Get A Tune Up and Ride!
Spring is here, the weather has been awesome and it’s time to take some of your workouts outside.
One great way to get a great workout and enjoy the outdoors is riding a bike.
If you’re like me, riding is a year round thing, but if you’re not and you’re getting your bike out for the first time since last year you may need to get it checked out first.
Here are a few tips to making sure your bike is ready for summertime fun.
Tip 1: Check the chain.
The chain needs to be greased. If it looks really dirty, you may need to clean and grease it before you head out. If you see rust, it’s time for a new one.
Tip 2: You need good brakes.
Make sure your bikes brakes are working properly. I mean make sure they will stop you and quick. Especially if you’re riding in the city, there tend to be occasional crazy drivers out there. 🙂
Check the brake cables and connections too. If they look worn or lose, it’s time for new ones.
Tip 3: Inflation is a good thing.
Rubber can dry rot over time. Even if you ride regularly, your tires can get weak around the valve stem. If you haven’t been riding your tires tend to dry rot faster if they’re not inflated often.
Tip 4: Tight Spokes.
You never know when you’ll blow a spoke. But, it’s better to check each spoke to see if they’re tight and not bent.
Tip 5: Batteries not included.
When riding at night you definitely need lights on the front and back. It’s difficult to see bikers so make sure motorists can see you! Check your batteries and lights to make sure they’re working properly.
If you’re a seasoned biker, you may know these tips already, but if you’re not, this will help you to ride more and walk your bike less.
For those of you who need help, check with your local bike shop for assistance with over all tune ups before riding. I recommend Atlanta Cycling. (for those in Atlanta) They’re professional, reasonably priced and know their stuff.
Oh, and if you're a lady in the Atlanta area and want a great group to ride with, check out Sorella Cycling. Trinity is an official sponsor of Sorella Cycling.
Hope to see you out on the trails or on the street.
Start Strong, Finish Stronger!
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