During the winter season, people often find it hard to use their electric bicycles as much as they do in summer, particularly during rainy weather. We thought we’d provide 6 top tips to help you get the most out of your electric bicycles, even in the rain.
6. Keep warm – This seems pretty obvious, but it’s still worth mentioning. Get some gloves, a warm jacket, warm pants, a beanie under your helmet and you’ll have a much better time. A lot of people don’t realise how useful gloves are.
5. Stay bright – in winter, lights are even more important than usual. Remember: lights are there to help you be seen, rather than to help you see. Make sure that your lights are working.
4. Frequent Lubrication – the cold, rainy weather shortens the time your lubricants stay effective. Make sure to frequently lubricate parts of your bike – such as your chain – this winter. Just make sure you don’t get any on your brakes!
3. Slightly deflate tyres for better grip – if you’re going to be travelling through slippery road conditions, you can take about 5 PSI out of your tyres to get more grip. When you do this, you soften your tyre. With a softer tyre, you get more of it touching the ground, and so you get more friction, and more grip.
2. Plastic bag for seat – one really common, really annoying thing about using bicycles in rainy weather is wet seat. Wet seat is when you leave your bike in the rain, and your seat collects water. We recommend getting a plastic bag to place over your seat when you aren’t using it. Not only will it protect your seat from the elements, it’s also a really cheap and easy solution to an annoying problem.
1. Mudguards – this might not be surprising, but we’d say mudguards are one of the most important quality-of-life bicycle accessories for wet weather. Most people will have mudguards, and for a very good reason. Make sure you have working mudguards. You won’t regret it.