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Adult Cyclists

Every day the average adult American drives almost 40 miles and spends an hour in the car. Forty percent of these trips are within two miles of the home. Over half the working population lives within five miles of the workplace.

Whether motivated by recreation or transportation, more adults are taking up cycling than ever before, reports the League of American Bicyclists.

Yet most adults still rely on their cars for the majority of their transportation needs. Learning more about cycling greatly increases confidence, and can be a great aid in learning to share the road more effectively, whether you are behind two wheels or one.

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Adult cyclists who are using their bicycle in different situations than they previously did - such as switching from occasional short recreational rides to regularly commuting to work- may want to take a short workshop, join a bike club, or otherwise get involved with their local bicycling community.
   
Courses and workshops may focus on learning to race, long distance touring, teach children to cycle safely, commuting, bike repairs, and more. Check with the League of American Bicyclists for a listing of instruction opportunities available in your area or ask at your local bike shop.

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The adult cyclist should assess her or himself: How confident are you in your cycling skills? What would you like to know more about? Are there particular kinds of cycling you'd like to try out? With that in mind, adult cyclists may wish to check around their community for bike clubs, classes, rides, and other cycling opportunities that may be of interest to them.
   
The adult cyclist should brush up on riding skills and rules if it has been a while since he or she cycled regularly.
   
Adult cyclists who wish to cycle with small children, and cyclists needing to transport cargo, should investigate the various child seats and trailers available, determine which are the safest, and which will work best for them.
   
Adult cyclists should learn more about off-road cycling, touring, and racing before participating in these activities. Adult cyclists are encouraged to try cycling on multi-use paths, but should remember to respect others' needs on the trails.
   
Even adult cyclists who maintain that they only cycle on paths or quiet streets should not underestimate the importance of wearing a helmet. Accidents can happen anywhere.
   
Adult cyclists should learn how to handle harassment from motorists and others in traffic. As difficult as it may be, it's in the cyclist's best interest not to return any harassment or insult.
   
Just like a car, a bicycle requires basic maintenance to keep running smoothly and safely. The adult cyclists should learn that bikes are easy to work on and that s/he can save money by learning to maintain them him or herself-- by picking up a manual, taking a repair course. Those who really don't have time should keep their bicycles regularly serviced at a good bike shop.
   
Adult cyclists should know the health and environmental benefits of bicycling. A great way is to learn how to substitute a short bike ride for many car trips and errands, and fit bicycling into one's everyday life.

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Links

Commuter Tips


Why Commute By Bike?

http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/commutewhy.htm

Why Support Bicycle Commuting?
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/commutersupport.htm

Answers to Common Bike Commuting Excuses
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/commutingexcuses.htm

A Guide to Commuting for the Employer
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/commutingemployer.htm

A Guide to Commuting for the Employee
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/commuteemployee.htm

Commuting and Public Health
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/commutepublichealth.htm

Commuting and Your Clothes
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/clothingmaterials.htm

Commuting and Raingear
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/raingear.htm

     
     
Smooth Moves
   


Climbing Hills on Your Bike

http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/climbingtips.htm

Going Downhill Fast
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/downhill.htm

How to Shift and Change Gears
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/shiftingandgears.htm

Caught in the Rain?: Here's how to ride:
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/rainriding.htm

Riders of the Storm: Staying safe in a thunderstorm
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/thunder.htm

Riding Efficiently
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/efficiency.htm

Making Quick Turns on Your Bike
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/instantturn.htm

Stopping Suddenly on Your Bike
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/quickstop.htm

Dodging Rocks
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/rockdodge.htm

     
     
Securing your bicycle--and your stuff
   


How to Park Your Bike
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/bicycleparking.htm

How to Secure Your Bike
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/security.htm

How to Lock Your Bike
http://www.kryptonitelock.com

How to Carry Your Stuff
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/carrying.htm

     
     
Bike Basics
   


NHTSA's 10 Smart Routes to Bicycle Safety

http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/pedbimot/bike/10Smartroutesbicycle/

Learn your ABCs: check out your bike before you take it out!
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/abcquickcheck.htm

League of American Bicyclists' 10 Commandments of Cycling
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/tencommandments.htm

     
     
Bike Maintenance 101
   


General Mechanic Skills
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/mechanics.htm

Tools You Need to Use: What to Take on the Road
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/toolsfortheroad.htm

Under Pressure: Keeping Your Tires in Check
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/tirepressure.htm

Why Tires Go Flat
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/causesofflats.htm

How to Fix a Flat Tire
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/fixaflat.htm

The Science of Stopping: Brake Basics
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/brakebasics.htm

The Front Derailleur
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/frontderailleur.htm

The Drivetrain
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/drivetrain.htm

     
     
Finding your place on the road
   


Principles of Traffic

http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/trafficprinciples.htm

How to avoid Motorist Errors
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/motoristerrors.htm

How to Position Yourself on the Road
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/lanepositioning.htm

Turns and Lanes
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/turnsandlanes.htm

How to Change Lanes on Your Bike
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/lanechanging.htm

How to Avoid Getting "Doored"
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/avoiddoors.htm

Bike Lanes- What They Are and How They Work
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/bikelanes.htm

Riding Right- On the Right
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/rideright.htm

     
     
Riding in style
   


How to Ride Comfortably
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/bikecomfort.htm

Exercises for Cyclists
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/exercises.htm

Eat Better, Cycle Better: Nutrition Tips
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/nutrition.htm

     
     
Advanced cycling skills
   


Riding in Groups
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/groupriding.htm

Riding at Night-- Always with Lights
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/lightsatnight.htm

Riding on Rural Roads
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/ruralroads.htm

Suspension for Road and Mountain Biking
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/suspension.htm

Pacelines and Drafting
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/pacelines.htm

Riding with Clipless Pedals
http://www.bikeleague.org/educenter/factsheets/cliplesspedals.htm


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