A part of the Transportation Service Division of the Public Works Department
1001 9th Avenue
Greeley, CO 80631
Monday - Friday
7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
970-336-4142 fax GreeleyBikes@greeleygov.com
Bike to Work Day is Wednesday, June 22 and this promises to be one of the best years yet. In addition to several new breakfast stations, this is a t-shirt year – which means free t-shirts for riders! New stations this year include Centerplace, Promontory Park, Teletech and the Island Grove trailhead of the Poudre Trail. The City of Greeley has graciously offered to put cones out on West 10th Street for the Promontory riders – they will cone off the north shoulder by 5:30 a.m. and then come out and switch the cones to the south side at 3 p.m. for the afternoon commute home. Cones will be picked up at 6 p.m. They will also clean the shoulder before the event to make the ride more comfortable for those commuters.
Each breakfast station serves either a fresh, hot meal or grab and go items. Several stations have giveaways and games. Whether you are dining and dashing or have some time to hang out, Bike to Work Day is always a good time! Here’s the complete list of breakfast stations:
Village Park – 37th St & 17th Ave
427 Main Street – in front of Spokes
Promontory Point Park – Promontory Circle
Farr Library – 20th St & 61st Ave
Aims Community College – 16th St & 47th Ave
Centerplace – 4629 Centerplace Drive – in front of Max Muscle
Bittersweet Park – 16th St & 35th Ave
North Colorado Medical Center – 16th St & 17th Ave
Teletech – 2400 W 29th St
UNC – Reservoir Road & 16th Ave – in front of Alumni House
Lincoln Park – 9th St & 9th Ave
Island Grove – Poudre Trailhead just east of 11th Ave
For more information check out the Greeley Bike to Work Facebook page or contact Wendy Polulech at Wendy.Polulech@BannerHealth.com.
With spring here, we can look forward to more daylight (and maybe a new pair of sunglasses), nicer weather, and better, safer road conditions. In other words: outstanding weather. Which means, if you're not an all-weather rider, it’s time to drag your two-wheeler up from the basement or haul it off of its wall mount, and actually ride it again.
But before you do, it’s a good idea to get your bike—and yourself—road-ready. Here’s a simple checklist that will help, courtesy of Bicycling magazine:
• Quick-clean your bike using a damp cloth. Remove the layer of dust and grime from the frame, rims, derailleurs, brakes, handlebars…okay, just clean everything. “Do the chain and chain rings with an old toothbrush and soapy water or a degreaser,” advises Bicycling contributing editor Matt Allyn.
• Inspect the tires by deflating the tube to about half its pressure. While rotating the wheel, slowly manipulate each tire in your hands to expose cuts in the sidewalls or tread. If you find any deep cuts, replace the tire. If the tires look fine, inflate them to the recommended PSI (it’s listed on the sidewall).
• Check the indicator line on the brake pads to see if they need to be replaced. If they're worn down, head to the local bike shop for new ones.
• Take two minutes to remove the seatpost from the frame. It can bond to it permanently unless you do this on occasion. Wipe the seatpost clean, and then smear a little grease on the part that fits into the frame.
• Spin the wheels to see if they’re running crooked. If you see any wobbling, or hear strange rattles or clinks, make an appointment to take the wheel to the bike shop. (Go midweek; weekends are busy this time of year.)
• Wear your most comfortable bike shorts, and take a shorter ride than you normally would the first week or two. Your backside will need a couple rides to get used to your saddle.
• If you're a first-time cyclist or haven't been in the saddle for quite a while, read Rodale.com's story on starting a cycling program. Also check out their tips for commuting by bicycle.
• Check out Greeleybikes.com and look for local bike events. Keeping up with all the local events will help motivate you to keep the two wheels spinning.
I’ve been biking in Colorado winters now for many years, though not as often as I should. Learning to ride in the winter does require a little trial and error but here are some thoughts to consider if you should decide that winter riding is something you would like to try.
1. A snowboarding helmet is a lot less hassle than the alternatives, keeps your hair in better shape (not that this affects me much anymore J), and is the perfect fit for goggles if you decide to ride when it’s really cold. Just don’t wear it when it’s above freezing unless you want to sweat.
2. You can’t be too visible. Many cyclists stop at front and rear lights. Big mistake. Think profile here. Front bright light to see (don’t aim this in other peoples faces!). Front blinky light to be seen. Hi-vis clothing or vest. Backpack with light and reflector. Reflective stickers and Front/ Rear lights on helmet. Disco spoke lights.
3. The day of (and after) snowfall can be the most fun to ride in. No freeze thaw cycles yet. Cars are moving very slow- usually slower than you. There’s no better feeling of freedom than riding with beautiful white flakes around you.
4. Your winter bike should not be a nice bike and probably not steel. If your winter bike is really cheap, that’s great. Get another one when it rusts out. But, be warned that salt, cold, and moisture will take their toll on your bike parts and your frame quicker than you think.
5. You don’t need to spend a fortune on a winter bike specific wardrobe. Bike specific gear is usually better but head to your local farm mercantile retailer for cheaper options in pants, jackets, gloves, boots, and more. People who work for hours outside need good gear, too. There’s nothing wrong with buying an $80 pair of winter cycling gloves, but if you need to stretch your budget for other pieces this strategy helps.
6. Bike lanes (and shoulders) tend to disappear in winter. I do my share of grumbling when my bike lanes don’t get cleaned properly, but it’s a challenge for communities to keep every stretch of facility clear. Make sure your tires have a significant amount of tread.
7. Take a Smart Cycling Class from Greeleybikes. Learning the skills to ride safely in all kinds of weather cannot be over emphasized.
Please go to www.greeleybikes.com and learn about all the events happening this month. Remember, ride safe and have fun.
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