Icy adventures: Tips for safe e-bike riding in the cold season
Ready for icy adventures on your SUSHI BIKE? We have the best tips so that you can cycle safely and warmly through the cold season. Find out how to get your e-bike ready for winter and what clothing and equipment you need to be well prepared for snow and cold.
- The preparation: Checklist for a safe e-bike
Before you get on your bike in the cold season, you should make sure that it is in perfect condition. A checklist can help you not to forget anything important. Check the brakes, lights and tire pressure. Winter tires with a deep tread are particularly important for better traction on snow and ice. Mudguards can also be useful to protect you from mud and splash water. Also make sure that your clothing is warm enough and protects you from wind and weather. And last but not least, you should take particularly good care of your bike's battery in cold weather to maintain its performance. With these preparations you are well prepared for safe and fun e-bike riding.
- Winter tires and mudguards: Optimal tires for ice and snow
Riding an e-bike in winter is a real challenge. Fortunately, there are some ways to get through ice and snow safely. An important measure is choosing the right tires. We recommend special winter tires that have a particularly non-slip tread and therefore offer optimal grip even on slippery surfaces. In addition, mudguards can help prevent snow or mud from splashing onto the driver and obstructing his or her view. So if you don't want to be without your SUSHI BIKE in winter, you should make sure you have the appropriate tires - this way you can reach your destination safely even in bad weather conditions.
3. Safety first: Tips for the right clothing when cycling in winter
When riding an e-bike in winter, the right clothing is an important safety factor. Anyone who gets cold or wet quickly loses concentration and ability to react and may even become ill. Therefore, you should think carefully about what clothes you are wearing before traveling.
- We recommend waterproof, windproof and, above all, reflective jackets and trousers as well as warm gloves and, for example, thermal shoes or shoes with warming insoles.
- Onion look it is! It's best to pull several thin layers on top of each other. For example, a functional shirt, a long-sleeved shirt, a sweater made of merino wool or functional fiber and a water-repellent jacket on top. It is important to make sure that the clothing is not too loose, otherwise it could get cold.
- Did you know that we lose a lot of heat, especially through our heads? A hat protects against cold and wind. Alternatively, there is also a helmet - which you should wear anyway - with integrated ear protection, which also provides more warmth.
- The face is also very sensitive to cold. That's why it makes sense to think about a tube scarf or a face mask. There are also warming face creams that can protect the skin from the cold.
With the right winter clothing, you can enjoy riding an e-bike even at low temperatures.
4. Increase visibility: lighting tips for dark winter days
In order to cycle safely even in the dark season, good lighting is essential. In addition to the legally required front and rear lights, there are other ways to increase visibility. A simple method is to mount reflectors on the spokes or bicycle frame. These reflect the light of other road users and make the e-bike visible from a great distance. Additional LED lights can also provide more safety. Models that are attached to the side are particularly effective and are therefore easily visible at intersections or turns. If you often travel on remote roads, you should also consider a headlamp. This not only enables a better view of the path in front of you, but also makes your own face more visible to other road users.
With these simple tips you can ride your e-bike safely and enjoy your adventures even on dark winter days.
5. Battery care in the cold: How to maintain the performance of your e-bike even in winter
An important aspect of riding an e-bike in winter is battery care in the cold. Because low temperatures can cause the performance of the battery to decrease and, as a result, the range of the e-bike is limited.
The ideal temperature for the battery of your SUSHI BIKE is between 10°C and 25°C. At all temperatures below 10°C, the performance and thus the range decrease.
To avoid this, the battery should always be stored at room temperature if possible and only inserted into the e-bike shortly before riding. The battery should also be kept warm while driving, for example by storing it in a special bag on the frame. It is also advisable to charge the battery regularly and not to completely discharge it, as this can shorten the lifespan of the battery.
If you have decided not to use your e-bike in winter, make sure that the battery charge level is between 30% and 90% when you store it. Since the battery discharges itself after a certain amount of time, it is important to ensure that it does not discharge deeply. However, the battery should not be stored at 100% as this puts unnecessary strain on the cells.
Make sure that your SUSHI BIKE is protected from moisture and snow and that the air can circulate around the bike, otherwise water will build up.
By the way, you should avoid parking your car, otherwise dirt and moisture will be transferred from the car to the bike.
6.Winter route planning: route tips away from icy roads
If you are cycling in winter, you should pay particular attention to avoiding icy roads when planning your route. Not only can riding on slippery surfaces be dangerous, your e-bike can also be damaged. Instead, winter routes away from busy roads are ideal. Here you can enjoy the snowy landscape to the fullest and also have less traffic around you. However, make sure that the paths are well cleared and that there are no hazards such as steep slopes or frozen bodies of water on your route. With careful planning and preparation, nothing stands in the way of a safe and unforgettable winter cycling experience.
7. Further tips to make riding an e-bike fun in winter
- Safety first - please always ride with a helmet !
- Never use the highest assistance level when starting off, but rather drive off at a low speed level to avoid the wheel spinning.
- Make sure that you are visible to road users even in the dark and wear reflective clothing or equip your SUSHI BIKE with reflectors.
- Try to avoid sudden braking or steering movements.
- Please leave your e-bike parked in extreme weather conditions. Even winter tires or special spike tires do not necessarily protect against slipping.
- If there are leaves on the road, this can be dangerous when turning, which is why you should drive particularly carefully in autumn.
- The same applies to tram tracks, which are very slippery even when wet and should therefore always be crossed at a right angle.
- Always keep enough distance from other road users.
8. Emergency preparedness on the go - What to do if the e-bike breaks down?
If the e-bike breaks down while you're on the move, it can be annoying. That's why it's important to be prepared just in case. A small emergency kit with tools and a spare battery should always be with you. A cell phone with a fully charged battery can also be helpful in an emergency. If the e-bike is no longer roadworthy and repairs on site are not possible, you can use public transport or a bike rental service.
In summary, it can be said that the e-bike is a great way to stay mobile and enjoy nature, even in the cold season. However, there are a few important points you should keep in mind to stay safe while traveling. Good preparation, the right equipment and careful driving are essential. Battery care should not be neglected in order to maintain the performance of the e-bike. It is particularly important to ensure sufficient visibility in the dark and to avoid slippery surfaces. If you prefer to travel in a group, you can also go on tours together and reach your destination even safer. With these tips you can cycle and explore your surroundings on an e-bike without any worries, even in winter.