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How to get your e-bike through the winter

A winter guide for e-bikers

Can I ride e-bike during the winter?

Riding your e-bike during the winter is no problem at all. However, please note that, especially in adverse conditions like snow and ice, you should only get on your bike if you feel confident to do so.

When starting off, do not use a strong motor support (TURBO mode), as this can cause your wheels to spin more easily in snow and slush. In addition, the tire tread is affected.

After your ride, you should remove your bike’s battery, store it at room temperature, and only reinsert it when you start riding.

What happens to my battery when it is cold?

At low temperatures, your e-bike’s battery loses capacity, which in turn has a negative effect on the range of your e-bike. Please keep that in mind when you start your ride!

You should protect your battery with a neoprene cover from a specialist retailer.

In addition, you should remove the battery when you stop riding, store it at room temperature, and only reinsert it when you start riding.

Where should I store my bike in winter?

Your eBike can be stored both indoors and outdoors as long as it is protected from snow or rain. However, you should remove the battery after each ride and only reinsert it at the start of the next ride, as the cold will permanently damage the lithium-ion cells. Therefore, it is best to store the battery at approx. 10-20°C.

If you do not plan to use your e-bike for a longer period of time, please go to the next question.

How should I store my e-bike if I will not use it for a longer period of time?

If the e-bike will not be used for an extended period of time (1 month or longer), you should do the following:

 

  • Remove the battery at 30-60% charge (2-3 lines)
  • Store the battery in a dry place at 10-20°C
  • For YAMAHA batteries, check the battery charge level weekly and if necessary (when the battery is low) charge it for about 10 minutes.

 

For BOSCH batteries, no recharging is necessary.

 

Your e-bike should be stored in a place protected from the weather, e.g. in the basement, garage or under a carport. Don’t forget to recharge your bike’s battery before your first ride.

How do I store the battery of my e-bike correctly?

Over time, your battery loses capacity, partly due to self-discharge. However, you can maximize your battery’s lifespan by storing it correctly.

You should store your battery in a dry, well-ventilated place that is protected from moisture and sunlight, at a temperature of approx. 10-20°C. The optimal storage temperature, which prevents or slows down the battery’s aging process, is a constant 10°C. Make sure that you store the battery on a flat and stable surface. If you need to charge your battery, you should do so under the same conditions.

Be careful not to store the battery at “full charge” or “empty”: this will cause it to wear out faster.

Also, avoid temperatures below zero and above 40°C. Storing the battery for just two hours at these temperatures can already damage the lithium-ion cells of your battery.

What do I have to consider after the winter break?

If you have not used your bike for more than four months, an appointment with a specialist dealer or maintenance of your e-bike is recommended in any case.

Before your first ride, you should fully charge the battery. Only when you have completely drained the battery should you charge it to 100% for the second time – then you can charge your battery as normal. This procedure helps your battery management system to calculate the battery capacity correctly.

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