Ask the owner of any vehicle used for transportation what the most important part of ownership is, and you’ll probably get a familiar answer: Maintenance, maintenance, and maintenance! Just like a car or a boat, proper servicing is critical when you own any kind of bicycle. And eBike maintenance is by far the easiest way to keep your bike operational for years to come.
If you’re new to the electric bike world, you might be wondering how to service your electric bicycle and how it differs from caring for a traditional bicycle. Don’t worry; we have all the info you need right here.
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Read on to find out how you can service your eBikes properly:
Maximize Your Battery Life
Are you worried about overcharging your battery and making it
useless? Don’t sweat it. There’s no chance that you can overcharge your
battery, and lithium batteries are made to be charged over and over before they
begin to wear down. Your lithium battery should last for about 1,000 charges
before it starts to wear out, so if you’re riding twice a week, you’re going to
get a lot of use out of your battery before you even have to think about
want to only charge the battery in good weather and store it properly when
you aren’t charging it. If you leave it out on an excessively hot or cold day,
you’ll limit the battery life and won’t get anywhere near the performance that
you should. Be sure to find a safe, temperature-controlled place to store your
battery; it should stay there whenever your eBike isn’t operating or
PRO-TIP: Do not overcharge the battery. Keep close tabs on it while you’re charging and remove the battery from the charger when it’s topped off. Most batteries take anywhere from three to five hours. So no leaving it plugged in overnight!
Many SWAGTRON electric bikes, such as the EB7 Pro Plus, the EB9 and EB12 (among others), have removable batteries that makes keeping tabs on your battery temperature super easy. And if you find that after a year or two of consistent, daily rides, your battery simply isn’t holding a charge — no worries! You can simply buy a new, replacement battery. No need to spend money on an entirely new electric bicycle!
Find a Trusted Repair Shop for eBike Maintenance
Over time, you’re going to need to make repairs to your electric
bike. It’s tempting to try to handle the repairs on your own and save some
money, but the reality is that the short-term financial benefit can be offset
by the long-term cost of voiding your warranty.
you’re certain your eBike is out of warranty, it’s not a good idea to
try to perform repairs on your own. Instead, you should check with your
manufacturer’s customer service department and ask them for repair
you’ve purchased your bike from SWAGTRON®, you’re in luck. Our live-chat
service can help you find an authorized repair dealer in your area within
you find an approved repair shop that you trust, head there for all but the
most basic eBike maintenance needs. Bottom line: If it’s more complicated
than lubricating your chain or adding air to your tires, it’s best left to a
professional repair shop.
The Chain Is Crucial
Just like with a traditional bike, if you don’t take care of your
chain on an eCycle, you’re going to run into a lot of problems in a hurry. Your
chain needs to be cleaned and lubricated on a regular basis, and the good news
is that it’s a rather easy task.
you have to do is wipe off your chain with a clean, dry cloth and then add
lubricant to each link in the Follow up by wiping off the chain again to ensure
that you didn’t add too much lubricant. The right amount of lubricant is vital
to your eBike’s health — if you put too much on, you can create a real mess.
That’s because all of that lubricant can attract dirt, grime and other roadside
particles that you don’t want on your chain.
it’s so easy to make a mistake, caring for your chain can be a time-consuming
process. That said, it’s well worth it to ensure that your electric bicycle
isn’t afflicted with a rusting chain!
Take Care of the Tires
Some cyclists tend to stick to flat, well-paved roads, while
others prefer rugged terrain. When it comes to caring for your tires, it
doesn’t matter what kind of terrain you prefer; you’ve got to make sure to keep
your tires properly inflated and ready to grip the surface.
of what surface you ride on, your tires will wear down over time just like
they do on a car. The easiest way to prevent a flat is to visually inspect your
tires each and every time that you ride your electric bicycle. Be sure to press
gently on your tire and take note of whether its shape holds or it starts to
flatten out. A flat tire yields with gentle pressure, so if your tire has too
much give, you need to add air.
key thing to remember: Just because your tire might be underinflated once
doesn’t necessarily mean that the tire is damaged. As temperatures change, so
does the PSI inside your tires. So if both tires are a bit
underinflated on a cold morning, you probably don’t have much to worry
about. But if one tire is continually underinflated while the other one
isn’t, it’s probably time to turn eBike maintenance into a tire
PRO-TIP: Always follow your eBike’s manual for appropriate tire pressure. Do not rely on the PSI/BAR that’s embedded on the tire itself. That number represents the maximum the tire can hold safely. But “maximum” does not mean “optimal.” When in doubt, follow your eBike’s user manual.
Inspect Your Brakes
I’m sure we all agree that being able to stop is much more
important than being able to go. And, being able to stop quickly is only
possible if your brakes are in top working order. Learn how to inspect
your brakes and spot a problem before things get out of hand. SWAGTRON eBikes
with manual brakes have a couple ways to adjust them with just your hand or a
wrench. But not all electric bikes are built with that same focus on
As always, if you don’t feel comfortable adjusting your eBike’s
brakes, find a local bicycle shop.
test your brakes, try rocking your electric bicycle back and forth and
seeing if you have any unexpected parts that come loose. If anything starts to
wiggle, you might have an issue with your brakes, especially if the wiggling
comes from the bike’s calipers. You don’t want to end up with your rotors
rubbing against the calipers.
your wheels a spin to make sure the brake pads aren’t dragging on the rims, and
check that the pads aren’t worn down or dirty (a common cause of squealing).
Always give both brakes a good squeeze to make sure they’re working before
long as you’re taking proper care of your eBike, it’s going to be one of the best
purchases that you’ll ever make. Maintenance of eBikes isn’t difficult as
long as you take the time to examine your bike regularly. On larger repair
issues, always take your eBike to a trusted, warranty-authorized shop. Remember,
taking care of small problems early on helps keep them from growing into big