Does the warm weather have you ancy to ride? Be careful and take these tips from our coaches – Jennifer, Curtis, Sally:
- – The roads have extra debris and salt from winter weather. Carry extra tubes and flat repair supplies.
- – Motorists have not seen us out and about all winter and are not used to looking for cyclists over the crest of a hill or around a blind turn……be extra cautious and considerate. AND MOTORISTS (all of us), the bicyclists are coming out!
- – Wear layers! The weather can change drastically from afternoon to evening or morning to noon. You might need to add or shed.
- – Remember your hydration. It’s common to think you’re not sweating much at all with all your layers and the spring temps. But you are and need to replenish those fluids and electrolytes.
- – Dig your ass flasher (rear bike light :)) out of storage … and your helmet. These are commonly forgotten when you’ve been on the Trainer for months.
- – Avoid or be aware of riding when the sun is at the sunset level 1730 to 1800 this time of the season until daylight savings time. Very hard for driving or riding. The sun is blinding. This goes for motorcycles also.
- – Keep an eye out for new pot holes or gaps in pavement…..all products of winter, snow plows, etc.
- – Practice clipping in and out before you start your ride. If you’ve been on the Trainer for the winter and are somewhat of a newbie, you’ll want a quick refresher before hitting the open road.
- – Do your basic safety check** and remember to pump up your tires. These are super important if your bike has sat lonely and sad in the garage or basement all winter OR if you have had it in action on the indoor trainer.
**SAFETY CHECK: We suggest taking it into a bike shop. But at the very least, Check/tighten skewers, test brakes, look for cuts in tires or wear from indoor trainer rides.