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E-bike Maintenance Checklist

By Staci Parks 4.4.24

Electric bicycles, commonly referred to as e-bikes, are popping up all over Texas’ roadways. More than a fun way to get around, e-bikes are becoming a more affordable and eco-friendly transportation option.

But, just like car maintenance, your e-bike needs regular TLC to keep it running smoothly, efficiently, and safely. No matter what type of maintenance schedule you decide on, keep it in regular rotation.

Here’s a handy e-bike maintenance checklist to keep your ride in tiptop shape and to keep you safe.

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Quick E-Bike Maintenance Before a Ride

  • Battery check. When possible, top off the battery’s charge and use the eco mode when riding to conserve the battery. The good news is that e-bike batteries can be charged thousands of times, so your battery will most likely last between three and five years before it needs replacing.
  • Tire inspection. Check psi levels (per the manufacturer’s suggestions) and inflate your tires as needed. Keep an eye on traction, too. It might seem like overkill, but bikes need their tire pressures monitored and refilled more often than the average vehicle.
  • Inspect lights and reflectors. Test your lights to ensure they’re properly functioning. This is especially important if you’ll be riding in the evenings.
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Monthly E-Bike Maintenance 

If you’re a regular rider (e.g., multiple times a week), your e-bike might need more attention.

  • Lubricate the chain. The chain takes on a high level of wear and tear. Wipe off old oil, grit, and grime with a cloth before sparingly applying new lubricant. Wipe off any excess. Refer to your bike’s manufacturer for instructions and recommendations.
  • Do a thorough brake inspection. Keep an eye on brake pads, rotors, and any loose parts. Quickly replace worn or damaged parts.
  • Inspect the bike’s frame and fork. Look for any dents or cracks, looking closely at any stressed areas that might indicate an immediate need for repair.
  • Tighten bolts and fasteners. Test the handlebars and seat, too. Be careful not to overtighten these areas.
  • Inspect electrical components. Look for any signs of wear and tear. Remove corrosion from connections. It could be a sign of a greater issue.
  • Clean your bike. Although time-consuming, cleaning your e-bike can help minimize future damage. Remove the battery from the frame and wipe down the battery case and tray. Let everything completely dry before reassembling. Avoid high-pressure washers; instead, opt for a careful wash with a sponge and soapy water.

Persistence is key when it comes to e-bike maintenance. If you’re unsure of how to do something, don’t take a chance: Take your e-bike to a local bike shop for expert insight.

Not quite ready for an e-bike? Learn more about riding a scooter on Texas streets.

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