The brake pads
Brake pads are an important part of your bike and ensure that you can always drive in safe conditions.
It is recommended to check them every 1000 km or as soon as you feel a loss of braking strength or a creaky noise.
Please have a look at the difference in appearance between a new brake pad (left) and a worn out one (right):
For the Cowboy 4, the brake pads we use are custom made, but Tektro F10BS or Shimano K03S would fit as well.
Here is a tutorial which explains how to replace them.
The lifetime of the belt depends on how you maintain it and the roads you use. The belt should be checked every 10.000 km when used in ideal conditions. A belt used on dirty or sandy roads could be worn after 5000 km if not cleaned properly. Have a deep look at your belt to make sure it’s still in good condition.
If the belt shows traces of wear and tear (see image below), you need to replace it in order to avoid the sudden break of the teeth or a break of the belt itself during a ride.
Send a message to [email protected] if you'd like to do so.
This picture comes from The Gates Carbon Drive Manual.
In this video, we explain how to adjust the belt tension (between 45 and 60 Hz) and how to align it.
Your tires should be checked every 1500 km, especially if you ride on country roads. Please have a deep look at your tires to make sure they are still in good condition.
If your tires look worn, you'll need to replace them.
You can also buy the original Cowboy 4 tires directly from us via the chat or other tires via the link below.
If you’re feeling handy when you receive your new tires, here is a tutorial which explains how to take off a front wheel and replace an inner tube or tire. For the rear wheel, changing an inner tube and tire is exactly the same process. The difference is in the way you need to take off the wheel. We've set up a separate tutorial to show you how to do that.
p.s. Don’t forget that tires can be recycled, and so we encourage you to get rid of them at an approved recycling point.
Here are a few tips to keep your bike in perfect state and maximize its performance:
Clean your bike
Clean the belt with a wet cloth, a toothbrush or a sponge. Simply clean off any dirt gently with one of those items.
Clean your disks with a cloth - dry or with some alcohol. Don’t use soap as it could damage them.
Remove your battery and clean the rest of your bike using a moist cloth. The bike is not approved for steam cleaning, high pressure cleaning or cleaning with a water hose. Avoid spraying water directly on electronics (lights and LED module on your top tube), connectors and wires. You can use a damp cloth or soft brush to remove dirt and grime.
Inflate your tires
Tires deflate during storage and shipping. Inflate them to a pressure of 2,5 bars, for heavier payload and less for a lighter payload. We don't recommend going below 1,5 bars. We also don't recommend inflating them at the max pressure as comfort will be reduced.
Tighten nuts and bolts
Inspect your bike and verify all nuts and bolts are well tightened.
Check your belt tension
Check the belt tension by pressing firmly down on it in the middle with your index finger. The deflection of the belt should be around 0.5 cm to 1 cm. If you have a belt tension measurement tool, the tension should measure between 45 and 60 Hz.
You're good to go!