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Wet toes are worth it!

Wet toes are worth it!

OK. It’s still wintery outside, maybe with slush, ice and cold. You can’t ride or you don’t want to. Even though you probably already know this stuff, heres a reminder about some cycling things you should be doing.

Take some time to look over your bike, clean off last falls dirt and get it ready to ride. Things you should definitely review are chain wear, cables, wheel bearings, headset, bottom bracket and tires. If you don’t know how to check those things you can always refer to online resources like Sheldon Brown or Park tool. Bike maintenance is fairly simple and it’s great to have knowledge when you have a problem on the road. If you’d rather have a shop maintain your bike, take it in now when they’re not so busy and you’ll be ready on the first warm day - coming soon. Your local shop will appreciate you doing this now instead of in May when they’re swamped after the first warm days. Another great option: visit one of the local bicycle co-ops for some hands on help to do-it yourself.

You might also take inventory of your cycling gear. Check out your lights, bags, helmet, and wash what needs washing. That funky smelling helmet too. Decide what’s worn out, what can be repaired and what needs to be replaced. You might still find some deals on last seasons clothing or helmets if needed.

For yourself, it’s not too late to try some group fitness to get ready for the season. Several local shops host indoor cycling sessions. YMCA spin classes are great too.

Finally, you can always brave the wet cold and go out for a ride. The first warm spring days aren’t far off.