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Top 8 Bike Cleaning Tips You Should Know

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Recent Surveys and UK cycling statistics show a tremendous increase in the number of cyclists across the UK. A huge percentage of the population own or have access to a bike and the numbers are growing at a high rate. That’s a great move towards a healthy generation and pollution free atmosphere. As the usage of bikes increases, greater is it’s wear and tear and maintenance expenses. If you keep your bike clean and well maintained, you can keep the repair and maintenance costs under control. Here are some great bike cleaning tips, and advice on how to use bike cleaners and lubricants.

Equipment you need to clean your bike:

• Keep aside a separate bucket for your bike cleaning. If you use the one you use for some other purpose it may get greased or stained.
• Use normal water or medium hot water to clean your bike.
• You may need a sponge and a small brush that can reach tight spaces of the bike.
• One wet cotton cloth for first round bike body cleaning and a dry scurfy cloth for final cleaning and drying. Microfibre cloths and towels are ideal for this. Don’t use the same cloth or sponge to wash the body of bike and rims of the tires.
• Use some branded degreaser to remove grease and oil.
• Good quality Chain lubricant to oil the chain after cleaning.
• Wash and clean the cloths, buckets, sponges, brushes etc in soapy water and keep dry for next use.

Microfibre towels and cloths

1. Degrease the chain and clean the chain

The chain is one of the most important parts you have to keep clean. If there is some dust in the chain smooth gear shift will not be possible and will multiply the wear and tear of the bike. If it is a geared bike, put it on the lowest gear and pedal and clean the chain with a use and throw cloth. Change the gear while cleaning. It will be a good idea to apply a degreaser which helps easy removal of the black and dusty grease and oil. Follow the manufacturer instruction while using the degreaser. Use a small tooth brush to clean the tiny holes of the chain.

2. Clean the sprocket, front and rear mech

Degrease the sprocket before cleaning and wait for few minutes. There may be mud and soil stuck inside the sprocket which you can take out using a small stick or piece of thin iron wire mesh. Be patient and do a thorough cleaning. Also clean the front and rear mech using a brush. Don’t use the tooth brush used to clean the chain as it is greasy and dirty.

3. Clean the Rim, frame and pedal pad

Most important part to clean is the Rim or Frame of the wheels. This is the part which has great chances to rust. Also clean the small space of the rim between each spokes. If you apply little polish while cleaning the rim it will act as anti rust especially in humid climate, monsoon and winter. While cleaning the frame make sure that brake pad is clean and no mud stuck in between the frame and brake pads. Now move on to the pedal and clean the pedal pad. There may be mud between the pedal pad which needs to be removed using a wire mesh or stick.

4. Clean the Spokes

Spokes of the wheel are as important as the rim and frame. Spokes are little difficult to clean as your hands or fingers may not reach the narrow space between the spokes. Use a tiny brush or a cloth to floss the spokes. You can apply little oil or polish on the spokes as well for anti rusting.

5. Clean the Body and painted parts

Coming to the painted body parts of the bike, this is the show off part to clean. Use a wet clean soft cloth. Don’t use any other cloths already used to clean other parts of the bike. There may be dust or mud in the cloth and it will scratch the painted parts. If you are using some cleaning liquids make sure they are from a branded and trusted manufacturer. Else it may damage or fade the bikes glossy painting.

6. Apply lube to moving parts Re-oiling

Once the bike is cleaned apply your branded lubricant to the moving parts of the bike. Lube the chain, sprocket, front and rear mech, brakes and gear shifters. While lubricating the chain slowly pedal the bike to make sure that oil reaches evenly to al the parts. Also apply oil on the pedal pads. Make sure you apply enough oil to each and every parts and pivots. Don’t use much oil as the excess oil will drain or attract more dust and mud. Try to clean the excess oil with a cloth. Also make sure that you don’t apply oil to rim and frame which may damage the brake pads.

7. Dry the bike and clean the lights

After washing the bike before it get dries in the sun clean it with a dry soft cloth. If it dries on its own there will be stained marks on the body which will be visible in sunlight. Rubbing with a dry cloth will remove whole marks and water content and keep the bike dry and shiny. There are bike models with head light. Clean the Front glasses of the light with a neat and soft cloth.

