Proper maintenance for your Trikke carving vehicle.
For many, spring means the start of a new carving season, which means it’s time to review the steps one must take to insure a safe and fun Trikke ride. There are a few things one must check before every ride: air pressure, tire wear, bolt tightness, brakes. Then there are the things you must check, just less frequently. I first saw this list some time ago on the Trikke Tech website. Since then, it’s been a great reminder of the basics of Trikke maintenance 101:
1. Tires – set pressure (check before every ride). Check for irregular wear. You may rotate the rear tires (switching left and right rears) because they wear at an angle by nature.
2. Brakes – adjust brakes, as needed, by re-setting the cable, adjusting the brake pad or use the fine adjustment screw at the handle. Make sure they work well and evenly.
3. Bolts – check the torque of each bolt. Attention: if you find a bolt that always gets loose – contact Trikke Tech support for help. Replace rusted or damaged bolts. Remember, bolts keep things together!
4. Steering – raise and drop the front wheel while you are not standing on the vehicle. Clunk noise – needs to reset headset pre-load or check the front fork bolts. Clink noise – handlebar stem lose – tighten the quick-release clamp bolt. Check alignment of handlebar to the front wheel.
5. Wheels – check if wheels spin freely (make sure the brake isn’t holding) and check for noise from bearings, or if there is any play in the hub. Watch for wobble – reset tire, if needed, to center.
6. Cambering Joint (bushings, yoke, main axle) – lubricate every 3–6 months using machine oil like 3–in–one, depending on the frequency of use and weather. An overhaul can be performed yearly and preferably re-assemble applying silicone based clear grease, which will stay in place, will also repel water and dirt and eliminate noise.
7. Finish and appearance – Keep the vehicle clean and rub off scratches or touch up the paint. Look for available original stickers for replacement as well as touch up paint from Trikke Tech.
Here’s to having a safe and fun filled season of the Trikke.