Ideally, ebikes should have regular inspection and maintenance to keep them functioning normally. Performing a check daily, weekly, monthly, or annually can maximize the performance of each bike part. Let us start with basic maintenance tips.
Check the items listed before every ride to ensure the bike is in a good state and keeps it rolling well.
Ensure the battery have enough juice to support your riding.
Having the tire inflated to proper tire pressure. Rated tire pressure varies from bike to bike, avoid over-inflate your tires.
- G-force T42: 20-28psi
A good thumb of rule is that fat tires should be inflated to a low PSI and heavier weight to a high PSI. Other contributing factors like road conditions and weather conditions should also be taken into consideration: relatively low tire pressure is better for wet roads and rough terrains.
Squeeze the brake levers and rock your bike forwards and backward to ensure both brakes are functioning properly.
- Derailleur and Chain:
If you are accustomed to pedaling, shift the gears and crank the pedals to check if the cogs pass the chain and derailleur smoothly.
- Wheels and Hub Motor:
Check the beads and tire treads for any wedged debris. Also, test ride to make sure the motor is in good working order.
- Cables and Bolts:
Check any potentially loose connectors or worn cables. Properly tighten the nuts and bolts for security reasons. Loose bolts can also give rise to serious parts wear and tear.
Note: Meanwhile, identify the causes when your bike is making an abnormal noise, which can be a sign of damage to any of the components. In such case, your bike is trying to tell you something, be extra cautious when riding.
- Clean the bike
Put the bike in a stand for cleaning, then start with frame, chain, and derailleur. Clean and keep the bike free of grime and mud with a non-woven cleaning cloth and special cleaners. Do not use a hose or pressure washer to wash the bike.
- Recharge the battery timely
Your battery deserves the highest attention. Remember to charge the battery after riding, instead of charging until it runs out of juice.
- Inspect the bike
Check frequently for possible cracking and loose nuts, and tune up the bike parts. The checklist includes electric connectors, cables, drivetrain (including derailleur, cassette, chain, chainring ), brakes, motor hubs, and tires.
- Grease bike parts
To prevent excessive wear, it is crucial to lube the chain, derailleur, freewheel, chainring, front fork, pedals, and other moving parts. Do not over-lubricate these parts, or it may cause damages and bring poor performance.
- Replace the components
Many of the components wear over time. Replace the brake pads (50-80 miles), brake fluid (for hydraulic disc brakes), and tires if necessary.
Dry your bike off first to prevent it from rusting and corrosion, and store your bike in dry and ventilated locations. As for long-term storage, remove and separately store the battery for safety.
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