May is Bike Month
May is the celebration of all things bicycling and Bike Month 2017 promises to provide something for everyone from experienced cyclist to novice riders. Bike month was established in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists. The goal of Bike Month is to highlight the health and environmental benefits of integrating your bicycle into your lifestyle and Fenix is here to help you. Check out these Bike Month 2017 events and plan your month around living a healthier happier life.
Bike Month 2017 Events
Now in its sixth year, the National Bike Challenge is a great way to celebrate Bike Month 2017 and engage in a little competition with your friends, community, or riders from across the country. The Challenge allows you to easily log your miles and see how you are doing against other riders and groups. The Challenge has a goal of uniting 60,000 riders to bike 30 million miles from May 1, 2017 to September 30, 2017. You can bike as a team or individual and have the possibility of winning great prizes while doing it.
Try bike commuting by participating in the National Bike to Work Week and Day. Bike to Work Week is May 15-19 and Bike to Work Day is May 19. Recent research found that 40% of trips in the U.S. are less than two miles, making bicycling a great option for getting to work and running errands. And you won’t be alone, from 2000 to 2013 the number of bike commuters has increased by over 62%. There are many local events to celebrate and support bike commuting, check out what is going on in your community and join the growing trend.
Mother’s Day, May 14, is National CycloFemme Day. This day honors the past, celebrates the present, and empowers the future of women in cycling. Events are hosted around the country and in seven nations across the globe. Events are open to all regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or bicycle preference. Come out and celebrate the empowering nature of cycling and maybe invite your Mom for a bike ride.
Odds are that if you are not an avid rider your bike may have been inactive during the winter months. While you are mobilizing friends to celebrate Bike Month 2017, it is time to consider these tips before you start peddling:
- Check your Bike Light. Bicycle commuting has increased dramatically across the country and 80% of bikers surveyed indicated that they have biked at night. Check your bike light and make sure it is still functional and meets your requirements. A bike light should have sufficient lumens for your riding needs and be versatile enough to handle many conditions. Also consider a headlamp for your bike helmet and back-up light. Light is the key to safety when biking at night. Lastly, remember to throw extra rechargeable batteries in your bike accessory bag.
- Check your Bolts. Nuts and bolts hold your bike together and can loosen all on their own. Loose, or improperly tightened, bolts can be dangerous, can lead to wear and tear issues, and can reduce performance. Consult your owner’s manual for tightening information.
- Check your pre-ride ABCs
- Air: Properly inflated tires will help prevent flats, check the sidewall of your tire for the recommended tire pressure. Remember to make sure you have your patch kit and pump with you before your ride.
- Breaks: Take a second and squeeze your front and rear brake levers. Make sure that the brakes engage properly and smoothly.
- Chain: Look at your chain and check tension. Keeping the chain lubricated and everything clean will help your bike shift easier and improve the life of your drivetrain.