What to carry in Your Tire Repair Kit for an Electric Bike
Modern electric bikes are great for their reliability. They often last longer and can handle being ridden on tougher trails. But that doesn’t mean they are immune from a breakdown. When an emergency does happen during a ride, you don’t want to end up stuck. That is why it’s so important to put together an ebike repair kit before going out.
Depending on what issue you run into with your ebike, it may be something that can be patched up quickly until you return home. Or it could end up being more serious. Either way, having a full ebike kit of tools can give you the best chance to fix any problems well enough to get back to riding. To be ready to handle any challenge you may face here are some essential tool ideas from LEED Electric Bike that every rider should keep in mind:
Basic Tools for Every Repair Kit
Before you put together a dedicated ebike kit, it’s important to cover the basics. Every tool kit should have a wrench that fits the hub nuts. Bringing a variety of Allen wrenches is also a smart idea. A multi-tool like a Swiss army knife or something similar will also be useful for a variety of ebike repair work. Adhesives like duct tape are also important to include for quick repair work in emergency situations. And don’t forget to bring a mini pump that can be attached to your bike’s frame. With it you’ll be able to re-inflate tires, making it a lifesaver in a variety of situations.
Cables and Tools for Electric Repairs
If your ebike develops an electrical issue, you may think you’re done for until you can get a replacement motor. But with the right ebike repair tools, you can still keep things going. While an engine or battery malfunction can be serious, what more commonly creates electrical issues are the cables. Besides the motor, the cables play the most important role in any ebike’s function. They connect everything together but are often exposed to the elements, causing them to wear out and fray over time.
Carrying some extra cables when going on longer rides is a great idea. Along with the cables you should include wire cutters and electrical tape in your repair kit to put everything together. A spare battery is also handy to have, just in case of an electrical breakdown.
Fixing Flat Tires
Probably the most common issue people face when riding their bike is puncturing a tire. Whether you ride your bike on scenic trails or limit yourself to urban commuting, a flat tire is bound to happen. When it does, don’t be stuck pushing your bike the rest of the way. Patches are an obvious thing to have in your ebike kit for a quick fix. But if you are in the middle of a long distance ride, simply patching your tire might not be enough.
Instead of struggling to apply a new patch every couple of miles, bring along a tube repair kit. With one of these kits you can easily perform a more durable ebike repair that will help you until you make it home. This is especially important for more serious punctures that a simple patch won’t fix. Don’t forget to invest in some tire levers either for your kit. They will make removing damaged tires a lot easier and stress-free.
Other Useful Things to Include in a Kit
Besides having tools specific to tire and electrical repair, there are a variety of odds and ends you should have in your kit for effective ebike repairs. Zip ties or guides for cables can help you keep things organized on your ebike and minimize safety hazards following a repair. A flashlight or headlamp is also essential for your kit whenever you plan to ride in the dark so you can see things more clearly when performing a repair. Other useful items include chain links plus disposable gloves and a plastic bag; so your hands and the area can stay clean following a repair job.
No matter what kind of riding you prefer, you are bound to run into a problem that requires repairs eventually. Even the most well built ebikes will have a breakdown at some point. But by bringing the right tools along with you then you’ll be able to handle just about any situation without having to panic. Be sure to check out our collection of ebike repair products so you can ride with confidence.