Mountain Bike Basics | Beginner Guide to Maintenance and Repair Methods
Are you Elon Musk?
I know you were quick to say NO:)
And you are probably wondering why I would ask that.
From a billionaire's perspective, you have no money to waste if your name cannot tell a story about you.
So, what are we saving for today?
I don’t need to mention it. But if I must, then it’s an electric mountain bike!
Mountain ebikes are fun until they start sounding like choked frogs. And you know, misfortunes never come singly. It will be worse for you if you don’t remember anything about them apart from switching the gears between rides.
If you own any gadget, you must come to terms with the fact that the most meaningful relationship you'll ever build is with your local mechanic.
But who finds fun in paying exorbitant prices whenever they need their bike serviced?
Your bike does not only need the power to be in tip-top shape. It also requires a good listen and lots of love. That’s why you got to learn some basic skills on how to DIY repairs and maintenances to avoid premature wear and tear and be a safe cyclist.
But how do you intend to achieve that?
It’s simple! You only need to read this article to be a pro primary caregiver. Professionals can deal with the tough stuff.
Are you ready?
Grab a cold glass of smoothie and get started!
3 Important Concepts of Mountain Bike Maintenance
1. Understand your bike’s basic mechanic
How will you know DIY repairs and maintenances if you don’t know your bikes’ anatomy?
As a beginner, understanding the working principle of the following parts of a mountain bike will save you a lot of trips to a bike repair shop.
- Frames and forks
- Tires and wheels
- Chains and cog
- Seat post pedals
- Motor and battery cables
2. Pre-Ride Inspection
Do you want to enjoy a smooth ride with your hovsco mountain ebike?
You only have one job—pre-check your bike!
Is that too much to ask?
I don’t think so.
So, before you set your bike out for the trails, please do the following:
- Check if the tire pressure is where you want it to be. Every tire is printed with the suggested inflation pressure range on the smoother side, which may be approximately 2-2.5 Bars.
- Check whether the brakes are solid. Take a quick test drive around your house to test if the brakes can engage and hold the wheel firmly when the bike is in static motion and release the wheels when you are ready to ride.
- Check your bolts and screws; they often loosen up after two to three rides due to bumps and vibrations. Retightening them will suffice.
- Check if all the gears are shifting swiftly and accurately, or they will exert more stress on the chain and components, making them wear faster.
- Check your pedals; they should not spin freely.
- Check the bike’s fit—the handlebars and saddle shouldn’t feel off.
3. General Rules of Thumb
If you are new to mountain bikes, maintaining them is as simple as ABC, i.e.,
If you master those three, you can proceed to checks and cleaning.
Whoa, that escalated quickly. Did you understand anything?
Don’t worry. Here is a detailed bike maintenance checklist for any mountain bike guru:
- Always keep your tires inflated
- Check the brake pads and gear shifters regularly
- Maintain the battery correctly according to the manufacturer's instructions
- Keep your bike's drivetrain clean and lubricated
- Check on the bolts, nuts, and cables to make sure they are secure
- Wash your mountain bike by following the detailed procedure below.
- Inspect your bicycle routinely and replace worn-out parts immediately.
So, how do you clean an electric mountain bike?
It’s not as simple as blasting the mud off using a high-pressure washer. Remember, an electric bike is not a car.
Here is the correct way of washing an electric mountain bike:
- Remove all accessories on the handlebars
- Suspend the bike using its stand and remove both front and rear wheels. Your bike doesn't have a kickstand? Don’t stress! You only need to flip it upside down to rest on its handlebars and seat.
- Use a brush to wipe away any loose dirt.
- Apply a mix of warm water and mountain bike-specific bike wash directly to the bike’s frame
- Use a soft cloth/rag to clean your bike from top to bottom.
- Spray polish on a clean rag and wipe it gently over the frame
- Clean the wheels by following the exact procedure above, except you don’t have to polish them
- Clean the rotor and brakes using isopropyl alcohol, but you can skip this part.
- Clean the drive system, dry it, and then lubricate the chain only using oil. Please avoid spray-based lubricants as much as possible because they may settle on your breaks.
- Re-install both wheels and the accessories you took off
- Double-check everything: the wheels, drive system, accessories, and brakes, to make sure that they are operating optimally.
You should keep track of the order in which you disassemble the mountain bike because putting it back together is a no child's play. To be safer, record the whole process to get an easy reference guide.
How to Repair a Mountain Bike
Have you ever heard the phrase “be your own doctor?”
Yes. It's true; if you take care of your body, it will take care of you.
The same concept can apply to bicycles. You can be your mechanic!
I can repeat that confidently because I know. When I look back to when I was a beginner at biking, I can't forgive myself for squandering money over something a toddler could do.
All mountain bikers should know these two most common bike repair skills.
Fixing a flat:
- Gather the right tools and supplies, i.e., a replacement tube, pump, and tire lever
- Remove the battery and hold down the power button to get rid of any stored electricity
- Remove the wheel(s)
- Remove the tire and tube using a tire lever
- Check the inside of the tire for debris
- Put the tire back on the wheel
- Put the replacement tube inside the tire, inflate it, and put the wheel back on the bike
Reattaching a slipped chain:
- Remove the chain guard
- Push the rear derailleur forward gently with your left hand
- Use your right hand to slide the chain back from where it dropped
- Pedal the bike backward slowly with your hand to lay the chain back on the chain ring
- Secure back your chain guard
There is more to bike mountain repair and maintenance than fixing flat tires and slipping chains. This video explains it all!
Do you think you can repair and service your mountain bike by yourself?
If you have read this entire article, I’m confident to affirm that you can!
Electric bikes are relatively simple to understand. Make blogs and YouTube, your friend, and you will save time and money!
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