Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Your Aventon Electric Bike

Keeping your Aventon electric bike clean isn’t just about feeling proud of the shine. It also massively improves your ride experience and extends the life of your components. Understandably, you may be hesitant to give it a good scrub because water and electrical components aren’t good allies. Don’t stress; we’ll run you through the basics of how to clean your Aventon bike.

To clean your Aventon eBike, use warm water and add a bicycle-specific detergent or dish soap. Don’t use a pressure washer. Instead, use a soft brush or sponge to wash the frame. Rinse your bike with a low-pressure hose, use a hard, narrow brush to clean your drive train, and reapply the lubricant.

Attacking your Aventon bike with a power washer and broom may be tempting, but that isn’t a good idea. Even if it wasn’t an electric bike, there are still some good and bad practices when it comes to cleaning that you should be mindful of.

The Right Way To Clean Your Aventon Bike

Your Aventon is guaranteed to get dirty. Even if you hardly ever ride it, it will get covered in dust and need a good clean. So, learning to clean your bike properly is essential because it is unavoidable. At the same time, you don’t want to do anything that will damage your bike and its components.

What You Need To Clean Your Aventon Bike

Before you get started, ensure you have everything you need on hand to avoid the irritating commute between your garage and your washing spot. For cleaning your bike, we recommend that you have the following:

  • Warm water
  • Bike detergent or dish soap
  • Chain cleaning detergent or surgical alcohol
  • A soft brush or thick sponge
  • A chain cleaner or hard bristle brushes
  • A clean, dry cloth or shammy
  • Chain lubricant
  • A bike stand or rack.

Do Not Power / Pressure Wash Your Bike

You may have noticed that we left a pressure washer off the list; there’s a good reason for that. Before you start throwing your craft beer, we understand that power washers can be used to clean eBikes safely. However, it isn’t recommended because it can push water into areas where you don’t want any.

In fact, you should note that Aventon specifically states on its website that you shouldn’t use a pressure washer.

The reason is that their bikes are rated at IPX4 water resistant. Basically, that means that they are okay for low-pressure spray from all angles. Still, high-pressure water or total submersion can penetrate components and damage your bike.

Pressure washers can also push all the grease out of your hub, so even if you aren’t dealing with an electric bike, you still need to be careful.

Step 1: Prep Your Bike And Place It On A Rack Or Stand

The first step is to position your bike on a stand or rack that sits solidly on the ground and gives you access to the whole frame and drive train. Sure, if you are in a pinch, you can flip the bike upside down, but you risk scratching your seat and handlebars.

Washing your bike upside down is also way less comfortable and efficient, so we strongly advise you to get your hands on a proper stand.

During this step, it’s absolutely vital that you make sure that all of your electric ports and sockets are shut tight and that no component is exposed that shouldn’t be.

If you have a GPS computer mounted on the handlebar or additional bits and bobs like a water bottle on your frame, remove those before you start.

Step 2: Gently Scrub Off The Worst Dirty

With your bike secured, you can use a soft-bristle brush and your warm detergent mixture to wash the whole bike, gently scrubbing off the worst of the dirt. Don’t be too “aggressive” during this step and risk scratching your paint job.

You also want to avoid “focusing” your scrubbing efforts around areas like the charging port so that you don’t accidentally force moisture through the cover.

You can use a stiffer brush to clear the worst mud and dirt from your chain, cassette, and derailleur, collectively known as the drivetrain.

Step 3: Clean Your Drive Train

With the worst of the dirt out the way, you can get to scrubbing your drive train. For this, you will need a drivetrain cleaner product specifically made to help remove excess grease and filth. Surgical alcohol or spirits can be a good alternative, but avoid getting into your hubs.

I would also highly recommend you get a drivetrain brush and chain cleaner, as these can make cleaning your drivetrain a breeze.

Or, if you like being surgical, you can use a toothbrush to get into all the hard-to-reach places.

Step 4: Rinse And Repeat If Needed

The next step is using clean water or a low-pressure hose to rinse the dirt. Do not use the water from the detergent bucket because, by this point, it is likely quite dirty, and you don’t want to put the dirty back that you have worked so hard to get off.

When you cleaned your drivetrain, it’s highly possible that you got some grease splatter on your frame. Once you rinsed your bike and noticed it wasn’t clean, you can give it another wash. Again, we recommend replacing the detergent water before you wash it again.

Step 5: Dry Off Your Aventon Bike

Once your frame, seat, rims, and cockpit are clean, you can dry it off using a clean dry cloth or a shammy. Although there is no rule against using a towel, it can leave little fibers on the frame, and it also tends to get caught in your spokes.

Use a different cloth to dab up the worst of the water from your drive train, but don’t go overboard here because you will be cleaning it in the next step.

Step 6: Lubricate The Drive Train

With your bike all clean and sparkling, the last thing you need to do is to lubricate the chain. Simply grab your chosen chain lube, position the tip of the bottle down on the chain at the sprocket end, and pedal the bike backward to lube the chain.

Conclusion

Cleaning an electric bike like an Aventon bike isn’t too different from cleaning a regular bike, but you need to be extra cautious about using pressure washers. Rather, use a soft brush and warm water to gently scrub off any stubborn dirt. Thereafter, clean your drivetrain and rinse your bike off. Finally, make sure you lube the chain before going for a ride again.

Author

  • Miles Baxter

    Miles Baxter is an engineer with a longstanding love for bicycles, sparked by winning a mountain bike in a childhood lottery. Balancing a keen interest in mechanics with the thrill of biking, his career is a testament to the art of turning wheels and gears into adventures.

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