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14 must-dos for cycling season

Get outside and ride your bike!
 

14. Two words: Tune up.

man fixing bike

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.


13. Get to know your bike, and well!

labelled bicycle
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!


12. Be like Goldilocks and test out your bike.

child can't touch pedals
Is your bike too big? Too small? Or just right? Your feet must be able to touch the ground.


11. Plan your bike ride.

kids reading a map
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.


10. Ride with a buddy.

kids riding with friends
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.


9. Before tearing up the pavement, make sure a parent knows where you’re going and who you are going with.

child asking permission to go biking
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.


8. Go with the flow.

child biking with the flow of traffic

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.


7. When cycling, bright colours are always “in.”

kids wear bright colours when biking
The brighter your clothes are, the BETTER cars can SEE you. When in doubt, get the reflector tape out.


6. Make some NOISE!

girl ringing her bike bell
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.


5. Don’t be a night-rider…

boy going home
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.


4. Stop at all stop signs.

kids stopping at stop signs
And always remember to look both ways before you cross the road, or leave a driveway.


3. Practise using these hand signals every day!

bike hand signals


2. Wear a helmet that fits.

kids wearing helmets
Remember the 2-2-2 rule:

  • Two fingers must be able to fit between your helmet and your eyebrow.
  • Helmet straps must be snug and form a V-shape under your earlobe — use your two fingers to make sure!
  • Your chin strap must fit snug under your chin. Only two fingers should be able to fit between your chin and strap.

1. Put the pedal to the metal and have fun!

kids riding bikes!