8 tips for getting around by electric bike all year round

For trouble-free e-bike use all year round, these tips can help people better protect their e-bikes and extend their lifespan.

A guide to using an e-bike in rain, wind and darkness.

If people have invested in an e-bike for commuting or are planning to do so, be sure to use it year-round. Cyclists can use e-bikes for traveling in the winter and during the hot summer months. Here are the best tips for riding an e-bike all year round.

1. Mount the mudguards

Mudguards don’t just protect riders from road spray. Their purpose is to protect the bike. Curbs and electronics don’t make the best of friends, so it’s important to consider that when riding an e-bike.

2. Wear raincoats

An entire industry is built around finding the perfect balance between waterproofing and breathability for cyclists. The good news is that if people commute on an e-bike, waterproofing will trump breathability because such a bike will prevent the rider from getting covered in water.

3. If the e-bike is completely soaked at the end of the ride, remove the battery upon arrival

This is usually not necessary, but if water gets into the battery contacts, it could short out the battery. If the e-bike gets wet, removing the battery allows the contacts to dry properly.

4. Get lights (and use them)

E-bikes may already have built-in lights. It is the best option because the rider does not have to worry about the load. E-bikes can still support them even if the rider doesn’t charge them, so it’s worth checking before investing in a rechargeable bike.

5. Be very careful in cold weather

People can check the weather forecast anyway, but it’s not just about rolling your eyes and wearing an extra layer. Riders make sure to keep their hands warm when dressing in cold weather to operate the controls.

Also keep in mind that an e-bike’s battery won’t last long in cold weather. It’s inevitable. Batteries charged below 5 degrees can also be damaged, so this should be avoided. It would be even better if the bike could be stored somewhere warmer than that.

6. Plan for punctures

Punctures are hard to avoid on any bike, but hub motor e-bikes add another layer of complexity. The rider should know how to disconnect the motor and carry any additional tools that may be needed. Tire pressure and tread on e-bikes should be checked regularly to reduce the risk of suffering in the first place. Maybe you should invest in stronger tyres.

7. Schedule time for the interview

Lubricate the chain, check the brakes and monitor the engine system. It is certainly better to detect any impending problems at home rather than on the way to work, because there is not much to follow. Keeping the house clean is also important.

8. Lock the bike

People should do everything they can to prevent bicycle theft, even if it is not seasonal theft. While frame locks are great for a minute in the store, if people are going to be away from the bike for a long time, consider something more durable. The advantage of an e-bike is that the rider can easily carry a larger lock.

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