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December 08, 2015
Electric bikes are a great way to get around, but if you don’t take care of them properly they can give you more trouble than they are worth and end up costing a lot of money. Regular maintenance can help your e-bike stay in top condition and reduce the risk of larger repairs in the future.
When you’re doing e-bike maintenance, it’s important to remember that there are both mechanical and electrical elements that need your attention. Electric bikes have all the mechanical parts of a regular bike but with the addition of an electrical motor that also requires maintenance.
Here are a few do-it-yourself electric bike maintenance tips:
Cleaning the bike often will help to keep dirt, dust, and debris from getting into the engine and messing with the motor. It also helps to keep all the mechanical parts moving properly without grinding against each other or blocking the chain. E-bikes should be washed once or twice per week.
When you clean your e-bike, do not use a pressurized hose or stream of water. This might compromise the integrity of the meals around electrical equipment and wear them down, eventually leading to exposed and wet electrical systems that will then malfunction. Instead, use a low-pressure water stream or a wet rag and dry the bike off once you’re doing washing it.
In order to keep all the mechanics in working order, you can apply lubrication on the major moving parts such as the chain. You should use a special cleaning solution to clean off the chain before applying a bike lubricant to it. This should ideally be done at least once a week if you use the bike often.
Do a quick once-over and check for any loose screws, bolts, nuts, or anything else on the bike. If there is too much play in the bolts, tighten them up a little bit and see if you can identify the cause of the looseness. Don’t tighten the bolts too far.
The sidewalls of your bike tires should tell you how much pressure is ideal for proper use of the bike. You can check to see what the current pressure is in the tires by using a simple pressure gauge. If it’s too low, or if the tires can visibly sink when you push your finger into them, you should get out your bike pump and inflate them properly to the pressure indicated on the tires.
Take a good look at the brake pads on your bike every few weeks to see how they are holding up. It’s essential that you have effective brakes or else you could end up in a serious accident. Brake pads can easily and cheaply be replaced whenever necessary.
The most important electrical piece on the bike is the battery. Read the manufacturer’s instructions on how to properly charge it before you attempt to charge. Charging it improperly will probably end up damaging the battery and wearing it out quicker. Battery replacements can be pricey, so take care of the battery you have and help it last as long as possible.
E-bike maintenance is important if you want to avoid large fixes or replacements down the road. These are some quick and easy maintenance items that you can do for yourself that will help to greatly extend the useful life of your electric bike.
If you need repairs & maintenance on your e-bike, or have any questions regarding maintenance, speak to a trained Scooteretti Technician today!
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October 24, 2019
In a world today where many aspects of our lives are run via technology, it is no wonder that we are constantly searching for bigger and better gadgets to incorporate into our everyday lives.
Well, here at Scooteretti we have found just that! The Bosch SmartphoneHub will be available on several of our electric bicycles as well as in an upgrade kit for previous systems in 2020. With Scooteretti being Canada’s only Bosch Expert certified shop, you can rest assured that you are in great hands.
September 06, 2018
Riese & Muller started with just two friends who shared a passion for cycling, a capability for problem-solving, and a desire to satisfy a need in the market.
They began working together in the courtyard of their parents’ home in Darmstadt, Germany; with a goal to engineering and manufacturing a practical and intuitive folding bicycle.
This was a success and their engineering capability as well as genuine passion for innovation and improvement has led them to become one of the premier bicycle manufacturers, serving all corners of the globe.
At the heart of everything they do is the desire to solve a simple problem – that’s why you will see as you browse through their range a very clear and concise design philosophy with every bicycle they manufacture.
March 06, 2018
Scooteretti is Canada's leading retailer of premium quality electric bicycles like the Riese & Muller brand. These ultra high-quality ebikes are unique in design and are custom manufactured to the needs of our clients. To learn more about the possibilities chat with one of our experts: