Summer is almost here and many countries and regions will have a rainy season, especially in tropical and subtropical regions, and it also brings problems to people who travel with electric bikes. First of all, you need to know the harm caused by rain on e-bikes. The rain will cause the paint to fall off and make the bike look like an old one, and the brakes and horn of the bike will not work properly because of the rain. Important parts like the motor, controller and battery cannot stay in the rain for a long time. Even if the e-bike is waterproof, it will be affected by the rain for a long time. Here are some tips from the staff at the e-bike store. To minimize the effects of rain, the following methods may help you.
- Ways to waterproof the battery pack
If you want to prevent water infiltration, you can have a plastic bag to wrap it temporarily and let the water flow downward.
- Waterproof method of motor
The electric bicycle motor is waterproof, so it doesn’t matter if it is rushed through. As long as it doesn’t get soaked up by water, it will be fine. Always pay attention to the oil seal on the flywheel side.
- Waterproofing of the controller
The controller is the brain of the e-bike, which has a large current and sends out a lot of heat, and cannot be completely sealed. If you can see the controller on your e-bike, you can use a piece of plastic or soft rubber to seal the entrance during heavy rain to prevent water ingress.
- Turnbuckle waterproof method
Remember to bring a plastic bag with you when you travel in the rain, and use it to cover the top of the handlebar when it rains. 80% or so of e-bike handlebars and the interface of the line assembly are not waterproof, which is very harmful. A waterlogged handlebar will run by itself once the key is turned on, which is a very dangerous situation and can easily hit pedestrians or other e-bikes.
If the rain is larger and has covered the calf, it is best to disconnect the power to push. On the one hand, it is to avoid the wheels from getting the splashing rainwater into the motor during the ride. On the other hand, it is also to take care of the passers-by who are walking with you.
Of course, many electric bicycles are already very good at waterproofing, but that doesn’t mean you can walk around in the rain with impunity, and when you enjoy the convenience, you need to take care of your electric bike.