Whether you have already purchased your electric bike or are just want to see what the maintenance is like, this is the perfect article for you. We have compiled some helpful tips for the proper maintenance of your electric bike so that you can have a well running electric bike for years.
An electric bike is a great investment for many people and some extra care can go a long way! Performing some regular preventative maintenance can keep it running smoothly to greatly prolong its lifetime.
Read below for our top 7 tips for electric bike maintenance.
1. Keep your electric bike clean
Make sure to always clean your electric bike after riding it through dirty terrains to keep debris from getting stuck in the components and interfering with the electric motor or gear systems. Regularly cleaning your entire ebike is one easy thing you can do to prolong its life.
- Remove the electric bike battery before cleaning the bike.
- Use low-pressure water, a sponge, or a cloth with bike-specific cleaners and degreasers for best results.
- Don’t use a pressurized hose or jet wash when cleaning the bike to protect the electrical system from getting too wet.
- Clean the electric bike gently and thoroughly around the mechanical parts.
- Dry off the bike after washing.
2. Lubricate your electric bike
Keep your bike’s chain and drivetrain lubricated for optimal performance and protection. This should be done whenever it squeaks, appears dry, or at least once a month. Lubrication protects these moving parts from excessive wear caused by friction and rust.
- Use a proper lubricant to extend the life of the chain.
- Choose a mineral-based lubricating oil specifically designed for bicycle parts.
- Use a wet lubricant when you ride in wet conditions as it’s less likely to rinse off in the rain.
- Use a dry lubricant for dry environments.
- Give the lubricants time to soak in before wiping the excess lubricant.
3. Take care of your battery
The life expectancy of a high-quality lithium-ion or lithium-polymer electric bike battery pack is at roughly around 1,000 full charges and should last about 2 to 3 years for a regular rider. Once you reach the end of the batteries lifetime its range starts to decrease. If you want to learn more about estimated battery range visit our how to calculate a batteries range article.
Battery Maintenance tips:
- Check your owner's manual and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on battery care and charging.
- Use the same charger and adapter that came with your electric bike (If you need to replace them make sure you get the manufacturers).
- Avoid keeping your battery at 100% as much as possible and avoid having it drained completely.
- Try not to overcharge.
- Try not to soak your battery since the battery case that houses your battery is generally water-resistant but not waterproof.
Tips for storing your battery:
- Store your battery with a 30% to 60% charge (check your owner's manual for details).
- Store your battery in a room temperature, dry place away from any wet surface or out of the elements.
4. Taking care of your tires
- Keep your tires properly inflated.
- Check the tire sidewall for the recommended pressure.
- Regularly check your tire sidewall and tread for excessive wear, damage, cracking, or dryness.
- Use replacement tires specifically made for your bike if necessary.
5. Take care of your brakes
A reliable electric bike should have brakes with excellent stopping power. Electric bikes move fast so good brakes are crucial for safety
- Regularly inspect for loose parts, excessive rotor, or pad wear, and adjust your brakes.
- Replace the brake pads and rotors following your manufacturer’s specifications.
6. Check your bike's ABCs before every ride
Perform a routine inspection of your electric bike before you go for a ride.
- An (Air) - Check your recommended tire pressure and correctly inflate your tires to help prevent flats. Take your pump and your patch kit on your bike ride for long rides.
- B (Brakes) - Squeeze your front and rear brake levers and ensure that the brakes are correctly engaged.
- C (Chain) - Inspect your chain and all the gears to ensure that they are lubricated and in proper condition.
7. Schedule your bike for regular maintenance at your local professional electric bike shop
Your riding style and riding frequencies will affect how often your bike will require servicing.
- Check your owner’s manual for the servicing recommendation.
- A good rule of thumb is to have a bike check and tune-up by a certified bike technician at least once a year.
If you don't want to go into a bike shop we recommend calling Velofix, they will drive directly to your house and fix the bike for you in a mobile shop!
Electric bike maintenance is necessary to prevent expensive fixes. A well-maintained bike lets you protect your investment and makes sure that you wil be riding it for years to come! These are just some easy tasks, if you have any other tips feel free to comment so that we can share the information!
If you have any questions don't hesitate to reach out!