Cleaning and maintaining your rideable—electric or otherwise—is the best way to help your ride last a long time and maintain optimal performance. Too often, people find themselves on their backside because maintenance hasn’t been their top priority. So, if you don’t want to end up on YouTube chasing after the runaway wheel of your bike, use the tips below to clean and maintain your electric scooter, electric bike, hoverboard or electric skateboard.
first step in making your eRideable look presentable is wiping it down. You take
a shower to clean the sweat off yourself after a ride, so make sure you give
your eBike a “shower” too. A clean damp cloth will help make
your off-road eBike look better by
removing dirt, dust and grass.
those extra-grimy areas, like the handlebars and wheels, dish soap or mild
household cleaner can help eliminate the extra grime. A toothbrush is
great for cleaning the wheels, as it can get into the tread where
dirt is often trapped. It may also help in removing small pebbles and
rocks that can become stuck.
the bike a good wipe over once you are done to take care of any leftover dust
or dirt. And always remember to keep water far away from the electrical
components, like the battery.
frame of the eRideable holds everything together, and without it,
you just end up with two wheels, a battery and a drivetrain. Check it
over carefully to ensure that everything moves as it should and, conversely,
that nothing moves that shouldn’t. Periodically grease movable parts such as
the sprockets according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and make sure you
have a full range of movement on any part that is meant to move.
and maintaining wheels is vital in making sure your eScooter and
you make it to class on time. You also don’t want to take a dive in
front of friends after bragging about your amazing skill on your electric skateboard due to a wobbly
any rocks or stones lodged in the tire’s crevices to ensure they don’t get
further pushed in when you are out and about. Also, clear any dirt or
grass that is stuck to it as well. Once a week, or as often as needed, check
the tires over to see if there are any punctures or possible cracking. If there
are any, don’t ride until they are fixed. You might be able to patch some
punctures, but sometimes a trip to a shop that specializes in eRideable repairs
are the only thing keeping you up off the ground, so look after them — at least
until you can really hover.
all eBikes have chains. The no-pedal bikes—like the swagCYCLE Classic or the swagCYCLE Envy—don’t. They’re pure
throttle. But for all others, you’ll want to keep the chain nice and
lubricated. A dry chain won’t shift gears smoothly. And they sound
terrible—like an ear-piercing banshee’s wail. After long, an unoiled chain will
rust and, dangerously, snap while riding. Check your local bike shop for chain
The lithium-ion Batteries
lithium-ion batteries used in eRideables can be dangerous when damaged or used
improperly. Keep your battery sealed and dry. In addition, give it an
occasional inspection to check that it’s in one piece. If it has denting or cracks
in the outside structure, you should get it replaced. We have replacement battery
work with a lot of our eRideables.
should also check for corrosion on the contacts. While this is highly unusual,
it’s always worth a quick look every month or so or after a major wipeout (if
you’re doing stunts, you need to give it a solid check-over).
Semi-Annual Maintenance Check
it comes to traditional electric bikes — like the EB7 Plus or the EB12 Electric Road
— we recommend getting your eBike looked at by a professional bicycle shop
mechanic at least twice a year. They would be able to check brakes, tire tread,
chain, battery and gears (if applicable) are in good working order.
storage is one of the most important parts of maintaining equipment. eRideables
left outside can become damaged by the weather, and that’s a waste of anyone’s
money. Rain can cause components to seize, begin rusting, ruin the battery and trigger
mold growth on plastic and materials attached to the eRideable. The sun can do
damage as well, causing cracking and fading. Winds can throw loose
items against your electric toy, potentially breaking components or at
least denting them.
to Mother Nature’s quirks, you shouldn’t leave your eRideables outside ever. If
you want to keep your eRideable equipment safe, bring it inside and put it
somewhere out of the way. If you leave it in a shed or covered porch, make sure
it’s out of direct sunlight and protected from moisture.
your eRideable is necessary if you want to keep enjoying your adult
toys for months and years to come. By following the above tips, you
can prolong the life of your favorite SWAGTRON product, whether its an electric
scooter, eBike, hoverboard or electric skateboard.