The Nuts and Bolts of Bicycle Safety (Reminders)

A nice little article from Bartlesville Live reminding us the ABC+ of bicycle equipment checks . . .

A is for air

  • Inflate tires to rated pressure as listed on the sidewall of the tire.
  • Use a pressure gauge to insure proper pressure.
  • Check for damage to tire tread and sidewall; replace if damaged.

B is for brakes

  • Inspect pads for wear; replace if there is less than 1/4th of pad left.
  • Check pad adjustment; make sure they do not rub tire or dive into spokes.
  • Check brake level travel; at least 1” between bar and lever when applied.

C is for cranks, chain and cassette

  • Make sure that crank bolts are tight; lube the treads only, nothing else.
  • Check the chain for wear; 12 links should measure no more than 12 1/8 inches.
  • If the chain skips on the cassette, it may need an adjustment or a new one.

Quick is for quick releases

  • Hubs need to be tight in the frame; the quick release should engage at 90 degrees.
  • The hub quick release should point back to insure that nothing catches on it.
  • Inspect brake quick releases to make sure they reengage.

Check is for check it over

  • Take a quick ride to check if derailleurs and brakes are working properly.
  • Inspect the bike for loose or broken parts; tighten, replace or fix them.
  • Pay extra attention to the bike to keep it in good working condition.

The Nuts and Bolts of Bicycle Safety | BartlesvilleLIVE

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