Cycle Safety

Cycle Helmets

Cycle helmets must be worn at all times while riding your bike. It must be fitted properly, straight and not too loose and not too tight.

Always check your helmet for cracks, especially after you fall off your bike, or bang your helmet. If cracked your helmet will need to be replaced.

Bike Check

The Bike check applies to all types of bikes we use at CSP: Road, BMX, MTB, Cyclocross.

Always clean and check over your bike after each ride and again before your next ride.

The main points to check are :

  • Brakes function properly and are not worn.
  • No twigs, grass or mud blocking the chain, rear or front gears
  • Handlebars are not loose
  • Saddle is at the correct height and is not loose
  • Tyres at correct pressure
  • No cuts in the tyres
  • Chain and moving parts correctly lubricated
  • For mountain bikes, suspension units in good working order

Use the full M check for your bike: follow the M!

Cycling M Bike Check


Make sure you wear clothing that is appropriate to the weather conditions on the day to keep you warm and dry.

Tuck shoe-laces away inside your shoes, do not let them catch in the chain.

Avoid wearing long, baggy trousers, if you do make sure you tuck them inside your socks.

Better still, wear cycling clothing. It will give you performance advantages and improve your riding.

If you have cycling shoes with cleats, make sure the cleats are fitted correctly, and your pedals are adjusted.

Track mits or gloves are highly recommended. They help with holding handlebars, and protect hands should you fall.

General Safety

All members and parents must adhere to CSP Rules and codes of conduct. This will ensure we all enjoy our cycling safely.

Consider the safety of yourself and of other riders you are riding with at all times.

Have enough food and drink for the length of ride or training session.

Carry spares such as inner tubes, and tools.