Midday Fix: Bike gear and tips from Roscoe Village Bikes

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Roscoe Village Bikes
2016 W. Roscoe St.
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 477-7550

Safety and Maintenance Tips:

Follow the rules of the road as if you were driving a car.  This means no riding the wrong way on one-way streets or riding on the sidewalk. (Children under the age of 12 can ride on sidewalks.)

Chicago has great cycling infrastructure.  Pick up a free map of bike lanes, trails and recommended routes at most bike shops.

Always use lights at night.  Law requires a front white light but rear red taillights are also good to have.

Wear a helmet.  You’ll never regret wearing a helmet but you might regret not wearing one.

Inflate your tires regularly to help prevent flat tires.  A flat is the most commonly needed bike repair.

Use chain-lube to prevent rust and keep your ride smooth.  If your chain is squeaky it definitely needs chain-lube.

If your wheel is wobbly you may have a broken spoke. One can often be repaired but if you ride with it for too long it will weaken the others and can destroy the wheel.

If you’re new to commuting, practice a ride to work on your day off to learn your route and see how long it takes.

The best thing you can do for your bike is to ride it.  Ride it regularly, replace parts when needed and you’ll be able to enjoy your bike for years to come.

Local organizations like The Active Transportation Alliance and the Chainlink are great resources for cycling news, tips and events. Links to those groups and more can be found on the Roscoe Village Bikes’ Community Page: http://www.roscoevillagebikes.com/community-2/

The gear mentioned today:

Topeak Baby Seat With Rack
Burley Bee Child Trailer
Planet Bike Hardcore Fenders
SKS X-Tra Dry Rear Seatpost Fender
Planet Bike Eco-Rack
Banjo Brothers Grocery Pannier
Planet Bike Blinky Light Set
Knog Blinder 4 USB Rechargeable Light
Kryptonite Series 2 Standard U-Lock w/ Cable
Topeak Joe Blow Max HP Floor Pump
Boesheild T-9 Chain Lube
Nutcase Helmet
Bell Solar Helmet
Bern Niña Helmet w/ Visor
Hincapie Power Merino Wool Gloves
Pearl Izumi Men’s Select Gloves
Bellwether O2 Road Shorts
Bellwether Ultralight Shorts
Cateye Velo 9 Cycling Computer
City of Chicago Bike Map

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