Pre-ride checks should be done frequently on your ebike
Ebikes travel at higher speeds than traditional bikes, making them more dangerous than traditional bikes. More torque is applied on the spokes, and more wear is placed on the brakes to stop or slow down from higher speeds.
It is best to determine what is causing the noise or issue and fix it before riding. Ignoring an issue is unsafe as it may cause damage to the bike, bodily harm, or leave you walking your bike home.
Riders should check specific components before every ride
- Visually inspect your front brake and rotor, and test the front brake lever. Does the lever feel firm, or does it depress almost entirely to the handlebar grip? Is it time to adjust your brakes, or are they responsive?
- Visually inspect your rear brake, rotor, and test the rear brake lever. Does the lever feel firm, or does it depress almost completely to the handlebar grip? Is it time to adjust your brakes, or are they responsive?
- Inspect your front and rear axle: quick-release skewers and or nuts. Make sure both wheels are secure and spinning freely.
- Check tire pressure (you may not measure it every time, but pushing on the tire with your thumb or hand will give you an idea if your tire pressure is good, okay, low, or very low). For confirmation of recommended tire pressure, refer to the tire pressure suggestions present on the sidewall of your tire.
- Check tire tread for wear or cracking if stored for an extended period of time.
- Drive train - visually inspect your chain. Is it dirty, is it dry? Turn the cranks and listen to your drive train. Is it noisier than it should be? Cleaning and lubricating your chain can make a big difference. It does not need cleaned and lubricated every ride, but if you check every ride, you will notice when it requires it. This will keep it smooth and quiet.
Once you go through the list and begin your ride, while at slow speeds, it is the perfect time to carefully test the following while on the bike:
- Front brake
- Rear brake
The resource and infographic below has some basics and information on ride safety; take a look: