Challenging Riding Conditions

Wet weather, remote areas, night riding, and extreme off-road riding presents various challenges and hazards a rider must account for.

Off-road riding presents variable conditions and hazards. Wear appropriate safety gear and do not ride alone in remote areas. Do not engage in extreme riding. This includes but is not limited to jumps and stunts. Extreme riding places enormous stress on integrity limitations and decreases mechanical component life cycles. Because electric bikes are heavier and faster than normal bikes, they require extra caution and care while riding. Take extra care while riding in wet conditions including decreasing speed and increasing braking distances.

Wet Weather:

Use extra caution when riding in wet weather. Your brake’s stopping power will be diminished in wet conditions no matter what type of brake system your bike is equipped with. All brake systems are affected by wet weather. To ensure you can stop safely in wet conditions, ride more cautiously and slowly and brake earlier than you would in normal road and weather conditions.

Never ride in storms with high winds and lightning conditions. Ride in wet weather only if necessary. This electric bike is not meant for use in heavy rain or streams. Never immerse or submerge this product in water or liquid as the electrical system may be damaged.

In wet weather, you need to take extra care when operating this bike.

  • Decrease riding speed to help you control the bike in slippery conditions.

  • Brake earlier since it will take longer to slow down and come to a stop than when operated in dry conditions.

  • Take care to be more visible to others on the road.

  • Wear reflective clothing and use approved safety lights.

  • Road hazards are more difficult to see when wet; proceed with caution.

Night Riding: 

Riding at dawn, dusk, during poor visibility or night riding is extremely dangerous. Your reflectors are not a substitute for required bike lights. Motorists and pedestrians may not be able to see a bicyclist during poor visibility conditions. Consult your local bike shop for night riding equipment if you choose to accept the risk of riding during these conditions.

  • Wear reflective and light-colored clothing.

  • Slow down and use familiar roads with street lighting, if possible.

  • Ensure tire wall, pedal, and other reflectors are installed and unobstructed.

  • Ensure headlight and taillight/brake light are functioning correctly and use them.

Higher speeds create higher risks and greater forces in the event of a crash. At higher speeds, it is more likely that wheels will slip, or that a small bump can create significant impact on your frame or fork. Always keep your bicycle under control. Before riding fast or in more difficult conditions, try riding at slower speeds in a flat, open lot to test the function and performance features of your bike. Consult your local bike shop if you have specific questions concerning the parts and functionality of your bike. Some areas offer cycling courses or classes which can be found online or through your local bike shops.

Riding a bicycle in low light conditions without proper lighting and reflectors attached to your bike impairs your ability to see and be seen by other motorists or pedestrians. This greatly increases the chance you will be involved in an accident that could lead to serious injury or death. Use a light on the front and rear of your bike and be sure all reflectors are in place before riding in low light conditions.

Special Considerations for Remote Areas:

  • While riding on rough terrain even if a short distance, share your destination and route with another adult.

  • Never ride alone in remote areas.

  • Carry a signaling device such as a whistle, cell phone, or 2-way radio.

  • Take identification and emergency food and drink.

  • Wear appropriate clothing and safety gear for the type of riding you plan.

  • Carry a first aid kit.

 If you are not confident in your ability to successfully and safely perform all steps, we recommend having the work performed or checked by a local, certified, and reputable bike mechanic.