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Post-Crash Bike Inspection Checklist

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Bike Inspection after a Crash

Regardless of whether the crash is major or minor, you should always conduct a close inspection of your bicycle and equipment to make sure everything is fully intact and reliable. Even the tiniest cracks, bends, and dents can lead to catastrophe-causing bike failures. Though it’s painful to accept that your expensive, brand name equipment may be headed for the dump, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. After all, you can always replace your gear, but you only have one body.


Barring top shelf multi-impact lids, the one-and-done rule applies to most helmets. In other words, if your helmet absorbed impact in a crash, its ability to protect your head from future hits has been compromised, even if there’s no obvious damage to the shell. However, you may be able to get it replaced by the manufacturer.


Look for cracks, scratches, dents, and bumps around the head tube, chainstay, seatstay bridge, bottom bracket, dropouts, and welds. If some or all of these terms registered in your mind as perfect nonsense, take your bike to a shop for professional assessment.

Wheels and Brakes

Both wheels should be true and round, their spokes should have enough tension to make a “ping” sound when plucked, and the brake pads should be centered on and still contacting the rim.

Steering Area

Make sure the handlebar isn’t twisted. Then squeeze the front brake and shake the bicycle back and forth to feel for play in the headset. If anything is not right, steering and balance will be out of line.


Cranks, derailleur, saddle, seatpost, and pedals – if they’re damaged in any way, do not ride until you get them repaired or replaced.

While the state of your bicycle is certainly important, your well-being is always your first priority. If you have been injured in a crash caused by another party, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Contact the experienced bicycle accident attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm for immediate assistance. We can provide you with a comprehensive evaluation of your rights and legal options in a FREE consultation. Our number is (800) 522-7274.

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