Published April 04, 2016 17:39
The snow is melting and the days are getting longer, which means that spring cycling season is just around the corner. We can’t wait for those long trail rides in the sunshine, arriving at work or school refreshed and ready to take on the day. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up the top five ways to get your ride ready for spring:
1) Tune up your ride
Before jumping on your bike this spring, make sure it fits you right, all the brakes and gears are still working properly, and that your tires are properly inflated. You can visit a do-it-yourself bike shop to tune up your bike yourself, or you can take it to a bike shop in your neighbourhood for a safety check and tune up. To find a bike shop near you, click "Where I Ride" in the toolbar above, choose your area, and go to "Tools and Resources" in the sidebar.
2) Show your ride some love
If you’ve been riding through the winter, give your bike the TLC it deserves! Wash the chain and parts with warm soapy water and a rag, and be sure to re-lube your chain afterwards. Tip: If you don’t have access to a hose or garage, you can visit a self-serve car wash and use theirs instead.
3) Safety first
When was the last time you replaced your helmet? Helmets become less effective the more they’ve been dropped or knocked around, so consider getting a new one in your favourite colour for spring!
The days are getting longer, but you still need to have bike lights between dusk and dawn. There are many options in a wide price range, and some are even rechargeable via a USB port.
4) Get the right gear
Spring weather can be lovely - most of the time! Dressing right for the weather will make your ride a lot more comfortable. Wear layers that you can add or remove as necessary. Investing in a rain jacket and pants will keep you warm and dry, and you can wear all your regular clothes underneath. Tip: If you don’t already wear glasses, a pair of light-coloured sunglasses will keep the rain out of your eyes.
5) Brush up your skills
If you’re a bit rusty on road rules, it’s always a good idea to refresh yourself on how to turn at intersections, how much space you can take in the road, what hand signals to use, and more. The Ontario Ministry of Transportation has is a good resource to prep before hopping back on the saddle.
These five tips will get you ready for spring riding in no time! With Bike Month starting on May 30th, you can ride confidently to the exciting bike-related events and help us celebrate cycling culture across the GTHA.
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