Time to get wise on your bikes

South Waikato News - - SPORT - By GILLY ALEXAN­DER

Bike Wise – Fe­bru­ary is Bike Wise month so I am work­ing on plans for the month.

For those of you keen to get out and about on your bikes now, here are a few tips to help with your ride: CHANG­ING A TYRE 1. Make sure all the air is out of the tube.

2. Hook both of the tyre levers un­der the tyre, op­po­site the valve. 3. At­tach one to a spoke. 4. Slide the other tyre lever around the tyre lift­ing it off the rim.

5. Take out the tube (start­ing from op­po­site the valve).

6. Run your fin­gers un­der the tyre to check for any glass etc.

7. Put a lit­tle bit of air into the new tube.

8. Place the valve in first, and then push the rest of the tube un­der the tyre.

9. Make sure all of the tube is un­der the tyre, by edg­ing the tyre.

(This helps your to min­imise the risk of pinch­ing the new tube.)

10. Flick the tyre back onto the rim us­ing your thumbs, start op­po­site the valve.

11. The last part is al­ways the hard­est. Use your mus­cles!!

12. Pump the tyre up, your all ready to go! RID­ING UP­HILL: Ride on the top of your bars. Try to ‘spin’ a low gear. Pick your gear at the bot­tom of the climb. This re­duces the risk of drop­ping your chain or get­ting it jammed.

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