The Silverback Starke

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At Little Sport we are very proud to stock the Silverback bike range. Silverback pride themselves in producing bikes that have style and use cutting edge modern technology. On their website they say, “Ideas and unique concepts are born from the imagination and determination and lateral transfer of thinking out of the geographical diversity of our design team.” Wow, sounds good.

The Silverback Starke below is the new Silverback bike we are stocking in Little Sport.

Mini Micro Scooters—The Concept Behind the Craze

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For many people across the country, mini micro scooters have revolutionised how they get to work or school, with the zippy aluminium scooters now a firm favourite with everyone from toddlers to stockbrokers.

Like so many other inventions, the idea for the mini micro scooters according to the inventor, was born out of “necessity”. Or so he claims. In the early 1990s, Wim Ouboter, a 30-year-old Swiss banker, found the distance from his home in Zurich to his favourite fast-food stand too far to walk. However, it was also too short a distance to merit the hassle of getting his car or bicycle out of the garage. It was, according to Ouboter, “a micro-distance”.

As children in Switzerland, Ouboter had loved being out and about with his family. However, Ouboter’s sister had a disability which meant that one of her legs was substantially shorter than the other. She couldn’t ride a bicycle properly, but was great on her scooter, so their parents encouraged both children to play more with scooters than with bikes.

Later, to get to his fast-food place, Ouboter was inspired to construct a simple scooter in his garage from basic materials and some wheels scavenged from a pair of inline skates. While his wife praised the idea, his initial prototype drew laughter on the streets of Zurich. He decided to modify his initial design to make it foldable, allowing him to stow it in a rucksack. Several prototypes later, and the micro-scooter was ready for production. And cool.

Ouboter outsourced production to China to reduce production costs, and the product quickly became a hit with commuters in Japan, with the rest of the world soon joining the trend. Indeed, the aluminium scooters became something of a symbol of the Dot.com boom of the late 1990s, selling millions of units. The fate of the scooter business took a similar path to many Dot.com companies in subsequent years, however, and a rash of cheap knock-offs from China almost spelled the end for the micro-scooter. Sales have since stabilised, and enthusiasts all over the world have made the scooters a feature of skate parks too.

The company went on to flourish again by improving quality and introducing new products, including three-wheeled scooters called mini micro-scooters, which can be fitted with raised seats and o-shaped handlebars to allow toddlers to scoot along. The mini-micro scooters can also grow with the child through a change of handlebars. Other developments included collaboration with luggage manufacturer Samsonite to produce the ‘Micro Luggage’ or suitcase micro-scooter, and even a kit-carrier for the Swiss army.

Today the company produces stunt scooters beloved by the young and not-so-young across the world, with a loyal body of enthusiasts. The three-wheeled kickboard scooter is also available, either with T-bar handlebars or a so-called ‘joy-stick’ steering pole for those looking for more stability. A wide range of accessories and equipment rounds out the micro-scooter portfolio, while spare parts and service also play an important part in the business. Indeed, the scooters are screwed and bolted together, ensuring that owners can repair the scooters themselves.

Trek Road Bikes

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In Little Sport we stock the range of Trek road bikes.

Trek are famous for their mountain bikes and accessories but they also have a very good range of road bikes.

The main thing that allows Trek to stand out from other bike producers is quality, that’s why they are one of the leading brands.

In Little Sport we have a wide selection of styles, colours, designs of Trek bikes to suit all needs. Not to mention loads of other brands.

Choosing a Trek Road Bike

Below are a few pointers on what are the main differences between a road bike, touring, mountain and hybrid bikes.

Features

  • Very lightweight frame, wheels and components.
  • A drop (curled) handlebar, though some have a flat bar like a mountain bike.
  • Narrow wheels and tires.
  • A composite (carbon fiber) front fork.
  • No front or rear suspension.
  • Men’s and women’s styles and a wide range of sizes.
  • Function

Intended for fitness enthusiasts, event riders and competitive riders.
Designed for paved surfaces (roads, bike paths); not recommended for rough or unpaved surfaces.
Allows riders to go farther and faster than most other types of bikes.
Suitable for vehicle-supported multiday touring, though they’re usually not designed to carry heavy loads.

Ironman Workouts

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In recent years more and more Irish people are becoming more fitness aware. For some just being fit is not enough. They push themselves even further and participate in Ironman competitions.

Through out Ireland all year round there are Ironman competitions and in Little Sport we help tog them out with some of the gear they need for their race, especially the bike section. It is a huge achievement to participate in these races, and an even bigger achievement to complete them so we are happy to be involved in a small way.

Iron man work outs. This time Chris Lieto focuses on the bike session, check this out for some simple tips and advice.

Ironman Workouts - Part 2

 

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