Purchase your bike from a trusted bike store
It will ensure the bike is fitted and set up correctly plus pre checked to provide endless fun!
Find the right size bike
Getting the bike which is the right fit is crucial to your safety. Bikes that are too large, can prevent you from touching the ground and hands from reaching the hand brakes. Bikes that are too small, on the other hand, force you to pedal awkwardly!
Use your head – wear a helmet
Riding a bike is fun for all ages, but as with anything, safety must always come first.
You must ALWAYS wear your helmet when riding, so practice putting in on and taking it off. Your helmet must fit properly and comfortably. You don’t want it too small or too big. The helmet straps must be tight. A good test is putting two fingers above the eyebrows. The top of the helmet should be touching the top finger. Check this every time you ride.
Don’t forget your gear
Take a water bottle and make sure you wear sunscreen. Don’t overload yourself with heavy items that could affect your balance.
Don’t start off your ride too fast or you will tire yourself. Try to keep a consistent pace throughout.
Always follow the road rules and keep to the left hand side of the road. If possible practice where there is not a lot of traffic. Keep an eye on the road ahead of you and watch out for other cyclists and road users.
Get your bike checked
Your bike needs to be kept in good condition. If you are entering the TRYathlon it’s a good idea (and we strongly recommend) you get your bike and helmet checked prior to the event.
Free bike safety checks are available nationwide at any bike barn store.
If you’re participating in any of the below events, please visit the following participating bike dealers:
- Dunedin: Avantiplus
- Gisborne: Avantiplus Maintrax
- Nelson: Richmond Avantiplus
- New Plymouth: Raceway Cycles
- Bay of Islands: Hunters Cycles (Keri Keri)