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New to Biking? 

We all started somewhere, and we understand that all that comes with biking can be overwhelming. We've curated some resources to help you get started. 

Pre-Ride Checklist

Before heading out on a bike ride, there are a few things you should do to make sure that your bicycle is safe. Check out this article to start building safe and healthy biking habits. 

Guidelines for Bike Maintenance

Here are some basic things to do to keep your bike in great shape! Regular preventative maintenance will lengthen the lifespan of your bike + its components, and save you money in the long run. You can absolutely bring your bike in to VeloCity Cycles for a neighborhood tune-up if you would rather let someone else do the dirty work for you. We are happy to help!

Alabama Bike Laws

Going for a group ride? Commuting to campus on your new bike? An experienced rider, but it has been awhile since you've read the laws? Be sure to review the Alabama bike laws so you are prepared for biking on the road.

Accidents Happen, Be Prepared

The RIDE+ membership is built-in accident coverage from Spot. For $70/year, this $0 deductible $25,000 insurance policy provides 24/7/365 on-the-bike coverage during non-racing activities including charity rides, gran fondos, group rides with your club, everyday commutes, and solo cycling adventures.

Must-Have Accessories

We have spent the time curating all the essential items for any kind of biking, so you don't have to. We also threw in some of our personal favorites, just for funsies. 

Check out the "Must Have Accessories" under the Resources tab.

Join the Biking Community

There are several avenues to finding a group or a new friend to ride with. We advocate for the "buddy system" for riding trails or doing a road ride. Riding with a group is still an introvert friendly option for bike safety. Check out our "Ride With Us" tab to find groups and routes. 

Bike Anatomy 101

Although not essential, it is definitely helpful to know the lingo associated with a bicycle. The charts in this article can be used as reference sheets if you go to a bike shop and want to talk about a certain part of your ride.

Riding at Night?

If you’re cycling at night, whether on lit roads in town, unlit roads or off-road, it’s important to be properly prepared.

There are obvious steps to take, such as fitting bike lights, but there are other steps you can take to make riding at night safer and more comfortable.