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SafetyTeaching Your Child to Ride a BicycleIs your child ready to ride a bike? Make sure it’s a fun experience!Bicycle Safety for KidsBicycling can be a great activity for children—if they know the basic safety routines. The following guidelines can make it easier for you to get your child into the bike safety habit.Biking to WorkIf you’re planning to commute to work via bike, brush up your cycling knowledge with these tips from cyclists, commuting educators and safety experts from across the country.Helmet Buying TipsBike riding, rollerskating, skateboarding—no matter what your sport, a helmet is essential for your safety. Check out these tips for buying the right helmet for the right sport.Winter Biking TipsBrave enough to venture out in the cold, slush, sleet and snow? Be safe, be smart!! Don't leave home without knowing these basic winter biking tips.
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Winter Biking Tips

Brave enough to venture out in the cold, slush, sleet and snow? Be safe, be smart!! Don't leave home without knowing these basic winter biking tips.

Rims
When wet, brake pads grip aluminum rims better than they do steel.

Tires
Fat tires have better traction. Tires less than 1 1/4-inch wide work better on wet streets when under-inflated. Use tires with a deep tread pattern.

Salt Damage
With lots of winter riding, occasionally wipe your frame, rims, spokes and derailleur, and lube your chain. Use a toothbrush for hard-to-reach parts.

Fenders
They beat almost anything to keep you dry on wet pavement. The newest plastic ones are inexpensive and light, but can break if installed wrong.

Bearing Damage
After biking in wet weather put your bike indoors so bearings can dry.

Brakes
Grime builds up on brake pads, making them squeak or scratch your rims. Run a cloth between each pad and the rim, like you're shining a shoe. Occasionally remove the wheel and check pads for wear.

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