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    Bicycle Maintenance

    Learning to ride a bike is no big deal. If you fall off, just brush yourself off and climb back on. Learning how to keep your bike from falling apart can be just as easy.

    Bicycle maintenance is vital to the performance and preservation of your ride. Without proper maintenance, your bike will quickly go from a lean, mean, two-wheeled machine, to a squeaky, rusty, pant leg munching mess. Keeping your bicycle in top condition requires regular protective and preventive ...

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    Bicycle Types - Which one should I choose?

    A brief look at the options

    If you have decided to get a new bicycle, you might want to think about which type of bicycle will fulfill your needs the best, before you head to the bike shop.

    There are many types of bicycles to choose from. Which you choose should depend on where you will be riding and what your purpose will be.

    Some questions to ask are:

    • Am I riding for pleasure?
    • Will I be riding for exercise?
    • Will I want to go off road?
    • How much do I want to spend?

    There are touring bikes, utility bikes, mountain bikes and recumbent bicycles, just to name a few. People ride bikes for many reasons. They may use their bike as transportation or just for fun. They can also be used as an exercise tool and for sport.

    touring bike

    Touring bikes are designed for long trips and have the ability to transport your personal belongings and other gear. These types of bikes are suitable for riding around the countryside and enjoying the view.

    mountain bike

    Mountain bikes are built to be used off road and have sturdy durable frames and wide-gauge tires. Suspension systems such as gas shocks or air shocks are featured to absorb the impact when on rough terrain.

    recumbent bike

    Recumbent Bicycles are built to maximize comfort and minimize resistance. It may be difficult to get used to being horizontal but if you have any injuries that may prevent you from cycling then you may want to check this type out.

    tandem bike

    Tandem bikes can be used for those who have some physical challenges. Some considerations are to make sure the bike fits both people. This will help prevent injuries. An important thing to remember is that there can only be one captain.

     

    bike with kids on tow

    There are bikes that include even the youngest member of the family by attaching a smaller two-wheeled bike on the end of a bike.

    With all of these choices, no one should be left out. Check out your local bike shop. I know they will be happy to help you pick the right bicycle for you and your family.

    The Beginners Guide to Buying a Bicycle Helmet

    Helmet & Lights - The Dynamic Duo 

    When you're about to ride your new bicycle for the first time, you should consider getting some apparel and gear that will not only bring you comfort but also keep you safe. First things first, and buying the perfect bicycle helmet should be the very first thing you do after buying your bicycle.

    When buying a helmet there're a few things to pay attention to:

    Certification markings: Look for the certification mark of an accredited certification & testing organization such as the CSA (Canada) or CPSC (USA) to be sure it meets the applicable standard for safety and performance.

    Fit: Proper fit is essential for safety. Everyone’s head it shaped differently so try on different helmets until you find one that is comfortable. It important that you pick one that fits comfortably and snugly.

    Attachment system: Front and rear straps should meet just below each ear when tightly adjusted. The chin straps should be snug without pinching.

    Stability: When the straps and comfort pads are adjusted, the helmet should not move forward, backward or come off. It should sit level on the head and extend down to about 3-cm above the eyebrows. When you are done adjusting your helmet shake your head to make sure that it does not bounce around. It is one of the most important items that you can purchase and the goal is to protect your head and in turn prevent brain injury.

    Ventilation: Look for vents that allow heat to escape, providing coolness and perspiration control.

    Eye care: Visors provide cyclists with additional protection from the sun and rain.
    Visibility: Brightly colored helmets and reflective strips make the rider more visible in traffic.

    Replacement: Bike helmets act as shock absorbers, protecting the head by cushioning the impact. The helmet is not designed for multiple impacts. Replace a helmet after it has been in a crash.

    Reputable brands: Be wary of potentially counterfeit helmets. Tips an item may be a fake, include products priced well below market value or items that have spelling mistakes, poor graphics, or missing contact information.

    Where to buy: Good deals on bike helmets can be found online as well as offline, but if you're new to biking and you're buying your first helmet or if you are looking to upgrade to a better model, it's the best to visit your local bike shop, if they have a large selection of bike helmets. If they don't, find one that does.

    Getting good advice and trying on various helmets are important because if you don't have a very comfortable fit when wearing the helmet, chances are you will not use it every time you go biking.

    Follow these simple tips and you too can enjoy cycling for life!

    Get Yourself a Bicycle

    If you have considered starting to commute to work or school by bicycle, the first thing you need to consider is, will you need a new bicycle?

    In this article, I will share my thoughts on what you should be looking for when you're in the market for a new bicycle.

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