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2 Minute Bike Check

Before every ride, you should perform the 2 minute bike check to make sure your bike is road-worthy!

    1. Make sure your CPSC or Snell-approved helmet is on top of your head with straps fastened and tight (1 finger-breadth maximum) beneath your chin.
    2. Straddle your front wheel and attempt to twist the handlebar. It should not move relative to the wheel.
    3. Check front tire pressure by squeezing it with your hand. For a road bike, there should be no give. For a hybrid or mountain bike, you might be able to indent the tire 1/8 inch.
    4. Check front wheel quick release, it should be in the locked position.
    5. Pick the front wheel up slightly and give it a forward spin. It should spin freely without rubbing against the brake shoes.
    6. Apply the front brake. The brake shoes should contact the rim, not the tire. Attempt to push the bike forward with the brake applied. The front wheel should lock and the rear wheel should come off the ground.
    7. Spin the pedals. They should spin freely.
    8. Attempt to pull the crank arms side to side. There should be no movement.
    9. Attempt to jiggle the seat. It should not move, unless it's a suspension seat. The seat post should not move relative to the frame.
    10. Check rear tire pressure by squeezing it with your hand. For a road bike, there should be no give. For a hybrid or mountain bike, you might be able to indent the tire 1/8 inch.
    11. Check rear wheel quick release, it should be in the locked position.
    12. Pick the rear wheel up slightly and give it a forward spin. It should spin freely without rubbing against the brake shoes. Articles on a rear rack should not dangle into the wheel or spokes.
    13. Apply the rear brake. The brake shoes should contact the rim, not the tire. Attempt to push the bike backward with the brake applied. The rear wheel should lock and the front wheel should come off the ground.
    14. Pick your bike up off the ground 6 inches and drop it, to simulate a pothole. Objects should not fall off your bike with this maneuver.

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    • "Round the Valley" Variant

      This is a slight variation of an area classic.  This ride starts at Pickel Park, Whitehouse, past Round Valley State Park, the Stanton General Store, to White Oak Park, Branchburg and back to Pickell Park.  There are some hills.  27.6 miles.  Pickell Park Round the Valley

    • "Oldwick Old School"

      Oldwick to Tewksbury, Califon to High Bridge.  Low traffic route, five big climbs. 3500 feet of ascent. 30 miles  http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1383219

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    Tips for Fall Cycling

    Autumn is a time of change. Some of it great – the leaves changing color, a new season for new endeavors, and a welcome relief from the heat. But that change also brings with it some new challenges for those who get around by bike. The rain can be a big deterrent for a lot of people to continue using their bike as a means of transportation. We also get shorter days, cooler mornings and evenings, and cloudiness. But the new conditions need not be a deterrent, just another opportunity to find your footing on two wheels. Here are some tips for cycling in autumn to keep you enjoying your commute through the cooling season.

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    Member Comments

     

    Diana Davis:

    I LOVE riding in Hunterdon County! The plateau in Kingwood to the rolling hills in Readington. Sometimes a challenge, but always beautiful scenery!

    Kurt Grabfelder:

    I appreciate being a club member because it makes it much easier to get riders together for a group ride.  Riding with a group is safer and, I think, it brings out the best effort in you.  I like associating with like minded people who are interested in biking, fitness and nutrition.

    The Western Jersey Wheelmen.

    The Western Jersey Wheelmen is a year-round recreational bicycle club, sponsoring road and off road rides throughout the year and catering to all ability levels. Social events and special rides bring us together periodically throughout the year.


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