Believe in yourself and the joy biking to work can bring! You don't have to do it everyday to be successful. The more your do it the easier it will become. Here are some basic tips to get you started. Stop in the shop and ask us questions. We have all the necessary accessories to get you in that pedaling position.
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A proper fitted helmet can save your life.
Make sure you can't easily move the helmet side-to-side. When the helmet is positioned it should be directly on top of your head, not tilted backwards.
Helmet should be level, front to back and side to side. It should sit two finger lengths above your eyebrow to the helmet rim. Side straps should join immediately below the earlobe. Your chin strap should be snug with room no more than one finger.
Be a predictable rider.
Ride in the same direction as traffic, in a straight line. Do not weave in and out of parked cars. Avoid passing cars on the right at intersections and driveways. Turning vehicles may not see you.
Obey traffic signs & signals. Make eye-contact with drivers and signal your turns.
Your chain can sometimes slip off while riding! It's easy to get back on the road, here's how...
1. Immediately stop pedaling if the chain slips off.
2. Pull safely to the side of the road.
3. Set your bike against a sturdy object such as a pole or tree with the chain side facing you or flip your bike upside down so that it's resting on the seat and handlebars.
4. Pull the chain toward the front of the bike, which will move the derailleur forward and slacken the chain.
5. Re-seat the chain on the middle front chain ring.
6. Move your shifter to correspond to the middle front chain ring.
7. Position your bike upright. Lift the rear of the bike and use your hand to move the pedals around a few times forward.
8. Hop on the bike and start pedaling slow.
9. Shift your gears and continue riding.
Dont' let this happen to you!
Use a u-lock to secure your rear wheel and frame to a solid object. Run a cable through your u-lock if you cannot secure the wheel with your u-lock. Or remove the front wheel & lock to rear wheel, frame, and rack.
Best protection is to park your bike where you can see it while you are away from the bike.
Always lock your bike, even during a quick stop: a friend's porch, in front of a store.
Never lock a bike to only itself.
Avoid leaving your bike locked up outside overnight. Parts can be stripped, even when the bike frames and wheels are locked up. With some effort even good locks can be removed.