Experts Warn to Look Over Safety Checklist Before Taking Bike Out this Summer


A bill in the Ohio Legislature would make it mandatory for all bicyclists 16 and younger to wear a helmet. It’s backed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which says that 75 percent of all bike fatalities could have been prevented by wearing one.

According to a local cycling activist, helmets are just one component of a safe ride. At Quick Service Bicycle Shop in Aetnaville, the staff are advocates of safe cycling. They said while warm weather brings out kids on bikes, they need to make sure they go through a safety check list first. 

Bike Shop Manager Dave Crow has done tricks on bikes since he was young, and he supports a mandatory helmet law. “Yeah I think it’s a great idea. I personally had some head injuries when I was younger due to not wearing a helmet, a couple major concussions. So there are some hazards out there for the youth to watch out for and it’s great to have a helmet,” he said.

Buying a helmet isn’t the complex process it once was. Riders no longer have to try them on endlessly, looking for the perfect fit. Technology has changed that. “You turn this knob to expand it and once you put it on your head, you turn this knob  in the opposite direction, to contract til it securely fits your head,” Crow said.

A beginning of the season check-up for the bike is essential. A professional can quickly check tire pressure, reflectors, brakes,  drive train and wheels. Then you’re ready to hit the road.

Crow said it is important to make sure drivers in cars see you. “Front and rear lights is a good additional component to have. Yeah, reflective clothing so you can be seen.”

Most people don’t ride recreationally after dark, but some commute to work and back by bike. “We have a few customers that ride from Warwood to Martins Ferry. They commute daily on their bike , the weather permitting. So it’s important for them to wear a headlight – tail light for night riding,” said Kathleen Reed, the owner of the Quick Service Bicycle Shop.

Shop employees also said to watch out for road hazards, be on the lookout for potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles, leaves and dogs.

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