It’s a good idea to carry out a basic safety check on a bicycle before any long ride, or at least once a week. This guide helps you pick out potential problems in a methodical and easy-to-remember way and applies equally to a road bike , hybrid bike or mountain bike – and both a new bike or one that may not have been ridden for some time.
If you’ve bought a bike online and need to build it at home, check out our guide on how to assemble a bike . What is the M check?
The M check is a basic safety check of all the main working parts of a bike, moving from the front hub back.
The check is named after the way you follow the shape of the letter M when checking the bike (clever, eh?).
It’s a useful pattern to follow and helps you quickly identify any problems with the bike. With practice, it should take only a couple of minutes to thoroughly check over any bike.
We’ve outlined each step of the M check below. How to safety check an adult’s bike
How to safety check wheels, brakes and hubs on a bike Check that the wheels are attached securely to the bike.These days, wheels are most likely to be secured with a quick-release skewer or some form of bolt-thru axle .If your bike uses quick-release levers, secure them by clamping the lever down and turning the nut on the other side until it’s tight against […]