Cycling Safety Checklist

Inspecting your quick release

Read the quick-release lever to tell if it's safe. If it reads There are three ways to tell if the quick-release lever is doing its job to securely hold your wheel in place on your bike.

1) Most levers have the words “Open” and “Closed” stamped right on them, so look for that. The quick release in the photo reads “Open,” meaning that the wheel is not properly fastened and it may come off–even if the wheel and lever feel tight!

2) Levers are usually curved. When the bend of the lever’s curve protrudes outward like a bump, the lever is closed. When the bend is cupped (photo), the lever is open. Closing and opening the lever requires flipping it 180 degrees, not spinning it.

3) If a quick-release lever sticks out from the frame (isn’t flush with it), that also means it is not fully closed. It may seem to be holding the wheel(s), however, a protruding lever is not locked shut and it’s possible for it to come loose or get knocked loose if you bump it into something. Be sure to close the quick release fully if you see this to ensure your safety.

Please note, that even if the lever reads “Closed” and looks right, it’s a good idea to test how tight it is by trying to open it by pulling on it with a little effort. If it resists, it’s tight and safe. If it opens with only a little effort like this, it’s not tight enough. Follow our directions to tighten it.

To Protect Your Head and Brain

The number one reason to wear a helmet when riding your bike is to protect your head and brain. The U.S. Department of Transportation points out that, over the course of the past few years, only 17 percent of fatally-injured bicyclists were actually wearing helmets. They go on to say that if a bicyclist wears a helmet, he reduces his chance of head injury by 50 percent and his chance of head, face and neck injury by 33 percent.

To Set an Example for Children

A parent’s role is not only to keep little ones safe, but also to guide them in learning how to make wise choices. The best way to do this is to lead by example, as children are more inclined to mimic what their parents are doing, not just obey verbal commands. If your kids see you wearing a helmet every time you climb on your bike, they’re more likely to follow suit without giving it another thought.

To Show Off Your Style

Your bicycle helmet gives you a chance to show off your style. While you can certainly select a helmet made in a solid color, you can also purchase one with a design. Animal lovers may prefer a helmet with adorable kittens on it. Scientists may opt for a helmet with the planets displayed from front to back. There are also helmets with flowers, the American flag, lightning bolts and sports teams on them.

As Protection From the Weather

If your bicycle is your main mode of transportation, you may have to ride to and from work even if the weather isn’t ideal. In this case, your helmet offers protection from the elements. Your hair will stay nice and dry in the rain and warm and toasty in the snow. The helmet also protects cyclists from the sun’s harmful UV rays during the summer.

To Make Yourself Seen

Although cars will be able to see you clearly on the road during the day, you’ll be almost invisible to them at night. Some helmets come with built-in reflectors that will help oncoming cars spot you from a distance. Others are designed to allow you to mount a headlamp on them. If you can’t find a helmet like this, you can always purchase reflector tape and run a few strips across your traditional helmet.


  • Use Quick release properly
  • Wear Helmet

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