ABC Quick Check

A is for air

  1. Inflate tires to rated pressure as listed on the sidewall of the tire
  2. Use a pressure gauge to insure proper pressure
  3. Check for damage to tire tread and sidewall; replace if damaged


B is for brakes

  1. Inspect pads for wear; replace is there is less than ¼” of pad left
  2. Check pad adjustment; make sure they do not rub tire or dive into spokes
  3. Check brake level travel; at least 1″ between bar and lever when applied


C is for cranks, chain and cassette

  1. Make sure that your crank bolts are tight; lube the threads only, nothing else
  2. Check your chain for wear; 12 links should measure no more than 12 1/8 inches
  3. If your chain skips on your cassette, you might need a new one or just an adjustment


Quick is for quick releases

  1. Hubs need to be tight in the frame; your quick release should engage at 90°
  2. Your hub quick release should point back to insure that nothing catches on it
  3. Inspect brake quick releases to insure that they have been re-engaged


Check is for check it over

  • Take a quick ride to check if derailleurs and brakes are working properly
  • Inspect the bike for loose or broken parts; tighten, replace or fix them
  • Pay extra attention to your bike during the first few miles of the ride


Be SMART

  • Follow the rules of the road.
  • Bikes must follow the same rules and traffic laws as cars.
  • Always wear a helmet.


Be VISIBLE

  • Wear bright clothing.
  • Use reflective gear and front/rear lights at night.


Be DEFENSIVE

  • Ride with traffic.
  • Watch for turning traffic.
  • Be on alert for potential crashes.
  • Lock your bike when not in use.


Be COURTEOUS

  • Always yield to pedestrians.
  • Use hand signals to notify motorists of upcoming turns or lane changes.