How to Fit and Adjust Your Bike

Steps to Fitting a Bike Frame:
•    Straddle the bike and stand in front of the seat
•    Lift the front and rear wheels off of the ground until it touches you
•    If it is a road bike, there should be 1-2 inches between the tires and the ground
•    For a mountain or hybrid bike, there should s be 3-4 inches
Another way to test the fit of a frame: When you’re sitting on the bike and one pedal is pushed all the way down, there should be a slight bend in your knee.

May Classes on the Square: Tai Chi and Yoga

Join Decatur Active Living for free yoga and Tai Chi on the Square in May.

Tai Chi will be held on Tuesdays at 9 am and All-levels Yoga will be taught on Thursdays at 10 am. Tai chi will be taught by Steve Dorage and Neil Norton, and Yoga will be taught by Cheryl Burnette. Both classes are suitable for beginners as well as more experienced participants.

Due to COVID, class size is limited to 10 and registration is required.

Register for Tai Chi here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E48A8AB29A2FF2-maytai

Register for Yoga here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E48A8AB29A2FF2-mayyoga

Hope you can join us on the Square!

May is Bike Month: Learn About Bike Helmet Safety

From guest writer Margaret Beltrami:

If you didn’t know, May is National Bike Month. This month for National Bike Month, I will be writing blog posts weekly on issues about general bike and bike helmet safety, as part of my Gold Award. A Gold Award is the highest achieving award a Girl Scout can receive by creating lasting impact and change in her community. I am very passionate about bike helmet safety and thought it would be perfect for my Gold Award!

As I mentioned, May is National Bike Month. It was established in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists to encourage more people to bike and showcase the many benefits of biking. The League of American Bicyclists still works to create a bike-safe America by creating strong communities and safer roads today. Here is the link to their website if you would like to learn more: https://bikeleague.org/bikemonth

Bike helmet safety is a huge issue, especially here in the United States. Research shows that almost 3/4 of fatal bike crashes involved a head injury, which shows how important it is to wear a bike helmet (helmets.org). Did you know that in the US 88% of children and 78% of adults who suffered a head of neck injury while biking were not wearing a helmet? (consumerreports.org). Also, there are more than 80,000 bike-related head injuries each year in the US (ncs.org). All of these statistics are shared just to highlight the importance and severity of the issue. 

Bike helmet safety is not just an issue in the United States, it is an issue all over the world. For example, bike helmet safety is especially a problem in the United Kingdom. Currently there are no laws about bike helmet use. And in 2018, the United Kingdom Department for Transport stated that around 4,000 cyclists were killed or seriously injured. 

So what can be done? As I mentioned, these statistics are not meant to scare you, they are just meant to bring awareness to the issue. Bike helmet safety is a problem all over the globe, but there is hope. There are many organizations that work towards the issue of bike helmet safety. One of these organizations is called Children’s Helmet Initiative, and they work to stop preventable brain injury by trying to ensure that every child who needs a helmet can receive one. Their website (stopbraininjurynow.org) also has a lot of great resources and information. 

And that’s all for this week’s post! Stay tuned for the second blog post which will be uploaded next week and is all about helmets!

Bike Month Kick-off on May 1

May 1 kicks off National Bike Month. The DeKalb County cities (Stone Mountain, Tucker, Clarkston, Avondale Estates and Decatur) along the Stone Mountain PATH Trail have organized a series of events, educational programs, commuting events, and helmet promotion to encourage riders to get out and to go for a ride. The PATH provides bikers easy access to these cities downtown, businesses, neighborhoods, and parks.

The DeKalb cities will host a Bike Month Kick-off on Saturday, May 1, 2021, 10 am at Clarkston City Hall Annex, 1055 Rowland Street, Clarkson, GA. The DeKalb County cities will provide a sneak peak of the programs and events planned throughout the month. Aztec Bike Shop will bring its mobile unit to the event to repair bicycles. There will be prizes and giveaways. Covid-19 precautions and guidelines will be adhered to throughout the event including wearing masks.

Third Friday Is Friday, April 16 – Join Us and Get Some Swag from GA Commute Options!

Join us for the Third Friday Bike Ride this coming Friday, April 16. We meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and leave for the ride at 6:30 pm.

This week we have special guests so come early – GA Commute Options will be on hand with give-aways and information on how to win prizes for logging your commute.

The ride is approximately 6 miles at a social pace. Be sure to wear a helmet and a mask. Lights are recommended for your ride home. This ride is not recommended for children.

Questions? Contact Cheryl.Burnette@decaturga.com.

Where Will YOU Walk in April?

Decatur Outdoor Pickleball, Come out & Play!

Scott Park! Free parking in the Library lower deck. 231 Sycamore St. Decatur GA 30030

No Registration required. Weather permitting, drop-in open play. Please bring your own paddles/balls.

Outdoor Pickleball

March is Nutrition Month: What to eat before and after workouts

From our friends at MondayCampaigns.org:

What you eat before and after you exercise is almost as important as the workout itself. Food is your fuel—it gives you the energy necessary to be active and focused, and it also provides the nutrients required to build muscle and bone strength, as well as help the body recover post workout.

This Monday, in honor of Nutrition Month, plan some meals around your workouts.

Do a Monday Mile for your Heart

From our friends at the MondayCampaigns:

February is American Heart Month and we’re highlighting some of the positive impacts physical activity can have on your heart. Being more active can offer many benefits to your health. It can help reduce stress, build muscles, and increase your endurance. It can also boost your heart health!

Walking is something many of us do every day, several times a day. When it’s done for more than 30 minutes a day, it can be a great exercise for people at almost any level of fitness.

Here’s why just 30 minutes of walking a day can make a difference.

Move It Monday – February is Heart Month

From our friends at the Monday Campaigns:

Your heart is a muscle, and just like your biceps and quadriceps, it too benefits from a weekly workout. Because when your heart doesn’t get the care and attention it requires, problems can develop. So how much exercise do you need to help your heart thrive? Not much!

Find out more.