Get Ready to Ride
Are YOU and your bike ready?
What you need to know about clothing:
Wear clothing that will keep you warm and dry. Dress in layers to prevent chill and overheating. Consider jackets with zippered armpits. When it rains, wear a rain-jacket and pants. A traditional raincoat does not let perspiration out and also can get tangled in your bike. Ankle straps secure your pant cuffs. Bright , reflective and single colour clothing increases your visibility.
Tip: Remember, if you commute you can change clothes at work.
Are you and your BIKE ready?
What you need to know about basic bike fit:
Your bike seat adjusts three ways: height, tilt, and slide.
Height: Adjust seat height so with pedal in down position and the ball of your foot over the pedal spindle, there is a slight bend in your knee. Another way to check is with your heel over the pedal spindle, your leg should be straight. New riders start with a lowered seat to allow both feet to touch the ground at the same time.
Tilt: Adjust seat angle to near horizontal for comfort and even weight balancing. Adjust handlebar height so your hands rest lightly on handlebars.
Slide: Slide the seat forward and back (on the rails under the seat) so with the pedal in the forward position and the ball of your foot over the pedal spindle, your knee is directly above the pedal spindle.