Maintenance of e-bikes

Over the last couple of years, electric bicycles (e-bikes) have seen a remarkable increase in popularity globally. The high demand for e-bikes is yet another reflection of the acceptance of electric mobility within society. There are many different types of e-bikes on the market today. While some support the cycler’s pedalling, others have powerful engines resembling those of mopeds. No matter what type you have, appropriate maintenance – especially during the winter months – is crucial for the well being of your e-bike and thus for your own safety. If you follow the following tips, your beloved travel companion will definitely survive the winter.

Take care of the battery

We like to keep things pragmatic, so in short: battery, battery, battery! Yes, there are plenty of guides out there telling you to keep the e-bike clean or to check the tires every day.[1] Did you do so with your non-electric bicycle as well? No, you didn’t (well, only if you’re a fanatic). Let’s assume that you have more of a functional relationship with your e-bike. During the winter, many will leave their e-bike in the bike shed, as they prefer the warm underground, bus, or tram. This makes sense, however, you should not totally neglect your e-bike. While almost everything will probably work perfectly fine once you get on it again, the battery will have suffered. Leaving your battery in the cold for longer periods causes deterioration of its capacity! So keep the battery at room temperature when you don’t use your e-bike. Unfortunately, not using the battery at all is the number one capacity killer. Two pieces of advice: firstly, if it is possible, do use the e-bike for very short trips to the bakery or bank. A battery lives longer if it is active. Secondly, always keep the battery 50 to 60 percent charged.[2] Don’t drain it and then put it to rest empty.

Keep enjoying your e-bike

Of course your e-bike will appreciate a wash once in a while. Keeping your chain lubricated is important, too. Still, most problems – by far – are linked to the battery. Should you experience any electrical faults then don’t start fiddling around with the intricate technology of the battery or the engine. Taking off any covers or parts may cause damage. Unless you’re a mechanic yourself, of course. In all other cases, bring it directly to the shop you got it from or an official e-bike garage. Happy cycling!

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