There's a fair number of us that ride through winter. Physical protection from the weather is something everyone needs to figure out. First ebike winter, I rode many days into single digits Fahrenheit, after that I decided to only ride when temperatures were over 20F. I don't want to dress too warm, sweat is a real danger, it will make you so much colder and once you start to sweat a lot (I'm not talking buckets, just damp), the only thing that will help is a change of clothes and drying off. I prefer to dress in layers and cover ALL exposed skin.Had anyone in here ridden electric bike in the winter? Would like to hear your experience. Thank you.
I have a decent bit of experience riding my bikes in the winter along with working with customers that do the same.
Tires and fenders on the bike help a lot. It really depends where you're located on specific needs. I like the Smart Sam Plus or the Marathon MTB tires, they're mountain bike tires with puncture protection.
Some other tips include storing your battery inside when not in use. Possibly a neoprene cover to go over the battery. I would also recommend cleaning the salt/snow off of the bike after riding if your in a region that uses salt.
For apparel, you mainly want to make sure all of your skin is covered and keep your extremities warm. Layers and water proof bags are helpful.
Hope that helps.
In your opinion, what would be the best ebike system against winter elements (cold, rain, snow but specially potential problems caused by salt) between the Bosch and the Strömer system ?
l do have a Bosch ebike. Someone told me that the o ring in the bottom bracket is weak. And not only the center drive motor does get sprayed, but the battery connection to. That's why l thought about a Strömer because the system is more integrated to the frame...When you're riding through the wet and muck, unless you have good long mudguards fitted to the bike, the bottom bracket area get hit with a fair amount of water. A hub is much more protected from the elements, as spray is directed away from it.
l do have a Bosch ebike. Someone told me that the o ring in the bottom bracket is weak. And not only the center drive motor does get sprayed, but the battery connection to. That's why l thought about a Strömer because the system is more integrated to the frame...
The downtube can get flooded in torrential rain, and it may damage the controller. Common problem with the ST1X and ST2...
I ride my Yamaha powered bike in the rain but stay away from heavy downpours. Nevertheless there’s sometimes lots of water on the ground and the brake calipers get flooded which makes it difficult to brake. That’s more of a problem than anything else. Oddly no one ever mentions it.