Updated: Oct 19, 2021
Don't think you can ride your e-bike in the winter weather? You most definitely can! Actually, it is healthier for your bike if you use it continuously every chance you get. However, there are a few extra steps to take and more precautions to watch out for before you go on those cold, snowy rides.
Depending on your plans for the winter, there are different precautions to follow.
If you plan to use your e-bike
Our electric bikes are great for those morning commutes to work, to class, or even trips to the grocery store. In the winter, cars can take a while to warm up and become drivable, so why not bundle up and ride your e-bike instead? It will be faster and easier with these few tips.
You CAN ride in the snow! With the right winter tires and sheer persistence, any winter ride will be a breeze. Make sure you bundle up and stay warm.
Keep your bike in a dry place! Don't let it sit out in the cold. This could potentially ruin your battery! Make sure you are charging it more frequently than usual as the cold temperatures can affect it.
Make sure your bike is kept CLEAN. With roads being salted to clear the way for cars, it can splash up onto your bike and make it dirty. The salt can even eat away at the paint. To prevent this, make sure after every ride that you wipe your bike clean with a damp cloth.
Try not to ride through slush! The slush could potentially splash up on your bike as well as the salt and cause rust to set in in places you don't think to look. It could also make it easier for you to wreck.
SLOW DOWN. Riding a bike can be dangerous in normal conditions, so make sure you take it slow in icy ones!
If you plan to store your e-bike
Is winter riding just not for you? No worries! You can still store your e-bike and get it back out for the spring. There are a few steps to follow if you don't plan to ride your electric bike when it is cold.
Make sure you clean your e-bike thoroughly! You don't want it to rust while in storage.
Your battery should at least be at a partial charge so that it doesn't go completely dead and mess it up. Make sure you check up on your battery every so often to make sure it is still charged up!
Check all of your wiring and gears for possible damage and take care of your bike while you don't need it. If you replace and fix what is broken so it is ready to go in the spring!
Store your bike in a warm and dry place. This will help the battery, the chains, the gears, and your bike as a whole to stay in its best shape for whenever you need it next.
Always check out your own e-bike's manual before storing or riding, however. Each bike is different and needs different care! Stay safe out there and enjoy the ride.