Caring for Your Electric Bike or Trike this Winter

As the weather begins to drop and the snow starts to fall, it is increasingly important to know how to properly care for your electric bike and its Lithium-ion battery. It may be possible for some people to ride their bikes during the winter months, while others must pack them away until the warmer weather returns.

Whether you plan to ride in the cold and snow or if you decide to pack your e-bike away, we've got you covered with some commonly asked questions.

Q: Can I ride in the snow?

A: We definitely don't recommend riding in deep snow or on icy roads. If you decide to go out in the snow, make sure you do so in the daytime when the snow is not too deep and there is absolutely NO ice. We always recommend wearing a helmet and protective riding gear anytime you go out on a bicycle, but especially in the snow. Always make sure to have a full charge if you're riding in the cold.

Q: If I decide to ride in cold weather, how will it affect my battery?

A: All electric bike and electric trike conversion kits from E-BikeKit use Lithium-Ion batteries (abbreviated Li-ion) which is the most common battery found in rechargeable devices. Like your phone, the battery on your electric bike will experience changes in extreme temperatures. Adjust your ride accordingly to the fact that your battery may diminish a little quicker than usual this time of year.

Q: Do I have to bring my battery inside during cold weather?

A: Yes. The E-BikeKit's Li-ion battery needs to be stored in a cool, dry area that is between 30°F - 100°F. Allow two hours for the battery to warm up to room temperature before charging. Never charge your battery when the surrounding area is below 40°F.

Q: Do I have to bring my entire bike inside along with my battery?

A: As long as you bring your battery inside, the frame of your electric bike can be stored in a basement or shed. If you want to avoid any dust or nicks to the paint, we recommend putting a cover on your bike while it is in storage. Electric bikes should not be left outdoors in the elements without some protective covering; eventually dew and moisture will get into electrical components if they are left outside.

Q: Do I need to charge my battery at all during the months it is not in use?

A: Yes. Your battery should be charged at least once every 40 days when not in use and should be stored fully charged. This is going to maintain the health of your battery so that you will be ready to ride again in the Spring!

Q: What should I do when I'm ready to ride again after the winter?

A: Give your e-bike a "check-up." Make sure the tires are pumped up, charge your battery, tighten anything that might seem loose, patch up any dings/scratches that may have happened in storage, and give your bike a test ride. Make sure everything feels okay and enjoy; you're back to riding again!