How to Maintain an Electric Bike

Having an electric bike that breaks down or isn’t running smoothly is a real pain. Electric bikes are bicycles that have additional technology to provide pedal assistance. Because they tend to get used so much more, and at greater average speeds, regular maintenance is a critical factor in keeping them running at optimal efficiency.

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Here are a few simple things you can do to avoid this and keep your ebike running well for longer. You don’t need to have a fancy workshop, just do these few simple things:

Body Maintenance

  • Check the major touch point bolts regularly for tightness: handlebars, wheels, seat rails etc. It can be dangerous if any of these come off while you’re cycling! Riding with loose bolts can result in inconvenient and costly repair work.
  • Lube your chain regularly.
  • Check tire pressure at least once a week. Pump up to the recommended pressures if needed.
  • Clean your ebike with a regular hose and/or bucket and brush. Avoid high-pressure water systems as you don’t want to get water in the electrical system!

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Electrical Maintenance

There is very little to do in terms of electrics maintenance; however, the main thing is to take care! Be particularly careful when you’re moving your ebike into and out of cars, on stairs or in tricky storage places.

  • Wiring: Be careful not to knock your wiring, particularly on things such as light fittings, sensor cables, motor cables near wheels etc.
  • Batteries: Avoid subjecting the battery to high temperatures, such as directly under the sun, for long periods of time. Recharge the battery before it becomes completely discharged. Completely discharging will reduce the number of recharging cycles during the battery’s life and limit its capacity.

Never store the battery in a discharged state. After much use, your battery’s charge holding capacity will decrease. If you find that your battery does not hold a sufficient charge, you should contact the manufacturer or order a replacement.

If the battery will not be used for an extended period of time, charge it fully and recharge it every 2 months. Store it in a cool, dry place. Do not use it to power other electrical devices. Improper use of the battery will damage it and shorten its useful life and may cause fire or an explosion. If you experience unusual sounds or odors coming from the charger or the battery, unplug the charger immediately and contact customer service.

Recharge your battery after every use.

  • Do not disassemble or alter the battery or battery charger.
  • Do not place the battery near fire or corrosive substances.
  • Do not allow any liquids on or inside the battery or charger.
  • Do not expose the battery or charger to extreme weather conditions.
  • Do not operate the battery or charger if damaged.
  • Recharge the battery only with a charger specified by the manufacturer.
  • Do not use the battery or charger for anything other than its intended purpose.

Instruct your children to keep away from the charging area.

The next best thing you can do for your ebike is to get it serviced regularly by a skilled mechanic who has experience working on electric bikes.

Watch this video on how to maintain an electric bike, in case we missed something:

How to maintain an electric bike

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