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Top Ten "Nuts & Bolts" EBike Checklist

1. Safety Equipment and Area Riding Rules:

Before your rides, you will want to dress for comfort and safety - flip flops aren't the best, and we always recommend a helmet! Loose pant legs can cause problems also. Whether riding locally, or on state or federal lands, you will want to know the area rules and regulations, so you are following the ebike laws in the region. For example, in some instances these laws may specify the need for mandatory equipment such as helmets, use of hand signals, where you can ride, whether throttle use is allowed, etc.


2. Checking the front wheel mount and the tightness of the rear wheel axle nuts:

Most ebikes from Open Road Motosports use a quick release front wheel mounting mechanism, while the rear wheel is bolted on. These mechanisms may become loose or unsecured over time. The torque of all wheel mounting hardware should be inspected on a regular basis. Both wheels need to be properly secured before operating your bike.


3. Checking the Electrical System:

The electrical system on your ebike offers various levels of power assistance and lighting for different operating conditions and user preferences. You will want to familiarize yourself with all aspects of your ebike’s electrical system and check to see that it is working correctly before every ride. The front and rear brake levers contain safety power cut-off switches, which disable the motor’s assistance when applied, and both levers should be checked for correct operation. The throttle should provide smooth acceleration when gradually applied. If the throttle, brake lever cut-off switches, pedal assistance, or lighting are functioning abnormally, intermittently, or not working, bring the bike in for service.


4. Ensuring Brakes are Working Properly:

Ensure brakes are working correctly, all braking system components are free from damage, and properly secured. When you fully squeeze the brake levers, ensure neither the front nor rear brake levers touch the handlebar. Bring the bike to a bike service center to have the brakes adjusted, if you find a problem.


5. Quick Release Levers:

Quick release levers are located on your ebike for securing the seat post. These provide convenience for the rider, since they allow the seat post to be adjusted without tools. Since quick release levers can be loosened accidentally between or during rides, it is important that you regularly check to ensure these components are properly secured.


6. Accessories, Straps, and Hardware:

Ensure all hardware is secured and all accessories are properly attached. It is a good practice to look over all hardware, straps, and accessories before each ride to avoid problems on the ride.


7. Wheels:

Your wheels should always spin straight and must be repaired or replaced if they wobble side to side or up and down when spinning. If your wheels become untrue or spokes loosen, which can happen with normal use, we recommend that a certified bike mechanic performs wheel tuning and truing operations on the bike. Do not attempt to true wheels or tighten spokes unless you have adequate knowledge, tools, and experience.


8. Tires:

Ensure the tires and inner tubes are in good working condition without any visual damage and have the correct amount of air pressure. Replace tires and inner tubes with punctures, cuts, or damage before you ride. Tires without the correct amount of air pressure can reduce performance, increase tire and component wear, and make riding your bike unsafe. We also recommend the Tannus Armour Liners - the most effective prevention for "goat head flats."


9. Suspension, Handlebar, Grips, and Seat Adjustments:

If so equipped, front and rear suspension forks on your ebike will affect the handling of the bike, so you must understand how they work before use. The suspension fork should be properly adjusted for your weight and terrain.

Ensure the handlebar and handlebar stem are properly aligned for your size, and secured to their recommended torque values. Handlebar grips should not move easily on the handlebar end. Loose, worn, or damaged handlebar grips should be replaced before you ride. The seat and seat post should be properly aligned, fitted, and the seat post quick release should be properly tightened, fully closed, and secured before riding.


10. Battery Charged, Secured, and Unplugged:

Ensure the battery is adequately charged and operating properly. The battery capacity bars on the LCD display and charge status indicator on the battery should read similarly. Ensure the battery charger is unplugged from the outlet and battery, then stored in a safe location before you ride. The battery MUST be locked onto the frame battery mount properly before use. Do not attempt to operate the electrical system if the battery is removed.

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