8. Wax and Polish

Small scratches on the body parts can be touched using wax polishing. This also can be used for a general touch up on to get a glossy look for the whole body also. Always try to use branded manufacturers products. Apply little wax on a soft and smooth cotton cloth (again microfibre cloths and towels are great for this) and rub and polish the scratched part. If you have a rotating polishing machine that is well and good. This gives you a very glossy and shiny look for the body of the bike. Although we’ve included this as a bike cleaning tip, waxing and polishing is not a mandatory exercise. It’s just a choice as some people enjoy that level of detail.

The golden rule for bike cleaning is ‘be patient’. It needs more patience and time than washing your car! The above bike cleaning tips will help you in saving your hard earned money. Minimal wear and tear ensures minimal repair and service cost and in turn will help your bike perform better and retain its value. Keep riding!

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Carrying a Toddler By Bike

Carrying a toddler by bike

If you plan on carrying a toddler by bike, it is necessary to choose a child seat adapted to its size and age. Child seats can be installed at the front of the bike (on the frame, seat tube or steering tube) or at the rear (on the seat tube or rear rack).

Child Bike Seat

Child Seat Accessories

The type of seat and the position are chosen according to several criteria: duration and frequency of the journey, size and age of the child, type of bicycle , equipment needed, budget , type of journey (urban, cyclotourism …).

Here are some tips to help you choose the seat that meets your needs. These solutions to take children on trips are, of course, to be adapted according to the size and needs of the child.

Solutions by age of child

0-3 years

Front child seat

The front seat is installed on the frame between the saddle and the handlebars. The child is close to the adult, in his arms and is therefore less inclined to move; You can see him and talk to him. In addition, the baby can see around him. This type of seat is suitable for urban , occasional or regular use. To improve handling, there is a Steco bicycle handlebar for a child seat which makes it possible to move the seat away from the saddle and thus to turn more easily.

The cozy support makes it possible to transform a cozy into a baby seat. It attaches to the rear luggage rack at 3 points using a non-slip clamping jaw and heavy-duty straps. It is equipped with springs to absorb shocks and folds when not in use. It is suitable for daily trips and short walks.

It is possible to carry your baby in a child trailer if it is equipped with a suitable seat . Nacelle-style seats accommodate newborns up to 6 months, hammock seats carry babies from 1 to 10 months and a child- friendly seat is suitable for young children aged 10 to 20 months . Simply remove the baby seat when the child grows up to install it in the original seat of the trailer.

2-5 years

Children up to 5 years old must be installed in a seat adapted to their size and weight. Seats must be equipped with a safety belt or harness as well as a footrest . When the child starts to stand upright, it can be installed in the back of the bike or in a trailer.

Rear child seat

Autonomous and reassured, children from 2 to 5 years old can sit at the back of the bike. There are many models that fit either on the luggage rack or on the seatpost . Seats that attach to the luggage rack are increasingly equipped with jaws that allow the bike seat to be changed quickly. The real plus of seats on the seat tube is that they are “hanging” so more flexible for the comfort of the child and that they do not require racks. This last solution allows to move the seat from one bike to another, equipped with an additional fixing box. The seats are equipped with a ”

Bicycle Trailers

Bicycle trailers are suitable for long walks (some have push handles like a pram) or even longer cycling trips. They accomodate comfortably 1 to 2 children according to the models. Additionally, they can carry younger children if they are installed with a hammock seat. They attach to the rear wheel axle and can be compatible with pedestrian or jogging kits that convert the trailer into a stroller .

Child Bike Trailer Stroller

From 5 years

Saddle on frame

The child saddles to fix on the bike frame are suitable for the junior child, become too big to travel in a seat. They offer a complementary but comfortable solution for daily trips . There are models suitable for male, female or Dutch-style bikes . It is advisable to equip yourself with footrest and a front skirt.

Junior Seating

The junior seats fit on the rear rack and accommodate a child of 25 to 35 kgs. Ergonomic and comfortable, they are equipped with a belt and a backrest. For added safety, you can mount a skirt protector on the rear wheel.

