Catch our very own Tank on 2UE-954 news talk radio at 5:30pm Sunday.28.March.2010 with Clive Robertson!
Tank will be speaking about cycling and how to choose the right bike for you!
Catch our very own Tank on 2UE-954 news talk radio at 5:30pm Sunday.28.March.2010 with Clive Robertson!
Tank will be speaking about cycling and how to choose the right bike for you!
Lady Gaga Rides A Bicycle and…
After being lucky enough to attend her concert due to a very generous colleague and friend, Lady Gaga actually spoke about, and addressed some of the rumours that have been following her of late.
She said “…as you may have heard…I have a tremendous [rooster]“, although she didn’t use the word rooster.
Anyway, for those that attended the show, we were all treated to an almost broadway play-like atmosphere with around 16 costumer changes, smoke, lights, huge props, and tears.
Opening act ‘Semi-Precious Weapons’ put on a rather interesting show that was a combination of a bit of punk, a bit of Scarface (the movie), and a bit of Mardi Gras. Very fun…and often inappropriate, hahaha. I can still hear Justin Tranter in my mind saying “We are…Semi….Precious….Weapons…and don’t you forget it, you Mother F*&^kers”.
Only down-side of the night were when the 2 hott girls occupying the seats next to us, were removed, and the correct, but non-partying occupants took their place…why god! why!
-Fixie Rider Concert Review
Looking for a carbon road bike? Live near the best road in the world, but don’t have a bike to ride on it? Bike riders from around Australia have become CELL Bike cyclists due to the unbeatable value and performance for the price!
Here are some reviews of the CELL Victor Carbon Road Bike:
CELL Victor 28/02/2010 Vijay Shan: I bought a Cell Victor 2010 just over a month ago and I absolutely love it. Sturdy build, light weight, and awesome reliable componentry. Fantastic value for money and quality.
CELL Victor 13/03/2010 rjb: I bought a victor carbon road bike (shimano 500 wheelset) from you guys about 3 or 4 years ago. when i bought it i was 140kg+ and i have ridden that bike uphill and downdale for 4 years-i live in country nsw and have riden over potholes, cattle grids (downhill @ 50-60km/hr), on dirt roads, sealed roads, rough roads, smooth roads…..other than a yearly service the bike has never needed to be touched. wheels have never needed to be trued and they run straight as a die…Iam now on the low side of 120kg (which is still alot for a carbon frame)…and the cell victor just goes and goes – other riders i know (lightweights) have bought bikes two or three times more expensive and had had hairline cracks, wheels out of true etc etc… I continue to shop at cell because the stuff u sell works…simple really….thanks
More reviews to come!
The Best Road in the World! Is there such a place in Australia? If it is, where? Melbourne? Adelaide? Sydney? If anyone would like to voice their opinion, or would like to elect what they think is the best road in the world for riding bikes, please submit!
If ‘Alice in Wonderland’ were a fixed gear bike, it’d be something that looked really hot, but when you actually rode it, maybe you’d have a few moments of “wow”, followed by a lot of moments of “is this it?”.
As beautiful as a Colnago Pista, but with the Soul of a Hi-Ten Steel $99 Fixie, Alice in Wonderland is a Lady’s Classic Step-Thru bike disguised as an All-Round Sexy Commuter (think Trek Carbon District…SEXY!)
While the movie was ok, with Jack Sparrow, Adrea ‘Andy’ Sachs, and Tyler Durden’s gf giving decent performances, it seemed like this FX driven movie needed a little more ‘heart’. hahaha.
See it with your gf, see it with your daughters, but don’t see it with your guy pals!
-fixed gear mark
While there is no specific best time to buy a bike there are a few times during the year when you can get a great deal and save some money.
The 3 big factors that affect buying time are:
In Australia, many price conscious buyers find the 3 best times to buy a bike are:
In September/October, every year (or very close to) next year’s models come out. Many bike shops clear out their old stock to make room for the latest and greatest bikes. As time passes by, the price of older bikes continue to reduce, but selection also goes down. You may be able to get a very good deal on the previous year’s model in January but you would be very lucky to find one the right size (especially if you are of average height).
While Summer is usually a great time to buy a bike, there is always a HUGE rush leading up to Christmas and a quiet period following Christmas. Depending on the shop and how much of a rush and quiet period they experience, you can usually find a great a deal in an after-Christmas-sale.
