Importance of "Bedding in" your new ebike brakes

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Thought maybe it would be helpful, for people to understand how important it is to bed in your ebike brakes, especially if you have hydraulic brakes. I learned this years ago, and thought every shop mentioned it, but after seeing SO MANY people 'b*tch and whine' about what they believe are crappy brakes on MULTIPLE Ebike Facebook Forums and the like , from "Brand A to Z", I felt it was time to post a reminder, and even a nice little video from industry Expert Park Tool explaining how to do it (dirt freaking simple), and why you need to do it. Its talked about more in the MTB industry, but for some reason the topic is sorely lacking here with ebikes. No mention of it even in many ebike manuals.


Dont forget, that you are now quite likely traveling at higher than your previous 'analogue biking' speeds, with your brand spanking new ebike, that you can't believe you can hit the obscene speeds of 28 mph, or even faster (Simon Cowell Anyone ??? - oops that was a 15000 watt E-motorcycle - sorry for the slip LOL - not an EBIKE), so you gleefully go zipping away on your new ebike straight out of the box, without giving any thought whatsoever, that this is an entirely different beast altogether than that regular bike you've likely been ignoring, barely riding, or maybe even occasionally hopping on for a quick ride once or twice a week, for the past several decades. (ok, MAYBE there are actually some hard core cyclists here, that did ride a ton, without any motor, before they 'caved' and bought their new ebike - but judging from the folks coming into my shop everyday, you are few and far between. )

Anyhoo, this bed in process will/should help mitigate or even prevent a lot of commonly complained about brake pad/rotor issues, including glazing, squealing, and much more.

Well thats my "Public Service Announcement" for this month.

Happy E-Biking, y'all !
 
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Thought maybe it would be helpful, for people to understand how important it is to bed in your ebike brakes, especially if you have hydraulic brakes. I learned this years ago, and thought every shop mentioned it, but after seeing SO MANY people 'b*tch and whine' about what they believe are crappy brakes on MULTIPLE Ebike Facebook Forums and the like , from "Brand A to Z", I felt it was time to post a reminder, and even a nice little video from industry Expert Park Tool explaining how to do it (dirt freaking simple), and why you need to do it. Its talked about more in the MTB industry, but for some reason the topic is sorely lacking here with ebikes. No mention of it even in many ebike manuals.


Dont forget, that you are now quite likely traveling at higher than your previous 'analogue biking' speeds, with your brand spanking new ebike, that you can't believe you can hit the obscene speeds of 28 mph, or even faster (Simon Cowell Anyone ??? - oops that was a 15000 watt E-motorcycle - sorry for the slip LOL - not an EBIKE), so you gleefully go zipping away on your new ebike straight out of the box, without giving any thought whatsoever, that this is an entirely different beast altogether than that regular bike you've likely been ignoring, barely riding, or maybe even occasionally hopping on for a quick ride once or twice a week, for the past several decades. (ok, MAYBE there are actually some hard core cyclists here, that did ride a ton, without any motor, before they 'caved' and bought their new ebike - but judging from the folks coming into my shop everyday, you are few and far between. )

Anyhoo, this bed in process will/should help mitigate or even prevent a lot of commonly complained about brake pad/rotor issues, including glazing, squealing, and much more.

Well thats my "Public Service Announcement" for this month.

Happy E-Biking, y'all !

This is not a highjack. ( not really anyway ): How to replace a broken spoke by Park Tool guy. Extremely helpful.:


Much easier than I would have thought.
 
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This is not a highjack. ( not really anyway ): How to replace a broken spoke by Park Tool guy. Extremely helpful.:


Much easier than I would have thought.
If it's a 'high jack' it's a relevant and good one.

PS. Problem is some persinickity prima Donna is going to whine and complain that these topics should be in the maintenance forum.

If it gets moved there, barely anyone reads it, largely because 90 percent of americans under the age of 40 don't know how to use the most basic of tools, let alone own any. They don't even know the names of the tools. Amazed by that one, since Home Depot and other similar stores seem to have done incredibly well in recent decades and even now during the corona virus economy. Maybe they buy them for show, and grunt like Tim the Tool man Taylor on a weekend when the neighbor stops by for a brewski ???( of Home Improvement sitcom days ? IDK. )

Worse these same consumers shun any form of maintenance and seem to believe turning a few wrenches is beneath them. ;)

Trust me, when I suggest there is a rather dramatic night and day difference in general competency on the most basic of bike maintenance between those over 60 and those below 40. My observation that I have from meeting with hundreds of customers in the past 5 years, can be proven over and over again by witnessing what's said in many of these forums. The levels of expectation for what ebikes should and shouldn't do, or perform or 'should' be ' maintenance free, even if it's not stated, the underlying sentiment is easily discovered after a few minor questions and responses. SMH. I'd be embarrassed frankly if my own kids did not know what a 'phillips' is.
Gawd forbid if you have a neighbor who asks you for help fixing his super heavy garage door, while you are holding it up, and you ask him to 'hand you a phillips'. It's likely hernia city from there...
 
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