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Thursday May 3, 2012
Give your bike a tune-up for summer
There is not a much better way to spend a summer day than on a bike ride, and the weather in May makes this month a perfect time to take the bikes out of the garage for the first time. That must be why May is National Bike Month. But before you and your kids get out on the streets, give your bicycles a tune up for summer.
- A good cleaning: Take a minute to wipe the bicycle down with a damp cloth. Make sure to get into all the small places dirt can hide.
- Kick the tires: There’s a good chance the tires are low after sitting unused all winter. Before you air them up again, check them for cuts and cracks. If any cuts or cracks are too deep and the tire looks compromised, replace it. And while you’re down there, check the rims too for any damage.
- Inspect the brakes: If your bike or your child’s bike uses brake pads, make sure that they aren’t too worn. Replace them if they are.
- Check the chain: Twelve links on a bike chain should measure 12 inches. If yours don’t, then it’s time to replace the chain.
Now that your bike is in tip-top shape, stay safe on the streets by making sure you are following the rules of the road suggested by the League of American Bicyclists. That includes wearing a helmet, even for adults.
What do you do to your bike to get it ready to ride?