Tow bar

The tow bar allows the child sitting on his bike to follow the adult bike safely. It attaches to the axle of the rear wheel or to the saddle tube of the adult bicycle. The child bike comes off in a few moments when he wants to pedal alone. When the child is tired or for difficult passages, it connects to the adult bike .

Carry 2 or more children

A bicycle is a real means of transport and it is possible to take two or more children on a single bike.

The double seat is fixed in place of the rear luggage carrier . It is equipped with 2 backs and 2 pairs of holds to be fixed on the stays. It comfortably accommodates 1 or 2 children and can support up to 60 kilos . The backrests are foldable and can be used as an extra luggage rack.

A front and rear seat

One of the solutions is to install 2 seats on the bike . The smallest of the children can be installed in the front in a suitable seat and the second can take place in a seat in the back of the bike for example. For more stability when installing children, it is recommended to have a double stand for bicycles .

Carrying two children by bike with a baby seat

Double trailers

Double child bike trailers accommodate 1 to 2 children, from 1 month (in a suitable seat) to 9 years, depending on the model. Adapted to long journeys, they have the advantage of being able to follow the growth of the child . In addition, they carry a baby in a hammock seat and an older child at his side. The Weehoo trailer is a special model. It is equipped with a single wheel for more maneuverability. Designed to tow 1 or 2 children between 2 and 9 years , it ensures a safety for the parents and comfort for the children. Very stable, it pleases children who can help to pedal and enjoy the landscape. The smallest can be installed in the back and stretch its legs through the feet. All you have to do is enjoy the ride .

Accessories

Windshield

The front windscreen is attached to the bicycle handlebar or the stem . It protects the cyclist and the child from rain, wind, insects … It is very useful when the young child is installed at the front of the bike.

Foot rests

For children over 5 years old, traveling in a seat that is not equipped with a footrest, it is essential to fit a pair of footrests on the bike. There are models that attach to the front on the frame , on the rear wheel axle or on the stays . Practices, they fold when they are not used. They can be used with cushions on luggage racks or framed saddles for example.

Skirt cover

The front skirt is a protection that covers part of the front or rear wheel . It is intended to prevent clothing from getting stuck in the shelves but they are also useful to prevent children from injuring themselves. The skirts prevent the children’s feet from rubbing against the wheel or getting caught in the shelves. With the footrests, they offer additional safety.

Poncho

The rain cover can cover the entire child seat or protect the child only. Convenient to put on, it makes it possible to arrive at destination in dry!

Cycling Helmet

Unlike the car, the bike is not provided with a protective cockpit, so it is always advisable to wear a helmet. There are models for babies from 10 months . To choose the model, think of measuring the head circumference then choose the style: pink, unisex, with visor, for BMX … The models are generally adjustable thanks to an adjustment wheel to follow the growth of the child. Some children are sometimes reluctant to wear a helmet. To make the helmet more fun, Crazy Safety has created a range in the form of animals : tiger, dragon, shark, zebra … For the biggest, there are BMX helmets united which also adapt to the practice of skate Or rollerblading.

Double stand

Carrying children can unbalance the bike. It is not always easy to install them while holding the bike firmly. To provide more stability to the cycle , it is advisable to install a double stand.

Neck cushion

The neck cushion keeps the head straight and allows the child placed in the seat to doze off. It brings more comfort and safety by cushioning shocks and jerks.

Summary

Taking your children on your next bike ride can be a fun way to spend time together, and with so many child seat and bike trailer options available, there are options to suit your needs. Take a look at our wide range of Child Bike Seats and Child Bike Trailers.

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Best Cycling Shoes and Their Differences From Other Shoes

Sidi Wire Carbon Road Push Road Cycling Shoes

If you are a cycling fanatic, you know how the right pedals and cycling shoes can enhance your biking experience and boost your ride for the better. However, with oodles of brands available in the market, it can be confusing to choose the right for your cycling needs. While buying cycling shoes, some things should be kept in mind to make sure that you choose the appropriate pair without compromising on comfort. Here are a few things that you should consider when you are out scouting around for the best cycling shoes. Continue reading Best Cycling Shoes and Their Differences From Other Shoes

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Duco Glasses for Cycling Review

