Missed bin collections

We are aware of an increase in the number of missed collections across the city. We want to reassure you that we are working hard to collect all outstanding collections as quickly as possible. Read more on reporting missed collections

The M check

Image showing bicycle with letter M identifying areas for checking

A widely used safety check that allows your bike to be safe in five minutes. Follow the strokes of the M to make sure you don't miss anything.

Download M check advice

Get your bike checked by a qualified cycle mechanic if you encounter anything that you are unsure of.

1. Front wheel and Tyre

  • Is the wheel nut or quick-release tight?
  • Is the wheel central in frame?
  • Are there any loose or missing spokes?
  • Are the bearings tight?
  • Are the rims worn down?
  • Check that the tyre tread isn’t worn and inspect for damage and bulges.
  • Is there enough air in the tyres (check recommended P.S.I. on tyre)?

2. Handlebars and brakes

  • Is the handlebar aligned with front fork?
  • Are all the bolts tightened?
  • Do your lights and bell (if fitted) work?
  • Do the brakes lock the wheels firmly?
  • Are all the components tight?
  • Are any of the brake cables frayed?
  • Do the brake blocks rub against the wheel rims?
  • Do the brake levers touch the handle bar when pulled?
  • Can your fingers reach the brake levers easily?

3. Frame, pedals and chain

  • Are the forks loose at the point that they enter the frame (the headset)?
  • Is there any rust on the frame?
  • Does the frame look damaged or bent?
  • Are the pedals stable on the cranks?
  • Do the pedals spin round easily?
  • Moving the cranks into and away from the bike will show if your bottom bracket has any movement.

4. Saddle

  • Is the saddle secure on the seat post?
  • Does the seat post wobble?
  • Is the saddle at the correct height?
  • Ensure the seat post isn’t above minimum insertion height indicated on the post.

5. Back wheel and tyre

  • Is the wheel nut or quick-release tight?
  • Is the wheel central in frame?
  • Are there any loose or missing spokes?
  • Are the bearings tight?
  • Are the rims worn down?
  • Check that the tyre tread isn’t worn and inspect for damage and bulges.
  • Is there enough air in the tyres (check recommended P.S.I. on tyre)?
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