How To Wash An E Bike | Cleaning An Electric Mountain Bike

How To Wash An E Bike | Cleaning An Electric Mountain Bike


– It’s great fun getting
out there in the mud in the wintry conditions
on your e-mountain bike but as fun as it is there’s always going to
be the big cleanup after so today I’ll be showing you how to wash your e-mountain bike. For today’s video we are
using Muc-Off products however there are other brands
available on the market. First up let’s take a
look at the water sources. Now the cheapest option is
going to be the old school bucket and sponge. Now this is going to
be the cheapest option but is by far the most tedious. Can take a long time to wash your bike with just a bucket and a sponge. Next up, the common old garden hose pipe. Now this is a really cheap option and a great way of washing your bike. Simply plug it into the outside tap, got various spray options on there from jets to different sprays. A really cheap way of getting a load of power into that wash. Power washers and e-bikes a few years ago where a definite no-no but
Muc-Off be forward thinking and developed their power
washer which they say is safe to use on suspension
services, bearings, things like that. If you are using a power washer just think and use your head
about how you’re using it. Don’t go blasting it
into all the electrical components on your bike. Stand back and just take it easy. It’s going to take all that tedious time that it takes to wash an e-bike, probably going to cut
it down by about half,. As always before you start
any work on your e-bike just make sure that a power is turned off before you lift the bike up. I suggest putting in the work stand is going to make your life a lot easier when it comes to washing the bike. You can of course wash it
propped up against a wall but the beauty of a work stand means that you can get all around the bike, you can move the drivetrain,
spin the wheels just make, going to make your life ten times easier. As I mentioned earlier there are various forms
of washing your bike from the bucket and sponge to the hose pipe and the power washer but for today’s video I’m going
to be using a power washer just to make my life a little bit easier and to speed things up a little. Time to get the bike wet. Now I suggest starting
from the top of the bike and working your way down to the bottom that way all the dirt is
going to fall off the bike. You’re not going to be
blasting the dirt up into bearing surfaces and all
your electrical components. As well on the bike you
just want to look out for those electrical
components to the battery, the motor and the control unit. Although they are water resistant they’re definitely not
going to like a direct jet from that power washer. Also think about your bearings as well. Headset, forks, suspension again, doesn’t like a lot of water. Then it’s time to use some
of your desired cleaner to wet that bike from the top
again, to the bottom of it working it all over. This is safe to use all over the bike so don’t worry about any overspray. Next step is to agitate
any of that stiffer dirt. Give it a nice soft brush. Getting all those nooks and crannies and get that dirt off of there. Don’t forget to wash your brush regularly just to stop you transferring
all that horrible dirt and grime all over your
bikes lovely paintwork. Once you’ve done that it’s time to stand back
for about five minutes to let that cleaner do its magic and get all that stubborn
dirt off of the bike. Then it’s time to blast
all that cleaner off. Again, top to the bottom of the bike. Just don’t go crazy with
a power washer again. Just think about where
you’re directing that water. Then it’s time to get a bit more involved and get a detailed clean going on. It’s worth investing in a
few different brushes as well when it comes to washing your e-bike. If you use the same brush
to clean your drivetrain as you do to wash your bike you got that risk of
contaminating things like the disk so you can get different brushes, two-prong brush which is great for getting between the spokes and hubs. You’ve got a drivetrain brush which means you can get into
the cassette and the chain, get all the nastiness out of there and this is a really stiff brush. It’s really great at
cleaning that chain up, winding it around getting in there trying to get all those
links nice and clean. Also you’ve got a nice claw on there means you can get into the cassette and pull all that gunk that’s
trapped into the cogs up really nice and easy. It’s quite common on e-bikes
to get quite a buildup of debris in that cassette. Also just remember don’t
go using this brush on any other parts of your bike. It’s going to be full of oil and grease. You get that on your disc rotors, you’re not going to stopping anywhere and a detail brush which is great for getting into things like your motor or suspension linkages. The things where that big
brush simply won’t fit and now this is really great in getting in those tight
little nooks and crannies like your suspension linkage,
around the motor case and things like that. It’s a great little
brush, it’s quite stiff so just go steady on the paintwork. It’s great to get in all those
little hard-to-reach places like the motor cover. Then once again it’s time to
get the power washer in action just to get into those areas that you’ve done the detailed cleaning on like the drivetrain, things like that. It’s just going to get the last
of the dirt off of the bike. Next step is to remove
it out of the work stand and give it a quick bounce on the floor that way it’s going to get
rid of the majority of that built-up water off the
frame and the components. Just going to save you a lot of time when it comes to drying the bike off. Once you’re happy all that excess water is being removed from the
bike it’s time to dry it. One thing that e-bikes don’t
like is being left wet. Water and electricity
certainly doesn’t mix. Now, to get it dry you can use a cloth or you can use such things
as even leaf blowers and compressed air just
to drive that water out or give it a quick clean
with some water disperser, it’s really going to speed up that process but whatever you do make
sure your e-bike is dry before you put it away. Now you might think that your e-bike is nice and sparkling clean because you’ve got all the mud off but I guarantee the drivetrain is actually still going to
be full of old oil and grease from previous riding so it’s time to get some
degreaser in action. If you are working around
the rear cassette area, it’s vitally important that
you don’t get any overspray onto the disc rotor because you’re going to end
up contaminating the disk pad so I suggest spraying the
cleaner onto your brush then transferring it to the cassette and if you are working on the chain just focus on the front chain wheel just to get that brush in action. So you can either use a chain brush when it comes to cleaning the drivetrain or use a chain bath. The great thing about a chain bath it’s going to give a really
deep clean to that chain. Now it’s time to get rid of
that degreaser off of the chain. Now I suggest standing on the
non-drive side of the bike, directing that power washer
at the chain the cassette, blowing the water away from the disc because if you wash it in again, it’s going to contaminate those pads. Then it’s time to dry the drivetrain off, removing any moisture from the chain. Then it’s time to get
a bit of lube on there. Obviously if you’re
riding in wet conditions you need to be using wet
lube and dry conditions use a bit of dry lube. When it comes to lube in the chain it’s vitally important to lube
it on the inside of the chain rather than the topside because if you lube the top
side of the chain up here, once the chain ring meets the top the lube is simply going
to be on top of the chain and can risk falling off. If you do it on the inside it’s going to have max penetration when it goes around the
jockey wheels and the cassette to make sure that lube stays in place. After every wash is a really good idea to get in the habit of removing
the battery from your bike and giving a quick spray or something like this water
displacer or a contact cleaner just into the back two terminals and the motor terminals too. Just drives out all that standing water. After washing your bike a
really good thing to use is some disc break cleaner. It’s really good at removing
oil and disk and grime. Say for instances, if you did
get a little bit overspray this is going to get rid of it. It’s also really good reducing
all that brakes grill too so get a good sprayer that
going on on your rotors and the final touch to washing your bike is using some bike protection spray. It’s just going to drive
out a final bit of moisture out of the bike and it’s
also going to give the bike a nice shine and the last thing I like
to do when I wash my e-bike is just to turn it on. Either engage the walk button and let that motor spool
around a few times, drive in the back wheel or go for a quick spin around the block. It’s a great way of
dispersing all that chain lube around the cassette and making
sure that the bike works but let us know down in
the comments box below. If you got any tips and
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