What is the best way to maintain an Electric Bike?
Buying a pedelec is a big investment for many people, compared to the traditional bicycle. When you have bought a pedelec, you want to use it as long as possible. However, the better you maintain your bike, the longer it will last and the smaller the chance that something breaks down.
Chain and tires
Two obvious parts to check regularly with your ebike (as with non-electric bikes, by the way) are the chain and tires. The bike chain must be well lubricated to ride smoothly. If the chain becomes too dry, you can use chain grease or oil. In addition, you should regularly inflate your tires. If your tires are too soft, you will not get as long a battery life. Bicycle tires that are too hard do not ride comfortably, check the recommendation for the number of BAR. For most electric bikes this is higher than for non-electric bikes.
An important maintenance point of an electric bike is the battery. If you don’t maintain the battery properly, its capacity will deteriorate faster, and you won’t be able to use it as long per bike ride. Ideally, the battery should never be completely drained, nor is it ever fully charged. This way, the battery will last a long time. It is also important not to expose the battery to very high or very low temperatures for too long, as this can destroy the battery. The same goes for using the wrong charger.
Second hand maintenance
If you know what to look out for, you can also buy a well-maintained electric bicycle second-hand. Consider a Gazelle electric bike, for example. Gazelle electric bicycles are designed for a comfortable seating position and also have a long life –so they will last a long time even as a second-hand bike. When buying a used electric bike, it is advisable to pay particular attention to the age and capacity of the battery.
Storing your ebike
If you use your electric bike mainly in the summer, it is best to find a good storage place for the winter. This should preferably be a dry place that is not too cold. If necessary, you can additionally protect the bike with a cover, to prevent it from getting dirty and causing unnecessary wear on parts.