Ebikes by Rad Power Bikes are designed to be used and enjoyed in a variety of climates and conditions. As with any bike, you need to take care of your ebike to ensure it isn’t damaged by the elements.
This article will outline some best practices for preventing rust, corrosion, and electrical damage so you can keep riding Rad.
Practice Good Bike Storage
Park indoors whenever possible.
- If you must park outdoors in rain or wet conditions, do not do so for an extended period of time, and afterward park in a dry location to allow the bike systems to dry out.
- If covering the bike with a tarp during rain, do so only temporarily and be sure to remove the tarp once the rain has passed to allow moisture and condensation to evaporate.
Properly store your bike.
- Store the bike under shelter and in an upright position for best drainage.
- Avoid leaving the bike in the rain for extended periods. If exposed to rain, dry your bike afterward, and apply anti-rust treatment to the chain and other unpainted steel surfaces.
- Avoid exposure to corrosive substances.
Perform Regular Maintenance
Keep up with maintenance.
- When any bike is exposed to wet conditions, it will need a more frequent maintenance schedule to prevent rust and corrosion and to ensure all systems work safely. Click here to learn more about bike maintenance.
Clean your bike as needed.
- To clean your bike, wipe the frame with a damp cloth.
- If needed, apply a mild, non-corrosive detergent mixture to the damp cloth and wipe the frame.
- Dry by wiping with a clean, dry cloth.
- Never use the spray from a hose or a high-pressure washer on your ebike.
- Take a look at our cleaning guide here for more details.
Use touch-up paint on scratches or chips.
- If painted metal parts become scratched or chipped, use touch-up paint or nail polish to prevent corrosion.
- Contact us for help finding your bike's paint color code so you can find a great match from a local bike or auto shop!
Keep the chain clean and lubricated.
- Ensure the chain is clean, lubricated, and runs smoothly. Take extra care with chain maintenance if the bike is used in wet, salty, dusty, or otherwise damaging conditions.
- Get help from a local, reputable bike shop to determine which chain lubricant ("lube") is best for your local weather and riding conditions.
Avoid Moisture and Salt
Keep your electrical components dry.
- Never immerse or submerge the bike or any components in water or liquid. Doing so can damage the electrical system.
- Rain is designed to flow off of electrical components from top to bottom, so be sure to keep the bike upright when the bike is wet and while it is drying.
Avoid riding on the beach or in coastal areas.
- Doing so exposes your bike to salt, which is very corrosive. Exposure to saltwater can cause permanent, irreversible damage to electronic components.
- If riding in coastal areas, wipe down your bike frequently and wipe or spray all unpainted mechanical parts with anti-rust treatment. Damage from corrosion is not covered under warranty.
After riding your ebike in dirty, sandy, or wet conditions, it is always a good idea to inspect your bike to make sure all components are clear of dirt, debris, and moisture. Before every ride, inspect all components to ensure they are secure and in good condition.
Check out our Three Quick Tips to Prevent Ebike Corrosion post on The Scenic Route, and click here to download the latest version of your ebike owner's manual for more information about keeping your ebike in great condition.
DAMAGE TO YOUR EBIKE’S ELECTRICAL SYSTEM CAUSED IN ANY MANNER, INCLUDING WATER INTRUSION, CAN LEAD TO BATTERY FAILURE, ELECTRICAL SYSTEM MALFUNCTION, OR ELECTRICAL FIRE AND CONSEQUENT PROPERTY DAMAGE, INJURY, OR DEATH. Follow all recommendations to minimize the chance of water damage.