At Buddy Bike, LLC we hope that all of our customers will
have safe and enjoyable rides on their Buddy Bikes so we
have collected some information to keep you safe as you
enjoy your quality time on your quality bike.
links for more bike safety information:
Get bicycle safety publications at
US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
Always wear an approved helmet. this means adults
too! Check for the
(U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission) ASAI
or SNELL label. Select a helmet that fits snugly and sits level
on your head, not angled up or to the side. Wear your
helmet 2 finger widths above your eyebrows. The strap
should be tight enough that you can slip only two fingers
between your chin and the buckle. The V straps on the
sides should meet just below your ear and, if you look up,
you should just barely be able to see the brim.
Always wear proper clothing such as bike shorts
that won't get caught in moving gears. Wear clothing in
bright or neon colors that make you more visible.
See and Be Seen.
Use reflectors. Place them on the front, rear, sides and pedals.
Buddy Bikes already have reflectors included. Avoid biking
at night but if you must, use safety lights.
Get used to your
Buddy Bike. We suggest that parents ride their
Buddy Bike alone until they feel comfortable with the
balance and steering of the Buddy Bike which is longer
than a typical bicycle.
Safe Cycling Procedures
Use hand signals.
Let vehicle drivers, other cyclists and
pedestrians know when you are about to make a turn, slow
down or stop. Both captain and stoker should use hand
signals to alert traffic as to any of these moves. For
road rules and hand signals visit
Obey all road
signals and traffic laws. Vehicle traffic
regulations apply to any moving vehicle, including
bicycles. Never try to beat a traffic light, make an
illegal turn or ride on a sidewalk unless permitted by
law. While stopped at a stoplight or stop sign, stoker and
captain should have one foot on the ground, the other on a
pedal at the 2 o'clock position, so you can safely take
off when the light turns green. Give everyone the right
of way at intersections; wait your turn. Read your state's
bicycle safety regulations.
Cycle with the
flow of traffic. Never cycle against the flow of
traffic. If traffic is heavy, walk your bike across an
Be alert and
Cross railroad and street car tracks at a right
angle to avoid slipping on them. Watch out for potholes
and sewer grates that could trap your tire. Keep your eyes
open for traffic coming from behind you as well as to the
side and be ready to take evasive action at all times.
Never assume that eye contact with a driver means
the driver sees you, or will give you the right of way,
even if it's yours. Do not challenge a motorist, the car
has more steel around it than you do! Expect a car to pull out from the side street or
turn in front of you.
Ride in designated
bicycle lanes or as close to the curb as possible.
Always stay in your lane or as far to the right as
possible. On hills stay as far as possible to the right of
the road as oncoming cars may not see you. Watch out for
suddenly opening doors of parked cars as you approach
them. Have an escape route in mind at all times. In
Florida, cyclists are permitted to use the entire lane but
please don't abuse this right. It only makes drivers angry
and doesn't help the cycling cause.
Take a safety
course. One organization offering courses for all
ages is the League of American Bicyclists at 410-539-3399.
Bike Safety Tests
Keep your bicycle
in good working order. Perform the following safety tests
Check the wheels.
Pull each wheel back and forth to make sure they
are not loose in the frames. Spin the wheels to make sure
they are true (not wobbly or touching the brake pads).
Check the tires.
If tire sidewalls are cracked or treading is worm
smooth, replace tires before riding.
Ensure secure seat
and proper height. Make sure the seat is secure
and tighten it if necessary. The seat saddle should be
high enough so your leg is slightly bent at the bottom of
the pedal stroke. The seat saddle should be level, not
titled up or down.
Make sure that the chain is oiled and tight but not
stiff with rust.
Check frame for
rust. Check the bike frame for excessive rust. A
little surface rust is o.k. but make sure that nothing is
Check brake pads.
If the brake pads are too hard to allow you to
press your thumbnail into them, they may not help you as
well as they should.
They should be tight with grips on both handles and
brakes should work smoothly and quickly.
On longer bike rides, carry spare inner tubes and
tools to change them.
Taking a long ride?
If you're taking a day trip with your bicycles, use this
checklist to be prepared: