Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Today is a beautiful day!! It's sunny and 53 and I have been inside all morning at my second internship location! Woot! Only 15 hours left till I am through. I had an apple on my way home to tide me over till I could come home and have a late lunch.
On my way home I took in the beauty of spring, the warm breeze, the flowers and tree's budding, the bikes out! So, I decided to get my bike ready for riding!
Spring and bikes in my hood!
This is Mury (or brand name Murray), my fushia 10 speed I LOVE.
She's pretty much been hanging out here in my living room and bedroom for the winter ( I have 2 other bikes in storage, I need to pull out!) but it's time to get her out on the road!
Walking, biking and busing are my main modes of transportation! I don't own a car, but use a car sharing program in my city. I love the mobility and flexibility I have with my situation and particularly like that I can be active and fit with my transportation!
Mury needs a few things tuned before she's road ready.
I know she needs a little air, can you see her back tire is a bit low?
To tune up your bike for the season:
Check both tires- add air as needed
Lube it up with Tri-flow: Chain, gears and pedals
Check the breaks
Adjust the seat and handle bars
Check all the bolts
Wipe it down and take it for a spin around the block, checking all the gears!
I went to my bike and skates storage bin and got the goods.
Air pump, lube and tire tool-check! I carry the tire tool and patch kit with me when I ride!
After lubing the chain, spin it to distribute the lube.
It doesn't take more than an few hours to take a bike maintenance class, I took one last spring where I learned a number of vital tools and all of which I can do with the right tool, by myself:
replace brake pads
true your tires
break your chain and repair it
greasing your hubs and a lot more!
Check out this website with an instructional video on all the little things you can do to tune your bike up for the season and get riding! Have a great Spring Wednesday!
What do you love most about Spring?? Do you ride a bike for fitness or for transportation?