What standard scheduled maintenance should I perform on my ebike?
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Recommended Bike Maintenance Intervals
Bike maintenance intervals can differ depending on how often you use your bike and how hard you use it when you do. This article is a guideline with intervals for medium usage – if you use your bike more frequently or in rougher terrain, these services should be done sooner. If you use the bike less frequently you can delay performing these services slightly more.
We will go over “Every Ride” safety checks which will cover things you should check before every ride. Then we will go over the intervals for other more involved services.
Every Ride Safety Checks
Some parts should be checked before every ride. Once you know what to look for these steps will only take a minute but will ensure your safety while riding.
Check that battery is properly locked into the bike and secure and that is has enough charge for the distance you are going to ride for.
Ensure the seat post quick release is tight and the seat is secure
Make sure the front Quick Release is centred, the lever is fully closed, tightened, and not touching the fork.
Ensure axle nuts are tightened if your bike has a thru-axle.
Make sure handlebars and the stem bolts are tight.
Squeeze brakes and ensure they are grabbing and functional.
Check that brake caliper bolts are tight and secure.
Ensure your bike wheels are free of debris and nothing is stuck in the spokes.
Turn on your headlights and taillights if you are going to ride in the dark or want to be more visible to others
Post Ride Checks
After you ride you should perform these checks to ensure your bike is in great shape for the next ride
If it was wet outside dry your bike off and make sure it is not put away wet.
If riding in winter conditions wipe off any slush and salt buildup from the bike.
Recharge your battery if you used more than 1/3 of its charge.
These are things that will need to be done semi regularly. They are important to keep track of to ensure your bike stays in top shape. They might need to be done more or less often depending on your bike usage – there is no exact “mileage” requirement for when to do these things.
Chain Cleaning and lubrication
This interval depends on riding frequency and type of bike usage. The rule of thumb is that if your chain is dirty – clean and lube it to maximize chain life!
When cleaning the chain you should also clean the cassette, chainring and derailleur cogs. A clean drivetrain will last longer than a dirty one and drive better too!
The interval for chain replacement cannot be measured strictly in distance. To check chain wear and determine if your chain needs to be replaced you will need a chain checker tool such as the Park Tool CC-2. At 0.5 wear you should be ordering a new chain and at 0.75 wear your chain should be replaced.
Perform if your bike is noisy or imprecise while shifting. Clean your chain, cassette, chainring and derailleur cogs at the same time as doing this – dirt and grime in the bike’s drivetrain can impact your derailleur’s shifting ability.
Brake Pads and rotors
Brake pads should be changed as needed – this is very dependent on how you use your brakes. A general guideline of every 1000km/1500km (600/900 Miles) is a good interval.
If the pads have 1mm or less of material present (the thickness of about 3 business cards) it’s time to replace them!
If possible replace brake rotors at the same time as the brake pads.
Brake Fluid Bleed
We recommend for an average rider to get a full bleed of your brakes done every 2 to 3 years. If you ride more frequently or use your brakes often and hard while riding you should do this more often.
If you notice brake handles needing to be depressed harder and further down while stopping this service may need to be done as well.
Perform a proper battery balancing every 5 to 10 charge cycle, 10 for if you use your battery every/every other day and 5 if you use your eBike less often (once or twice a week)
Battery balancing involves leaving your discharged battery on the charger for 12 hours (ie longer than it would take to fully charge) to allow the charge in your battery cells to balance out. This will ensure your battery keeps performing at it’s best!
Re-Grease Mid-Drive Motor
Mid-Drive motors should be regreased every 1000km/650 miles if possible.
Inspect tires regularly and replace them when the treads are worn down.
Service to Perform
Parts to replace
Weekly, 160-320km (100-200 miles)
-Check that nuts and bolts are properly torqued
-Check drivetrain alignment and function ie chain, chainring, cassette, derailleur
-Check wheel trueness
-Check frame for damage
-Inspect tires for tread level and embedded debris
-Clean bike frame with a damp cloth
-Adjust derailleur wire tension via barrel adjuster if required
-Any components which are visually broken
Monthly, 400-1200km (250-750 miles)
-Check brake pad alignment
-Check that bike is shifting properly, and derailleur is properly adjusted
-Check if the chain is cleaned and not stretched
-Check spoke tension
-Check bolt tightness on accessories (rack, fenders)