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Best Gifts for Fitness Lovers 2015

Ah, the holidays. While the holiday season is the time to relax and enjoy your friends and family, more often than not it turns into quite the opposite – a hectic time, with piling bills and too many friends to shop for!

If you have a health or fitness fanatic in your life, we have some solutions to end your present panic (pun most certainly intended).

FOR THE RUNNER

The snow may not have come quite yet, but it will. Do you think that will stop the runners in your life? No. Way. To prepare them for the long winter runs, give New Balance Long Sleeved Tops ($75). Long lasting, comfortable and extremely warm, these shirts are worth every penny.

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Shop New Balance here.

FOR THE HEALTH FOODIE

If your friend or family member talks constantly about how they’re going paleo or their weekly visits to the farmers market, consider giving them a CSA membership. CSA (or Community Supported Agriculture) memberships can be paid up front and your foodie friend can enjoy a seasons’ worth of organic food on you!

Organic Food

Learn more about CSA memberships here.

FOR THE HIKER

The hardcore hiker, like the runner, will not be taking off the winter. In fact, they’ll be looking for slicker, steeper mountains to climb! Make sure they can take on any terrain with these Kahtoola Microspike Traction shoes.

Hiking Shoes

Find these amazing kicks here.

FOR THE CYCLIST

Now to OUR area of expertise! For your intense cyclist, a pair of eyes on the back of their bike is exactly what they need to keep safe. Invest in a Cycliq Fly6 Tail Light, found here, to keep them safe as it gets darker more quickly.

Road Light

For the cyclist who had to retire their cycle for whatever reason – fitness level, back problems, other injuries or illness – consider giving them the gift of cycling again.

How? With an American Eagle Cycle tricycle. Our revolutionary, customized adult tricycle will give your friend of family member the thrill and exercise that they once got from their bike, while keeping them safe and comfortable.

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Shop American Eagle Cycles models here.

No matter what your fitness fiend loves to do, make sure to keep them safe and healthy in 2016 with one of these dependable fitness gifts!

Interested in an American Eagle Cycles tricycle? Feel free to call 1-877-629-2537 or email tessa@aecycles.com to learn more about giving the gift of excitement, safety and freedom to your loved one this holiday season.

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How to Reduce Back Pain (And Stay in Shape)

Welcome to our first post of “What Were They Thinking?”. Today, we were thinking about what’s a pain in the back for you…literally.

Back experts from the American Chiropractic Association have said that 80% of Americans will experience back problems at some point in their lives.

Ouch.

To clarify, that isn’t “you might have back pain maybe in your life”, that is a hard and fast guarantee that the majority of our population will experience back pain.

They’re not sugar coating it, folks.

Maybe there are a small percentage of people seeing that stat and not breaking a sweat, because the most exercise they do is reach for the remote. But for the rest of us, the people who love to be active, enjoy the outdoors, or just enjoy the independence of moving around freely – that statistic is not a fun one to read.                                                                bad_back

And it wasn’t a fun statistic to experience when Gary Webster, President of American Eagle Cycles, Inc., injured his back in 1982, limiting him from his favorite hobby: cycling.

Since he was young, cycling was a source of freedom for Gary. Although he had been battling off his back injury for decades, Gary continued to cycle. It wasn’t until one particular incident in 2010 that finally made Gary too nervous to ride.

It was then that Gary decided to build his new breed of bike, one that wouldn’t instigate his acute back pain.

Since 2006, Gary had been playing with the idea of a cycle that could function as an alternative vehicle; an eco-friendly means of transportation that didn’t require expensive gas but was also comfortable for active, older adults – especially adults with back problems.

And so, the Freedom Classic was born. AE Cycle’s Freedom Classic is the most back-friendly cycle on the market today, with features that help, not hurt, your back.

Bucket Seat

AE Cycle’s Freedom Classic comes with a cushioned bucket seat, allowing you to ride for miles in comfort without feeling any strain in your back. The bucket seat provide excellent lumbar support as well as full spinal support – no more hunching over your handlebars or back-breaking pain from the waist down.

No On/Off Strain

Straining yourself to get on or off a high bicycle seat? No more.

The Freedom Classic’s bucket seat is set at a comfortable sitting level, removing any possibility of strain and making for an easy on and off.

