Common E Bike Maintenance Mistakes | EMBN TOP 12

Common E Bike Maintenance Mistakes | EMBN TOP 12


– Don’t go believing
that an e-bike is riddled with maintenance issues,
because that simply is not true. Just like a normal bike, their
a simple beast to maintain. Now, a mountain bike in general
is a pretty durable bike; however, with an e-bike
there are certain details and considerations you
need to bear in mind when maintaining it. Now this sounds really obvious, but forgetting to charge your battery is one of most common e-bike mistakes. You get it in from your ride,
you’re cold, you’re wet, and you’re hungry and it’s
the last thing you wanna do, but getting some charge in your battery is better than getting no charge. So our recommendation is that you do charge your
battery after every ride to keep as many cells in as
new and as unused condition as possible to get the most
from your battery life. In the same way as you wouldn’t work on the wiring on your
house with the electricity switched on, the same is
true of having your e-bike battery mounted. If you’re workin’ on your
motor or your drivetrain, you really need to dismount the battery, because there’s a high risk of you gettin’ your fingers trapped in
the sprockets or gears, if that motor suddenly gets connected. Now, taking the battery
out is a pretty simple and easy task, and you
probably want to do it to clean anyway, so there’s
not really an excuse. Now, forgetting to keep your
sensor aligned and tightened is one of the most common e-bike mistakes. It depends on what system you use, but ultimately, no sensor equals no power and that’s not good for anyone. So, they might have slipped or
they might be about to slip, so, you need to keep them
clean and good, and aligned. So, don’t forget also there’s
the lead which connects the motor to the sensor,
and they can become quite easily dislodged, and your feet can then get tangled up with that. In fact, it’s one of
the most common sources of e-bike failure. Turning your mountain bike
upside down isn’t such an issue; however, if you do this on an e-bike, it’s gonna cost serious
damage to your computers and displays on your handlebar, so it’s a quite common
novice e-bike mistake. Not only that, if you’ve
got your bike upside down, just like on a normal bike,
you’re gonna get water into that head tube area,
and ultimately that’s gonna lead to seizure,
and you won’t know that until it happens, seriously. Over tightening your nuts
and bolts is a really common e-bike maintenance mistake. Just remember you don’t
work for a commercial haulage company, so you don’t need to go hangin’ off these allen
keys when you’re doin’ your maintenance. Now even though there’s
some key torque set things which you need to bear in mind, especially on the cranks
or on your handlebars, in fact it’s quite good
to have a bit a movement on your gearshift or on your brake lever, particularly when you come off your bike, so they’re gonna get
dislodged under impact. One good one to remember
is your battery bolt. Now don’t go hangin’ off
this one with a long-handled allen key, because when you go travelin’ and all you’ve got is a multi-tool, then it’s gonna be a lot
harder to undo that with this, than it is with one of the these. Remember the tires have an effect on both human and electrical energy. For example, you’ve gone
out in dry conditions with high pressure in your tires, and it suddenly rains and
you go back out again, and that spinning tire is gonna be using precious battery life. And remember, the opposite is also true. It’s pointless going
out with low pressures for a big day ride
because that’s gonna take an enormous amount of
drain on your battery. What about the spokes
on your e-bike wheels? Well, more torque, increased stresses and more weight from
the system as a whole, means it’s quite likely that
the wheels on your e-bke are getting a right caning, so message is, keep an eye on them, so
prevention is key, I guess. If you’ve got more than one spoke loose, then maybe get it done in your bike shop as quick as possible. Okay, so you’ve been
maintaining your e-bke. A really common mistake
is not reconnecting things correctly. Number of times I’ve
pedaled off thinking there’s a major problem with my
bike, and all it’s been, is that I’ve simply just
left one of the covers lose. So, yeah, get all those
leads lined up correctly, and importantly, if you’ve
taken the motor out, make sure you’ve not
pinched any of the leads when you’ve put it back into the chassis. Right, what about lubricant
spray and contact cleaner on your e-bike when it
comes to maintenance? Now, get spray anywhere near
your discs on the e-bike and they’ll be done, so you
need to be really careful when you’re applying spray to your chain. I mean, maybe if you’re
gonna be using spray, then the best thing to use it
on the low part of your chain. Alternately, use some lube
because it’s far safer. Now when it comes to
the battery terminals, we suggest that you use some
contact cleaner to keep that really crisp, and also some
grease when it comes to the ports to make sure there’s
no wear to the battery or indeed to your frame. Mindset, what on earth
is mindset got to do with fixin’ your bike? Well, it could be anything. Maybe the wrong parts have turned up, you’ve got the wrong tools for the job, you’re fiddlin’ around with nuts and bolts that won’t come out, you’ve
got pedals that are too tight. You’re trying to hang
off them to get ’em off. You haven’t eaten properly. I mean rage is ever present when it comes to mountain bike
maintenance, so the message here is, don’t let the
red mist come upon you, and tackle maintenance
with a really good mindset. And finally, don’t forget
all the other important components on your bike such
as the gears, and the brakes, seat post, havin’ a
good look at the frame, inspectin’ that, and
that’s pretty much it. Hope you like this video. If you wanna see more stuff
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