Most people just jump on their trike and start pedaling when they are ready to ride. There is nothing wrong with this but for safely reason and to keep your tricycles in good working order, it is advised that you get into the habit of performing few simple maintenance checks before you ride.
Brakes – needless to say that the break system is very important. Firstly, squeeze the brake levers to make sure that they have enough pressure to stop the bike. See the brake pads in the front and back to be sure they work properly are hitting the rims and not the tires. You only want the brake pads to hit the rims because that would allow a gentler and more consistent stop.
Tires – Before getting on your bike, make sure they your tires are properly inflated. Take a look all the way around for spots where the tire rubber might be cracked or worn. Check the nuts and quick release mechanism that hold your wheels. This is to make sure that your wheels are securely fastened. In addition, check wheels if alignment is right.
Seat and handle bar – check to make sure that the handle bar stem is tightly fastened and that the seat is set at the right height. Make sure that both are secure as this is very important to control your tricycle.
Gears / Chain – The last thing to check is that the chain turns smoothly through your front and rear sprockets. You can also do this as you pedal when you first set off. Quickly run your trike through all gears to make sure there are no problems with gear shifting. Make sure that the drive train is free from excessive grime and needs no extra lubrication.
You can see that these inspections will not take much time and very easy to do. These checks are just a visual inspection of your tricycles main components and it should take about a minute. This is definitely an easy way to make sure that you stay as safe as possible. In addition to the abovementioned inspections, to keep your adult tricycles in good working condition, here is the list of maintenance you should take:
Regular Bi-Monthly maintenance
– Keep the painted parts cleaned and waxed
– Spray all chrome parts with protective spray coating
– Lubricate the followings: pivot points of the seat, axle shafts, bearings of pedals, chain
– Turn the tricycle upside down to prevent flat spots on the tires when storing over prolonged periods,
Preventive maintenance every 6 months
– check all tires for wear, rim cuts, and valve core alignment
– Check all wheels for cracks and alignment
– Check front and rear brakes for proper operation
– Clean all bearings and adjust all cones
– Check if there’re worn bearings
– Check to see if chain needs and adjustment
– Check for any loose bolts and nuts.