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Bicycling and the Law

Richard L. Duquette

EP69 Bicycle Store Test Ride Agreement and Covenant Not to Sue


Bicycle shops are wise to obtain a written release to protect their interests. What should a prospective client understand when he agrees to the terms and signs the document? Find out in this episode titled Bicycle Store Test Ride Agreement and Covenant Not to Sue.

Importance of Educating Test Riders

It is important for bicycle store owners to educate their prospective clients about the agreement. Clients should understand the issues involved.


One issue is the place that the bicyclist is riding can be considered hazardous.

Understanding the Terms of an Agreement

When a prospective client does a test ride, he should inspect the bicycle.


He may also need to wear appropriate shoes, clothing and a helmet. He must also follow the rules of the road.

Types of Risks in a Test Ride

A bicycle store or shop would be wise to explain where it is safe to do the test ride. They should educate test riders about existing pitfalls of the area.


Riders should understand the different types of risks. These include the risks in the route, sport, and rider behavior. In the end, it is important to be realistic and so avoid frivolous claims.


References for Bicycle Store Test Ride Agreement and Covenant Not to Sue:

  •   Fairly Defining the Legal Risk of Bicycling podcast episode


To hear about the terms of a test ride, download and listen to Bicycle Store Test Ride Agreement and Covenant Not to Sue.


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