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Transportation 6 tips to stay safe on your electric bike in winter | Upload Battery

6 Tips To Stay Safe On Your Electric Bike In Winter

by: Joris Zuid
6 tips to stay safe on your electric bike in winter | Upload

Everything seems to be coming together nicely for the electric bike industry. Whereas a bike with an ‘engine’ used to be some oddity only a decade ago, recent events led to a surge in the number of those handy vehicles behind turned over. 6 Tips to stay safe on your electric bike in winter describes how you can travel safely on your electric bike.

Electric Bikes To Get Around

Especially as electric bikes become cheaper and travel restrictions due to COVID-19 prohibit many of us from using public transport, it seems to have become our go-to means of getting around. All fun and games in the summer, when the weather is still good, but somewhat more of a road hazard as winter dawns upon us. With the days getting shorter and roads getting wetter, the cautious electric biker would do well to adhere to some basic tips to keep them safe during those dark, cold months.

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Recommended: Top Winter Hacks To Keep Cycling And Save Money

Tip 1: Use Your Head While Biking

The first two tips are generally established ‘common sense’ habits for anyone using a bicycle, be it a regular one or an electrically powered version. Most importantly, keep your head in the game - or, more precisely, on the bike. This means not getting distracted by other things while biking, including your cellphone, children, or umbrellas, but also to consider getting a helmet. Countless studies have proven that a helmet is invaluable when it comes to road safety for cyclists. They do not only protect your nugget, but they also come with various great features and designs - including integrated lighting, turn to signal, and Bluetooth (handsfree) capabilities.   

Tip 2: Stand Out On Your Bike

Three-people-on-a-bike-with-colorful-jackets

A second general tip is to ensure that you and your bike stand out in traffic, especially when dark and visibility is poor due to weather conditions. This means that lighting is not just an option; it is an absolute necessity. Ensure that your (electric) lights at the front and rear are working and that you have plenty of reflectors. Strongly consider adding extra lights and reflectors to your pedals and spokes. Even your own clothing can make a difference: brightly colored coats or biking outfits with reflectors on them are a great choice.  

Tip 3: Keep Your Bike Chain Smooth

Chain-of-an-electric-bike-in-the-snow

Then, some tips that have more to do with your bike maintenance and protection. Like your bike chain, something that is easily affected by the worsening road conditions. As it gets coated by water and dirt, it will soon get squeaky and show corrosion signs. This has quite an impact on the safety of your bike. Therefore, it is wise to regularly clean your chain, using either plain warm water or a designated chain cleaning product, available in most bike stores and repair shops. 

Tip 4: Maintain Your Bike Brakes

As your bike gets exposed to bad weather and rain, many elements can impact your brakes' effectiveness. And, let’s face it, we really need those. Better be safe than sorry and perform a quick braking check before going on a trip, both by checking the pads' grip and regularly cleaning your hydraulic disk brakes. Useful tip: all brake pads and rims are marked to show wear and tear. Look out for it and bring in your bike for maintenance as it is nearing its maximum usage level.

Tip 5: Improving Traction

man-with-blue-jacket-on-a-electric-bike-in-the-snow

Traction is just as important for your bike as it is for your motorbike or car. Getting a good grip on possibly wet, muddy, or slippery surfaces is key in staying safe. This means that you would do well to get special winter tires if you plan on using your bike in the autumn and winter. Alternatively, you could reduce some of the tire pressure to make sure it has a better grip on the surface. As there is generally more dirt and debris on the road in the winter, you could also consider getting tires with a high-performance protective layer to avoid getting them punctured.

Tip 6: Keep Batteries Away From The Cold

It may seem obvious, as you would not leave your laptop or phone out in the dead of winter either - but keep your batteries away from the cold. Already at temperatures below 10 degrees Celsius, special care is needed to keep your battery cells healthy. So, as the outside temperature drops, you might consider bringing your e-bike battery inside your home or workplace. Even if you are not planning on using it in the winter, you will do well to take it out and store it in a dry place where it is anywhere between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius. Recharge it every 1-2 months to a charge somewhere between 60% and 80% to avoid total depletion.

