When you are ready to go for a ride, the only thing on your mind is getting on your bike and going. Your first instinct is to jump on and commence pedaling. To ensure that your ride turns out to be what you want, knowing how to inspect your bike for safety is important. There are five maintenance checks that should be performed before every ride.
The good news is these checks are quick and should not take more than thirty seconds to complete. You will want to check for common mechanical failures that could lead to a crash. The areas to be inspected are the wheels and tires, brakes, handle bars, seat post, and the gears and chain.
Wheels And Tires
Prior to getting on your bike, inspect the tires to ensure that they are properly inflated. Look at the tires and around the rubber to see if there are any cracks or tears. Visually checking your tires before riding, is an effortless way to avoid flat tires.
After checking over the bikes tires, check the wheels as well. Look for any nuts or quick release mechanisms that may be out of place. Make sure that the wheels are tightly fastened to the frame of the bike. Check the spokes on the wheels, to ensure none of them are loose or broken.
Apply pressure to your bikes brakes to ensure that they are applying an ample amount of pressure to stop the bike. Make sure that the braking system does not have any stretched or fraying cables. Visually inspect the brake pads, ensuring that they are hitting into the rims of the bike, and not the tires.
Make sure that the handlebar is set to an appropriate height. You should be able to look over the handlebar, and your arms should be relaxed when holding onto it. Ensure that the stem of the handlebar is tightly fastened.
The seat post and the handlebars work together to help you stabilize your body on the bike. Before going for a ride, ensure that your seat is set to a correct height. Aside from being set to an appropriate height, make sure that the seat post is secure. Check all nuts and bolts that connect the seat to the frame.
Gears and Chain
The final thing to inspect on your bike is the gears and chains. The chain should turn cleanly through the front and rear sprockets of the bike. There should be no rubbing against other parts of the bike, as the chain turns. Check the gears by quickly taking your bike through the gears available for it. The bike should not have any problems shifting in rough conditions.
These maintenance checks take less than thirty seconds to complete. Completing them before every ride will ensure that your ride is successful and safe. Most of the things that need to be inspected can be done simply by looking at these five principal areas of the bike. Others may require that you apply pressure to the bike or turn a few nuts and bolts to ensure they do not move under tension.