We’re not talking just an ordinary spring clean — this tune-up is more like a doctor’s checkup for your bike. Have an adult check the brake pads, tire pressure and wheel alignment. Remember, a well-greased bike is a happy one! If an adult doesn’t have time to do it, ask them to take your wheels to the local bike shop for servicing.
This is important if you ever needed to replace a part or get something fixed. With some research, you might even be able to fix your own bike!
The parts of the bicycle you should know include:
Is your bike too big? Too small? Or just right? Your feet must be able to touch the ground.
Get wild with nature by biking in the park or on the bike paths. If you know where you’re going, you can plan for it. If you know it’s going to be a long haul, bring a water bottle in case you get thirsty or a few snacks to give you energy.
Fun always begins with friends (and family too)! Make sure to keep a safe distance from other riders and any people you might meet on your ride.
This may not be a bike tip, but it’s good to give your loved ones a heads up when you plan on going out and about. Worried parents = destroyer of fun, and nobody wants that.
If you ride on the road, make sure you’re in a bike lane, or close to the curb going with the direction of traffic. If you’re riding with others, it’s best to cycle in a single line like “follow the leader” from a safe distance.
The brighter your clothes are, the BETTER cars can SEE you. When in doubt, get the reflector tape out.
Bikes are silent. You want to let cars, people and other bikes know where you are, so don’t be afraid to honk on that bike horn or ring that bell.
Head home once the sun begins to set. If you are caught in the dark, make sure that you turn your bike light and reflectors on.
And always remember to look both ways before you cross the road, or leave a driveway.
Remember the 2-2-2 rule: