How to Store your Hovsco e-bike in winter
Winter is fast approaching and you may be wondering what to do with your electric bike storage over the winter. Maybe you want to continue your newfound and fun exercise, and wonder if you can ride an ebike during the faster, wetter months of the year. Or maybe you’ve been thinking about e-bike storage for so long.
Storing your electric bike for the winter
Hovsco e-bike storage is for winter or for that means you are going to store it for a long time; Not just 4-5 days like you usually can. Winter also brings the threat of extreme conditions, prolonged rain or snow, and extremely low temperatures. All of these factors need to be taken into account when considering e-bike winter storage.
Here are some best practices regarding winter e-bike storage:
Clean before storing
Just like your car, your ebike needs maintenance and should be cleaned regularly. Hovsco ebikes are water resistant, meaning splashes of water from any direction won’t damage them. This means that you can clean your bike with a bucket and sponge, but avoid using pressurized water, such as a garden hose jet or a pressure washer to wash the bike, but will spray “like rain” from the garden hose. . penalty
You should clean all dirt from the frame of your ebike and then wipe it with a dry cloth. Make sure battery contacts are clean and dry to prevent corrosion Then, lube the chain to secure it and turn the paddle to rotate the chain so the lube circulates around the system.
How to store your ebike
Hovsco e-bike electrical devices and components are sensitive to extreme temperatures. Ideally, your ebike should be stored in a cool, dry place, away from high humidity; Consider a garage or outside shed, depending on where you live. Ideal e-bike storage temperature is between 32º and 68º, between freezing and room temperature. Ebikes can be stored down to -22º, but your ebike’s electronic components don’t like that kind of temperature for long periods of time so we wouldn’t recommend pushing it that far.
Saving your ebike battery
The best way to store e-bike accessories like batteries is to remove them from your ebike. Batteries are the beating heart of your ebike and much like the human heart, they are the most sensitive part of the whole. All batteries lose capacity over time, that is, they lose the amount of charge they can hold. Taking proper care of your battery preserves its charge capacity and, therefore, maximizes its longevity.
Batteries should be stored in a cool, dry place where they will not freeze; A wooden surface is recommended in the garage. However, if you live somewhere very cold, like below freezing, bring your battery inside and move it to a safe place. Batteries are best stored at room temperature, around 32°F – 104°F, and can handle temperature extremes in both directions; But only for a short time before the temperature affects their chemistry and damages the battery.
There are different types of batteries. The battery used to power your hovsco ebike is a lithium ion battery. Lithium ion batteries should never be stored with their charge level completely depleted, as doing so means they may become recoverable after storage. You should store your battery at 75%-80% charge level. Check the charge level on a monthly basis and ensure that the percentage does not fall below 75%. This will help extend the life of your battery.
After winter storage
After storing your ebike it is important that you prepare it for the new biking season The best and most convenient way to do this is to take it to your local bike shop. Here they will check your brake and gear lines to make sure they are tight and all working as they should. They check brake pads, chain lube, gear shifting, and other items so that when you get back in the saddle you have a safe and fully functional bike.
After your tune up, take your bike for a short test drive to make sure everything is working properly. Check the brakes, and gear and make sure everything is to your liking. If you find something wrong, go back to the bike shop where they will be happy to fix things for you.
Riding in winter care
If you ride your electric bike, cold temperatures will affect your bike. First, it’s perfectly fine to ride your ebike in the cold. But you may notice that the battery drains faster. As the temperature drops below 60ºF, you’ll start to experience a slight decrease in battery life. Once the temperature reaches freezing, you may experience less than 50% of your normal battery life. The good news is that this is only a temporary effect and your battery will function as normal once the temperature rises again. One way to limit the effect is to start with a battery that is kept inside and warm until you start your journey. And as mentioned above, you should store your battery and charge it inside.