Published On: Tue, Aug 26th, 2014

When Do Bike, Skateboard, and Scooter Parts Need Replaced?

Determining whether to fix a part or replace it entirely is partly a matter of experience, partly of caution. Investing in safety is an important part of being a responsible rider or skater. These questions will help you determine whether or not to replace a part:

  • Is the part structurally damaged? Has something snapped, bent, or cracked?
  • Does the damage impede safe and normal operation?
  • Is the damage going to persist until the part is replaced?

If you answered yes to any of these three questions, a replacement is likely required.

Scooter PartsIdentifying the Need for Bike Part Replacements

The moving parts of a bike are those most likely to wear out and need replacing. However, these parts are less likely than static elements to actually break. Because the damage is gradual, it can be less noticeable. This is why it is so important to get into the habit of checking your bike’s safe operation.

First, check the chain. A damaged or worn out chain can cause damage throughout the bike’s drivetrain, which can cost a lot to repair. A bike’s chain can actually stretch over time as it is used. This subtle change in size results in an incorrect degree of tension, which can disrupt the driving action.

Bikes with multiple sprocket gears have particular parts needs. Smaller sprockets have fewer teeth to grasp the chain, which can lead to slipping if the chain is not in good condition. Be sure to check the condition of the chain and sprockets. Bent teeth are a sure sign that a sprocket needs replaced.

Replacing Skateboard Parts

Skateboards are relatively simple devices and tend to have very few parts. This means that each part plays a very important role in the overall function of the board. Replacing parts as necessary helps guarantee a more enjoyable ride with a greater degree of control. Skateboard parts wear out at different rates, even if the board itself is not used very often.

The deck is the part most likely to show signs of wear. Though some give is necessary, if the skater starts to feel a lack of stability or responsiveness from the deck, it is time to seek a replacement. If the axle nuts on the trucks cannot be screwed into proper position, the truck needs to be replaced. Wheels will also wear down with use; moderate skateboard use can require replacing wheels a few times a year.

Scooter Part Replacement

Structurally, scooters have several things in common with skateboards; their function is similar in many ways. Though scooter riders are likely to replace wheels and bearings at a similar rate as skateboarders, the grips are likely to wear out first. Good grips let the rider exert perfect control over the scooter so finding comfortable ones and replacing them as they wear down is very important.

The moving parts on scooters, skateboards, and bikes need to be checked regularly to ensure hassle-free operation. A little bit of attention and maintenance can make the difference between a pleasant ride and one that ends in an accident. The cost of regular maintenance is far less than the expenses associated with more extensive repair and restoration.