Tools You’ll Need for Electric Bike Maintenance
When performing general electric bike maintenance, a few eBike tools and materials will come in helpful. You may purchase these items alone or as part of an eBike tool kit.
- 2 In 1 Crank Tool
- Bicycle lubricant
- Bike repair stand
- Chain Rivet Extractor
- Chain Whip
- Cleaning rags
- Degreasing soap
- Pedal Wrench
- Spoke Wrench
- Tire Patch Repair Kit
- Tire pressure gauge
- Tire pump
The Himiway Home Tool Kit includes electric bike-specific tools for maintenance, upgrades, and repairs. These kits are small enough to put into your bike's pannier bag and bring with you on long trips in case of emergency.
Clean Your Electric Bike Regularly
Cleaning your electric bike after each ride is one of the simplest maintenance tips in the book. It will prevent filth and muck from interfering with not only the bike’s electronics, but also the bicycle itself. Most electric bikes are water-resistant so that you can clean them like any other bike, but we recommend removing the battery first and only using cleaning solutions designed for use with e-bikes.
Use caution when using a pressure washer, as it might cause water to enter delicate regions or remove oil from vital areas, such as around your wheel bearings and bottom bracket. Instead, after a brief rinse with a garden hose, give it a good scrub with a sponge or towel and your chosen bike cleaning supplies. To ensure that no residual water gets in touch with battery contact points or other sensitive components, dry the bike with a towel and leave it for a few minutes before recoupling the battery.
Clean and Lubricate the Drivetrain
Like any other chain-driven bicycle, your ebike has a drivetrain that includes the pedals, chain rings, cranks, chain, derailleur, and cogs. Your pedaling is converted into forwarding motion by the drivetrain. This causes tremendous friction between the numerous moving parts, which must be continuously lubricated to avoid wear and tear. Sadly, lubricant attracts dust and grime. So, your bike's drivetrain would be filthy after a few months of storage, especially if you didn't clean it before storing your eBike.
When it comes to spring-cleaning, don't just hose it down. Water creates rust, which drastically reduces the lifespan of the drivetrain. Prop your electric bike upside down to make it easier to clean the drivetrain. Get a clean and dry cloth, an old toothbrush, a specifically manufactured soft bristles brush, and a drivetrain degrease. Scrub the chain length gently with the brush, removing any debris accumulations.
This process can be sped up by pouring some degrease into a clean cloth and wiping the chain. Then, use the soft bristles brush to clean the drivetrain and other elements. After cleaning the drivetrain, apply a small amount of lubrication to the chain, gears, and so on. Use another clean towel to wipe any excess lubrication to avoid dirt accumulation.
Take Care of Your Electric Bike Tires
Maintaining the condition of your e-bike tires is an important electric bike safety precaution. E-bikes are substantially heavier than traditional bikes; thus, they require a strong set of tires. Flat tires are every cyclist's biggest nightmare, so keep your bike tires' pressure up to date. Also, maintaining your tires at specified pressure levels will help you avoid flats, enhance your pedal and battery efficiency, and make your riding more comfortable.
On a traditional bike, you'll notice quickly if your tires deflate because you'll have to work much harder to propel the bike. On an ebike, the motor will adjust and conceal the problem while draining your battery faster. So before embarking on a ride, it's usually a good idea to check the pressure of your tires. Although Himiway t's electric bike tires are among the most durable on the market, you never know when you'll come across a sharp object. Therefore, you should have a tire patch repair kit in an emergency.
Electric Bike Battery Care
While the battery is one of the most significant electrical components on an electric bike, it doesn’t have any moving parts that need to be maintained. In the traditional sense, 'maintenance' isn't required, but you can take steps to ensure your battery life lasts longer. For instance, read the manufacturer's instructions on how to charge properly. Improperly charging will damage the battery and cause it to wear out faster.
In addition, lithium batteries are quite sensitive. Allowing the battery to deplete completely can severely reduce its capacity or cause it to stop working entirely. So, before putting your electric bike away at the end of the active bike season, completely charge the battery. Also, try to recharge it every two months.
Check your Electric Bike Brakes Regularly
Reliable brakes are a crucial safety feature of any eBike, and keeping them in good working order should be a top priority. Bad brakes might endanger riders, especially while riding on steep terrain. New electric bike brakes can be squeaky, but you should be concerned if you've had it for a time and the bike brakes are screeching. When grease or oil gets on the wheel rim, brake pad, or rotor, it might cause squeaking. A misalignment between the surfaces of the brakes may also cause unpleasant noise. Before riding, inspect your brakes and replace worn rotors and brake pads as soon as possible.
How to Schedule Your Service Check-Ups
In addition to DIY maintenance, your e-bike needs frequent expert inspections and repairs. Metal fatigue, for example, may only be identified using specialized equipment. So, take your e-bike to a specialized service center for a complete inspection. These examinations should be viewed as an investment in your safety. The last thing you want is for your electric bike to break down in the middle of a trip.
For significant electric bike checkups, choose the lowest riding season. For example, you can take your electric bike to the service center during late autumn or winter. With that, before starting an active bike season, you already have your two-wheeler thoroughly inspected by a skilled mechanic.
Electric bike parts are quite expensive, and being without one is inconvenient. Wash your bike regularly and use that time to become acquainted with its operation. This will help you identify any areas of worry when things go wrong. Small and simple bike problems can quickly become expensive if overlooked. This is especially true on an electric bike with greater forces. For example, while a chain is a low-cost component, a worn chain can wear down the complete drivetrain, which is expensive.
These are some quick and simple maintenance tasks that you can do on your own to significantly increase your electric bike's lifespan.