1-2-3: How to perform a quick safety check on your child’s bike

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Kids’ bikes are subject to wear and tear, which is why maintaining them is essential for their longevity and safety. As a parent, you can keep your child’s bike in good working condition with a few basic maintenance tips.

Here’s how to maintain a kids bike at home:

Keep it Clean

Regular cleaning is an essential part of kids bike maintenance. Dirt and debris can accumulate on the bike, affecting its performance and durability. Use a soft brush and soapy water to clean the bike’s frame, wheels, and other components. Rinse with a hose, then wipe it down with a dry cloth. We also really like MountainFLOW bike wash for an environmentally friendly bike cleaning product.

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Check the tires

Tire pressure is crucial for a safe and comfortable ride. Check the tire pressure regularly and inflate the tires as needed. Be sure to check for any cuts or punctures in the tires that may need repair or replacement.

Lubricate the chain

A properly lubricated chain will keep the bike running smoothly. Apply a small amount of bike-specific lubricant to the chain, then wipe off any excess oil. A well-lubricated chain will prevent rust and corrosion, ensuring a longer lifespan for the bike. Again, we’re big fans of MountainFLOW products here and their all weather chain lube is perfect for kids’ bikes.

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Inspect the brakes

Check the brake pads regularly and make sure they are not worn down. If the brake pads are worn, replace them immediately. Adjust the brake cables if needed to ensure they are tight enough to stop the bike effectively.

Check the bolts

Make sure all bolts, including those on the handlebars and seat, are tight. Loose bolts can affect the bike’s performance and safety.

Store your child’s bike properly

Proper storage is important for maintaining a bike’s condition. Store the bike in a dry and secure location, away from direct sunlight and moisture. Hanging the bike is a great way to save space and prevent damage.

In conclusion, maintaining a kids bike at home is easy with a few basic maintenance tips. Keep it clean, check the tires, lubricate the chain, inspect the brakes, check the bolts, and store it properly. With regular maintenance, your child’s bike will last longer, perform better, and provide a safer and more enjoyable ride.

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