If you've ever ridden a bike before, even as a kid, getting started again is easy
. They say once you learn, you never forget. This section deals with getting you back on a bike and cruising your community in safety and comfort.
Better Biking Than Ever
The explosion in popularity of biking in the last decade has meant new products and new technology that have improved biking enormously. For example, indexed twist shifters
mean no more fooling around with those little levers on the bar stem to find just the right position - just twist the handle to the next number and presto
- you're shifted! New "flatless" tires reduce the risk of puncture on the road to absolute minimum. The emergence of "comfort bikes" and recumbent bicycles
with full backrests and plush seats has totally taken the pain out of riding for older bodies. And there's so much more.
On the other hand, there's more traffic and it's going faster. And, in Toledo, drivers aren't expecting to see a lot of cyclists. We have to take more precautions and be more aware of what's going on around us. However, the recent development of rails to trails for hiking/biking (like the Wabash Cannonball
north and south branches) and the great trails in the Metropark system
make this a terrific time to get back to bicycling.
Get Started Now!
Whatever your reasons for biking, there are a few basics
you can't avoid. Like finding a bike
. Like knowing how to keep it running
. Like learning how to ride safely
. And there are some ideas and equipment you'll find helpful in getting the most out of your rides. I hope this section will help you and your whole family, including your kids
, do just that!
© 2010 - 2013 Bob Beach