As with any bike, ebikes require regular maintenance to stay safe and fun to ride. Regular maintenance activities include, but are not limited to:
- Inspect the bike before each ride. Periodically and before each ride, check the bike components for signs of improper alignment, security and function. See the Pre-Ride Safety Checklist article for more information.
- Cleaning: The bike should only be cleaned with a moist rag and non-corrosive biodegradable cleaners. Notice: Pressure washers or hosing down the bike can cause water damage to electrical components and will likely void the warranty.
- Yearly maintenance checks: Your bike should be given a full tune-up by a professional bicycle mechanic on a yearly basis.
- Brake pad replacement: Electric bikes travel at higher speeds and have more momentum because of the weight of the powered components, for this reason brake pads normally wear down faster than a traditional non-powered bike. Users must check brake pads regularly and replace whenever worn.
- Chipped paint: If the paint has become scratched or chipped in the metal, use touch-up paint to prevent rust. Clear nail polish can also be used as a preventative measure.
For more detail about maintenance recommended for ebikes by Rad Power Bikes, check out the Bike Maintenance Schedule Chart article for a list of typically recommended maintenance and upkeep.
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If you are unfamiliar with regular maintenance, a certified, reputable bike mechanic should be consulted.
When the useful life of a component is surpassed it can cause unexpected loss of function, which can result in damage, serious injury, or even death. Therefore, pay attention to wear characteristics such as cracks, scratches, or changes in the color or operation of components which could indicate useful life has been exceeded. Worn components should be replaced immediately. Proper use and maintenance of your bike reduces risk of damage, injury, and death.