More and more people are riding e-bikes to enjoy the benefits of cycling. Like regular pedal bikes, e-bikes require routine maintenance to make them safer, more comfortable to ride, and to make the components last longer. Proactive maintenance can also prevent unnecessary repair costs. Therefore, here's how to maintain your e-bike.
Keep it clean
The first step to maintain your e-bike is to clean your e-bike regularly. Dirt and mud can increase wear and tear on parts and reduce the efficiency of your bike's operation. Riding a clean, efficient e-bike will be a pleasant experience.You should avoid using powerful jets to clean your e-bike because the high water pressure will remove grease from the bearings and chain. It can also cause water to accumulate inside the mechanism, eventually leading to corrosion.
Check tire pressure
You also need to check the tire pressure on your e-bike regularly. Underinflated tires are not only potentially dangerous, but they also consume more battery, which reduces efficiency. It can also prevent uneven tire wear.
Keep the tires properly inflated. Use a pump with a pressure gauge to inflate the tires to within the optimal pressure range (imprinted on the side of the tire).
Check the brakes
Electric bikes can reach higher speeds than pedal bikes. Therefore to prevent any accidents, you must check the braking system regularly and always test the brakes before you set off. Replace brake pads and rotors in a timely manner, depending on the level of wear. If your e-bike has hydraulic brakes, change and refill the fluid annually.
Use of lubricants
Lubricating the moving parts on an e-bike to reduce friction will extend the life of the e-bike. The chain in particular needs more frequent lubrication to ensure the transmission runs efficiently.
Turn the pedal or wheel backwards and continue to apply lubricant while the chain is running. Wipe off excess lubricant with a rag. You can do this work entirely at home yourself.
Tighten the bolts and nuts
Nuts and bolts on electric bikes can come loose and they need to be tightened. Check your bike regularly to ensure that all bolts and nuts are stable and tight. Also watch out for excessive wear and tear on parts that could cause safety hazards.
Take care of the battery
Take care of your batteries and make sure they stay in top condition. You can follow these tips.
- Do not use your battery in bad weather. Extreme heat and cold are the worst enemies of e-bike batteries.
- Please charge and store your battery at room temperature in a dry place.
- Please avoid leaving the battery fully charged or completely discharged for a long time.
- Store your e-bike battery in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight.
- Use the correct charger to avoid damaging your e-bike battery.
Maintenance is the key to extending the life of your e-bike. It also makes riding safer and more comfortable. Remember these methods above and take good care of your e-bike.