Spring tune-up for you and your bike!
Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.
But, before your first ride of the year, it’s a good idea to tune up your bike and inspect it for signs of wear. Most checks can be done at home, but if you don’t have time, energy or the right tools, your local bike shop may be offering a spring tune-up special to help get you on your way! The tune-up will generally consist of a good cleaning, as well as a close inspection of the brakes, wheels, drive-train, tires, cables, and lube.
After your initial tune-up, it’s still a great idea to do a quick two-minute check of your bike before each ride to help prevent a long and slow walk home.
Now that your bike is ready to go, make sure your body is ready as well. Spring is a perfect time to revamp your physical activity regimen, but it is important not to try and start off with a long ride right away. Use the following tips to help your body adjust to the road again:
If you need some ideas or would like to try a new route, visit the Winnipeg Trails Association and the Manitoba Cycling Association websites as they have some great resources to help you find a route that works for you.
There are plenty of benefits to using your bike as a mode of transportation. It’s great exercise, helps relieve stress, helps to reduce pollution and can also energize you for the workday ahead. If you need added incentive to try cycling to work, visit www.commuterchallenge.mb.ca and register for a chance to win prizes for active commuting from June 4th to 10th.
Now if biking isn’t your thing, just pick any other activity that you enjoy! There are lots of outdoor activities that you can do…walking, wheeling, jogging, golfing, rollerblading, and gardening are all good for your health and are great ways to get “in motion”! Remember, getting “in motion” doesn’t have to be too difficult and mild spring/summer weather can make it even easier.
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1Thompson, R., Rivara, F., & Thompson, D.. A Case Control Study of Effectiveness of Bicycle Safety Helmets, New England Journal of Medicine, 320: 1361-67, 1989.