Bike Safety Checklist

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  • Getting used to your bike takes time.
  • Grime caught into the chain or between the brakes and tires will could cause for poor performance.
  • A helmet that isn't properly strapped on is worthless.
  • Driving with a load takes getting used to.
  • Choose the right one for your activity - mountain bikes have different tires and structural strengths than bikes for city riding.
  • These should have a closed toe, flat sole and no heel.
  • Choose clothing that is bright and tight fitting, to make you visible in traffic and to prevent loose ends getting tangled.
  • Whether you take a leisurely ride or plan a trip over several miles, it is recommended that you have identification and contact information on you.
  • Take your phone with you. A cell phone doesn't take up much room but might come in handy should you need help.
  • In summer the speed of which a bike moves may keep you cool, but you are still exposed to harmful sun rays and you need to protect your skin.
  • In winter you may want to wear protective clothing as you catch more wind riding than walking. Warm gloves are imperative to protect your hands.
  • These can fix most mechanical problems.
  • Spares can save a ride in case of trouble.
  • If you get a puncture in your tire, you can fix it yourself.
  • Invaluable if you get a flat tire or a slow leak.
  • Always accompany a child on a bike, never let a young child ride on his or her own.
  • Respect traffic laws and teach the laws to your children. Traffic laws are there to keep you safe. Always stop at a red light and a stop street.
  • If you are in group, resist driving next to each other. Not only is the outside driver more likely to be hit by a car, if your bikes make contact with each other you may get tangled up and fall.
  • If you're planning on transporting groceries with your bike, get a basket. Never hang packets from the handlebars.
  • Be as visible as possible. Avoid any type of dark colors for night riding. White and yellow is best as they are most visible for other drivers.
  • Make use of reflective arm and leg bands. You can also make use of reflective stickers that can be attached to your back, arms and legs. For total visibility, wear a reflective vest.
  • Even though your bike is already fitted with reflectors, you can add more for extra visibility.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. If possible stick to a bike lane and be careful.
  • Don't drink and drive. This rule is not just for car drivers, it applies to bike riders too.
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