Bikers Beware: Check Your Bike Before You Ride

It has been a frightful time for local cyclists, with the recent deaths of eight-year-old Zander Toulouse and 50-year-old Jonathan Millstein. We need eyes everywhere when we ride —  don’t trust any vehicle to behave as it should.

Remember that you can be at risk before you even get on your bike. Last night, someone had loosened the quick-release clamp on my front wheel, perhaps in an aborted attempt to steal it. Having a front wheel fall out while riding down a busy street is a lethal combination.

So, give your quick-release wheels a once-over before you go on your way. The clamps should be firmly shut and there should be no lateral movement in the wheel.

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