Although it may be time intensive to do so, bicycle safety experts recommend inspecting your bike before you decide to head out on it. Doing so may keep your risk of human error or bike failure quite low.

One of the first things you will want to check on your bike is the brake system. Perhaps the easiest way to do this is by squeezing the brake levers to see how responsive they are. If they’re overstretched or frayed, then you’ll notice that they don’t seem as tight as they typically would be.

In addition to squeezing your brake’s levers, you should also visually inspect both the front and back brake pads to see if they’re striking the rims or tires. Having them squeeze your tires is not necessarily ideal. That alignment can cause the tires to become worn and lead their sidewalls to become damaged. They should instead strike the rims, which will make it easier to stop your bike.

While you’re checking out your bike’s brakes, you’ll also want to look at its tires to see if you notice any wear patterns, cracks or gouging. If you notice any of these, then there’s a strong likelihood of you suffering a flat tire.

You should also keep a watchful look over the nuts and bolts used to hold your wheels in place. Making sure they’re tight will keep you from having a wheel fall off while you’re riding.

Checking your bike’s chains and gears is also important. You’ll want to make sure that there’s no friction when they’re turning. You’ll also want to shift through the gears to make sure that there aren’t any problems with chain slippage.

Ensuring that your seat and handle bar are properly positioned and that your helmet is intact are also important things to check before you take off.

Taking these precautions will minimize your risk of becoming involved in a crash because of your own negligence. Avoiding crashes caused by others can be greatly reduced by both you and other motorists following the rules of the road.

If you’ve been seriously injured in a bike crash due to someone else’s negligence, then a Los Angeles bicycle accidents attorney can advise you of how to go about recovering medical costs in your case.

Source: Thought Co., “Things to check every time you ride,” David Fielder, accessed March 16, 2018