January 29, 2021

Squeaky Clean

Where I live, we are about half way through the winter. But the other day it was a clear 53 degrees out. I really really wanted to take our DŌST out for a spin. But, I guess I forgot that on my last ride in the fall, I went off the beaten path and did a little muddy ridding. 

I guess it was time to clean my DŌST. But, can you even wash an eBike? Well, thankfully, the good old internet taught me how and I am gonna share what I learned with you:

What you will need:
Two clean buckets filled with water and a liberal amount of dish soap. Then grab some brushes, sponges, and rags. Make sure not to mix your buckets, tools, and rags though. You don’t want to cover your frame with grease! Also, don’t use an abrasive sponge or brush on your frame.

The process:
  1. You can wash it while it sits on the kickstand, but it is recommend you place your bike on a workstand or try hooking the nose of your saddle over a strong clothesline or something similar.
  2. Make sure your battery is removed and the bicycle is powered off.
  3. Use a degreaser and turn the cranks backward so that it gets on every link. After about 10 minutes, rinse with a gentle stream of water from the hose. If the chain is still grimy, apply small drops of dish soap like you would a lube, grip the chain in the rough side of your sponge, then turn the cranks for several rotations. Rinse.
  4. If you have one, dip a stiff-bristled brush into one of your pre-filled buckets and scrub the chainrings. You can use a bottle brush or toothbrush to get into crevices around the teeth, pulleys, and rings. Next rinse with a gentle stream of water and repeat if you still see any lingering dirt. Next, grab your rear wheel and drip dish soap onto the cassette, scrub, then rinse. 
  5. Dip a clean, soft sponge into your clean second bucket. Soap up the frame, working your way from front to back, then rinse. If you have caliper brakes, clean the pads off with the abrasive side of the sponge.
  6. We recommend using a soft and big brush for tires and rims so you can get into every nook and cranny with minimal effort. Dip your brush into the bucket you used for your frame. Starting at the valve, scrub all the way around the wheel, hit the spokes and hub, then move on to the opposite side and do the same thing. Rinse. Now, if you have disc brakes, use the soft side of a clean sponge with soap and water on rotors
  7. Wipe everything down with a dry, clean cloth or let it air-dry in the sun. Once dry, you can also lube your chain if you know how.

This method was found on bicycle.com and it worked for me rather well. The next day did not have the best weather, but at least my DŌST is clean for when the opportunity presents itself again. One last thing I wanted to add was that it was said that a clean bike rides better and lasts longer. Something I like to remind myself of during the process. Happy DŌSTing!