E-bikes are much more convenient than regular bicycles, which is why they have become increasingly popular. But just like any regular bicycle, e-bikes need regular maintenance to keep them strong. Not only this, but e-bikes also have electric motors and batteries because of their electrification. This means there are extra components to care for, and maintaining your e-bike is a surefire way to keep it running for a long time.
1. Check your e-bike’s chain to make sure it works properly
Chain maintenance on a traditional bicycle is one of the most important things you can do to keep it running. E-bike chains also need to be maintained and just like a traditional bicycle, this extends the life of the bicycle. Chain maintenance is crucial if you own an e-mountain bike and are constantly tackling muddy or dusty trails. Riding your e-mountain bike can be a lot of fun, but if you don’t clean it properly, dirt can build up on the chain. An unclean chain has a major impact on the normal operation of your e-bike.
The friction that this dirt creates is a death sentence for the overall efficiency and proper functioning of your e-bike. To counteract this, you should carefully clean your e-bike, especially the chain, when you get back from the trail. When you get home from the trail, remove the chain from the e-bike and visually inspect it for any damage. If there is no visible damage, you can proceed with cleaning.
There are many ways to do this, but the most important thing is to thoroughly remove all the dirt and grime from the chain. When you’re done cleaning, lubricate the chain. In this way the chain runs smoothly and all auxiliary components also work more efficiently.
2. Checking your e-bike tires is critical
Tires are another item that many cyclists overlook, which is a big mistake when maintaining your e-bike. Checking the life of your tires is super important for handling and overall safety.
If your e-bike tires do not function properly, the entire e-bike will not perform optimally. If the wire pattern looks worn and uneven, it’s definitely time to start shopping for a new set of tires for your e-bike. It is critical that you buy the right tires for the terrain you constantly drive on.
This is a common mistake cyclists make, especially when choosing off-road tires for their daily commute, which is mostly on asphalt. Unfortunately, this is a huge problem and the tires will wear unevenly.
Tires should be chosen according to the specific use so that they perform safely. It is also vital that you check the tire pressure of your e-bike as it also affects the overall performance of the e-bike. Bikes with insufficient tire pressure can feel sluggish to ride, and inflating your tires to the correct pressure will make a world of difference to the bike feel and keep your bike running like new.
3. Take care of your e-bike battery
With an average bicycle, you don’t have to worry about this maintenance item. Just like taking care of an EV’s battery, the lithium-ion battery in your e-bike needs proper care. If you want to take good care of your lithium-ion battery, you should avoid completely discharging it as this will negatively affect the battery life.
Constantly pushing your battery to the extremes of charging can cause the battery to wear out faster. You should keep your battery in a happy average state of charge; somewhere between 20% and 80% will do the trick. Charging your battery in icy temperatures is another habit that will damage your battery, so you need to make sure the battery is at the right temperature before starting the charging process.
Storing your battery in a safe place and avoiding extremely high temperatures will also help your battery last a long time. Another factor that is often overlooked when maintaining your e-bike battery is handling. If your battery is removable and you drop it while removing it, it could eventually lead to structural damage to the battery.
Take extra care when removing and moving your battery to a place where it will be charged. Remember that your e-bike battery is ultimately one of the two most important parts of your e-bike. In fact, the lithium-ion battery pack and the accompanying electric motor turn your e-bike into an e-bike. Most of your e-bike’s value is in these two components, so maintaining them is a must. This is especially true if your e-bike battery is very expensive, such as that of long-range e-bikes.
4. Keep your e-bike clean
Cleaning your e-bike is an underrated way to make it last. When you wash your e-bike, especially after using it on the road, do not use any cleaning agent that could damage the paintwork or other parts of the bicycle.
Keeping your e-bike clean is especially important if you ride roads that have been treated with salt, so be sure to keep up with your e-bike cleaning routine if you live in an area where your e-bike may be exposed to salt.
Regular maintenance keeps your e-bike working like new
If you keep up with all the regular maintenance items related to your e-bike and take good care of important components such as the battery, your bike will reward you with a long life. As with any vehicle, regular care and maintenance is key to extending its life and making the ownership experience more rewarding.