Below are some tips on how to check that your helmet and bike are safe to ride on the road and/or in a race. It is your responsibility as an athlete to check that your own equipment is safe to use, but if you would like any help or guidance on anything please ask at a session, contact a committee member, or post on the Facebook group


General things to look out for are loose components, cracks, rust, and fraying wires.


  • Not buckled. Spin wheel to check

  • Axle nuts/quick release tight and firmly closed so that wheel is secure

  • Spokes all present and tight

  • Brakes secure and aligned, working when applied and not rubbing when not applied. Spin wheel and apply brakes to check

  • Tyre free from cuts or splits and inflated to the correct pressure

  • Bearings tight. Grip rim and rock back and forth to check

Saddle & seat post

  • Saddle fitted tight and set in a comfortable position for cycling

  • Seat post free from cracks

  • Seat post secure

Chain ring and gears

  • Front derailleur working correctly with smooth gear changes

  • Cranks spinning freely with no motion from side to side

  • Pedals fitted correctly and not worn down beyond use or clogged up with mud

  • Chain well oiled and not rusty

  • Rear derailleur working correctly with smooth gear changes


  • Tight with no side to side motion or rotation

  • Brake levers and gear shifters working correctly


Helmets are essential for all club rides and road cycling sessions. If your helmet does not fit you properly or is damaged then it may not protect you fully in the case of an accident or fall. Here is an easy check that your helmet is safe to use:

  • There are no dents in the body of the helmet.

  • There are no tears in the straps or cracks in the plastic framework.

  • It fits snugly on your head and does not slide around or tip forwards or backwards.

  • The side straps meet just beneath your ear.

  • You can only fit two fingers vertically between your chin and the chin strap