BMX BIKE SAFETY CHECK
a SAFE BIKE is a good bike so make sure your bike is ready to Roll Every Time!
The BIKE PLAY – Bike Check is a step by step list of things to look for and check over.
These simple measures limit unnecessary accidents, and allow your child good healthy fun.
Driving your Car with Flat Tires or without Brakes can get you in a lot of trouble, same lessons applies to your Child’s bike.
For the safety of the bike operator and other riders we ask for your full attention! A lot of silly injuries occur in bicycle riding because the bike is not in a rideable state to begin with.
Lets check your Bike from the Ground Up!
CRASH WAITING TO HAPPEN BECAUSE:
- Bike is too big or too small? It’s important that the bike size progresses with the rider.
- Brakes not working | Brake pads rubbing on rim
- Bike Tires not pumped to recommended PSI
- Chain is too loose
- Loose wheel nuts
- Seat too high
Australian standards recommend you have your new bike assembled by a qualified bicycle mechanic. Unfortunately we see a lot of bikes assembled incorrectly and components are still loose. In most cases brand new bikes will always need a quick tune up after a few hours of riding because the moving parts have had time to settle in.
Be especially picky when buying second hand bikes because the seller sometimes swaps the original parts around which might not be right for the bike and rider.
A RIDE worthy BIKE means:
A = Air
- Squeeze your Tires or Press into the ground – Front & Back Tires should feel Rock Hard.
- Inspect Tires for Bald Spots, Splits, Dry Cracked Sidewalls, Fraying and Angled Valves.
- Inflate Tires to their Recommended Pressure (Look for “Inflate to 40 – 60 psi or “Maximum Inflation 80 psi.”) which is written on the sidewall of all Tires
- Always use a Floor Pump with Gauge to avoid guess work
- Replace Tires if Damaged
B = Brakes
- Back Brakes are Essential for Safety – Make sure Riders can Stop their Bike
- Spin back wheel while eye balling the Brake Pads to be sure they are not rubbing and are in- line with Rim
- Check Brake Pads – How worn are they? Are they aligned with the rim? Are they rubbing the tyre? Are they centered?
- Check Brake Cable – fraying or stretched cables will stop brakes from working. When the lever is squeezed it should have a nice feel and be able to stop the spinning wheel
- When Brake Pads have passed the worn level indicator, Replace Them
C = Chain, Cassette, and Cranks
- Chains should be Rust Free and Tight, with NO Sagging or Kinks
- Lubricate your Chain with a quality Lubricate that repels dust, every time you do a major Bike Clean
- Make sure your Drive Line is Tight (Cranks, Chainring, Rear Wheel)
- Rotate the Crank to make sure the Chainring is straight, not warped, and teeth are not damaged
- Replace worn Chains and Chain Ring together; New Chains will not run well on an old Chain Ring
Check = Check It Over (or Twist, Shake, Rattle, & Roll)
- Check Frame for Cracks and other damages
- Lift the bike one Inch of the Ground and drop it; locate any loose Components or Rattles and Tighten them (Seat, Handle Bars, Headset, pedals, bottom bracket)
- Grab your Wheel at the Rim; move it from side to side – Is there any movement or play in the hub?
- Are the Wheels True? All Spokes need to be Present and Firm
- Remove Bells, Bike stands, and all other Random Accessories that appear to be Dangerous
- Check Bars Ends, make sure Bars are not protruding through Grips and Grips are not slipping
- Clean your Bike to keep it Running Fast!
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