Ride Library

Encouraging Riding All Year Long

Bike month occurs annually for the entire month of May, but we believe cycling should be celebrated year-round. Our ride library features coordinated family-friendly rides, and more advanced rides you can do on your own or with friends and family. 

Bike Month Challenge

1) Sign Up

Fill out your information and be sure to confirm your email (link sent to inbox) to complete sign up.

2) Find a Challenge

When a challenge is available to join, you will see “Commute Challenges” linked at the top of the page. You will be able to click “Join” to see the challenge rules and regulations and to input the name you’d like to see on the leaderboard!

3) Log Your Ride

Log your ride on RidePro

4) Enter Your Ride Challenge

For the Bike the Tri Challenge, be sure to log your trips as follows:

  • Trip Type: One-time trip
  • Trip Mode: Bike/scooter
  • Mileage: Change your mileage to the mileage of that week’s route!

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Riding Safely

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This Section Courtesy Cascade Bicycle Club

A is for Air

Check your tire pressure; low tire pressure can lead to a flat or fall. Tubes should be inflated to the pressure noted on the sidewall of the tire. Also take a moment to look for wear or damage to your tires.

B is for Brakes

Brake pads: Visual check the brake pads for wear. If there is less than 1/8″ of brake pad left, they probably need replacing. Also, make sure that the pads align with the wheel rim when the brakes are applied. If they do not, they need adjusting to work properly. If your brakes are clean, not worn down, and adjusted properly but still you’re getting a squeaking sound, you may need to correctly ‘toe-in’ your brakes. 

Brake levers: Squeeze, then release the brakes. The levers should operate easily and snap back when released. If not, they may need to be lubricated or adjusted. Also, make sure there is at least an inch of space between your levers and handlebar when the brakes are engaged. If they come all the way to the handlebars, they need to be tightened.

C is for cranks, chain and cassette

Cranks: Try to move the crank arms sideways, away from the bicycle frame. If the cranks are loose, you can tighten them with a crank wrench. If you don’t have a crank wrench, your local bike shop can tighten them for you.

Chain: Make sure the chain looks like metal, not rust or black gunk. Turn the pedals backward to see if the chain travels smoothly through the gears. 

Cassette: Check to see if the rear cassette is clean and that the chain moves freely through the gears.

Quick releases

Your bike likely has quick release levers that attach the wheels, brake and possibly seat post. Check to make sure all are properly secured before each ride.

Check your ride

As you set out, take a few moments to ride slowly and check that your bicycle is working properly.

The Safety Stop

The “Safety Stop” law that went into effect on Oct. 1 allows people on bicycles to treat stop signs as yield signs, allowing them to roll through an intersection if the coast is clear. The new law was lobbied for by Washington Bikes. Read the News Release from Washington Bikes.

The Safety Stop is a simple, intuitive law that gives people bicycling the right to safely yield at a stop sign-controlled intersection. This is sometimes described as a rolling stop.

Complete stops are still required when approaching a stop sign on a school bus, and for stop signs located at railroad crossings.