Winter may impose some restrictions on riding your e-bike, but it does provide you with a much needed opportunity to clean and tune-up your ride.
If you do plan to ride in the winter here are a few tips to help keep you on the road:
- Inspect your electrical cables and connectors on a regular basis to make sure everything is fitting snugly so water and salt can not get in and corrode them.
- It is a good idea to coat your motor power connectors with dielectric grease.
- Keep your drive system free from snow and ice build-up. This is particularly important if you have a carbon fibre belt drive. Snow or ice build-up can cause the belt to break.
- Do not leave your battery out in the cold. Lithium-ion batteries discharge quickly in cold temperatures, so bring your battery inside to keep it warm and charged.
- If your control console is removable, remove it from your e-bike when parked outside.
If you are like me, being a bit of winter wimp, the winter is a great time for cleaning and to do your annual inspection and repair of cables, brakes and other bits.
My winter tune-up tips include:
- Clean and inspect your bike frame.
- Check the tightness of all nuts and bolts for correct torque.
- Replace tires and tubes if necessary.
- Service your brakes and replace pads as needed.
- Inspect your wheels, tighten spokes and perform wheel truing if required.
- Put fresh dielectric grease on all motor power connectors.
- Inspect and adjust your drive system components (chain or belt, derailleur, cables).
- If you're riding on a leather saddle, make sure to use a leather conditioner so it does not dry out during the dry winter months.
- Don't forget to charge your batteries when not in use. I recommend once per month, but some batteries may be able to go for a longer period. Consult with the manufacturer for more details.