This list is not comprehensive. You are responsible for the regular maintenance of your bike and ensuring it is safe to ride.
Ebikes often travel at high speeds, with more power applied at the spokes, and often using brakes to stop or slow down from higher speeds than normal bikes. This makes maintenance and pre-ride checks even more important.
If you notice a new noise (example: loud shifting), something is loose (example: seat moving), or something is not performing as it should (chain coming off front or rear), it is best to determine what is causing it and fix it. Ignoring it may not be safe, it may cause damage, and leave you walking your bike home.
The resource and infographic below has some really great basics and information on ride safety, take a look!
Many experienced riders check certain components before every ride.
- Visually inspect your front brake, rotor, and test the front 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?
- 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, ok, 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 a long 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