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Pedal in the City: Preparing for Cooler Weather: Bicycle Maintenance

pedalcityFall weather is upon us and it’s time to think about tuning up the bike after summer of riding.  You could visit your local bike shop and get a tune up – or you can do it yourself!

The Bicycle League of American Bicyclists offers an entire page of information on bicycle maintenance, including these categories:



  • Fix a Flat (including causes of flats)
  • Tire pressure
  • Patching tubes
  • Brake basics
  • Front and Rear derailer adjustment
  • Packing your bike
  • Tools for the road
  • General Mechanics

Improperly adjusted brakes can rub through tire and cause tube to blow out of tire. Maintaining proper tire pressure helps prevent flats and maximizes rolling efficiency. Worn tires leave less rubber between the tube and the road, decreasing flat protection.

Whichever way you choose to tune up your bicycle, be sure it is in safe riding condition for cooler weather.  Pedal safe!

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