Do you ride an e-bike in the snow? When winter arrives and the cold weather starts to set in, it is possible to find snow on the road. Can you ride an e-bike in the snow? And if so, how can you do it safely?
Can you ride an e-bike in the snow? You will be happy to know that the answer is YES. But snowy terrain is more difficult and ice complicates things, because the chances of slipping are high.
The first tip is to start slowly, one step at a time. Start with short routes and maintain a moderate speed, getting used to the new riding style and how the bike behaves in the snow. Later, you can take longer routes.
It is a good idea to start riding your e-bike in the snow by deactivating the pedal assistance, leaving the throttle on to allow the rider to receive assistance when he or she needs it. Once you get used to this type of riding, you can proceed with caution by gradually increasing the level of pedal assistance.
Ideally, you should be able to recognise what kind of snow you are about to face:
- Hard snowis probably icy, among the most risky. Best to avoid it.
- Wet snowless dangerous than the frozen one, if the temperatures remain regular and do not drop any further, it can be crossed without too much risk.
- Dry snowIn all probability it has just fallen, you can deal with it without too many problems.
Caution when cornering
One of the most beautiful sensations when riding your bike is certainly cornering, but in the case of ice and snow, cornering can expose you to the risk of losing your balance and become very treacherous. The best ride on snow is gentle and soft. Slow down before the curve and do not tilt the wheels.
Braking gradually with the rear brake by moving the body to shift the weight to the rear wheel is the best method. Braking on slippery surfaces increases the danger of locking the wheels and losing control of the bike. Ideally, in snowy or icy conditions, use the brakes as little as possible while maintaining a moderate speed.
Pedalling with a light ratio
A ratio that is too high when riding on uneven ground can cause abrupt movements and loss of balance. Using a lower gear ratio when riding on snow allows you to react quickly to unforeseen events and avoid accidents.
Favour disc brakes
When the snow is not blocked by the mudguards, it tends to accumulate on the skids. In this case, owning an e-bike with disc brakes is certainly more effective because a more constant performance and greater sensitivity are aspects that allow for more immediate safety when riding.
Avoid icy surfaces
Metal surfaces such as manhole covers and metal grates are to be avoided at all costs. Their metal surface tends to freeze and cycling over these elements of the road surface is an unnecessary risk. It is better to ride on asphalt, concrete and groomed roads.
Making yourself more visible
Unlike rain, snow tends to settle and reflect lights, so it is best to be sure that reflectors and lights are always effective. Another useful tip for increasing one's visibility when travelling safely towards others is to occupy the centre of the lane on which one is travelling, so as to avoid not only reckless and abrupt overtaking by motorists but also the piles of snow that are deposited on the edges of the road.
Clothing: keeping warm
Riding your e-bike in the snow can turn into a bad experience if you do not use the appropriate clothing and do not keep the extremities of your body, such as feet, hands and head, warm. It is always a good idea to go out with gloves, not those made of leatherette that are too bulky or mittens made of wool that are too light: it is better to use gloves specifically for winter, such as those with a non-slip rubber-coated inner palm.
As far as footwear is concerned, the ideal is to choose to wear boots or high boots, which are more suitable for sinking into the snow in the event of a stop, are less bulky and do not interfere with the pedals. In extreme cases, while renouncing aesthetics, you can use plastic bags to cover your shoes and keep them dry.
One of the most important things to watch out for is the presence of salt in the mechanical parts of your bike. Salt is used to ward off the danger of ice formation during the winter and can corrode the most sensitive parts of your faithful two-wheeler. It is a good idea to maintain your e-bike on a weekly basis by washing and drying it regularly: you will be amazed at how much snow and salt can get stuck in your bike.
It is also a good habit to check the pressure of the tyres, preferably slightly deflated as this ensures greater contact with the surface and thus more grip on the asphalt.
Our best e-bikes for riding in the snow
The e-bikes we recommend for riding in all weather conditions, especially if it snows, are Yuba Kombi E5, Yuba Fastrack, Yuba Spicy Curry and of course iO InBicy Power. Robust and durable, they always guarantee safety even with your children and your cargo.
Having fun with your e-bike even in the snow
As a general rule, although it is possible to ride your e-bike even if the roads are covered in snow, it is always worth being cautious and maintaining a very calm and gentle riding style. The pitfalls on the road can be anywhere and the risk of slight falls or more serious accidents is always constant, so have fun with your e-bike riding in the snow, but always keep in mind that you are not riding on dry ground that provides optimum grip on asphalt, but on an extremely slippery type of ground.📞 Would you like to be contacted by a bike expert? Click here!