Winter can be a tough time for riders. Cooler temperatures and icy surfaces will make riding difficult. If you have to ride in winter, here are some suggestions for winter riding e-bike safety. Do these points well, and you will not have to worry about riding in winter.
First of all, keeping warm is of course very important, you should wear the right clothes. If you're planning a long ride, it's a good idea to wear waterproof-warm clothing and, if possible, waterproof shoes, for the weather in winter is unpredictable, it may snow or rain at any time.
Keep your hands warm. Brakes and accelerators are all operated by hand, if your hands are freezing, it will be difficult to brake, which will have a great safety hazard, so it is very necessary to wear gloves. It is best to choose gloves with waterproof and anti-slip effects to prevent the handlebar from losing control.
In addition, you must wear a helmet when riding, which can not only resist the wind but also protect your head.
The roads will be slippery in rainy and snowy weather in winter, and the quality of the tires can be fully revealed. After riding an electric bicycle for a long time, the tread pattern on the tire will wear out. So what you need to do is to check whether the tread pattern of the tire is clear in time. If the tires are not checked and replaced in time, riding in winter will become very dangerous and easily cause slipping accidents.
In addition, pneumatic tires are best not to inflate too much in winter. Tires with lower tire pressure increase the friction with the ground. Ensure your riding safety.
Don't ride too fast, slow down. Especially when passing through snow and icy roads, you must slow down. When riding a turn, try to keep the speed as low as possible, and the larger the turning radius, the better, otherwise it will be prone to slip.
Check the brake system regularly
Checking your brake system regularly is another very important thing to keep you safe. The ground in winter will be smooth and the friction will be reduced. If the brakes are not sensitive, they will easily cause accidents, especially in crowded places. Once you find that there is a problem with the brakes, you should go to the nearby electric bicycle repair shop for inspection and repair as soon as possible. It is best to check the performance of the front and rear disc brakes and brake levers regularly. If any problems are found, they should be replaced in time.
In addition, try to brake as slowly as possible when riding in winter. It is not recommended that you brake suddenly. Sudden braking in winter is very dangerous and may easily cause skidding. Prediction should be made, lightly squeeze the brakes, and slow down slowly.
Cycling in winter, you may find that your battery life is not as long as before, and the charging time will also be longer. That is because when the battery is in a low-temperature environment, the activity of the battery cell will decrease, resulting in a decrease in charging and discharging performance.
In winter, you should charge your battery frequently, and it is time to charge your electric bicycle when the battery has only 30%-40% power left. When the charger shows a green light, it is recommended that you charge for another 30-60 minutes, but no more than 2 hours.
In addition, the recommended temperature when charging is preferably 18-25 degrees Celsius. If your battery has been placed outside for a long time, you should put it indoors for a while before you charge it. It is best not to charge the battery in a cold state, which can effectively prolong the life of your electric bike battery.
When you are not using your e-bike in winter, you should take your battery out and put it indoors. Storage at 15°C-25°C will keep the battery in its best condition. Besides, when your electric bicycle is not used for a long time, it is recommended that you charge it once a month.
It is fun and exciting to ride in cold weather. Being aware of potential hazards and taking the necessary safety precautions can help ensure your winter rides remain an enjoyable experience. Following these tips will ensure you stay safe and have an enjoyable e-bike ride this winter.