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Types of Bikes That Might Interest You



When it comes to buying a new bike, there are a lot of different aspects to be considered, which makes the process of decision-making, not all that easy. The thing is, buying a new bike is, first of all, a pretty big investment. And secondly, aside from the money, a bicycle is something that you are probably going to end up spending a lot of time using, so – it’s very important for you to choose one that makes that time as enjoyable as possible.

All of that being said, in this article, we are going to break down some of the most popular types of bikes in order to help you narrow down the search.

6 Types of Bikes That Might Interest You

Road Bikes

Road bikes are pretty self-explanatory, bicycles that are designed for riding on roads and paved surfaces. They are also made to be lightweight and fast-moving with narrow tires that ensure more speed on pavement. They also have multiple gears from which you can choose from, some of the bikes having even up to 18! This variety of gears is a great benefit when it comes to moving more quickly on level surfaces as well as making it easier when you are climbing hills.

It’s getting more and more common for people to opt for road bikes with a small electric motor to supplement the pedals. The thing is, an electric bike is pretty popular with commuters, for the reason that they can get to work faster and with less effort. Another great thing when it comes to electric bikes is the fact that many of them can also run in electric-only mode if you want to catch a breath from all the pedaling.

Mountain Bikes

Mountain bikes are made in such a manner that they can take on even the most rugged off-road terrain that nature can offer. The reason for this is that they are built with aggressive knobby tires that can find grip on almost any surface. They also have powerful brakes that use motorcycle-style discs and are generally heavier, which makes them more stable.

If we are talking about some more expensive models, they often even have suspension at both ends in order for you to have better control over rough ground. The gearing is, naturally, designed to get you up and down steep terrain, which means that it has a wide range to take on the varying gradients.


Now, road bikes and mountain bikes are the two most basic categories regarding the type of terrain. Of course, the terrain isn’t the only aspect that is important when it comes to bikes, so we need to categorize the purpose for which the bike is used in order to have better fitting categories.

Hybrids are, well, hybrids that have some characteristics of mountain bikes and some of the road bikes that are tweaked in a different manner depending on the purpose of the bike.

Fitness Hybrids

A fitness hybrid is a hybrid that is a great option for those who want to put a little more workout into their bike rides. It resembles a road bike more than it resembles a mountain bike since it’s relatively lightweight and doesn’t offer a suspension as good as a mountain bike does.

There are a few important distinctions from a road bike, though, the biggest one being that they have flat handlebars rather than the dropped, curved ones. Also, they provide a more upright riding position than a typical road bike, which ultimately makes them more comfortable to ride. The last thing is the wider tires, which provide more traction if you go off-road.

Sports Hybrids

A sports hybrid is a hybrid bike that’s closer to a regular mountain bike, but it provides a smooth experience if you want to use it on a terrain that’s less rough. They are a bit slower, though, considering that they are heavier than a regular road bike. They offer disc brakes and front suspension to help them stand up to rough scenarios, as well as rugged tires. When it comes to a wide range of gears found on a mountain bike, sports hybrids provide them as well.

Comfort Hybrids

The purpose of comfort hybrids, as the name implies, really isn’t for the speed and going off-road, they’re best suited for casual cyclists who plan to mostly use their bikes for short trips. The most prominent features of these bikes are large, heavily cushioned seats, high, raised handlebars that are easy to control as well as tires that are wider than a road bike’s in order to give you extra cushioning and traction. In the end, it all comes down to you taking time to assess what’s most important to you and if there are some less important things that you can compromise. That being said, think of the major purpose of the bike that you are buying, and start from there. Do your research on different models, read reviews, find out as much as you can, and when you are comfortable with all the information gathered – all that’s left is to make the purchase and enjoy

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What could you order from Ansett Airlines’ inflight bar in the early 1970s?




People have always liked to drink on board flights, especially people from Australia. Therefore, it should be no surprise to anyone that there was an inflight bar offering in the 1970s.

Ansett Airlines were a major player in the Australian domestic market up until their demise in September 2001. For many years, there were two domestic airlines, Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) and Ansett.

Ansett’s Inflight Bar

At the time, Ansett operated Boeing 727s, Douglas DC-9s and Fokker F27 Friendships on domestic routes in the country. Airline tickets were quite expensive, with tariffs agreed upon by both airlines thanks to Australia’s weird two-airline policy at the time.

While tickets were expensive and food complimentary, you still had to pay for a drink at the bar. Here is an inflight bar menu from the era, showing the drinks available and their prices.

Clearly the pricing is astounding by today’s standards – 30 cents for a beer? I’ll have thirty-three please! I like how Australian gin is 35c while the imported gin is just 5c more. Which would you choose?

You can tell it is from another era as you can buy cigarettes on board. These price up at 45c, a far cry from the extortionate prices people in the west pay these days for a smoke!

Overall Thoughts

The on board offering is pretty comprehensive for internal flights, and I imagine you’d be hard pressed not to find something you might like. In those times, all payments would have been by cash as well, which would have meant a lot of coinage being handled on board.

Of course, things haven’t changed too much over the years. On many airlines you pay for your drinks just as they did back in the 1970s. Shame the prices aren’t the same of course!

Did you ever buy drinks on board flights from the inflight bar back in the day? Do you still? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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These Shrimp Leave the Safety of Water and Walk on Land. But Why?




The shrimp stop swimming at dusk and gather near the river’s edge. After sunset, they begin to climb out of the water. Then they march. All night long, the inch-long crustaceans parade along the rocks.

