Top 10 Watches tips

Clean As Often As Possible

Always use a soft cloth to clean the band, and the head of the watch to remove dirt and dust. And if its material is leather, use a damp cloth, gently dry, and polish. For those made of metals bracelets, soapy water and a soft-bristled toothbrush will do the magic. If you have a water-resistant watch, like Rado, try your best to avoid exposure to water or liquid cleaners. Wipe the timer with a dry soft cloth regularly. Give your hourglass a complete movement overhaul every three to five years to keep it in good shape.

Service Regularly

Whatever has an engine will be worn out someday. By then, you will have a choice of either repairing it or getting a new one. But if you served it regularly, its life can be extended and also kept in good shape. This same principle is also applicable to watches. Mechanical timepieces will always get wearied and not function the way they used to when newly bought. How it will work is dependent on several factors, and the primary one is quality. You’ll expect a higher-quality to last longer than that of a poor one. All watches must be serviced regularly, perhaps yearly, irrespective of the warranty. It helps to sort any issue before it becomes a problem.

Avoid Magnets

Placing a watch close to a magnet can affect its operating mechanism negatively. Almost everywhere, we are surrounded by magnetic products such as smartphones, televisions, PC, electronic speakers, etc. The magnetism from these products can affect the functioning of your watch. And keeping them about 5 meters away from products with magnetic properties will weaken the effects or influence of magnetism. All watches except digital quartz have a common feature called motors. This property suffers adverse effects from magnets and makes watches spoil faster when exposed to magnetic properties. And in case your timer has been exposed to a magnet, do well to get it serviced.

Take Care of the Crystal

By all means, avoid banging the crystal of your watch against hard surfaces that might cause a scratch. The dial of timers suffers more damage than any other part because the crystal is always exposed. While most cases are made of glasses, others could be made of either plastic or synthetic sapphire crystal. To clean the crystal of your watch, open the case and pop the crystal out carefully. Pour some brass cleaner on a clean soft rag and use it to polish the crystal. Remove dirt and debris from the edges of the crystal by using the edge of a clean cloth. Then allow it to dry completely, apply a little amount of crystal cement to the edges of the watch, and slowly set the crystal back into the case.

Avoid Contacts with Chemicals

Exposing your watch to actinic substances such as perfumes, soaps, cosmetics, or soap can damage the strap or case. Creams damage the band of wristwatches and make it tear eventually, so you must wait for the lotion on your body to dry before wearing your pocket watch. Do not expose your wristwatches to sunlight for a long time too. This is because the ultra-violet rays from the sun make watches fade faster and easily.

Always Read the Manual Attached to your Watch

The same way electronic devices come with manuals watches also come with a handbook that gives guidance on how to operate and care for it. At times, we often get carried away with the excitement of getting a new digital timer that we forget to follow the instructions that come with it. However, it is necessary to follow the instructions attached to know how best to care for it.

Be the example

The biggest influence on a child is usually in their immediate environment. More often than not, children usually copy what their parents are doing. That means that if your children see you participating in an activity and enjoying it, they will be encouraged to try out those activities. The same goes for mountain biking. Again, your child’s curiosity will be sparked by the awareness that there is such a sport and that it brings gratification. This brings us to the next tip…

Indulge in nature

You know, a love for mountain biking really has a lot to do with a love for nature in general. Take your child out where they can get used to being surrounded by nature. I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t that the same as taking them along for a bike ride? Well, not exactly. You can start by taking your child for a nature walk as opposed to introducing them to trail riding right away. They will start appreciating the scenery and life that is around them. Your child will quickly start to identify and differentiate different types of trees and bushes that exist in different environments. Once they interact with nature, they will be more excited about outdoor activities. And if they find fun in the outdoors, they will stop limiting their idea of fun to indoor activities.

Introduce them as early as possible

The only way you can get your child to develop a love for mountain biking is if they have a love for biking to start with. There’s a slim chance that your child will be interested in riding mountain bikes on their own. But a huge percentage of children love biking because they were introduced to the sport while they were still really young. Before they can hop onto a two-wheeler, you can introduce your child to bike-related picture books. That way, they will develop a familiarity with bikes. As soon as they are old enough to be pulled in bike trailers, be sure to do so. You also have the option to purchase tandem or tag-along bikes and ride with them. You can also invest in good MTB child bike seats to entice them with the wonderful and pristine views of trails and nature. Next, you can introduce them to their first bike. Then, children as young as 18 months can get onto their own balance bikes. That way, they can learn the fundamental skill of balancing a bike. In due time, when they are at the pedaling age, then you can introduce the concept of mountain biking. But remember, all this starts at the infant age. For the best results, riding a bike needs to be a familiar concept as opposed to an entirely new activity.

Buy them their own mountain bikes

It’s really simple. There’s nothing more exciting for a child than having their own gear. While you can introduce the smallest bikes to infants, you will notice that the smallest mountain bikes are usually 20-inch mountain bikes. These bikes are sized for kids around 6 to 8 years in age and usually about 4 feet tall. There are also 24-inch mountain bikes with brakes, suspension, and gears similar to that of adult bikes. But the truth is that most mountain bikes cost an arm and a leg. And the last thing you want to do is waste your money and end up with a machine that will only rust in the garage. So, what’s the way out? ... As you buy them kid-specific mountain bikes, ensure that you teach them how to use all the features on their bikes. Alongside developing bike handling skills, train your kids on etiquette as they’ll need it on the mountain bike trails. Let them know the different types of mountain bikes as time goes by, and if possible, invest in their newfound love.