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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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    Autumn Riding

     

    Cold.

    The temperature is finally dropping, and that means cold hands; time to dig out gloves. You know yourself and what you need to protect; perhaps it is your ears or your toes; think about some earmuffs, skullcap or thicker socks. Think layers. You may start off at one temperature and finish at another!


    Dark. The sun is coming up later and setting a lot earlier now visibility is not as good as it was a few weeks ago.Time to make sure that lights work, have fresh batteries, and are not obstructed by dirt. Check with your local bike shop to find out what you need; also consider adding additional reflective tape to surfaces on your bike.

    Speaking of reflective, you also need reflective and fluorescent clothing: just wearing white or light colored clothes will not cut it, especially in autumn when the light is flatter. The fluorescence will pick up existing ambient light, and reflective strips will make you visible in car headlights. You can get bike-specific reflective/fluorescent clothing and enjoy wind-breaker and rain shielding properties, or grab a general hi-viz vest.

    Weather. Autumn equals unpredictable. Keep an eye on the forecast for swings in temperature and the possibility of storms. They say there is no bad weather–only bad clothing. Best advice? A little preparation goes a long way!

    Road Conditions. Falling leaves are beautiful and who isn’t drawn to a pile of leaves? But before you pedal through that pile, be aware that there could be a surprise under it–a pothole, a stick, an old tire, etc. Leaves also reduce your traction so be careful when cornering on a leaf-strewn road or path.

    Be safe and be seen!

     

     


    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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