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Cycling Conduct: Basic Bike Safety 

This week’s rule is the last in the series on Bicycle Specifications.

bike rider The rule requires that participants are responsible for ensuring that their bicycles are safe and in working order. It is a good reminder that one should make a “pre-flight” inspection of the bicycle before each event and have it repaired if necessary. Mechanical failure at an event is always frustration, but can be dangerous as well.

If you are in doubt about your bike, take it to a shop and have it checked out. Don’t wait until break-down or an accident.

Here’s the rule:

5.11l. All aspects of the bicycle must be safe to the user and to other participants in the event. Minimum safety standards include, but are not limited to, properly glued and sealed tires, tight headset and handlebars, and true wheels.

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