Before each ride, inspect the bicycle and pay particular attention to the following areas. Consult a qualified electric bicycle mechanic if you are uncertain about performing these steps or if any items fail inspection.
• Ensure that the front and rear brakes work properly. Walk the bike forward and squeeze one lever, then the other, to test for stopping.
• Squeeze brake levers to check that they are firm.
#2. Wheels and Tires
• Ensure that tires have good tread, show no bulges or excessive wear, and are free from any damage.
• Ensure that rims run true and have no obvious wobbles, dents, or kinks.
• Ensure that wheel spokes are intact and tight.
• Ensure that the handlebar and stem are correctly adjusted and tightened.
• Ensure that the handlebar and stem allow proper steering.
• Ensure that the chain is clean, and runs smoothly.
• Perform recommended chain maintenance if the bike is used in wet, salty, corrosive, or dusty conditions.
#5. Cranks and Pedals
• Ensure that the pedals are securely tightened to the cranks.
• Ensure that the cranks are securely tightened to the bottom bracket and are not bent.
• Ensure that the battery is charged before use. Always charge the battery in a dry location.
• Ensure that there is no damage to the battery pack.
• Lock the battery to the frame using the key. Check to verify that it is secure.
#7. Electrical Cables
• Ensure that the cable connectors are fully seated and free from debris or moisture.
• Inspect cables and cable housing for obvious signs of damage.
• Ensure that the headlight and taillight are unobstructed, functioning, and its aim is properly adjusted.
• Ensure that all reflectors are unobstructed, visible, and properly fitted.
• Ensure that all other fittings on the bike are properly secured and functioning.
• Ensure that the rider (and passenger, if applicable) wears helmet and other required safety gear.
• Ensure that the rear rack is properly secured with mounting hardware.