Getting your bike ready to ride

A well-maintained bike makes for a safer, easier and more enjoyable ride. It’s also important to choose a bike that is right for you.

ABC bike safety check

Before you head out for a ride, it’s a good idea to do a quick maintenance check to make sure your bike is in safe working order, especially if it hasn’t been ridden for a while. 

This is as simple as ABC – Air, Brakes, Chain.

  • Air: Make sure the tires are pumped up and aren’t soft.
  • Brakes: Squeeze the brakes and make sure it stops the wheels.
  • Chain: Make sure the chain can go around freely, isn’t rusted and that it’s not skipping of the sprockets. 

Watch the short video below to see how quick and easy it is to do an ABC bike safety check on your bike.

If you detect any issues, or if you need further information or tips, check out the Department of Transport Your Move program’s guide to basic bike maintenance.

Getting a new bike

It’s important to know about different bike types and capabilities to help you make a decision that is right for you when getting a new bike.

The Department of Transport’s Your Move program has put together some handy information about Choosing the right bike for you.

Remember, even a new bike will need a few adjustments before its set up correctly. Basic bike maintenance tips can help get you riding your bike safely and comfortably.

Note: There are standard requirements that need to be met before a bicycle can be considered legal for use on public roads and shared paths. See the Road Safety Commission website for rules and regulations related to bikes, including eBikes.

Page last updated: Wed Oct 25 2023 12:37:08 PM