Wet Electric Bike Riding
I try to be very careful about riding my ebike in wet conditions or prepare for when it may rain. I have the luxury of having enough bikes that I could choose another bike to ride.
Going through my email I find an article about the care of your ebike in wet conditions. Let's see about their advice.
They say their components are designed to handle the wet condition that you may find during rain.
I would consider this to mean regular road spray, rain downfall and some splash from puddles.
On my tour bikes I added fenders. I would think about seeing what protection you could add around sensitive electrical areas. Fenders make sense for commuting too.
Being more cautious where and how you ride will help: dodge those puddles; slow down.
When you park your bike, find a dry spot. Can you find a covered area? Carrying a lightweight drop cloth by provide parking protection. Drape the plastic over the bike and tie the corners to secure it from the wind.
I remember turning over my bike and finding a whole in the bottom bracket, the area that the pedals go through. Why a hole there? The manufacturer wants any water to run out and not pool there and cause rust. That makes me think that when I park my bike to dry out, keep it in the regular riding position. I will wait to hang it once it dries.
I would suggest carrying an absorbent towel. I have a Coleman camp towel that would work well because it is compact and dries faster than cotton. Wipe down your bike when you are parked. You will need to do some cleaning and re-lube of the drivetrain after riding in wet condition. Have you heard the warning about not using power washers are your bicycle. A garden hose provides enough pressure to clean your bike. Doing these things will also give you a good visual of the current condition your components.
I like to ride in the rain with a poncho that can extend over the handlebars and protect that area from rain working into the switch or wiring.
What suggestions do you have for us?
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