Monday, January 29, 2007

ABC Quick Check

The ABC Quick Check is a mnemonic to remind cyclists of things to check for before every ride.

A is for Air in the tires. Ensure your tires are properly inflated. While you're messing with the tires, check for damage to the tires.

B is for Brakes. Check that the brakes work.

C is for Drivetrain. Or, for the non-orthogonal pedants among us, C is for Cranks, Chainring, Chain and Cogs. Make sure the chainring bolts are secure and that your chain is in good shape.

Quick is for Quick Release. Make sure all of your quick release mechanisms (hub skewers, brake releases and seatpost) are secure.

This checklist is relatively new in the League of American Bicyclists Bike Ed program. The ABC Quick Check was developed by IPMBA instructors Gene Miller, Kirby Beck, Allan Howard, and Stuart Bracken.

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