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How to properly maintain the electric bike chain

The bike chain is the most easily worn and contaminated component during cycling, and it is also the most tangled and headache component for riders. It is completely exposed during the riding process, and riding in various environments will be directly affected by the environment. If the chain is not well maintained, it will not only affect the life of the chain, chainring and transmission, but also affect the riding experience due to the lack of smoothness of the chain. Therefore, the maintenance of the chain is extremely critical in daily maintenance.

bike chain

For the maintenance of the chain, most of it depends on the environment and conditions when you are riding.

Riding in damp and muddy environments requires more maintenance than on dry and asphalt roads.

Maintenance time and knowledge of proper use.


When should the chain be maintained
1. The speed change performance is reduced during riding.
2. There is too much dust or sludge on the chain.
3. Noise is generated when the transmission system is running.
4. Because the chain is dry, it makes a gurgling noise when pedaling.
5. Put it for a long time after being exposed to rain.
6. When driving on general roads, maintenance is required at least once every two weeks or every 200 kilometers or so.

7. When driving on off-road conditions, clean and maintain at least once every 100 kilometers.

Even if you ride in a harsher environment, you need to clean and maintain it every time you ride.


How to clean the chain
Necessary utensils: maintenance rack, cleaning agent, old newspaper, dry cloth, lubricating oil, old toothbrush, syringe, chain washer, oil-based pen.


Cleaning steps:


Step 1: Lay newspapers or rags on the work floor to receive excess cleaning fluid that may drip from the chain during the cleaning process.


Step 2: Put the bicycle on the maintenance rack, change the chainring to the middle or small disk, and change the flywheel to the middle gear. Adjust the bicycle so that the lower level of the chain is as parallel to the ground as possible.


Step 3: Use a brush or rag to wipe off some mud, dirt and dirt on the chain.


Step 4: Fill the washer with cleaning fluid.


Step 5: Put the chain washer on the bottom of the lower chain, in the middle of the chainring and flywheel, and assemble the chain washer.


Step 6: Hold the handle tightly and slowly turn the crank counterclockwise. After several turns, the chain is washed. If necessary, add new cleaning fluid to continue cleaning until the chain is clean.

bike chain lube

Hold the handle with your left hand and turn the crank with your right hand.

Both hands must be firm to achieve a balance so that the chain can rotate smoothly.

It may not be easy to grasp the force at the beginning, and it may not be able to pull, or pull the chain away from the chainring.

It will be fine when you get used to it. When cleaning, you can turn a few more times to clean the gaps as much as possible.


Step 7: Use a rag to wipe off all the cleaning fluid on the chain and dry it as much as possible. Shift forward and backward, and then wipe off any remaining cleaning fluid on the chainring, flywheel, etc.After wiping, place it in the sun to dry or air-dry, and only after the chain is completely dry, can it be oiled.


Step 8: Wipe away the scattered contaminants immediately, and dispose of the cleaning fluid and dirty cloth.After finishing, rinse the chain washer with water and air dry.


Oiling the chain: Generally, there is a layer of oil on the chain of a new car, but that oil is not lubricating oil, it should be used as a protective oil, in order to take into account that the chain may be stored for a long time to avoid rust and corrosion of the chain.

This oil can be used. Not lubricating oil.

 bike chain tool

After riding for a period of time, you need to be oiled. You may have seen some people’s car chains.

The flywheels are black, oily and sticky. This is a very taboo thing. This typical oil is too much.

This kind of bicycle is very easy to stick to dust when riding.

Whether it is a national road or a mountain road, it will be more dirty after long-term riding.

The sand stuck on the chain and flywheel will rotate with the car to participate in the running-in, which will greatly increase the bicycle. The wear rate of the walking system.


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