We recommend that all bikes intended for use at the Lumberyard Bike Park be checked for proper function prior to arrival to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for the rider. Some accessories can interfere with riding or break easily, so we’ve listed a sampling of those below. Please check your ride against this handy bike checklist.
Verify Bike Function:
- Chain free of rust and well lubricated (if it squeaks, oil it).
- Chain is sufficiently tight and does not fall off under use.
- All bolts are tight (handlebars, stem, cranks, seat post, etc).
- Frame and fork are straight, aligned and without visible damage.
- Wheels, cranks, and pedals spin freely.
- Wheels are true (not warped/wobbling) and spokes are evenly tensioned.
- No side-to-side play with wheels or cranks.
- Tires have sufficient pressure (indicated on tire sidewall), tread and sidewall integrity.
- Smooth back-and-forth movement in handlebars.
- If geared, run through all of them to ensure shift function.
- Verify that suspension parts function and spring back when compressed.
- Brakes stop rider effectively.
- Brake pads have plenty of wear left.
- Check brake/shifter cables and housing are in proper condition.
What to Look for in Fitting a Bike for the Park:
- Frame size is appropriate for age, weight, and skill of rider.
- Rider can stand over bike frame with feet on the ground (~1” clearance below crotch).
- Rider can touch the ground with at least one foot while seated on bike.
- Seat is low and out of way (most riders stand on pedals here).
- Brake lever reach is appropriate for rider (check reach adjustment, if available).
We Recommend Removing Extra Accessories:
- Handlebar mounted bike bells and lights
- Bike Racks
- Training wheels
Suit up with Protective Gear (helmets and pads can be rented):
- Helmets are required, (full face helmet and/or mouth guard recommended)
- Arm and leg pads recommended
- Biking gloves recommended
- Appropriate rubber-soled athletic shoes