The parading shrimp of northeastern Thailand have inspired legends, dances and even a statue. (Locals also eat them.) During the rainy season, between late August and early October, tourists crowd the riverbanks with flashlights to watch the shrimp walk.

Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp first learned about the parading shrimp, and the hundred thousand or more tourists who come each year to see them, about 20 years ago. When he started studying biology, he returned to the topic. “I realized that we know nothing about this,” he said: What species are they? Why and how do they leave the safety of the water to walk upstream on dry land? Where are they going?

Mr. Hongjamrassilp, a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, decided to answer those questions himself. His findings appeared this month in the Journal of Zoology.

Working with wildlife center staff members, Mr. Hongjamrassilp staked out nine sites along a river in Thailand’s Ubon Ratchathani province. They found shrimp parading at two of the sites — a stretch of rapids, and a low dam.

The videos they recorded revealed that the shrimp paraded from sundown to sunup. They traveled up to 65 feet upstream. Some individual shrimp stayed out of the water for 10 minutes or more.

“I was so surprised,” Mr. Hongjamrassilp said, “because I never thought that a shrimp can walk that long.” Staying in the river’s splash zone may help them keep their gills wet, so they can keep taking in oxygen. He also observed that the shells of the shrimp seem to trap a little water around their gills, like a reverse dive helmet.

DNA analysis from captured shrimp showed that nearly all belonged to the species Macrobrachium dienbienphuense, part of a genus of shrimp that live mostly or fully in freshwater. Many Macrobrachiumspecies spend part of their lives migrating upstream to their preferred habitats.

Most parading shrimp that Mr. Hongjamrassilp captured were young. Observations and lab experiments showed that these shrimp probably leave the water when the flow becomes too strong for them. Larger adult shrimp can handle a stronger current without washing away, so they’re less likely to leave the water.

Walking on land is dangerous for the little shrimp, even under cover of darkness. Predators including frogs, snakes and large spiders lurk nearby, Mr. Hongjamrassilp says. “Literally, they wait to eat them along the river.”

And the shrimp can survive on land for only so long. If the parading crustaceans lose their way, they may dry out and die before they get back to the river. A few times, Mr. Hongjamrassilp came across groups of lost shrimp dead on the rocks, their once-translucent bodies baked pink.

Yet most navigate upstream successfully, and scientists have spotted other freshwater shrimp around the world performing similar feats, scaling dams and even climbing waterfalls.

Leaving the water when the swimming gets tough may have helped these animals spread to new habitats over their evolutionary history, Mr. Hongjamrassilp said. Today, the number of parading shrimp in Thailand seems to be declining. He thinks tourist activity may be a factor, and learning more about the shrimp might help protect them.

The study’s authors made “some really excellent observations,” said Alan Covich, an ecologist at the University of Georgia who was not involved in the research. But understanding why the Ubon Ratchathani shrimp move upstream, and how far they travel, will require more research, he said.

“The most surprising thing to me was that it attracted so many tourists,” Dr. Covich said. He doesn’t know of any other example of people gathering to appreciate a crustacean in quite the same way.

“We have crayfish festivals, we have all kinds of things,” Dr. Covich said, “but generally it’s people eating them, not watching them move.”

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Will Aer Lingus launch transatlantic flights from Manchester?




There are reports that Aer Lingus have applied for 1,500 slots at Manchester Airport for the Summer 2021 season. This will allow the airline to base four aircraft there and service flights to the United States.

At present, there have been no press releases from the airline stating what is going on. Even so, it probably makes sense for the Irish airline to do this in the current market.

Aer Lingus And Manchester

From what is known, there will be three Airbus A321LRs and an A330 based at Manchester. These will operate non-stop services to New York JFK, Boston, Chicago and Orlando, and the season starts on 28 March 2021.

With Thomas Cook having gone out of business, there is likely space for another competitor. New York and Orlando will see competition from Virgin Atlantic, while the other two routes have no airline flying at the moment.

Aer Lingus has been connecting passengers over Dublin very successfully from the UK regions for a while now. Due to this, they will have visibility on traffic patterns, potential yields and more, making this an informed decision.

I imagine they also hope to cream off some of the connecting traffic that routes through London Heathrow on British Airways and Amsterdam on KLM among others. It would prove to be quite successful.

Transatlantic Joint Venture Approval

The US Department of Transport has tentatively given its approval for Aer Lingus to join the oneworld transatlantic joint business. This is operated by American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair.

These airlines coordinate schedules and pricing, share revenues and expenses. For the consumer, it means more choice – those making a booking on British Airways across the Atlantic will also see options on American Airlines on the BA web site as one example.

Theoretically, it would allow people seeking flights on the British Airways web site to automatically be given options to fly non-stop with Aer Lingus, along with the Manchester-London Heathrow-US city connecting itinerary.

Whether Aer Lingus will join the oneworld alliance, even in a oneworld connect capacity remains to be seen. Frequent flyers would welcome it, especially those in Ireland.

Overall Thoughts

No doubt the boffins have been working behind the scenes to see if the business case for transatlantic flights from Manchester stack up. As things have proceeded as far as a slot application, I would guess chances are good that it will go ahead.

Either way, let’s see if this happens and if it does, whether Aer Lingus will stay for the long haul. If they can make more money elsewhere, they’ll up sticks and leave. Regardless, it is an interesting development in European aviation.

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