is it to get
Riding a bike is good for
your health, good for
the environment, and
just plain fun. Here
are some tips to help
get you going.
READY? GET SET... Sure, bicycles are marvels of efÞcient
transportation, but theyÕre also really fun to rideÑsomething youÕll
remember with your Þrst pedal strokes. HavenÕt used your bike since...?
Take it to your local full-service bike shop for a tune-upÑall it may need
is a little air in the tires and some lube on the chain. One more thing:
before you ride, get your seat height rightÑyour knee should have only
a slight bend at the bottom of the pedal stroke.
BETTER THAN EVER Looking for a new ride? Today Õs
bikes are comfortable, they shift and stop easily, and some have
options galoreÑlights, racks, fenders, you name it. Visit your local
full-service bike shop for expert shopping help. While youÕre there,
grab a new helmet and wear it every time you ride. ItÕs the one
RECONNECT WITH YOUR RIDE Find a trafÞc-free
area for a quick practice spin, and work on these three basic skills:
¥ Quick stopping: The front brake is a powerful stopper. Use both brakes to
stop; on casual rides, use more rear brake (right lever) than front.
¥ Solid shifting: Shift frequently to keep your legs spinning comfortably. DonÕt
ßail wildly or push too hard.
¥ Looking around: Work on keeping your bike moving straight while you look
behind you over your shoulderÑuseful for busy roads.
PROTECTIVE POINTERS Ride on the right-hand side
of the road, never on the sidewalk. Always signal a turn, even if you
just point to where youÕre going. Be careful of parked carsÑcheck
side mirrors for drivers who may open a door unexpectedly.
REAP THE BENEFITS Biking lets you enjoy a low-impact
aerobic workout and connect with the world around you. Thinking
about commuting by bike? It means one less car and a lot less
pollution. ItÕs a simple way to make the world a better place.