Being able to ride an electric scooter precisely is a piece of cake when conditions are perfect.
However, when it comes to winter, everything changes.
And suddenly everything becomes more laborious and more difficult as well.
When a temperature went below zero, and we get instant freeze it is quite a difference to operate your electric scooter, right?
But what separates us from the crowd is the fact that we don’t want to stop.
If this picture doesn't scare you (when it comes to riding), you are in the right place.
We want to ride and also we can notice that temperature has a significant impact on us.I can be sure that you are aware that your electric scooter suffers as well.
And it’s on us to make a move and learn what steps we have to do to defend our ride and ourselves from that cold enemy.
This is going to be a post about protecting ourselves and our scooter from cold.
Giving attention to these two aspects is crucial.
In other words, being warm and safe and having our scooter in proper condition for the spring have to be our primary goal.
I hope that you want to have good health and your scooter after winter as well.
Sound good to you?
If so, take a closer look at the following points…
If we have some extreme idea, as riding in winter, we have to be aware that this is not for everybody. Cold is one thing, obviously, and that could be a problem.
Secondly, the problem could be the list of things you should do.
For some people, this could be hard and boring. However, if you came so far and you are still here, I’m sure that you are ready for action.
So, let’s start…
As you are aware, conditions are quite different. So, we can’t behave as we are riding in summer.
Humidity is higher, and visibility is lower, roads are dangerous and so on…
You know all that, I’m sure.
But here’s something else.
Other participants, and by that I mean drivers, in numerous situations doesn’t expect that anyone would ride their scooters in such a dreadful condition.
Because of that, their driving decisions are in some cases by heart, and that could be a problem for you if you are not careful.
Either way, some steps have to be made, and maintenance has to be more intense and more regular.
Here’s what you need to do:
Preparing your electric scooter for harsh conditions is important, but you have to watch out for yourself as well. By that I mean clothing.
What happens when you forget to prepare yourself is that you regret after 5 minutes of ride that you take a ride in the first place.
And then two scenarios can occur.
The first one is to quit your ride and be grumpy all day long because of that.
And the second one is that you continue to ride.
I have a theory that most of us, who loves riding in not so hostile conditions, will not quit.
However, that is a problem, and some serious problems will appear. Freezing is one, of course, but in the worst case scenario, we can crash more easily.
After some time, our fingers or feet can be entirely frozen, and that is the only thing we think about. We are not focused on riding, and our reflexes are dead, and fingers don’t allow us to brake or corner that easily.
Here are some things we have to be aware of
Here are some tips, step by step advice and so much more that you can do to make winter riding more comfortable and enjoyable.
The only thing that is between you and surface. Be sure that those tires are safe enough.
What does that mean?
Tire tread has to be for winter, and the shape is not the only thing that is important. It is also important for a tire to be soft enough.
In low temperatures tire has to be soft because in that case it is stable enough and it will not slip that easy. If it is hard in low temperature, you will have the feel as you are riding plastic tires.
An easy way for you to decide what’s the case is by squeezing tire and see there any softness. If there it is, you are ready to go.
Before you go to ride, make sure it is fully charged. In cold weather, your range is reduced.
As a general rule, performance is reduced as well.
It is important to follow these rules when it comes to battery
Some can tell you that those are golden rules or something that is recommended, however, for me this is something we pay if we want to ride an electric scooter in winter.
And believe me, this price is nothing comparing to pleasure that riding in winter will provide you.
When you notice that a range drop and it’s not what you used to have when it is warm outside, don’t worry. If you respect all these points above, everything should back to normal after winter.
After every ride, your scooter will be filthy. You should clean everything before letting it rest.
As simple as that. You have all kinds of products on disposal that can help you with that.
For example, there is a spray you can use on all steel parts to prevent corrosion, or at least slow it down.
Furthermore, there is grease for battery maintenance you can use to avoid water or moisture from entering in that wire area.
You can use water, of course, but be careful. You have to know that your electric scooter can be water resistant; however, it’s not waterproof.
Only submarine if waterproof, electronic parts can be only resistant in some way or another.
If you are interested in how to maintain your scooter, especially washing, check this post; How To Maintain Your Electric Scooter.
One reason, of course, is that you don’t want to let your scooter to be dirty.
The second one, and in my opinion, far more important is that you will in that way protect parts in a long run.
So, if you want to have your scooter running don’t skip this step.
Wash it, dry it and keep it waiting for another crazy ride.
Now, let’s talk about some hacks and improvements you can do in no time and provide much better experience. Some of those tips require time, some small amount of money and some of those just need to be applied.
This isn’t hard work, just smart moves. So, pay attention.
If your rims allow you and you have disc brakes, you can use zip ties to create a better grip on a snowy surface
If you don’t have fenders, install them, buy them or DIY (don’t ride without them, if you do that will be one dirty, dirty ride)
Use a hair dryer to dry places that could be filled with water (note* don’t overuse it, just mild stream from a distance)
Use a stronger headlight and put it on blinking mode
Charge the battery after every use
Maybe it seems like a big deal, doing all this, but after a while, it becomes a habit. What’s more important it becomes a good habit.
Benefits are numerous. Your electric scooter will last longer, it will be functional all the time, and you will become an expert in riding and understanding of how things work.
All you need to do is to find strong headlight to be visible.
I found something I prefer (Cycle Torch Shark 500), but there are so much more great options you can find.
