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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