Remember Your First?

Can you recall how old you were when you got your very first bicycle?  Well not counting a tricycle, I was seven years old and tall for my age.  It was a brand new red and white Schwinn with a large basket and horn.  Still recall how excited I was. That bicycle provided me with countless hours of fun.  It was very uncommon to see children riding with helmets in those days.  Thankfully I never fell and cracked my head open.  We’ve come a long way since then and realize the importance of a great bike fit and of the importance of protecting a great asset – our brain, by wearing a proper fitting helmet.

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If you are getting excited about the weather change and thinking about buying a bicycle for you and or your child, please don’t forget that it is important to get a bike that fits properly.  Just like buying a good pair of shoes, you don’t want your bike to be too large or too small.  A proper fitting bicycle cannot be overstated.  Never purchase a bike on E-Bay, Craigslist, etc.  You don’t know if the bike has a cracked frame (very dangerous), has been stolen or is in disrepair.  Buy only from a reputable local bike shop near you.  The salesperson will ensure your purchase fits you and or your child and they will be available if you need any adjustments, or assistance purchasing other quality bike accessories.

Did you know that if your bike doesn’t fit properly you can begin to have physical problems with your neck, back, wrists, etc.?  Always purchase a new helmet, never purchase at a garage sale or acquire as a hand-me-down.  Bike helmets have a shelf life which varies according to the manufacturer.  Never store your helmet in the trunk of your car, in your garage or any other place that may be hot.  The foam lining in the helmet begins to break down with heat.  Remember it’s your brain you are protecting.  Here’s to hoping you find the joy there is in riding a bike this summer.  Cycling can help to improve your fitness level, improve your mood and provide you and your family with many wonderful memories.  Happy trails!

 

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