Bike2PSU Challenge starts in a week! There are so many reasons to love your commute when you go by bike. And that’s what this year’s Bike2PSU Challenge is really all about — what it feels like to zip through the city on two wheels. Show us what you love about the ride. Tell us why you do it and what little things make it worth the effort. Help us inspire others to join us in a celebration of cycling all month long!
Hello fellow cyclists!
Amanda Lee here from the PSU Bike Hub and I thought I would share a few simple bike maintenance tips with you that really make a big difference in my everyday commute.
First of all, who doesn’t like a nice shiny bike? Keeping your bike clean not only makes for a more pleasant experience when you have to work on your bike, but it can extend the life of your components as well. I like to clean my chain with some sort of degreaser, wipe it down, then use a little chain lube to help the drivetrain run smoothly. But be sure not to over grease the chain! A drop on each link works well so as to not cause build up and excess gunk (that’s a technical term). After the chain is lubed, use the pedal and run the drivetrain backwards, holding the rag gently against the chain allowing it to slip through as you spin the drivetrain backward. This light wipe down will help remove any excess lubricant and any grease or dirt you may have missed on the initial wipe down. If you need help with this process, swing in and ask! We can easily demonstrate it for you.
I also like to top off the air in my tires regularly. The correct pressure in your tires can make a huge difference in the feel of your ride and help you avoid pinch flats. You can find your correct tire pressure on the sidewall of your tire. Look carefully though as it is never in a very conspicuous spot. Also, by keeping an eye on your tire pressure, this may help you identify a slow leak or a tire puncture before you’ve actually gone totally flat.
I hope these tips help you enjoy your ride even more! Happy riding!
What could be better than finishing off your commute to school than with free breakfast and some coffee? Thanks to our sponsors , the answer is nothing! We are rewarding Bike2PSU participants with FREE fresh coffee and donuts in 5 different locations on PSU’s campus during the month of the challenge. Stay tuned for posts about our weekly Biker Breakfast locations around campus throughout May. We’ll be there from 8:30am-10:30am or until the grub runs out, so don’t be late.
Ready to ride but really need some lights? What about a frame pump? Always wanted a cool front basket? Well, Portland Design Works, has you covered! The guys at PDW have designed some super-cool products that are not only functional, but are also good-looking too! Based here in Portland, they know what the essentials for city riding are. We’ll be giving away PDW lights every week throughout the Challenge!
This informative workshop will cover all of the basics that are needed to properly maintain your bicycle. We will discuss and demonstrate proper methods of lubricating your drivetrain, adjusting your brakes, properly maintaining your tires and all of the other tricks to keep you rolling around town. Feel free to bring your bicycle and we can discuss specific questions that you may have!
The Bike2PSU Challenge is almost here! Join today and create a team or ride solo. This is your chance to compete against your fellow students, faculty and staff by logging every trip you make to campus by bike. It’s also the perfect opportunity to encourage your colleagues to ride! Form a team and invite your friends, then help them achieve their goal to ride more. Best of all — win prizes just for participating! We’ll be giving away prizes from all our sponsors every week.
Every trip, partial or whole, counts as long as you use a bicycle. Riding in and busing home? It counts! Using your bike to reach the light rail station? Count it! We know every time you hop on your bike, you’re doing something good for your health, good for your pocketbook, and great for your community. That’s why we LOVE the RIDE!
BRING YOUR BIKE to the Bike Hub and learn how to change your flat tire. This is a great clinic for both the first-time cyclist or as a refresher for seasoned riders. This will be the first Friday Flat Fix Clinic of the semester so take advantage of a true, free class. It only costs you 30 minutes of your time.