“I won’t touch the bike until at least March!”

How many people surrender to the first winter chill, enduring endless car queues instead of cycling in the cold? Moreover, real cold weather with snow in the city has been absent for years.

In this news, we provided some suggestions on how to gear up to face cold, rain, and darkness with everything you need.

Now, we want to offer some advice on bikes and riding to ensure safety and trouble-free movement, especially when using an eBike.

 

Battery: Half Charge if Not in Use

Yes, your eBike’s battery fears extreme temperatures.

While recent models have advanced technology to minimize weather-related issues, using the battery correctly prolongs its life. Avoid completely draining it or leaving it at “zero” (or 100%) for extended periods.

If you don’t plan to use the eBike for several weeks, it’s better to keep the battery charge between 50 and 70%, detach it from the bike (if possible), and store it indoors in a warm, dry place—no damp basement or next to a radiator! A corner in the utility room will suffice.

It fears freezing: take care of it.

If you use the eBike year-round, don’t be alarmed if you seem to cover fewer kilometers in the cold; the battery discharges faster, and recharging in a garage becomes challenging. In temperatures near 0°C, the system (indicated by orange LEDs on the battery or the display) may show an error signal.

What to do? Simply move the battery to a warmer place and charge it normally.

 

Tip: For the same reasons mentioned above, if you use the bike for commuting and leave it parked outdoors until evening, remove the battery, and if possible, the display. Also, make sure to dry the contacts from moisture and dew before reinstalling the components.

 

A Clean eBike Lasts Longer

Even if snow is rare in our cities, road administrations often spread salt on the streets to prevent ice formation. However, salt, along with dirt and rain, can damage bike components if not cleaned. Remember to clean it regularly, especially in winter!

Avoid excessive water exposure—this includes electronic components. Always dry it carefully after each wash.

 

 

For the same reasons, the drivetrain needs more frequent cleaning and lubrication than in the dry, warm season.

We have covered all of this in detail in our news.

 

Small Actions for Great Satisfaction

Special attention should be given to the suspensions. It is good practice to keep the fork tubes (and the rear shock absorber, if present) clean from dirt and impurities that could damage the seals and surface, especially if chromed.

After cleaning, a layer of silicone spray helps improve smoothness, collect dirt, and keep the seals soft.

Low pressure, not only in the atmosphere.

If you use the bike in winter, we believe you are evolved and experienced cyclists. However, a review of basic rules never hurts, right? Perhaps snow doesn’t reach our cities, but wet and cold asphalt, with some frozen damp spots, is always lurking, especially on shady routes and during morning and evening hours when commuting to and from work.

Here’s a tip: reduce tire pressure for better grip.

 

 

But don’t overdo it; otherwise, you risk pinching the inner tubes. Not to mention that higher friction also consumes more energy, for both you and your eBike.

Each tire has the recommended minimum and maximum pressure values (embossed on the sidewall). If you stay within these limits, you always ride safely. In any case, the tires must be in good condition, with adequate tread to provide grip—no smooth and worn-out wheels, in short.

 

Brief Safe Riding Course

Brake use is crucial, especially when the asphalt is wet or slippery.

Assuming that the discs and pads are in order (have you done your annual service?), it is important to modulate the braking on both wheels, with a preference for the rear.

Why? If the rear wheel locks up, we can always control it, but if the front wheel locks up, we are immediately on the ground. In this case, ABS (present on some latest-generation eBikes) is very useful, preventing simple slides, especially in emergency braking.

 

The positioning of the load is also essential: weight on the handlebars (overloaded basket, child seat attached to the handlebars) reduces maneuverability and risks “closing” the front wheel when braking, leading to a fall. It’s better to use the rear rack for better balance and a lower center of gravity.

If you use bags, try to distribute the weight evenly between the right and left sides, without overloading.

Feel free to contact us for more information!

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