Can EBikes Be Used In The Rain? What Happens If They Get Wet?

Updated:
February 17, 2021
Published:
February 4, 2021

It's one of the most common questions we get when talking to new e-bikes owners: I got caught in the rain, now what?  

Most e-bike owners are used to cars and other vehicles, which don't have to worry about rusting or corrosion when they get wet.  However, electric bikes are made of lots of different materials, and getting some of them wet can cause problems. So, what do you do? 

If you're cruising through town on an e-bike, you may want to steer clear of the puddles. Riding an e-bike in the rain is not advised, as the moisture can cause your bike to malfunction.

The rain is not friendly to the electronic components and can lead to water damage, which is often considered the most common cause of e-bike failure (aside from a crash or extreme weather conditions, of course).

The amount of moisture that can get inside your bike depends on the outside temperature. If it's very cold and the rain is very cold, then you may not have to worry about water damage. However, if the rain is falling at room temperature, then you'll want to take extra precautions to protect it.

E-bikes are an incredibly useful tool, but are often limited in when and where you can ride them because of the fact that they are, well, electric.  

Since they are powered by battery, riding in the rain can be a serious hassle.  

Luckily, there are three main ways to protect your e-bike from the rain.

  • Waterproof casing
  • Water repellent tires
  • Water-resistant electrical components

Most of these can be purchased at your local bicycle store, but if you do not have one you should first look up a store that has what you need, and if you do not have one of these then check out Amazon.

Tips for riding your e-bike in the rain

Riding an e-bike in the rain can be intimidating for some riders. If you plan on riding in the rain, you should be prepared for the condition with the right equipment.

Here are some tips for riding an e-bike in the rain:

  • Before riding your e-bike in the rain, make sure your bike is in good working order. This will allow you to react to any problems that arise while riding.
  • Make sure you have a rain poncho or rain suit. You may also consider waterproof trousers, boots, and gloves.
  • Make sure you have sealed tires with low air pressure.
  • Make sure you have good visibility, with bright colored clothing and a bright light on your bike.

Reduce Your E-bike's Tyre Pressure

To drive your e-bike safely and comfortably in the rain, it's important to verify the air pressure in your tires.

If you do not, you could cause a blowout, which could result in a crash that could cause you serious injury. That's because when it rains, the temperature of the road drops, which causes the air pressure in your tires to drop, too.

If your tires are over-inflated, that can cause the rubber to overstretch when it hits a puddle, which can cause the tire to blow out.

Look Out for Slippery Spots

Driving an electronic bike in the rain is a major hassle: not only do you have to worry about road conditions, but you also have to be extra cautious about the bike and yourself.  

The limited visibility that comes with driving in rainy conditions makes it easy to skid and fall, and if the road is wet enough, you may even find yourself driving on the sidewalk or going the wrong way down the road. 

Always Slow Down and Apply Your Brakes Early

Being an eBike rider is awesome.  Today, eBike riders are able to travel at speeds up to 20mph in many cities, and it's likely that the speed limit in your town is higher than that.  

However, eBike riders must always remember to travel at safe and legal speeds, especially when the weather is bad.  

Rain, snow, and wind can all have an impact on your travel speed, and it's easy to lose your momentum on your eBike when you encounter any of these conditions.  

Remember, your eBike's tires have less traction than regular bike tires, and it's important to slow down and apply the brakes early when you are riding in the rain.

If you are driving an e-bike in the rain, always slow down and apply your brakes early when approaching a wet, slippery corner. 

This will allow you to take the corner at a slower pace, reducing the speed at which you lose control of your e-bikes. It is better to approach your turns slowly and gradually, and it is better to lose a little speed than to lose control at much higher speeds.

Be Cautious of Corners

When riding an e-bike in the rain it is important to be cautious of corners, as you will have less traction than normal. Corners can be dangerous in e-bikes since they will have less traction on the tires.

The decreased traction in corners is why it is important to be cautious in corners when riding in the rain.

A good way to combat this is to make sure that you are not going too fast and to make sure that you are using the brakes correctly.

Proper braking on an e-bike can be hard in the rain so it is important to be cautious of your speed so that you are not going too fast coming out of the corner.

Clean Your Electric Bike After You Ride

I'm a big fan of electric bikes, because I think they're a brilliant way to help people who might not be in the best health get around more easily. But if you ride in the rain, you have to clean your bike, otherwise, you'll damage its electrical components. 

Your e-bike is a high-tech marvel of engineering that combines the latest battery, motor, and suspension technologies with a convenient electric-assist motor that will help you power through the hills and over to your destination.

The only problem is that these high-tech parts need to be cleaned and maintained regularly to perform well and extend the life of your e-bike.

This includes riding in the rain since water can short out your bike's electrical systems and cause it to stop working.

If you ride your e-bike in the rain, you need to thoroughly dry your bike after you get back to your garage so that you do not damage the motor or other components.

In Conclusion

When choosing an electric bike, you may wish to consider how the bike will handle in the rain. In fact, most e-bikes are strictly designed for dry weather riding.

Riding when wet can lead to your e-bike suffering from water damage and shortening the lifespan of the components. What's more, riding an e-bike in the rain can be dangerous, because of the possibility of slipping and falling. Especially when riding at a high speed, the risk of injury is very high.

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