How skilled are you in fixing your ebike ?

fooferdoggie

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This job is probably one of the few that i have to go to the bike shop for.

They got me good last time (70$ for both brakes and had to pay them also 50$ for 2 pads) . I had pads at home bought @15$/pair ,they insisted that they could not do the bleed properly w/o new pads. I still don't know if that was true or not ?! Total 120$ but i had the ebike ready in 2hours. If i had done it myself it would have been a huge mess...and a 4-5hour job ?

And it was also the first time in 9k miles that i had the bleed done. They were working okay, now they stop on a dime.
I had just had my bike serviced and the mechanic did not think they needed it yet well another 200 miles but after 1000 they were getting al little weak. it was not that bad really some cardboard under the brake will take care it.
 

fooferdoggie

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What is the general rule of thumb on how long hydraulic brakes last before they need to be repaired, bled, new pads etc assuming you drive normally no excess brake usage?
pads depends on so many things same with bleeding, like this bike was 6000+ miles. our tandem the rear needed it at about 1400 miles but the front was fine. I think heat is a bit one so if you use the brake for longer periods downhill it will be harder on them.
 

JRA

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I dream up, build frame up and maintain my own bikes to suit my needs and component curiosity.Good thing because the closest eBike/bike shop is 100miles away. Parts drop shipping is mandatory also as well as knowing what parts to buy.
 

FlatSix911

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Flat911 do you do most of your own maintenance or do you use the LBS. And by the way, what is your fave Ebike?
I do most of my own maintenance and enjoy the satisfaction of mechanical work... a bit of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. ;)
Never had to touch the motor on any of my Ebikes. Both the Shimano and Yamaha drives have been bulletproof so far... knock on wood.

I like the long-range of the Bianchi with the Shimano drive on the road... and the power & torque of the BH with the Yamaha drive off-road.
My overall favorite would have to be the BH Lynx with the PW-X motor... that thing climbs like a mountain goat and never gives up the fight.

PS. Having the right tools for the job makes the task easy.
 

BigNerd

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I am such a newb to bike maintenance.

I can change out parts like handlebars, seats, etc but the only things I’ve learned since being here (about 5 months now?) is how to lube a chain, how to fix a flat and how to slime tires.

Beyond that, I’m going to the LBS. :)
 

AHicks

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I am such a newb to bike maintenance.

I can change out parts like handlebars, seats, etc but the only things I’ve learned since being here (about 5 months now?) is how to lube a chain, how to fix a flat and how to slime tires.

Beyond that, I’m going to the LBS. :)
Suggest you toss necessary repairs out for discussion with a post here. You may be surprised at the support you get, and/or how simple most problems can be!
 

BigNerd

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Suggest you toss necessary repairs out for discussion with a post here. You may be surprised at the support you get, and/or how simple most problems can be!
I know that's true and many members here have experience with these things but there comes a point where, while capable, the desire, time or effort may not be there. For example, I can change the flush valve on my toilet... I've done it twice... but now I'd rather just call a plumber in to do it. :)
 

AHicks

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Yes, I get it. It can be a matter of priorities for sure. Been a DIY'er so long I forget that on occasion. -Al
 

Sierratim

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What is the general rule of thumb on how long hydraulic brakes last before they need to be repaired, bled, new pads etc assuming you drive normally no excess brake usage?
My Vado 5 went through its first set of pads in 500 miles. They were Shimano organic pads. My rides were all in our local very hilly terrain so YRMV. I happened to notice the worn out front pads when I was checking the rotor for fit of a larger diam. Glad I checked!

The replacement 'semi-metallic' pads are still going strong after 1,000 miles. They also have impressive cooling fins so I'm not getting getting any fade on some on the long descents I've done this last summer.
 

fooferdoggie

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I know that's true and many members here have experience with these things but there comes a point where, while capable, the desire, time or effort may not be there. For example, I can change the flush valve on my toilet... I've done it twice... but now I'd rather just call a plumber in to do it. :)
but with the pandemic you could be waiting awhile so you may need to do some wrenching. when I had to Mobleys shop come out my brakes were not quite ready for bleeding. he greased the hubs and trued the wheels and such. I don't like trying wheels and I don't know if I want to grease hubs in a woodworking shop (G) but bleeding the brakes was not hard. I also put a new shifter cable in as shifting was getting a bit glitchy after 6000 miles and lots of rain.
 

FlatSix911

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I have a full tripod stand for heavy maintenance and now use a moto stand for quick work. ;)

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epetgreen

New Member
The new members may not have seen this ...
Trully, nothing has really changed. Electric stuff just adds more possible complications. Rider or Overhauler, you decide.
At least we get there before we die.