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Bike Safety Checklist

Bike Safety Checklist

John F. SmithPublished on Dec 22, 2011


Biking is more than a means of transportation.  It’s great exercise for your heart and lungs and the muscles in your arms, back and legs.Biking can help you with shedding a few pounds and improving your overall health. Young and old can enjoy a bike ride as riding a bike is not as physically demanding as running, so the exercise puts less strain on the heart. In addition to biking being good for you, it is also good for the environment. Distance permitting, you can cycle to work, use your bike for light shopping trips or to visit local relatives and friends. To stay safe while cycling, safety measure should be observed. This checklist can help you plan the perfect ride:

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A helmet should always be worn.  Whether you planning on traveling down the street or cross country, a helmet will protect your head should you fall off your bike. For comfortable cycling, your bike should fit your size and the purpose for which it is needed.  If you have mountain biking in mind you will obviously need a different bike than if you just want to drive around in the city. Giving your bike a quick ones over for short trips and a thorough safety inspection before going on an extended trip is recommended.  Wheels and handle bars should be properly aligned and the seat should be steady.  The brakes should be in working order and the tires should have sufficient air.  Be sure that the front and back light is in working order and that side reflectors are fitted.  Being visible to other road users in the dark is important. Regularly take your bike for a maintenance check-up.  The chain may need oiling or shortening, as it stretches over time.  The tires and brakes may need replacing.  Stick to the cycling section of the road, don’t weave in and out of traffic and do stop for red lights.  Those light are not just for cars, they are for bikes too.  For good visibility, wear bright clothing and do not wear anything that can get caught in the wheels or chain of the bike.


John F. SmithPublished on Dec 22, 2011

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