Before You Ride

YOUR BIKE IS IN GOOD WORKING ORDER

Bikes will be checked before each session. Please make sure your bike is in good, safe working order. Unsafe bikes cannot be used in the coaching sessions.

YOU MUST WEAR A HELMET

Your helmet should have a sticker that says it meets safety standards set by Consultants Europe (CE). Have a look inside the helmet for a CE sticker.

If your helmet doesn't have a CE sticker, ask your mum or dad to get you one that does. Always wear a bike helmet, even if you are going for a short ride.

Your bike helmet should fit you properly. You don't want it too small or too big. Never wear a hat under your bike helmet. If you're unsure if your helmet fits you well, ask someone at a bike shop.

Once you have the right helmet, you need to wear it the right way so it will protect you. It should be worn level and cover your forehead. Don't tip it back so your forehead is showing. The straps should always be fastened. If the straps are loose, it's likely to fall off your head when you need it most. Make sure the straps are adjusted so they're snug enough that you can't pull or twist the helmet around on your head. Here’s a picture from Wikipedia showing how it should look on your head

Take care of your bike helmet and don't throw it around. That could damage the helmet and it won't protect you as well when you really need it. If you do fall down and put your helmet to the test, be sure to get a new one. They don't work as well after a major crash.

YOU MUST CHECK THAT YOUR BIKE IS IN GOOD WORKING ORDER.

Riding a bike that is the right size for you also help keeps you safe.

When you are on your bicycle, stand straddling the top bar of your bike so that both feet are flat on the ground.

There should be 1 to 3 inches (2.5 to 7.6 centimeters) of space between you and the top bar.

Here's a safety check-list that your mum or dad can help you do.

  1. If they're not sure how to fix your bike ask them to take it to a bike shop:
  2. Make sure your seat, handlebars, and wheels fit tightly.
  3. Check and oil your chain regularly.
  4. Check your brakes to be sure they work well and aren't sticking.
  5. Check your tires to make sure they have enough air and the right amount of tire pressure.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT CLOTHING

Make sure clothing isn't baggy, laces are tucked away, trousers tucked into socks, and coats and toggles can't get caught on handlebars or moving parts. If it looks like rain bring a rain jacket. All riders must wear gloves or cycling mitts to protect hands in case of a fall.

YOU HAVE READ THE CLUB'S CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PARTICIPANTS

The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to state how we expect all participants to behave so we can ensure that everyone has fun at the sessions.

Do’s

  1. Always be on time
  2. Listen to the coaches
  3. Try your best
  4. Respect others
  5. Be honest
  6. Play fair
  7. Help others
  8. Most of all have fun!

Don’ts

  1. Cheat
  2. Be cheeky
  3. Bully
  4. Make fun of anyone
  5. Swear
  6. Mess around

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE

If a member is being disruptive and/or not following the code of conduct they will be given a warning by a coach.

If unacceptable behaviour continues during the same training session they will not be able to participate in any of the activities that session and may be given other duties to carry out.

Continual bad behaviour over a series of sessions will result in a telephone call to the child’s parents/guardian possibly leading to suspension from the Club.

Essential Preparation

Make sure:

  1. Your rider arrives 5 minutes before the start.
  2. Your rider has been to the toilet.
  3. You sign your rider in.
  4. Your rider's helmet fits properly.
  5. Your rider's bike is ingood working order.
  6. Your rider is wearing appropriate clothing.
  7. Your rider knows the club's code of conduct.
  8. You sign your rider out at the end.

Fitting Your Helmet

Watch this video for advice on fitting your helmet

Quick Bike Maintenance

Make sure:

1.Handlebars and saddle are tight.

2. Brakes are adjusted and work correctly.

3. Gears are adjusted and don't 'jump'.

4. The chain is lightly lubricated.

5. Your rider's bike is fitting properly.

 

For more details watch the instructional videos at Cycle Scotland or visit your local bike shop.