Biking can be an inexpensive way to get around town while enjoying the outdoors and getting exercise. Whether riding a bike is part of your daily commute or an activity you enjoy in your free time, maintaining your bicycle is essential.

Your bike may not have the same warnings and reminders for maintenance as a car, but checking your bike for needed repairs is an integral part of bicycle safety.

Before you hit the road, here’s what you should check on your bike before going on your next adventure.

Tire trouble?

If your tires are in bad shape, you are in for a difficult ride. Before you leave, check the air pressure in your tires and make sure to take a small air pump with you in case a tire loses air.

You should also do a regular, thorough inspection of your bike’s tires. Check for wear and tear and routinely change the inner tubes, so they are in good condition.

Be ready for anything

Like a car with a jack and other essentials for emergencies, you should carry a small repair kit when you go out on your bike. You should be prepared with the tools you need to make minor repairs so that you are not stuck with a broken bike.

If you can, carry a spare inner tube with you. You never know when you could be surprised by a flat tire.

Although it is vital to have the right materials with you when your bike needs a quick fix, those tools are useless if you do not know how to use them. Before your next trip out on your bike, take some time to learn how to repair some of the issues bicyclists face most often.

When you take care of your bike and are ready for emergencies, you are taking the extra steps to be a safer cyclist.

If you are injured in an accident, please call 877-PAYAMLA for a free consultation.