Mélina Lamarche

By Mélina Lamarche

July 8, 2015

Health

A Well-Fitting, Properly Adjusted Bike for Summertime Rides

Article revised on 17 July 2017

Now that the weather is warmer, this is an ideal time to fully explore active transportation. But before hopping on your bike and riding to work, a little seasonal tweaking is in order.

If you put your bike away for the winter, visit a specialized dealer to get your brakes, tires and speedometer inspected. While you’re there, ask a technician to help you get your bike adjusted properly, for maximum comfort and safety.

Here are a few tips to ensure you have good bike position:

A well-fitting, properly adjusted bike for summertime rides

Safety first!

Other than adopting correct position to prevent pain and injury, you should always follow these few safety tips:

  • Wear a helmet that fits properly. It must conform to the shape of your skull and adjust easily so that it doesn’t wobble from side to side or tilt from front to back.
  • Be visible. Cyclists are by law required to have the following reflectors mounted on their bikes: a white one in front, a red one in the back, yellow ones on the pedals and one in each wheel. If you plan to ride at night, make sure you have front and rear lights.
  • Know and follow the rules. Make sure you’re up to date on the local and provincial traffic rules that apply to cyclists, and properly signal your intentions to motorists. Visit bicycle club or active transportation websites for more information.

Source: velo.qc.ca

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