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The Ultimate Guide to E-Bike Lubrication:

FavoriteBikes ensures that each bike is pre-lubricated before shipping. Your bike also includes additional lubricant specifically for the seat post. However, ongoing maintenance is essential for optimal performance. Below, you'll find detailed instructions on how to properly lubricate and maintain your bike.

Maintenance Guide

Components That Need Lubrication

1. Chain

The chain is the most obvious component that needs regular lubrication. It is responsible for transferring power from the pedals to the wheels.

2. Derailleurs

Both front and rear derailleurs require lubrication at the pivot points to ensure smooth gear changes.

3. Brake and Shifter Levers

The pivot points of these levers also need lubrication to function correctly.

4. Pedals

The pedal axles should be lubricated to ensure smooth rotation.

5. Cables

Brake and shifter cables can benefit from a light coating of lube to reduce friction.

6. Seatpost

A thin layer of grease on the seatpost prevents it from seizing inside the frame.

7. Headset

The bearings in the headset should be lubricated to ensure smooth steering.

8. Wheel Hubs

The wheel bearings need lubrication for smooth rotation.

Frequency of Lubrication

  • Chain: Every 100-200 miles or after riding in wet conditions.
  • Derailleurs: Monthly
  • Brake and Shifter Levers: Every 3-6 months
  • Pedals: Every 3-6 months
  • Cables: Every 3-6 months
  • Seatpost: Annually
  • Headset: Annually
  • Wheel Hubs: Annually

Detailed Process for Lubrication


  1. Clean the chain using a chain cleaner or a rag.
  2. Apply lube evenly along the length of the chain while rotating the pedals.
  3. Wipe off excess lube.

Derailleurs, Levers, and Pedals

  1. Clean the pivot points with a rag.
  2. Apply a drop of lube at each pivot point.
  3. Move the component to spread the lube.


  1. Remove the cable from its housing.
  2. Apply a thin layer of lube along the cable.
  3. Reinsert the cable into its housing.

Seatpost, Headset, and Wheel Hubs

  1. Disassemble the component.
  2. Clean old grease.
  3. Apply fresh grease.
  4. Reassemble.

Recommended Brands and Models



Why These Brands?

  • Finish Line: Known for durability and long-lasting effect.
  • Tri-Flow: Provides excellent penetration and flexibility.
  • White Lightning: Water-resistant and long-lasting.
  • Shimano: Specifically designed for high-friction areas.
  • Park Tool: High-quality, versatile grease suitable for multiple components.

By following this guide, you'll not only extend the life of your bike but also enjoy a smoother, more efficient ride. Happy cycling!