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Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter? 10 Plus Tips

by: John Farrell
electric bikes  how to ride e bikes in winter  10 plus tips | Newsletter

Riding an electric bike can be a real joy especially in nice weather. But unfortunately for many of us, we live in areas where weather is more variable and winter is much more severe. In the past, it left no alternative than to leave your bike at home and take the bus.

Electric Bikes: The Daily Commuter

The last number of years with the introduction of the fat tire bike and the demand for better traction tires from off-road mountain biking there are many good winter tires available for a bike. Studded tires are also easy to find and give excellent traction in the snow. Add to that clothing manufacturers are making better products for outdoor activities that keep you warm and dry.

electric bike, person. snow

In this post, we will list tips for riding in the winter. Most of the information is geared towards the daily commuter that is going out in traffic. Many of the tips presented in this post will apply to the weekend electric biker that bike on the trails in winter, but fully covering tips for electric mountain biking in the winter is a whole other post. If you are not a confident rider and find it difficult to ride safely under difficult driving conditions, it may be better to opt for a conventional bike with no power.

Recommended: Do You Need A Dual Motor e-Bike For Electric Snow Cycling?

Add some good snow tires or studded tires and your good to go. Most of the information below will apply. If you are new to electric bikes and a novice rider getting a new E-bike in winter may not be the best idea. Ideally, it would be nice to have had your E-bike earlier in the year to get used to the added power in good conditions. Don’t forget electric bikes go faster than normal bikes and have a throttle control that can get away on you. Winter riding and summer riding are very different and take a little adjustment when riding. So if you are planning to ride this winter here are 10 plus tips riding an  electric bike in winter.



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Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: Give It Good Winter Tires

If you are going to seriously ride in the winter putting on a pair of snow tires is a must. Depending on the tires many bike tires that are good in the rain are useless in snow. Adding colder temperatures will make rubber more stiff with less traction, a recipe for disaster.

The good news is there are more winter bike tires available than ever. A studded tire can make a real difference in icy conditions carbide studs are preferable. Prices of winter tires for bikes are not cheap but well worth it for safety sakes. If you have the budget having two complete sets of tires with rims is ideal. One set with good snow tires and another set with studded tires for heavy snow and icy days. Studded tires work great in snow and ice but often times roads dry up and you are riding on bare pavement. This wears out the studs very fast and the studs add drag and slow your E-bike down and reduce battery range.

Electric bike wheelie, man, snow

It may cost more upfront but you will go further, your studded tires will last much longer and can be used as needed. Consider puncture-resistant tires because it is no fun having to fix a flat in the cold. They may cost a few dollars more but well worth it. Another option is to keep a spare inner-tube in your pack for a quick change and patch the hole on the bad tube at home. Note: In a pinch, if you are stuck wrapping your tires with tie wraps will give you traction in snow. This will work with disc brakes and not tire clamp brakes. A temporary fix if needed but will not last very long.

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Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: Dress Appropriately

Dressing properly for winter weather is very important. Head, fingers, and toes, is what will get cold first. You may have good traction and your bike may be running great but if you are cold, wet and miserable it is no fun and chances are you will soon leave your electric bike at home. Dressing properly to ride your electric bike in winter can be more of a challenge than in summer. Temperatures can vary from below freezing to above freezing temperatures in a few hours. Overheating and sweating in colder weather and getting wet is no fun.

If you commute daily chances of riding in the rain and snow are inevitable so you might as well be prepared. Depending on how long your ride is and how bad the weather is in your area some of the following articles of clothing in this section will be a must and others can be added if needed. Choose bright colours with reflective strips to help others see you. You can buy a roll of reflective tape and add it to your clothing and bike.

Refecting clothing, bile. man, back

Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: The Helmet

A helmet is required to be worn when riding an E-bike and winter is no exception. The typical bike helmet is made for summer riding and designed to release heat from your head to prevent overheating. This is great in the summer when you are hot but in winter a cold head is no fun.

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A full hood or balaclava that covers your ears and face can be worn under your helmet. If you are a skier a good ski helmet will also work. It will give you great head protection and better head coverage to keep your head warm.

