Stroller Maintenance 101

June 14th, 2012



Stroller Maintenance 101

Stroller Maintenance 101

We often find that our customers are surprised when we talk about stroller maintenance. For busy parents it can be tough remembering to take care of their stroller, however it’s good to remember that a stroller is not much different than the bicycle in your garage. The tire pressure needs to be checked regularly, the chain and the wheel axles may need some lubrication from time to time. So we wanted to point out a few things that Bumbleride owners should be aware of.

General Maintenance

Planning for your stroller’s long haul.

We recommend doing a quick inspection of your Bumbleride stroller before each use. Checking the tire pressure (Indie strollers), attachment points, ensuring that the front wheel quick release is tightened and clamped and that there isn’t anything the way of the brake lever. Remember  that the front wheel(s) should be locked if you are traveling faster than a walking pace or tackling very rough terrain. If your front wheel is having any trouble make sure to contact our Customer Care at 1 800 530 3930 or info@bumbleride.com.

Fabric Maintenance

Keeping the cushion clean and soft.

All Bumbleride fabrics have a water & stain protective treatment that makes clean up easy. We recommend a spot cleaning any dirty areas using either a basic detergent and water solution or Fabric Love (www.buggylove.com), part of a nifty stroller care kit from Buggy Love. All Bumbleride strollers have removable seat fabric that can be machine-washed in cold water with a mild detergent. Make sure to always air-dry the fabric components. Please note that repeated washings will eventually remove the water/stain protective treatment on the fabrics.

Wheel Maintenance

Smooth rolling for years to come.

The most frequent questions related to the Indie or Indie Twin maintenance have to do with the 12” air filled tires. These wheels are essentially small bicycle tires, much like what you would find on a kid’s bike. However each tire needs to be properly inflated to 30 PSI before use. If the tires are not inflated properly there is a greater likelihood that an inner tube could puncture or become misaligned. We recommend checking and inflating your tires every 1-2 weeks, if not more frequently. If your inner tube does become flat, most bike shops stock 12” inner tubes or will be able to fix your existing tube. You can also find replacement inner tubes on our website (www.bumbleride.com).

Lubrication

Greasing the wheels properly

The wheels, axles and suspension all need periodic cleaning and lubrication. We recommend a bicycle chain lubricant such as CleanRide, Tri-Flow or Buggylove’s Wheel Love. We recommend adding drops near the hub and bearings of each wheel. You can also turn the stroller over and drop the lubricant into the back wheel axle where the suspension spring is housed. Doing this on a regular basis should prevent any squeaks around the wheels or suspension. Remember that regular maintenance will keep your Indie or Indie Twin riding smoothly for years to come!





6 Responses to “Stroller Maintenance 101”

  1. Saga Says:

    It is no trouble to patch hose with the usual bicycle inner tube patch cases?

  2. Sydney Says:

    How do you remove the canopy material for washing?

  3. Bumbleride Says:

    The canopy must be spot washed due to the non-removable metal insert. We recommend warm water and a gentle soap. Thank you for your question!

  4. Bumbleride Says:

    Bicycle Inner Tube patches can be used with Bumbleride inner tubes. Thank you for your question!

  5. Jane Says:

    Can tires that need additional inflating be pumped with a standard bike pump? Any special recommended pump or nozzle?

  6. Bumbleride Says:

    Hi Jane! Any Schrader valve nozzle will work, which is the standard bicycle size or car size. Thanks for your comment and question!

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