Adrian Locksmith & Cyclery

Adrian Locksmith & Cyclery

611 N. Main St.

Adrian, MI 49221

Phone: 517-263-1415

Fax: 517-265-3495

Email: info @ adrianlockandbike.com

Store Hours:

M - F 8 am - 5 pm

Sat 9 am - 2 pm

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Bicycle at Heritage Park

Heritage Park Trails for Bicycling: What a great place for your bicycle rides! This area is truly a gem with over 11 miles of trails. Local volunteers maintain the trails quite well. They are best suited to mountain bicycling, however, there is a short paved loop suitable for all bicycles. The park is located on M52 north of Adrian across from the movie theaters. There’s a small street behind the BP station. You can access the entrance to the park from that street. Continue straight on into the park toward the large white farmhouse and the road will veer to the left. Continue on past ball diamonds and the road will split, go right,  into the woods. Keep on driving and you will come to a parking lot. From here you can access the trails.

The trails range in difficulty from packed down dirt paths, to more technical ramps and very narrow bridges. Some areas have a lot of switch backs and you will mainly be in the woods. It is hilly and can be a good workout. We do have a map at our store, so feel free to stop on by and pick one up. The best advice for newcomers to these trails is that while riding the trails you will eventually always come out to a clearing or a dirt road. This will help you get your bearings.

Come discover one of Adrian’s bicycling secrets!

 

Local Cycling Trail – Kiwanis

KIWANIS TRAIL: This cycling trail is a converted railroad track that stretches from Adrian to the neighboring town of Tecumseh for a total round trip of 16 miles. The trail begins just North of Wendy’s on South Main St. However, if you are transporting your bike to the trail in Adrian, there are 4 good areas for parking.

First is parking at Riverside Park in Adrian, not far from the beginning of the trail. Next is a parking lot in the 400 block of  W. Maumee St. across from a Sunoco gas station. The third parking area is in Trestle Park which is at the west end of Hunt St. This is a cool park and you will actually ride your bicycle over an old railroad trestle. There’s a nice wooden walkway over the river and through the woods (!) too, truly a unique looking park. And the fourth parking area in the town of Adrian is at the intersection of Bent Oak and Riverside. If you want to get on the trail farther north of Adrian, there is a very friendly church, St John’s Lutheran, on M 52 (Main St.) that offers parking, a port-a-pot, and a picnic shelter.

This trail is completely paved and you will often feel as though you’re in the middle of the country as you get further from Adrian. It is very woodsy and well maintained by the Adrian Parks Department. It ends at Green Hwy. a couple miles south of Tecumseh and if you’re feeling adventurous, you can continue north on Green to Brown St. (not much, if any, shoulder, though) to an ice cream place. Make a left on Brown St. and it will be about a half mile down on the left.

Local cycling is fun and great exercise – have a great time exploring Adrian’s Kiwanis trail with your bicycle!

 

Bike Riding – A Simple Sport with Great Benefits

John F. Kennedy once said, “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.”

Remember riding a bicycle as a youngster – with friends around town or on a trail through the woods, without much care about the day or the time, but just having fun? Many adults can still appreciate that simple pleasure, especially with the quality bicycles available today that fit their unique body and riding tastes.

Get on a bike now and your legs will still remember what to do; and after some careful balancing to recognize your center of gravity, you’ll probably have a great time riding again. Here are some tips for getting back into the swing of things.

Get Fit

Perhaps as a young kid, you just jumped on the nearest bicycle and set it in motion. As an adult, you’ll want to be sure the bike fits your body and is comfortable. A one-size-fits-all bike is definitely not the choice now, since you’ll want longer lasting comfort to enjoy your renewed sport, without straining muscles that are getting used to the motions again.

Take the time to visit with a Certified Fit Specialist, who will measure your frame and adjust the bike frame to fit. Changing the saddle, pedals, and handlebars can make a huge difference in how comfortably you ride; and there are lots of options available today.