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The Freedom Classic is the ultimate means of staying active in comfort, style and safety. If you want to experience independence from your back pain, visit our website at www.aecycles.com for more information on the Freedom Classic and other available models.

Living with back injuries can be a bumpy ride – but not with the Freedom Cycle. Full back support, comfortable seat cushions, easy on and off, and enjoyable exercise?

Sounds like you’re in for one smooth ride.

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Blog Series Intro: What Were They Thinking?

Curious about American Eagle Cycles, Inc. or our Freedom Classic cycle?

We don’t blame you! Our custom cycle is unlike any other and there are plenty of questions to ask, such as:

What is an adult tricycle, anyways? What makes the Freedom Classic any different? How in the world could this cycle help me? What makes it more comfortable or safer than a regular old bike? How did American Eagle Cycles, Inc. get started?

What excellent questions! Never fear, equally as excellent answers will be coming to you shortly in the form of…a blog series.

That’s right, right here on the American Eagle Cycologist we will be publishing our first blog series titled, “What Were They Thinking?” The series will take our readers through all the amazing features of the Freedom Cycle, the background of American Eagle Cycles, Inc., and more!

So make sure to follow our blog at https://aecycles.wordpress.com/ and keep up with our monthly posts!

Otherwise, you’ll still have a lot of excellent questions and no excellent answers, and that’s not very helpful, is it?

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Cape Cod Cycle Tour

American Eagle Cycles will be hitting the road on June 9th for a tour around Cape Cod! AE Cycles will be going to several different bicycle rental shops along Cape Cod to showcase the Freedom Classic.

Among these popular rental shops are Arnold’s Bike Shop, PTown Bikes, and Mike’s Rental Bike Shop.

PTown bikes

The first stop will be PTown Bikes, located at 42 Bradford St in Provincetown, at 11 a.m. Around 12:30 p.m., our second stop will be Arnold’s Bike Shop, located at 329 Commercial St. Provincetown, to let patrons take a ride on our one-of-a-kind cycle! At 3 p.m., we will visit Mike’s Bike Rental Shop located at 8 Canal Rd in Orleans, Mass.

If you live up by the Cape, come by these shops at those times to take the ride of your life on our cycle! And if you were just looking for a day to escape to the Cape? Make it next Tuesday, June 9th and include a fun, free spin around sunny Provincetown in your vacation day!

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Stay Happy and Healthy by Cycling

It is no secret that as we age maintaining our health becomes more and more important. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to improve and maintain ones health. However, many types of exercise become too strenuous and often times feel like a chore. Activities like running and aerobics place stress on our joints and can start to become dangerous. While some exercises lose their practicality, cycling always remains a great exercise option, especially for active adults. New recumbent cycles, such as the Freedom Cycle make cycling even safer by keeping riders closer to the ground and providing more stability.

The benefits of cycling are endless. Often times we find ourselves moving less as we age, and as a result our body’s circulation slows. Cycling is great for your heart and a low impact way to get your blood pumping and get a great cardiovascular workout. It is also known to improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Cycling is a great way to increase muscle strength without placing stress on your joints.

Cycling also helps fight some of today’s most dangerous ailments. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that activities such as cycling have been found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type two diabetes, and some cancers.

It is a great option for those looking to lose weight. Strenuous exercise may be too hard on ones body but cycling is a great way to burn calories and increase your metabolism with little risk of injury. If you’re overweight and/or injured, sit comfortably in a Freedom Cycle and pedal the pounds away.

It is also great for your mental health. Going for a ride is a great way to reduce stress and boost endorphins that enhance your mood. So next time you want to do something good for yourself, go for a ride and improve your physical and mental heath at the same time. Best of all, it’s fun!

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The Freedom Cycle Experience

As children, many people have fond memories of riding bicycles around the neighborhood and on vacation. With age, bodies change, and many of us lose the ability to get back on a bike. Balancing becomes increasingly challenging and the tiny triangle-shaped seat becomes intolerable.

While on vacation in Cape Cod, Joan (age 71) realized that she was no longer able to balance on a two-wheel bicycle. With a love for cycling and the desire to ride with her grandson, she knew she needed to start looking at alternative solutions.

Joan came to us to check out our new adult tricycle to see if it might fit her needs.