Electric bike, winter, woman, snow

Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: Gloves

Your hands are out front in the wind and as the temperature gets cooler the first thing you most likely will need is a good pair of gloves to keep your pinkies warm. Depending on where you live I could see you using gloves year rounds, especially during brisk morning rides.

green gloevs, bike, snow

Choose a pair of gloves with a windshield outer layer to cut the wind. Having two pairs of gloves on hand is ideal when temperatures vary. Two-layer gloves are also ideal, one layer for warmth and one layer for water and wind protection. Here is a good pair of waterproof thermal gloves that will keep your fingers warm and dry. If you are in a really cold climate and still have a tendency to get cold hands Bar Mitts will keep your hands warm in very cold temperatures.

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Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: Anti-Glare Sunglasses or Goggles

A pair of Anti-Glare Sunglasses is also a good idea year-round. They improve vision on bright sunny days and prevent debris from hitting your eyes. Squinting to see in the rain and snow is no fun and downright dangerous. Sunny days with winter snow can be very bright and sunglasses will allow you to see better and reduce the glare. One issue as the temperature drops is your glasses may fog up. This can happen when stopping, and when the air is cold and humid. If you wear a face mask, warm, moist breath rises up and will fog up your glasses.
A good pair of ski goggles​ will work the best in snowy conditions. No squinting required and they have much less chance of fogging up. If you wear glasses they can be easily worn underneath the googles.

bike, goggles, 3 old men

Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: Windproof Clothing And Layers

Windproof clothing is probably the next most important item of clothing. Windproof clothing cuts the wind and also holds the warmth in. Depending on how cold it is often a windproof jacket will keep you warm for a good part of the season. As the temperature drops dress warm but don’t overdo it or you will be sweating.

Because winter days are so short choosing a bright reflective colour for safety. This will help drivers better see you in snowy conditions. Don’t forget the cars on the road cannot stop as fast on snowy icy roads so the more they can see you the better.

Layering is best in cold weather. Often it is colder during the morning commute than the afternoon return. You can then remove a layer if necessary. A really good waterproof jacket that is highly recommended is made by Showers Pass available at Amazon it comes in a variety of bright colours that helps you get seen on the road and it has ventilation zippers to prevent overheating.

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Adjust your face mask or neck warmer so you breathe out through it, or downwards, so you do not fog your glasses or goggles. It may look cool in photos but do not use a long scarf which could get tangled in the spokes! Depending on how long your commute is and how cold it gets you will find when temperatures drop below freezing that your legs start getting cold. Wearing two layers on your legs is the way to go. They make a lot of good long underwear made with synthetic fabric that wicks moisture away and dries very quickly. Women can use a pair of tights as their first layer.

Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: Face Protection

Face protection is very important. A cold head can make cycling very unpleasant. Cheeks, noses, and ears can get cold very fast in cold windy conditions. A good face mask balaclava will keep your cheeks warm. They make a number of nice face masks that allow you to breathe easily and stay warm.

Neck protection is also another important item you find very useful as temperatures drop. For example, the Neck Gaitor for less than $ 15, is an excellent product that keeps your neck warm and prevents drafts from going down your jacket.

electric bike, woman, face mask

Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: Splash-Proof Footwear

Splash-proof footwear. Having cold wet feet is no fun. If you have ever ridden your bike in the rain you found your feet got really wet, not so bad in the summer but riding in winter with wet feet is another story. Putting your feet down in slush and snow will riding is inevitable and will result in wet feet.

Get a pair of waterproof shoes to keep your feet dry. Another great option is waterproof cycling overshoes. They slip over your existing shoes and keep your feet dry on rainy days and can be kept in a bag when not needed. They can start as low as $15 and go to $100 for fancier pairs.

Flash proof food wear, bike

Fabric choices

I love cotton but for layering, in cold weather, it can be a bad choice. There are much better synthetic fabrics available today that wick moisture away and keep you much more comfortable. Cotton holds in moisture that can eventually leave you cold and clammy. Wool can be a good choice for some to keep warm. But wool can be heavy, does not dry quickly and some people cannot stand to wear it because it makes me itch.

