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Merry cycling Christmas

Merry cycling Christmas

Bicycles and summer go together, and kids of all ages will be heading out on new bikes this week.

Cycling Advocates Network spokesperson Patrick Morgan says a bicycle is always near the top of the Christmas wish list.

"This year is no different with TradeMe reporting bikes in the top searches."

"With new cycle trails now open all over New Zealand, it's going to be a biking hot summer."

For those lucky enough to find a bicycle at the foot of the Christmas tree, Cycling Advocates Network has some tips:

· Cycling is fun; having fun is more important than going fast.
· Learn about your brakes and how to use them .
· Mount your bike from the left hand side away from the chain; this keeps your clothes clean.
· Get started with firm tyre pressure.
· Be courteous when sharing bike paths with walkers.
· Give yourself space - stay out of the car door range.

In 2005 a British poll put the bicycle as the favourite invention since 1800, ahead of electricity and the internet.

Patrick Morgan says if your bike has been sitting in the garage since last summer, take a few minutes to give it some TLC.

"Before each ride check your ABC: air pressure in tyres, brakes working and chain not loose or rusty. Check for loose accessories and worn tyres. Most importantly, make sure your bike is not too big or too small for you to ride comfortably."

For tips to improve your cycling experience go to Cycling Advocates Network at www.can.org.nz/faq
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