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Tips for riding your E-Bike in the snow

If you’re a dedicated E-Bike lover it will take more than a bit of wintry weather to stop you from getting out there and enjoying some 2-wheeled, electric-powered action!

However, it’s essential you do the right preparation to ensure you stay safe. Always check the weather before you set out – while not 100% reliable, it will give you a steer as to whether that crisp, bright morning will turn into blizzard later on. Then make sure to follow our top tips for riding your E-Bike in the snow and the cold.

 

Get your clothing right

No doubt you’re clued-up on your waterproof body layers and kit that keeps you highly visible – both of which are incredibly important in the snow! But the most important considerations are your extremities – your feet need good waterproof shoes, and your gloves need to be not just warm but waterproof too. Layer a waterproof pair over a warm pair if you need to. If your helmet allows for it, layer a thin beanie or headband underneath it to retain maximum warmth.

Snow can be dazzlingly bright when the sun comes out, so make sure you take your preferred riding sunglasses too. Also wear your most protective clothing – ice can be hard to spot so it pays to be prepared in case if a slip.

 

Winter tyres & health check

Speaking of slipping, if you’re going to be doing regular winter rides, it’s worth investing in winter tyres that will give you extra traction. They are generally wider with chunkier treads – look out for ones that are puncture-resistant. It’s no fun fixing a flat on the road-side in foul weather! Give the rest of your bike a bit of a once-over too and make sure your brake pads and chains are not too worn before any long journeys in bad weather. If you’re not sure what you’re checking for, take it in to your local bike shop for a service.

 

Battery care & awareness

Electric bike batteries perform less well in extreme cold, so we recommend taking them indoors to charge, and preferably storing them inside too. The optimal room temperature for charging is 18-20 degrees C. The charge won’t last you as long in cold weather, so avoid long trips where you know you’ll be dependent on the battery doing a lot of the work for you.

 

Riding style

This one is kind of common sense, but take it easy speed-wise in snow and ice. It will give you that extra bit of reaction time which could make all the difference for unforeseen obstacles or ice.  When you first set off, just pedal to begin with. This will help you to get a feel for the conditions and will avoid the excess wheel spin that can happen if you set the motor going from stationary on an icy surface. Another great tip is to lower your seat a little bit. This will make it easy to steady yourself with both feet on the ground should you need to and gives you a lower centre of gravity while cycling.

 

After-ride care

We’re all used to a bit of mud and wet hitting our bikes – and us – during a ride. But in winter there can be salt and fine grit in the mix that can begin to corrode your bike components if left. As much as it’s tempting to just run inside and get warm, give your bike a quick hose down to prolong the lifespan of key parts.

 

So get out there and enjoy your winter riding guys – and stay safe!

 

 

 

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