Winter Riding Tips for All-Weather Adventure

Winter Riding Tips for All-Weather Adventure

Winter is always the most difficult season to ride a bike. All motorcyclists find the winter months to be the most challenging due to icy roads, freezing temperatures, and sudden changes in weather. But this does not mean we can't enjoy riding in these extreme conditions.

1 Keep Your Electric Bike Battery Warm

Being unable to start your engine on a cold morning is never fun. The cold is probably one of the biggest killers of batteries. You may have already experienced this if you park your bike in the street or in a cold garage for a long time. Due to the chemical composition of a battery, it cannot survive and keep the charge at very low temperatures, so you may have trouble starting your motorcycle in winter.

If your bike is sitting in a garage and you have a power outlet at reach, it’s better to have it constantly connected to a charger during the winter months, even if you use your bike every day. The other alternative is to get one of those portable jump starters and keep it with you at all times. While riding across the top of Yukon, it became challenging to start my bike in the cold and humid mornings. Luckily, I always had my small jump starter to give an extra kick to my poor battery.

Your mobile device's battery life can also be affected by cold temperatures. If you keep your smartphone or GPS connected to your bike while riding, make sure it is not directly exposed to the cold wind, or else you may damage the battery. Using a bike app instead allows your bike to receive GPS, music, and caller ID info from your phone via Bluetooth, while your phone remains in your inside jacket pocket.

2 Choose the Right Bike Light

Decreased daylight requires increased visibility. Your Hovsco Bike comes equipped with a headlight and tail light. Yet, in high traffic areas or roadways
that require boosted lighting - such as trails absent of lampposts - additional
brightness may help you navigate the winter months.

Dress in bright, light-colored clothing and add reflective stickers to your bike before you head out. Several outdoor retailers offer reflective or LED-integrated stickers, apparel, and removable LED lights that can be attached to your bike, accessories, helmet, or person.

3 Wear Cold-Weather Bike Apparel

When it’s close or below zero degrees outside, it’s hard to find any single piece of garment to provide proper protection against the elements. The best way to prevent hypothermia while riding is to wear multiple layers of clothing, including some thermal/technical inner layers.

Your body will be able to maintain a constant temperature for longer periods of time with these. Wearing a rainproof jacket over your riding gear is another good idea; other than preventing rain from getting on your skin, the material is also effective in blocking cold air from circulating.

Some of the items that could help you with winter riding are also a balaclava, a
neck warmer, some proper winter gloves, some technical socks, a windbreaker
sweater etc. While crossing from east to west, you should wear everything you had in terms of clothing in order to stay warm. 

4 Tackle Wet Terrain with Fat Tires

Did you know our electric bikes can be used all year round? With a fat tire, your ride will be four inches wider. Be aware of slippery or deep-puddle areas and avoid submerging your ebike/battery. Park and store your ebike (especially the battery) in a dry area whenever possible. Wipe down your ebike once the ride is done.

Be safe out there, and most importantly, have fun!

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