Basic Bike Chain Cleaning

As with all bikes, ebikes require regular chain cleaning to keep the drivetrain working well and to extend the life of the bike. Rain, grime, rock salt, and dirt can damage the chain over time, and cleaning off your bike chain regularly will help keep your bike safe and fun to ride.

Warning.png Watch the video and read the instructions below, and contact Rad Power Bikes Product Support if you have questions. If you are not confident in your ability to successfully and safely perform all steps, we recommend having your chain cleaned by a certified, reputable local bike mechanic.

1. Gather the tools you will need:

  • A few clean cotton rags,
  • Bike degreaser,
  • Bike chain lubricant, and

Optionally:

  • A bike stand or a friend to help hold the bike,
  • Nitrile gloves, and
  • A drop cloth.

Notice: The tools used for cleaning a bike chain are available at many bike shops and online. Check with your local bike shop to make sure you get the best bike-specific chain lubricant for your riding conditions.

2. Power off the bike. Ensure the bike is in the off position and use the key to remove the battery. Once removed, press and hold the “MODE” button on the LCD display remote until the display remains off for about two seconds (it may flash on briefly). This ensures the power is fully discharged from the bike and it is safe for maintenance.

3. Apply degreaser to a clean rag (not directly to the chain). Ensure no degreaser gets on the frame or any other components.

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Use the towel to apply degreaser to the chain. Hold the towel on the lower part of the chain, between the bottom of the front chainring and the derailleur (as shown). Ensure the degreaser on the towel touches the chain.

5. Turn the pedal backward and allow the entire chain to pass through the degreaser on the rag until every link is clean.

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6. Allow the chain to dry completely. Wait long enough to ensure no liquid remains inside the small crevasses between chain components inside the links.

Notice: Applying chain lubricant to a wet chain can trap liquids in between chain parts (outer plates, link pins, and rollers) and lead to premature deterioration of components. Degreaser is good for a quick chain cleaning since it evaporates more quickly than water and other liquids. 

7. Apply bike chain lubricant to each roller on the chain according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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8. Prop the bike on the kickstand so the rear wheel is off the ground. Alternatively, prop the bike in a bike stand or have a friend securely hold the handlebar so the rear wheel is off the ground.

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9. Turn the pedal forward and at the same time shift through all the gears.

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10. Wipe off any excess chain lubricant with a clean rag.

Notice: Excess chain lubricant on the outer plates of the chain can attract dirt and grime. Keep the lubricant on the internal components (pins and rollers) only.

11. Reinstall the battery and test the bike fully before riding.

Consult a reputable, local bike mechanic or contact Rad Power Bikes Product Support if you have any questions.

For more information on cleaning other parts of your ebike, check out the bike cleaning article linked HERE. For information on general bike maintenance, check out the article linked HERE.

 

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