It’s officially the fall season, which means that rainy days are going to become more and more frequent.
You may be wondering if it’s safe to drive your e-bike in the rain— and the answer is yes. However, there are some extra precautions you have to take to ensure full safety when doing so.
Here are some things you should consider when riding your e-bike in the rain.
2. Avoid riding through water that’ll submerge your e-bike’s battery and motor. Your batter is especially prone to shorting out if submerged for any length of time, so make sure to avoid big puddles and flooded water. And most importantly, don’t leave your e-bike outside in the rain.
1. Take care to drive extra cautiously. Being more cautious with where and the way in which you ride your e-bike in the rain sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s a point that can never be too emphasized. The roads are far more slippery, visibility can be poor and there are also likely to be unexpected objects on the roads.
The key things to be more cautious with are:
- Speed. Riding more slowly than usual gives you time to anticipate and avoid potential problems, plus helps you stop quickly if you need to.
- Braking. It always takes longer than usual when its wet so brake early and brake smoothly to avoid locking up your wheels and skidding.
- Angles eg. try not to lean into corners or ride up gutters and driveways on an angle. Try to keep as much of your tire rubber on the road as possible.
- White lines and metal tracks and potholes. Very slippery in the wet. Also look out for places where there may be oil or petrol, mud and leaf matter on the road and avoid.
- Deep puddles and potholes. If there is or has been running water it’s hard to know what’s in them or whether they have changed. For example, walk across a creek if you have to (and can) vs ride. Best to not even try it if it’s fast-flowing water.
3. Use the right gear.
We're talking about things such as:
- Safety gear. For example, lights and high-vis clothing. A helmet is mandatory anyway but it has the added benefit of keeping water out of your eyes if it has a visor. Clear glasses or goggles are recommended too.
- Tire pressures. Lowering your tire pressures so you have more traction in the wet can be a huge advantage. Aim for lower to mid pressure, depending on how much load you are carrying. See this article on tire maintenance for how to check recommended tire pressures.
- Weatherproof gear. Having mudguards in the wet can help keep you and your bike clean. (There are lots of good removable options if you don't like to normally carry them so feel free to ask us.) Furthermore having waterproof panniers to hand and some spare ziplock or silicone bags can help protect your valuables, especially if you tend to travel with things such as laptops and tablets.