Duco Glasses for Cycling

Cycling, running, jogging, skiing and trekking, those are just some of so many outdoor activities you can do all year round, and Duco glasses come in various formats for different sports. It helps you in developing your mental health or developing your total health awareness. It is a good source of reconnecting your soul to nature. Many adults spend their time doing outdoor activities for different purposes. There are some doing cycling to ease the stress that they are getting at work, there are some trying to be fit or there are also others are following doctor’s orders. But whatever the reason, it is great to let stress out of your body especially doing cycling. Continue reading Duco Glasses for Cycling Review

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Dirty Pro Tools UK Work Stand Review

Dirty Pro Tools UK Work Stand

DIRTY PRO TOOLS UK WORK STAND REVIEW

Bicycles are constantly breaking down. This constant breaking down requires you to repair and service your bicycle once in a while to make sure that it is in the best condition, especially if you are about to go on a race or do some stunts with it. Repairing your bicycle can be a bit of a hustle. In fact, every person who takes on a bicycle repair task should be ready to handle some dirt and grease. Despite of this realization, a bicycle requires constant repair to make sure it remains in the best state. A great solution is the use of a bicycle repair stand allows you to have the best view of your bicycle when you repair it. Dirty pro tools UK work stand allows you to hold your bicycle high and have an easier time repairing you bike than you would when crouching. The dirty pro tools UK work stand is a fantastic addition to your bike tools that makes bike repair as fun as a vehicle repair. You will have a good view of every part of your bicycle when repairing it and your will have an easier time reaching some parts of it.

There are some features integrated in the dirty pro tools UK work stand that allow you to do this. Continue reading Dirty Pro Tools UK Work Stand Review

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Road Bike Gear Ratios

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A Overview and Guide to Road Bike Gear Ratios

Biking as a hobby or sport has a long history, and like any sport there have been a decent amount of technological advancements. The first road bikes only had a few gears, or even none at all. Over time we’ve gained more knowledge about the science behind the sport, and improving our main piece of equipment has led to massive gains in ease of use and performance.

Modern Road Bikes feature a large number of gears, and how exactly to use them can be a mystery to the less experienced. For the serious hobbyist or budding professional, understanding the concept of road bike gear ratios is an important part of understanding your bike and maximizing your riding performance.

road bike gear ratios

Road Bike Gears: An Overview

Before we get into the technical specifications that make gear ratios an important consideration, it will be helpful to give a brief overview of how bicycle gears function and why they’re a necessary part of any performance road bike.

As you probably know if you’re reading this article, road bike gears function to make it easier or more difficult to pedal your bike. If you’re getting tired or hitting a rough patch of road, you can shift into an easier gear while sacrificing some of the power and efficiency of your bike. If you want to really increase your speed and have the energy to put in the extra pedaling effort, shift into a more difficult gear to expend more effort for better performance. The ability to shift between gears effectively is an important part of improving at the sport.

Most bikes have shifting capabilities both on the front and rear wheels. Two or three chainrings on the front wheel and 7 to 11 cogs on the back wheel allow you to adjust the resistance on either wheel simply by turning the dial on your handles.

As you shift gears, the cogs and chainrings move the chain on your road bike to adjust the difficulty of pedaling to your preference.

The combination of the cog and chainring mechanics function to give you a good amount of finesse when adjusting your pedaling. The angle of the chain between the front and the back lets you fine tune the resistance on your front and back wheels for very customizable pedal resistance.

Novice bicycle riders may make the mistake of making the angle between the front and the back too severe, which puts a lot of strain on the equipment and also decreases performance. A simple set of guidelines to follow is

– Uphills and Headwinds. Small or middle front chainring, bigger cogs in the back

– Downhills. Large front chainrings, a range of cogs in the back

– Flat Terrain. Small or middle front chainring, small cogs in the back.

An Introduction to Road Bike Gear Ratios

Now that we’ve given a primer on the basics of rod bike gears and how to use them, we can get into the meat of our guide: the idea of road bike gear ratios.

There’s a ton of physics and mechanics behind the perfect road bike gear ratios, but we’ll do our best to touch on the main points and give you an understanding of why exactly they matter. If you’re interested in a more in-depth scientific explanation of the ideas behind these ratios, there are a number of sources available just a quick search away!

