Ann’s tips on all things BIKE!
As soon as the snow has started to melt and the temperatures go above freezing I start to think about getting out on my bike. Riding our bikes gave the five of us kids a chance to get out of the house. We would ride over to our friend’s houses or 4 miles to the local mall to hang out. In the summer, when we shifted house up to Rockport MA, bikes meant freedom to roam everywhere. We would head out in the morning, hang out at the yacht club or the swimming quarry all day and eventually show up for supper. I still get a thrill any time I go out for a bike ride.
My father would buy a pile of bikes from the police auction and if we wanted a new bike we needed to fix an old one up. I still do the same, though I collect them from the local recycling center. I fix them up and give them away. If you want to work on your own bike there are a couple good bike repair books at the Peterborough Library – Bicycling magazine’s complete guide to bicycle maintenance & Richards’ bicycle repair manual.
I am a navigator and map lover so I am always looking for guidebooks and maps. The Peterborough Library has all the NH State bike route maps and some good tour books.
Then, of course, you can always expand your horizons to bike touring and go out for an overnight trip. Have a look at Bicycling magazine’s guide to bike touring. This summer there is a program hosted by Adventure Cycling (magazine) that is going to be very exciting – the National Bike Travel Weekend June 3-5. They are encouraging people to try a weekend of bike travel. You can also participate in the “Explore your parks and public lands by bicycle with thousands of people across the country on the same day” — the first ever Bike Your Park Day on September 24, 2016. Bring your friends and family and join the celebration of the National Park Service’s Centennial, Adventure Cycling’s 40th, and National Public Lands Day, a free entrance day in some parks.
Remember Everyone can learn to ride a bicycle!
– Ann Harrison