Looking after your bicycle - checklist
A visual checklist of what to look out for on your bike. If you are unsure, please take the bike to a bike shop for specialist advice.
Key to the checklist
Make sure they work. Check that brake blocks are in the right position, not touching the tyre and that they are not badly grooved or worn out.
2. Brake Cables
Make sure they are not frayed.
Should have a tread pattern showing all round. Make sure they are well pumped up; this helps to avoid punctures and makes riding easier. Replace the tyre if you find any cuts, splits or bulges.
All cycles must have a red reflector at the back as well as front and rear lights when cycling in the dark.
Can become loose.
Make sure they have good grips, bar ends and are lined up correctly.
Must be able to spin freely.
8. Saddle height
Must be adjusted so the riders toes touch the floor on both sides.
Keep oiled and clean.
If the bike has gears, make sure that they are working properly and that your child knows how to use them.
If the bike has mudguards make sure they do not catch on moving parts.
For more information on how to look after your bike contact the Safety Education team:
Telephone: 020 8487 5131
Up to: Cycling (active travel)
Updated: 25 July 2023