Post Break In Maintenance

Although our bikes are designed to be low maintenance, some regular maintenance and cleaning is required. The most notable and important maintenance needs to be done after the break in period, which for EVELO bikes is around 100 and 400 miles. During the break in period on a new bike some hardware will settle or loosen, cables will stretch, brake pads will bed themselves in. Doing this first round of maintenance will mean you do less of it in the future.

According to most service experts/bike brands you are supposed to do a visual inspection, hardware check, and tire pressure check before every ride to make sure you are safe to ride. Most people however do not do this before a ride. The following steps will ensure that you are safer to forgo these pre-ride checks, although we still recommend you do so every time.

Around 100 miles you want to check all the hardware on the bike to make sure it did not rattle loose. Put a tool on every nut and bolt to ensure that its tight enough; make sure not to over tighten hardware.
  • True the wheels and balance spoke tension. You will want to have a shop do this part since it takes lots of practice and specialty tools to do this right.
  • Rear wheel axle nuts - loosen the axle nuts on the rear wheel, hold the bike perpendicular to the floor and tighten then again. This will ensure the wheels are properly mounted in the frame/fork. Make sure the thru-axle on the front wheel is tight.
  • Check rear wheel alignment in the frame - adjust belt tension as needed at the right side sliding drop out, adjust wheel alignment using the left sliding drop out.
  • Adjust the fender alignment to the tire if necessary and tighten fender hardware.
  • Tighten all hardware on the rear rack (if you have one installed) and the frame splitter.
  • Tighten the hardware on the brake adapters and adjust brakes if necessary.
  • Tighten the pedals, crank bolts, and chainring bolts.
  • Check headset for play and stem for alignment. Adjust if necessary and then tighten all the bolts on the stem.
  • Check the clamping hardware on the handlebar controls and display.

At 400 miles your N380CVT has worn in. No adjustment or follow up is needed with the Automatiq system. For heavy riders its important to address wheel trueness and balance spoke tension once again to ensure that the wheels last. From here on out you should see little maintenance. It is recommended that you keep the bike clean and give it at least one tune up per year. High mileage riders might need more tune ups. You should bleed the brakes every 2 years at least if not yearly. The brake pads tend to last between 1000-2000 miles and a belt lasts about 10,000 miles. Otherwise just monitor tire wear.

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