The National Cycling Proficiency Scheme (NCPS) includes maintenance of the bicycle in the training syllabus. A survey of children's bicycles was carried out to see whether the bicycles of children who had passed the NCPS test were in a better state of maintenance than those of children who had not had this training. Examination of 439 bicycles, of which 35 per cent were ridden by children who had passed the NCPS test, failed to show any such relationship. Over one-third of bicycles examined were included in the category 'dangerous'. Many of these faults were a matter of simple adjustment. (A)

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