We all know that kids are rough with their toys, especially boys. Bumping into objects, throwing things around – kids love to test the limits of themselves and their things. That being said, your child will probably be wanting to test out the limits of their balance bikes, which is encouraged (just make sure the bike is capable of doing what they want). As a parent, you want your child to have fun but also don’t want to have to invest in a new bike every couple months due to excessive wear and tear. Fear not, here are some ways to help keep the longevity of your balance bike. Let’s take a look.
Buy the right balance bike
If you have a child that loves to get their pants dirty and test the limits, then we recommend not buying them a wooden balance bike. You need to match the type of balance bike to your child and their needs. Metal balance bikes are better for a child who will push the limits and perhaps get some bumps and bruises on themselves and their bike. Wooden balance bike frames are more designed for traditional use and are best for a child who simply want a smooth and calm ride.
Give your bike a pat down
For wooden balance bikes, it’s important to varnish it with a protective sealant. Most wooden balance bikes will come with natural, unpolished wood, so you will need to take the extra step to secure it from harsh weather conditions. If you take your wooden balance bike outside in the rain, you will need to give it a proper wipe down. Also, you will need to be mindful to re-varnish the bike every so often. For metal balance bikes, they are most adaptable to harsh weather conditions and do not need as much attention. However, to prevent rust and premature deterioration, you will want to wipe the frame down after each ride. Long story short: Wipe your bike down!
This goes hand-in-hand with wiping down your balance bike. You’ll want to make sure you store your balance bike in a dry space such as a garage or shed. If you store it in a damp space, wooden balance bikes will warp, destroying the bike. Metal balance bikes are easier to take care of, but if it’s stored in a damp place, you leave it vulnerable to rust and mold.
Handlebars and seat saddle
Keeping the handlebars and seat saddle properly sized to your child will not only give them proper posture for riding but will prevent accidents, thus, reducing the chance of the bike being damaged.
Once you have these areas covered, your balance bike will last for years and years to come. By taking a couple extra minutes out of your day, you will be able to preserve and lengthen the usage of your balance bike. So, get the bike out of the shed and let your child enjoy the ride on their balance bike!