Slow and Steady

You wouldn’t run a marathon without training for it first, so if you’re re-introducing your adult body to the pleasure of regular bike riding, take it slow and steady. Visit any of the bicycle trails that seem level, and ride at a slow, comfortable pace. You can take the challenge courses later, after your body has warmed up to the regular sport of bike riding.

Take time to let your physician know about your new exercise goals, especially if you haven’t done much physical activity in the past.

Be Adventuresome

While there is a sense of safety in riding the same course, you can also appreciate your new hobby more when you experience different locations and times to ride. Venture to other cities or bike paths, or try riding early in the morning or later in the evening for a change of scenery.

Team up with another bike partner, or join other riders in a group event. Bike riding is a great social activity that doesn’t limit you to your own community. Install a bike rack on your car and you can travel anywhere to enjoy the simple pleasure of a bike ride.

Guidelines to Help When Buying a Kids Bike

You remember those days a while ago when you were younger and loved jumping on your bike to go cruising through the neighborhood? If you’re considering buying a kids bike for your children or grandchildren, here are some helpful guidelines.

Purchasing a bike for your youngster

Children usually develop great motor skills, along with a sense of balance. Both are necessary for bike riding, but there are more things to consider.

Remember that the smaller wheel size will be important at this age, so he can reach the floor while on the bike – and don’t forget training wheels initially. Think of the overall bike weight, and try to keep it light, which will make it easier to pick up after spills. Above all, remember the bike helmet and other safety gear at this age, to protect their young, developing bodies!

Bikes for kids in their pre-teens

By this stage, pre-teens are pretty good at riding, and are probably already testing the waters with tricks, or racing their buddies! If you’re buying a bike for this age group, it’s helpful to involve them in the choices, because they can certainly let you know their preferences and how they will be riding. It is possible to find a nice bike, within a reasonable budget, that will please your young rider.

Many kids ride their bikes to school, so think about the overall size and weight of the bike to make daily life easier. Extra bags and accessories on the bike will make it helpful to carry books and things each day. Bike accessories help personalize the bicycle for your pre-teen, and these are easy to switch out if they want a different look.

Get helpful advice

No matter what age child you are buying a bike for, remember that the staff of Adrian Locksmith and Cyclery can assist with product selection as well as proper bike fitting for long-lasting bike memories your kids will love!

How to Hire a Qualified Locksmith

When you need to hire a locksmith you can trust, you may be confused to find that there are many locksmiths available, but that not all of them are qualified for your job. Here are some tips to know if you’re hiring a professional, qualified locksmith:

Check their Reputation – find out from people you know and trust whom they’ve used when they needed a locksmith.

Research Online – check online reviews, and the Better Business Bureau to find out how credible they are and how long they’ve been in business.

Trade Association Membership – a locksmith who belongs to the Associated Locksmiths of America needs to meet certain professional qualifications in order to be a member.

Licensing, if needed – not every area requires additional licensing, but if your community does, ask to see proof of licensing.

Insurance – Locksmiths need to carry insurance to cover damage if it occurs during an installation, so ask to see proof of insurance.

References – finally, ask the locksmith you’re thinking of hiring if they have a list of references, or previous customers, that you could call. Satisfied customers will always give good information, which will help you determine how well the locksmith might do for your job.

A locksmith is responsible for some critical tasks associated with your home or business, but not all locksmiths are equal. Adrian Locksmith and Cyclery has locksmiths who are professional, reliable, and very competent to handle all your lock and security needs.

Overcoming Bike Commuting Excuses

Thanks to the Bike League for publishing this information! We hope it helps people grow a love for biking that gives them daily enjoyment. Here are the top excuses for not commuting on a bicycle, and some simple tips and answers for each.

I’m out of shape – Ride at an easy pace; in a few months, you’ll be in great shape! Ride your route on a weekend to find the easiest way to work. You will also improve your fitness level when you become a regular bike commuter.

