How to Safely Replace the Parts of Your Pocket Bike (Part 1)

Posted by Kenneth Poon on

The more you use your pocket bike the more you will have to take special measures to ensure your ride is running safely and effectively. 

Gas powered mini bikes are fun rides. They are designed in class and in style to look like a mini sports and race bikes. Although they are small in size, gas pocket bikes are typically built with sturdy aluminum or steel frames. Not as fast as modern cars or full size motorcycles, they still offer enough power to to hit over 25 mph (depending on the size and weight of the rider).

Due to the capacity for speed of mini pocket bikes to ensure a safe ride it's extremely important to have regular maintenance schedule. Always refer to your manufactures manual prior to riding. Once you are used to riding you minimoto and have set a regular upkeep and maintenance schedule it's time to look at buying spare parts. Just in case!

Typically, wear and tear is normal on any motorized device and it crucial to monitor how your bike is running.  Have you ever noticed that your bike is starting to produce odd noises? Maybe you also noticed that it is taking longer for your bike to stop. It is possible that you are having issues shifting too. Aside from regualar maintaining over time you may need to replace parts on your pocket bike.. just like your car or pedal bike.

There are parts of the bike that have a "wear life". They will eventually break down after regular use and will need to be replaced. The good news is most of these parts can be easily replaced.

So what parts should you keep an eye on?

Chain

A lot of pocket bikes have chains which are built to last from 2,000 to 3,000 miles.

For you to check the condition of your chain, use a ruler or a chain measurer to check the chain wear. If you see that there is a significant stretch or wear in the chain, then, it is time for you to replace it.

How can you stop premature wear? Clean the chain regularly to remove the grim and grit that can break your bike's chain links. Applying a lubricant which is high quality after cleaning the chain link will also prevent any wear.

What is the best solution? If you find that your bike's chain is broken, change it with another compatible chain. If there are 9 gears located at the back part, you need to use the speed chains of the same number. If you’re using 11 gears, then, 11 speed chains are needed. If you’re replacing the cassette with a brand new one, replace the chain as well.

Keep in mind that too much wear can cause a breaking point to the chain. If taken for granted, chains can snap during the middle of your ride. It can leave you grounded or worse, it may cause an accident.

 

Chainrings

Also known as the bike's front gears. The teeth you can see will become start to wore and break.

For you to check the chainrings, the spaces will start wearing out and enlarge. In a lot of cases, you will start to notice that the chainrings are no longer working properly.

How can you stop premature wear? Clean the chain regularly and wipe the chainrings. A filthy chain can wear the teeth faster.

What is the best solution? You do not need to change the chainrings whenever you change a chainring or cassette. You should examine the chainring annually. If the chainring is severely worn, it is now time to change them with a chainring of the same.

Keep in mind that first, your front shift will also start to become watery. Then the chain will start to drop off.

 

Cassette

The cassette is the cluster of gears located at the back wheel. Even with proper maintenance, the chain will eventually wear down the cassette.

For you to check the cassette, look at the space located in the teeth. Check if they are worn down or if they look uneven. For you to check if it is significantly worn on one edge, the well-worn cassette will look significantly worn.

How can you stop premature wear? Clean the cassette and chain regularly. A filthy chain will be a sander and will wear the metal on the cassette. Grease and dirt stuck to the cassette cogs that have the same effect.

What is the best solution? If you replace the chain, replace the cassette. 

 

Brake Pads

The part which contracts either the disc rotor or the rim is the brake pads. As time passes by, the brake pad will start to get broken.

For you to check the brake pads, you will easily notice that you need to pull the lever in order for it to start working. You will also hear metals scratching each other once you start hitting the brake. This will happen once the rubber starts to be worn away completely and the back of the pad is touching the rotor or rim.

How to stop premature wear? Clean the track regularly by wiping it. Use rubbing alcohol in wiping down the alloy rims or you may use a gentle cleaner or disc rotors. To clean the brake pads, you may also use sandpaper in medium grit.

Keep in mind that once the pads begin to break, you need to replace the brake pads immediately with pads which are compatible to the size that you need.

 

Cleats

If you’re using pedals with no clips, the cleats will start to break down and will stop interface with it.

For you to examine the cleats, your feet should move the bike’s pedal many times. You might also hear some squeaky sound when peddling. You will also hear some clicking sounds which is not a squeak.

How to stop premature wear? Try and avoid too much walking especially if the surfaces are rough. Be sure to wash the grit and mud regularly for less wear and better engagement.

Always replace the cleats with the same sized ones. Your foot will start randomly unclip and the cleat will not engage with the pedal.

 

Buying Replacement Parts

 

The spare parts are replaced most often. Replacing items such as the chainset, brakes, and other mechanisms of your bike is important specially if you want to promote safety and if you want to have a smooth sailing ride.

Even if it is your a first time to rider on a new bike, its is extremely important to maintain a regular maintenance schedule, follow your owners manual and have a skilled professional replace necessary parts on your pocket bike. Ride Safe!

 

NOTE: This is an independently written article and it does not reflect the views of LoveOutdoor Kids Toys. Always refer to your owners manual before riding.


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