Pre-ride Discover Main Street Welcome and Bicycle Tips

Dear Rider,

Welcome to the DISCOVER MAIN STREET FUN RIDE!

We are departing from the Clarence Hollow Farmers Market at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday. Riding your bicycle can be such fun. This ride was created to help show community support for a bike-friendly Main Street. By riding your bike you are demonstrating that we can be known as a bike friendly community with plenty of great courteous people and many great places to put a foot down and visit on your bicycle. Thanks in advance for your help in making our ride a grand success!

Here are a few tips to help ensure you have a fun and safe ride:

ABC Check:

  • AIR. Pinch your tires to check for firmness before you ride
  • BRAKES. Make sure they work and are not rubbing the tire
  • CRANK/CHAIN. Any problems with your gears or chain? Take it over to Cycles Plus or Bert’s to have a pre-ride safety check before you ride. Both are providing free safety checks for our riders.Check it over – Check your entire bike over for anything loose or damaged.

Obey the Rules of the Road:

  • #1 RULE – Be aware of your surroundings!
  • Obey traffic signals, stop signs and NYS law
  • Ride in a straight line
  • Ride to the right on the side with traffic as seems most reasonably safe
  • Ride single file or no more than two abreast
  • Announce your pass “On your LEFT!” when overtaking slower riders
  • Point out to help those behind you avoid potholes, storm drain etc…
  • Use hand signals for turning, stopping and slowing
  • Be courteous
  • Anticipate traffic patterns
  • Stay a car doors length away from parked cars

Helmets and attire:

  • Always wear a properly fitting helmet
  • Don’t wear loose clothing; it can get caught in the chain etc…
  • Wear Reflective clothing
  • Consider comfortable bike shorts, shoes, eyewear and gloves
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