When you prepare to go on a bike ride be sure and check your bike over.

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  • Check your tires for wear and inflation. The proper tire inflation is stamped on the side of your tire. Riding on low tires can cause flats and wheel damage.
  • While checking your tires check to be sure your wheels are properly secured and quick release are tight. A loose wheel can cause a catastrophic accident.
  • Check that your brakes can stop your bike. Squeeze your brake levers or step on your coaster brakes to see they are working.
  • While checking your brakes rock the bike back and forth holding the front brake to see that the handle bars and headset are tight.
  • Check that the seat is at the right height for you and that it is secure. You should be able to comfortably reach the pedals with just a slight bend in your knee when the pedal is at the bottom of its arc.
  • Check to be sure you have reflectors front and rear. If you’re going to riding after dark you will need front and back lights. While you are at it a bell is a good idea also.
  • Be sure your chain is in good condition and well oiled. It is also a good idea to give the bike a quick once over to be sure nothing is loose and nothing can get into the spokes while riding.
  • Always wear highly visible clothing.
  • Don’t leave without putting on your helmet!
  • If you have any questions about any of the above ask an experienced rider or your local bike shop.

What to take along on your bike ride:

  • Your Identification
  • Spare tube or patch kit
  • Air pump or co2 inflator
  • Tire levers
  • Bike multi purpose tool
  • Cell phone
  • Lock
  • Water
  • First aid kit
  • Money or credit card
  • Helmet
  • Lights if riding after dark