This is Joan’s Experience with the American Eagle Cycles Freedom Cycle:

Q1: What was your reaction when you first saw the cycle?

Joan: At first, I felt intimidated; it is much bigger than my bicycle. I was apprehensive to take it for a ride.

AEC: Like some, she had her apprehensions when she first saw the trike; she was intimidated by the size. At 31” wide and 84” long, it seems a lot bigger than the average bicycle but it’s only as wide as the average person’s shoulders, and the length seems less intimidating once you are actually on it.

Q2: What did you think after you got on the cycle?

Joan: I adjusted the seat for my leg length and I got on the trike with ease. I was surprised that it was no trouble at all to get on and off. The seat was very comfortable and I felt stable.

 AEC: Unlike traditional bicycles, this cycle is custom designed for maximum comfort. No more tiny, triangle-shaped seats that are uncomfortable and difficult to sit on. The seat is ergonomically designed so the rider’s weight is distributed evenly over a large area and includes lumbar support. The seat also slides back and forth to accommodate riders from 5′ to 6’2″.

Q3: Once you rode the cycle, what was the ride like and what did you think of the steering?

Joan: Maneuvering the trike was easy. As I pedaled faster and faster, I took sharp turns without feeling like I might tip over. It was easy stopping the trike too with brakes on both sides of the steering handle. And unlike my experience at the Cape on my two-wheeler, I didn’t need to worry about falling over when I stopped.

 AEC: The Freedom Cycle requires no balance; it is self supporting. The low center of gravity makes it even more stable; allowing sharper turns without feeling like you might tip over. With steering at your sides it is easy to maneuver and very intuitive.

Q4: What was your overall experience?

Joan: All my intimidation and apprehension faded away as I felt the wind in my face. I didn’t want to get off the trike; I felt like I could ride forever. After my ride, I feel like I regained some sense of independence I thought I might have lost. It feels great knowing that I can keep up my active lifestyle.

Here at American Eagle Cycles, our goal is to allow you to get back out in nature and enjoy outdoor exercise, to once again feel the wind in your hair and sun on your face.

Gone are the days of sitting uncomfortably on a bicycle for extended periods of time. With the Freedom Cycle, you can easily go where the day takes you, while staying active, social, and healthy. Where will the Freedom Cycle take you?

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The Value of Free Labor

When building a business on a very limited budget, free labor is absolutely invaluable. Why pay for something when you can get it for free, right? While most people think that a free version can’t possibly be as good as the $100 version which can’t be as good as the $1,000 version, that’s not always the case. Sometimes the free version is every bit as good, if not better.

A great example of this is unpaid interns. While there are plenty of students who intern solely to have a job to put on their résumés, there are also some really great ones that are eager to help and learn whatever they can. We recently had a great experience working with business students at Westfield State University.

For the past 18 months, we had been trying to come up with a really great name for our new adult tricycle. We held numerous brainstorming sessions in-house and didn’t come with up with anything we really liked. We came up with a few good options, but none that really “wowed” us. After several attempts involving different people connected to the company, we decided maybe it was time to bring in a professional. We looked into a variety of naming companies and the cheapest one we found was going to cost a minimum of $10,000; and they wouldn’t even guarantee our satisfaction. This was simply not an option with our limited budget. So we tried a few more brainstorming sessions and still came up short. After contemplating it for a while, we decided that we needed to bring in a fresh perspective; people who had no knowledge of the company or product and therefore had a completely unbiased opinion. We reached out to the marketing and business clubs at Westfield State University and they were eager to help. The professors thought it would be a great opportunity for the students to get some real world experience and the free labor fell perfectly within our budget.

Going to the school for the focus group, we were skeptical as to what the session might bring; we weren’t sure if we would get anything valuable out of it or if it was going to be a waste of time. The meeting started out slow and quiet but once they got going, several of the students got really into it. Not only were they throwing out tons of names, but they were eager to suggest add-ons, accessories, and future models too. Some of the ideas they were producing were inline with ours but they also came up with several new names that hadn’t occurred to us. While we didn’t find that one name that really stands out as THE name for our trike, we have a much more solid list of names we like and also a list of commercial ideas, slogans, and future products. Overall, it was a great experience that was well worth our time and the students were very grateful to be given an opportunity to work with a real company. We may have also found a couple future employees.

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