How to Maintain Your Running Buggy for Speed and Aggression
If you enjoy running and have young kids, buying a running buggy makes perfect sense. There is plenty of information online about how to run with a running buggy. But how do you maintain it to keep your runs fast, hard and aggressive?
I’ve used a running buggy for almost a year and a half. Although most of my running is done on my own or with others, there are times when a running buggy is useful such as:
You need a physical activity that you and your kid can enjoy
When you’re alone with your kid and want some exercise
You want to take part in a local fun run or Parkrun
You want to feel like an F1 driver
All legitimate reasons for pushing your nearest and dearest at 7-12 miles per hour while burning fat and getting fitter.
So keep reading for my simple, non-technical, guide to running buggy maintenance to allow you to keep speeding like a manic at your local park.
1. Maintain your Running Buggy: Rinse and Repeat (if needed)
When you use your running buggy, especially in winter or wet conditions, mud, grime and dust all build up on the frame and working parts.
The problem is that this can cause problems with how the buggy works if not treated. So every time you’ve been out in the wet and the mud, take your running buggy out back and rinse off the worst of the mud and dirt.
I use the garden hose as it’s convenient but you could also use a bucket or watering can. A stiff brush can remove stubborn lumps of mud. This is going to help when you get on to the next stage.
If you’ve left your running buggy to dry before cleaning, rinse all over, leave for a few minutes, scrub and then rinse again.
Maintain your Running Buggy: Specialised Cleaning
If you think about it, a running buggy is basically a bike. But without the pedals, chain, gears, hydraulic disc brakes…
OK, so it’s nothing like a bike.
But it does have metal parts, bearings and tyres similar to that of a bike. Which is why I use a specialist bicycle cleaner to lift off any oils, stubborn dust or dirt.
I personally use and recommend Muc-Off (muck off – geddit?) bike cleaner because
It’s inexpensive – the amount you need to clean a running buggy is miniscule
It’s not harsh like some household detergents
It comes in a handy spray bottle
Spray Muc-Off liberally over all grubby parts of your running buggy.
Leave for a few minutes then rinse off. Your buggy will now be gleaming.
I’ve used this on the fabric as well as the frame and wheels with no detrimental effects, however best to try a little first before you accidentally change the colour of your prized pram.
Who’s Luther? No idea. Anyway, once your running buggy looks like new, you need it to ride like new.
I used to use a spray oil like WD-40 which is fine although it stinks and can be quite messy. These days, I use Muc-Off Bike Spray. It has a lubricant for any metal on metal parts such as wheel bearings, clips and catches. It also leaves a silicone type protective coating that repels water and helps your running buggy dry out.
Try not to get this stuff on the fabric parts of your buggy and if your running buggy has brakes, keep it away from them as this could reduce the friction of the pads or discs (which is bad).
Again, a can of this stuff will last for ages. It also looks cool with the black matte finish and white lettering.