I’m sure you’ve all done your fair share of cyclin’ in the rain — and it’s never fun, right? Well, for those of us who have eBikes, the rain can present a bit of a conundrum. On one hand, you don’t want to get wet, but on the other hand, you don’t want to leave your trusty two-wheels in the garage. So how can we make sure that our eBikes are prepared to take on the rain? Let’s take a look at what you can do to protect your investment and stay safe while riding in wet conditions.
The first issue to tackle when it comes to riding your eBike in the rain is waterproofing it. Are electric bikes waterproof? It’s a valid question, but the answer isn’t quite so simple. While most eBikes are built with some form of waterproofing (usually a combination of rubbers, plastic and seals), they are far from 100% waterproof.
That said, having a basic form of waterproofing will go a long way towards protecting your eBike from the elements. However, if you’re planning on riding your eBike in the rain, it’s a good idea to invest in a more robust waterproofing solution. This can be something as simple as a spray-on waterproofing solution, or as comprehensive as a full-on waterproof electronics case. Whichever route you decide to take, make sure you’re prepared so you can protect your eBike from the elements.
What about if your eBike does become wet? In most cases the best solution is to dry the eBike components off with a towel and then let it sit for a few hours before you start riding again. But if you’ve got electronics on your eBike, then you’ll want to take a few extra steps. First, make sure that you disconnect the battery and then carefully remove any exposed electrical components. Once they’re in a safe place, you can use a hairdryer to dry off the components and then allow them to air dry before you put them back in the bike.
Of course, perhaps the most efficient way to stay safe while riding in the rain is to avoid it altogether. Then again, you might live in a climate where it rains a lot, in which case you’ll want to know a few tips for riding safely in wet conditions.
The first thing you’ll want to look into is proper apparel. Opting for biking pants with reflective elements and a waterproof jacket that’s breathable will be your savior while out on the road. Additionally, it’s also a good idea to invest in a high-visibility vest, as this will make sure that all the other road users can see you, even in inclement weather.
It’s also a good idea to opt for puncture-resistant tires and to reduce your speed, as running at high-speeds increases the risk of slipping. Additionally, make sure to pay extra attention to the road surface, as the water can build up and create slippery patches.
Finally, it’s also important to remember that you’ll need more stopping power when it’s raining. This means you’ll have to adjust your riding style so you can slow down and stop in a safe manner.
So there you have it, a comprehensive overview of how to stay safe and dry while out biking in the rain. Make sure to invest in a good waterproofing solution, always check and dry off your eBike after it gets wet, and never forget to wear the right apparel when heading out in wet conditions. That way, you’ll have fun out on the roads while staying safe and dry.