When the spring season comes, you’re gonna want to take your eBike out for a ride. However, you need to make sure that your bike is ready to go. Therefore you’ll need to know the five big steps that you need to make to perform your spring bike maintenance. Here’s a look at the top bicycle maintenance tips that will get you ready for some spring riding.
Clean Your Ebike
Your first bicycle maintenance tip is to simply clean your electric bike. While your bicycle has been in storage, it will likely accumulate dust and debris. You will want to make sure that the moving components of your bike are clean so it will operate properly. Here’s a step by step look at how to clean your electric bike.
- Use a special bicycle cleaner or clean water to rinse the vehicle. Be sure to concentrate on areas that have accumulated a high amount of dust and dirt.
- Be sure to completely dry your vehicle with a clean cloth.
- If your electric bike has accumulated rust, be sure to check out our article on how to remove rust from your electric bike.
Be sure to check your electric bicycle after it has been cleaned. If there is still any more dust or dirt, simply repeat the process until it is completely clean.
Check the Fat Tires
Now you will want to check the pressure on your fat tires. This is important since your tires have constant contact on the road.
The first thing that you will want to check is for any damage to the tires. Be sure to check for the following:
- Tears- Be sure to check for any tears on the sidewall as well as the tread of the tires.
- Punctures- Look for any punctures as well. You can run water over the tires and look for any bubbles that would indicate air escaping from the inside of the tire.
- Dry cracks- Finally, you will want to check for any cracks on the sidewall of the tire.
After you have checked for any damage on the tire, you will want to check the air pressure. Chances are that your tires lost some air while it was sitting in store. Be sure to add the needed air pressure to make your electric bike optimal for riding.
Check the Chains and Gears
After you have checked the tires, you will want to inspect the chains and the gears.
When it comes to checking the chains, you will want to see if the chain is too loose or too tight. Also check if the chain needs to be lubricated. If you need to add lubrication to the chain, be sure to wipe off any excess lubrication. That’s because dust and dirt tends to cling on to excess lubrication.
After you have checked the chain, it is time to check the bicycle’s gears. You will want to check the gears for the following issues:
- Deformation- Check to make sure that the gears are in optimal shape. They should not be deformed in any way.
- Rust- Check to see if there is any rust on the gears. If you do see any rust, then be sure to check out the article on how to clean rust from an electric bicycle.
- Excessive wear- Now is a good time to see if there are any signs of excessive wear on the gears. If the gears look old, then you may want to take this opportunity to replace them before going on your first spring ride.
Check the Brakes
After checking the chain and the gears, you will want to run through check on your bicycle brakes. This is important since brakes are critical to a safe ride. Here are the steps that you can take to inspect your electric bike’s brakes:
- Check for signs of uneven wear on the brake pads- visually look down at the brake pads to see if there is any uneven or excessive wear on the brake pads. If you can not see the brake pads as installed on your bike, then you will need to use a tool to remove the through bolt to inspect the brake pads. If the brake pads look uneven or worn, then they should be replaced before riding.
- Inspect the brake rotor- Also check the brake rotor to make sure there is no uneven wear.
- Check the brake lines - Make sure that the brake lines are connected and that there are no brakes or punctures on the lines.
- Check the responsiveness of brakes- Roll the bike along a flat surface and pump the brakes. If the braking seems unsure, then you will want to have the brake pads replaced.
When in doubt, it is always better to replace worn brake parts on your bicycle. Since electric brakes can travel at a faster rate than non-electric bikes, optimal braking is essential.
Check Your Seat
Finally, you will want to take a look at your electric bicycle’s seat. Chances are that your vehicle’s bicycle’s seat may have been adjusted while it was in storage. Here’s a step by step look on how to check your electric bicycle’s seat.
- Check the height- Sit on the bike and see if the seat is at the right level for a comfortable ride.
- Check the tilt- Also check the tilt of the seat. You will want to make sure that you can remain comfortable for an extended period of time.
- Inspect the quality of the seat- Finally, it is a good time to check the overall quality of the seat. If your electric bicycle seat is old, then now is a good time to get a replacement.
The bicycle seat tends to be an overlooked part of an electric bike. However, you want to make sure that you are comfortable and well positioned during your ride. Be sure to spend a good amount of time making sure that your bicycle’s seat is well positioned and in top shape.
Making Your eBike Ready for Spring Riding
Now that you know how to maintain a bike for spring use, it is time to get going! Be sure to make sure that your electric bike is safe to ride. A small investment in replacement parts can go a long way to enjoy a comfortable and confident ride. With the right spring maintenance, your electric bike should give you a quality ride for months.