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How to Perform a Safety Check

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The ABCs of Bike Safety

Our service manager, Jeff explains what to check for before you head out on a ride; it's easy as ABC.

There are a few things you want to look over on your bike before you head out on the road or trail. Do you know your ABC's?

A-     Air!

Do you think you need to check your tire pressure before every ride? Yes! Tires and tubes are made of rubber and, despite their function of holding air, are porous. Tubes can gain or lose pressure depending on temperature change (this can happen overnight) and will eventually lose pressure over time. You should check your tires before every ride to protect against flats and to make sure you have an awesome ride! 

B-     Brakes!

Brakes are the most important safety feature on our bike.Before every ride, make sure they are in good working order and the pads are in good condition! Spin each wheel and make sure the brakes pads are not rubbing the rim. If you are unsure on how to fix the problem, bring the bike in to service to have it looked at. 

C-     Chain/ Clean!

Remember, your bike is a collection of moving parts. When these parts get dirty, wear and deterioration will occur. This means, you will have to replace parts sooner! The drive train of your bike is where you will see this deterioration first. Cleaning your bike is easy with the right tools (rags, dish soap, a bike-specific degreasing agent, a big brush, a little brush, a sponge and chain lube)!  

 

Thanks Liv Cycling!

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