Battery Health: How to Get More Out of Your Battery
As much as possible
keep your battery between the 30-80% charge level. This simple rule can double the effective lifetime of your battery
Avoid temperature extremes! Very hot or cold temperatures can negatively affect the performance of the battery and shorten its expected life. Recommended storage temperatures are 32F – 77F. Avoid exposing the battery to extreme heat, 104F + for long periods of time.
Storing Your Bike/Battery
If storing, it is a good idea to store your battery with a 80% charge. After 3 months, it’s a good idea to check the charge level of your battery. Do not store your battery plugged in!
Don’t wait until your chain/ drivetrain gets noisy to check it out! You can extend the life of your drivetrain by reducing the amount of metal on metal contact! A lubed chain will not only make your pedaling smoother, but will make the chain glide up and down the gears smoother.
It is also important to routinely have your shifting mechanism tuned up by professionals, or become an expert yourself by watching a few helpful YouTube videos. Being able to smoothly shift into every gear is important for the life of the cassette, chain, and derailleur! If things aren’t lined up correctly, it can cause premature wear on components.
Helpful Video: https://youtu.be/On57Tl9qYRM
The importance of having your brakes dialed in is not only to be able to slow/ stop the bike when needed, but also to ensure none of the braking components are rubbing, which will wear down your rotors/ pads faster and ultimately make you slower!
Helpful Video: https://youtu.be/Ym8mreUhelQ
Check your front and rear tire pressure often. You should pump up your tires at least once or twice a week, or before every ride if you don’t go out that often. Some bike tires have been known to lose pressure after 4-5 days of sitting still.
Avoid broken spokes! Spoke tension is more important for electric bikes with hub motors as the immense torque from the hubs can leave you with broken spokes if your spoke tension is off.
Check your spokes on a regular basis, especially when new, as some seating and mating of the connect points takes place and can make the spokes loose. This especially exacerbated with greater rider weight; 180lbs and above is going to accelerate the wearing in process and spokes are bound to loosen.
If you don’t want to take the bike to a shop or buy a tool to measure the tension, you can use the sound method to check tension. The tap-tap-tap ting-sound of spoke tuning is an easy thing to learn – you can hear the thud sound from a loose spoke. Give it a quarter turn and tap it again – all spokes should sound fairly close to the same. You also don’t want to over-tighten or you’ll pull the rim out of true. If you are able to measure with a tool, here are the specs:
500 and 700 Series Spoke Tension
Rear wheel, 12G spoke:
Left side 114-130kgs (Park tool, it should show 33-34 on tool)
Right side 150-172kgs (Park tool, it should show 35-36 on tool)
Front wheel, 13G spoke:
Left side 133-151kgs(Park tool, it should show 30-31 on tool)
Right side 104-117kgs(Park tool, it should show 28-29 on tool)
700C: Rear wheel: 12G 238mm, 12G 240mm
27.5inch: Rear wheel: 12G 220mm, 12G 222mm