Tune Up and Turn Out for Bike the Creek!

The sunshine and clear roads are calling! It’s time to dust off your bike and get pedaling. And what better way to kick off the 2023 cycling season than taking part in the annual Bike the Creek event in Brampton on Saturday June 10!

Before you hit the trails, though, you’ll want to make sure your two-wheeled transport is in tip-top shape.

Regular tune-ups are essential for your safety, comfort, and enjoyment, and will help prevent wear and tear on your bike.

Here are some handy bike-tuning tips to help you prepare for that first ride of the season:

  • Before starting the process, clean your bike with a damp or dry rag to help you see areas that need attention and make it easier to work on.
  • Ensure that your brakes are working correctly. Check that the brake pads have enough material left and adjust them if necessary.
  • Make sure your gears are shifting smoothly. The chain should be clean and lubricated. Adjust the derailleur if necessary.
  • You may need to replace a rusty or worn chain if it is not clean and lubricated.
  • Check that your tires are inflated to the correct pressure and have enough tread.

close-up view of the tires on a mountain bike

  • All bolts on your bike should be tight, including the stem, handlebars, and seat.
  • Ensure that the pedals are tight and spin freely.
  • Take your bike for a short test ride to ensure that everything works correctly.
  • When in doubt, see a professional bike shop technician for all your repair and tuning needs.
cyclists share a multi-use trail with hikers and others
female cyclist on trail

Once your bike is ready, come on out and join us at Bike the Creek! This annual community event kicks off at 6:45 a.m. on Saturday June 10 at Jim Archdekin Recreation Centre in Brampton.

Register by June 7, 2023, and choose one of six routes. The first 1,000 participants to register will receive a complimentary lunch following their ride.


cyclists take part in annual Bike the Creek community event in Brampton
cyclists take part in annual Bike the Creek community event in Brampton

Established in 2014, Bike the Creek is a free event that raises awareness about the benefits of cycling and the importance of active transportation in building healthy and sustainable communities.

The event is a partnership between BikeBrampton, the City of Brampton, the City of Mississauga, and the Town of Caledon. The Region of Peel has supported Bike the Creek since its inception and is a sponsor of the 2023 event.

PLEASE NOTE: Bike the Creek is making every attempt to reduce waste and asks participants to help out by using reusable water bottles.