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Mountain Bike Buying Guide

Going off-road cycling can be a bit intimidating when you’re used to smooth paved roads, but mountain biking is popular in nature because its unpredictability. It is an exhilarating extreme sport that is characterized by high speeds, high risks and challenging terrain. It’s where adventure-seekers enjoy testing their limits both physically and mentally as they navigate over rocks, climb over bumpy and uneven hills and descend down mountainous areas that nature puts before them.

If you’re considering taking the sport up, rest assured mountain bikes can handle rugged conditions and can be ridden virtually anywhere. Because of the variety of choices in mountain bikes, it’s important to know what kind of terrain you’ll likely be facing to choose the right bike for you. You should also set a budget, know the basic components that make it work and do a little research into the performance and durability before you set out on your off-roading adventure.

Which Mountain Bike is Best?

History of Mountain Biking
While the first known “off-road” cycling took place just before the 1900s when Buffalo Soldiers rode modified bikes to see how it would fair in mountainous terrain from Missoula, Montana to Yellowstone and back, mountain biking gained traction in the 1970s when a new bike that had fatter tires, rapid-shift gears, drum brakes and ground-breaking suspension was created. The sport took off in California and quickly made its way across the country and around the world.
Today, it’s a widely popular sport that has a number of trails catered to it. Most are built in an upright position to allow riders better navigation, have some kind of suspension and heavy-duty wheels and larger, knobby tires to handle rough and bumpy terrains. They also tend to have more powerful brakes and have multiple speeds to facilitate easy uphill climb or rapid descent.

Types of Mountain bikes
With so many bikes to choose from, the choice can be daunting. Here are a few of the most common ones to consider.

Cross Country (XC) Mountain Bikes
Cross Country bikes are the most common type of mountain bike. They are versatile and light and are usually ridden on courses and trails that consist of a mix of rough forest paths. Most also offer a choice between hardtail and full suspension.

The hardtail mountain bike has suspension only in the front fork and is designed for racing or recreational riding. Without shocks in the back, the bike transfers pedaling power to the rear wheel more efficiently and can result in better acceleration and make it easier to sustain higher speeds over a long period time, especially on smoother terrain. It’s also less expensive than the alternative.

Full suspension mountain bikes have shocks in both the front and the back and are arguably more comfortable and enjoyable. It also offers more bike control when the terrain is more rough and uneven.

All Mountain Bikes
All mountain bikes are similar to cross country bikes, but are about 25 to 35 pounds heavier. They’re meant to be ridden uphill and downhill, but have more suspension in the front and back to handle more difficult obstacles.

Down Hill (DH) Mountain Bikes
Just as the name describes, this mountain bike is used to go downhill and quickly. They’re heavy and usually hauled to a high elevation point to make the descend. Rarely would you ever climb in this bike.

Freeride Mountain Bikes
These bikes are built for jumping and technical stunts and are lighter and easier to maneuver than down hill bikes. They’re usually ridden on steep mountains with drops, cliffs, rocks and other difficult terrain.

Single Speed Mountain Bikes
Single speed mountain bikes have only one gear and are designed for more skilled and fit riders. They can be more cost efficient, are lower in maintenance and are lighter and quieter than other mountain bikes.

Dirt Jump (DJ) Mountain Bikes
These bikes are smaller and more maneuverable so they can be ridden over mounds of dirt or soil to become airborne. They’re also built with sturdier material such as steel to handle crashes and bails when riders do tricks and stunts.

Setting a budget

With so many bikes to choose from, setting a budget is paramount to narrow your search. Prices vary so much that staying within your price range will help you focus on what you want and what you can afford.

Do your research

Product reviews can help you narrow your search even further to bikes that perform well and are reliable. Once you have a few bikes in the price range you want, look up the product and make sure it’s suitable for your needs. If you’re unsure, seek professional advice as well.

Gear and equipment

When it comes to the extreme sport, it’s crucial to practice safety first. At the bare minimum, purchase a helmet that will protect you against impact should you take a spill. A hard-shell helmet is probably the most suitable for mountain biking. They are made of thick, high-density plastic and lined with foam. The outer shell protects your head from penetrating objects like tree branches. Gloves will also help protect your hands from cuts and scrapes. Try getting gloves with thick padding that can absorb impact.

Staying Safe & Ethical When Searching for a New Pet

Spring is always a popular time for adding new pets to the family. How can you ensure that the process goes smoothly?

One of the most important things to remember when shopping for a pet online is to make sure to meet the animal in person before making any commitments. This includes inspecting the conditions that the animal has been raised in, and meeting the animals parents. Ask the owner or breeder to visit them at their home to see these conditions. Reputable breeders should have no issue showing off their kennels and where the animals reside. If there are more than 3 dog breeds being raised in the same location, be aware that it may be a puppy mill, and the animal may not be in the best of health (and you may be supporting an unethical breeding operation). If you do suspect that this is the case, alert your local SPCA or humane society.

