Keeping Junior On The Road

Green BowOne of the best gifts you can receive on Christmas morning is a brand new bicycle. A bicycle, and everything that comes with it, is the perfect gift to be found under the tree. Maybe you remember when you received your first bike on Christmas. I sure remember mine!

Now that Christmas has come and gone, let’s talk about how we can keep your little ones safe, and how to keep their bike in tip-top shape for many years to come.

Safety

About 300,000 kids go to the emergency room each year because of bicycle-related injuries. The most important safety precaution you can take for your little one is to make sure they have a properly fitting helmet. Regularly inspect the helmets for cracks or dents, and replace the helmet if you notice any damage. Only buy helmets that have a sticker certifying that it “Complies with U.S. CPSC Safety Standard for Bicycle Helmets.” It’s also important to make sure they never wear a hat underneath their bike helmet and that the straps are adjusted snugly. For more information on bicycle safety and a kid-friendly safety guide, visit KidsHealth.org.

Care & Maintenance

The best thing you can do to care for your child’s bike is to make sure it is cleaned regularly. Fortunately, cleaning a bicycle is less troublesome than cleaning the house or washing your car! It’s a good idea to have the bike cleaned weekly, especially after every ride in the rain or mud. We suggest using a specially formulated cleaner to get the job done, but a bucket of water with mild soap can be an effective substitute. Use a brush to knock off all the stubborn dirt and wipe the bike dry with a rag. After washing, remember to lube the chain with bike chain lubricant. Apply a light coating of lubricant to the chain while turning the pedals forward. After the chain has been covered completely with lube, use a rag to wipe off any excess lubricant.

Trading Up

We all know how quickly our young ones grow and outgrow everything. You can expect to upgrade bike sizes about every 2-3 years, or until they reach the age of 13. We suggest introducing geared bikes once your child turns 11 or 12. Fortunately, Sun & Ski has you taken care of with our Kid’s Bike Trade-In program. Every 2 years, come in to the store with the last bike you purchased from us and get ½ off the next size bike!

Suggestions: Sun & Ski Kid’s Bike Trade-In Program

Follow these three simple suggestions and you will keep your little ones safe and happy from tricycle to sports car!

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