Tips for Riding an Electric Bike in Winter - Storage and More!
Winter is coming, and so are the cold temperatures. That's right, and it's time to get out your bike unless you live in warmer climates. Having an electric bike makes this easy, but you still need to take precautions during the winter months. Here are some tips for riding an electric bike in winter with some basic storage tips.
Assemble your bike for the winter
You should assemble your electric bike before the cold arrives. This makes it easier to adjust the bike's parts, like gears and brakes. You should also get a professional to install any lights or other accessories you've purchased for your bike.
Store your bike for the winter
If you live in a colder climate, winter can put an end to your riding season. But don't worry! You can store your bike indoor or outdoor with some basic tips.
- If you're storing your bike indoors, make sure it's in a dry environment with plenty of air circulation. Ideally, you want it to be 40 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer in the room where your bike is stored. If not, use the appropriate heating components to keep the room at the right temperature.
- If you're storing your bike outside, make sure it's protected from rain and snowfall with a cover or shelter. You'll also need to brush the snow off of your bike before riding it again so that water doesn't accumulate on the seat or handlebars.
Keep your electric bike charged
The battery is the most important part of your electric bike, so make sure it's charged. The best way to do this is to charge it at home before you go out for a ride.
It's also important to note that the battery will discharge over time. If your electric bike sits without use, the battery will eventually lose its charge. So, if you don't plan on using your electric bike for an extended period of time, turn off the power and store it in a climate controlled environment (car garage or basement).
Stay Safe on Your Electric Bike in Winter Weather
Winter is a time when cycling can be a little more dangerous with wet and slippery conditions both on the road and on the bike. The following steps will help you stay safe when riding your electric bike in winter:
- Make sure you have lights on your bike to make it more visible in the dark.
- Keep your tires pumped up. This will help you ride smoothly and avoid any punctures or flat tires.
- Inspect your brakes, cables, and break pads before going out for a ride. If they're not in good shape, have them repaired or replaced before you go out on a wet or icy day.
- Check your tire pressure often to keep them at the right level for riding in winter conditions.
- Keep an eye out for slick surfaces from ice or snow build up. These could be especially tricky to ride over so proceed with caution!
Winter is a great time to ride an electric bike. You'll love the convenience of going from place to place without breaking a sweat. But, winter does bring its own set of dangers-like slipping on ice or snow and getting your bike wet. Here are some tips for staying safe during the winter months: