What do a penny-farthing, a folding, a recumbent, a BMX and a tandem have in common?
They are all different types of bicycles.
This is the season to get your bike out if you haven’t yet.
Before you jump on and pedal off here are some things to remember.
In Nova Scotia, it’s required by law that you wear a helmet. Make sure your helmet fits, too. Your bike should also have a bell or horn, a white headlight, and a back red reflector.
Give your bike an A-B-C checkup before you start. Look for air in the tires, that the brakes are in order, and the chain is functioning. Ensure the seat is at the right height so you’re in control, you have maximum torque, and you aren’t putting excessive pressure on your knees.
When you are cycling remember the rules of the road. Ride on the right-hand side going the same direction as traffic.
Also, use hand signals when turning. For turning left, have your left arm extended out straight. For turning right, extend your left arm and angle your forearm vertically upward. To signal a stop, extend your left arm out and angle your forearm vertically downward.
Watch out for material on the road such as gravel and wet leaves, car doors opening, loose shoe laces that can wind around the pedal, loose pant legs that can get caught in your chain, and drainage grates that run parallel with the road.
I always ride my bike like I run. Assume no one sees you, so making eye contact is important. If you are not comfortable changing lanes at an intersection you can always jump off your bike and walk it across as a pedestrian.
For more tips, check out the Nova Scotia government brochure Bicycle Safety.
HRM’s Bike Week is the first week of June. More information is available on its website, along with the newest version of the city bike map.