Thursday, July 30, 2015

Differences Between a Guided and Self Tour

When you are trying to decide between joining a guided bicycle tour and heading out on a solo trip, there are substantial differences that you should take into consideration. The first major difference is who will be providing gear. On a guided tour, the gear is usually supplied along with all the necessary equipment. There is also a vehicle that will follow along with the tour that will carry all of the luggage of the riders. On a solo trek, however, you will be responsible for having all of the gear and equipment and will also need to carry your own luggage and supplies. This means you will need to look into a cargo rack, panniers, and a trunk bag.

On a guided tour, repairs tools are brought along in the SAG (support and gear) van, meaning you don’t have to pack any yourself. In contrast, on a self-supported ride you not only need to have the tools, but will need to know how to do side-of-the-road fixes on your own. Guided tours also take care of food, drinks, and lodging throughout the trek, leaving you to focus solely on the road. As a solo rider you will need to plan ahead in this area to ensure you are adequately fed, hydrated, and have a place to rest at the day’s end. Learn more about guided and self-supported bicycle tours at the following infographic.
Psyched for Cycling: Preparing for a Bike Tour | Bicycle Adventures Infographic
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Crime Prevention in 2015: Home Improvements to Keep You Safe

Due to the instability of today’s economy, a lot of criminals are looking for ways to make some quick cash. If homeowners are not careful, their own residence could become a target. Here are five home improvements that will help residents to stay safe.

Motion-Activated Floodlights
Installing a set of motion-activated floodlights is a great way to deter burglars. As soon as someone approaches the home, the flood lights will immediately shine down on them. Fortunately, motion-sensitive floodlights are very energy-efficient. However, homeowners are urged to install the floodlights as close to the roofline as possible. This will prevent thieves from tampering with them.

Solid Exterior Doors
A powerful intruder can easily kick down a flimsy door. This is the reason why security experts urge homeowners to invest in high-strength doors. A solid wood or reinforced steel door will provide a high level of protection. After a few attempts of trying to force their way through the door, most burglars will begin to get frustrated.

Alarm System
Modern home alarm systems are no longer outrageously expensive. Today’s burglars are getting very crafty, so an alarm system has become a must-have necessity. Some of the top-of-the-line systems are also available with HD security cameras. This means that homeowners can keep an eye on their property at all times. A good security system will certainly give residents an extra peace of mind.

Digital Light Timer
In order to confuse burglars, homeowners must get creative. By installing a digital light timer, thieves will think twice before trying to burglarize the home. The interior lights can actually be programmed to cycle on an off throughout the night. A digital timer is especially useful for the residents who are often on the road.

Window Tint
Not only does window tint enhance a home’s efficiency, but it also helps to conceal the interior. After the tint has been installed, homeowners will have a lot more privacy. Residents can freely open their curtains without any concerns.

All five of these home improvements are designed to enhance safety. Whether they are in the bed sleeping or on the couch watching an action-packed movie, residents should be able to feel secure in their own home.

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