The snow is melting and the paths are finally starting to dry off, so that means it’s time to hop on your bike, feel the wind in your helmet and the bugs in your teeth. Each year, more and more people are choosing to ride to work so that they can avoid traffic and get in better shape simultaneously. It may take longer to get to your destination, but you’ll feel better with the extra sunlight and exercise that riding outside brings.
Riding a Bike
Now, as fun as biking can be, it can also be dangerous. There are many hazards to look out for:
- Drivers may fail to notice you when you’re riding, so keep your eye on them when going through intersections. Even if you’re in the bike lane with the right of way, they might not see you.
- Other riders sometimes fail to follow the rules of the path, so keep an eye out for them to avoid a bike-on-bike collision.
Take a look at the City of Calgary cycling bylaws to stay up-to-date on keeping yourself and others safe.
Buying a Bike
Perhaps you’ve gone out on a few rides and realize it’s time for an upgrade. How do you choose which bike to buy? Head over to your local bike shop to find the right size and style to improve your future rides. Check out some of these top local bike shops with excellent staff:
Decorating a Bike
Now that you’ve got your new bike, what accessories you do need? A few items are required by the city’s bylaws:
- A bell. These keep you and other people safe on the pathways.
- If you plan on riding in the dark, a headlight and taillight need to be added. Even when the sun is up, these are a good idea to include so you’re easier to spot. They aren’t too expensive and can easily clip onto your handlebars and seat posts.
A few other things you could consider grabbing while you’re at the bike shop are:
- A good lock. Don’t grab the cheapest one they have; get something with some weight so that it’s harder to break. If you plan on riding to work or any populated area, you’re going to want to make sure your bike is still around when you’re ready to head home!
- Clip-in pedals and bike shoes are nice, but not mandatory. If you’re looking to ride faster and more efficiently, the clip-ins will make your life much easier. Just make sure you practice unclipping them before you start riding!
Hopefully, these tips make your spring, summer and fall riding experiences that much better. Hope to see you on the bike path this year!