Taking care of an electric bike is similar to looking after a regular bike. The main difference is that you need to look after the battery by charging your electric bike correctly.
When you get your new bike, it is important to make sure it is set up properly.
Taking the followings steps will then help you look after it, so it stays in good condition for longer.
It is good to get into the habit of inspecting your bike every six weeks or so to check that the:
- Tyres are well inflated
- Brake cords are tightened
- Chain is lubricated. Use a wet lubricant in winter and a dry lubricant in summer.
- Gears are clean
Cleaning your bike
When cleaning your bike, it is best not to get it soaking wet. Avoid using jets of water on it and if you use a hose pipe, avoid getting any greased parts wet such as the hub, headset or bottom bracket.
If you get mud on it, use a damp cloth to wipe it clean.
If it does get wet, for example if it is rained on, let it dry completely before you store it.
Storing your electric bike
Electric bikes are best stored in a cold dry place. The cold will help maintain the battery.
Don’t leave your bike outside in very hot or cold conditions for long.
If you need to store your bike for a prolonged period of time, leave the battery charged at about 80% and recharge it every five to 10 weeks.
Caring for the battery
Charging your electric bike is quick and easy. You simply need to plug it into an electric socket. Most of our bikes only take a few hours to charge. How long the battery lasts between charges will depend on how far and hard you ride your bike.
Before charging the battery, let it warm up or cool down to room temperature.
Lithium batteries are the most common type used in electric bikes in the UK because they have the best lifetime. The latest batteries can last as long as 12 years.
Following a few basic tips is important to get the most out of your lithium battery. Avoid letting it go completely flat. Instead, you should aim to make sure it never goes below 50% capacity.
Never open the battery because lithium is incredibly flammable.
Caring for the motor
An electric bike’s motor doesn’t need much care. You simply need to keep it clean and dry to help extend its lifetime. If your bike gets wet, it is important to let it dry completely to protect the motor. If it gets dirty, wipe the motor’s casing with a damp cloth.
Dealing with electric problems
If you have electric problems, it’s best to take your bike to a professional.