As the weather gets warmer, Naperville bike paths are getting busier.
But before you hit the trail this season, it’s important to make sure your bike is as ready as you are. A quick tune-up at a bicycle shop is a good start.
“They’re checking that the brakes are operating smoothly and cleanly,” said Naperville Bicycle Club President Daryl Monge. “They’re checking to make sure that the gears are shifting properly. They’re checking to make sure all the bolts are tight. They’re checking to make sure the lubrication is good.”
More precautionary measures you can take are keeping a small first aid kit with you, as well as making sure you can be seen by cars and other cyclists.
“One of the big things for safety is visibility,” said Monge. “I bought myself some new bicycle gloves and these are very bright.”
Attaching a flashing light to your bike can help cars see you from up to a mile away. And while you need to be seen by those around you, it’s also important to stay alert yourself.
Listening to music or a podcast is fine, as long as it’s a reasonable volume and you can still hear traffic around you.
“Be aware of your surroundings,” said Monge. “You really need to pay attention to what’s going on around you, especially cars if you’re riding on the road. And, I can’t stress enough how important helmets are.”
Monge said bike helmets are the most important piece of safety equipment to a cyclist. All helmets need to meet certain standards, so most will provide adequate protection if you crash.
DuPage and Will Counties are home to more than 600 miles of bike trails, including the recently opened connection trail between Green Valley Forest Preserve and Whalen Lake.
Along with following the trail rules, keeping these tips in mind can help you stay safe while cycling this summer.
Naperville News 17’s Casey Krajewski reports.