Be aware of Canadian laws, and the laws of your province and municipality when it comes to pet ownership. Selling or buying exotic animals, such as monkeys, many types of turtles, or tiger cubs is illegal and could land you in serious trouble. Similarly, selling or buying native species to keep as pets is prohibited – so as cute as that raccoon, skunk, or squirrel may be, leave them in their natural habitat!

staying safe while searching for a pet on Kijiji

To avoid scams…

Never send or wire money to sellers (or anyone), no matter how good the deal sounds or how adorable that puppy is! Reputable breeders and rescue organizations won’t ask you to wire money – this is a common hallmark of a fraud attempt.

If you are posting a “Wanted” ad describing the type of pet you are looking for and sharing your phone number, familiarize yourself with SMS scams and reply scams. These are a favorite target of scammers.

Be wary of any pet ad with photos that appear generic. Fraud attempts often use images from Google. If you aren’t sure, ask for more photos of the animal you are interested in.

Remember, Kijiji is only intended for local, face to face transactions. If the animal is not living at a local address, make sure you are willing to go inspect the conditions, meet the animal, and transport your new pet back home. Transactions that involve shipping open up the likelihood of fraud.

Certain types of animals are much more common in fraud attempts. If you come across low priced English Bulldogs, Yorkies, Maltese, Chihuahuas, or Huskies, keep your guard up as these breeds are a favorite target. Fraud involving cats is less common, but Bengals and Sphynx cats are used in scams. Exotic animals and birds are also used by fraudsters, with African Grey Parrots, Macaws, and Cockatoos being the most common.

Remember, you can browse pet ads posted by shelters on Kijiji – don’t forget about the animals in your area waiting for their forever home when searching for a new pet.

Pick your ride: Choosing the right Bicycle for your Lifestyle

If you’re considering taking up cycling, you’re taking a step in the right direction. Not only will it boost your fitness level, but it will also make you feel stronger, healthier and live greener. It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors and reduce the impact you have on the environment. The biggest task you’ll face is finding the right bike for you. The choices are plenty when it comes to the selection and variation of bikes so it all depends on what your personal preference and the type of riding you’ll likely be doing.

Here are a few of the most common ones you should consider.

Which Bike is Right for Me?

Cruiser
If you picture yourself picking up flowers from the nearby market and heading to a nearby beach, the cruiser is probably your best fit. They typically have baskets in the front or the back, a strong steal frame, upright seating and the balloon tires make them a no-fuss, easy ride.

Road bike
Road bikes come in varying sizes, but are all light with thin tires and dropped or flat handlebars. They are good for travelling at high speeds on paved roads and are associated with triathlons or day trips along the countryside roads.

Touring bike
Just as its name describes, touring bikes are meant to go the distance. With a sturdy frame, multiple mounting point and dropped handlebars, it’s great for carrying cargo and has multiple gears to help a rider face a variety of terrains. These bikes are great for commuting to and from work. Touring bikes are also great for weekend trips or longer ones if you’re feeling adventurous.

Mountain bike
Created for off-road cycling, mountain bikes are popular because they can be ridden anywhere in an upright position. They have suspension absorb shock, heavy-duty wheels and larger, knobby tires to handle rough and bumpy terrains. They also have more powerful brakes and have multiple speeds to facility easy uphill climb or rapid descent.

Hybrid bike
A blend of road and mountain bikes, the hybrid is probably a step up from a cruiser. With an upright position, it’s meant for a leisure cycle along a waterfront path or even for commuting. Quicker than a cruiser, but not as fast as a road or touring bike, hybrids offer a comfortable and stable ride. They also light and usually have mounts for water bottles and other items.

Recumbent
Think of a stationary exercise bike that can move and you basically have the recumbent bike. The rider is placed in a reclined position, which allows for a more comfortable and stable ride because weight is evenly distributed. It’s great for allowing a rider to sit back and enjoy the scenery a little more, but can be more difficult to ride when travelling uphill.

E-bikes
Electric bikes are a bit more pricey, but are great for commuters who don’t want to arrive at work drenched in sweat. They come with a motor that can go up to 500W and can travel speeds up to 25 to 35 km/h. Be sure to check your province’s rules and regulations around electric power assisted bicycles because they vary.

Sizing: Choosing the right fit
Once you’ve narrowed the search on what type of bike you’d like, you should choose the right size frame for your body. This will ensure that your bike handles the way it’s meant to and in turn make it more comfortable and fun for you to ride. Different types of bikes have different sizing charts so you’ll need to know your height and your leg inseam (from your crotch to your foot) when consulting with them. You’ll also need your stand-over height, which is the distance from your crotch and the cross bar. As a general rule you should have one to two inches of clearance on road bikes and two to four inches on mountain bikes.

