Houston Texas is home to many bike trails. Memorial Park, located inside the 610 loop, has some of the best. Riders of most skill levels can find a trail they find changeling and enjoyable. While trail rides can be a great form of entertainment, they can also be dangerous. Injuries can occur when a rider attacks a trail that is beyond their skill level. But not all mishaps are the result of rider error. Many times faulty equipment is the cause of a rider’s injury.
Just this month, the GT brand mountain bike company recalled their 2014 Furry Expert Downhill Mountain Bike. This bicycle retails between $4,000.00 and $6,000.00 and is considered a high skill level bicycle. The GT Furry utilizes a disk brake system on both the front and rear wheels along with rear shock absorbers and a front suspension. The problem with the bicycle is that the wheel hubs can snap causing the brake system to fail. This poses the serious risk of crashing, potentially resulting in injury to the rider. So far there have been five reports of broken wheel hubs and failing break systems. GT recommends that should you experience any problems related to the recall you should immediately stop using the bicycle and return it to the nearest authorized GT dealer to have the front and rear wheels replaced. GT maintains that this repair should be free of charge to the consumer.
When going on a trail ride, whether it is in Houston or out of town, always be sure to check your bicycle and safety equipment to make sure they are functioning properly. If you have concerns about the safety of your bicycle do not ride it. You can check with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to see if there has been a recall issued for your bicycle. Their website is http://www.cpsc.gov/.