Here are our top tips on how to maintain an e-bike.
Take Care of the Battery
The core difference between a pushbike and an e-bike is the use of a battery. Taking care of your bike means taking care of your battery. The best thing to do for your battery is to keep it at ambient temperature. It would help if you stored it in your house with some juice left in it. Don’t leave it charging for days or weeks, as this can cause long-term damage. Think of a battery as being like a pet – if you wouldn’t leave your pet somewhere, don’t leave your battery there.
The spokes on an e-bike offer unique problems compared to standard bikes. Spokes are more likely to break on a bike with a hub motor. The longer you go without treating your spokes, the more likely they are to break. Spoke tension is something that mechanics take care of during servicing and something you can check yourself. Adjust the spoke tension as necessary to keep your bike going.
Clean the Drivetrain
The specifics of drivetrain maintenance are the same between bikes and e-bikes. The main difference is that e-bikes require more frequent maintenance. Motor e-bikes put more pressure on the chain, so it doesn’t last as long as the chain on a regular bike. Make things easier for yourself by getting a chain cleaning tool. Be careful with a degreaser, though, as you shouldn’t let any of it get on the braking surfaces. If it does, then use isopropyl alcohol or another brake cleaner to remove it safely.