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FOLLOW THIS CHECKLIST BEFORE EVERY RIDE. IF YOU HAVE ANY REASON TO SUSPECT THAT YOUR BICYCLE IS NOT FUNCTIONING PROPERLY, DO NOT RIDE IT.

Are you wearing a helmet and other appropriate equipment and clothing, such as protective glasses and gloves?

Do not wear loose clothing that could become entangled in the bicycle.

Are your seatpost and stem securely fastened?

Twist the handlebars firmly from side to side while holding the front wheel between your knees. The stem must not move in the steering tube. Similarly, the seatpost must be secure in the seat tube.

Are you visible to motorists?

If you are riding at dusk, dawn or at night, you must make yourself
visible to motorists. Use front and rear lights and a strobe or blinker. Reflectors alone do not provide adequate visibility. Wear reflective
clothing.

Is it raining or wet? If so, be more cautious. Your braking distances will increase, and your tires’ grip on the road will decrease.

Remember that motorists’ visibility decreases with bad weather (See PART I, Section 2.D Wet Weather Riding and PART II, A. Important Safety Information).

Are your tires properly inflated?

Tires must inflated to the recommended pressure.

Are your wheels true?

Lift each end of the bike and spin each wheel. Does the space between
the rim and the brake pads, or the tire and the frame, remain nearly the same size as the wheel turns? Are your spokes tight?

Are your wheels’ quick-releases properly fastened?

Be sure to read the section on proper operation of quick-release skewers

Are your front and rear brakes functioning properly?

With V-brakes, the quick release “noodle” must be properly installed. With cantilever brakes, the quick release straddle cable must be properly attached. With caliper brakes the quick release lever must be closed. With any rim brake, the brake pads must make firm contact with the rim without the brake levers hitting the handlebar grip.

With hydraulic disc brakes, check that the lever feels firm, does not move too close to the handlebar grip, and there is no evidence of
leaking brake fluid. With cable actuated disc brakes, check that the lever feels firm and does not move too close to the handlebar grip. With any disc brakes, the brake pads must make firm contact with the rotor without the brake levers hitting the handlebar grip

How do your clipless pedals work today?

Clip in and out of your pedals before you begin. Experienced cyclists do. The connection between cleat and pedal is affected by dozens of factors including dirt, mud, lubrication, spring tension and wear. By clipping in and out you will check the function and have a fresh memory of how they feel

How recently were your frame, fork and components inspected?

Never ride a frame, fork or components with any crack or damage

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