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Video: Bicycle Checks

By: Clare Birtles - Updated: 18 Aug 2012 | comments*Discuss

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Hi I'm Greg Deacon, an enthusiastic tri-athlete and on behalf of cyclingforfun.co.uk, I'm going to show you some important bike checks to make.

The most important part of the bike to check is the brakes, the brakes should hold the wheels tight when pulled. Check the brakes blocks weekly for signs of wear and alignment and make sure the cables are not frayed.

The chain should be oiled once a fortnight and double check there is no sign of rust, it is always good to take a thorough look at gears about once a month, but before setting out a quick check to ensure the gears are working is a good safety measure.

Pinch the sides of the tires, if they squash easily pump them up until they are firm, being careful not to over pump. The maximum pressure will be shown on the wall of the tires. Look for cuts and bald patches and replace these tires immediately. Spin the wheel free to check for buckled wheels.

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