3 Top Tips for Kids Scooter Maintenance
Wednesday, 7 January 2015 | Stunt Scooters
Looking after your scooter properly will help to lengthen its lifespan, so we have pulled together some handy tips for you.
We do advise you always seek help from a competent mechanic and do not take your scooter apart unless you are confident of your abilities, due to the safety issues that can arise from a badly maintained scooter.
Our 3 essentials to scooter care:
Cleaning Your Scooter:
This can be a really quick task if you do it regularly, yet can totally transform the look of your scooter. No one likes cleaning stuff but I guarantee a little effort goes a long way! Simply use a damp cloth to wipe over the bars, deck and wheels. Use a bit of elbow grease (taking care around any stickers/grip tape) and ensure that you dry your scooter fully and immediately with a separate cloth. Any dampness left on the scooter could quickly lead to rusting. Whilst cleaning your scooter take the time to check for any signs of damage, or wear. Squared wheels can easily be replaced, as can cracked or broken bar grips.
Tip – Use an old kids small headed toothbrush to clean between spokes on wheels and to loosen any debris that may have collected under the brake.
Lubricating your Scooter:
Lubrication is required to help your scooter parts move freely. If you ride your scooter in the rain, or leave it outside, the pre-lubricated bearings in the headset and wheels will quickly fail, so this is not a good idea. Expect to replace the bearings more often if you do leave your scooter outdoors. It is best to avoid your scooter getting wet at all if you want to protect the components. You can tell when your bearings need replacing if they make a loud crunching or grinding noise whilst turning. Bearings are consumable items and will naturally wear over time and are therefore not covered under warranty.
You can use a lubricant such as Bones Speed Cream to service your bearings, which is a low viscosity synthetic lubricant that provides a durable micro film to protect against corrosion. However, you do need to be very careful not to allow any oil to come into contact with the wheels. Not only is oil very slippery, but also the hub bond (the glue that holds the rubber wheel to the hub) can be broken down if it comes in contact with oil and result in your wheel de-hubbing - not good/expensive!
Tip – Got a spring brake that squeaks like a mouse? A quick shot of WD40 will silence this and help give you a more dialled ride.
Tightening up your Scooter:
Over time vibrations from riding on rough ground can loosen bolts, so you will need to check everything is tight every so often. If your handle bars look slightly out of line from your front wheel then the bolts on your clamp have become loose. If you have lost the instructions to your scooter it’s easy to forget what you did when you first put it together! Remember to tighten each bolt on your clamp a little bit in turn, work your way through the bolts and then start again.
It’s surprising how many people mistake wobbly bars for something more serious, when it’s simply about tightening your clamp up correctly. The allen keys provided with your scooter are great to get your scooter first set up, but it is worth investing in some high tensile keys which are much stronger and less likely to round.
Tip – If you find you are struggling to loosen bolts try sliding a short length of pipe (or similar tubing) over the long end of the key to give you a little more leverage. It is essential that you apply a down force towards the bolt head before and whilst turning the key to ensure a strong contact between the two parts thus avoiding rounding the bolt head. A sharp tap with a hammer can also help get the bolt moving BUT be careful not to round the bolt.
Follow our simple tips and your scooter should last you a little longer.
If you have any other cool tips you use to maintain your scooter share them with us by commenting below.