MECHANICAL SAFETY CHECK
Routinely check the condition of your cycle. Make sure no fasteners, cables, or components have become loose or damaged in any way. As well, perform a visual inspection of the whole cycle before every ride. Inspect the frame for cracks and make sure it is not bent or broken. Also, check the cycle's components including:
- Check the condition of both tires making sure the tread is in good condition and free from punctures, cracks, and deformations. In addition, ensure that the spokes are tight and not broken.
Maintain proper tire pressure as indicated on the tire sidewall. Tire pressure is critical to safety, ride enjoyment, and battery life.
- Ensure the wheels are true and properly dished.
- If your cycle has quick-release axles, make sure that the locking levers are correctly tensioned and in the closed position.
Establish that the batteries are in good operating condition and kept fully charged and properly secured and locked when on the cycle.
- Make certain that the battery is inserted securely: push the battery into its holder until it clicks into the lock. Remove the key from the lock and pull the battery to check if it has indeed locked into place.
- Check the charge status of the battery. Familiarize yourself with battery charging and storage best practices.
- Ensure both front and rear brakes are in proper working condition, are not excessively worn, and are in the correct working position relative to the rims.
- Pull both brake levers. You should feel an obvious pressure point and the levers should not be able to touch the handle.
- Check if the front and rear lights are working properly. Do not cover any lighting or reflectors (if applicable).
- Check that the front and rear mechanisms are adjusted and functioning properly, with the brake levers attached to the handlebar. Make sure the shift levers and cables are properly lubricated.
- Look out for any loose cables. Make sure the male and female plugs are properly connected.
There should be no strain on any wiring near the fork when turning the handlebar from left to right.
Verify that the wiring on the frame is secure and free from any moving parts that may damage the wiring. This includes any wires and brake cable lines near the wheel or other moving parts.
- Make sure that the kickstand is tightly secured, and not rubbing against the ground or tires.
Do not sit on a cycle with a kickstand engaged.
- Ensure that the handlebar and stem are correctly adjusted and tightened, are set correctly in relation to the forks and direction of travel, and allow for proper steering.
- Check that the headset locking mechanism is properly adjusted and tightened.
CHAIN, PEDALS, CRANKS & BEARING
- Ensure the chain is oiled, clean, and runs smoothly (take extra care in wet or dusty conditions).
- Verify that the pedals are securely tightened to the crank. Check headset, wheel bearings, pedal bearings, and top and bottom bracket bearings. Confirm the crank is not bent and is secure to the axle.
- Extra care is required in wet or dusty conditions.
FRAME AND FORK
- Check that the frame and fork are not bent or broken. If either is bent or broken, they must be replaced.
MOTOR DRIVE ASSEMBLY AND THROTTLE
- Ensure all motor drive components are correctly mounted and functioning properly
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