12 Routine Safety Checks for Your Bicycle

Use these easy, routine checks to keep your bike safe and road-worthy.

By Mel Allwood
June 2018

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Bike Pocket Maintenance by Mel Allwood (Carlton Books, 2017) is an essential step-by-step guide for all essential bicycle maintenance and repairs. Allwood is a bicycle enthusiast with experience working for Brixton Cycles Co-op in south London, UK, and who prefers the simplicity and independence of a bike over a car. He notes that his knowledge and passion for cycling is rooted in the necessity of navigating the busy streets of London. The following excerpt is a maintenance routine that can prevent accidents and blowouts before hitting the street.

Checking your bike each time you ride it can seem like a lot of effort and a little bit boring. It needn’t take more than a few moments, however, and occasionally you’ll appreciate the time it takes because you’ll pick up a problem waiting to happen, which is far easier to fix before you set off. Looking carefully at your bike regularly also makes it easier to spot when something is wrong.



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