While there are many hardy souls in Fort Wayne who ride their bikes year round for transportation or sport/recreation, many of us are just starting to emerge from our long winter hibernation and we are starting to think about going on a family bike ride. Did you know there are 61 miles of trails in the greater Fort Wayne area with even more under construction this year? The Fort Wayne Parks Department maintains the Rivergreenway webpage which also includes maps of all of the multi-use trails in the area.
Before you ride, you should probably do a thorough inspection of your bike to make sure that it is operating properly. It may even need a tune up. The League of American Bicyclists recommends performing an ABC Quick check before every bike ride so that you can make sure your bike is operating properly. This will help keep you and your family safe!
ABC Quick Check
A = Air
Inflate tires to rated pressure as listed on the sidewall of the tire.
Use a pressure gauge to insure proper pressure.
Check for damage to tire tread and sidewall; replace if damaged.
B = Brakes
Inspect pads for wear; replace is there is less than ¼” of pad left.
Check pad adjustment; make sure they do not rub tire or dive into spokes.
Check brake level travel; at least 1″ between bar and lever when applied.
C = Cranks, Chain and Cassette
Make sure that your crank bolts are tight; lube the threads only, nothing else.
Check your chain for wear; 12 links should measure no more than 12 1/8 inches.
If your chain skips on your cassette, you might need a new one or just an adjustment.
Quick = Quick releases
Hubs need to be tight in the frame; your quick release should engage at 90°.
Your hub quick release should point back to insure that nothing catches on it.
Inspect brake quick releases to insure that they have been re-engaged.
Check = Check it over
Take a quick ride to check if the derailleurs and brakes are working properly.
Inspect the bike for loose or broken parts; tighten, replace or fix them
Pay extra attention to your bike during the first few miles of the ride.
Once you’re done with you ABC Quick Check you are ready to go out and enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of our wonderful City of Fort Wayne! Happy riding!
Contributed by Amy Hartzog, Greenways Assistant, Transportation Administration