Manufacturers are making better wool undergarments that are not so itchy that will keep you warm and comfortable, and the big advantage of wool is it does not smell as quickly as synthetic fabrics. There are a number of wool undergarments available at Amazon if you can handle wool.

Waterproof windbreaker pants

A pair of cheap waterproof outer-shell pants, like these available at Amazon, is a good idea to have on hand year-round. In summer if riding in the rain they will keep your legs dry and in the winter they are great as an over-layer to cut the wind and provide water protection. If you are riding in snowy weather oftentimes snow will stick to you and your body heat will melt the snow and in short order, you will be cold and wet. Windbreaker pants are light and easily compacted and stored in your backpack or bike bag.

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Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: Lower Your Seat

Lower your seat so that your feet are firmly on the ground when you sit, this will gives you a lower centre of gravity and more stopping power and balance and reduce the possibility of crashing. This works great if you slip on some ice or snow, and you can stick your legs out to regain your balance.

Driving in the snow with a bike is definitely more challenging than riding in good conditions and slipping and sliding is part of the ride. You may like your seat up high but you will find you will be peddling a bit differently in the snowy slippery conditions and this is a much safer option. The nice part is many seats have a quick release and you can adjust the seat to suit the weather conditions of the day.

4 pics adjusting saddles

Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: Put On Fresh Brake Pads

Winter is not the time of year to have dodgy brakes. Even good breaks may not work their best in cold wet temperature. Be sure to put on new brake pads and give the brakes a tune-up. If you store your E-bike inside, you may find that when you first start your brakes and shifter works fine and after you are out in the freezing weather they freeze up. Lower areas in the cable housing collect water and freeze. Check your cables and make sure there are no cable runs that can trap water. In fact, a good tune-up and regular maintenance is always a good idea.

Chaning Brake peds

​Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: Keep Your Battery Warm

You will notice when temperatures drop you will not get as much range out of your battery than at more moderate temperatures. Batteries don’t like to be too hot and they do not like to be too cold. In summer you should avoid keeping your electric bike in direct sunlight on sunny days. In winter it is best to bring your battery inside to keep warm.

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Be sure the battery terminals are dry and snow-free when putting the battery back on. You can wrap the battery in insulation to keep it warm. There are reports of a decrease of about 30% or more in range with a colder battery. Do not charge a freezing cold battery. Bring it inside to warm up first for a few hours then charge the battery.

Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: Put Some Fenders On

Although an electric bike looks cool without fenders and going out on weekends and getting dirty is no big deal, using an electric bike to commute daily is another story. Weather conditions change daily and you are bound to be riding in rain or snowy weather. A front and back full fender will keep slush and snow from kicking up in your face. A rear fender will prevent getting a stripe down your back. If it is just clean snow then you don’t need mudguards, but the snow will pack in the small gaps and locks the wheel and other mechanisms if you don’t clean it.

Fenders

Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: Clean It

Staying on top of cleaning your electric bike in the winter is much more important than in the summer. Temperature can fluctuate up and down in a single day. You and your electric bike may get a little wet on the morning ride but on the ride home, it has dipped below freezing and now you have a frozen electric bike. In the winter salt is often put on the roads and that salt gets on your bike. A major issue is no corrosion to the frame, but dirt, slush, and corrosion make brakes, cables, derailleurs, and other moving parts stick and not operate smoothly. Lubricants thicken and break claws may not work properly. Use lighter lubricants in the winter and lube more often.

Cleaning chain

For the summer WD-40, dry lube is an excellent lubricant, but in winter it is best to use WD-40 wet Lubricant. It penetrates and cleans the chain better than Dry Lube. The squeeze bottle is recommended vs the spray can. You have more control and no overspray. Chain wear is fastest in winter, replace the chain and sprocket in the spring if needed to get the most use out of them. Road salt is hard on bikes. The best is to rinse it off. But do not do this in freezing temperatures. Do not use a pressure washer to clean your electric bike. It may be convenient to stop off at the local coin wash and pressure wash your electric bike. Don’t do it!

