There’s something so universally awesome about “the basics.” Biology 101. Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. A beginner’s yoga class. If you can break any task down to its fundamentals, suddenly, doing it is actually imaginable. This week, we learned that the ABC’s of tuning your bike are no different. We caught up with Brooklyn’s own Susan Lindell at Dumbo’s Recycle-A-Bicycle; there, multi-tool in hand, she showed us the five things you need to do to get your bike ready to ride.
If you’ve been on the fence of this pedaling renaissance, now’s the time to get your gears in motion. As Susan says, “It’s really cheap, good for your mental health, and it’s a lot of fun.” Not to mention that you’ll be helping yourself, your community, and the planet in a way that you never could otherwise, even if you were driving a 2011 Toyota Prius.
To learn more about the ABC Quick Check and find inspiration for biking, check out the League of American Bicyclists.