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Give your bike some TLC before heading out

<p>The season’s warmer weather and longer days have kids, and grown-ups, too, ready to take to the road. That often means bicycling — and after a long winter, your 10-speed bike needs a little TLC before hitting those highways and byways.</p>







The season’s warmer weather and longer days have kids, and grown-ups, too, ready to take to the road. That often means bicycling — and after a long winter, your 10-speed bike needs a little TLC before hitting those highways and byways.





First, inspect and tighten everything, including seats, pedals and handlebars. Then, lubricate all moving parts, such as gears, brakes and the chain. Then, clean and recheck everything — including frame, spokes and pressure in the tires.





Finally, wear a good helmet for safety. Check for proper fit. It shouldn’t move more than 1.3 centimetres in any direction. Side straps should fit just below the ears, with the buckle directly under your chin. Last, check your helmet for cracks, dents or any other signs of damage.





If all systems are go, take off. It’s spring, after all.


 
 
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