Spring is here, get the bikes out!

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With spring just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about getting your bikes out of the garage and ready for the better weather (have faith).

There’s nothing better than getting the whole family out and about for an afternoon on the bikes, but before you set off, there are a few things you must think about.

Maintenance

As you probably haven’t seen them since the end of August (although many cycle all year round), it may be a good idea to check your bikes now for anything that may disrupt your family bike ride plans in the coming months.

Doing just a few simple checks now will save you any stress in the future.

Clean your bike – As your family’s bikes have been away for a while they will have gathered some dust. This should be the first thing you do as it means you will be able to see clearly any faults with your bikes.

Check your tyre pressure – Squeeze your tyres, if they aren’t firm then they need inflated.

Always check the recommended pressure of your tyres and follow this advice! Blow up the tyres until there is next to no give. Use the gauge on the pump to get the right pressure. If you don’t have a pump with a gauge, get one.

Flat tyres – If you have tried to pump up your tyre and they are just deflating then the odds are you have a puncture. You can either take your bicycle to your local repair shop or do it yourself.

Brakes, pedals and chain – These may grow rusty overtime and therefore not work efficiently. If the chain appears dry, then ensure it is clean and use some oil to lubricate it.

Adjustments –It is important that you regularly check that your kids’ bikes are the correct size… remember they’re growing all the time! A bike that is not the correct size could put your child at risk. This does not necessarily mean you need to purchase a new bike, small alterations can be made to the handle bars and seat.

Safety – Before you plan any bike ride you should always check that your child’s helmet still fits them correctly. It should be: snug to the child’s head, sit level on their head and not lopsided. It should be stable so it does not wobble about. Also, check for any damage. If there is any signs of cracks then the helmet should be replaced.

Don’t forget to check your own bikes as well as your child’s bike.

Before you set off

You’re ready to get out on your bikes now but you must remember a few things.

Pack wisely – As we are all aware, British weather can be unpredictable so ensure that you have both a rain jacket and sun cream with you just in case you need them.

Be prepared – You should always carry a pump and puncture repair kit with you whenever you venture out on your bikes as you never know when you may need one.

Quick check – It’s always worth having another quick check of your child’s bike before you leave.

Spring is the perfect time to learn to ride so if you have a child who is ready to give cycling a shot, a Boomer balance bike is the perfect option. It’s the balance bike that grows with your child! Click here to buy yours today.