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Retailers should follow bike assembly safety standards

On Behalf of | Jun 11, 2019 | Bicycle Accidents |

According to the biomechanics consulting firm, Robson Forensic, there are certain safety standards that all retailers of bicycles must follow when assembling bikes for sale to the public. These rules apply to both big-box retailers and independent dealers. When followed, they maintain that there’s less of a chance of hardware torque issues or drive train or brake failures that often cause serious bicycle crashes.

These specifications require all bikes to be equipped with rear hand brakes that are capable of bringing a 150-pound bicyclist who is traveling at 15 miles per hour to a full stop within 15 feet. Regulators acknowledge that it’s ideal for bikes to have both front and rear brakes.

Bicycles that are equipped with both a front and rear sprockets should also come with chain guard covers. They should cover at least 3.2 inches out from the center of the bike’s rear axle. At least 90 % of the front chain and sprocket needs to also be covered.

It’s important that the seat has a permanent mark that clearly designates how low a chair seat post can be inserted into the bike’s frame. The handlebar stem must also feature a similar type of mark letting the rider know its lowest position setting as well.

Many of the other recommendations center around the placement of reflectors on the bike.

For example, a red reflector is required to be added to the spokes on the rear wheel. An amber one is required to be added to the front one. They can also be colorless. It’s important that they’re not able to hit the ground if the bike were to turn over. The front and back portion of pedals must also come equipped with recessed amber or colorless reflectors.

Bicycle safety assembly standards exist to help make a rider more visible to motorists. They also give bicyclists the best chance of dealing with the challenges that come with riding on California’s busiest streets. They can protect them in the event of a crash. Individuals who have been seriously hurt in Los Angeles owe it to themselves to consult with a bicycle accidents attorney to make sure that justice is delivered.


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