Even before you start turning the pedals check your bike. A bike that is in great condition is safer and makes for more enjoyable cycling. Here’s how to give your bike a quick but thorough two-minute check, so you know your bike is ready to ride.
Start at the front wheel
Start at the front wheel and work to the back wheel. Check the quick release that holds your front wheel in place is tightly closed and when you move the wheel from side to side it doesn’t wobble. Pick the front of your bike up and spin the wheel looking to check the tyres have no worn areas or cuts in them. Check the wheel spins smoothly and isn’t buckled or rubbing on the brakes.
Put the wheel down again and move up to the handle bars. When you rock the bike backwards and forwards can you feel any knocking or movement in the headset (where the bars attach to the frame)? Swing the bars from side to side to see if they move freely. Use the front brake to stop the wheel. Does it stop quickly and firmly?