A Beginners Guide to E-Bikes

Sep 27, 2016

With so many people turning to electric bikes as their personal mode of transportation, the e-bike sector is today among the fastest growing category of the bicycling industry. With less energy, e-riders can get further than they ever could when riding standard bikes and as a result, cycling as a regular form of transport is today a viable option for a variety of people.

Getting started
Although it does not have to be, purchasing an e-bike might be challenging, especially with the availability of a broad range of styles, models, and prices. Let us start with some basics to help you choose and purchase the most suitable e-bike. When selecting an e-bike, it is important to confirm that it is comfortable, will support your riding style as well as its intended use, and looks appealing. For instance:

Electric mountain bikes: As much as the design of mountain bikes is generally for off-road use, a wide range of electric mountain bikes are available today, and they are just as popular with riders for light off-road rides. In addition to tread tires and front suspension forks, electric mountain bikes usually feature comparatively stronger wheels, more durable frames, sportier looks, and a more upright riding position. You can have an excellent all-rounder by simply adding a rear rack and a set of lights.

Electric fat bikes: These types get their name from their wide tires, most of which are 4” wide. The enhanced tire thickness makes riding through the most difficult terrains such as snow, sand, and mountainous routes far much easier. Although the initial intention of designing electric fat bikes was for the Alaskan winter trail, they are quite versatile. Fat e-bikes are a suitable option if you are an adventurous rider yearning for the ability to go through almost any obstacle. Being able to lower the tire pressure ensures a comparatively smoother ride in otherwise rough terrains.

Electric hybrid or urban bikes: Because these bikes are a halfway model between road and mountain bikes, they feature a combination of speed, efficiency, and comfort. The resulting ease of maneuverability makes these bikes probably the best option for most users, especially if the intention is to replace car trips. Electric hybrid bikes are available in a step-over frame model for men and a step-through unisex frame model.

Electric folding bikes: Due to significant technological advancements when it comes to this type of frame, there is a considerable increase in both the popularity and design of electric folding bikes. Commuters, students, and gray nomads traveling in caravans and boats all prefer electric folding bikes. If storage space is an issue, folding e-bikes are the way to go.

Cargo electric bikes: This type of e-bike is quite popular in Europe, probably because the design is intended as a real alternative to using cars. Cargo bikes are much like regular bikes with the added benefits of being comparatively stronger in addition to a longer rear rack designed to adequately fit a whole range of accessories such as seats and crates. These bikes can support up to 120Kgs plus the rider. The Scooteretti website has the available resources if you would like to learn more.

What Can You Expect At The Babytime Show In Toronto?

Jun 21, 2016

Busy parents may find it difficult to keep track of all of the exciting new products and services available. Luckily, you can find everything you need in one place at The Babytime Show in Toronto, Nov. 11-13, 2016. This baby show features exhibits and educational presentations designed to impress a wide variety of visitors.


Even if you have been in the parenting game for awhile, there is always something new to learn. Including important topics such as feeding and safe sleeping, car seat installation and more, the seminars featured are chosen to give the latest information to parents looking to further their education on the topics. This is a great event for grandparents and caregivers to attend as well. Anyone that interacts with children ages birth to preschool will leave with current information about the latest trends and research regarding child development and behavior.


There are an amazing array of products on the market designed to make raising kids a safer, happier, and hopefully easier experience. Vendors of all varieties will be available to chat about their products and give you a sample of what will potentially change your life as a parent. Toys, skincare products, diapering essentials, bathing accessories and more will be on display to test and admire.

Family Friendly

Rarely will you find such a family friendly event. Diapering stations, breastfeeding areas and free admission for children under 12 makes this Babytime Show a can’t miss event. Characters from favorite kids programs may make an appearance and activities such as teddy bear stuffing make the day fun for the kids! Expecting mothers will enjoy the pregnancy massage clinic that is sure to ease pregnancy aches and educate expecting women about the advantages of massage.

Stay Social

Bring a friend to enjoy the show with and double your fun! Also, be sure to stay connected via social media for a change to win great prizes or have your pictures featured. Visit the Social Media Hub at the show to find out more about connecting online.

Time is precious to parents so finding all of the latest products and information in a convenient setting is an amazing accomplishment. The Babytime Show in Toronto is the best time to research the parenting essentials you may have heard about or wished you could ask questions about. Bring the whole family for a fun day of education and experience. There is always something new to learn whether you are expecting your first or fifth child.

Get Answers To These 5 Questions Before Hiring a Roofer

Jun 8, 2016

Before hiring a roofing Toronto company, the homeowner must get answers to these questions. Doing so will save time, money and headaches.

Is there a builder’s lien release in the contract?

When a roofer takes on a job, he will likely be running up a bill from a supplier as he draws material for the job. This arrangement allows the roofing company to secure all the material he needs to complete the job. It’s done this way because the homeowner usually doesn’t pay the roofer first. The roofer gets paid after the job is completed. The supplier also expects to be paid when the job is done.

If the supplier doesn’t get paid, state laws allow him to file a builders’ or mechanics’ lien against the homeowner. This means that the supplier can legally hold the homeowner liable for the material used on the job. This lien is a statuary charge against real property by a supplier who contributed goods for the improvement of that property. The builders’ lien has been around since the time of the Roman Empire, and all courts recognize this legal concept.

To avoid a builders’ lien, homeowners must be certain that a builders’ lien release is written into the contract before the first roofing nail goes in. This release takes the homeowner off the hook by ensuring the supplier is paid.

Are you insured?

Insurance is critical in case a worker gets injured on the job. An injured worker can sue the homeowner for medical expenses and lost wages. Be certain that the roofing contractor carries the correct insurance to cover accidents and mishaps.

Who secures the building permits?

This is normally the job of the roofing company. All the proper building permits must be paid for and certified before the job begins. Failing to do so can result in fines against the homeowner. In addition, the county or city inspector can stop all work until the proper permits are displayed. This can be an incredible hassle if winter or the rainy season is coming on and the work is stopped. This matter of building permits and who must secure them must be clearly stated in the contract.

Are the materials and labor guaranteed?

In most cases, the manufacturer of the roofing material will warranty this material. The warranty might be for 15, 20 or 30 years. The homeowner should also ask for a warranty on labor. The labor warranty will be negotiated between the roofing contractor and the homeowner. This is a good practice in the event of some material failing. Fixing a cracked joist is not within the skill of most homeowners.

How long will the job take?

A start date and an estimated completion date should be in the contract. The homeowner should be aware that the contractor may have several jobs going on simultaneously. If a job at another site is stopped because materials are not available, the roofer may pull the crew off the homeowner’s job to complete a prior commitment when those goods arrive. A completion date will act as incentive that the job will be completed in time.

By getting answers to these questions from a roofing contractor, the homeowner will be assured of a professional job that’s done well, on time and at a competitive price.