Looking after your eBike throughout winter.
We are well and truly into winter now, the time of muddy bikes, frozen derailleurs and cold fingers! There’s no doubt that your eBike probably means a lot to you and you have probably invested a considerable amount of money into it so it’s definitely worth looking after it throughout the harsh Highland winter.
Whether you are using or not using the bike all winter we have shared some top tips for caring for your eBike :
Wash the bike after every ride :
With all the grit salt and grime on the pavements, paths and roads we highly recommend giving your bike a quick wash down after every cycle ride – yes every ride! You will be amazed at how quickly your bike can rust, no matter how new or expensive it is. A small amount of grit salt left on your bike can cause significant rusting particularly to your chain, gear system and disc brakes. This is not a manufacturing error or the bikes fault…it’s one you can be in control of! So with this in mind our first winter tip is that you spray your bike down after every ride, just a couple of minutes clean down with a hose will keep your bike rust free and extend the life span of many of your moving parts.
Looking after your battery :
During the really cold months, take your battery into the warmth of your house whether you are using or not using the bike regularly. The ideal temperature to store your battery at is anything from 10 – 20 Degrees Celsius. Furthermore, it is really important to keep no less than 30% charge and no more than 60% charge in the battery whilst it is unplugged from the bike and sitting unused for long periods of time. This keeps your battery healthy resulting in a potentially longer life span.
If you have a Bosch eBike then ask us about our eBike battery pin covers, these are small rubber plugs that you pop over the exposed charge point on the bike whilst the battery is off to prevent any corrosion to the contact points.
Looking after your screen :
Some eBike screens are removable and may have a small battery inside them. To preserve battery life of your screen it is recommended that you also store the screens indoors during the winter, we don’t recommend doing this all year round as constant removal of the screen can wear out the connection points so just keep it to the winter.
Make sure you attach it properly when you head back out on your bike you don’t want your screen falling off.
Don’t leave your keys in your bike/battery :
We don’t recommend leaving the keys in your battery or bike. During winter obviously the lock could get frozen just like many other items, the last thing you want is the key frozen in there when you go for a cycle. It could potentially de-frost halfway through your cycle and there is risk of your battery falling out or your keys falling out on the trails – not ideal.
We hope these are some helpful tips for you, if you have any questions then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us or check out your bike owners manual that was provided with your bike. These are usually filled with useful information that will be specific to your bike and motor.
Our shop and Workshop is currently open throughout the lockdown in line with Government Guidelines.
We are open :
Open for Walk IN Sales (no appointments necessary, no walk in repairs) :
Every Thursday 3.00pm – 6.00pm
Every Friday 3.00pm – 6.00pm
Every Saturday 3.00pm – 6.00pm
Outwith these hours we are offering :
Private Shopping Appointments Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (pre book by email or messenger)
Click and Collect Items (via email or messenger)
Bike Repairs (pre book via email or messenger and we will advise on availability and a time slot if possible)
Bike Sales (enquire via email or messenger for any appointments)
Thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you in 2021!