In order to prolong the life expectancy of your Atom Alpha, here is an example of a maintenance schedule, under intended use, that we recommend the following : Before and After Each Ride Check the alignment of the wheels. Check the state of charge of the battery. Check that brakes function properly. Check tires for any punctures, and wheels for proper alignment. Store Atom Alpha carefully in a clean and dry place. Check that your kickstand is tightly secured. Check for loose cables or wires that may be strained when turning the front wheel from left to right. Check for loose nuts such as under the seats, foot rests, or lamps. Each Month Inspect the handlebar and steer tube for any unusual movement. Check the cables, tires, handles. Check the wear of brake rotors, brake pads, and replace them if necessary. Each Six Months Inspect the frame, fork and look for signs of cracks in the metal. Check the bottom bracket and crankshaft and tighten the bolts on each crank. Check and grease the wheel hubs, headset, all parts in friction. Washing and Caring for Atom-Alpha Dirt, mud, and other elements can damage your Atom Alpha. Regularly clean your Atom Alpha and protect it against corrosion. Use clear water for cleaning and a gentle soap if necessary to dissolve grease and other residues. Do not spray water directly onto your Atom Alpha. Instead, use a lightly damp cloth to wipe down any dirt or debris. After drying your Atom Alpha, treat surfaces with a care product. Finally, wipe all parts with a clean, soft cloth. Do not clean your Atom Alpha with a strong water jet or steam jet from a short distance. The water can get passed the seals and get inside the bearings. Lubricants are then diluted, increasing friction. In the long run, the bearing surfaces will deteriorate.