Can you ride an e-bike in the rain/wet?
Living in the UK, it is essential to know if e-bikes are compatible with our changeable weather. Many people often question whether e-bikes can be ridden in the rain, due to the electronics. The answer to this question is that e-bikes are water-resistant but not waterproof. This means there is no reason to lock your e-bike away for the winter.
The electronics in e-bikes are very similar to mobile phones when it comes to how they work with water. Ideally you shouldn’t be going out on your e-bike in torrential rain on a regular basis because it can cause permanent damage. But in light rain or pouring rain on the rare occasion it will be absolutely fine. There is no need to panic if you get caught in the rain on your cycle home from work.
The most essential part of the e-bike you need to take care of is the battery casing, you need to regularly check the casing’s seals. If you don’t, it could be that the battery case gets filled with water which can seriously damage the battery.
The best way to prevent water damage on your e-bike frame if you ever do catch yourself out in the rain, is to clean your e-bike thoroughly by using an outdoor hose on a low pressure. Wipe it over with a cloth, or even invest in a specialist bike cleaning product. You should also re-grease your chain after cleaning your bike to ensure that it still runs smooth.
There are many safety precautions you can take during the wetter months so that you can still get the best use possible from your bike, the whole year round. Such as, getting your e-bike regularly serviced, ensuring that you pick safe routes to ride your bike, ride cautiously- brake early when going round bends and check for slippery spots and ice, making yourself visible to other road users in the rain by wearing fluorescent clothing and use your lights, water-proof clothing would allow you to enjoy your ride in more comfort. Mudguards can help with back spray, ensuring feet don’t slip from pedals.
You may consider winter tyres for your bike. They allow the extra grip it needed in the wet to prevent slipping. Most winter tyres are between £30-£50 but completely worth the money to feel safer and more comfortable during the winter months.