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How to travel by electric assisted bike in the winter

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Cycling is an increasingly popular means of transportation in the winter. Are electrically assisted bicycles (EABs) a good option for getting around in cold weather? Absolutely, so long as you're prepared and careful. Here are a few tips to help you ride your EAB safely all year round.

A smooth ride 🍃🚲

When the roads are snow-covered and the wheels can easily get stuck, the first pedal strokes can be complicated. One of the benefits of EABs is that, because of the battery power assistance, departures are smooth.

Other benefits:

  • Less physical exertion because of electric assistance, and therefore less sweating.

  • With the adjustable power modes of the battery, travel time can easily be shortened in cold weather.

  • More accessible to a larger number of people, enabling longer rides with less resistance to adverse weather conditions.

Getting ready🧤❄️

Cycling in winter requires a few adjustments and accessories. Your bike shop can help you to make sure that you don't forget anything. Here are a few key points to consider:

  • Install studded tires. Tire width will depend on whether you're riding on bike paths in the city or on less snow-cleared shoulders in rural areas, for example.

  • Be visible at all times. If your EAB doesn't have built-in lights, install front and rear lights to ensure good visibility, day and night.

  • Protect yourself from the elements. Multi-layer clothing, ski goggles and a good pair of gloves will keep you warm, even in freezing weather. There is also specialized equipment like three-finger gloves that keep your hands warmer while making braking easier.

Adapt to road conditions🚴🏾🚦

As when driving a car, it's important to adapt the way you ride to road conditions. For example, during a snowstorm or ice storm, it's best to limit travel or opt for public transport.

Being an EAB cyclist in winter also means changing your riding habits. The battery range of an EAB decreases significantly in extreme cold. It's important to bring the battery indoors and to charge it more frequently. Cold temperatures do, however, have the advantage of hardening surfaces, thereby making cycling less demanding, especially if you have to ride on a partially cleared shoulder. But watch out for black ice!

Want to know more about the advantages of the EAB?

Active transportation is a healthy and pleasant way to enjoy winter. Proper clothing, a few accessories, caution and a good attitude will be your best allies! A transportation cocktail that also includes public transit and walking is a winning combination and a viable alternative to solo driving in the winter, be it in the city or outside major urban centres.