What Is T-CLOCK?

The acronym T-CLOCK is an easy way for riders to remember to inspect their bikes before each ride.

T = Tires
C = Controls
L = Lights
O = Oils
C = Chassis and chain
K = Kickstand

T – Check your tires, wheels, and brakes

  • Visually inspect your tires for weathering, wear, bulges, cracks, and embedded objects.
  • Check the wheels for cracks, bent spokes, and other damage.
  • Make sure the rims are round.
  • Check the bearings for free play in tires.
  • Check the air pressure.
  • Check tire tread depth.
  • Make sure that each brake works well enough to keep the bike from rolling.

C – Controls

  • Check your cables for damage and kinks.
  • Check the levers and pedals. Look for damaged parts.
  • Make sure all mounts are tight.
  • Check your hoses for cracks, cuts, bulges, and leaks and make sure that they are positioned so they don’t interfere with steering.
  • Check that the throttle moves freely and snaps closed.

L – Lights and Electrics

  • Check the operation and aim of your high and low beams.
  • Check that your taillight works with both front and rear brakes.
  • Check left, right, front, and back turn signals.
  • Check the connections at your battery terminals.
  • Inspect wiring for pinched or damaged wires.

O – Oil and Other Fluids

  • Check all fluid levels.
  • Look for leaks.

C – Chassis and Chain

  • Check frame for cracks and other damage.
  • Make sure that all accessory mounts are secure.
  • Check handlebar movement.
  • Inspect your front forks.
  • Check the tension in the chain or belt.

K – Kickstand

  • Make sure that your kickstand is working properly and that it will stay up while riding.

T-CLOCK will help you recognize potential problems before they put your life in danger. The list may seem long, but the complete inspection takes just a few minutes. Print out this post and use it the next few times you ride your bike. Soon, T-CLOCK will become routine.

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