Most people tend to buy their bikes in the spring, summer and early autumn. If you are after a great bargain, then the best time to look for a bike is in the middle of winter. This is a low point in sales and most bike shops will give you a good deal so they can make a sale and keep their employees busy until the spring season starts.
Of course there are exceptions to the rule, and we at CELL Bikes definitely strive to give you the best prices year round! As well contantly sell bikes, as well as have bikes coming in, we will always give you the best deal we can, with prices that are often the lowest in the world!
With so many different kinds of tyres and so many types of road bikes, how do you choose?
There are specialized bike tyres for the front, back, wet/dry, winter conditions and tyres that try to do a little bit of everything.
So to say “this road bike tyre is the best” might not be in your best interests. Every road bike rider has different requirements!
Wet weather road bike riders should use a slightly wider tire for better handling and cornering.
For those roadies that ride in the bush, you need kevlar reinforced tires!
The slight increase in weight is a small penalty, compared to fixing 10 punctures on a small stretch of debris riddled road!
Since everyone’s circumstances are different, to say “what is the best road bike tyre” is not feasible!
Consider the types of conditions you’ll be riding in and choose appropriately.
A word of caution, skimping on tires is not a good idea! The best road bike tyres are a very important part of the bike.
A word to the wise, usually you get what you pay for, and paying for a low quality tyre, just to save money is a very bad idea! However paying less for a great tyre is what we do! So don’t confuse the two!
This article was sourced from freshnessmag.com Check out this 80,000 Euro Gold Fixie!
Track bikes or fixed gear bikes have reached a whole new level with these pieces from Aurumania. They specialise in producing products plated in 24 carat gold and in limited numbers for those who appreciate this type of products. The bicycle you see here is the Gold Bike Crystal Edition which is covered with over 600 crystallized Swarovski Elements. Equipped with Brooks brown leather saddle and matching brown leather grips on the drop bar and there are no further specs on the bike’s components, so this piece may look better on a wall, hung with a matching gold plated Bike Rack that is on offer. There are only 10 of these available pricing at 80,000 Euros and orders can be delivered anywhere in the world via: White Glove Service. The bike also comes with no questions asked 10 year guarantee.
More photos after the jump…
This article was sourced from Mercola.com
By Dr. Mercola
Healthy foods not only provide you with life-giving nutrients and fuel for all the organs in your body, they also help you keep an ideal weight. And as study after study proves, and regular readers of this newsletter know, maintaining an optimum weight can add years of healthy vitality to your life.
You are What You Eat
I’m sure you’ve heard that old saying, and it’s as true today as it ever was.
It all boils down to this: if you want to optimize your health, you must return to the basics of healthy food, ideally, chosen specifically for your nutritional type, because it’s all about eating the proper ratios of the right types of food for your personal biochemistry.
There is no way around this simple fact. It may not be as convenient as you would like. It may be more costly in the short term, both in dollars and cents and in the amount of time required to obtain and prepare healthy foods. But make no mistake — there are no short-cuts when it comes to this single most important thing you can do for your health.
In today’s world, the need for speed has taken over our lives. Fast and processed foods are what most working people and families seek out for the sake of convenience and speed.
Then when years of bad food choices take their toll on health, people want to feel better by tomorrow. They want to be at their ideal weight by next week. And as luck would have it, there is an endless supply of drugs and fake foods available promising to do just that.
Unfortunately, nearly all of these “magic pills” and diets can worsen your health even more in the long run.
Ultimately, the simplest and most effective way to achieve good health and a long life is to focus on the nutrition you are putting in your body on a daily basis.
Seven Superfoods That Will Keep You Young
The following seven foods are among the most highly nutritious you can consume.
Keep in mind that to get the most out of them, you must first understand the best foods for your nutritional type. Even the healthiest foods aren’t ideal for everyone, so it’s important to know which foods serve your body best.
1. Whey Protein
You may be wondering why the first food on this list is actually a supplement and not a whole food. Great question. The answer is fascinating, if a bit complex.
Whey has been shown to increase your body’s stores of the antioxidant glutathione, or GSH. Glutathione is known to increase the integrity of telomeres. Telomeres are bundles of DNA found in every cell, and they shorten with age.
