Five bicycle tips for a better ride

Warm weather months offer the perfect opportunity for a bicycle ride. May is National Bike Month in the US, and there are lots of ways to celebrate cycling culture through resources offered by groups like the League of American Bicyclists and the National Center for Safe Routes to School. Here are five ideas to ensure that your bicycle, your route, and you are ready for every ride.

1. Find a scenic cycling route

Groups like the Adventure Cycling Association (ACA) have currently mapped more than 40,000 miles of bike routes around the US. While they continue to work to develop more bike routes across the US, you can request a catalogue of bike maps to get you started.

You can help the ACA, and other groups like the National Center for Safe Routes to School develop a safe bicycling route in your area.

Or, in the case of professional cyclists Danny MacAskill, you can make your own route (do not try this at home!).

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