BikeE Tips & Tricks
I'm gradually learning about the BikeE. As I think of neat stuff, I'll add it to this list.
1) The Easy Way To Wax Your Chain
problem with oiling a chain is the nasty tendency that oil has to attract dirt. There is a lot of surface area on a bike chain. The road grit mixes with oil to form an abrasive compound that causes rapid wear to the
chain, derailleurs, etc. I discovered White Lightning a couple of years ago. It seems to be parafin dissolved in a volatile solvent. It has a viscosity similar to water. Apply it to the chain while back pedaling and it works its way into the links as well as coating the surfaces. In a few minutes the solvent evaporates leaving a clear coating of parafin, which is an excellent dry lubricant and rust preventative. Dust doesn't stick to a waxed chain. If a larger drop of mud splatters onto the chain, it will drop off, perhaps taking a little wax with it, but the chain stays clean and shifts great. The last batch of White Lightning I bought had been reformulated and seemed too thin. Several other manufacturers make a similar product. I just ordered Ice Wax, a similar product from Pedro's and I like it a lot better. It seems to be a softer wax but still remains on the chain well and does a good job of sealing, protecting and lubricating. Your local bike shop should carry some type of chain wax. The first time you fix a rear flat and your hands are clean afterward, you'll really appreciate a waxed chain.
2) Topeak Pump and Tools
This is a fairly blatant commercial plug. I had heard good stuff about Topeak products and customer service. I bought their Mini Master Blaster pump and like it. It's light weight but solid. It pumps on both the extension and retraction strokes. Then I bought the Alien and Hummer mini tools. Both are lightweight, well designed and well built. I carry the Hummer on the BikeE. It has almost everything needed and is narrow enough to fit in a Tool-E style rear trunk. I wanted the 15 mm open end wrench from the Alien so I could take off the rear wheel to change a flat. I emailed Topeak to inquire about buying a replacement 15 mm wrench. They wouldn't sell me one, they just mailed it at no charge. Wow! Great company, great products.
3) Tool-E Tray
BikeE owners rave about the Tool-E tray. It's a good way to give your BikeE an internal frame mounted trunk. It's ideal for storing spare tubes, tools, or a wallet. I made my own, just for the fun of it. The design is very well integrated into the BikeE frame.