Get your bike in gear for Charlotte's Booty Loop
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Charlotte’s favorite charity cycling event — "24 Hours of Booty" — will be pedaling its way through picturesque Myers Park neighborhoods this weekend.
The 13th annual charity bicycle ride, which benefits cancer research and care, attracts thousands of avid and recreational cyclists each year.
If you're not quite ready for 24 hours, but you would like to try to get back in the saddle for an hour, here are some tips to get you and your bike rolling again.
Need a bike? Make sure you measure up
Whether you're looking for a road bike, mountain bike or hybrid, the first rule of the road (or the off-road trails) is to get a bike that fits your height and body type. Beware of generic sizing charts, however, because they often don’t account for specific comfort factors such as the length of your arms and torso.
A better approach is to head to a Charlotte bike shop, where you’ll find a professional bike fitter who can look at several measurements and determine the best frame for you.
Already have a bike? Make sure it’s road ready
Your bike is a lot like you — the longer it's been since either of you hit the road, the more you need to do to prepare for the ride.
Bicycles owned by casual riders need a bike tune-up every year or two, so long as you’re keeping your chain and drive train lubricated. If it's been a long while since you paid much attention to the two wheeler in your garage, however, you should give it a thorough once-over.
To start, make sure your wheels rims are straight with no loose or broken spokes. Check your brakes, too, for worn pads or frayed cables.
Here's a complete bicycle tune-up checklist.
Don’t forget, you're sharing the road
24 Hours of Booty participants are coned off from traffic as they ride past Charlotte's stately Queens Road homes. If you’re riding the Booty Loop the rest of the year, or just taking on your own neighborhood loop, you need to coexist with the cars and trucks on Charlotte’s busy streets.
The best way to do so is to follow the signs, signals and lane markings, just as you would if you’re driving a four-wheeled vehicle. Also, make sure you can be seen, day or night, by wearing bright, fluorescent or reflective clothing.
Keep in mind these tips on staying safe on the road.