We are not going to lie; most of the time, cleaning an electric bike is a tedious process. This is something we are well aware of. However, it is a crucial step that has to be followed carefully to avoid permanently damaging your electric bike. If you do not take this process correctly, you risk ruining your bike.
How should an electric bike be cleaned? Periodically cleaning your electric bike is something that must be done. The amount of use an e-bike determines how often it has to be cleaned. You will need a bucket full of water or a hose, soap or bike cleaner, a sponge and brushes, disc brake cleaner, bike degreaser, chain lubricant, the user handbook for the electric bicycle, and poly-film.
You will need nothing more than some time, sufficient room, patience, your go-to cleaning soundtrack, and a few different types of cleaning implements to clean it properly.
How often should I clean my bike?
An essential part of responsible e-bike ownership is acquiring the knowledge required to clean an electric bike and continuing to keep it clean over time. An electric bike is a significant factor in determining how often it has to be cleaned. Do you use it daily? If this is the case, you should probably clean your electric bicycle once a week at the very least. If you use your electric bicycle on the weekends, you probably won't need to clean it more than once every thirty days.
The frequency with which you should clean your electric bicycle is determined by how frequently you ride it and the weather conditions that prevail when you do ride it. If, for example, you recently spent the afternoon of a weekend day riding along a somewhat muddy track peppered with puddles, you may want to think about cleaning your electric bike very soon after your ride. But a week from now, you could ride that path all weekend long, and your e-bike would still seem as if it had just been purchased. Everything is determined by the circumstances that now exist.
After each ride, you should always give your electric bicycle a thorough cleaning with a towel, even if you don't plan on washing it for a while. If you do this, you will prevent dirt from accumulating, you will help the bike and its moving components last longer, and you will find it much simpler to clean when you finally have the time to give it the thorough cleaning it needs.
How to clean an e-bike?
You may give your electric bicycle the best chance of living as long as possible by doing some essential maintenance and cleaning tasks yourself. This will save you money and save you from having to make frequent journeys to the local dealer for assistance.
The following items will be necessary for you:
- Cleaner for soap and bicycles
- Chain Lubricant
- Oil in a Fine Mist
- Rinsing your E-bike
You'll need this for step 2, so fill a bucket with water and a bike cleanser of some kind (if you don't have a bike cleaner, dish soap will serve in a pinch). Now, wipe off your bicycle with simple water to remove any last traces of dirt.
Do not: Use a pressure hose or a jet power washer since doing so may cause dirt and debris to travel into sensitive regions. Neither of these options is recommended. The use of a hose with a high level of pressure can wash away oil, which has the function of preventing dust and water from reaching the bearings.
- Clean the area with a degreaser
Apply a degreaser designed specifically for bicycles to the whole of the drivetrain (cassette, derailleurs, chain, and chainrings), and then let the solution sit for at least five minutes while you clean the other components of your bicycle.
Degreaser should not be sprayed on brake calipers or brake pads at any time (or rotors if you have disc brakes). If degreaser makes its way to these locations, it has the potential to produce contamination and make the brakes screech.
You may continue cleaning the other components of the bike while you wait for the degreaser to dry after applying it.
- Washing your bike
After the degreaser has had time to dry, you can clean the area with soap and water (ensure that you use a lot of both!). Your battery is waterproof, and your bike can withstand large amounts of soap and water. Scrub everything on the bike, and don't forget to keep dipping your sponges and brushes into the soapy water as you go forward with the cleaning process. It is possible to remove any extra oil from your chain by moving the pedals while holding a sponge on the chain. This is an effective method. When you are confident that everything has been cleaned to your satisfaction, use the garden hose to rinse off the bike thoroughly.
- Be very cautious when drying your bike.
Simply bouncing it on the tires in a controlled manner can help you get rid of surplus water. If it is a nice day, you might let the bike dry in the direct sunlight by placing it outside. You might also use a gentle towel to dry off the bike as an alternative. Be sure to give the bolts, the drivetrain, and any other location that might contain water careful attention.
- Apply lubricant and grease to the bike.
After cleaning, ensure that the chain is lubricated with high-quality chain oil and that it is not allowed to get dry. In the winter, you should use wet lubrication, and in the summer, you should use dry lube. You may also use mild spray oil to lubricate the cable connections. Also, don't forget to check the tire pressure at regular intervals.
What to do and what not to do while cleaning an electric bike?
As a result of our prior involvement with electric bicycles, we have accumulated some information and pointers that might be useful to new users, particularly those looking for an easy way to clean their e-bikes.
Do’s for Cleaning an Electric Bike
- If you want your e-bike to have the appearance of a brand new one, you should polish it using materials that have been certified for use on electric bikes.
- Try to find lubes that come in a spray can rather than ones in liquid form. They are simpler to apply and aid in avoiding damp areas.
- Be sure to safeguard any electrical displays. There is no such thing as having too much poly-film on hand.
- Check the state of your re-cleaning bikes at the end of the week and see how it's doing. It is essential to inspect the chain regularly and oil it as needed. Never wait till it has dried out before using it.
- If you don't have much time, you may speed up rinsing the electric bike by using a garden hose.
Don'ts for Cleaning an Electric Bike
- Make use of a pressure washer or a high-pressure hose. This may cause the dirt to migrate into more sensitive sections of the electric bike.
- A degreaser should be applied to the brake calipers and pads of the bicycle. They will get contaminated due to this, and they will no longer be able to perform their duties as brakes.