Keira has recently started her cycling proficiency course at school. This is probably the only reason she was looking forward to going back to school and starting Year 6 after the summer holidays!!
On the first week she came home and said that they stayed on the school playground and did checks on their bikes to make sure they were safe to ride. She mentioned checking brakes worked OK and helmets fitting correctly obviously but also mentioned things like saddle at correct height and tyres not damaged and fully pumped. This got me thinking about all the little things we forget about! I say little but really they are quite important checks that we should check as standard when you consider the position cycling puts in you and all the dangers and hazards that can be involved!
So here is a quick lowdown on a safety checklist for your bicycle....
- Correctly fitted helmet
- Correct bike size for rider
- Frame not cracked, bent or severely damaged
- Tyres fully pumped and not bald or damaged
- Brakes working properly and positioned correctly and not rubbing tyres
- No cables fraying
- Wheels freely spin and securely fitted
- Reflectors fitted correctly front and back
- Handlebars secure and not loose
- Pedals securely attached and spin freely
- Saddle correct height
- Chain well oiled
- Gears working okay
- Mudguards fitted correctly and not obstructing
- Bell working correctly
So do you do these checks? How often do you if at all?