increasing the chances of skidding and sliding multifold.

So, it is mandatory to perform this simple test to see if the tyre is in an operable condition. Just hold your index finger and middle finger on the surface of the tyre with full strength and slide through the surface of the tyre. If there is even a slightest piece of tyre that comes out with the fingers, the tyre cannot be used to drive in watery roads.

Alternately, this test can also be performed with sharp fingernails. You can use a substitute temporarily and then use this one back after the monsoons are over.

Do not stress out the electronic accessories:

It is not a good practice to keep honking horns continuously or using the indicator blinkers every now and then, because they take a toll on the battery. If the battery is even slightly exposed to water at its terminals, this prolonged usage would imply that they are spending lots of energy, which might make them malfunction.

Use electronic components only during dire situations. For example, do not use indicators and horns at the same time. A hand signal would suffice if the road is not brimming with traffic.

Displays:

Penetration of water into the speedometer and odometer displays is one of the most commonly encountered problems in the rainy days. This hardship is majorly faced only when the vehicle is kept at a standstill for a long period of time at a rainy place (not that the problem does not occur while driving in rains at all, it is just a minor share). This is because while in motion, the air that blows around the vehicle tends to dissipate most of the water particles away from any particular place; this is not possible in case of static stationing.

The air that blows around a stationary body is always lesser in speed (due to the fixed frame of reference), than that around the moving object. This difference could particularly be felt while travelling in a direction opposite to that of the direction of the wind flow.

So, the water droplets that stay near the display meters tend to go into them, thereby making them inactive.

Fuel tanks:

Necessarily, do not fill up the tanks to the full during rains. A lot of water gets mixed up with the fuel and you do not want to dilute the fuel and make it futile and unfit. Moreover, the display meters may not work properly, making it all the more difficult.

So it is a welcome note to keep track of the daily distance versus fuel notification. A comparison with the regular mileage would indicate when the tank needs to refilled, and it also serves as a monitor of how much deviation the fuel undergoes during rains.

 

These are only some precautionary and preliminary measures in case of an emergency. It is better to consult with a credible service center or a mechanic to avoid serious and fatal problems to the vehicle as well as the driver.