Tips For Riding In Diverse Weather Conditions

 

If you didn’t know this already, riding an electric bike is freaking AWESOME and the extra good news is that with SONDORS, you’re not limited by terrain or weather conditions.
To help you make the most of your adventures, here are some essential tips for a lifetime of SONDORS smiles in just about any riding condition.
Sand increases resistance, and, in turn, the amount of power needed to move. While riding on sand makes for a great workout, SONDORS are equipped with pedal assistance making beach riding all the more practical. Check out these four tips to maximize your joy of riding by the sea:
    1. Know Your Sand - Riding hard-packed sand is recommended over loose or deep sand since it allows you to maintain full control of your e-bike. ( Although, if you have a fat tire SONDORS, you’ll be better able to maneuver in loose sand.)
    2. Lower Tire Pressure - Lower your tires to between 4 and 6 PSI for beach riding. The lower pressure gives you a larger contact area and better flotation. When riding, keep as much weight over your rear tire as possible, and when you’re done, make sure to bring the pressure back up to the recommended PSI before you ride on a hard surface since low tire pressure on pavement will increase the likelihood of a pinch flat.
    3. Check Your Chain - Don't lubricate your chain right before a sandy or salty ride. Instead, clean the chain right after use.
    4. Be Diligent With Maintenance - All of your components will go through added wear and stress when exposed to sand and salt. Keep a closer eye on all moving parts, and have them replaced when they're showing signs of wear. Particles like sand, dirt, and salt will increase the likelihood of chain stretch, (which can damage the freewheel and cogs), so make sure to double-up on tune-ups at the bike shop. After every ride, remove any salt water or sand with a damp or dry cloth. Avoid washing your SONDORS with a pressure washer since that kind of pressure can damage certain electrical components, and/or spread sand and salt to other areas.
Fortunately, your SONDORS is capable of getting wet without any fallout because of the water-resistance feature, and you’ll be sure to feel safe and comfortable riding your e-bike in the rain as long as you have clear visibility and utilize these four tips:
    1. Use Lights and Fenders - You’ll want to be as visible as possible in inclement weather conditions, so make sure your light is in good working condition before heading out, and that you and your SONDORS are as reflective as possible. Using a headlight goes without saying. If you’re an e-bike commuter, or if you know you’re going to be riding in regions prone to rain, you’ll likely want to install fenders. Fenders will help keep rain off of you and your SONDORS. (Check out SONDORS available fender options here).
    2. Weatherproof Yourself and Your Gear - Yes, you need to stay dry, yet it’s most important to keep warm, so make sure you have the right protective covering. A cycling cap under your helmet is helpful to keep rain out of your eyes, and we even recommend water-resistant gloves for warmth and grip. Adding rain pants and waterproof shoes provides the ultimate comfort for your trek.
    3. Reduce Tire Pressure - In wet or slippery conditions, you need to reduce your tire pressure to about 10 PSI to improve traction. Reducing tire pressure will allow the tire to come in contact with the road more than usual, providing your e-bike with a better grip on the road to prevent skidding out or hydroplaning.
    4. Slow Down and Brake Early - Wet roads and somewhat compromised visibility will mean that you won’t have the same reaction time. This can actually be more true on an e-bike than on a conventional bicycle since electric bikes with pedal-assist and power-on-demand capabilities have the potential to maintain higher average speeds in all weather conditions, so take it easy. Riding in wet weather takes more time to stop while applying the brake, so you’ll want to slow down gently to avoid tumbling. Be sure to dry and clean off your SONDORS when you reach your destination.
Winter doesn’t have to slow you down--too much--and freeze you off your SONDORS, as long as you use caution and stick to these four tips to aid you on the snowy roads of winter wonderland:
    1. Wear the Proper Gear - Find yourself a pair of heated gloves or hand warmers, and make sure to layer your clothing for proper insulation. Plus, if you have a ski or snowboard helmet available, they’ll keep you warmer than a regular bike helmet would and still protect your head.
    2. Lower Your Seat and Go Easy - Make sure to lower your seat so your feet can be closer to the ground. Why? When you come across a slippery section of road, one technique to increase stability is to stop pedaling and hover your feet close to the ground so they’re already in place to catch you if a tire slips. And remember to take it easy and be mindful of speed when riding your SONDORS in snow.
    3. Protect Your Battery - As with most batteries, your e-bike battery is likely to lose some power in the cold. This could shorten your ride time by 10 to 15%, so make sure you have ample power before you head out. Once you’re done riding, it’s a good idea to bring your battery inside. To charge the battery, it needs to be above freezing temperature. Keeping it inside will preserve its life and make sure it’s ready to charge. Winterize Your SONDORS - After each ride, clean the e-bike with a dry cloth and store it in a dry place. (Note: Fenders will also be helpful on snowy terrain.)
At SONDORS, we design and build electric bikes to take you through all types of terrain and weather conditions. We don’t want anything to limit you on the electrified journey of life, because life’s a ride, and you gotta love your ride! So be safe, and have a blast!
 
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