SPRING BIKE CHECK IN 5 STEPS
With spring just around the corner, it's time to get your beloved bike fit for new adventures!
We'll explain briefly how to get your woom bike up to speed after the winter, and what you should pay attention to.
Step 1: Get things clean!
It’s always nice to have a clean bike, and you'll also spot if there are any defects that need attention.
But beware: please do not use a high-pressure washer, as this squeezes water into the bearings. Simply use an old cloth or sponge together with a little mild soap.
Maybe get into the details, for example the brakes, with an old toothbrush.
Then rinse with water and bring to a high gloss with a dry cloth.
Step 2: Clean and oil the chain.
Rust often forms on the chain over the winter. Here a universal oil will help to keep the chain in optimal condition.
Tip: Remember the chain during the summer too, it will thank you for being cleaned and oiled every now and then. Carefully apply some universal chain oil evenly and remove the excess with a rag.
Step 3: Got a screw loose?
Check screws and/or quick releases on the bike and tighten if necessary. You can also check the saddle height and adjust if necessary.
But please do not adjust too much at once, especially if you have had a break from biking during the winter, it is better to leave the saddle for the time being so that your child can get used to the feeling of rising once again.
Once your child is riding comfortably, try raising the saddle a little higher.
Step 4: Check brakes!
Before the first bike ride, please check the brakes. If the grooves on the rubber are no longer visible, it's time for new brake pads.
Often the brake cables can suffer and start to rust. Here, for example, a quick squirt of Teflon spray (available in a hardware store) into the brake cable cover will help the brake cables run smoother again.
Last but not least, check all screws again, and tighten if necessary.
Step 5: Give the tire air.
Of course, it’s important to check the tyre pressure, as your tyres may lose air over the winter. This however does not mean the tyre has a hole or the valve is broken.
On the sidewall of the tyre you will find the recommended air pressure. Make sure that you do not over inflate.
As a general guide, for less rolling resistance, the air pressure must be high. For example, you can glide effortlessly over paved bike paths. However, for unpaved roads, the air pressure should be lower, preferably slightly above the stated minimum air pressure.
If your child's bike has a gear shift, you should also check it, to stop unwanted gear changes.
You can adjust the gears by turning the small tensioning screw - if you turn the screw clockwise, the rear derailleur moves towards the smaller pinion, and vice versa.
Our tip: Turn the screw in small steps for a fine adjustment.
You should now be prepared for the first trip of the year!