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Published April 17, 2014, 09:33 PM

Tips for preparing your bicycle for Spring

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Nice temps are in store for the weekend, and already bikes are coming out of the garages and hitting the streets. Great Northern Bicycle Company owner Tom Smith says "the elves have been busy all winter long" building bikes and prepping for spring to hit.

By: Brian Abel, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Nice temps are in store for the weekend, and already bikes are coming out of the garages and hitting the streets.

Great Northern Bicycle Company owner Tom Smith says "the elves have been busy all winter long" building bikes and prepping for spring to hit.

Smith: "April and May are our busiest months by far.”

And that's because the store is tuning up bikes.

Smith says you shouldn't just take the bike off the rack and hit the pavement.

Fill up the tires and check the brake lines, or come in for a tune-up.

They start at $40 and have a two day turnaround.

Tom Smith/Owner, Great Northern Bicycle Co.: "They're geared towards safety and longevity of the bike equipment. We're going to go through and check brakes, check the shifting equipment. Make sure all the nuts and bolts are tight and that your bike is ready to go for the year."

Once you've dusted off the pedals you're good to go right? Well there's still some rules of the road you need to know.

Treat yourself as a motor vehicle.

If you're commuting with your bike on the road, the same rules apply as if you were in the car.

And though bikes are allowed on most sidewalks in Fargo-Moorhead, downtown is off limits.

Lastly, if you aren't on a bike, still be conscious of them when driving.

Lt. Joel Vettel/Fargo Police Department: "Certainly driving down the road you're a 2,000 pound vehicle compared to a person that's on a bicycle. There's no contest. That motor vehicle is going to win every time.

Other safety tips to keep in mind when riding are wearing a helmet and reflective clothing, making sure you have reflectors and lights on your bike, and use your hands to signal turns.

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