Bike mechanic Carl Arnett in Vancouver, BC offers these tips for a safe and enjoyable ride.
Find a bike that suits your riding style:
If you're looking for an entry-level bike, you're wanting to do a little more road riding, maybe you're going to start commuting to work, go for something like a hybrid-style bike that has a little bit bigger wheel, a little bit thinner of a tire so that it's a lot more efficient on the road. The thinner the tire, the less resistance it has on the road. So, if you have a fatter, knobbier mountain bike tire, you're going to notice that you're going to be lagging a lot. It can't hold as high an air pressure. The harder the tire is, the easier it rolls, the smoother it rolls, the faster it rolls.
Riding in the rain:
If you're going to be riding in the rain, having fenders is important to avoid getting your legs wet. Basically, what you'll notice is you'll get a giant streak going up your back, and the front of your legs will get soaked if you don't have them. Any bike can be equipped with fenders.