8 Important Tips to Riding Smart
(1) Be cautious on sidewalks when approaching driveways. Vehicles may not see bicyclists or expect them to be present when they enter or exit a driveway.
(2) Use your sense of hearing when riding a bicycle.
Sounds of traffic, pedestrians and other obstructions can help you avoid accidents.
(3) When in doubt stop riding and move to a safe location.
(4) Bicycle bells are a fun accessory but serve as a very important tool to alert traffic and alert pedestrians of your approach. Use them wisely!
(5) Inspect your bicycle before each ride. Focus particular attention on brake effectiveness and tire pressure. Tighten loose bolts to maintain effective operation.
(6) Avoid bicycling on slippery surfaces such as gravel, sand, dirt or wet surfaces.
(7) Keep all reflectors on your bicycle. Front and rear, wheels and pedals.
Wear reflective clothing and use flashing lights for night riding.
(8) Always wear proper safety gear including a properly fitting helmet.
* Professor Pedals takes safety very seriously. We incorporate basic and advanced safety instruction into our lesson plans.
How to Choose the Right Bicycle for Your Child
Submitted by Maria A. on April 4, 2013
Buying a bicycle is super exciting, yet it can be a difficult and stressful task too. From determining a budget, fit, style, model or color, the process can be overwhelming. Read these tips on how to choose the right bicycle for your child to simplify things and keep it fun. Know your intentions. To gain more value from the purchase, think ahead to siblings who may use the bicycle at a later time. Try to make a gender neutral bicycle purchase and color it with gender specific accessories (bell, basket, etc.). This will give you more value and use down the road. Preview the bicycle assortment before you bring the kids. Kids are drawn to bicycles that may look “cool” or “fun” but are not necessarily the bicycle that’s best for them. Pre-pick models and have them held in an area for your arrival with kids. It makes the process less complicated for everyone and directs them to the choices you want for them.
Know your geometry. If a bicycle does not fit properly it will potentially be unsafe, uncomfortable and unridden. Try to select a few different geometry styles within the correct size bicycle (there are charts based on the rider’s height and inseam). A particular geometry may work better for your rider. Make fit a priority. If children are learning to ride 2-wheelers, their feet should be flat on the ground when sitting on the seat. Adjust the seat position to achieve this or pick a different geometry or size bicycle. For a trained rider, the balls/tip-toes of their feet should touch the ground when sitting on the seat. Make sure the bicycle can grow with the child. Expect to get 2-3 years from a properly fitted bicycle. Work within your budget. Make a sensible choice when it comes to price.
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