Family bicycle rides are a great way to keep a physical distance from others while still enjoying the outdoors and getting some exercise! As your family starts bringing their bikes out, here are basic maintenance and safety tips to consider.
Basic bicycle maintenance is a great way to teach your kids about their bikes plus how to take proper care of it. Keeping up with these routine steps will also make it safer and easier to ride.
Before each ride, don’t forget your ABC’s:
- Air: Check to ensure the tires are properly inflated. The correct pressure is written on the side of the tire.
- Brakes: Give both brakes a good squeeze to make sure they work properly.
- Chain: Look at the chain and gears to make sure everything is clean and the chain is lubricated.
Next, EVERYONE needs to put on their helmet. Children start watching us at a very young age – we need to be good role models! Check to make sure your child’s helmet still fits from last year. Helmets should be replaced every 3-5 years. See the steps below to make sure everyone’s helmet fits correctly.
Finally, time to ride! Follow these tips for a fun and safe ride.
- Act as if you are a vehicle. This includes riding on the same side and going in the same direction as other vehicles. Use a bike lane when possible. Ride single file and watch out for potholes and open car doors.
- Wear bright colors and use lights and reflectors at night.
- Use hand signals to be predictable!