It takes too long – The average commuter travels at 10 mph; the more you ride, the faster you will become. Trips of less than three miles will be quicker by bike. Trips of five to seven miles in urban areas may take the same or less as by car.

It’s too far – Try riding to work and taking mass transit home, then alternating the next day. Combine riding and mass transit to shorten your commute. Ride to a coworker’s house and carpool to work.

No bike parking – Look around for a storage area in your building or office. Stash your bike in a covered, secure place such as a closet or even your office. Formally request that your employer provide bike parking or lock it up outside.

My bike is beat up – Tell a reputable bike shop that you are commuting and have them tune up your bike. If you can’t maintain your bike yourself, identify bike shops near your route. Make sure that your bike is reliable and in good working order before you ride.

No showers – Most commuters don’t shower at work; ride at an easy pace to stay cool and dry. Ride home at a faster pace if you want a workout; shower when you get there. Health clubs offer showers; get a discounted membership for showers only.

I have to dress up – Keep multiple sets of clothing at work; rotate them on days you drive. Have work clothes cleaned at nearby Laundromats or dry cleaners. Pack clothes with you and change at work; try rolling clothes instead of folding.

It’s raining – Fenders for your bike and raingear for your body will keep you dry. If you are at work, take transit or carpool to get home; ride home the next day. Take transit or drive if you don’t have the gear to ride comfortably in the rain.

The roads aren’t safe – Obey traffic signs, ride on the right, signal turns, and stop at lights. Wear bright clothing, and wear a helmet every time you ride. You are at no greater risk than driving a car.

I have to run errands – Bolt a rack to the back of your bike to add carrying capacity. Make sure that you have a lock to secure your bike while you are in a building. Allow extra time to get to scheduled appointments and find parking. Encourage your employer to provide a bicycle fleet for office use.

For more information on how to make your workplace more bicycle friendly, visit www.bikeleague.org

How the Locksmith Profession Grew

Where there are locks, there are people who need to have them opened. But when did locksmithing begin, and how has it growing through the years?

Here is an interesting summary of locksmiths:

Middle Ages – Although locks and keys were around before the Middle Ages, locksmithing did not become an individually recognized specialty until this time period. The term “locksmith” is actually a derivation of the word “blacksmith.” During the Middle Ages, blacksmiths were the artisans who created metal battle gear for the knights and their horses. However, it wasn’t unusual for blacksmiths to also forge locks and keys. Those blacksmiths who branched out into specializing in the making of locks and keys came to be known as locksmiths.

Early 1900’s – In response to growing security threats, locks began to change significantly after the turn of the century. By the 1930’s, locksmithing was performed by a variety of related business owners, from clockmakers to gun repairers, and locksmithing was considered a craft – not a profession. It was typically something that was passed down from generation to generation. During this time, the Ilco Simplex key-duplicating machine was invented.

World War I – Because most locksmiths and lock manufacturers devoted their skills to the war effort during this time period, very little changed in the design of locks. The Post Type cutter was invented for the manufacture of automobile keys, and the padlock was invented for cabinets, toward the end of the war.

Post-war – The lock industry boomed following the war. Schlage’s cylindrical lock became the standard, and the Ten Strike and Align-a-Lock were invented, forcing locksmithing into a recognized profession. The first-ever locksmith school – Lockmasters – was founded in 1955, as well as the trade organization of The Associated Locksmiths of America.

Locksmithing today – New technology, coupled with an increasing need for more secure locks (as well as commercial locks) moved the locksmith profession rapidly forward following the post-war innovations. In the 1980’s, the government began regulating locksmithing, requiring licensing and certification in some states, and standardizing the profession. The digital age ushered in the advent of electronic locks, and locksmithing continues to evolve to suit the modern times.

A locksmith is responsible for some very important tasks – some in which your own safety is at stake. Not all locksmiths are created equal. You need a locksmith you can trust to be professional, reliable, and competent. Call Adrian Locksmith, LLC to handle all your lock and security issues.