Although it’s definitely not recommended if you have a choice, you may find yourself caught by surprise and riding your 500w electric bike in the rain. You can take comfort, however, in knowing that a sudden downpour won’t cause damage to your bike.
If you absolutely must ride in the rain, however, there are steps to take to prevent an accident. There are also some proactive steps you can take to avoid moisture having an effect on your bike. Here’s what you should know before you’re out on your e-bike in the rain.
Electric Component Concerns
You may have concerns over somehow getting a shock from the electric motor. This is not likely to happen; a 500w electric bike has built-in safety features to prevent riders from getting shocked. You can expect to see a water-resistant casing protecting the battery, wires and motor on every standard electric bike for sale. Tires are made of premium rubber and e-bike cables are also wrapped in a rubber casing.
Powering up your e-bike’s battery after being out in the rain should be done after you first move your bike to a dry area, preferably someplace inside. Be sure to wipe down your bike until there’s no moisture on it before you plug in the charger. If you don’t have them already, you can get a pair of tire fenders to increase your bike’s protection from street water splashing off your tires.
Visibility in Inclement Weather and Local Traffic Laws
Depending on how fast and large the raindrops are, you and others on the road can experience reduced visibility. Be sure you follow the local traffic laws for inclement weather. California’s laws, for example, require you to turn on your e-bike’s lights at night and during fog or rain. The front of your bike must have a white light that makes you visible to other vehicles 300 feet away.
California’s laws also require having yellow or white reflectors on each of your ankles or shoes so motorists can see you from 200 feet away. You could also wear brightly colored clothing and add reflectors to your pedals to help ensure everybody can see you coming.
Riding on Wet Pavement
Rain normally creates hazards when the streets become wet and slippery. Ride slowly, and keep away from puddles. They not only splash water; they’re also dark and can hold harmful objects you can’t see. In addition to slowing down, be prepared to brake early. Also bear in mind that gasoline and oil will rise to the surface of puddles and rain-slicked roads. If you see a rainbow pattern on the pavement, it’s most likely an accumulation of gas or oil; steer clear of it. Wet leaves laying on the pavement can also be slippery.
It’s a good idea to check the weather when planning your next trip, but don’t let unexpected rain ruin your plans. If you’re looking forward to exploring the shorelines of Orange County beach cruisers come in a range of all-weather models that provide safety and comfort for riders of all heights and sizes. When you ride carefully and keep in mind what you need to do to protect yourself and others on the road, you can have a great trip even if the weather has some surprises in store.