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8 January 2019

Five tips to help you cycle through winter!

#1 Take into account that slippery surfaces mean longer braking distances

Of course, you should always cycle carefully on slippery surfaces. E-bikes are a little heavier than their conventional counterparts, so they're more stable on the road. However, this also means that the braking distance on an e-bike is longer on slippery surfaces. Fortunately, the bicycle paths are generally kept free of snow. Because of the quick response of gritters to even the lightest of snow showers, you can usually cycle on wet asphalt by the afternoon even after heavy snowfall. 

#2 Hose down your bicycle after a winter ride!

Once you've ploughed through the snow and grit, remember to hose down your bicycle. But don't worry if you forget – your bicycle's hard layer of paintwork protects it from most of what nature can throw at it, making your electric bicycle a reliable mode of transportation in the winter too. 

#3 Charge the battery indoors during winter

When you're not using your e-bike this winter, remove the battery and charge it indoors. Fortunately, most e-bikes have easy-to-remove batteries, so it's a precaution that doesn't take too long. 

#4 Don't let winter stop you cycling but avoid getting on your e-bike at -10°C!

Remember that all batteries have a lower performance in winter than they do in summer. This means that your battery lasts for fewer kilometres in winter than in summer. At -5°C, the battery works at about 75% of its normal performance. If the temperature plunges to -10°C, you should leave your e-bike at home and cycle on a normal bicycle.

#5 Make sure your bicycle is well oiled before the first snow showers

If you haven't done so already, take your bicycle in for maintenance before the first snow showers. If well oiled, all the components in your bicycle should be winterproof. 

And last but not least …

Remember that it gets darker earlier in winter than in summer, so make sure to wear high-visibility clothing and have bike lights. 

If you’d like to read more about using an e-bike in the winter,

be sure to read the seven tips for winter of the Royal Dutch Touring Club ANWB to increase the range of your battery this winter! 

Source: Cycle Center, e-bikez.nl, and the Royal Dutch Touring Club ANWB

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