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Can You Ride an Electric Bike in Any Weather?

Can You Ride an Electric Bike in Any Weather?

It’s only natural that you want to ride your e-bike all the time—they’re incredibly fun, after all! However, when you turn on the weather channel and see two days of rain and one day of freezing conditions on the horizon, you may start packing up your bicycle. But wait! Don’t unhook the battery just yet. First, read on to learn the answer to the question, “Can you ride an electric bike in any weather?”

Warm Weather

Warm, sunny weather is the prime time for e-bike riding. Almost any electric bicycle’s stock tires can handle summer rides on normal roads. That said, extremely hot days can change things up a bit. Since your e-bike’s battery is sensitive to high temperatures, you’ll want to keep your battery as cool as possible.

If your bike has a rack that sits above the battery, then consider covering the rack with something so that your battery is in the shade. Otherwise, you may notice the battery lose its charge more quickly than usual.

Rain

If you look outside and see puddles galore, you can still ride your electric bicycle. However, you’ll want to make some preparations before you go out. Consider installing fenders to protect your components from water splashes. Even though your battery and motor hub are water resistant, their components can break down over time.

Additionally, you should switch on your lights before you start pedaling. Visibility is low in the rain for you and drivers. Make sure you illuminate the path ahead and make your presence known to others on the road so that you can stay as safe as possible.

Cold Weather

Yes, your bike can even work well in the snow! Unlike those blisteringly hot days, you’ll want to take steps to keep your battery warm in the winter. This doesn’t affect the ride itself, but it does come into play when you charge the battery. Many people charge up in their garage, but it’s better to charge in a location that’s room temperature in the winter. Bring your charger inside before hooking up the battery.

You may also want to equip your bike with winter tires. These special wheels will give you extra traction on the ground and prevent you from slipping and sliding on the ice and snow.

Now that you know you can ride an electric bike in any weather, you can break out your two-wheeler and enjoy it no matter what the meteorologists say! And if you want to convert a regular bicycle into an e-bike, then get one of our electric bike motor kits.

by Ebike Essentials