BIKE SAFETY

So you are registered for the Tour de Shore? There are a few things you may or may not know that will help you out along the ride. While training and planning for the ride are very important factors, having a properly maintained bike will make a big difference on the day of the ride.

Please read through all of our bike safety and maintenance tips to help an easier ride for you in July. Please make sure to check out all of our participating bike shops for special discounts and find the one closest to you!

MANDATORY BIKE BIKE SAFETY CHECK

65-miles is a long way to ride your bike. Having a bike that is in proper shape will help make the ride easier for you. In order to ensure a better ride and fewer mechanical fixes along the ride, we are implementing a mandatory bike safety check before you participate in this year's Tour de Shore. The easiest way to make sure your bike is ready to go is to take it to one of our certified bike shops listed below for a free bike safety check.

A bike inspection is a few minute evaluation of the overall condition of your bike. Example: tires, brake pads, cables and housing, chain, cassette and chain ring wear. If your bike appears to be properly working, you will receive a certification. If the bike professionals believes your bike is not safe to ride, you will not be given a certification until those fixes are made. Please note, you are responsible for any and all costs associated with fixing your bike to make it safe to ride.

Bring your bike into one of our certified bike shops below, prior to the ride, for a free bike safety check.
Please bring your bike in at least 2 weeks prior to the ride. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE.

You will be provided with a certificate of inspection that you will wrap around to your bike like a wristband. This certificate will allow you to access our complimentary bike services along the route. Check out some of the great discounts and offers below.

If you don't have your certificate of inspection on your bike during the Tour de Shore, you risk potential charges from our bike shops on the route or being pushed to the back of the line while our bike professionals help those with the inspection. 

 

Tour de Shore Certified Bike Shops

We strongly encourage all riders to have their bikes looked at by professionals. Having your bike properly inspected before the ride will ensure an easier ride on your body and a quicker turn around time should you have bike issues on the road.

Don't live near one of our shops or frequent a shop not listed?

If you don't live close to one of our certified bike shops or frequent a shop not listed, that's not a problem! You can bring your bike anywhere you'd like, however, you will not receive the free bike safety check that our certified bike shops provide and will have to pay the bike shop fees.

Please bring this form to the bike shop of your choice and ask them to simply sign the sheet stating that you recieved a bike safety check. Hand in the signed form when you pick up your bib and you will receive a certificate. 

DO NOT WAIT UNTIL LAST MINUTE. Please have your bike inspected at least two week before the ride.

Bike Shops in Philadelphia

Bells Bike Shop

1320 E. Passyunk Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19147

 

Bustleton Bikes
9261 Roosevelt Blvd
Philadelphia, PA

15% off all repairs and up to 15% off most accessories/ items used for repairs (depending upon manufactures agreements). (Extra special discounts for all Military, Police, and Fire- must present valid ID).

 

Keswick Cycle
4040 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA

Tune up special of $69.99 with proof of Tour de Shore registration. 10% off all parts and accessories. Looking for a new bike? Purchase a Schwinn Super Sport Disc- Sale is $449.99 (regularly $549.99) with a free Cannondale Quick Helmet.


 

Bike Shops in Montgomery County

Bike Works
500 Main Street
Harleysville, PA

We can extend a 10% discount on parts and accessories to the Tour de Shore folks. All of our bikes are sold at manufacture minimum so we cannot discount as we are already at the lowest they allow us to sell them at. So bonus.. no waiting for a sale!!


Keswick Cycle
408 N Easton Rd
Glenside, PA

Tune up special of $69.99 with proof of Tour de Shore registration. 10% off all parts and accessories. Looking for a new bike? Purchase a Schwinn Super Sport Disc- Sale is $449.99 (regularly $549.99) with a free Cannondale Quick Helmet.


Bike Sport
325 W. Main Street
Trappe, PA

 

Bike Shops in Bucks County

TBD. Please check back.


 

Bike Shops is Delaware County

 


Cycle-Fit of Delaware County
320 Chester Rd
Wallingford, PA
 
15% off all repairs and up to 15% off most accessories/ items used for repairs (depending upon manufactures agreements). (Extra special discounts for all Military, Police, and Fire- must present valid ID).
 

 


 

Bike Shops in South Jersey

Erlton Bicycle Shop
1011 Marlton Pike W
Cherry Hill, NJ

10% discount on all bikes, parts, accessories and repairs done prior to the ride as well as two weeks after the ride.


Pro Pedals
682 S White Horse Pike
Hammonton, NJ


Wheelies
176 NJ-70
Medford, NJ

Any one participating in the Tour de Shore will receive 10% off Bikes, Parts, Accessories and Service at Wheelies.

 


 

Tour de Shore Bike Inspection Checklist

VISUAL INSPECTION
AIR

Check all bike tires to make sure they are properly inflated before riding. Using bikes without fully inflated tires will quickly damage the metal rims and the tire itself. It is normal for inner tubes to lose air very slowly. Tires should be topped off periodically (as frequently as once a week).  Using a bike pump is the preferred method to inflate your tires.   Air compressors or gas station pump can often times over inflate and cause the tubes to explode.  If they are your only option please use with caution.

BRAKES

Make sure the front and back brakes are connected and working properly.

CHAIN/CRANK
QUICK RELEASES

Make sure that all the quick releases are secure. These may be on both wheel axles and the seat post clamp. They are a nut and bolt that are secured by closing the quick release’s camming mechanism (the handle). They should close so that the pressure of closing the handle briefly leaves a white imprint on your palm. Adjust the tension by twisting the nut while the camming mechanism is open—do NOT try to adjust while the quick release is in the closed position. Be sure that the quick release is closed all the way and is not contacting the frame or fork (which may prevent it from closing all the way into the locked position.

CHECK

Give the bike one final look over to make sure it is all set for your rider.

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