Sports Equipment

Whether you are a biker, a hiker or like to kayak in white water, you may be amazed at the variety sports equipment available today.

Remember that old ten-speed bike you used to ride? You will find that bike almost qualifies as an antique today. The engineering and manufacturing of bicycles has led to bikes specialized for the riding you want to do. Some years ago when you bought a bike you wanted a street bike, a dirt bike or a ten-speed. The choice of bikes today is much broader:

You may choose a road bike or recumbent bicycle, a mountain bike or a utility bike to carry items when you shop. If you choose a performance or racing bike you will have more gears than you may know what to do with and the same is true of the newly popular touring bike designed for comfort on long rides.

If you played pick up basketball games in your youth you may remember the only way to have a basketball court at your house was to find a place to mount a heavy backboard. Today you can buy a free standing basketball goal that is sturdy and portable. By filling the base with sand or water the portable goal provides a fixed and study goal and backboard.

Any parent with a son or daughter playing little league baseball has noticed the wide variation in bats at sports equipment stores. No longer are kids happy with a good old wooden bat – now they need carefully balanced aluminum or alloy bats scaled to their size. Parents will also notice the prices have scale upward quite a bit, too, for these childhood staples.

For cricket, advances in materials development have led to lightweight portable cages and to leg guards and other pads that are more effective, easier to don and provide better protection than ever. Cricket shoes utilize mesh and synthetic leather and often use a gel component to provide comfort and light weight. Gloves are more protective yet easier to wear and are often given very sporty names such as the Kookaburra Angry Beast Batting Glove.

Perhaps the most enjoyed advance in sporting equipment are the goals, golf enclosures and net systems that are now produced from newer, lightweight materials. It is no longer necessary to travel to a sports field to practice a goal maneuver as these inexpensive products can be set up on your lawn and removed easily for storage. These are not the high profile sport equipment products that are featured in commercials on television but hobby sports enthusiasts often point to these new net systems as one of the most useful pieces of sports equipment they have purchased.

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