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How much information should you give about your company when posting a job ad?

How can you drive the most applicants with relevant skills to your job ad? By proving as much relevant information on your company and the open position as possible! Many employers hesitate before divulging the name and specific details of a company on a job posting – but they shouldn’t! Now Hiring: Must Have a Clue

Creating a vague job ad has multiple drawbacks, including that they may deter the more qualified candidates, who are skeptical of a posting without identifying information, while creating more work for your recruiters or hiring managers. In the market of today, unemployment is unfortunately fairly high across most industries, which generally results in more resumes and applications for each posted open position than in the past. The more specific you can be about the job opening and the company, the more likely the resumes you receive will be tailored to the position you are attempting to fill. Job postings without many details are more likely to invite loads of mass applications from job seekers playing the “numbers game” with their resume. The time of your human resources department is much better spent looking through resumes of those who have already decided that your company is worth applying to than it is looking through piles of resumes from those who may or may not be qualified, and who may or may not actually want to work for you in particular.

What should you share about your company culture in a job ad?

Beyond saving time through having a more targeted pile of resumes to screen, your company will save time once it comes to the interviews if the job ad is in depth and specific. If all applicants have a clear idea about what company they applied for, the onus is on them to do further research and educate themselves about the organization and the open position. If the nature of the company has been left a mystery until the last moment, the interviewer will have to spend time in every interview giving background about the organization. If all the company info was clear from the get-go, the interviews can skip strait to getting to know every applicant on a personal level, and hearing their informed thoughts on why they would be a good fit.

Divulged the company name, now thinking about posting the salary? Better off leaving that to the interview. Publicizing the salary can make employees in similar positions feel uncomfortable. If the posted salary is higher than what you are paying, you run the risk of making current employees feel disgruntled. If it is lower than what they started at, it might appear that they are being replaced by lower paid workers. Even if the salary is the same, it might lead to current employees feeling uncomfortable that their salary is being publicized. In addition, posting salaries makes it easy for your competitors to uppercut to win contested candidates in specialized fields. People at other companies do pay attention, and recruiters will increase what they are offering if trying to recruit for a similar position.

Can’t reveal the company name? Confidential searches are common, but be sure to at the very least specify the industry and give some information about the company culture. Be up front about the fact that it is a confidential search, as applicants will understand that there was a good reason for not sharing details.

Would you apply to a job ad that doesn’t list any details about the hiring company?

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Employer Branding To Improve the Quality of Applicants on Your Job Posting

“Employer branding” refers to the image of your company being an attractive place to work. Working on building a strong employer brand is one of the hottest trends in recruiting.

Having a strong employer brand builds value for your company because it functions as a way to attract high quality candidates who are a good cultural fit, while also serving as a filtration system for those who are not. The more developed your employer brand is, the more you attract the right talent, especially those who may not be actively looking for work. Candidates who are already be employed may happen across a job posting and be lured in by the culture of a workplace and fascination with the product and projects. The people within, and perception of a company are often a huge reason why applicants are interested in one company over another.

Employer brands don’t build themselves – you and your company have to proactively showcase what makes your company a wonderful and unique place to do business. Emphasize all the great perks and benefits that your company gives employees; go beyond the standard health benefits and advancement points to really stand out. If your office has stylish interior design, is easy to commute to, offers flexibility to work from home, or has on site child care, be sure to emphasize these points.

Building your employer brand should not start with job postings. If your company is active on social media, be sure to include some aspects of company life. If you provide free snacks, have a company happy hour, or great staff parties, be sure to share snippets, and empower your employees to share aspects of this culture on their own social channels to leverage their networks as well as that of your company.

Expressing your employer brand through a job posting should be a theme throughout the listing, not just a point in the job description. Try to keep the company culture in mind when you write your job postings – for instance, if you are a fun, lax company, express that through a casual conversational style of writing, exclamation marks, or first person statements. If you have a more corporate vibe, be sure that this is reflected in the language you use.

Attract the right fit for your team by building a strong employer brand

The way you promote your company brand will depend on what type of image you want to project, but a good way is to use short lists as they are simple to make, catch people’s eyes, and keep their attention. Some lists you might consider adding to your posting:

  • the top 5 things that makes the company awesome
  • the top 3 things that you don’t want in candidates
  • 4 qualities that a successful applicant will have
  • 5 things that the company will never do
  • 3 reasons employees love their jobs
  • If you can succinctly express some important aspects of the company culture, likes, and dislikes in your job posting, you are well on your way to building an employer brand.

    Have you used your Kijiji job postings to build your employer brand? How did it change the applications you received? Let us know in the comments!

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