Do you love biking? Are you ready to try a cruiser, or do you already own one? While bicycling is good for your health, it is also a fun activity and you’re being good to the environment at the same time. Here are a few tips for enjoying cruiser bikes in Naples, FL.
A cruiser bicycle, which is also known as a beach cruiser, is a bike with a very different look and feel from a typical road bike. The average beach cruiser has a steel construction, an overall unique style, balloon tires, upright seating and a single-speed setting. Because they are meant to cruise, cruiser bike seats are wider and more comfortable than standard road bike seats. It’s best to ride a cruiser bike on paved roads at a moderate to low speed, and for relatively short distances at a time:
- Store your bike properly: Your cruiser bike is not going to rust to death after being exposed to the elements for one night. However, as a general rule of thumb, avoid leaving your bike outside to be subjected to constant exposure—especially if weather conditions are wet. Rainwater, moisture, morning dew and fog are all capable of causing chains to rust and other bike parts to deteriorate over time.
- Practice preventative maintenance: Keep sand out of the chain and gears; otherwise, the granules of sand will create friction between your metal bike parts. Blow out or spray away sand and dirt particles and wipe away debris regularly so your cruiser doesn’t wear down prematurely. In addition, check to make sure your bike’s seat springs, gears and chain remain well lubricated. Use WD-40 on these parts for smooth, relaxing rides and to ensure they will last a long time.
- Follow traffic laws: A major part of enjoying riding your cruiser bike is staying safe on the road. Brush up on the traffic laws and know what all traffic signs mean. Following laws ensures not only your safety, but also the safety of everyone else on the road with you, including drivers, pedestrians and other bicyclists.
- Wear safety gear: Before heading out on a bike ride—whether on the road, a trail, the beach or a residential street—make sure you are wearing the necessary safety gear. Gear like a properly fitting helmet, lights on the front and back of your bike and bright-colored or reflective clothing helps make you visible to others, as well as protects you in the event of an accident.
- Use a bike lock: Not everyone in the world is honest. For this reason, always use a heavy-duty bike lock whenever you leave your bike unattended, even if you keep it on your own property under your entryway or patio, and especially if you’re out in public areas. The lock needs to be big enough to secure both the wheel and frame to the bike rack.
Whether you are interested in renting or buying cruiser bikes in Naples, FL, look no further than Big Momma’s Bicycles. We carry a wide selection of bicycle styles, and offer bike services and repairs ranging from complete tune-ups to preventative maintenance!
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