E-Bikes, Surviving The Winter Months On The Road.

Winter Clothing

eBikers have an advantage when it comes to clothes,  when the temperature plummets and winter clothing is needed, they tend to sweat far less – because they have an electric bike.  E-Bikers will also benefit from breathable jackets, which are more comfy to wear and they trap body heat whilst allowing air flow to pass through the membrane. Biker’s fingers also get cold quickly, so gloves are a must. Thin headbands and woolly hats provide extra warmth and fit nicely beneath the helmet. During the winter months it is also  important to be seen by other road users. Bikers should wear bright-coloured clothing and reflectors.

Preparing an eBike for winter

Winter is  wetter, colder and darker. It is therefore always a good idea to carry out a full check of the bike, whether you have an integrated electric motor or not. Many types of winter weather are possible, make sure that the lights, gears and brakes are all in good order. Water will not have any bad effect on an electric bike since the components are protected against rain and spray. When the temperature drops below zero, it is advisable to have a neoprene cover to protect the battery.

Looking after the battery

Your battery is the most sensitive part of the bike. It can lose capacity at low temperatures, which can limit the bike’s range. During winter with temperatures below zero you should remove the battery and keep it at room temperature and replace back on the bike prior to your next journey. When you finish, you should really store the battery indoors at temperatures between 15° and 20°C. The same applies to charging the battery: the lithium-ion cells should be charged at room temperature.