Tips to launch your season.
On my first ride of the season, the goal was to be sure that “Spring” was the only thing that had sprung after a long hard winter. I gave my bike a mechanical look over, pumped my tires, lubed my chain, piled on some warm layers and headed out for a fun, easy jaunt!
A gust of wind, carrying a cloud of road dirt, quickly reminded me that I had forgotten my sunglasses; a key component for safe ride.
Other observations included my aging shoes and cleats, my helmet has at least a year of life still on it (although a scull cap for sun protection would be a good addition), and my gloves need replacing!
Here is a handy check list for your first spring ride and a great season:
- Scan your bike for cracks in the frame and tires…a professional tune up is good for this too.
- Check your seat and wheels to be sure they are well adjusted and connected.
- Check your seat bag for basic tools (tire levers, patch kit, pump) and a spare tube.
- Be sure your helmet is in good (no cracks) condition.
- Wear eye protection, gloves and shoes with a stiff sole.
- Other good things to carry include: a bottle/pack of sports drink, snacks, an ID with emergency contact information, lip balm/sun screen, lock, money, cell phone, etc.
My first ride was sheer joy and I am looking forward to a great 2015 season! How will you launch your season?
Lisa “Redwheels/Wheelie” Wilkes is the Customer Service Manager at Terry Bicycles and expert on all things Terry. In a past life she was an endurance cycling coach for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.