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Before You Ride

How to do an ABC Quick Check

A is for Air

  • Inflate tires to pressure listed on tire sidewall.
  • Use tire gauge to ensure proper tire pressure.
  • Check for damage to tire tread and sidewall; always replace damaged tires.

B is for Brakes

  • Inspect brake pads and the braking surface of the rim for wear; replace pads or rims if worn past wear indicators.
  • Check pad adjustment; make sure they do not rub on tire or sit over the edge of the rim.
  • Check brake-lever adjustments. With brakes applied, there should be at least 1 inch between the lever and handlebar.

C is for Cranks, Chain, and Cassette

  • Ensure crank bolts are tight.
  • Check chain for wear and proper lubrication. Chain should not be oily, but not completely dry.
  • If chain skips on the freewheel or cassette, you may need an adjustment or a new parts.

Q is for Quick Releases

  • Wheel hubs need to be tight in the bike frame. If tight enough, your hub quick release lever should leave a slight indent in your palm when closing.
  • Hub quick releases should point to the back of the bike to ensure they don’t catch on anything, thereby releasing the wheel.
  • Ensure quick releases are completely closed without being obstructed by the frame or fork.
  • Inspect brake quick releases to ensure that brake cables are re-engaged.
  • Inspect quick release at seat post (if applicable).

✔ is for “Check it Over”

  • Inspect the bike for loose or broken parts. Tighten, fix, or replace them before you ride.
  • Take a quick ride to ensure everything is working properly.
  • Pay extra attention to your bike during the first few blocks.

If you are not comfortable making any of these adjustments, take your bike to a local shop for a basic tune up or refer to this DIY resource: