An e-bike might seem like a complicated and expensive piece of machinery, but it's easy to maintain if you know what you're doing. Of course, some things will break occasionally, but once you understand how to repair your tires, you'll be able to keep your e-bike running in top shape. One of the great things about e-bikes is their simplicity and ease of use. Like you would regularly change the oil in your car or maintain your bicycle tires, e-bike tires require maintenance to ensure they keep working properly. This article gives you step-by-step instructions on how to repair your e-bike tires, saving you both time and money.
Why Does My Tire Need Repairing?
It is a common misconception that tires are never supposed to need repair. This isn't true. It may be hard to believe, but your tires have components that will degrade over time and require some upkeep from you, no matter how careful you are. Luckily, you can do some simple things to ensure that your tires don't need repair for a long time. Every few hundred miles or however often it is recommended in your owner's manual, inspect your tire tread and make sure there aren't any cracks or knicks in it. If there are, they need repairing. Cracks and knicks on your tire tread mean air escaping from them, meaning less air pressure on your ride. Less air pressure means a slower ride and more strain on your battery if you're riding an electric bike like our Hovsco models. You should replace worn-out parts as soon as possible so that they don't cause damage later on.
Step 1: Check Tire Pressure
Overinflated tires wear out more quickly and reduce your bike's range by putting more pressure on your battery. And, if you're riding a home-built or hovsco electronic bike, overinflated tires might be dangerous because they may pop off their rims when going over bumps or potholes in your path. That is why it's essential to check your tire pressure at least once a week with a simple portable tire gauge.
It would help if you got a portable tire gauge to check your tire pressure. It’s easy to use; the best way is to place the gauge over the valve stem and then let go of it. If there is no number displayed, then your air pressure is low. If there is a number, but it's not in the green area, your air pressure is still low. If there is a number in the green area, your air pressure is fine.
Step 2: Look for Wear and Damage
If your tire is worn out, you should check wheel alignment. Here are some things you need to pay attention to before wheel alignment: tires on both sides of the wheel are symmetrical, no big bulges and lumps in rubber, and air pressure is appropriate. Be careful not to overinflate or underinflate tires; if your wheels don't touch the ground when you stand up on pedals. If all these conditions are met, it's time for wheel alignment. For e-bike maintenance, one thing that needs to be done regularly is checking tire wear. Wear can happen for various reasons, but most commonly occurs because tires aren't properly inflated. When riding an e-bike with low air pressure, there will be more friction between the road and your bike's tires, which causes them to wear down more quickly than usual.
Step 3: Patch the Tire
Now that you have removed your tire from its hub, it's time to start patching. A tubeless tire repair kit will contain a metal and rubber patch, like Step 2. Remove both pieces from their protective packaging and place them on a clean, flat surface. The metal patch should be slightly larger than the hole; take care not to cut yourself as you handle it.
Next, cut out another piece of rubber from your spare part of the tube. Make sure both patches are clean and dry before you begin.
Step 4: Add Air Pressure
Adding air pressure is relatively simple if you have an air pump. Inflate your tires until they are as hard as you would like them. If you don't have an air pump, it's possible to take a bicycle pump and use it in place of an electric one. It may be easier to find a local bike shop and pay for someone else to inflate your tires, but it's entirely possible if you choose not to. All pumps are different so read their instructions before attempting on your own.
The key is adding just enough air so that your tires will regain their shape once you put pressure on them, but no more than that. It's better to have them underinflated than slightly overinflated; underinflation can make for a smoother ride in some cases, although it will also lead to faster wear. Under-inflated tires are less likely to fall off, making checking them easier.
Step 5: Check Wheel Alignment
If your tires are still not back on, it is a good time to check your wheel alignment. If you have access to calipers, measure each side of both wheels with them, then do a quick visual inspection. For example, make sure that both sides are exactly in line with each other when they're facing forward—if they aren't, align them carefully by either pulling or pushing against one of them until they match.
If your wheels aren't correctly aligned, your bike will run out of balance, making steering difficult or impossible. So it would be best if you got your alignment checked every so often. A proper wheel alignment will help keep your tires performing at their best.
Do I Need New Tires?
You will need new tires if the tires are worn out, cracked, or have flat spots. There is no point in putting money into a tire that will not last long enough for you to get your money's worth out of it. It can be expensive to get new tires, but they will last longer and save you money in the long run. If you have flat spots on your tire, check with your local bike shop about how much it would cost to fix them. If they are too expensive, you may want to replace them with a new set of tires.
By following these simple steps, you can avoid flat tires and poor performance. For more information about how to keep your e-bike in optimal condition, be sure to check out our newest collection of Hovsco maintenance videos. Keep these helpful tips close by so that you can get back on your way safely and quickly when you find yourself with a flat tire. Riding season is only just beginning.