Cycling safety tips

The first rule of cycling safety is to find where the brakes are before mounting. I learned that lesson the hard way. In brief, I backpedalled to stop on a gently descending slope, panicked when nothing happened, and realised that the bike only had manual …

Entertain with fog and haze

Do you want to throw a party that everyone will talk about for years to come? Consider adding a special ingredient: fog or haze. In combination with some good lighting, the effects produced are simply amazing. Until recently, artificial fog was reserved …

Buying car parts online

This blog post, written by journalist Paul Collings for aBr Magazine, is reproduced here with the kind permission of Litage Publishing. South African consumers are a cautious lot on the whole and have been relatively slow to adopt online shopping as a …

Driving tips: Hand position

Picture this: A driver is holding his phone to his ear with his right hand; he has a take-away cup of coffee in his left hand; and is steering the vehicle with his elbows… I am sure you would not want to be anywhere near such a driver! (I know I …

Survival guide

You might be thinking: a survival guide for what? Let's just say you are out on a hike or adventure in the wilderness and your luck runs out. You find yourself stranded and lost in the middle of nowhere... Do you know what to do next? This blog post will …

Comrades Marathon 2018

On a fine and mild to warm Tuesday in 1921, outside the Pietermaritzburg City Hall, 34 runners began what was to become the largest ultra marathon in the world. Mention the word “Comrades” to any runner to see human emotion in its most raw form. From …

The right exercise for the right muscle: Abs

Everywhere I go people want washboard abs. Male or female, if you take a look at your standard action hero or model they have abs. Abs, abs, abs. It would be awesome if exercise alone could lead to a washboard stomach, but diet is the key for building a …

The right exercise for the right muscle: Arms

Suns out! Guns out! Nothing says "Badass mofo" like huge arms. Bulging biceps are a requirement for heroes in bad novels, and large arms impart the idea that a person can hurt you... badly. Indeed, arm development is one of the chief aims for gym rats. …

The right exercise for the right muscle: Chest

Ever met a gym bro? They are surprisingly simple to identify; How much you bench? is the classic gym-bro giveaway. And the answer reveals a lot about a lifter in general, including strength level and training history. The bench press is also an excellent …

The right exercise for the right muscle: Legs

Blessed is he that skippeth not the day of legs. - Random Internet Personality. Leg day. If there is a day feared by gym-goers, it is this day. A man cannot hide from the squat rack, and the deadlift threatens to expose you for the puny weakling you …