Before Cycling

Bike fitting

Bicyclists need to get a bike that fits.

Local bike shops can identify a bike that fits the rider’s needs. They will explain features and teach gear and brake use. Most bike shops also sell safety equipment.

Size: Having a bike that fits the user is important for safety and comfort. A rider should reach the pedals and handlebars easily; this reduces difficulty in controlling the bike.

Style: Road bikes have narrow tires and dropped handlebars and are designed for faster riding. Mountain bikes have wide tires and are designed for off-road or winter use. A hybrid or city bike combines features for comfort and efficiency.

Bike check

Cyclists should regularly inspect their bicycle or take to a bike shop for inspection.

Air: Tires should be at the recommended pressure and in good condition.

Brakes: The rider should be able to reach the brake levers, and the brakes should stop the wheels.

Chain: The chains should spin and change as gears are engaged.

Lights: Bikes require a white front light that is visible from at least 500 feet and a red rear reflector that is visible at least 600 feet to the rear after dusk. If a cyclist is riding on roads with a speed limit of 35 mph or greater, they must have an additional rear red taillight that is visible from at least 500 feet. More light means more visibility.