Cleverly engineered for function and durability, each and every Mountain Buggy is designed to enable parents to live a life without limit. Using air-filled tyres allows our buggies to absorb bumps across all terrain, offering supreme comfort for you and your baby.
Air-filled tyres contribute greatly to the feather-light handling and unparalleled manoeuvrability of Mountain Buggy. If you own a car or a bicycle, then you will be aware of the importance of tyre maintenance and how important this is to the overall performance of the vehicle. In theory - tyres on a stroller are no different. Sure, there is less weight on them, but ultimately, a tyre is a tyre and they all function under the same rules.
Failure to properly maintain tyres to a manufacturers specification may result in a couple of issues for the user. Importantly, the performance of the vehicle is reduced which can ultimately mean the safety is reduce. The second issue is the cost to run deflated or over inflated tyres. This can be very expensive and can result in excessive wear of the tyre and a high fuel consumption needed to operate the vehicle (in this case - more effort is required by the parent to push and manoeuvre).
We've put together some tips to help you keep you and your little ones on the road...
- Your buggy may not arrive to you with fully inflated tyres - we recommend you check the tyre pressure before you use your buggy. Investing in a pump - preferably with a gauge is worth it.
- Your buggy should come with an instruction manual which states the correct pressure limits for your model. This is generally to 20-22psi max. Over inflation can cause permanent damage to your tyres.
- DO NOT use compressor pumps as they can damage the plastic rims. Manually inflate the tyres using a hand pump.
- You should check the pressure of your tyres regularly.
- Tyres naturally lose air gradually through use and being exposed to warm temperatures, such as car boots. If your tyres are pumped up to the correct pressure, your buggy will be easier to push and manoeuvre and the tread on your tyres will last longer.
- If you do a lot of walking with your buggy, you will need to replace the tyres every few years - they do wear over time and the thinner the tyre, the greater the risk of a puncture.
- Much like bicycles - buggy tyres will get punctures due to the environmental factors they are exposed to; thorns, glass and many other items which can be found while out on the road. Standard tyres kits can repair punctures.
- When changing an inner tube to replace or repair - ensure you check the rims for foreign objects to avoid further punctures.
- A flat tyre can result from grit holding the valve open; to check: inflate tyre, deflate rapidly and re-inflate.
- As rubber heats it expands which means that leaving or storing your buggy in a hot, temperate environment - i.e. the boot of your car, by a night storage heater, or conservatory can cause the air in the inner tube to expand, bulging the inner tube and in extreme cases causing irreparable damage to the plastic rim.
- Releasing air gives a softer ride but lower pressure reduces tread life. A softer ride is often considered more difficult to steer compared to correctly inflated tyres.
Hope this helps | MBx