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Simple bike check

This is sometimes referred to as the M-check as you move across your bike in an M shape, from front to back.

Things to check before you ride:

  • The tyres are firm and full of air.
  • The front and back brakes work and they stop the bike from moving.
  • The handlebars don’t wobble.
  • The pedals and the bits they screw into, called the cranks, are not wobbly.
  • The bike seat is not moving at all and is it done up tightly.
  • Turn the chain round backwards by turning a pedal to make sure it turns smoothly.

If your bike needs a bit of fixing, a family member may be able to help; if not, there are friendly mechanics working in bike shops.