Bicycling is a sport that is popular with many seniors. The main reason for its popularity comes from the fact that seniors can get a healthy workout without the jarring impact that a sport like running has on joints.
With spring approaching now is the time to get your bicycle tuned for the riding season. Tuning your bicycle makes it safer to ride. Brakes that don't work properly, wheels that wobble going downhill, tires that are bald, or a chain that is fragile means your bicycle is in an unsafe condition.
Most of us take our bicycles to a shop with a qualified technician to give it the once over. In these checkups the technician will usually adjust your cables, brakes and the gears, clean the chain, and make sure tires and spokes are functioning properly and safely.
Some bike shops offer a basic maintenance class. It's a good idea to attend this class if you are going on longer bicycle rides. They will teach you how to make basic repairs to your bicycle such as changing a flat tire, fixing a broken chain, or adjusting cables to ensure that your brakes and shift mechanism are working properly.
You can find plenty of books on the subject of bicycle maintenance at your local library or at the book store, but the class offers a better understanding of the subject and allows you to ask questions on the spot. Personally, I like taking the class and then adding to my information base by reading books. Inevitably, you will need to put the knowledge you have gained to use. Fixing a flat tire is a common repair if you ride frequently.
Whether you ride around the neighborhood or for long distances, put on your helmet and get on your bicycle and have a great time!