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How do I keep my e-bike or s-pedelec maintained?

Like a non-powered bike or a car, there are certain thing that you can do to make your journey more efficient, more comfortable and less liable to breakdowns. Here is a few of our suggestions to keep your bike in top working order.

Things you can do at home

Battery: Keep it charged. Occasionally run the battery to empty to elongate battery life.

Tyre Pressure: Bicycle tyres lose pressure much quicker than a car. Your manual or the side of the tyres will tell you their optimal pressure. If you run the tyres underinflated, then the range will be impacted as the motor is doing more work, handling can also be negatively affected. For  safety top up your tyres at least every 2-4 weeks and more frequently if you are predominately riding off road.  Also, bear in mind that outside temperature can also affect tyre pressure.

Chain: Keep the chain clean and lubricated. When you touch the chain it should have a little lubricant on it to prevent aggressive metal on metal wear. As you are lubricating switch through the gears so that all gear teeth are also covered. Lubricate every couple hundred miles for road cycling and after each use when off-roading.

Squeaky Disc Brakes: You can take the callipers off, remove the pads, spray a little disc brake silencer. However, 90% of squeaks can be resolved by a minor adjustment to align the pads so that neither pad is touching the wheel as it freely moves. If you notice that the disc itself is bent, then bend it back again or have the cycle shop do it.

Brake Pads: These can last a varying amount of time depending on the type of cycling you are doing. Some can last up to 4,000miles. Visually check them once a month and replace them before it gets to metal on metal.

Derailers: Check the derailer alignment once a month. If necessary, use the adjusters on the handlebars to straighten. The derailer can bend (rough terrain or getting the bike in and out of a car) requiring it to be straightened.

Bolts: Ensure all bolts are tight, especially those on the pedal cranks and when the bike is new. Check the tightness every few months to avoid your pedals falling off if they work loose.

Cables: Lubricating or greasing the cables will prevent wear on the casing and also help prevent water ingress.

Things to be done by the professionals

Spokes: checking all spokes are tightened. Depending on your body size and weight these can work loose. Retightening prevents breakages

Gears: if your gears are not changing as smoothly consult your local retailer.

What should I have with me when out on an e-bike?

A bicycle pump (there are mini ones from just under 10cm available) and a patch kit in case of a puncture so you can get to the bike store to have the tyre replaced. Tyre irons may also be useful to allow the easier finding of the cause of the flat tyre. If you can’t spot the hole or leak then either have the tyre next to the face – a lot more sensitive than your hands to feel the air expelling – or put a little water on the tyre and look for the tell-tale little bubbles. It’s also useful to have a few standard alum keys in case a bolt works loose.

All the above will fit in a pocket so hardly an inconvenience to keep you moving. But we suggest always having your mobile phone just in case.

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