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I have been an avid bike rider for a long, long time. I have three bikes and even took a try and selling bikes at retail. With more and more people cycling I thought I would share some of the lessons I have learned in riding on roads, bike paths and trails.

  1. When choosing a bike ensure that it’s one you can grow with. If you become a regular rider you’re eventually going to want to upgrade components so make sure your bike can be upgraded.
  2. Always wear a helmet and use rear view mirrors and lights. Most vehicle crashes occur from behind riders so make it your purpose to be seen.
  3. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on high end bikes if you’re not competing. Do you really need a carbon fiber bike?
  4. Wide tire bikes, cyclecross and fat tire, are becoming more popular because they offer greater stability on roads with potholes and sand and salt.
  5. Do not weave in and out of vehicle traffic. You should think that drivers are easily distracted and it only takes a short moment to drift over into a rider.
  6. When passing other riders it is customary to say “on your left”.
  7. You don’t need to ride everyday. Listen to your body and rest when it says “tired legs”.
  8. Find a good local bike store and never buy a bike online. People at your local bike store can help you get the most of your bike and help you get back on the road when you have mechanical difficulties.
  9. Always lock your bike when unattended.
  10. A great bike does not need to cost $9,000. There are a lot of great bikes for thousands less and you may be better off buying a less expensive bike and customizing it. If you ride more than 40 miles a week you need a professional fitting which will ensure that you are in the optimum riding position.

Bike riding is a way of life for a lot of people, but like and sport/hobby too many people spend too much money on features they just don’t need.

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