How to wash an E-Bike
In order to give your E-Bike the longest life possible, you can take some simple steps to maintain and clean it yourself, which will not only save you money but will also save you regular trips to your local dealer.
The things you'll need are:
- Soap / Bike cleaner
- Chain Oil
- Light Spray Oil
1. Rinsing your E-bike
Fill a bucket with water and specific bike cleaner (if you don't have specific bike cleaner, washing up liquid will suffice) - You'll need this for step 2! Now rinse your bike just using water to rinse any excess dirt off.
DO: Use a garden hose to rinse your bike.
DO NOT: Use a pressure hose or a jet power washer as these could cause dirt and debris to move into sensitive areas. Using a high powered hose could also wash away grease which is intended to prevent water and dirt from penetrating into the bearings.
2. Apply degreaser
Use bike-specific degreaser on the entire drivetrain (cassette, derailleurs, chain, chainrings) and allow the solution to soak in for at least 5 minutes while you clean the rest of your bike.
DO NOT: Spray degreaser onto brake calipers / brake pads (or rotors if you have disc brakes). If degreaser finds its way to these areas, it can cause contamination and squeaky brakes!
Whilst you're waiting for the degreaser to dry you can go on cleaning the rest of the bike.
3. Washing your bike
After the degreaser has dried you can apply soap and water (make sure you use plenty! Your bike can handle lots of soap and water and your battery is waterproof) Scrub everything on the bike and remember to continue to occasionally dip your sponges / brushes into your soapy water as you scrub. Holding a sponge on your chain as you move the pedals around is a great way to clean off any excess grease. When youʼre satisfied everything is clean, use the garden hose again to rinse off the entire bike.
4. Drying your bike carefully.
A handy trick to remove excess water is to gently bounce it on the tires. If it is a sunny day, you could sit the bike out in the sun to dry. Alternativley, use a soft towel to wipe the bike dry. Ensure you pay careful attention to bolts, the drivetrain and any other area that may hold water.
5. Lube and greasing the bike
Use a good chain oil to keep the chain lubricated after cleaning, making sure it isnʼt left dry. Use a wet lube in the winter and dry lube in the summer. You can also lube the cables with light spray oil. And always remember to keep the tyres properly inflated.