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Old 11-14-20, 02:06 PM
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Winter ride electric bike

I always ride a none electric in the winter but id like to use a electric but am unsure if its a good idea.

We have alot of snow and salt and it gets very cold here, typicly electronics hate that stuff.

Also I don't have heated storage for it at my house but it wont be kept in the snow, work storage is heated tho.

So if anyone has had some experiences with this id love to hear. im typicly a anti electric bike guy but it would benifit me alot in the winter now.

Also I know cheap ones arnt a good idea most likely but if its possible for me to use one in these conditions id love to know of good brands that will last
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Old 11-14-20, 06:46 PM
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Don't be an anti electric bike guy. I think ebikes are great, and I don't even have one. If it suits you, use it. I hope my spouse eventually gets one so she can keep riding with me.

Sorry I have no advice about Ottawa.
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Old 11-17-20, 04:54 PM
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Just make sure that you bring your battery inside at home and at the office. I ride my ebike year around.
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Old 11-22-20, 01:44 PM
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I've been contemplating a fat ebike for winter commutes. This would make me unstoppable and invincible...well, okay, not invincible, but certainly nothing much in the way of weather would stop me if I had a fat ebike in my arsenal, with studded tires. Current studded bike would not work with snow more than a few inches. A non-electric fat bike would be too slow.
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Old 11-22-20, 01:51 PM
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What Alloo said: Bring in the battery and don't charge it if the battery's temperature is below zero. Other than that you will be good. The battey will work fine when you're pulling electricity from it (it will create a little heat), and the electronics will work fine in the cold, although LCD displays can get really sluggish if it's cold enough (but will work quick again when the weather improves).
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Old 12-17-20, 12:57 PM
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Do ebikes exist where you can charge via the battery and not the bike? it would be idea to charge the battery inside same with with at work. ill have to look around at some bikes thanks for the suggestions
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Old 12-17-20, 03:05 PM
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Last year I had some work colleagues who commuted through the winter on their e-bikes. One of them got this crazy bike with big tires and two wheel drive. Wow.

One thing to consider is that both riding and charging heat the battery. Charging probably more than riding.
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I just ordered an fat ebike for those days when there just too much snow for regular bike. The motor should help with the speed. I'll report back once I've some miles on it.
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Old 12-18-20, 12:46 PM
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Its fine. just charge it inside. use some dielectric grease at you plug connections.
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Old 05-23-21, 03:09 AM
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If you are thinking about using an e-Bike frequently in winter for commuting, then you need to look at using a particular "cold weather" bicycle. Standard exposure to sand, grit, and salt in the streets can be quite hard on a bicycles suspension and gears and you do not wish to ruin your ride.
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