Stem Cell Information, The National Institutes of Health resource for stem cell research, Appendix C: Human Embryonic Stem Cells and Human Embryonic Germ Cells, http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/2001report/appendixC.asp
Researchers suspect telomeres shorten due to damage by free radicals. Free radicals play a role in DNA mutations, and there is evidence that mutations in your telomeres can cause larger chunks than normal to be lost during cell division.
Low levels of GSH are always found in people with oxidative stress-related diseases like cancer and AIDS. Further, as glutathione levels drop, these patients get sicker.
In November 2009, I had the privilege of attending a gathering of some of the leading anti-aging biologists and experts in the world. In a discussion I sparked about telomere lengthening, we agreed it is, without question, one of the most exciting methods that holds great promise to actually REVERSE aging.
Much of the research is on proprietary chemicals to lengthen telomeres, but I was surprised to learn that there are studies in progress that show increasing glutathione levels will actually provide similar results.
Glutathione is not a compound you can ingest directly. It is manufactured inside your cells from its precursor amino acids, glycine, glutamate and cystine.
But what is really exciting is that you don’t have to take expensive glutathione supplements. I confirmed with some of the leading scientists there that you can actually increase your levels through dietary manipulation.
And guess what the most potent dietary way to increase your glutathione levels happens to be?
The best way to increase and maintain your GSH levels is to make sure your diet includes foods (such as animal foods and eggs) rich in the sulfur amino acids your cells need to synthesize glutathione.
Whey protein is the easiest and most convenient way to do this. But not just any whey protein will do, it needs to be high quality and very carefully processed from grass fed organic cows to preserve the fragile amino acid precursors. I am so convinced of this research that I take our Miracle Whey protein every morning, typically after my morning exercise program.
2. Raw, Organic Eggs
Eggs are another super food. Research has ended the debate — there is no link between egg consumption and heart disease.
A single egg contains:
- Nine essential amino acids.
- Six grams of the highest quality protein you can put in your body. Proteins are nutrients that are essential to the building, maintenance and repair of your body tissues such as your skin, internal organs and muscles. They are also the major components of your immune system and hormones.
- Lutein and zeaxanthin (for your eyes).
- Choline for your brain, nervous- and cardiovascular systems.
- Naturally occurring vitamin D.
However, it’s critical to understand that not all eggs are created equal. There is a major nutritional difference between TRUE free-range chicken eggs and commercially farmed eggs.
The USDA defines “free-range” chickens as those with “access to the outside.” “Outside,” however, can be a field or a cement courtyard and has nothing to do with what the chickens eat. Commercially farmed hens are fed corn, soy and cottonseed. True free-range chickens eat a natural, nutrient-dense diet of seeds, green plants, insects and worms.
If you have no choice but to buy your eggs at the grocery store, look for free-range organic. Avoid all omega-3 eggs, as they typically come from hens fed poor quality omega-3 fat sources that are already oxidized.
Eat your eggs raw whenever possible. Allergic reactions to eggs are generally caused by the changes that take place in the cooking process. Eating eggs raw also helps preserve many of the highly perishable nutrients they contain.
Avoiding raw egg yolks is conventional nutritional dogma, as raw egg whites contain a glycoprotein called avidin that is very effective at binding biotin, one of the B vitamins. The concern is that this can lead to a biotin deficiency.
The simple solution is to cook the egg whites, as this completely deactivates the avidin. The problem is that this also impairs the structure of nearly every other protein in the egg. While you will still obtain nutritional benefits from consuming cooked eggs, from a nutritional perspective it would seem far better to consume them uncooked.
What is important to realize is that there is plenty of biotin in the egg yolk. Egg yolks have one of the highest concentrations of biotin found in nature. So it is likely that you will not have a biotin deficiency if you consume the whole raw egg, yolk and white.
It is also clear, however, that if you only consume raw egg whites, you are nearly guaranteed to develop a biotin deficiency unless you take a biotin supplement.
So to be clear, my advice is that you can safely eat WHOLE raw eggs, from a healthy fresh source. I eat four whole raw eggs each morning with my breakfast. I would strongly advise against eating raw egg whites alone. They simply need to be consumed with the yolks.
3. Leafy Greens
Like eggs, leafy greens such as spinach, kale, turnip greens, collard greens, and romaine lettuce, are great sources of lutein and zeaxanthin. Studies have shown eating foods rich in these antioxidants can significantly reduce your risk of AMD (age-related macular degeneration), as well as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Leafy greens like spinach and kale are also packed with cancer-fighting antioxidants like beta carotene, vitamin C, and sulforaphane.
