Increase Your Visibility
It is vital to use front and rear safety lights as they make your electric bike more visible in poor weather and low-light conditions. You can use a handlebar-mounted headlight to safely navigate around any deep puddles or obstacles.
Another way to increase visibility when riding in the rain is to wear luminescent or brightly-colored garments that are water-resistant and have reflective materials on the back, arms, and legs. You should add reflective strips to your e-bike rack, handlebars, fenders, and helmet.
In most cases, you will prefer a front-facing white light. This light should be bright enough to be seen at least 500 feet away. It is crucial to aim this headlight straight ahead. Also, you’ll want a red tail light that people can see from about 500 to 600 feet.
You will find plenty of high-quality and lightweight LED lights that you can discreetly clip to your electric bike. If you are riding at night, you will likely need LED lights that meet all legal requirements. Note that flashing LEDs are also a good addition.
There is nothing more important than your safety and well-being, even when you are in a rush. Note that riding your e-bike too fast may help you reach your destination on time. However, because of poor visibility as well as the loss of grip, you may end up slipping and hurting yourself.
Use Fenders for Your Electric Bike
This is another vital tip that will keep you safe on the road. Most electric bike models are usually water-resistant. This is why they can perform well in almost any weather condition.
However, it does not mean you should take your bike into the rain without any precautions. It would be best if you used fenders as they will protect you from the water and mud.
You can use a metal or plastic fender. Keep in mind that plastic fenders are ideal for rainy conditions and are better than metal fenders. The problem with metal fenders is that they are prone to rust. A plastic fender, however, will only need proper cleaning before it can protect you from the rain again.
Clean with Care
You should know that your e-bike’s motor, display, battery pack, and all connection points are effectively sealed. As a result, they can weather the splashes and sploshes you would expect on a routine ride.
So, when cleaning your bike, never spray it with water jets or high-pressure air that may penetrate the frame or bearings.
However, you may rinse your bike with an outdoor hose. After that, wipe it with a rag. You can also invest in an excellent proprietary e-bike cleaner if you like.
Have an Emergency Kit Handy
When riding in the rain, make some room for a portable and lightweight first-aid kit and keep it in a dry compartment of a pannier or day bag. This is because you never know when you will need bandages, antibiotic ointment, topical anti-chafing treatment, or butterfly closures on a ride.
Use Chain Degreaser for Your Bike
After riding in the rain, it is essential to immediately shower and then dry yourself. And the same goes for your bike chain. You should cover the chain in degreaser and vigorously wipe it down using a clean rag until it is dry. A couple of drops of good lube will protect it on your next ride. Doing this can double the lifespan of your bike chain.
Also, it is an excellent idea to spray various other metallic moving parts as well. Some of them are rear and front gear mechanisms as well as brake calipers. However, try to keep the chain degreaser away from brake blocks, hubs, and bottom bracket.
Stay Away from Standing Water
We all know that heavy rain often causes flooding without warning. You should look out for any deep puddles and refrain from riding through standing water. Did you know that moving water that’s only a couple of inches deep may cause you to wipe out?
So, if you have to cross low water, it is best to switch the power off and pedal your electric bike like a traditional bike. And if your e-bike falls over in a deep puddle, quickly turn off the power. After that, remove the bike battery and controller until all of the parts are dry.
Keep Your Legs Dry
Many people often wear high-quality waterproof trousers over the clothes whereas others prefer to deal with wet legs. While waterproof over-trousers can make your legs sweat, if your electric bike ride is short, they can be a major plus.