And I don’t care if it is daylight, in winter, visibility is low, and drivers have to notice you right away.
Remember that they don’t expect you are riding in that conditions. So, you have to be very visible all the time.
Check out this video... It will help you a lot.
Well, now we have arrived at the point that we can conclude what’s the point of all this if we have unsuitable riding style.
So, what happens if our riding style is just the same as in the summer?
I can say that what will happen is crash. Right away.
And apparently, what we have to do is change it. Just like our tires or clothes. We need to adapt to current conditions.
But don’t worry, this isn’t nuclear physics, just something we have to apply and respect.
This short list will clear up this matter in no time at all:
Teach your kids all about these techniques as well. Give them a chance to learn that early on so they can be safe throughout the life. Learn more about the topic are electric scooters safe for children.
If you are wondering what are the benefits I will tell you right away.
Less stressful ride, less drama, more enjoyable ride, avoid damage, avoiding injuries, saving time and money…
When I want to ride in the winter, my first thought is how cold is outside? What I have to put on and is there any wind and that kind of things.
Maybe it seems to you like something you used to hear from your grandmothers and mothers from early childhood.
And I don’t want to bore you to death. At least, it wasn’t my intention. So, let’s see how it will turn out.
Of course, I don’t want to die because of hypothermia, as I can hear from my mother, and that’s all understandable. But I see a much bigger problem here.
And I will share my thoughts right now.
When my destination is just 15 minutes away, sometimes I get on my e-scooter without gloves or windproof jacket.
And I know that I can’t get hypothermia in that short time.
Maybe in the Atlantic Ocean, it is possible, but in traffic, I am pretty sure I can’t.
Even though we aren’t thinking about problems in the future, we must be aware that some pain we can experience many years after.
If we are not wearing windproof pants and jacket while we are riding in minus temperatures, we might have problems with knees, bones after many years.
So, be careful, and dress properly for every cold ride.
Well, this is what I experienced
After just 3-5 minutes in sub-zero conditions, I can’t feel my fingers and ears. Ok, for ears it’s not a big fuss, I mean I didn’t plan to do anything with them.
On the other hand, with fingers was a different story. I needed those for braking and steering as well.
After 10 minutes, fingers and hands were paralyzed. When I wanted to apply brake that is something I couldn’t call safe. I didn’t have control at all.
And you know what?
It has become very dangerous. If you fall on frozen hands, we don’t need to be a rocket scientist to conclude some fractions would occur.
To prevent this, cycling gloves are perfect. Those are windproof and thin. You can operate brakes and throttle smoothly.
Thin windproof jacket and clothes in layers are so important.
You can see what I am using when it comes to minus temperatures, and I didn’t have problems so far.
This is the list:
The important thing is that if it’s not too cold in your area do not exaggerate with dressing.
However, if there is minus this stuff might be beneficial for you.
I am going to be honest with you. It's not smart decision to ride whole day around on ice and dreadful weather in general.
For one thing, riding conditions are very risky, for another, you don’t want to become ice statue after a whole day on your electric scooter.
It is risky riding between cars and if you are doing that for hours that could be dangerous. It seems like you are looking for trouble.
Just go out ride where you need to be, and that’s it.
If you want to have fun for some longer period go off-road or on some track.
However, as I said before, look out for the range. It will drop in cold weather.
Now, let’s make the obvious point. Safety is welcome even on the beautiful sunny day.
And you can see why I do stress safety so much when it comes to riding in winter.
I’ll be short and precise, don’t worry:
In a section about clothes, I’ve pointed out that you need a helmet.
It is necessary, apparently, but now I am going to show you what options you have here. Regular scooter helmet is enough.
But in that case, you need something for your ears as well. You might need something like this bandana if you are sensitive and want to protect your ears.
I have to admit I am…
The second option is a skiing helmet. In that scenario, you already have protection for ears. It’s on you, make a decision what is more suitable for you.
Next thing I want to discuss is the backlight. Have you ever heard that people are talking about the fact that these backlights are too low?
Of course, you do. That’s not safe, but electric scooter has that kind of design.
What can we do?
Well, you have to put some light on your back or helmet from the back. You might already have one on your bicycle. Just use it and then take it back. If you don’t have one, this may be the solution for you.
Elbow and knee protectors
The last one is for people who love to go off-road for a more extended period. For those who like to do donuts or tricks on slippery surfaces.
It might also be a right decision for those who want to try to ride in winter for the first time as well.
Elbow and knee protectors really can save you from pain and injuries.
Have you ever heard that someone said: “I fell 3 years ago on my knee badly, and even today I can feel the pain”.
I don’t want to be in pain whole day on work after a nasty fall, and o boy I don’t want to be in pain after 3 years as well.
And, think about probability to fall on the icy or snowy surface.
Yeah, as the girls sometimes say: I know what you are thinking… So, invest in those and be safe.
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As I said at the beginning, it is enormous fun riding in winter, but you need to make some steps to protect your electric scooter and yourself. You might have seen some pros how they do it and it seems like a piece of cake.
But, don’t get confused. It’s not, but once they were beginners too. Just take these steps and work on your riding style which is in my opinion most important one.
I hope this helped you a bit and brought you one step closer to riding in winter. It would be nice if you are still into this, and after you apply all tips, I believe you will become an expert in this area. Practice makes perfect.
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If you had some crazy or just silly attempts at riding in the snow just let us know in the comment section. We would love to read your experiences. And remember, every master once was a beginner.