Bottle rus check

A great tip is to get a garden sprayer that you can fill with water and store inside. You can then bring it outside to wash your bike providing you have above freezing temperatures and ideally direct sunlight. Give your bike a quick wipe-down after a ride if it’s wet and lubricate the chain more often using a wet lubricant like WD-40 wet Lube on the chain.

Bringing your electric bike inside is always the best because it has a chance to dry and the battery stays warm. Putting your bike in the sun can also dry off your bike in the winter and bring the battery inside if it’s cold. Here is more info on how to properly clean your electric bike before putting it away for winter. If you are a daily commuter it is inevitable that your electric bike will be exposed to salt.
Your daily wipe downs will help but the salt will still remain on some of the nooks and crannies. To prevent rusting and corrosion it is advisable at the beginning of the winter and every few days to spray on a product like Rust Check. Spray it on your spoke nipple right where the spoke meets the wheel.

After your daily wipe down, you can spray some on a rag and wipe around leaving a film of oil to protect the metal from salt exposure. Be sure not to spray the LCD screen or the electronics. Just keep an eye out that the connectors are clean and dry. In the spring you can give a good cleaning.

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Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: Have Some Tissues On Hand

Being outside in the cold air in winter can make your nose run. Bring along some tissues. Also, bring along a rag to give your bike a quick wipe down when needed or for drying the battery terminals.

Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: Add Some Anti-Slip Tape To Your Brake Levers

You may find in wet cold conditions that your gloved hands will slip on the controls. Adding a little Anti-slip tape to key locations like brake levers, gear levers or anywhere you touch with your hands to control. It is basically tape with sandpaper on it that you can cut with a pair of scissors and stick on any desired locations.

Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: Slow Down!

One rule that is a must in winter is: slow down. You may have good winter tires on your electric bike that give you great traction but they still are not perfect. Slush and patches of ice can still leave the best tires slipping and cause you to crash. Slow down on corners to avoid sliding into traffic.

man, electric bike, snow, water

Don’t forget that cars also have less control in the cold and snow and cannot stop as fast and can easily slide into you. Also, they have less visibility with frosted or snow-covered windows and snowy conditions. Be extra defensive and make slower stops to avoid sliding

Winter riding also means more night riding as the days are shorter. You most likely will be riding in the dark, in the morning, or on your commute home from work, or both, depending on how far north you are. Be sure to have good lights in the front and back. Be aware people driving in cars at night have less visibility when it’s snowing, it is better to see and be seen.

Bonus!

Electric Bikes: How To Care And Maintain Your E-Bike Battery.

Just like a regular bike, electric bike’s need routine maintenance. An electric bike has a few more additional components like the motor and battery. The motor is pretty much maintenance-free, but the battery requires regular charging. Here are some electric bike battery care and maintenance tips. How to charge an electric bike and best practices.

Electric bike battery

Electric Bike Battery: Avoid Quick Charging

Example regularly using 1-hour quick charging will decrease the overall life of your battery. If you still want to quick charge at least get a quality programmable charger.

Electric Bike Battery: Do Not Fully Discharge Your Battery

This will decrease the capacity of the battery and reduce its overall lifetime.

Electric Bike Battery: Do Not Let Your Battery Fully Discharge For A Long Period Of Time

Batteries like to be used regularly and keep a charge. Keeping a battery dead for a long period of time makes the battery in simple term lazy. The internal battery regulator needs a slight charge to do its job and if the battery is totally dead the regulator will not work and the battery may not charge.

Electric Bike Battery: Do Not Keep Your Battery Fully Charged For A Long Period Of Time

Always keeping the battery fully charged will reduce the batteries lifetime.

Electric Bike Battery: Do Not Overheat Your Battery

Batteries like to be kept at a moderate temperature for maximum charge. Batteries below a certain temperature have reduced battery power and the same is true when a battery gets too hot. Avoid parking your E-bike in direct sunlight on hot days.

electric bike in fire, smoke, 2 fire men

Electric Bike Battery: Use About 80% Of The Batteries Charge Before Recharging.

