Ride a Bike

BICYCLE FACTS:

Riding a bike for 1 hour burns 272 calories!
May is National Bike Month!
Active Commute Week is May 11-15, 2015
National Bike to Work Day is Thursday, May 14, 2015

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BIKES at GVSU:

BIKE RACKS ON GVSU CAMPUS:

Allendale Campus:

Grand Rapids Pew Campus:

  • Map coming soon!

COMPRESSED AIR LOCATIONS:

Free, self-serve compressed air on Allendale Campus:

  • CON (Connections off lot P) - East side of bldg. near bike racks
  • SUB (South Utility Building off Lot N) - North side of bldg

SHOWER LOCATIONS ON CAMPUS:

There are a few options if you plan to commute to work or school via bicycle or walking/running and need a place to clean up before heading to the office or the classroom.

Allendale Campus:  

  • Rec Center (Students/Faculty/Staff)

Grand Rapids Pew Campus:


COMMUTING BY BICYCLE:


BEFORE YOU RIDE:

ABC Quick Check
(courtesy of League of Michigan Bicyclists 2009 Michigan Ride Calendar)

A is for Air
Inflate tires to rated pressure listed on sidewall of tire Use a tire gauge to insure proper tire pressure Check for damage to tread and sidewall; replace damaged tire
B is for Brakes Inspect brake pads for wear; replace if less than 1/4" remains Check pad adjustment; make sure they do not rub tire or "dive" into spokes Check brake-lever "travel"; with brakes applied, you need at least 1" between the lever and handlebar
C is for Cranks, Chain and Cassette Make sure crank bolts are tight; lube only the threads, nothing else Check chain for wear; 12 links should measure no more than 12-1/8" long If chain skips on freewheel or cassette, you may need an adjustment or new chain and freewheel/cassette
Quick is for Quick Releases Wheels hubs need to be tight in the bike frame; your hub quick release should engage at 90 degrees Hub quick releases should point to the back of the bike to ensure they don't catch on anything (releasing the wheel) Inspect brake quick releases to ensure that brake cables have been re-engaged
Check it Over Take a quick ride to ensure derailluers and brakes are working properly


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BICYCLE SAFETY:

All laws which pertain to drivers of motor vehicles, pertain to bicyclists. Obey all traffic control devices: stop signs, traffic signals, and one-way streets, etc. (from brochure "Michigan Biking Information 2009", prepared/distributed by Michigan Department of Transportation)

  • GVSU bicycle safety tips
  • Ride as far to the right as practicable.
  • Helmet use is highly recommended.
  • Wear high-visibility clothing.
  • Ride with traffic.
  • Don't weave between parked cars.
  • Make sure your bicycle is adjusted properly.
  • Always check your brakes before riding.
  • Always lock up your bicycle. Check out GVSU's Borrow a Bike Lock program.
  • Use proper hand-signals for turning and stopping.
  • For more safety information, go to Michigan.gov

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