Nurse Nancy’s Tips!
Wheel care pro advice. Give your wheels the best start to their long and happy life!
So your buggy has just entered a world where wheel care is as important as looking after the buggy. You need to give it air before getting the wheels turning, right? Exciting stuff, but it’s best not to jump straight in to this tyre pumping business. First, you have to promise you’ll reach for the instructions and learn about wheel care!
Here at phil&teds we make great buggies and baby products, but we don’t specialise in manufacturing tyres and inner tubes. We order standard tyres and tubes in different shapes and sizes to put on our rims, that go onto our buggies.
The information on the tyres can be misleading
The rubber outer tyres found on E3, sport, dot, dash, explorer and navigator buggies will often state a different PSI to what is best suited for your rims. This reading varies and is quite often as high as 35PSI. Unfortunately our little buggy rims can’t take that much pressure! They push best with a max of 22*PSI. For great wheel care use your hand held pump to fill the tyres with the optimal pressure.
Use a hand (or foot) pump
The inner tubes have a car-sized valve, but NEVER use compressed air or a service station pump to fill your tyres. For good wheel care please use hand-operated tyre pumps for your buggy. We recommend using handheld bike pumps of foot controlled air-bed pumps.
Make sure you stop your husband jumping straight in there! For proper wheel care, always check the rim pressure reading, not tyre, as the rims may crack under pressure!
*PSI is an acronym that stands for per square inch. This is commonly used in measurements of things like tyre pressure. The PSI in tire pressure tells you how much you need to inflate your tyres.
- Don’t expose your buggy to the elements without care. That means if you take your buggy to the seaside its best to make sure all the sand and seawater is rinsed off. Seawater may corrode your bearings and grit is never good for proper wheel function.
- Avoid leaving your buggy in direct sunlight for long periods. This heat could cause your rims to warp. Our advice is to store your buggy in a cool place and let some air out of the tyres to protect the rims.
- If you’re taking your buggy on a plane, let some air out of the tyres. Pressure can build up mid flight and your buggy’s rims may not be able to take it!
- Keep your valve dust caps on at all times, this will stop grit getting in your valves. Nobody likes grit in their valves!
If your buggy keeps getting flat tyres, don’t call the doctor just yet….
- Check your inner tube is sitting on the rim correctly (not pinching or bulging)
- Check that the rim isn’t damaged in any way. A warped or jagged it will puncture the inner tube. If the rim is cracked then it’s time for a new wheel!
- You’ve checked your rim, your tube arrangement, your tyre pressure and everything seems ok, yet you’re constantly replacing your inner tubes? Unless you’re rolling on broken glass you may have a problem with thorns. Many Australian customers suffer with three corner jacks or doublegee. These spiky little burs always spike upwards and can wreak havoc on any tyres. If you’re one of the unfortunate few who have these in your area fear not! You can get some tyre slime from your local bike retailer to put in between your tyre to protect your precious inner tubes!
Cuts, bruises and high temperatures will never leave you and your family house bound. With a bit of care & advice from Nurse Nancy your buggy will be back out there in no time!
Also if you are headed away on an extended trip it can be ideal to pack a spare inner tube, especially if it’s somewhere exotic. Never fear though as our global parts shop can ship to most parts of the globe.
You can find inner tubes, spare tyres and other parts for your phil&teds buggies by following this link: