Bicycle Safety Checklist

Size - Fit of bicycle to bicycle driver

  1. Can bicycle driver straddle frame with both feet on the ground?
  2. Check height of seat post (provide minimum clearance in frame as recommended by manufacturer).

Handlebars

  1. Tight and in line with wheel height below driver's shoulder level?
  2. Check height of stem (provide minimum clearance in frame as recommended by manufacturer).
  3. Grips tight and ends in good condition?

Frame

  1. All tubes in line, not bent?
  2. Front fork straight, in good condition?

Pedals

  1. Tight, intact, no binding?

Wheels

  1. Both run true side to side and round?
  2. Spokes - good tension, none missing?
  3. Rims - no dents, free of rust: if caliper brakes, the side clean and fee of lubricants?
  4. Tires - properly inflated, good tread, no sidewall damage, straight valve stem?

Bearing - No looseness or binding?

  1. Front wheel
  2. Front fork
  3. Rear wheel
  4. Pedal crank

Chain

  1. 1/2" play, no excessive looseness with deraileurs per manufacturer recommendation?
  2. Chain Guard - unbent, free of chain?
  3. Clean and free of rust?

Brakes

  1. Coaster brakes - operate with 20 degrees travel before brake is engaged; brake arm strap fully tightened?
  2. Hand brakes - sufficient reserve when lever is engaged, and brake lever tight?
  3. Caliper brakes centered and tight?
  4. Nuts tight on brake shoes?
  5. Proper clearance of 1/16" of shoe from rim?
  6. At least 3/16" rubber on brake pad?
  7. Cable taut, no frayed ends?

Other safety equipment

  1. Sift control operating properly?
  2. Multi-speed mechanism operating properly; hub and deraileur is functional in all gears?
  3. Red rear reflector - conforms to local laws?
  4. Reflectors visible from both sides when riding at night?
  5. Front light - battery or generator and bulb satisfactory?
  6. Bell or horn - working and audible