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Checking a bike

A. Air / Wheels:

  • Is the air pressure in the tires correct? Are the tires in good shape?
  • Do the wheels spin freely on the hub? Are all the spokes tight?

B. Brakes:

  • Do the brakes make the wheels skid?
  • Are the pads in good shape?
  • Spin both wheels; do the brake pads rub?

C. Chain / Crank / Pedal:

  • Is the chain straight?
  • Is the chain clean and lightly oiled? Is the chain free of rust?
  • Is the crank tight and secure?
  • Are the pedals tight and secure?

D. Drop:

  • Raise the bike about two inches and drop it. Does it make noise? Something may be loose.

Quick / Check:

  • Quick: If the bike is equipped with quick release fittings, are they properly adjusted?
  • Check: Ride around slowly. Does the bike appear to operate properly?


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