Rental Bike Check
Everyone who picks up a rental bike check should be instructed to inspect it before riding it to ensure it is in good working order.
Copies of this inspection procedure are posted on all the bike racks. Be prepared to assist those who have difficulty with any of the steps.
Do not allow people to swap parts from one bike to another or do major disassembly or reassembly operations. The only allowable adjustment to rental bikes is an adjustment to saddle height (not tilt) and the installation and/or removal pedals. Remind people that pedals are only to be finger tight. Wrenches are not to be used to turn pedals on.
The most common difficulty is chains that are too tight or too loose. Be prepared to help people with this as renters are unlikely to have experience tensioning chains and the rental bikes can be very difficult to adjust. Loosen just the right side of the wheel. Always ensure that the left side of the wheel is tightened and “walk” the wheel by enclosing your hand around it and the seat stay and moving it between the chain stays to properly tension the chain. Then tighten the right side and loosen the left and straighten the wheel in between the stays. Repeating this operation may be necessary.
Rental Bike Check
Please perform this check before using your bike.
Ask your session leader for assistance if you have problems with any of the steps.
1. Check tires to ensure they are well inflated. Inflate if necessary. Please bring your own pump. Commercial pumps are designed for personal use and fail in a matter of weeks when subjected to the constant use they would receive at the track. For this reason, expect others to be reluctant to lend you their pumps. Pumps that have been left by others at the track are likely to be defective.
2. Spin wheels to make sure they are true. If they are out of true look for another bike or ask your session leader for assistance.
3. Try to wobble the wheels back and forth in the drop outs to make sure they are securely bolted on and do not have loose hub bearings. Bang down on the front wheel to make sure it won’t drop out. Draw defects to the attention of your session leader.
4. Spin the handlebars to make sure they are turning smoothly. Bang the front wheel up and down to determine there is no rattling in the headset. Again, draw defects to the attention of your session leader.
5. Pick up the chain midway between the cog and chainring while the bike is stationary to verify it has just a bit of slack. Your session leader will be pleased to assist you to adjust your chain tension should that be necessary.
Please help us keep our fleet of rental bikes in good working order. Do not make adjustments or modifications to your rental bike other than adjustments to saddle height.
Pedals are self-tightening and should only be put on finger tight. Please do not use a wrench to put on or tighten your pedals. If you encounter difficulties installing pedals, speak to your session leader.