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CHICAGO, US (Sep 15) – The Chicago Police department has issued the following safety tips for cyclists: To ensure overall safety, the Chicago Police Department recommends you perform this A-B-C QUICK CHECK procedure before you ride your bicycle. Air — Check tire pressure and inflate to recommended maximum pressure. Look for damage and tread wear. […]

CHICAGO, US (Sep 15) – The Chicago Police department has issued the following safety tips for cyclists:

To ensure overall safety, the Chicago Police Department recommends you perform this A-B-C QUICK CHECK procedure before you ride your bicycle.

Air — Check tire pressure and inflate to recommended maximum pressure. Look for damage and tread wear.

Brakes — Examine brake pads, cables and housings. Ensure that all brake pads open and close together and operate smoothly.

Crank — Check for bearing play in crank and headset.

Besides the A-B-C QUICK CHECK, the Chicago Police Department recommends you perform these two procedures before going on a ride:

Quick Release — Many bicycles are equipped with quick-release axles rather than the traditional thread and nut type of wheel axle. Make sure any quick-release devices are tightened and tires secured to the frame.

Component Check — Check bicycle components and ensure all are functioning properly by taking a slow ride in an area free of traffic, such as a parking lot.
Bicycles should also be lightly bounced on the ground while you listen for anything that may be loose.

We from the bike industry might feel these tips are a bit thin on the ground (and how the tires should be secured to the frame is a real mystery…) fact is that a lot of accidents can be related to faulty bikes: so the basic idea is good – it will be interesting to see how many people will actually take the time to perform the ABC test.

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