Equipment Performance Checklist Form
Note: This is not intended to replace a safety inspection. It is a performance checklist.
  Shoes: Laces and or Velcro straps should be strong and in good shape. Cleats should be securely fastened to the shoe.
  Handlebars: Press down on the brake levers with all your body weight. Bars should not slip down. The stem should be secured in the fork, making it difficult but not impossible to move. Note: Do not over tighten the stem, as this may damage the fork steering column.
  Saddle: Double-check seat rail binder bolts and attempt to twist the saddle; it should be difficult to move. See that it is straight.
  Brakes: Stand in front of the bike and press levers toward each other. They should not move. Squeeze the lever hard toward the bar, the cable should not slip and the lever should return freely. Look to see that pads are hitting the rim's braking surface only (not on tire). Replace the pads if they look worn.
  Tires: Inspect sidewalls for cuts and broken threads. Inspect thread for cuts, look inside for hidden glass. If the cord is cut, replace the tire. Inspect seating of clincher tires under full pressure. With tubulars, look where the tire meets the rim for signs of glue. With tire softly inflated, roll tire back. It should appear secure.
  Wheels: Squeeze spokes in pairs and note loose ones. Use a spoke tension meter if there is any doubt. Spin wheels and inspect for trueness. Skewers should be tight and rechecked the day of the race.
  Drive train: All gears should be shifted. Check for stiff links by pedaling backwards and watching at derailleur for chain lump. Lubricate chain and wipe off excess oil.
  Pedals: Inspect toe clips for cracks and torque toe-clip bolts. Toe straps should not be cut or greatly worn where the buckle holds it. Clipless systems should be lightly lubricated and the shoe tried to see if the cleat properly engages.
  Water-bottle cages: Inspect for cracks at welds and bends. Check security of bolts.