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How to Safely Secure Your Load

If you own a pickup truck, one of the rules of the road is knowing how to secure any items you are transporting properly. It is paramount that you practice safe hauling for both you and other motorists. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCS) passed regulations in 2002 that provide instructions on safely securing your load, including making sure that all tie-downs are secured to prevent your load from becoming loose while you are driving. Our guide will help you select the best way to secure your load safely. Rope A rope is an easy way to safely secure your load if you do not have anything else on hand. Be sure to use rope that is in good...

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How to Get Setup for Truck Camping

If you love the outdoors and own a truck, consider utilizing your truck for truck camping. Truck camping allows you to reach more remote locations than an RV or a car with a trailer. Our guide will help you get started on your truck camping adventure.  Plan Your Route Selecting a destination and planning your route is an essential component of any trip, whether you are camping or not. Consider if you want to check out some local campsites or plan an extended trip to a more remote location.  Prepare Your Vehicle Your truck’s inspection should be up-to-date before embarking on any trips. Make sure items such as your headlights and turn signals are in good working order. Be sure...

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The Benefits of Cycling

Cycling is a great way to stay healthy while enjoying the outdoors.  In this article, we will be sharing more about the health benefits of cycling, including building strong leg muscles, strengthening your core, maintaining a healthy weight, and condition management. Anyone Can Cycle Cycling is a great option for if you do not enjoy activities like contact sports, running or are recovering from an injury. You can start out with short, flat routes and gradually increase the intensity and length of your rides. Going Green Biking to work or another destination helps reduce your carbon footprint.  The amount of natural resources and materials that are used to produce one car could be used to produce almost a hundred bikes. ...

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Fun Facts About Cycling

Cycling is an excellent way to get exercise while enjoying the great outdoors. Even if you are a seasoned cyclist, you may not be aware of some fun (or even obscure!) facts about cycling.   A Brief History of the Bicycle The first design for the bicycle originated in France, with the current design coming out of England. Blacksmiths, or cartwrights, were responsible for the initial design. A Scottish blacksmith named Kirkpatrick Macmillan invented the first rear-wheel powered design. The first device resembling a bike was designed by Karl von Drais in Germany in 1817. The first commercially sold bicycle was called the “Boneshaker” and was purchased in Paris in 1868. John Boyd Dunlop was responsible for the invention of...

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Cycling Training Plans

Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned pro, you can find a cycling plan that fits your abilities. Here we highlight training plans ranging from a beginner skill level up to competitive racing.     Beginning Cycling Training Plans As a beginning cycler, you will want to start off with a basic plan to build up your strength and get used to the bike. A beginning plan typically will include exercise sessions off the bike to build up overall muscle strength, including core workouts and cross training.  Workouts will start out at a lower intensity working up to higher intensity as you become more aerobically fit.  Looking for a starting point?  Check out this “Cycling training plan for...

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