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“It’s as easy as riding a bike,” they say! But did they also tell you how important it is to keep that bike maintained and tuned up? The team at #projectbestlife sat down with bike expert and co-owner of Campus Wheelworks, Ethan Johnson to give you the lowdown on all the “bike basics” just in time for this summer season. It can be overwhelming to go down the rabbit hole of responses when looking to buy something online, especially a bike. There are a multitude of different opinions available at the click of a finger that narrowing down your options can seem incredibly daunting, but Ethan’s biggest piece of advice is to simply head to your local bike shop!
“What I always try to convince people to do is just go to a local bike shop. Whether it’s Campus Wheelworks or another one. All the bike shops in town are really good. Go in and talk to somebody because that’s literally why we’re here. That’s why we were put on this earth, to talk to people that don’t know what they need and help them find what they need.”
According to Ethan, there are a few key things to consider when it comes to buying a new bike. The first thing you might want to ask yourself is “what are your goals?” There are a variety of differences in bikes and each bike is designed to meet a common goal, whether that be recreational riding, trail riding, or even for something like a triathlon.
A hybrid is a style of bike we sell the most to people- it can do all those things. You know, it’s a great kind of place to start for somebody that isn’t maybe sure where their cycling adventure might take them. The most important things are getting one that you can afford and getting one that fits.
After the goal has been determined, finding a bike that fits is the next step. Setting your seat to the right height and ensuring that your tires have the appropriate amount of air will make all the difference when it comes to riding.
“Once you have the right size bike, there’s still a matter of getting the seat height to the right height. From the seat to the pedals, if you’re sitting on the seat, you basically want your leg to have to be not straight, but fairly close to it. Another one is pumping up your tires. Over time tires lose air and riding a bike with half flat tires is 10 times harder than riding it with full tires, at least maybe more. So, if you’re not sure what to pump your tires up to, there’s usually a rating on the side of the tire. It would be in PSI. And it might say 40 to 60, so a floor pump is the best thing to own for that.”
With new advancements being made to make Buffalo more bike accessible, this opens the door for an opportunity to see the city in a whole new way.
“If you ride around the city of Buffalo on a bicycle, you have a totally different experience than you do in a car. You can see everything around you, you can stop wherever you want, you can have a conversation with your friend while you’re riding or see somebody on the street say hello to them. It’s an entirely different experience to take in. It’s the way I got to know Buffalo when I moved here, and it’s how I fell in love with this city.”
Riding a bike gives you a sense of freedom and even offers a “fountain of youth effect,” as Ethan would say. By being a low impact sport, this activity helps you feel better and maybe even a little younger! Visit your local bike shop to have all your questions answered, or to tune up that old bike in your garage. You might just be surprised what a little adjustment from the experts can do! Start your summer off right and keep those wheels turning toward living your best life!
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The Ride for Roswell is one of the nation’s largest cycling events – a life-changing experience for riders, volunteers and cancer patients who benefit from the funds raised for Roswell Park.
This charity bike ride brings people together to celebrate survivors, pay tribute to those we’ve lost and share in the passion that connects us all: finding a cure for cancer.
There are two ways to ride this summer — in-person on Saturday, August 7 at one of four locations throughout the Western New York area. Or ride your own way throughout the month of August.
Click here to register where you can sign up as an individual, join a team, create a team, or help as a volunteer! So tune-up your bike and hit the roads this summer for a great cause!
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