Tips for New Bike Owners...

There are a few things every new bike owner should know/do once they get their bike.

1. Fit some lights. Seriously, if you didn't get any lights with your bike, go get some. They're certainly the law in the UK, and I'm sure they're probably the law in most other civilised countries.

2. Set your saddle height. You saddle height needs to be correct for your leg length, NOT whether you can touch the floor while seated. Click on the link to find out how to set your saddle height.

3. Prepare your emergency kit. You need a small saddle pack which contains the basics to get you back on the road.

4. Repair a Mock puncture. You don't want to be repairing a pucture for the first time at the side of the road (usually in the dark being battered by freezing cold rain). Do it at home in a nice warm place where you can figure out how to do it.

5. Keep it clean. Get into a habit of keeping your bike (semi) clean. It doesn't need to be spotless, but dirt creates a lovely grinding paste on your chain.

6. Get a lock. If you want to keep it, lock it.

7. Take some pictures. Make a note of your frames serial number and take some pictures. If it gets nicked, you'll need it for insurance.

8. Check your pressures. Get yourself a tyre pressure gauge, and check your pressures. They may need a bit of air if the bike shop haven't taken care of it for you.

9. Get a Helmet. It's up to you, but I always wear a helmet. Some people wear them others don't. Up to you.

10. Get out and ride. Don't put it off, get out there. Right now.

Well, what are you waiting for? :)

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