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Six bicycle essentials

Everything you need to gear up for some sweet summer riding.

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This summer, gear up for fitness and fun — riding a bike is a great way to get around and see the sights. Here’s what you need to get started.

1. Choose your ride
Finding the right bike for you depends on what you want to get out of your ride. Here is a rundown of different types of bicycles based on their use.

Road bike: You want to power up your endurance and push your limits on the road.
Mountain bike: You plan to get up close and personal with nature by hitting the trails.
Hybrid: You commute to and from work on your bike and you want something comfortable and sturdy that can tackle a variety of surfaces.
Cruiser: You’re out to enjoy the nice weather, cruise along the beach and take in the view.
Fixie: You want simplicity and ease of a fixed-gear, single-speed bike that will take you from A to B and everywhere in between.

2. Wear your helmet 
A helmet is a must-have for anyone who rides a bicycle so make sure you wear yours at all times. When buying a helmet, make sure it’s the right fit. Buy the right size and adjust it properly: your helmet should never wobble or slide around your head as you move. Consult a salesperson if you require assistance.

3. The lights are on
If you’re riding at night, you’ll need a light and reflectors for safety. Not only do you want to see, but you want cars, pedestrians and other riders to see you too. Shirts or jackets with reflective tape are also recommended for increased visibility.

4. Ring your bell
Cycling laws are different throughout Canadian municipalities and provinces. Where you live will determine whether or not you’re required to have a bell or horn on your bike. However, for everyone’s safety, it’s a good idea to have one regardless. It alerts others of your presence and makes the roads a safer place for everyone.

5. Lock it up
There’s nothing worse than leaving your bicycle unattended and having it disappear. Keep your ride safe with a state-of-the-art lock.

6. Remember to accessorize
There are so many ways you can make your bicycle your own. Pannier bags are essential if you’re using your bicycle to run errands. A basket is also a great place for your lunch or purse if you’re commuting. And of course, if you want to feel like a kid again, add some streamers to your handlebars or attach a playing card to the spokes with a clothespin.

No matter what your cycling goals and wishes this summer, getting everything you need is easy at Canadian Tire. Visit your nearest store today and get ready to ride.