Checklist for Bike Safety

Biking is more than a means of transportation.  It’s a great exercise for your heart and lungs and the muscles in your arms, back, and legs. Biking can help you with shedding a few pounds and improving your overall health. Young and old can enjoy a bike ride as riding a bike is not as physically demanding as running, so the exercise puts less strain on the heart. In addition to biking being good for you, it is also good for the environment. Distance permitting, you can cycle to work, use your bike for light shopping trips or to visit local relatives and friends. To stay safe while cycling, safety measure should be observed. This checklist can help you plan the perfect ride:


  • If your bike is new, take it on a few short trips around the neighborhood before venturing into traffic or going on an extended ride getting used to your bike takes time.
  • If your bike is of a certain age, check the tires for bald spots.
  • Clean your bike
  • Before setting off, put your helmet on and tighten the safety straps helmet that isn’t properly strapped on is worthless.
  • If you are planning a biking vacation with a backpack, take the bag along on your rides driving with a load takes getting used to.
  • Before setting off, check the air in the tires and the tightness of the brakes.

 Gear / Equipment

  • Bike
  • shoes
  • apparel

Things To Pack

  • Id
  • communication
  • sunscreen
  • warm clothing

Fix-It Kit.

  • Spanner, spoke wrench and chain whip these can fix most mechanical problems.
  • Pedal
  • Sandpaper, glue, and patch if you get a puncture in your tire, you can fix it yourself.
  • Air pump
  • Safety Tips
  • Kid safety
  • Street safety
  • Ride in a single line
  • Baggage

Night Riding

  • Bright clothing
  • Reflectors
  • Reflective tape
  • Pay attention
  • Sobriety

A helmet should always be worn.  Whether you planning on traveling down the street or cross country, a helmet will protect your head should you fall off your bike. For comfortable cycling, your bike should fit your size and the purpose for which it is needed.  If you have mountain biking in mind you will obviously need a different bike than if you just want to drive around in the city. Giving your bike a quick once over for short trips and a thorough safety inspection before going on an extended trip is recommended.  Wheels and handlebars should be properly aligned and the seat should be steady.  The brakes should be in working order and the tires should have sufficient air.  Be sure that the front and back light is in working order and that side reflectors are fitted.  Being visible to other road users in the dark is important.

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