Join the Club!
It’s free! Join the club to have a great time with others who enjoy cycling and make new friends. Learn about all different kinds of cycling. Stay up to date on local cycling events. Participate in bike advocacy. Learn bicycling laws and safe riding habits. Get tips on how to maintain or repair your bike. Most importantly have fun!
Benefits of Cycling
There are dozens of reasons to ride a bike, but here are a few.
- Improve Parking: At BYU, bicyclists get the best parking locations over all other vehicles. With prime bicycle parking compared to walking from the distant parking lots and fighting through traffic, many students find it faster to bike. Bicycles also save space. Every car parking space is the equivalent of twelve bicycle parking spaces.[Rethinking Streets p.10]
- Reduce Traffic: BYU and the city of Provo are working hard to making bicycle friendly routes to campus. Sharrows along with "Share the Road" signs have been installed on campus to help accomodate bicyclists. Videos of rush hour in Norway are interesting examples of what it might be like with more bicyclists.
- Bicycling is green: Depending on some variables, if a person could drink gasoline, the human body can get 570 MPG by riding a bicycle!Source
- Burn Calories: Biking is fuel efficient, but which fuel do you want to burn? The fuel that is over $3/gal, or the fuel that can you carry around on your waist? A 150 lb person traveling at 14 mph burns about 48 calories per mile. Calculate your estimated calories per mile!
- Save money: The average American works about 2 hours per day to pay for their car whereas you’d only have to work about 3.84 minutes each day to pay for your bicycle!Source
Did you know that on average, three to four bikes are stolen each day on BYU campus? Do you know what to do if your bike is stolen? Registering your bike with Provo helps law enforcement to identify bike thieves and to recover your bicycle. It’s also the law in Provo to register your bike, and you can do it for free at BYU. Also remember to register for free at BikeIndex.org, the largest and fastest growing bicycle database. To prevent theft in the first place, choosing a good lock will help deter bike theives. Cheap locks are easy to cut, so invest in a good u-lock or a strong chain. Learning how to lock your bike properly is just as important as using a good lock. Lock the frame, not just the wheels, to a secure designated bicycle parking structure.
Laws, Rules, & Safety
Before you ride, you need to know the rules of the road. There aren’t very many, so take the time to review them, and know your rights as a bicyclist. There are also a few rules for riding on campus. One example is that bicycling on the sidewalks is not allowed between class periods or in congested areas. Following the laws will help a great deal in keeping you safe, but sometimes, just the law is not enough. Check out our page on riding safely.
Riding in Cold Weather
Winter time is coming, so now is a good time to get prepared. The most important clothing will be gloves and something to warm your ears. Bicycle cold weather masks, scarves, or beard beanies are also great to keep your face warm. Dress in layers. Be very careful where you ride. Ice and packed snow is probably impossible without training wheels (and I doubt anyone reading this is willing to try that). 🙂 Snow is surprisingly doable with tread on your tires (not fast, but doable). You’ll also want fenders or something to keep the slush off of you. The roads and sidewalks are generally kept plowed well. Bike lanes are often used as a place for the plowed snow. Take extra care to be visible since your or other cars might not be able to stop as fast in an emergency. If you’re thinking of going mountain biking or snow biking (if that’s a term), here are some ideas found around the internet and random places. Strap a ski to your front tire. If you have disc brakes, put wire ties around the tire to act as a snow chain. Fat bikes are best (the ones with big tires for sand and possibly snow). You can make a homemade studded tire using small screws and some kind of lining (a cut up tube) to protect the tube from the screw heads.
Great Places to Ride
Provo has many great routes and trails! Take a date on the Provo River Trail or the Provo River Parkway trail up Provo canyon. You can also get out on a mountain bike up rock canyon to Squaw Peak, or on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. There are also plenty of other trails to ride on. Check out our routes and trails page to find more. If you were thinking of where to ride to campus, Provo and BYU are great and getting better at providing bicycle friendly routes to campus. Remember to check out our Utah laws page and our safety page to learn more about where to ride. Remember not to ride on campus sidewalks between class periods or in congested areas. Campus Drive and a few other roads have sharrows painted – making riding around campus much more bicycle friendly. University Parkway, 800 North, 700 North, 200 East, and others have bike lanes, and more are on the way. “Ride as far to the right as practicable” still allows for reason and safety. You can leave the bike lane to avoid obstacles, or you can take the center of a lane if it is unsafe for cars to pass. Cars should pass with three feet of distance between them and you. Many drivers won’t understand the laws, but be safe and courteous. They might not share the road politely with you, but remember to share properly with them.
Just like changing the oil in a car, you need to take care of your bicycle too. Keep your chain lubricated with a lightweight lubricant. Not enough will allow rust, irritating squeaks, or even locked links. Too much will attract dirt. Also keep your cables and derailleurs lubricated with a lightweight lubricant for smooth shifting. Keep your tires inflated within the range printed on the side of the tire. Not enough pressure makes riding difficult, and might lead to a pinch flat. With a little training and practice at one of our repair nights, you can learn how to adjust your derailleurs or do other more advanced repairs. If your wheel is not quite straight, have it trued at a bicycle shop for somewhere around $12. Also have your cables replaced as needed. Keep your bicycle indoors or under shelter if possible (be courteous to roommates, and follow your landlord’s policies).
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