Spinach provides folate, which research shows can dramatically improve your short-term memory. Eating folate rich foods may lower your risk for heart disease and cancer by slowing down wear and tear on your DNA.
Spinach has a very high ORAC score. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, which is a measurement of a food’s ability to destroy the free radicals that cause damage in your body. The higher the ORAC score, the better a food is for you.
Naturally grown fresh vegetables are also rich in sun stored energy in the form of minute particles of light called biophotons.
Sunlight is vital to life, and you can actually absorb this sun energy through the food you eat, in addition to absorbing it through your skin.
Every living organism emits biophotons or low-level luminescence. The higher the level of light energy a cell emits, the greater the potential for transfer of that energy to the individual who absorbs it. This light energy manifests as a feeling of well-being and vitality.
Research shows that, in addition to the chemical composition of our food, light energy (biophotons) is also a key factor in its quality. The more biophotons a food is able to store, the more nutritious it is.
Some leafy greens like collard and salad greens and spinach, contain vitamin K1, which is linked to good vascular health , including fewer varicose veins.
Vitamin K1, a fat-soluble vitamin, is also vital for:
- Blood clotting
- Strong bones
- Prevention of heart disease
- Prevention of Alzheimer’s disease
- Regulation of your insulin and blood sugar levels
- Treatment of certain cancers, including lung and liver cancer
It is important to realize, though, that the vitamin K in vegetables is vitamin K1. Fermented foods like natto and cheeses also have vitamin K2, which provides even more potent benefits for your bones and reduces the risk of calcification of your arteries.
Whenever possible, buy organic greens. Organic produce has been shown to have higher nutrient-content than conventional fresh produce. On average, conventional produce has only 83 percent of the nutrients of organic produce.
Broccoli is another dark green, antioxidant rich vegetable in the cruciferous family, with near miraculous powers of healing and disease prevention.
Broccoli contains the highest amount of isothiocyanates, a cancer-fighting compound, of all the crunchy vegetables.
Isothiocynates work by turning on cancer-fighting genes and turning off others that feed the disease.
Other vegetables containing isothiocyanate include:
- brussel sprouts
Research shows eating cruciferous vegetables can significantly reduce your risk of breast, bladder, lung and prostate cancer.
You don’t need to eat large amounts of these veggies to take advantage of their health benefits, either. Studies have shown men who eat more than one portion of cruciferous vegetables a week are at lower risk of prostate cancer.
One serving of broccoli is about two spears, so just 10 spears a week can make a difference in your health.
Blueberries not only taste delicious, they are powerhouses of nutrition, ranking at the very top of the list of fresh fruits and vegetables. They are full of antioxidants which help your body neutralize free radicals, molecules that can harm brain cells and brain function.
A study published by Tufts University showed that anthocyanins in blueberries (the pigments that give them their deep color), appear to combat oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is one of the main causes of aging.
Anthocyanins also aid your brain in the production of dopamine, a chemical that is critical to coordination, memory function, and your mood.
Blueberries, especially grown wild, can give an enormous boost to your health. They can help:
- Reduce your cancer risk
- Reduce cholesterol levels
- Prevent heart disease and stroke
- Protect you from Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases
- Reverse short term memory loss and prevent brain aging
- Relieve symptoms of arthritis
- Fight infection and support your immune system
- Improve urinary tract health
- Improve your vision and the health of your eyes
Blueberries are low in sugar, but it’s still best to eat them in moderation to keep your insulin levels from spiking. And as with all fruits and vegetables, try to buy organic.
Other varieties of berries also have powerful healing and disease-prevention properties. Examples:
Chlorella, a single-celled fresh water algae plant, is often referred to as a near-perfect food.
Its range of health benefits is astounding and includes:
- Boosting your immune system
- Improving your digestion, especially if constipation is a problem
- Enhancing your ability to focus and concentrate
- Increasing your energy levels
- Balancing your body’s pH
- Normalizing your blood sugar and blood pressure
- Reducing your cancer risk
- Even freshening your breath
But arguably the most important property of chlorella is its ability to help rid your body of heavy metal toxins.
Most people are being harmed in some way by heavy metals in their body. If you’ve received a vaccine, had silver fillings in your teeth, or eaten fish, it’s highly likely you have some level of metal poisoning which is compromising your health.
