Cyclists itch to return to the roads after a long and bad winter

Brian McInnis
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Prince Edward Islanders have just passed through one of the worst winters in recent memory so they can be forgiven for becoming somewhat giddy as the warm spring weather approaches and thoughts turn to outdoor activities such as cycling.

As the sun climbs higher in the sky and people need to wear less and less clothing when they go outdoors, cyclists have this itch to get the two-wheeler up from the basement and off to a bicycle technician for a good and thourough spring tune up.

Many people who ride bikes never take them to their local bike shop unless the chain breaks or a spoke snaps or the brakes need repairing. But there is a breed of cyclist who know that to keep a bike in tip top shape regular maintenance is a necessity and they are meticulous to a fault in their pursuit of keeping their ride in the best possible condition.

As the temperatures rise and the snow melts local bike shops are experiencing an uptick in business as riders itch to get on the road. But there may be some obstacles to riding this year because of the recent bad winter roads and streets have been ripped up by frost and heavy machinery and that means potholes - some of them are huge potholes which will make cycling that much more interesting since riders and motorists both have to navigate around the ripped up streets.



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Recent comments

    April 19, 2014 - 20:20

    Avoid the roads stick to the long and prosper.

  • yousef
    April 19, 2014 - 10:38

    You guys are both engaged in MacQueens cycle shop?Take care!

  • Tracy
    April 18, 2014 - 21:45

    I completely agree with Charles. What a great shop! I am picking up a new bicycle tomorrow! Woooohhhooo

  • charles
    April 18, 2014 - 19:18

    I was into MacQeens cycle shop this week to get my road bike tuned up for upcoming season. This article is right you need to have your bike ready to go and the mechanics at MacQueens are the best on the Island.