It's always smart to make a quick inspection of your bike before you ride. Troubleshoot problems before you're miles from home and help.
1. Inspect your tires for cuts and any debris. Your tires may have picked up small, sharp objects on your previous ride. These can slowly work their way into the tire and eventually cause a flat.
2. Check your tire pressure. Inflate your tires to the pressure specified on the sidewall. This will give you a better, more efficient ride and help to prevent flat tires. See "Maintain a Bike's Tire Pressure for Good Performance," under Related eHows.
3. Check both front and rear brakes to make sure that they are working properly.
4. Spin the wheels to make sure that they are in true.
5. Inspect your chain. Is it dirty? If so, clean and lubricate it. See "Maintain a Clean and Efficient Bike Drivetrain," under Related eHows.
6. Check your front and rear wheel quick-releases to make sure they are tight.
If you ride regularly, you may want to bring your bike into a bike shop for a yearly tune-up.
Do not ride your bike if it appears unsafe.
Cycling is a physically demanding sport that could result in serious injury. We recommend that you seek proper training and equipment before attempting this activity.
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