We touched on the topic a little bit in our explanation of bike gears, but the idea of road bike gear ratios refers to optimizing the combination used of the front wheel chainrings and back wheel cogs.

There’s no hard and fast rule to the best road bike gear ratio, as it’s largely up to personal preference and experience. This section will deal with an overview of how ratios work, and how changing up the ratio will affect your performance.

Each chainring and cog has a measurement, and the gear ratio is expressed with the combination of those two measurements. For example, a 53T chainring paired with a 12T cog provides a 53 : 12 ratio, which simplifies to 4.42. This number indicates the number of rear wheel rotations per every rotation of the crank.

Even minor adjustments to the road bike gear ratio can have gigantic effects on how fast the bike can accelerate as well as the maximum speed that can be attained.

What Makes a Perfect Road Bike Gear Ratio?

So you have an understanding of how gears work and what a road bike gear ratio is. Now how do you choose the perfect gear ratio to maximize your comfort and increase performance?

As we mentioned above, the answer is pretty personal.

If you’re looking into perfecting your gear ratio, odds are that you’re a pretty experienced rider with a serious commitment to the sport. You’ve spent hundreds of hours on the roads, so you should have a sense of how often and to what extent you need to change gears based on varying situations.

A bike rider that enjoys spinning will likely benefit from a compact ring and a straight block, while a rider with more strength who enjoys a slower rhythm will look for a bigger chainring and larger increments in rear cogs.

Outside of these basic guidelines, you’re going to have to listen to your body and your experience in the sport when it comes to selecting the perfect road bike gear ratio.

Maximize Your Performance

We mentioned the importance of a proper road bike gear ratio earlier on in the article, and it’s a bit of a misnomer. For all but the most serious enthusiasts, it’s not really a factor that you should keep in mind. For experienced bikers looking to push their sport to the next level, a gear ratio that’s perfect for you will result in very real improvements in comfort and performance.

We hope that this overview of road bike gear ratios and a guideline on how to find the one that’s right for you has been informative and educational. These gear ratios are an excellent way to fine tune your bike, and you may find better times and better endurance if you follow this guide and choose the ratio that’s right for you. Like any biking purchase, research and a solid understanding of the mechanics will guide you towards a road bike gear ratio that lets you push more out of both yourself and your bike. See you on the road!

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Bike Turbo Trainers And How To Choose The Best One For You

Bike Turbo Trainers

If you struggle to stay fit and trim in the off season, or you’re just looking for a training option for bad weather days, then choosing from the many bike turbo trainers available may be the answer! The turbo trainer clamps your rear wheel into a roller which (either magnetic or using air resistance) provides the resistance to help you train like you would on the road. Continue reading Bike Turbo Trainers And How To Choose The Best One For You

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Kids Scooters Buyers Guide

Kids Scooters

Considering purchasing one of the many kids scooters for your child? In this article, we cover some useful information on kids’ scooters to help you pick the right one.

If you’re finding it hard to keep up with your kids, then getting them a scooter is great for helping them use some of that extra energy! With so many different types of scooters available it can make hard to pick out the right type for your child – This buyers’ guide to kids’ scooters offers some handy advice.

Choosing the Right Size Scooter for Your Child

Selecting the correct scooter size and type for your child’s age means that they’ll have so much more fun, whether they’re riding to school on two wheels, or just playing at the skate park. Generally speaking the handlebars on the scooter should reach your child’s hip/waist height. This is the ideal scooter size, because it means they will be able to ride the scooter with much greater control, and therefore more safely. You will also want to make sure the scooter isn’t too large. Children should be able to ride their scooter with a straight back, and not be hunched over or stretching to reach the handlebars.

Choosing a Kids Scooter

Kids can be spoilt for choice when it comes to all of the different styles of scooter that are available. Here are some of the key features and types of scooter you might want to look out for when making your selection:

  • Adjustable Handlebars – These can be a great idea on kids scooters if you’d like to get more use out of the scooter. As your child grows you can adjust the handlebar height to suit them
  • 3 and 4 Wheeled Kids Scooters – Usually made from plastic, these are more stable and are great for little ones just getting started with a scooter. The extra wheels make things easier for wobbly toddlers
  • Folding Scooters – Superb for children to ride on to school, these scooters are easily portable, so once you’ve dropped the kids off you can fold this type of scooter away and carry it or store it in the boot no problem
  • Electric Scooters – A really fun way of getting around, electric scooters are powered by batteries which need charging, and can typically achieve speeds of around 12Km per hour.
  • Stunt Scooters – Designed for slightly older children, these are usually more robust with clamps and stronger construction and materials, so kids can easily and safely practise their tricks at the skate park. Remember, most folding scooters are not suitable for stunts or tricks due to their design.

