Can you ride an e-bike in the rain?

Electric bikes have quickly become part of our lives. We all appreciated how comfortable and practical they are. This confirms the steady interest in the rental of electric bikes.

However, many riders wonder if it’s okay to ride an e-bike in the rain. In this article, you will learn about it. Let’s start.

Are e-bikes safe in the rain?

Knowing where all the electrical components of an e-bike are located is critical. And not only for trips in the rain but also for their regular maintenance.

Electric bikes are water-resistant

You need to realize that e-bikes are water-resistant, but not waterproof. This is not the same.

When a product is waterproof, it is designed so that water cannot get in and out. For example, it may have hermetically sealed housing.

On the other hand, when a product is water resistant, it means that although it is designed to be moisture resistant, it is possible for water to get inside under certain conditions.

For instance, Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch (1st generation) have an IPX7 water resistance rating. This means that the product is designed so that water is guaranteed not to penetrate inside at a depth of 1 meter for up to 30 minutes. This is indicated by the last digit 7.

In fact, this is a good indicator. But how water resistant is the electronic components of your e-bike model?

For example, the ZuGo Rhino Step-Thru electric bike has IPx7. This means that the e-bike is protected from heavy rain and accidental diving in shallow water.

Aventon e-bikes are rated IPx4. This means it is only protected from splashing water from any angle, allowing you to ride your bike in the rain.

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    More about IP or ingress protection codes you can find here.

    Check IP of individual electrical components

    Check the water resistance of individual electrical components: controllers, electric motors and switches. Consider your bike so secure over a less secure component.

    Remember that water resistance isn’t a permanent condition and can diminish over time. In real conditions, protection against water will be less. This should encourage you to pay more attention to protecting your bike from water.

    Let’s highlight the basic rules

    By following simple tips, you can keep your e-bike safe from water damage. Here’s what experienced e-bike owners say.

    1. All electrical elements of the bike hybrid are well protected from moisture by a strong sealed housing. This makes it possible to safely ride an e-bike in a drizzle or gently cross small puddles. But that still doesn’t make an e-bike a completely waterproof monster. It is forbidden to cross water bodies with it – a large amount of liquid can seep into protected nodes.
    2. All important elements are well protected from adverse environmental conditions. Rain does not have a strong effect on the battery, but there is still a risk of accelerated discharge, as well as the likelihood of rust on the terminals. Therefore, despite the fact that all components of the bike are tightly protected, the areas of connection of wires and battery connectors are still sensitive to moisture.
    3. Protecting an electric bike from moisture involves using special bags made of waterproof fabric for the battery and controller. Also in special stores, you can buy protective cases that protect vulnerable and expensive parts from water, dirt, and damage. In extreme cases, strong plastic bags are suitable for sheltering the controller during sudden rain. Additionally, sealant with silicone will help protect all important contacts.
    4. It is better, of course, that the electric bike stays in the garage in the rain. Try not to drive out unless absolutely necessary in a thunderstorm or fog, and do not accelerate at high speed. Avoid puddles reaching the bottom of the frame, controller housing, and motor. The right decision would be to sit out the non-flying weather under the roof.
    5. If the electric bike is exposed to heavy rain, you need immediately turn off all power (computer and battery). Dry the bike thoroughly before connecting again. Remove the battery and put it in a dry place for a day. Next, remove the cover of the controller housing for ventilation. Do not connect the e-bike until you are sure that all components are dry. If you have a suspicion that moisture could remain in the system, do not connect the electric bike in order to avoid a short circuit – contact the service center.
    6. Check Bike Lights. Staying visible is the biggest safety issue for a cyclist when riding in the rain. Always ride with front and rear lights and make sure your bags don’t block their light. Wear reflective clothing and bags to help you be more visible

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    Wash and dry your e-bike after it rains

    After every rainy ride, be sure to set aside a few extra minutes to clean up trash and dry your electric bike. It’s important. Dirt retains moisture much longer, which acts destructively over time. Washing and drying your bike after riding in the rain will keep your bike as dry as possible.

    Conclusion

    Of course, in bad weather, it is better not to ride. But if you get caught in the rain on your bike, don’t worry too much. Just don’t drive, make sure

    • the electrical equipment is protected as required.
    • If the bike has been submerged underwater in a deep puddle and you realize there is a risk of water ingress, disconnect the battery and dry the electronics.
    • Wash and dry your bike after your ride.

    So you can use your e-bike without breakdowns and for a long time.

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