Electrify Your Winter Commute

Electric bikes present a year round alternative to car commuting and can make getting to work a lot of fun if you are up for it. But what about winter weather you ask? E-bikes are equally adept in summer and winter; it’s really a matter of whether you are prepared to face cooler weather conditions that is the distinguishing factor in continuing your commuting through the darker months.

So what should you consider when contemplating whether you want to ride your electric bike through the winter? Well, the first obvious thing has little to do with the bike itself, and is actually what you wear. Summer riding can be pretty carefree in this regard, but when faced with cooler and possibly freezing temperatures, proper apparel is a must. For most, this is a simple matter of incorporating clothes you already own into your riding wardrobe. Things like additional base layers, gloves, a cap that can fit under your helmet, and a warm jacket can easily fit the bill.

There are things that you may need to address on your e-bike though to make sure that you can continue to ride safely and comfortably. As winter extends its reach, the days get shorter and darker, and this will likely necessitate the need for some type of lighting system. Some electric bikes like the Redux IE Step Over come equipped with a conveniently integrated light that runs off the bike’s battery. If yours doesn’t have lights already, then you’ll want to invest in both a headlight and taillight so you can both see where you’re going in the dark, and ensure that you can be seen by other bicyclists and motorists both day and night.

Besides generally cooler temperatures, winter often brings with it a wet and sloppy mix of rain and snow. We’ve already noted that your clothing choices can help curb that inconvenience, but an additional recommendation would be to make sure you have fenders on your e-bike by the time the weather takes a nasty turn. The Detour IE for example already has full fenders on it to ward off the wet stuff, whereas some others like the Sprite IE has eyelets on the fork and frame that make it relatively easy to mount fenders of your own choosing.

Do you live in an area where people rotate their car tires between summer and winter? If so, then you might look at what you have on your bike now and make an appropriate choice for the winter conditions you’re likely to encounter. For most, standard treads offer enough traction in the wet, but if snow and ice will be a regular feature in your daily travels, moving to tires with more aggressive treads is an appropriate decision. For the ultimate in traction, you could even find yourself a pair of studded tires to keep you rolling confidently through the icy times.

 

If you live in snow country, then you’ve probably seen fat bikes at some point. They’re popular because they offer the best traction and handling on snowy and slippery surfaces, and guess what, there are electric bike options here too! The Magnus IE is a surefooted e-bike with big tires to keep you rolling no matter what Old Man Winter throws at you and will likely have you seeking weekend adventures in the snow.

So whether winter means cooler and occasionally dreary days for you, or full-on Minnesota cold and snow, you can keep e-bike commuting through it all. With a few simple and often common sense preparations, you can leave the car in the garage all winter and enjoy the wonder of riding your electric bike all year long.