We get it, sometimes there’s nothing that can get in the way of satisfying the need for speed or an enjoyable afternoon ride. However, taking just a few minutes before you get on the road can help to ensure that your adventure is safe and supports many rides to come. With this in mind, we’ve consulted our Product Team and read carefully through the Owner’s Manual to provide you with an easy-to-follow list of what to do before each ride.
Pre-Ride Safety Checklist
With each ride, you can unlock new ways to live a healthier, more fulfilled life. But to get there, consider this acrostic poem: Thinking before cycling will promote healthy rides.
Healthy rides (helmet)
We’re clearly in the bike business and not the poetry business for a reason, but considering this as you check things off the safety to-do list will help you get pedaling on the right foot. Let’s break down each step a little.
- Check that tires are inflated to the recommended PSI (Pound Per Square Inch) listed on the tire. This can be found on the side of the tire closest to the rim, and will recommend a range (40-60 PSI for most Blix Bikes).
- Squeeze both brakes to ensure that they’re working. If they feel loose or you notice diminished brake power when you ride, it’s time for an adjustment—either at a bike shop or on your own following our Brake Adjustment & Replacement guide.
- Then, check your chain for any squeaks and add lube as necessary. A well-lubricated chain will shift smoother, last longer, and improve your ride.
- You’ll also want to check that the quick release on your front wheel is tight, and make sure that the wheels themselves are secure. If you rock the wheel from side-to-side, there should be no movement in any direction. You should notice a smooth spin, too.
- The pedals should also be securely attached to the crank arm. They can be tightened by being turned towards the front of the bike using a wrench, but be sure to do this carefully so the thread doesn’t become damaged.
- Finally, the most important step: don’t forget a properly-fitting helmet! A bicycle helmet has been demonstrated to reduce traumatic brain injury by 53% and serious head injury by 60%. Even if you feel confident on the road and in your own riding ability, be mindful of the fact that you share the road with other vehicles and pedestrians and accidents can happen.
Other Safety Practices
Because we want to support our Blix Riders—whether they’re using the Aveny to get to work or the Packa to transport kids to play time—there’s no shortage of safety tips here. Here are a few other things to keep in mind before you hop on the bike and while you cruise around town.
- Double check that all bolts and hardware are secured tightly.
- Ensure that handlebars are tightly mounted in alignment with your tire, and that they’re in a comfortable position for your arms and wrists.
- Some Blix models come equipped with LED lights powered by the battery. All come with either reflectors or reflective tires. For increased visibility, we’d recommend powering the lights on using the display, and keeping both the lights and reflectors clean. If you do a lot of night riding, consider even more reflective stickers or reflective pants and leggings, and, for good measure, wear a headlight.
- To keep your bike safe, be sure to lock it properly. We’d recommend either a U-lock, link lock, or heavy duty bike chain. Attach it to a well-anchored rack, fence, or pole, and try to find a well-lit, heavily-trafficked place. Even better if it’s monitored by a security camera.