Constantly charging your battery and keeping it fully charge is not the best. If you can go back and forth to work on a single charge, do not charge your electric bike at work. Instead, charge your bike when you get home when the battery has reduced to 10 to 20%. This will maximize the overall life of the battery.

Electric Bike Battery: Don’t Drop The Battery

The battery is generally quite heavy and is housed in a plastic casing. Dropping a battery can seriously damage or ruin it. Be sure your bike does not fall over and if you have your battery in your backpack handle it with care.

Electric Bike Battery: Protect Your Battery From Thieves And Do Not Leave It Behind

Not only is the battery the most expensive component on your electric bike, but the battery is also made to be conveniently removable. Unfortunately, thieves know this as well so the best practice is to bring your battery with you and not leave it on your bike.

Lock, key, battery electric bike

Electric bike batteries do have locks but this does not slow down thieves. Unfortunately many electric bike manufacturers use the same lock on all their batteries and the same key can unlock batteries on different bikes. A new key can be obtained very easily and you can bet thieves know this as well.

Electric Bike Battery: Never Store The Battery With An Empty Or Low Charge

A battery is a little like a muscle. The molecules will get lazy and will not recharge. A battery left totally dead for a long period of time will dramatically reduce the overall life and running time it may likely not charge at all.

Many electric bike shops owners say people come in with dead batteries all the time because of poor storage practices. Avoid storing your battery at extreme temperatures. When charging your battery be sure you are in an open vented area at a moderate temperature. Overheating can cause the charger to overheat and possibly start a fire. Don’t just leave your charge hooked up to the battery for long periods of time.

Many chargers have auto shut off but if the charger remains connected the battery may naturally lose some charge, and the charger will kick in and charge the battery to 100%. This continual charging will shorten the range of your bike. You will want to get the most out of your batteries’ lifespan because replacement batteries are not cheap regular usage ensures the best lifespan of your battery.

Before you go!

