Bike Tips

Bike maps and guides

The Department of Transport’s cycling maps and guides for Perth and regional Western Australia are available online. Limited hard copies may be available at some bicycle retailers, public libraries, tourist information centres and other outlets. Check out the following:

Riding to work

Thousands of West Australians travel to work by bike. In addition to improving health and wellbeing, bike riding supports stronger and more liveable communities, boosts local business, promotes cleaner air, eases traffic congestion and promotes safer streets for all.

Before setting off try to find out the best route from home to work and back. There’s a good chance this won’t be the same route you would take in a car. Look for routes along bicycle paths or back roads, or roads with sealed shoulders and a low speed limit. Take a test ride on the weekend.

If your ride is less than 30 minutes the chances are you can just ride in your normal work clothes. Unless you want to ride fast, you can just cruise into work on your bike.

Bike riding tips

Check out the Department of Transport website for information about road rules, bicycle standards and hazard reporting.

Bicycles on public transport

Transperth has information about taking bicycles on Perth’s public transport.

Basic bike maintenance

A well-maintained bicycle is more reliable, safer and easier to ride. Here are some easy tips to keep your bike in good working condition.

  • A new bike will need a few adjustments before it is set correctly. Most bike shops suggest going back after a month to have the components rechecked.
  • Carry a basic toolkit and puncture repair kit. Specially made compact bicycle tools with Allen keys and screwdriver heads are available at bike shops.
  • Check your tyres regularly for splitting and wear, and ensure there is enough air in them. Make sure the tyre pressure is between the minimum and maximum pressure recommended on the side of each tyre.
  • Check monthly that your brakes work and that the cables are not fraying. Brake pads need to touch the wheel’s metal rim. If they hit the tyre it will make the pads inefficient.
  • Check your wheel spokes are not loose and that the rims are straight. If the rims are buckled to the point that they touch the brake pads, you will need to get them straightened at a bike shop.
  • Apply lubricant to your bike components, avoiding the wheel rims. Clean and lubricate the chain so it runs quietly and freely.
  • Keep your bike out of the rain to avoid rust.
  • Before riding at night, make sure your front and backlights are working and are bright enough to be visible.