Whether you have already purchased your electric bike or are just curious to see what the maintenance is like, this is the perfect guide 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.\nAn 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 and greatly prolong its life.\nRead below for our top 6 tips for electric bike maintenance.\n1. Keep your electric bike clean\nRegularly cleaning your entire ebike is one easy thing you can do to prolong its life. 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.\nCleaning tips\n\nRemove the electric bike battery before cleaning the bike.\nUse low-pressure water, a sponge, or a cloth with bike-specific cleaners and degreasers for best results.\nDon’t use a pressurized hose or jet wash when cleaning the bike to protect the electrical system from getting wet.\nClean the electric bike gently and thoroughly around the mechanical parts.\nDry off the bike after washing.\n\n\n2. Lubricate your electric bike\nKeep 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. \n\nLubrication tips:\n\nUse the proper lubricant to extend the life of the chain. \nChoose a mineral-based lubricating oil specifically designed for bicycle parts. \nUse a wet lubricant when you ride in wet conditions as it’s less likely to rinse off in the rain. \nUse a dry lubricant for dry environments. \nGive the lubricants time to soak in before wiping the excess lubricant.\n\n\n3. Take care of your battery\nThe life expectancy of a high-quality lithium-ion or lithium-polymer electric bike battery pack is at least roughly 1,000 full charges and should last about 2 to 3 years if it’s charged and drained weekly. Each battery has a range and as the battery starts to get older that range starts to decrease. If you want to learn more about estimated battery range visit our how to calculate a batteries range blog.\n\nCheck your owner's manual and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on battery care and charging.\nUse the same charger and adapter that came with your electric bike. \nKeep your battery at 100% as much as possible and avoid having it drained completely.\nTry not to overcharge. \nTry not to soak your battery since the battery case that houses your battery is generally water-resistant but not waterproof.\n\nTips for storing your battery:\n\nStore your battery with a 30% to 60% charge (check your owner's manual for details).\nStore your battery in a cool, dry place away from any wet surface or out of the elements.\n\n\n4. Taking care of your tires\n\nKeep your tires properly inflated. \nCheck the tire sidewall for the recommended pressure.\nRegularly check your tire sidewall and tread for excessive wear, damage, cracking, or dryness.\nUse replacement tires specifically made for your bike.\n\n\n5. Take care of your brakes\nA reliable electric bike should have brakes with excellent stopping power.\n\nRegularly inspect for loose parts, excessive rotor, or pad wear, and adjust your brakes.\nReplace the brake pads and rotors following your manufacturer’s specifications.\n\n\n6. Check your bike's ABCs before every ride\nPerform a routine inspection of your electric bike before you go for a ride.\n\nAn (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.\nB (Brakes) - Squeeze your front and rear brake levers and ensure that the brakes are correctly engaged.\nC (Chain) - Inspect your chain and all the gears to ensure that they are lubricated and in proper condition.\n\n\n7. Schedule your bike for regular maintenance at your local professional electric bike shop\nYour riding style and riding frequencies will affect how often your bike will require servicing.\n\nCheck your owner’s manual for the servicing recommendation. \nA good rule of thumb is to have a bike check and tune-up by a certified bike technician at least once a year. \n\nIf 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!\nElectric bike maintenance is necessary to prevent expensive fixes. These are some easy tasks that will help you extend the life of your electric bike. A well-maintained bike lets you ride it safer and for longer!