You’ve bought your child their very first balance bike, which is an exciting experience for both you and your child. They will get to learn how to coordinate, balance, steer and learn using only their bodies. That being said, their balance bike must be on top notch condition for a smooth and safe ride. If this is your first time purchasing and owning a balance bike, then you may want to know some essential tips for keeping it maintained.
Know what type of balance bike you need
Are you riding in sunny or raining conditions? Will this bike be ridden regularly or occasionally? These questions can help you decide which balance bike company and model is best suited for you and your child. If your child is more adventurous, think of getting a bike with a metal frame and all-terrain purpose tires. This will prevent any flat tires and choosing a metal frame will call for less maintenance as opposed to a wooden one. Taking into these considerations will make sure your bike will not need extra service that could have been prevented.
Know your bike
Take a look at your new balance bike and see if there are any weak spots on what parts you may need to replace in the future. Also, recognize the early signs for any damage on your bike such as a cracked frame. Your balance bike will most likely come with a warranty, so if you find any manufacturing damage on your bike, return it to the store as soon as possible. This way you’ll prevent further damage, and your bike will only spend a short time in the repair shop.
Clean your bike
This is a crucial step in balance bike maintenance. Regardless if your bike is made with a wooden or metal frame, after each ride, wipe down your balance bike. This is specifically important if your child has just ridden their balance bike in harsh weather conditions such as rain. By wiping down the balance bike, you will prevent any rusting and further deterioration from occurring on your bike, extending its longevity.
This point true depends on the type of tires that are included with your balance bike. Some of the balance bikes come with maintenance-free non-inflatable tires. If so, then your maintenance is low. However, if your bike comes with inflatable tires, you’ll want to make sure that the tires are inflated at all times to prevent damage on the rims and the tire itself.
Just like cleaning your bike after each ride, this is also very important. Whether your bike has a wooden or metal frame, keep it stored in a dry space. This will keep the bike from rusting and prevent any aging to the balance bike.
The great thing about balance bike is the they’re pedal-less, meaning there isn’t really much fixing or maintenance required. If you keep your balance bike clean and stored in a dry, safe space then your balance bike will last you years and years to come. Remember, if you do have an issue beyond a simple tune-up, call the company of your balance bike to see if it’s covered under the company warranty.