A B C’s of KICKBIKE MAINTENANCE

One of the advantages of owning a Kickbike lay in it’s simplicity. This includes the A B C’s of regular maintenance. Before each ride:

A : Check the tire Air pressure. Nothing wears a tire out faster than faulty air pressure. All Kickbike tires have the manufacturers recommended air pressure located on their side walls.

B : Check both Brakes. First that they both function properly and that there is not a lot of rust build up on the brake cables. Secondly that both brakes are aligned on the rim and not on the tire itself. If you have the wheel off at any point check the brake pads for signs of wear including any hard debris that the pad might have picked up. That debris , including small pieces of stone or rock can damage your rims. If your brakes are loud or squeaky it often times is a result of your brake pads not being aligned properly when touching the rim. The front part of the brake pad should make contact with the rim slightly ahead of the back part of the brake pad. The difference in the angle from front to back might only be the width of a credit card.

C : Clean your kickplate. The kickplate is the metal plate with holes that you stand on when riding. Although the holes help a great deal in allowing water and debris not to build up it is important to be sure to give your kickplate a wipe with a cloth or even better a soft brush prior to taking it out for a ride.

And finally I would recommend taking your Kickbike in to your local bike shop once or twice a year for a tune up. They will check your brakes for wear, your tires for signs of cracks or swelling and inspect your handle bar head set. Often they will lube your brake cables with lithium grease to protect from rusting. As of this writing the cost of such tune-ups is about $25 – $35 and is money well spent. You will also be supporting your local business economy.