Ever wonder why bicycling in cooler weather seems harder? Cold air is actually denser than warm air, which increases the drag on you and your bike. That’s why cycling in general is harder during the winter months. This means you have to work harder to get where you’re going, making your e-Bike an all the more comfortable ride than a standard bike. As an e-Biker, you’ll be at a distinct advantage when the weather temperature drops and thick winter clothing is required. Thanks to pedal assist, you will perspire less.
The most important aspect of winter cycling is the clothing you wear. There’s a really good rule of thumb about cycling in cold weather, especially when it comes to protecting your knees. If it’s below 50 degrees, cover them! Another tip: wear just enough layered clothing to be slightly cold when you begin your ride. The first few minutes will be chilly, but as you pedal, your body will produce enough heat to make you comfortable. And if and when you engage your pedal assist, you should remain warm. Gloves are a must.
Generally, you’ll find more slush and gunk on the road during the winter months. Get in the habit of cleaning your chain and drivetrain after every ride. The battery is the most sensitive component of the e-Bike, and it can lose capacity with low temperatures. Anytime the weather falls below 0, you should unhook your battery and charge and store it at room temperature. Only bring it into the cold right before your ride.
As the days get shorter, assume you might be riding in less visible lighting, so always make sure your lights are strong and in good working order. And, if cold weather riding is simply not for you, and you decide to store your e-Bike over the winter months, you should disconnect the battery and keep it in a dry and not too cold place. Unlike other batteries, it should keep its charge until the weather breaks.
3 Tips for Cold Weather
- Store your battery at room temperature when the temperature dips into the teens
- In the case of snow or slush, ride away from curbs
- Clean you chain and drivetrain often