Posted Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 by & filed under Lifestyle.

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For most people across the country, temperatures are rising, the grass is turning greener and flowers are blooming. And if you listen closely, you’ll hear the sound of derailleurs shifting and brakes squeaking against rims. As the weather warms, bicycles are returning to streets and trails in large numbers. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or new to owning a bike, these tips below will surely make your cycling season safe and enjoyable!

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Resuming cycling in the spring/early summer :: Unless your bicycle is brand new, it’s probably been sitting in your garage or a storage room for the winter. This means there’s a little bit of work to do, but it doesn’t have to take long. First, inflate your tires to their proper tire pressure. This is important for two reasons: it takes less energy to pedal a bike with fully inflated tires and your tires also are likely to last much longer and will avoid being punctured. Second, spray a little silicon lubricant on the chain, gears and other moving parts. It doesn’t take much lubricant to make a bike operate much more quietly and efficiently and a silicon spray isn’t sticky so it won’t attract dirt that can wear out moving parts. Third, don’t venture out without a helmet. Dress sporty {as if you’re riding in the Tour de France!} and keep that helmet on!

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Taking biking to the next level :: Mobile apps — There are a number of smartphone apps, such as Map My Ride, that will track your route, speed and calories burned. Tracking data encourages you to want to go one more mile, bike a little faster or do one more ride before the end of the week.

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Accessories — Panniers (luggage that can be affixed to your bike), water bottles, rear view mirrors and cycling computers can all enhance your biking experience and safety. Clothing — Consider buying some cycling shorts and shirts. The skin-tight attire might not feel like it’s your style at first, but you’ll be surprised how much faster you’ll feel when wearing aerodynamic clothing. We hope these tips and suggestions help you get excited about biking any day of the year. It is a fun and active way to bring your friends and/or family together and enjoy the beautiful weather and quaint neighborhoods. We’d love to know, what do you do to prepare for the height of cycling season?

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