Chlorella plays a particularly crucial role in systemic mercury elimination because the majority of mercury is rid through your stool. Once the mercury burden is lowered from your intestines, mercury from other body tissues will more readily migrate into the intestines — where chlorella will work to remove it.
Again, as with any supplement, different brands of chlorella will vary widely with regard to overall quality, potency and purity, so make sure you purchase from a reputable source.
7. Garlic, the “Stinking Rose”
The component of garlic, allicin, which causes the familiar strong smell and flavor, is actually an extremely effective antioxidant. As allicin digests in your body it produces sulfenic acid, a compound that reacts faster with dangerous free radicals than any other known compound.
Garlic is also a triple threat against infections due to its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. It is effective at killing antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including MRSA, as well as fighting yeast infections, viruses and parasites.
Garlic helps relax and enlarge the blood vessels in your body, improving blood flow, especially to your heart. This can help prevent conditions like high blood pressure and life-threatening events such as a heart attack or stroke. Garlic also inhibits the formation of plaques in your arteries, and prevents cholesterol from becoming oxidized, a condition that may contribute to heart disease.
Both garlic and onions can increase your protection against at least five forms of the deadliest types of cancer: breast, colon, ovarian, prostate and esophageal.
It also appears that allicin may be useful as a cancer treatment. When alliinase and alliin (the two components that covert to allicin) were injected into a tumor cell, the reaction not only penetrated the cell but also killed it.
In addition to all those benefits, research also indicates garlic may be useful for controlling weight.
Garlic cloves must be crushed or chopped in order to stimulate the process that converts alliin into the beneficial allicin. Once the garlic is cut, the active compound loses potency rapidly and can disappear completely within about an hour of chopping.
The best way to eat garlic is to take a whole, fresh clove, chop it, smash it or press it, wait a few minutes for the conversion to occur, and then eat it. If you use jarred, powdered, or dried garlic, you won’t get all the benefits fresh garlic has to offer.
It is important to know though that a number of people are allergic to garlic. If you are one of them you should definitely avoid garlic. Actually that is true for any food in this article. It might be the healthiest food in the world, but if your body gives you a signal to avoid it, then it is typically best to honor your body’s wisdom.
The Most Important Way to Slow Aging
Do you know what the number one way to slow aging in your body is? If you’re like most people, you don’t.
Most people don’t understand the importance of optimizing their insulin levels, as insulin is without a doubt THE major accelerant of aging. Fortunately, you can go a long way toward keeping your insulin levels healthy by reducing or eliminating grains and sugars from your diet.
This one crucial step, combined with nutritional typing and the inclusion of nature’s anti-aging miracle foods in your diet, can dramatically improve your health and longevity.
It is also crucial to include a comprehensive exercise program as that is another lifestyle choice that will radically improve the sensitivity of your insulin receptors and help to optimize your insulin levels.
 Harvard School of Public Health, The Nutrition Source, Fats and Cholesterol: Out with the Bad, In with the Good
 Tufts University e-news, Researchers At Tufts University Report Blueberries May Reverse Memory Loss
 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, A new gaseous signaling molecule emerges: Cardioprotective role of hydrogen sulfide, 11/08/07
I love a sunburnt country, a land of sweeping plains… Dorothea MacKellar’s 1906 musings remain true for many Australians, but will we take advantage of the unique resources of this wide, brown land to lead us into a clean energy future?
As the Climate Institute of Australia points out, Australia is blessed with huge renewable resources including wind, sun, wave and biomass. But the Australian clean energy industry has been effectively killed off: ironically because the industry has so successfully responded to a good Government policy — the MRET scheme (Mandatory Renewable Energy Target).
In 2005 there was a 229% growth in commissioned clean energy projects compared of 2004. The 2010 MRET target for renewables has been met. The consequence is that there is no incentive for continued growth and investment. Under current policy, the renewables industry is firing not hiring, going offshore and abandoning future investments.
The stalling of MRET has resulted in the loss of AU$13 billion of further investment in wind energy for Australia. Renewable energy company Roaring Forties, part of Hydro Tasmania, recently announced that AU$750 million of wind investments would be stalled due to the Australian Government’s failure to increase its renewable energy target beyond the current level. This investment cliff did not come as a surprise but was foreseen some years ago.
Renewable energy in Australia has been penalized by its own success, and could have doubled in size for less than $15 per household per year. The proportion of energy that Australia generates from renewables is in decline, in contrast to global trends.