Accessories and Parts for Kids Scooters

Do you already have a scooter? Here are some of the parts you might want to consider to give it a bit of an upgrade or make things a bit more durable:

  • Wheels – Upgrading your scooter’s wheels is a great way of giving smoother and easier rolling.
  • Grips – It’s usually fairly easy to change grips on many scooters, so you can customize the style and make things a bit more comfortable.
  • Pegs – Adding stunt pegs means you can try out lots of new tricks. Often available in different colours, pegs need to be the right size for your scooter.

So there are – a quick overview of the different scooters available. Why not take a look at the fantastic range of kids scooters we have available on planet cycling.

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Push Along Bikes

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What Are Push Along Bikes?

A push along bike is a toy bike or childrens trike that usually has a rear handle so that a parent can push their child along on the toy. In general, these are three or four wheeled toys, the most common sort look like pram tricycles. Some are two wheelers but they have far thicker wheels or the rear wheel features training wheels so as to help with balance. The aim of push along bikes is to introduce children to the awesome world of balance, one step at a time.

Push Along Trike for Children

Adjustable Handles

These bikes do have normal handlebars where you’d expect to find them but they also feature a rear safety handle for parents. This handle is important as it gives parents full control over the speed, steering and balance of the bike as well as a quick way to pull their child out of harm’s way if need be. Most handles are adjustable and removable. This means you can set the handle at a comfortable height for yourself and later, once your child wishes to ride solo, you can remove it completely. The trikes often have some type of seatbelt to ensure that their passengers do not fall out. This slowly introduces kids to balance and riding while keeping safety as a top priority.

Touch Steering

Many of these tricycles have a “Touch Steering” system of sorts. This allows the parent to take full control of the trike and its steering by locking the front handle bars or switch it to a mode whereby the child can take control and steer the bike around. Some of the more advanced push along bikes have up to four different modes to choose from, each giving the child more and more control.

Accessories and Pedals

Some of these push along bikes resemble prams, with removable sunshades, bells and other accessories. Usually, there is a storage bucket at the rear of the trike, this is great for other toys and all your bits and bobs. Most of these push along bikes have a stationery foot stand where children can place their feet when mom or dad pushes them around, some of these are even retractable for when they are no longer needed. There are also a set of pedals on the front wheel so that children can power themselves around once they feel a bit more comfortable.

Storage and Comfort

A push along bike usually has rubberized, shock-absorbing wheels so as to make for a comfortable ride for your little one. The top-of-the-line trikes even have their own real shock absorbers built into the wheel forks. Some have a pouch located at the top of the push handle, in which you can store your phone, purse, camera and other belongings. One fun feature is a front-mounted mirror which allows you to see your child’s face and expressions as you push them around and explore the outdoors.

push along bike

Most bikes have a guard rail that is height adjustable and this surrounds your baby until you feel confident that they will not fall off of the bike. Many of the rear storage baskets or buckets are placed behind the rear wheels and some have a handle grip so that you can easily pick it up and move around with its contents once you’ve parked the trike.

These safety trikes come in all different shapes and sizes, you’re certain to find one that meets your needs and matches your style. Introduce your child to the art of balance and riding in the safest possible way with one of these push along bikes.

Why not check out our superb range of childrens trikes and push along bikes.

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Stunt Scooter Features Guide

Stunt Scooter Features Guide

If you’ve been looking around some stunt scooter shops, and you’ve been reading some stunt scooters reviews, and you’re wondering what all those features actually mean… this Stunt Scooter Features Guide is for you. We’ve taken some of the typical features and put together a quick explanation of each one, so you can buy a scooter with full knowledge of what to look for when you buy a scooter. Continue reading Stunt Scooter Features Guide

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