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The ABC’s of Bike Safety

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UCLA's Bike Week festivities may have come to an end, but National Bike Month is still in full swing. As an academic institution, we’re all about instilling the ABCs, and this is the perfect occasion for a refresher course on the nuts and bolts of bike safety. Whether you’re fresh off the training wheels or a long-distance cyclist, it never hurts to study up.

A is for air. Check the tire pressure. Use a pressure gauge to insure proper pressure. In a pinch a quick squeeze with your fingers can work. Tires should be inflated to the rated pressure noted on the sidewall (pounds/square inch). Spin the wheels and check for any cuts or damage too.

B is for brakes. Take a look at the hand brakes by lifting the bike up, img_Bikesafe_homepagespinning one wheel and squeezing the brake level to make sure the tire stops. Check the coaster, or back pedal brakes, by spinning the back wheel and applying the brake. Brake pads need to be clean, straight and make proper contact with the rims.

C is for cranks, chain and cassette. Grab the crank arms, the part of the bike on which the pedals are attached, and wiggle side to side. There should be no movement. Make sure the chain isn’t dry, rusty or excessively greasy or dirty. The chain should be straight and the crank and pedals tight and secure.

Quick Release: Quick-release hubs need to be tight, but not too tight; quick-release brakes, which are opened when removing or installing wheels, need to be in the closed position and quick-release seat clamps need to be in the right position. And, make sure your seat is the correct height.

Check: Take a slow brief ride to check that your bike is working properly.

Inspecting your bike for mechanical safety is something that should be done before every ride.

Here are some additional guidelines for safely sharing the road: obey all traffic regulations, ride in a straight line and avoid weaving, never ride against traffic and remember pedestrians have the right of way on walkways. Beware the “right hook” by waiting in the designated right turn lane and watching for vehicles also turning and heading into the intersection and avoid the “door zone” by staying 3 to 4 feet away from parked cars. Always pay attention to your surroundings and remember to use hand signals and make eye contact with others.

Happy riding!

 

Bike Essentials 101

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Paige Colton commutes to UCLA by bike from Santa Monica near 26th Street and Wilshire Boulevard. Paige, who is working toward her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning, knows all about the benefits of bicycling.

"I love the sense of freedom biking gives me," she says. "I can move way faster than a car stuck in traffic, feel the wind in my hair, and squeeze some exercise into a busy day!"

In honor of Bike Week, she has provided us with a snapshot of her biking essentials. Take a look below:

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Items pictured: water bottle, reflective windbreaker, helmet, coffee mug, front and back lights, keys, sunglasses, U-lock, a notebook, pens, cell phone, backpack, bike shorts and bus fare.

 

Don’t Miss Out On These Bike Week Events!

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BikeWeek-BlogWe're one week away from UCLA Bike Week! In addition to our pit stops, here are some great on- and off-campus events you really shouldn't miss:

Tour de UCLA 2017

Tour de UCLA Bike Ride

Location: Throughout UCLA campus

Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Time: Meet at 1 p.m. by the UCLA Bike Shop; Ride begins at 1:30 (participants must sign waivers)

Experience the bikeability of UCLA’s campus through an interactive ride led by the UCLA Bike Shop. Need a bike? A limited number will be available to borrow from the UCLA Bike Shop.

 

UCLA Bike Coalition Social Ride

Location: Santa Monica

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017

Time: Meet at 5 p.m. by the UCLA Bike Shop; Ride begins at 5:30

Come join the Bicycle Coalition at UCLA on a social ride to Santa Monica followed by food and drinks at the Santa Monica Brew Works.

 

Additional Bike Month Activities:

Los Angeles County Bike Coalition Bike Month-Calendar of Events

http://www.la-bike.org/bikemonth2017

LA Metro Bike Month-Calendar of Events

https://www.metro.net/riding/bike-month/

 

Students, Rent a BruinBike This Quarter For Only $65!

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bruinbikeBike Month kicks off next week, and we're here to help you live a healthier, more active lifestyle. The UCLA Bike Shop offers quarterly BruinBike rentals for only $65 per quarter!

These fully-equipped bikes are deluxe hybrid city-style 8-speed cruisers that come with front and rear fenders, front and rear lights, a rear rack, and a cup holder mounted on the handlebar.

Plus, with the thread of heavy rainstorms behind us, you can also expect to ride through some of the nicest weather that the city of Los Angeles has to offer!

With biking, there’s no need for a costly gym membership or a hard-to-follow workout regimen. Not only will you avoid all the stressful traffic on your way to work, but you will also strengthen your bones, increase your cardiovascular fitness, and decrease your body fat levels all while doing so!

So, what are your waiting for? Contact the UCLA Bike Shop to rent your very own bicycle today!

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