Nov 12, 2021
What to Expect from E-bike Servicing
An electric bike offers plenty of advantages. It can help you with your fitness, help you save on transportation costs and help reduce your carbon footprint. However, in order to keep these benefits, you need to make sure that your e-bike is properly maintained. If you don’t, your e-bike can become more of a nuisance rather than a convenience.
While you should do your best to maintain your e-bike at home, it’s a good idea to get a professional to look at your e-bike every once in a while. In this blog, we’re going to discuss what’s generally involved in e-bike servicing. We’ll also touch on how often you should get your e-bike serviced and how much you should expect to pay.
Hopefully, by getting a basic understanding of the servicing process, you’ll be able to better take care of your e-bike at home.
How often should I service my bike?
The frequency with which you should get your e-bike serviced will depend on how much you use it. As a general rule, the more mileage your bike is getting on a weekly basis, the more often it should be serviced.
Additionally, you should consider the type of terrain you usually go through. Does your e-bike often get muddy? Are you usually on bumpy terrain? If your e-bike is always exposed to rough conditions, you should aim to service it more often than usual.
Here is a general guide on how often you should visit a technician for servicing:
- If you use your bike once a week or less, you should get it serviced every 6-12 months
- If you use it for your work or school commute a few days a week, aim to get it serviced every three months
- If you use it every day, get it serviced every three months in addition to your own maintenance routine
If you’ve taken your bike through very rough terrain, we also recommend getting it immediately looked at by a professional.
Before the technician conducts repairs, the e-bike will need to be cleaned thoroughly. Having dirt and debris in the mechanical and electrical components of your e-bike can affect its ability to function smoothly. In the long term, the dirt could even cause certain parts to wear out faster.
Cleaning your e-bike typically involves cleaning and lubricating the drivetrain. The drivetrain consists of the pedals, cranks, chainrings, cogs and the chain itself. Essentially, these are the parts that help you move the bike. These parts will also be checked for grime or grease build-up. If left untreated, these contaminants could affect the efficiency and the longevity of your e-bike.
When cleaning, it’s important to use the proper products. Getting moisture into the wrong places can cause further damage to your e-bike. For this reason, it’s essential that you get a professional to do the cleaning for you. At the very least, you should ask them to show you how to properly clean your e-bike at home.
- Repairs and replacements
Once the bike is cleaned, it’s time to conduct any necessary repairs. Sometimes, a certain part is unsalvageable and will need to be replaced. For safety reasons, it’s important that you get a professional to look at your e-bike before taking on any repairs or replacements by yourself. Improper repairs could lead to further problems with your e-bike later down the line.
Here are the main parts that the technician will look at:
- Brakes: The brake pads will need to be replaced once they become worn out. Worn brake pads will hinder your ability to slow down and therefore put you at risk while riding.
- Spokes: The spokes transfer energy from the rim to the hub. They’re responsible for creating a smooth ride for the user. For optimal performance, the spokes will need to be sturdy and firm.
- Tyres: As with cars, the bike tyres need to have proper air pressure and sufficient tread depth.
- Motor: The electric motor should be clean and running smoothly. Any exposed wiring should be addressed immediately.
- Battery: The battery should be inspected regularly to see if it’s dying. If it is, it will need to be replaced. If there’s signs of corrosion, the battery will need to be replaced as well.
- Gears: The gears need to be cleaned, lubricated, and tuned.
If you’ve made any modifications on your e-bike, make sure to check your local government’s website to ensure that it complies with the relevant regulations.
The cost of servicing your bike depends on a number of factors. Of course, the rates will differ from technician to technician. The more experienced or specialised a bike mechanic is, the more money you’ll be charged. Because of this, it’s a good idea to look around in your area and find the best service shop for your budget.
The other thing that’ll affect the amount that you pay is the depth of inspection. Quick tune-ups and inspections are cheaper than thorough check-ups. Based on price alone, some users might be tempted to just stick with the cheaper service. However, if you use your e-bike everyday, it’s a good idea to get a thorough inspection every six months or so.
Additionally, if you need to get a certain part replaced or repaired, you should expect to pay more money.
That was just a quick guide on e-bike servicing. If you need help finding a reliable service provider, we suggest going back to the dealer from which you bought the e-bike from and ask them for a recommendation. You might even get a discount offer if they happen to be affiliated with a particular service provider.