#GreenFest: 5 Things I Learned from “Gearin’ Up Bicycles”

At today’s DC Green Festival, Katie Lupo of Gearin’ Up Bicycles in Washington, DC came prepared with a fun game of bicycle “Jeopardy” with categories like “Bike Maintenance and Repair,” and “DC Bike Laws.”  Long-time DC bicycle commuters and newbie cyclists alike learned something new.   As a bicycle commuter for the last 10 years in DC, here were my top five takeaways:

1)    Remember to safety check your headset and bottom bracket:  The headset is the part of your bicycle where the handlebars connect with the front fork.   If these become too loose, you could lose control of your bicycle on a rapid descent.  Test for fastness of the headset by squeezing your brakes and trying to rock your bicycle back to front.  If the front wheel rocks, you need to tighten your headset.   Same with the bottom bracket, which is where your crank connects to the bicycle.  Try to move your pedals back and forth to the bicycle, and if there’s give, the bracket needs to be tightened. Continue reading “#GreenFest: 5 Things I Learned from “Gearin’ Up Bicycles””