Recommended: Electric Bikes Like Overhauled Battery Packs

Keep these tips in mind, and you will be all set. Happy biking!

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Recommended: Sustainable Electric Cycling: Speed Pedelec Or On Hydrogen

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6 Tips To Stay Safe On Your Electric Bike In Winter

Everything seems to be coming together nicely for the electric bike industry. Whereas a bike with an ‘engine’ used to be some oddity only a decade ago, recent events led to a surge in the number of those handy vehicles behind turned over.  6 Tips to stay safe on your electric bike in winter describes how you can travel safely on your electric bike. Electric Bikes To Get Around Especially as electric bikes become cheaper and travel restrictions due to COVID-19 prohibit many of us from using public transport, it seems to have become our go-to means of getting around. All fun and games in the summer, when the weather is still good, but somewhat more of a road hazard as winter dawns upon us. With the days getting shorter and roads getting wetter, the cautious electric biker would do well to adhere to some basic tips to keep them safe during those dark, cold months. Recommended:  Top Winter Hacks To Keep Cycling And Save Money Tip 1: Use Your Head While Biking The first two tips are generally established ‘common sense’ habits for anyone using a bicycle, be it a regular one or an electrically powered version. Most importantly, keep your head in the game - or, more precisely, on the bike. This means not getting distracted by other things while biking, including your cellphone, children, or umbrellas, but also to consider getting a helmet. Countless studies have proven that a helmet is invaluable when it comes to road safety for cyclists. They do not only protect your nugget, but they also come with various great features and designs - including integrated lighting, turn to signal, and Bluetooth (handsfree) capabilities.    Tip 2: Stand Out On Your Bike A second general tip is to ensure that you and your bike stand out in traffic, especially when dark and visibility is poor due to weather conditions. This means that lighting is not just an option; it is an absolute necessity. Ensure that your (electric) lights at the front and rear are working and that you have plenty of reflectors. Strongly consider adding extra lights and reflectors to your pedals and spokes. Even your own clothing can make a difference: brightly colored coats or biking outfits with reflectors on them are a great choice.   Tip 3: Keep Your Bike Chain Smooth Then, some tips that have more to do with your bike maintenance and protection. Like your bike chain, something that is easily affected by the worsening road conditions. As it gets coated by water and dirt, it will soon get squeaky and show corrosion signs. This has quite an impact on the safety of your bike. Therefore, it is wise to regularly clean your chain, using either plain warm water or a designated chain cleaning product, available in most bike stores and repair shops.  Tip 4: Maintain Your Bike Brakes As your bike gets exposed to bad weather and rain, many elements can impact your brakes' effectiveness. And, let’s face it, we really need those. Better be safe than sorry and perform a quick braking check before going on a trip, both by checking the pads' grip and regularly cleaning your hydraulic disk brakes. Useful tip: all brake pads and rims are marked to show wear and tear. Look out for it and bring in your bike for maintenance as it is nearing its maximum usage level. Tip 5: Improving Traction Traction is just as important for your bike as it is for your motorbike or car. Getting a good grip on possibly wet, muddy, or slippery surfaces is key in staying safe. This means that you would do well to get special winter tires if you plan on using your bike in the autumn and winter. Alternatively, you could reduce some of the tire pressure to make sure it has a better grip on the surface. As there is generally more dirt and debris on the road in the winter, you could also consider getting tires with a high-performance protective layer to avoid getting them punctured. Tip 6: Keep Batteries Away From The Cold It may seem obvious, as you would not leave your laptop or phone out in the dead of winter either - but keep your batteries away from the cold. Already at temperatures below 10 degrees Celsius, special care is needed to keep your battery cells healthy. So, as the outside temperature drops, you might consider bringing your e-bike battery inside your home or workplace. Even if you are not planning on using it in the winter, you will do well to take it out and store it in a dry place where it is anywhere between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius. Recharge it every 1-2 months to a charge somewhere between 60% and 80% to avoid total depletion. Recommended:  Electric Bikes Like Overhauled Battery Packs Keep these tips in mind, and you will be all set. Happy biking! 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? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about 'electric biking in winter'? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage.'
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