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Getting your bike ready to ride




A is for air

Inflate tires to rated pressure as listed on the sidewall of the tire

Use a pressure gauge to insure proper pressure

Check for damage to tire tread and sidewall; replace if damaged


B is for brakes

Inspect pads for wear; replace is there is less than ¼” of pad left

Check pad adjustment; make sure they do not rub tire or dive into spokes

Check brake level travel; at least 1″ between bar and lever when applied


C is for cranks, chain and cassette

Make sure that your crank bolts are tight; lube the threads only, nothing else

Check your chain for wear; 12 links should measure no more than 12 1/8 inches

If your chain skips on your cassette, you might need a new one or just an adjustment


Quick is for quick releases

Hubs need to be tight in the frame; your quick release should engage at 90°

Your hub quick release should point back to insure that nothing catches on it

Inspect brake quick releases to insure that they have been re-engaged


Check is for check it over

Take a quick ride to check if derailleurs and brakes are working properly

Inspect the bike for loose or broken parts; tighten, replace or fix them

Pay extra attention to your bike during the first few miles of the ride



(Check out our page on MS Bike Laws


  • Ride predictably, use hand signals and make eye contact with drivers.

  • Don’t ever ride in the door zone

  • Frequently check behind you for approaching traffic

  • Get lights and reflectors for night time riding

  • Don’t pass on the right

  • Don’t stop to the right of cars at a red light—take the lane!

  • Wear a helmet and fit it properly

  • Treat motorists and pedestrians with the same respect that you expect to receive. 




  • Motorist turning or merging into the path of a bicyclist 


  • Motorist overtaking a bicyclist (often involving a motorist who misjudged the space required to safely pass).


  • Bicyclist turning or merging into the path of a motorist (often involving a bicyclist making a left turn in front of a motorist traveling in the same direction.)

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