Ready to ride? Just one more thing!
You know what they say, safety first! Before you put the pedal to the metal, you need to make sure both you and your equipment are safe. Take note of these tips from local bike expert, Dennis Jones, owner of Winter Garden Wheelworks.
Protect your melon:
- With all riding, adult or children should ALWAYS wear a helmet.
- One of the first ways to see if your bike is safe is what we call the bounce test. Bounce the front tire on the ground and if you hear noise, that may mean there is something loose. Try to narrow down where the noise is coming from and tighten what may be loose. Do the same for the rear.
Regular bike maintenance:
- There are two things you can do regularly to keep your bike up and running: be sure to have proper air pressure in the tires and keep the chain lubricated with bicycle specific chain lube.
When in doubt, leave it to a professional:
- If for any reason you think your bike is unsafe to ride, go to a bicycle repair store to get it checked out.
- Bike safety goes two ways. Always alert a rider or walker that you are passing by ringing your bell or horn to politely get their attention.
Let your light shine:
Flashing bike lights for day and night are a great way for drivers to see bicycles.