7 tips for storing your Van Raam special needs bike


7 tips for storing your Van Raam special needs bike

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7 tips for storing your Van Raam special needs bike

To ensure that your bike stays in top condition and you can enjoy it for an extended period, we'd like to share some useful tips for properly storing your Van Raam bike. Follow these simple steps to minimize issues such as rust, wear, and other weather-related damage. This will extend the lifespan of your Van Raam bike and keep it in optimal condition.

Tip 1. Provide a dry and sheltered storage

Always store your Van Raam bike in a dry and sheltered place, preferably in a shed or enclosed space. This minimizes the risk of rust and other weather-related damage. If indoor storage is not available, consider using a nearby bike shelter. Remember to lock your bike and engage the parking brake.

There are also standalone shelters available specifically for special needs bikes, offering a solution for those with limited storage space. Check out some examples of bike shelters on the ‘Options of third parties’ page.

Special needs bike Van Raam storing - Dry and sheltered storage

Tip 2. Optionally use a bicycle cover

Van Raam recommends storing your bike indoors. If indoor storage is not a viable option, and you must store your bike outdoors, purchasing a Van Raam bike cover is a sensible choice. These special covers provide optimal protection against various weather conditions. Ensure that your bike is clean and dry before applying the cover. These bike covers are available for various models of Van Raam bikes, including the Easy Rider tricycle and the Fun2Go duo bike. Learn more about these bike covers on the 'Bicycle covers' option page.

If there is no Van Raam bike cover available for your model of Van Raam bike, we recommend purchasing another breathable waterproof cover, for example, from a motorcycle shop.

Special needs bike Van Raam storing - bicycle cover

Tip 3. Check the tire pressure

Regularly check the tire pressure of your Van Raam bike. It's important to maintain optimal tire pressure, as too hard or too soft tires can have negative consequences. Incorrectly inflated tires wear out faster and are more prone to punctures. Make sure the tires are sufficiently inflated before storing the bike to prevent deformation.

To determine the correct tire pressure, check the side of the bike tire, where the minimum and maximum recommended tire pressure in bars is usually indicated in black letters or numbers. Since the ideal tire pressure may vary by bike and tire, it's advisable to take the average of the minimum and maximum values indicated on the tire.

Did you know?

Some Van Raam bike models are optionally available with a divisible frame? This makes it easier to transport the bike and requires less storage space for long-term storage.

Learn more about a divisible frame

Tip 4. Clean your bike

Before storing the bike, thorough cleaning is essential. Remove mud, dirt, and any traces of salt or other harmful substances. A clean bike is less susceptible to corrosion and wear.

Wipe the frame of your Van Raam bike with a damp cloth. For dirty spots, you can use a mild cleaning agent. Clean the wheels with a damp brush with plastic bristles (no steel brush). The saddle, handlebars, and backrest can be cleaned with mild soap and water. Some Van Raam (older) bike models (such as the Chat rickshaw bike) have upholstery. The upholstery of the seat is removable and can be cleaned. You can wash it in the washing machine at a maximum of 40°C.

The user manual for your Van Raam bike also provides more information on cleaning and disinfecting your bike.

Tip 5. Use the right lubricant

It's essential to regularly maintain the chain of your bike, preferably about every three months. This ensures the chain stays well-maintained, and your bike remains in optimal condition during storage. For lubricating your Van Raam bike chain, use special chain grease or Teflon spray. This guarantees that the chain remains smooth, water-resistant, and protected against rust. Here are the steps for cleaning and lubricating the chain: 

  1. Wipe the chain thoroughly with a cloth.

  2. Treat the chain with chain grease or Teflon spray.

  3. Wipe off excess lubricant with a cloth.

It's important not to treat other parts of the bike with lubricant.

Tip 6. Conduct regular maintenance checks

Perform a thorough inspection regularly before storing the bike for an extended period. Check for wear, lighting, the functioning of brakes, and any other issues that require attention. Such an inspection prevents unpleasant surprises when you use the bike again. In case of malfunctions or defects, take your bike immediately to your Van Raam dealer for repairs.

It's also necessary to have your bike inspected by a dealer at least annually to continue qualifying for the warranty. Read more about this in the user manual for your Van Raam bike.

Tips for maintenance

Special needs bike Van Raam storing - Maintenance check

Tip 7. Store your battery correctly

When storing your bike, it's crucial to charge and store your bike battery in a cool and dry place. Preferably indoors, but at least in a space between 5 and 20 degrees Celsius. Batteries have vulnerabilities, with extreme cold and heat being their greatest enemies. To avoid these dangers, it's advisable not to leave the batteries in an extremely cold or hot environment for an extended period. Avoiding higher and lower temperatures contributes to the stability and performance of your battery.

Special needs bike Van Raam storing - storing battery

Never store your battery when it's completely empty. We recommend charging the battery as soon as it's empty. The best storage charge for the battery is when three to five LEDs are lit. Every battery discharges over time, even if you don't use the bike. This process is called 'self-discharge.' A battery that is empty and not charged can experience deep discharge through self-discharge, leading to defects. Therefore, make sure to charge the battery on time, even if you don't use the bike for a while.

Read more in the article 'Tips for the optimum battery life of Van Raam’s electric bicycles'.

Tips for your battery

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