In order to maintain your E-Bike's optimal performance and longevity, regular cleaning is necessary. Exposure to rain, dirt, grime, or rock salt can slowly deteriorate the chain and other components. Prevent this by cleaning your bike and chain regularly.
This guide will teach you how to effectively clean your E-Bike. Please ensure that you keep your E-Bike upright during this process as the components are designed to drain liquids from top to bottom. This will prevent water damage which will void your warranty.
For the best results, purchase bike-specific chain lubricant from your local bike shop or online.
What You'll Need:
- Luke warm water
- Clean microfibre or cotton cloths
- Non-corrosive, biodegradable detergent
- Bike chain lubricant
- Bike degreaser
- (Optional) Nitrile gloves
- (Optional) Bike repair stand
- (Optional) A friend to assist you
Cleaning Your E-Bike
- Prepare E-Bike. Turn off E-Bike by pressing and holding the ‘power’ button on the remote and remove the battery. Prop the E-Bike up on the kickstand.
- Wipe down the bike frame. Clean the frame of the bike with a damp cloth (with detergent, if needed), and be careful not to let any water come in contact with the electronic components such as connectors, the controller, the battery, etc. as this could cause damage.
- Never hose down or submerge the E-Bike in any liquid as this will cause electrical damage and void your warranty.
- Apply degreaser to a clean cloth, making sure not to get any on the bike frame or other parts.
- Use the degreaser on the chain by holding the towel between the bottom of the front chainring and the derailleur, making sure the degreaser on the towel is touching the chain.
- Rotate the pedal in reverse and let the whole chain move through the degreaser on the cloth until every portion is covered.
- Leave the chain to dry completely, making sure that any liquid inside the small crevasses between each link has been removed.
- Apply the bike lubricant to the chain according to the instructions printed on the packaging.
- Complete chain lubrication by propping the bike up in a way that suspends the rear wheel. Twist the pedals forwards and start shifting through the gears.
- Wipe off all excess lubricant with a clean rag to prevent any detritus (dirt, grime, salt) from getting stuck to the chain.
- Dry the bike with a clean towel and store it indoors to allow it to dry completely.
- Reinstall the battery to complete cleaning the bike.