From lubricating chains to making minor seat adjustments, Trek Bicycle Stores opened their doors Saturday for a free bicycle safety event.
Individuals and families had their bikes checked by expert mechanics at both stores at no charge.
“We will check bikes out to make sure they are safe to ride,” said Miah Sommer, market manager for the midtown Omaha store. “We'll look for loose handlebars, loose cranks, bad brakes, things like that.”
Max Lehman of Omaha said his brother usually helps him with his bike and he's never had any problems.
“I figured I'd come out and see what they have to say about it,” he said.
Ray McDermott, also of Omaha, said he came to get his seat adjusted after inheriting a bike from his daughter.
“It doesn't bother me one bit to ride a woman's bike,'' he said. “I just don't quite know where the seat should be.”
As a causal bike rider, McDermott said, he started riding four years ago. He likes riding the trails around Omaha. “I need to ride a more stationary bike and get my legs in shape,” he said.
The Papillion store had a busy morning after opening its doors at 10 a.m.
Paul Turbes, master mechanic at the store, said they had seen a few dozen bikes — mainly children's models — in the first hour after opening.
“We've seen low inflated tires, which is normal after sitting all winter, (and) bad brakes, but generally nothing terrible,” he said.
Sommer said he hopes to make this an annual event.
All cyclists, including casual riders, should get their bicycles checked out by a bike shop once a year at least, Sommer said.
“It doesn't matter if they're riding our bikes, it's just that people are out riding and are riding safely,” he said.
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