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Oakville-Burlington Ontario Recreational Sports: Bicycling information, listings and links



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Background

The bicycle was invented in the 1600s, originally a wood vehicle to be powered by people instead of horses. By the early 1800s, bicycles were consistently being built of metal, with two wheels, and were being driven by one person. The sport of cycling, and more recently mountain biking, has gained in popularity. Many us it as an environmentally-friendly form of transportation.

Cycling provides good exercise, fresh air, and a competitive challenge. It exercises most parts of the body including the legs, arms, hands and cardiovascular system. Cycling is also an Olympic racing sport with track and cross-country events. Mountain biking competitions continue to grow in popularity, combining speed with rugged terrain.

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Equipment

There are thousands of brands and types of bicycles, from touring to mountain bikes, even tandems and unicycles. Costs range in price from under $100 to thousands of dollars. It is important to maintain the bike so it is at peak running condition. Check for thinning tire treads, squeaky brakes, sticky cables or a bent frame. Before each ride, squeeze the tires to make sure there is enough air pressure (the tires shouldn't squeeze much).

Riders should also invest in a CSA-approved helmet, with costs ranging from $20 to more than $100. This means the helmet design has completed the Canadian Standards Association's durability testing. Other accessories include a quality lock & cable, a water bottle, and a tire pump. Many cyclists also want toe clips, to improve peddling efficiency. Serious cyclists also invest in cycling clothing including cycling shoes, spandex pants shorts (usually with soft chamois crotch padding) and cycling gloves.

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Where


Oakville-Burlington's summer weather and terrain provide good conditions for blading. Just be cautious of traffic or pedestrians (they have right of way on paths). Caution: in wet weather, your wheels and brakes can become very slippery and dangerous.

Oakville Waterfront Trail runs 14 kilometres from Samuel Curtis Park, Lakeshore Road West, east of Burloak Drive alongthe Waterfron Burlington has the 23 km. waterfront trail, fully paved, connecting a number of waterfront parks.

Milton has a number of paved trails in the town and connecting the rural areas, adjoining regional roads.

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