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TIPS of the Month: Maintain bicycle and use safety equipment

12:16 PM, Jul. 24, 2013  |  Comments
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In an effort to raise awareness, the Wisconsin Rapids Pedestrian Safety Subcommittee will be releasing a series of brief TIPS of the Month. This month's tip topic is bicycle safety equipment and maintenance.

A great ride is a safe ride. If you are a cyclist, it is the perfect time to be on the road. To make sure you are ready for safe and fun bicycling, be sure to use the proper safety equipment and know basic bicycle maintenance.

T: Tip Top Shape! Cleaning your bike is the first priority. Bicycles are a collection of moving parts that collect mud, grime and other debris, which causes wear and tear on the bike and increases deterioration.

I: Illumination! Use white lights in the front of your bike, red lights in the back. They are appropriate not only for night riding, but for visibility during dawn and dusk hours, cloudy conditions and even a bright sun. Reflective tape on the bike and your clothing makes it easier for other riders, pedestrians and motor vehicles to see you.

P: Protection. Wear a properly fitted helmet on every ride. The helmet should be snug on your head, but not too tight to be uncomfortable. It needs to cover the back of your head and your forehead. For the chin strap, use the two-finger rule. The buckle should be centered under your chin and tight enough that you can only fit a finger or two in between the strap and your chin.

S: Scan when you can. It only takes a few seconds to look for loose screws, low tire pressure, bald spots or bearings, breaks and chains in need of lubrication.

To learn more about the Wisconsin Rapids Pedestrian Safety Education Subcommittee, or for more bicycle safety information please contact: Jim Brown, manager, Wheels of Independence Inc./River City Cab, 2703 Industrial St., Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495, 715-423-7818.

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