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How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: Gloves Your hands are out front in the wind and as the temperature gets cooler the first thing you most likely will need is a good pair of gloves to keep your pinkies warm. Depending on where you live I could see you using gloves year rounds, especially during brisk morning rides. Choose a pair of gloves with a windshield outer layer to cut the wind. Having two pairs of gloves on hand is ideal when temperatures vary. Two-layer gloves are also ideal, one layer for warmth and one layer for water and wind protection. Here is a good pair of waterproof thermal gloves that will keep your fingers warm and dry. If you are in a really cold climate and still have a tendency to get cold hands Bar Mitts will keep your hands warm in very cold temperatures. Recommended:  Wind Energy Cars: Netherlands, Canada, Germany, Denmark Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: Anti-Glare Sunglasses or Goggles A pair of Anti-Glare Sunglasses is also a good idea year-round. They improve vision on bright sunny days and prevent debris from hitting your eyes. Squinting to see in the rain and snow is no fun and downright dangerous. Sunny days with winter snow can be very bright and sunglasses will allow you to see better and reduce the glare. One issue as the temperature drops is your glasses may fog up. This can happen when stopping, and when the air is cold and humid. If you wear a face mask, warm, moist breath rises up and will fog up your glasses. A good pair of ski goggles​ will work the best in snowy conditions. No squinting required and they have much less chance of fogging up. If you wear glasses they can be easily worn underneath the googles. Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: Windproof Clothing And Layers Windproof clothing is probably the next most important item of clothing. Windproof clothing cuts the wind and also holds the warmth in. Depending on how cold it is often a windproof jacket will keep you warm for a good part of the season. As the temperature drops dress warm but don’t overdo it or you will be sweating. Because winter days are so short choosing a bright reflective colour for safety. This will help drivers better see you in snowy conditions. Don’t forget the cars on the road cannot stop as fast on snowy icy roads so the more they can see you the better. Layering is best in cold weather. Often it is colder during the morning commute than the afternoon return. You can then remove a layer if necessary. A really good waterproof jacket that is highly recommended is made by Showers Pass available at Amazon it comes in a variety of bright colours that helps you get seen on the road and it has ventilation zippers to prevent overheating. Recommended:  Sustainable Fashion: Fungi, Roots From MycoWorks, Inspidere Adjust your face mask or neck warmer so you breathe out through it, or downwards, so you do not fog your glasses or goggles. It may look cool in photos but do not use a long scarf which could get tangled in the spokes! Depending on how long your commute is and how cold it gets you will find when temperatures drop below freezing that your legs start getting cold. Wearing two layers on your legs is the way to go. They make a lot of good long underwear made with synthetic fabric that wicks moisture away and dries very quickly. Women can use a pair of tights as their first layer. Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: Face Protection Face protection is very important. A cold head can make cycling very unpleasant. Cheeks, noses, and ears can get cold very fast in cold windy conditions. A good face mask balaclava will keep your cheeks warm. They make a number of nice face masks that allow you to breathe easily and stay warm. Neck protection is also another important item you find very useful as temperatures drop. For example, the Neck Gaitor for less than $ 15, is an excellent product that keeps your neck warm and prevents drafts from going down your jacket. Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: Splash-Proof Footwear Splash-proof footwear. Having cold wet feet is no fun. If you have ever ridden your bike in the rain you found your feet got really wet, not so bad in the summer but riding in winter with wet feet is another story. Putting your feet down in slush and snow will riding is inevitable and will result in wet feet. Get a pair of waterproof shoes to keep your feet dry. Another great option is waterproof cycling overshoes. They slip over your existing shoes and keep your feet dry on rainy days and can be kept in a bag when not needed. They can start as low as $15 and go to $100 for fancier pairs. Fabric choices I love cotton but for layering, in cold weather, it can be a bad choice. There are much better synthetic fabrics available today that wick moisture away and keep you much more comfortable. Cotton holds in moisture that can eventually leave you cold and clammy. Wool can be a good choice for some to keep warm. But wool can be heavy, does not dry quickly and some people cannot stand to wear it because it makes me itch. Manufacturers are making better wool undergarments that are not so itchy that will keep you warm and comfortable, and the big advantage of wool is it does not smell as quickly as synthetic fabrics. There are a number of wool undergarments available at Amazon if you can handle wool. Waterproof windbreaker pants A pair of cheap waterproof outer-shell pants, like these available at Amazon, is a good idea to have on hand year-round. In summer if riding in the rain they will keep your legs dry and in the winter they are great as an over-layer to cut the wind and provide water protection. If you are riding in snowy weather oftentimes snow will stick to you and your body heat will melt the snow and in short order, you will be cold and wet. Windbreaker