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Whether motivated by recreation or transportation, more adults are taking up bicycling than ever before. 

Many of these adults are bicycling for the first time in many years or are using their bicycle in different situations than they previously did - such as commuting  to work or a short trip to the local grocery store.

The adult bicyclist not only needs to assess  his or her skill level, but also needs to brush up on current laws and the rules of the road.

This web site is dedicated to doing just that, by promoting the  DVD, “Geared Up!  The Essentials of Adult Bicycling”,  by posting useful information on this site, and by linking  to professional organizations that offer immeasurable information on all facets of bicycling.

 
 
7 Ways to Practice Safety while Bike Riding PDF Print E-mail
Written by Don A'Hern   

When you ride a bike you want to be safe. Bicycle riders are a part of the traffic stream since more people ride bikes as a form of transportation. Here are seven ways to stay safe when you set out on your ride.

1. Check out your bike. When you roll your bike out of the garage or wherever you have it stored, take a quick look at your bike. Are the brake pads making contact with the rim and not the rubber of the wheel? Are the gears moving easily? Is any part of the frame rusty or bent? Any problem with your bike can make you a danger on the road to yourself and others.

2. Attach reflectors to your bike. Many bike accidents occur at dusk or at night because riders are not easily visible to car drivers. With reflectors, a car’s headlights can spot them and keep you from being the next casualty. Place them on the front and back wheels attached to the spokes and on the front and back of the frame.

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Health Benefits of Cycling PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jerry Travers   

There are many health benefits that are associated with cycling. Let's look at a few of the major benefits:

Cycling is one of the easiest ways to exercise
You can ride a bicycle almost anywhere, at any time of the year, and without spending a fortune. Many people are put off doing certain sports because of the high level of skill that seems to be required, or perhaps because they can’t commit to a team sport due to time pressures. Most of us know how to cycle and once you have learned you don’t forget. All you need is a bike, a half an hour here or there when it suits, and a bit of confidence.

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Choosing the Right Bike Seat PDF Print E-mail
Written by Don A'Hern   
It takes only one ride on the wrong bicycle seat to demonstrate irrefutably that a good bicycle seat is paramount to regular bicycle riding.  Even the shortest, smoothest ride can be painful and joyless if your bicycle has a bad seat on it.
 
What differentiates a good seat from a bad seat?  It will differ between any two people, and it will differ especially between men and women.  Our anatomies in the lower torso are made for strikingly different purposes, and it's pretty safe to venture that none of them include bike riding! Truth be told, the perfect bicycle seat has not yet been marketed. There are, however, some seats that are markedly better than others.
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The Mighty Katy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ned Boyle   

Stretching across the state of Missouri for nearly 250 miles, The Katy Trail State Park is one of the nation's longest, most inviting and scenic trails in the midwest.  Like other converted railroad lines, The Katy gets its name from the former rail corridor that linked Kansas, Arkansas and Texas, originally known as the MKT.  The trail begins just outside St. Louis in the suburb of St. Charles and winds its way for just over 150 miles along the great Missouri River until it parts company near the quaint river town of Boonville.  From there, it wanders past farms, fields, wetlands and prairies until it dead-ends just outside of Clinton, Missouri near Kansas City.  The kiosk in Clinton both welcomes and bids farewell, depending on the rider's chosen starting point.

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Biking with the Family PDF Print E-mail
Written by Don A'Hern   

Recreational biking can be a fun, affordable family activity that is appropriate for every family. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on fancy family activities; a simple bike ride to the park or bike ride in the country can be a fabulous way for the family to spend some quality time together. When you go biking with the family though there are a few things to keep in mind before you hit the road to make sure that everyone enjoys the experience and that no one get hurt or upset.

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Where to Bike PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   

There are many different places you can ride your bike.  In fact, "where to ride" is only limited by your desires and the local rules of the road.

Obviously, most cyclists bike on the road. If you’re going to be biking on the road make sure that you get a copy of the rules of the road for cyclists put out by your local department of motor vehicles. Go over these rules with your kids to make sure they know the rules and hand signals they will need to safely bike on the road. Another option for cyclists who want a flat, smooth paved surface to ride on when riding hard for fitness or training are local bike parks or jogging paths. Many areas that have waterfront jogging path have set aside a portion of the paved jogging path to be a cyclists path so that cyclists can use the path without having to worry about running over joggers and walkers and the joggers and walkers don’t have to worry about getting mowed down by an avid cyclist training for a race. In some places they do not separate the jogging and cycling tracks to be careful to not injure any joggers or walkers you come across.

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