Mini-Bikes Safety Fact Sheet

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We have several obscure items in our collection. One we stumbled across today was the Consumer Product Safety Commision's 1978 Fact Sheet on Mini-Bikes. They cite that at the time of writing, 31,000 people a year require hospital treatment for mini-bike incidents. Their exmaple accident is described:

DICK TRIED TO STOP HIS MINI-BIKE WHEN ANOTHER BOY RODE TOWARDS HIM, BUT HIS HANDBRAKES FAILED TO WORK. THEY COLLIDED, AND DICK FELL, HITTING HIS HEAD AND PINNING HIS RIGHT ARM AND LEG UNDER THE BIKE. HE SUFFERED A SLIGHT CEREBRAL HEMORRHAGE AND A SPRAINED RIGHT ARM.

Safety tipes include:

  • Look for a mini-bike with large wheels. Typically, mini-bikes with small wheels are unstable.
  • The rider should be able to conveniently reach all controls without exerting himself.
  • After buying a bike, don't modify its design.

They also warn riders of impromper use and rider error:

MICKEY WAS RIDING HIS MINI-BIKE WHEN HIS LEFT PANTS LEG CAUGHT IN THE CHAIN DRIVE AND SPROCKET MECHANISM. HE SUFFERED PUNCTURE WOUNDS ON HIS LEG.

The whole document, with several more tips on how to enjoy mini-bikes without a trip to the hospital, can be found here