Wheels and Tires

Bike tires should be checked before every ride and maintained as needed to keep your bike safe and fun to ride.

Click HERE to find your manual, which contains detailed information about tire care and recommended tire pressure intervals.

Before Each Ride

Visually inspect the tires and inner tubes and check that the wheels spin straight. Always replace tires and inner tubes with punctures, cuts, or damage before riding or serious damage to the bike could occur. Tires without the correct amount of air pressure can reduce performance, increase tire and component wear, and make riding your bike unsafe.

We recommend performing these tire and wheel safety checks:

  • Ensure the tires are inflated to the recommended limits displayed on the tire sidewalls and that they hold air. 
  • Ensure tires have good tread, have no bulges or excessive wear, and are free from any other damage.
  • Ensure rims run true and have no obvious wobbles, dents, or kinks.
  • Ensure all wheel spokes are tight and not broken.
  • Check the axle nuts and the front wheel quick release lever to ensure they are tight. The lever should be fully closed and secured.

Riding Safely

Electric bikes travel at higher speeds, on average, compared to pedal-only bikes, and they are also heavier in comparison; because of this, users must take care to never abuse their bike's wheelsets.

  • Avoid traveling over terrain which can damage the tires or wheels.
  • Ensure tire pressure is adequate to avoid pinch flats and damage from low pressure.
  • Check tire pressure regularly.

When to Replace a Wheel

  • The wheel does not spin straight.
  • The wheel wobbles side to side or up and down when spinning.
  • The wheel becomes untrue or spokes loosen. Do not attempt to true or tighten unless you have adequate knowledge, tools and experience
Caution.png If you do not have the experience, skill, and tools to maintain the wheels and tires, Rad Power Bikes highly recommends having a local, certified, and reputable bike mechanic complete these procedures as well as any future adjustments or tuning. 

Caution.png Low pressure may result in loss of control, and overinflated tires may burst. Failure to always maintain the air pressure rating indicated on pneumatic tires may result in tire and/or wheel failure. Do not overinflate or underinflate tires. Inflate your tires from a regulated air source with an available pressure gauge. Inflating your tires from an unregulated air source could overinflate them, resulting in a burst tire.

To help prevent flat tires and handle them if they do occur, click HERE to learn how to change a flat, or HERE to read our blog post. 

Questions or comments? Contact us!

Email: support@radpowerbikes.com 

Phone: (800) 939-0310 x 2