Bicycle Buying Guide
Types of Bikes
Bicycle Safety Tips:
• Ensure that child riders understand road rules and safety
• Obey all traffic laws if riding on the road
• Always ride with traffic, not against
• Signal before turning
• Check the tires for adequate air pressure before riding
• If riding after dark, wear reflective clothing and keep your bike lights on
• Ensure that your bike is securely locked when not in use
The mechanical core of a bicycle, the frame provides points of attachment for the various bike parts that make up the complete machine. Lightweight frames make stowing in the garage or minivan a snap.
The control mechanism of the bike, the handlebar comes in many shapes and sizes, such as the solid cross-wise design of mountain bikes or the swept-back design found on most cruiser bikes. Accessories like grips, tassels, bells or speedometers let your family customize their handlebars to suit their individual riding styles.
Often specially designed for male or female riders, the seat should be comfortable and durable. Always be sure to adjust the seat for children, as a seat that’s too high or too low can be uncomfortable and dangerous.
Available in a wide range of styles and sizes, your bike’s wheels are the often the pieces that will require the most care and attention. Made up of hubs, spokes, inner tube and tires, they can be modified and upgraded to suit any rider. Keep a bike pump handy to top off your tires’ air pressure before hitting the road or the trails.
The machinery that propels your bike down the road, these pieces also allow you to switch gears and speeds to make your ride easy and comfortable. Keep your chain oiled and clean to get the most out of it, and your pedals should be comfortable and secure under your feet. Serious cyclists may spend a lot of time tinkering with these pieces, but a casual rider is usually safe just keeping them clean and protected.
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Bicycle Maintenance Tips:
• Check the air pressure in your tires regularly, and inflate as necessary
• Consult with experts before making any repairs yourself
• Ensure that your family is familiar with bike care and safety
• Take your bike to a shop for regular tune-ups