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Bicycle Safety Checklist & Tune-up Tips

Pedestrian & Cycling Master Plan Home

Is Your Ride Road Ready?
The following bicycle safety checklist will help you get your ride ready for the road. Alternatively, you can take your bike to a bike shop or sporting goods store for a full tune-up.

Headset/Front Fork: Check that it turns freely and doesn't rattle.
Brakes: Check that the nuts on the brakes are tight. Brake pads should not touch the rims unless you are squeezing the brakes. Brake levers should stop at least 2.5 centimetres from the handlebars when the brakes are fully applied.
Derailleur Movement: On derailleur bikes, try shifting through all your gears and make sure your derailleur does not throw the chain off the sprockets.
Shift Levers: Derailleur levers should move easily only when shifting. A screw or butterfly nut or similar device lets you adjust the movement of some types of shifter levers.
Tires: If your bike has been sitting unused all winter, your tires will likely be soft or flat. Inflate to the recommended tire pressure as shown on the tire.
Spokes: Check for and replace loose, bent or broken spokes.
Wheels: Make sure wheels are centred in the forks and not touching the brake blocks. Check the rim for side-to-side wobbles and up and down hops by watching the wheel spin past the brakes or frame. More than half a centimetre of wobble is cause for concern.
Chain: The chain and sprockets on your bike play an important role in the transfer of power from your legs to your wheels. When they collect dirt and grit, not only does it slow you down, but they also wear out faster. Keeping your chain clean and lubricated is one of the best ways to keep your bike working well.

* Source: Ministry of Transportation Cycling Skills Guide.

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