Aside from the fitness benefits, cycling is a great way to see and enjoy so much of what the Peninsula has to offer. And the best part is you can go at your own pace.
Whether you’re a first-time rider or a more experienced enthusiast, going for a ride by yourself, with the family or with some friends, the destination options are almost endless. And now with so many reserves, bike paths and trails around, including Peninsula Link and the Bay Trail, there are even more places easily accessible to everyone without having to contest the roads.
Perhaps one of the most important aspects is to make sure your bike is suitable and in good working order for your chosen adventure. Thankfully, the team at Frankston’s Peninsula Star Cycles have more than 70 years’ experience in this field. “Bikes are often overlooked, but having the right bike and getting it serviced regularly will make it easier to ride and more enjoyable as well as save you money,” said Peninsula Star’s John Billing. “Like cars, there are some simple preventative maintenance tasks that you can perform yourself and save even more.”
Here are some of John’s tips to help you get the most out of your bike:
Inspect your bike regularly. Look for signs of wear, including tyres (you will also find your tyre’s minimum and maximum pressures on the side of them) and brakes, corrosion, loose components and stretched cables.
Lubricate your chain with a dedicated bike lube. While products such as WD-40 might be good around the home, they are not good for bicycles and can often do more harm than good. Likewise, insufficient or excessive lubrication can lead to premature wear of your drivetrain.
Carry a spare tube or puncture repair kit, tyre levers and a pump. These inexpensive items are practically a must. While punctures are generally uncommon, you don’t want to be caught without repair gear if you get one.
Plan your trip. You don’t want to get halfway and find you don’t have the energy to make the return trip home, so start small and increase your distance as your ability grows. You can even find training guides online.
For all your cycling needs, including new bikes, repairs and servicing, talk to the team at Peninsula Star Cycles.
PENINSULA STAR CYCLES
A: 48 Playne St, Frankston
T: 9783 2266