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Cruise into Summer: Prepping Your eBike for the Perfect Ride - Handlebar Jack

Cruise into Summer: Prepping Your eBike for the Perfect Ride


With spring well underway and summer just around the corner, it's time to dust off those electric steeds and get them ready for some sweet, sun-kissed rides. But before you hit the open road, let's make sure your ebike is tuned up and ready to take on the warmer seasons. So, grab your tools, throw on your favorite hat, and let's get cracking!

eBike Battery Care

ebike battery charge

First things first: you'll want to ensure your ebike's battery is in tip-top shape. After all, you don't want to find yourself with a dead battery halfway through your ride, or you'll be pedaling home the old-fashioned way (talk about a throwback!). So, give your battery a full charge and check for any signs of damage or wear. If you notice any issues, it might be time to replace the battery. Trust me, a new battery is cheaper than a gym membership!

eBike Tire Pressure

Check your tire pressure

Next up, let's take a look at your tires. Check for any cracks, cuts, or wear that might lead to a flat. Don't forget to inflate them to the recommended pressure, which you can usually find on the tire's sidewall. A reliable and easy-to-use tire inflator is essential for this task, and we highly recommend the Fanttik X8 APEX Tire Inflator Portable Air Compressor to get the job done. Remember, proper tire pressure is the key to a smooth ride - and it'll help you avoid that dreaded "pfft" sound that's music to a flat tire's ears.

eBike Chain Lubrication

bicycle chain lube

After a winter in storage, your chain might be feeling a little, well, rusty. So grab a chain cleaner kit, like this one from Park Tool, some degreaser, and a little elbow grease, and get to work. After cleaning, apply some bike-specific  lubricant to keep your chain running smoothly. A well-maintained chain means less wear on your ebike's components, and less wear means less time spent at the repair shop - and more time spent cruising in the sunshine!

eBike Brake Check

ebike brake check

Now, we all know e-bikes can get up to some pretty zippy speeds, which is why it's crucial to make sure your brakes are in working order. Squeeze your brake levers and see how they feel. If they're too loose, you might need to adjust the tension or replace the brake pads. When it comes to brakes, Kool Stop has got you covered. Tim, the owner, is a friend of ours, and all of his products are made right here in the USA. For top-notch brake pads, check out Kool Stop. You know what they say, "stop on a dime, every time!" - or at least, that's what I tell my kids when they're learning to ride.

eBike Derailleur Adjustment

bike derailleur adjustment

While you're at it, don't forget to check your derailleur for smooth shifting. If you're having trouble with gear changes, it might be time for a little adjustment. This is also a great time to use the Original Handlebar Jack to keep your ebike steady while you work. Trust me, it's a game-changer!

Double Check the Tightness of Components

tighten bike components

Before hitting the road, it's important to ensure that everything on your eBike is properly tightened and secure. Loose components can lead to an unsafe ride or even cause damage to your bike.

  • Pedals: Check to see if your pedals are tightly screwed into the crank arms. Loose pedals can cause wobbling or even fall off during a ride, resulting in a less than ideal cycling experience.
  • Cranks: Inspect the crank arms and chainring bolts for any signs of looseness. If necessary, tighten them up to ensure smooth pedaling and prevent any damage to the drivetrain.
  • Stem: Make sure your stem is secure and properly tightened to the steerer tube. A loose stem can lead to wobbly handling and a lack of control while riding.
  • Handlebars: Lastly, double-check that your handlebars are firmly clamped in the stem and that all controls (brakes, shifters, etc.) are securely attached. This will ensure that you have proper control over your eBike while cruising through the spring and summer seasons.

Taking the time to check and tighten all these components will not only make your ride safer but also more enjoyable. So, give your eBike a thorough once-over, tighten anything that needs it!

eBike Spring Cleaning

ebike cleaning

Lastly, give your ebike a good spring cleaning. Wipe down the frame, fork, and wheels to remove any dirt and grime that might have accumulated over the winter months. To make your ebike shine like new, we recommend using Muck Off Bike Wash for a thorough clean that's gentle on your ebike's finish. A clean ebike is a happy ebike!

With these eBike safety tips and electric bicycle maintenance steps, your ebike will be tuned up and ready to tackle the spring and summer riding seasons. Remember, a little maintenance goes a long way in keeping your ebike running smoothly and efficiently. So, get out there, enjoy the sunshine, and ride like the wind - or at least like a gentle summer breeze. Happy riding!


ABOUT ANDY WILKOFF

Dad, Entrepreneur, Avid Commuter Cyclist, VFX Supervisor, and Garage Innovator

Andy is a devoted father, entrepreneur, and avid commuter cyclist who has made a name for himself in the world of visual effects as a VFX Supervisor. Hailing from Los Angeles, Andy is known for his dedication to his family, work, and personal interests, successfully juggling various roles in his life.

As a passionate cyclist, Andy often rode his electric bike through the bustling streets of Los Angeles to work several times a week. Not only did this routine allow him to incorporate exercise into his daily life, but it also provided him with the opportunity to reduce his carbon footprint and enjoy the city's vibrant atmosphere.

Andy's enthusiasm for cycling and tinkering led him to become a garage innovator. In a moment of necessity, he created Handlebar Jack, a tool designed to elevate the handlebars when working on his electric bike. He realized the importance of having such a device to keep his bike safely elevated without damaging the control screen or throttle, whether he was at home or on the road.

The creation of Handlebar Jack showcases Andy's resourcefulness and inventive nature. Fueled by his passion for cycling, he identified a problem and engineered a solution that not only improved his own biking experience but also has the potential to benefit other cyclists facing similar challenges.

Andy is a multi-talented individual who has made significant strides in both his professional and personal life. As a dedicated father, entrepreneur, VFX Supervisor, and avid cyclist, he continues to inspire others with his creativity, hard work, and commitment to his passions.


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