E-bikes really come into their own during the winter. They cut through the wind, and the disc brakes keep you in control in wet conditions. Riding through the winter is also a good way to keep the Christmas calories in check! However, winter can be tough on your e-bike.
Here are three things you can do to keep it in good nick…
1) Bring in the battery
Lithium ion batteries dislike cold temperatures. The cold can affect the cells and decrease your range.
If you are keeping your e-bike battery in a place that is likely to drop towards – or below – zero centigrade, unlock the battery and bring the battery into a place where the battery can be at room temperature.
2) Keep the pressure up
Cold temperatures can cause the pressure in your tyres to plummet. Why is that bad? Low tyre pressure can seriously decrease your mileage per battery charge, but softer tyres also leave you vulnerable to punctures. Remember, with all the leaf litter around, there may be sharp objects hidden from view.
Invest in a good ‘track’ pump – our mechanics favour the Topeak Joe Blow pump (available in store) – and pump the tyres up before you head out.
Lubrication is a good idea in any weather, but in the winter it’s double important. The dust and grime that your bike encounters in the winter is likely to be wet, and as such, will cling to your bike components. A good lubrication routine prevents this wet grime from forming hard to plaques on your bikes. It will also help drive away rust-forming moisture.
You can pick up a range of lubrication products in-store. If you’re unsure how to use them, just ask one of our staff members.
**Book in your bike or e-bike for a Winter-Ready Service**
Get in touch with your nearest branch to find out more about our e-bike servicing, and/or to book your bike in:
Coulsdon: 020 8660 8823
Tunbridge Wells: 01892 459 551