If you’re a new mountain bike owner or just getting into mountain biking, it can be hard to figure out the best way to clean your bike.
The fear of messing something up or just overall laziness can make for a daunting cleaning process.
To clean your bike is serious business, the wrong cleaning processes could cause unforeseeable damage.
How to clean an electric bike? In short cleaning your electric bike can be done in a few ways. You can remove delicate parts like the battery and cover the LCD display control panel.
Hand washing or lightly high pressure power washing your electric bike from a distance.
Utilizing a bike degreaser, microfiber towel, brake pads cleaner, and chain cleaning lube to finish up. Also, waterless cleaners can work as an excellent replacement away from water and soap.
We’ll speak more on this method in this post.
We also recommend you read your owner’s manual to get clear guideline as to how they suggest the e-bike should be clean.
Table of Contents
- The Don’ts of Cleaning Your Bike
- Not Removing Your Battery
- Do Not Flip E- Bike & Wash It Upside Down
- Not washing your bike enough? Big Mistake
- Electric bike cleaning essentials (Water)
- How To Clean Your Bike (Using Water)
- Motor Area
- After Wash
- Washing your bike in the winter (Waterless Method)
- Electric bike cleaning essentials (Waterless)
- Waterless Cleaning Procedure
- Tip: Cleaning off stubborn mud
- Related Post
The Don’ts of Cleaning Your Bike
To fully understand how to clean an mountain bike you must know the don’ts. Cleaning your mountain bike with a pressure hose isn’t bad but washing it up close at a high-water pressure is.
Although key mountain electric bike components do have an IP rating, there are certain areas that are more suspectable to water leakage.
Components like the motor sealants, bearing’s, connecters, switches and battery can all lead to issues.
Mountain bikes do fare well in water as we indicated in our past post, but direct water pressure can harm those delicate areas.
A good rule of thumb, less is more when comes to cleaning your bike with water.
Not Removing Your Battery
It’s very important to disconnect your battery from your electric bike before you begin to wash.
There are few reasons for this, most important is to remove the potential risk of shock and eliminating all the moving parts.
It seems like overkill but remember electric current is flowing through that battery, why would you want to risk it.
Taking that extra step is not only a great safety measure but if you plan on hoisting it up into a bike stand and dealing with moving parts, it makes the bike lighter.
Do Not Flip E- Bike & Wash It Upside Down
Lots of cyclist like to flip their bikes upside down when they plan on cleaning them.
It may seem like a good idea because the ease of access to those hard to reach areas.
Truth is it’s not; you can scratch sensitive areas like the bike seat or LCD display control panel found on the handlebar.
Also, if your using water it can easily leak in some of those key areas we mentioned earlier in this post. Your best option is to clean the e-bike using its stand or on a bike work stand.
Not washing your bike enough? Big Mistake
It’s ok to wash your bike at least once every week or every other week. This is based on your usage.
For example, if you have a very muddy or messy route that you cycle through, the frequency in which you wash will increase. You don’t want dirt and grime to build up.
Washing an already clean bike to often can result in rust build up or make certain parts look rough and grey.
Not washing at all isn’t good either, is going to allow mud and dirt to accumulate. Over time this will interfere with the natural progression of your e-bike’s longevity.
Electric bike cleaning essentials (Water)
- High-Pressure Hose or Bucket of water
- Bike Cleaner
- Microfiber Cloth or Rag
- Cleaning Brush
- Chain Excess Lube
- Disc Brake Pads Cleaner
How To Clean Your Bike (Using Water)
- Remove the battery and LCD control panel. (If you can’t remove the control panel cover it up)
- Lightly spray down your electric bike or use a wet rag to moisten up your bike. Avoid getting important cable ports, connectors, electrical parts, and other important areas from getting wet.
- Optional: If you have a bike cleaner on hand, spray some of it onto the bike. This will help in removing grime/dirt off your bike easier.
- Wash your bike with a soapy rag, brush your bike building up the foam, and wipe it off with a wet rag. Brush your wheels. As you do so, inspect the wheels to ensure that there isn’t any punctures or gunk on them.
- Use a damp rag, and work through the motor area. Additionally, you can use a wet brush to slightly scrub it down as well.
- Dry off your e-bike with a microfiber cloth. Give your electric bike a few minutes to dry or use compressed air, to dry your e-bike thoroughly from end to end.
- After you’ve waited a few minutes, connect the battery and LCD display panel back onto the e-bike. Ride it a bit to ensure everything is moving around properly.
Cleaning the Drivetrain: This can be done during or after the e-bike is cleaned.
The drivetrain will include the chainrings, cassette, and chain. You don’t need to clean your drive train all the time but if you’re constantly cycling through muddy or dirty conditions.
Then your drive chain should be cleaned. Electric Mountain Bike Network has great video explaining each step here.
A Good degreaser can be used to clean the drivetrain. Letting it settle and cleaning off the excesses with a damp rag.
Finally adding chain cleaning lube to the inside part of the chain ( the part that contacts the jockey wheel).
There is a bit of debate when comes to cleaning your drivetrain with a degreaser. Some say that the degreaser can get into the bearings and ruin the bike.
If this a fear for you, maybe using excess lube as a cleaning agent for the drivetrain may help. This can prevent the deterioration that degreasers can cause.
You can also avoid this altogether, by not cleaning the drivetrain, and just buying a new chain periodically every couple of years.
Washing your bike in the winter (Waterless Method)
Another method to consider is waterless cleaning. The perk here is you not using water, it’s less messy, and they’re less prep involved.
Although the subheading says “in the winter” you can use this method to clean your e-bike all year round.
Electric bike cleaning essentials (Waterless)
- Waterless Bike Cleaner
- Microfiber cloth
Waterless Cleaning Procedure
- Simply spray a waterless bike cleaning solution onto a dry microfiber cloth. Scrub that microfiber onto your e-bike. Make sure you rub down the solution nice and firmly to get rid of any muddy, and grimy areas on the bike.
- If you find dirty marks on the bike that prove to be too stubborn, spray your waterless bike cleaning solution directly onto that area and rub it off.
- Last give it one last wipe down with a dry microfiber cloth and should be shiny and clean.
We love this method because it’s quick and simple. Also, your bike will always look clean after quick spray down.
If your bike is on highest defcon levels when comes to dirtiness, then the first approach will do the job.
Tip: Cleaning off stubborn mud
An easy way to clean of stubborn wet mud is to let the mud dry. Then use a stiff brush and compressed air to remove it.
As we have said, also you can use a low-pressure hose it shouldn’t harm the e-bike.
We all know that cleaning your e-bike isn’t open heart surgery but taking the right steps to keep it clean is very important.
Electric bikes are expensive, maintaining their youthfulness only helps them perform better overtime.
Cycling through the summer, spring, and winter all come with challenges. Your e-bike will help guide you through them all so why make excuses.
If you have the right cleaning essentials, a free Sunday, and open space all there is left to do is clean.
Are electric bikes waterproof? Well bikes aren’t like cats so they can handle water.
But how much abuse an e-bike can take in the rain may vary. It’s not smart to go headfirst into the ocean to test how well the e-bike may fare. Continue Reading HERE.