Bicycle Commuter - Tips On Defensive Bike Care, Before - During - After a Ride
Being a bicycle commuter also means taking the responsibility for getting you and your bicycle from one place to the next safely. It is also important to treat your bicycle as you would a good friend. Check in on it every so often to make sure that it is okay, and it will look after you as well.
Before you jump on your bike make sure you have all your zippers zipped - shoes on secure, and helmet strap engaged.
Take a minute for yourself - Stretch! it may seem silly, but it is a great practice to spend a minute of two stretching arms and leg and back joints before you rush away. It also helps by giving you a minute to remember anything else you might have forgotten back in your house or at your desk. Here are some helpful
basic stretching tips.
if they feel low, give them some air.
Once you are on the road, your focus should be on you, yourself, and you. On a two wheeled device, moving your feet, keep yourself balanced and upright, and being very acutely aware of where every car, truck, pedestrian, other bicyclist, curb, and metal drain grate is located as you move along. See these great road tips
about road hazards
to remind yourself about what to pay attention to.
Consider too how you going to secure your bike. Making use of the proper
bike rack and lock
is an important consideration.
More specific information about tips that can help bicycle commuters can be found
And we also recommend our Seattle
bicycle resources page
Where we connect to all the important Seattle specific information links.
Remember too, that each time you ride your bike, you become an
for bicyclists everywhere. Be safe, be courteous, and think about ways you can become involved with improving bicycling in your community.