Have an old bike? Maintenance matters.

As obvious as it sounds the success of Islabikes is down to the design and quality of our bikes. Right from the beginning we’ve let our bikes do the talking and thanks to word of mouth recommendations many thousands of children have grown up riding Islabikes.

A quality build means Islabikes are durable. In fact, many of the very first Islabikes, sold in 2006 are still being ridden. That said, as bikes get older, they need more care and attention to ensure they perform as intended and, more importantly, are safe for your children to ride. Not even Islabikes last for ever!

As any bike ages the need for regular inspections increases. There are many factors that make this even more important. Many bikes may have been ridden by children who have outgrown them. That factored in with heavier, off-road usage is a major risk factor. Crashes can also lead to serious problems, often some time after the incident, if damage is not spotted early enough.

Fortunately, there are some straightforward checks you can carry out to help prolong the safe riding life of a bike:

  1. Examine the frame closely. Look for small cracks or signs of stress, especially around joints. These can easily spread if ignored, possibly causing a failure of the frame.
  2. Moving parts such as brakes, gears, cables and bearings should also be checked. Look for things like corrosion, frayed cables as well as the function of each component. Does each do as it should?
  3. As a minimum ensure the bike receives an annual check from a Cytech accredited bike shop. Don’t take risks in fixing problems yourself if you are not completely confident.
  4. Read our guide to general maintenance guidance for new and old bikes alike.

Nothing matters more than the safety of riders. Even if a bike appears to be in good condition, regular checks, on older bikes, are essential.

If you’d like further advice on how to inspect your Islabike don’t hesitate to contact our technical support team on 0800 008 6297.

 

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