pants are light and easily compacted and stored in your backpack or bike bag. Recommended:  Sustainable Fabric By IKEA and NIKE Textile Without Pollution Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: Lower Your Seat Lower your seat so that your feet are firmly on the ground when you sit, this will gives you a lower centre of gravity and more stopping power and balance and reduce the possibility of crashing. This works great if you slip on some ice or snow, and you can stick your legs out to regain your balance. Driving in the snow with a bike is definitely more challenging than riding in good conditions and slipping and sliding is part of the ride. You may like your seat up high but you will find you will be peddling a bit differently in the snowy slippery conditions and this is a much safer option. The nice part is many seats have a quick release and you can adjust the seat to suit the weather conditions of the day. Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: Put On Fresh Brake Pads Winter is not the time of year to have dodgy brakes. Even good breaks may not work their best in cold wet temperature. Be sure to put on new brake pads and give the brakes a tune-up. If you store your E-bike inside, you may find that when you first start your brakes and shifter works fine and after you are out in the freezing weather they freeze up. Lower areas in the cable housing collect water and freeze. Check your cables and make sure there are no cable runs that can trap water. In fact, a good tune-up and regular maintenance is always a good idea. ​Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: Keep Your Battery Warm You will notice when temperatures drop you will not get as much range out of your battery than at more moderate temperatures. Batteries don’t like to be too hot and they do not like to be too cold. In summer you should avoid keeping your electric bike in direct sunlight on sunny days. In winter it is best to bring your battery inside to keep warm. Recommended:  Environmental Costs Of Lithium Battery Addiction: Worldwide Be sure the battery terminals are dry and snow-free when putting the battery back on. You can wrap the battery in insulation to keep it warm. There are reports of a decrease of about 30% or more in range with a colder battery. Do not charge a freezing cold battery. Bring it inside to warm up first for a few hours then charge the battery. Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: Put Some Fenders On Although an electric bike looks cool without fenders and going out on weekends and getting dirty is no big deal, using an electric bike to commute daily is another story. Weather conditions change daily and you are bound to be riding in rain or snowy weather. A front and back full fender will keep slush and snow from kicking up in your face. A rear fender will prevent getting a stripe down your back. If it is just clean snow then you don’t need mudguards, but the snow will pack in the small gaps and locks the wheel and other mechanisms if you don’t clean it. Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: Clean It Staying on top of cleaning your electric bike in the winter is much more important than in the summer. Temperature can fluctuate up and down in a single day. You and your electric bike may get a little wet on the morning ride but on the ride home, it has dipped below freezing and now you have a frozen electric bike. In the winter salt is often put on the roads and that salt gets on your bike. A major issue is no corrosion to the frame, but dirt, slush, and corrosion make brakes, cables, derailleurs, and other moving parts stick and not operate smoothly. Lubricants thicken and break claws may not work properly. Use lighter lubricants in the winter and lube more often. For the summer WD-40, dry lube is an excellent lubricant, but in winter it is best to use WD-40 wet Lubricant. It penetrates and cleans the chain better than Dry Lube. The squeeze bottle is recommended vs the spray can. You have more control and no overspray. Chain wear is fastest in winter, replace the chain and sprocket in the spring if needed to get the most use out of them. Road salt is hard on bikes. The best is to rinse it off. But do not do this in freezing temperatures. Do not use a pressure washer to clean your electric bike. It may be convenient to stop off at the local coin wash and pressure wash your electric bike. Don’t do it! A great tip is to get a garden sprayer that you can fill with water and store inside. You can then bring it outside to wash your bike providing you have above freezing temperatures and ideally direct sunlight. Give your bike a quick wipe-down after a ride if it’s wet and lubricate the chain more often using a wet lubricant like WD-40 wet Lube on the chain. Bringing your electric bike inside is always the best because it has a chance to dry and the battery stays warm. Putting your bike in the sun can also dry off your bike in the winter and bring the battery inside if it’s cold. Here is more info on how to properly clean your electric bike before putting it away for winter. If you are a daily commuter it is inevitable that your electric bike will be exposed to salt. Your daily wipe downs will help but the salt will still remain on some of the nooks and crannies. To prevent rusting and corrosion it is advisable at the beginning of the winter and every few days to spray on a product like Rust Check. Spray it on your spoke nipple right where the spoke meets the wheel. After your daily wipe down, you can spray some on a rag and wipe around leaving a film of oil to protect the metal from salt exposure. Be sure not to spray the LCD screen or the electronics. Just keep an eye out that the connectors are clean and dry. In the spring you can give a good cleaning. Recommended:  Bicycles Without Battery: We Just Forgot They Are Cleanest Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: Have Some Tissues On Hand Being outside in the cold air in winter can make your nose run. Bring along some tissues. Also, bring along a rag to give your bike a quick wipe down when needed or for drying the battery terminals. Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: Add Some Anti-Slip Tape To Your Brake Levers You may find in wet cold conditions that your gloved hands will slip on the controls. Adding a little Anti-slip tape to key locations like brake levers, gear levers or anywhere you touch with your hands to control. It is basically tape with sandpaper on it that you can cut with a pair of scissors and stick on any desired locations. Electric Bikes. How To Ride E-Bikes In Winter: Slow Down! One rule that is a must in winter is: slow down. You may have good winter tires on your electric bike that give you great traction but they still are not perfect. Slush and patches of ice can still leave the best tires slipping and cause you to crash. Slow down on corners to avoid sliding into traffic. Don’t forget that cars also have less control in the cold and snow and cannot stop as fast and can easily slide into you. Also, they have less visibility with frosted or snow-covered windows and snowy conditions. Be extra defensive and make slower stops to avoid sliding Winter riding also means more night riding as the days are shorter. You most likely will be riding in the dark, in the morning, or on your commute home from work, or both, depending on how far north you are. Be sure to have good lights in the front and back. Be aware people driving in cars at night have less visibility when it’s snowing, it is better to see and be seen. Bonus! Electric Bikes: How To Care And Maintain Your E-Bike Battery. Just like a regular bike, electric bike’s need routine maintenance. An electric bike has a few more additional components like the motor and battery. The motor is pretty much maintenance-free, but the battery requires regular charging. Here are some electric bike battery care and maintenance tips. How to charge an electric bike and best practices. Electric Bike Battery: Avoid Quick Charging Example regularly using 1-hour quick charging will decrease the overall life of your battery. If you still want to quick charge at least get a quality programmable charger. Electric Bike Battery: Do Not Fully Discharge Your Battery This will decrease the capacity of the battery and reduce its overall lifetime. Electric Bike Battery: Do Not Let Your Battery Fully Discharge For A Long Period Of Time Batteries like to be used regularly and keep a charge. Keeping a battery dead for a long period of time makes the battery in simple term lazy. The internal battery regulator needs a slight charge to do its job and if the battery is totally dead the regulator will not work and the battery may not charge. Electric Bike Battery: Do Not Keep Your Battery Fully Charged For A Long Period Of Time Always keeping the battery fully charged will reduce the batteries lifetime. Electric Bike Battery: Do Not Overheat Your Battery Batteries like to be kept at a moderate temperature for maximum charge. Batteries below a certain temperature have reduced battery power and the same is true when a battery gets too hot. Avoid parking your E-bike in direct sunlight on hot days. Electric Bike Battery: Use About 80% Of The Batteries Charge Before Recharging. Constantly charging your battery and keeping it fully charge is not the best. If you can go back and forth to work on a single charge, do not charge your electric bike at work. Instead, charge your bike when you get home when the battery has reduced to 10 to 20%. This will maximize the overall life of the battery. Electric Bike Battery: Don’t Drop The Battery The battery is generally quite heavy and is housed in a plastic casing. Dropping a battery can seriously damage or ruin it. Be sure your bike does not fall over and if you have your battery in your backpack handle it with care. Electric Bike Battery: Protect Your Battery From Thieves And Do Not Leave It Behind Not only is the battery the most expensive component on your electric bike, but the battery is also made to be conveniently removable. Unfortunately, thieves know this as well so the best practice is to bring your battery with you and not leave it on your bike. Electric bike batteries do have locks but this does not slow down thieves. Unfortunately many electric bike manufacturers use the same lock on all their batteries and the same key can unlock batteries on different bikes. A new key can be obtained very easily and you can bet thieves know this as well. Electric Bike Battery: Never Store The Battery With An Empty Or Low Charge A battery is a little like a muscle. The molecules will get lazy and will not recharge. A battery left totally dead for a long period of time will dramatically reduce the overall life and running time it may likely not charge at all. Many electric bike shops owners say people come in with dead batteries all the time because of poor storage practices. Avoid storing your battery at extreme temperatures. When charging your battery be sure you are in an open vented area at a moderate temperature. Overheating can cause the charger to overheat and possibly start a fire. Don’t just leave your charge hooked up to the battery for long periods of time. Many chargers have auto shut off but if the charger remains connected the battery may naturally lose some charge, and the charger will kick in and charge the battery to 100%. This continual charging will shorten the range of your bike. You will want to get the most out of your batteries’ lifespan because replacement batteries are not cheap regular usage ensures the best lifespan of your battery. Before you go! Recommended:  Sustainable Electric Cycling: Speed Pedelec Or On Hydrogen Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? 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