This checklist is meant to be used as a general guide to assessing your bike’s condition. It is NOT meant to replace a safety inspection done by a professional. BikeLord strongly encourages you to take your bike to a local bike shop to have a professional either assemble the bike (if received via shipment), or inspect the bike before you ride it (if already assembled). This is the only way to ensure that the bike is safe to ride and properly assembled.
If you wish to assemble the bike yourself, and have it inspected by a professional afterward, before riding, please use this video as a guide:
Check the bars, stem and levers
Start at the front of the bike. Check the bars, stem and levers and inspect them for any damage. Inspect the handlebars and stem to make sure they are straight and didn’t get knocked out of alignment or bent. Make sure all the bolts are tight and secure. Next, check the brakes and shift levers. Do the brakes still work? Do the shifters shift?
Check the front wheel and tires
Check that the front wheel is still securely fastened in the fork and the quick release hasn’t opened or loosened. Spin the wheel to check that it’s still true, meaning that it doesn’t wobble when turning. Make sure the tire is in good shape, with no cuts, bald spots or sidewall damage.
Check the frame and fork
Look closely at the frame and fork and make sure there are no visible bends or bulges in the frame.
Check the seat and pedals
Make sure the seat is strong enough to support you and is properly tightened to the frame. Check the pedals for any damage.
Check the rear wheel
Check that the rear wheel is still securely fastened to the rear dropouts and that the quick release hasn’t loosened or opened. Spin the wheel to check that it’s still true. Make sure the tire is in good shape, with no cuts, bald spots or sidewall damage.
Check the drivetrain
Run through the gears to check the shifting and make sure nothing has been bent. The rear derailleur hanger is especially susceptible to damage so check to make sure the hanger is not bent.