As with any bike tire and wheel, the high-quality tires and wheels on bikes by Rad Power Bikes require regular inspection and maintenance. The tires are designed for durability and safety for regular cycling activities and the tires need to be checked before each use for proper inflation and condition. Proper inflation, care, and timely replacement will help to ensure that your bike’s operational characteristics will be maintained, and unsafe conditions avoided.
Before each ride, ensure your tires and inner tubes are in good working condition without any visual damage. 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.
Before each ride and after every 25-24 miles, we recommend performing these tire and wheel safety checks:
- Ensure tires are inflated to within the recommended limits displayed on the tire sidewalls and holding 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 axle nuts and front wheel quick release to ensure they are tight. Ensure the locking lever on the quick release skewer is correctly tensioned, fully closed, and secured.
Your wheels should always spin straight and must be repaired or replaced if they wobble side to side or up and down when spinning. If your wheels become untrue or spokes loosen, do not attempt to true or tighten unless you have adequate knowledge, tools and experience.
NOTICE: If you do not have the experience, skill, and tools to maintain the wheels and tires, Rad Power Bikes highly recommends having a certified, reputable bike mechanic complete these procedures as well as any future adjustments or tuning.
Electric bikes travel at higher speeds on average compared to regular 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 to ensure proper tire pressure before riding.
To help prevent flat tires and handle them if they do occur, see this article about flat tires (HERE) on our blog. This article also contains useful information on tires, tubes, valves, and more.
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.
It is recommended that a certified, reputable bike mechanic performs all wheel tuning and truing operations on your bike from Rad Power Bikes.