Winter is not for everyone, let's face it. However, for some of us, riding in the cold may be a thrill, whether it's for recreation, a trip to the grocery store, or your daily commute. As long as you take care of them with some simple maintenance, our e-trikes are designed to withstand bad weather and are safe to ride and enjoy during the winter.
USE RUST PROOFING, DRY IT OUT, AND KEEP IT CLEAN
Slush and salt are bad; snow is fine. You'll quickly notice that riding in the winter is dirtier on your e-trike than riding in the summer. This is so that our roads remain drivable and safe for drivers during the winter. Road salt, sand, and other things are used to do this.
Always use a cloth to wash down your electric trike after each ride to remove any traces of salt, sand, grit, and other winter debris to prevent parts from rusting and grit from entering into moving parts, which would cause components to wear out more quickly and needlessly.
You should also perform regular preventative maintenance on your electric trike for adults, such as applying rust proofing products to exposed metal to help reduce the amount of wet salty slush that accumulates on your trike. The chain, gears, and spokes are critical rust-proofing areas (where they join the wheel). As an additional barrier, rust proof spray can be applied to any exposed metal.
BATTERY MAINTENANCE IS IMPORTANT
Before charging, always bring your battery indoors and make sure it is above freezing or, better yet, room temperature. Otherwise, you risk damaging the lithium-ion cells.
Riding your e-trike in the winter is generally not a problem, as cold weather will not damage your battery. The most significant impact of riding in the cold is reduced battery range and charge. Keeping your battery warm when not in use and before riding will help somewhat, but in general, the colder it is, the less range and charge your battery will hold.
Tire Care in Winter
Our current electric trike models all have 4" fat tyres that can be used all year without needing to be replaced. Wider tyres with chunky treads are ideal for softer, deeper, or newly fallen snow. If you frequently ride on icy or hard packed roads, you might want to consider studded tires for extra traction.
STORAGE OF YOUR ELECTRIC BIKE
It makes no difference what season you ride your electric fat tyre trike in; it is suitable for short periods of riding in inclement weather such as snow or rain. After your ride, always store your trike in a dry location.If the temperature is consistently below -10 degrees Celsius, bringing your battery inside when not riding will help you avoid riding on a cold charge with reduced range and power.
Powerful front and rear LED lights ensure visibility, and depending on where you ride, you may want to do more. With less space to ride on the side of the road in the winter, it gets darker earlier, and visibility is often reduced, it is critical that you can be seen by other drivers and pedestrians while out on your ride.
THINGS TO AVOID
While riding an e-trike in the snow or rain can be a lot of fun and far more stable than riding a 2-wheel bike, riding through water and slush is not as much fun and should be avoided whenever possible. The salty wet slush is dense with grit and frequently contains extra magnesium, making it even harder on your trike and components than regular salt. Because it is wet and sticky, it will easily get into your gears, chain, and other difficult-to-clean places, so avoid it whenever possible.If you have no choice but to plough through the slush, make sure to thoroughly clean your e-trike and re-lube and rustproofs your chain and gears.
STORING YOUR ELECTRIC TRIKE DURING THE WINTER
If you don't want to ride in the winter, there are a few simple things you can do before storing your trike in the garage or storage for more than 30 days. It is not recommended to store your battery at full charge or to let it completely discharge while in storage for extended periods of time. It should be stored safely with a charge level of 40% to 80% in a location free of extreme temperature fluctuations, both hot and cold.
You should check your battery's charge level once a month. If it falls below 40%, top it up to between 40% and 80%. It is a good idea to set a calendar reminder.
IS IT SAFE TO RIDE?
Yes, Emojo e-trikes use hydraulic disc brakes; as temperatures drop, the viscosity of the mineral oil used increases, making the brake levers feel slower and require more applied pressure to stop.
Don't let winter keep you from doing your work and having fun; simply take precautions and enjoy your ride.