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We up-cycle vintage bicycle frames to promote sustainability and a clean environment while encouraging a healthier lifestyle. Shop for a selection of bikes or create your custom made look by visiting us on Charicycles.com. Proudly made in Dubai, UAE.

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A blog for everything cycling in the UAE. From Tutorials to information, any question you have we've got it covered.

5 MAJOR HEALTH BENEFITS TO CYCLING

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It's no secret that one of the oldest innovations of our time is also a hidden secret to the wellness of our mind, body and soul! Here are our top 5 handpicked reasons why riding a bicycle today will aid in a much healthier future. 

STRENGTHEN YOUR HEART

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Our dear hearts can endure so much, from heartbreak to clogged arteries, but being kind to them has statistically proven to give us stronger and longer living hearts. Did you know that cycling  20 minutes a day can reduce the risk of dying from a heart-related disease by half? And considering over 30% of annual deaths are due to cardiovascular diseases, we'd say those 20 minutes are a huge investment in your well-being. In fact, a study conducted by the Purdue University, United States concluded that regular cycling can cut your risk of heart disease by 50% and reduce your high blood pressure significantly. 

LOWERS THE CHANCES OF DEVELOPING CANCER

Cycling to work not only makes you a more peaceful and pleasant soul to work with but a recent study in the BMJ found that compared to a non-active commute, riding a bicycle to work was associated with a 45% lower risk of cancer. 

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LIVE LONGER

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According to one study of Tour de France riders from the past, cycling increased their longevity by 17% and in another study, it was estimated that 3 to 14 months could be gained on an individual's lifespan by replacing their car commutes with a bicycle.

GET SMART BY INCREASING BRAIN POWER

Who would have thought that there are ways to become magically smarter, just from the simple pleasures of a bike ride. Researchers from the University of Illinois found that a 5% improvement in cardio-respiratory fitness from cycling led to an improvement of up to 15% in mental tests. Cycling helps build new brain cells in the hippocampus — the region responsible for memory, which in turn makes you smarter and sharper.

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SLEEP BETTER

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With our fast paced lives, our minds are constantly working, sometimes in the late hours of the night where we can't shut off. Insomnia is a real pain, and apparently cycling for just 20-30 minutes a day could be the solution according to researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine. Their results had proven to reduce the time required for the insomniacs to fall asleep by half, and sleep time increased by almost an hour every night. The reason mostly stems from the fact that exercising outside exposes us to daylight and that helps get our circadian rhythm back in sync, and also rids our bodies of cortisol, the stress hormone that can prevent deep sleep.

PAYING IT FORWARD, ONE BIKE AT A TIME!

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Building, customizing, and up-cycling bicycles is an art we cherish so much, but the real drive behind what we do sits in the smiles of the children we donate bicycles to every year. 

If you ask any child in a refugee camp: what do you want for your birthday? The answer is almost always: A bicycle! We could all agree that riding a bicycle comes with a sense of endless freedom, childhood, and stimulation, where all your senses are experiencing life in all the right doses. That sense of happiness is what we believe is a necessity and not a luxury, so is education and the right for females and males to get to the schools that are often far away from the camp they live in and are often a gruesome walk on foot when the moody seasonal weather kicks in. That is the main reason we donate one bicycle for every five bicycles we sell.  Giving back to communities by contributing to children's mobility is a lifelong dream. Now, we see it happening every year and it brings our hearts a sense of warmth and hope. Paying it forward is a real concept, it works, it changes lives and every Charicycle you buy contributes to that. 

This video is one of our first donated batches. This year we are planning an impactful program with a bunch of inspiring organizations and we can't wait to tell you all about it... stay tuned.

If you work with an organization or are a person who requires a batch of bicycles to help children gain mobility in a refugee camp, tell us how we can help on hello@charicycles.com.

IDEAL CYCLING POSTURE

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If you're like us, you simply can't get off your bicycle once you get on, we know that long hours of cycling can lead to some back strain. Just like in walking, sitting and running, having the right posture can dramatically improve your performance and help your physique stay upright, strain and pain free. Here are some tips offered by the Canadian Chiropractic Association to be conscious off when you're riding. Let us know which work best for you.

To learn more about how to adjust your own Charicycle to help your cycling posture, visit our tutorials post. 

WHERE TO CYCLE IN DUBAI

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A couple of years ago our options for cycling in Dubai were quite limited, thankfully today that has changed. From newly discovered areas, to hidden gems, we've entered into a world of cycling and we're sharing some of our favourite routes. Join us on our ChariCycles adventure!

With the tram established over a year ago, 2 new cycling paths were created that allow you to get from the Dubai Marina to Media city in no time. Hop on from Al Sufouh tram station and ride down to the media city tram station.

Jumeirah beach road has a cycling route that you can use to connect from the Iranian Hospital to Madinat Jumeirah. It spans approximately 24km, which will take you through Jumeirah St and Street No.7, linking you to Al Mankhool Street. Start on the beach side and make your way down through some of the city’s most beautiful landmarks.

 Jumeirah Road, carries a path that's 25 km long which is a truly scenic route. Don't forget to take your camera, especially if you're planning to catch the sunrise or sunset!

Jumeirah and Satwa are two areas in Dubai that are easily accessible on your bicycle. The hidden little nooks shine light into some of the most magical parts of Dubai.

For an insanely busy, yet amazing experience, check out Diera where the cycling buzz is full of energy. Once there, you will notice that bicycles are more so used as a means of transporting goods and supplies.

The Dubai Creek has an 11km track to use with flexibility of riding around the neighborhood as well. One of our absolute favourite spots is Al Bastakiya that you can reach via creekside, passing through the Dubai Courts. From there you’ll be in Old Dubai where you’ll get to see the abra boats as well as the souks. Continue onto Shindaga where Dubai’s heritage village resides. It is important to note that this is one adventure our Charicycle keeps leading us to all on it’s own.

Home to one of our favourite venues- Ripe Market- Al Barsha Pond Park has a bicycle path that’s 1500km long. A beautiful place to spend your day.

With all these routes to choose from and even more opening in the near future, let’s start exploring the known and the unknown and dive into cycling all over Dubai.

We'll be sharing some of the best cycling groups to join very soon so stay tuned!

You can also download the map my ride app - a cycling app that's available for all phones to plan a full day of cycling with your amazing ChariCycle!

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