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Tips to get your bike ready for spring and summer

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Courtesy: Pacific Cycle Courtesy: Pacific Cycle
Courtesy: Pacific Cycle Courtesy: Pacific Cycle
Courtesy: Pacific Cycle Courtesy: Pacific Cycle

MADISON (WKOW) -- May is National Bike Month and as the weather warms and the outdoors starts to look more appealing, it’s the perfect time to take your bike out of storage and get it ready to ride.

On Wednesday, Dave Duecker, Vice President of product development for Schwinn and Mongoose at Pacific Cycle stopped by Wake Up Wisconsin to give viewers a few helpful tips.

Duecker says there are three main things you should do to get your bike ready for the spring and summer.

First, you should clean your bike.  A clean bike, free of dirt and other debris, will shift more smoothly and brake better. To clean, grab a bucket of water and take a rag or sponge over the entire frame.  

Second, lube the chain. Make sure to keep your chain well-oiled for smoother shifting and to prevent rust. Bike chain oil is available at any bike or sporting goods store.  To oil the chain, hang your bike on a repair stand if you have one, or flip it upside down so it’s resting on the seat and handlebars. Drip the lube on the inside of the chain while moving the pedal in a counterclockwise direction. Get the entire chain. Let sit for a few minutes, then take a rag and run the chain counterclockwise for a few full rotations. Then drip the lube on the chain again. Let it sit for a few hours to dry.

Finally, it's important to make sure your tires are properly inflated. Tires lose air naturally over time. Check the side of your tire to find the correct PSI. Fill to that amount.

Duecker also mentioned the three must-haves for any cyclists which includes; a helmet, bike pump and lights.

Pacific Cycle is celebrating May Bike Month all month long. Stop by the Pacific Cycle booth Wednesday morning from 6:30-8:30 for free donuts and coffee at the bottom of the pedestrian bridge on Hammersley Road.

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