“The 30 seconds bike safety check”
The typical inclination is to get on one’s bicycle and immediately begin riding, without first giving the bicycle a cursory examination. A top priority should be given to bicycle safety, or more accurately, the question of whether or not your bicycle is secure enough to be ridden on the road. It is fairly vital for a skilled pilot to inspect their aircraft before they take off, since if anything goes wrong, the results might be devastating. If a vehicle does not meet the requirements set out by the law, it is not permitted to be driven on public roads. If a cyclist does not follow to safe riding practices, not only are they susceptible on the roads, but they are also very vulnerable if their bicycle is not safe.
Your bike’s safety may be significantly improved by doing only six simple checks before you start riding, each of which takes no more than a minute and a half. That has had to count as a positive development!
Get into the habit of doing this each and every time before you ride, since what you are looking for are the six most prevalent technical causes that, when they fail, result in an accident.
- If you apply pressure to the brake levers, would the wheels come to a complete stop?
- whether or not the brake pads putting pressure on the wheel rim rather than the tires (using rubber brakes on tires will cause the sidewalls to wear out, and using rubber on rubber will cause the brakes to grip too quickly, which will throw you over the handlebars if you have to anchor on!), rather than using your feet to steer the bike.
- Are the brake cables in excellent condition, without any signs of fraying or stretching?
- What are the wheels straight, are there any buckles
- have the nuts been tightened all the way, and there shouldn’t be any slack in the wheel’s bearings?
- Can the wheels roll freely past the brake pads without making contact while the brakes are not engaged?
- When you sit on the bike, are the tires at the correct level of inflation?
- Are the tire walls in excellent shape, without bubbles or fissures where the rubber has deteriorated, and without any tears?
4) Chain, Gears
- Is the chain moving freely through the sprockets without getting caught? Does the chain go smoothly up and down the rear sprockets without getting caught or slipping? Is the chain well oiled, since clumps of dirt and filth can make things difficult.
- Slippage of the chain during gear changes as well as a loose chain that keeps falling off is both an inconvenience and a safety risk.
5) Handle Bar Stem, Seat Post
- Is the same amount of vertical space used by each of them?
- Are both of them adequately tightened? There should be no twisting at all since it increases the risk of an accident.
You should now be ready to ride your bike, and the last check should be performed on your helmet.
- no damage to the outside or inner surfaces are the straps adjusted correctly so that it fits securely and squarely on your head not tilted back, otherwise your forehead isn’t covered. if the straps aren’t set properly, the helmet won’t protect your forehead.
- The pre-ride fast and simple bike check that takes no more than thirty seconds to complete has been finished, and you are now prepared to ride.
In order to keep yourself as safe as possible when you are out riding your bike, you should make it a habit to do the six fast and simple inspections on your bike, each of which takes no more than 30 seconds.