Riding an electric bike during the cold months of the winter season has its own thrill and excitement. Now that we have advanced technology, and of course, warmer clothing, it becomes hard to resist the challenge of taking your E-Bike out for a ride.
Here are a few guidelines that you should follow while taking your Electric bike out in the winter:
Take Care of the Battery
You must ensure that the temperature of the battery in your bike is above freezing before you charge it, or else it could harm its cells. The bike or the battery won’t be harmed if you ride below freezing conditions but make sure that you allow the battery to warm up before charging (this does not mean that you put it in front of a heater!).
Electric Bike Maintenance
Keep your bike neat and clean. Winter comes with snow and rain, so your bike is bound to catch all the dirt that comes with it. You can wipe it with a damp cloth on a regular basis and use a lubricant for the chain.
Watch Out For Rust
Rust can destroy your bike if you don’t take a proactive approach to removing it. There are many products available to prevent rusting which can be found in any supply store. Make it a habit to check your bike’s chain and body on a regular basis for rust.
Adjust the Pressure
Use a low-pressure gauge to check your tire pressure as such a gauge is ideal for the winter season and is specific for fat tire electric bikes. This is because any variation in the pressure can cause a major impact on movement. Thus, it allows the bike to absorb shock and adjust to the ground.
The Right Tire
Fat tire bikes are ideal for soft and deep snow. They can either be studded or non-studded, depending on your choice. These tires give extra grip to the bike, which is what you’ll need when you’re riding on tough terrain like snowy and slippery roads.
Avoid Slush and Black Ice
Avoid riding your bike on roads that are covered with slush or black ice. Black ice is highly dangerous as it is transparent, which means that it’s extremely difficult to identify. The chances of car and bike accidents also rise rapidly at the time of snow, especially when there is black ice.
Some people might have their doubts and think that their bikes are too special to be taken out on rough terrains during snow or the rain. But the truth is that these bikes are designed to handle the harsh weather and the land. So go ahead and have fun riding in the snow! Just make sure to stay cautious and follow these guidelines.