Keeping your bike clean will help prolong it's life and will keep you looking good while riding it! Here is a guide on best practices for cleaning your Ebike!
The first piece of this guide is the most important - DO NOT USE A HOSE OR PRESSURE WASHER TO WASH YOUR EBIKE! This could cause a short in the electronics of your bike or damage to internals so DON'T DO IT!
You also do not need to clean the drivetrain ie cassette and chain while doing this - unless they get wet. It is easy to clean these off while washing the bike however!
- A bucket/bin to put water in - warm water is recommended
- Bike Cleaner Solution/Bike Cleaning Soap/Dish Soap
- Microfiber cloths/soft cloths that won't scratch the bike
- Soft bristled brush
Step 1: Preparation
Get the bike and yourself ready for cleaning!
Remove your batteries before washing! You DO NOT want to get water in these while washing your bike! If they are dirty you can wipe them with a lightly damp cloth and dry immediately after cleaning.
Cover your display with a plastic bag, plastic wrap or a ziplock bag to ensure no water gets into it. Water in the display could cause problems with the operation of your bike!
Get your water or cleaning solutions ready. If you are using soap and water we recommend using two buckets - one with the soapy water and a second bucket for rinse water so you can get the soap off of the bike. If using a cleaning spray one bucket will do.
Step 2: Washing!
Use a soft/microfiber cloth or a sponge soaked in your cleaner of choice to wipe away the grime on your bike. Wring out your weapon of choice so that it isn't dripping wet but still damp.
Make sure to clean under and around your fenders and chain guard if you have one! For tougher dirt use a soft bristled brush to loosen it up then wipe away!
Take care if you have a Range Extender plate installed on your bike and make sure to not get the contacts on it wet!
While washing be careful to not get any cleaning products onto the brake pads or rotors - this will cause major brake squealing! If you need to clean your brake rotors clean them off with some isopropyl alcohol!
If you are washing the chain and drivetrain while cleaning the bike consult this guide here.
Step 3: Drying
Make sure to dry off your bike when you are done! Use a soft, dry microfiber cloth and wipe down the bike to ensure everything is dried off! You should never be putting away your bike wet if possible. This will ensure the frame and all other parts will work optimally.