Keep your Kids Bike in Top Shape with these 5 Easy Tips!
Bicycles can often end up neglected in the garage throughout the colder months. But, with the spring sunshine and warmer weather just around the corner, it might be worth doing these few simple maintenance tasks to ensure they are safe and ready to ride!
It’s not hard, and in most cases will not take you long at all!
The experts at ByK Bikes share five easy tips for ensuring your little ones bike is in top shape:
1. Check over and inflate the tyres:
Check the wear of the tyre- look over the tyre and see if it is down to the threads.
If the tyres are slightly deflated, the weight of the bike will push down on them.
Over time, the weight will put pressure on a specific spot and possibly cause deterioration.
This is only the case if the bike is stored upright. Storing it suspended from the ceiling or a wall-rack will eliminate this issue.
Of course, you should check your tyre pressures regularly throughout the summer months too.
It is recommended to check them every 2 weeks as they will deflate on their own over time.
Riding with your pressures too low will increase the number of flat tyres you get and wheel damage when hitting sharp bumps.
Check the side wall of your tyres for optimal pressures.
2. Clean the bike frame:
Most kids' bikes do not get the same off-road or even on-road workout that adults' bikes do but that doesn't mean there won't be an accumulation of mud, dirt and grease on the frame and the drivetrain.
Use a soft-bristled brush to remove any excess mud and dirt around the frame and then a damp cloth to wipe down the whole bike.
Pay specific attention to the greasy-build up around the drivetrain.
Kids love to help out and getting them to clean their bikes will give them an appreciation and a level of respect for their bikes.
3. Clean and lubricate the bike brake cables:
For the chain, there are a number of different lube products you can buy and they depend on the type of riding you do.
Do not use WD40 on your bicycle chain as it, and products similar, contain lots of solvents which evaporate leaving almost nothing to lubricate and will only displace and breakdown any lubricants already on the chain.
You should also use a light lubricant and a cloth to wipe down the shifter cables and brake cables on your bike.
4. Clean the seat, saddle and handgrips:
Using a soft cloth, give the seat, saddle and handgrips a good wipe over.
5. Overall inspection:
During the whole process, getting up close and personal with your bike will allow you, and the kids, to get to know its parts and components better and give you an opportunity to inspect it closely to ensure it is in good working order with no obvious signs of wear and tear that will affect riding it again.