With a little preparation and care, you can ride through the winter worry-free.
Here are our top tips to prevent corrosion:
1. Keep your bike clean
Maintaining your bike's cleanliness is key to preventing corrosion. Depending on how often you clean your bike, it is highly recommended that you wipe off snow, ice, and salt after every ride.
When you get home, keep a brush by the door and give your bike a quick wash before you bring it inside.
By brushing away snow and ice from your ebike, you reduce the amount of water that gets into its nooks and crannies. By doing this, you can stay ahead of the melting and keep your bike (and floors) clean.
After a wet ride, make sure you store your bike upright rather than lying it down. Water drains from the top to the bottom of the bike.
If your bike doesn't already have fenders, get them! They protect your frame from the mud and slop that may kick up during riding, as well as keeping portions of it clean. The main purpose of fenders is to protect the moving parts of your bike from the constant spray of water and grit. Simply installing your fenders can save you a lot of time and money in the long run!
Those who spend the majority of their rides on clean cycle paths are less likely to encounter the same problems as those who travel through mud and water. Although dust, salt, moisture, and dirt can all wear down your chain, brakes, and other moving parts, it's highly recommended to use a bike-specific lubricant.
This lubricant ensures your bike performs at its peak and prolongs the life of your chain.
Many lubrication products are available. You have a variety of options, from dry weather to wet weather to anti-corrosive lubricants. Invest in a lubricant that contains the best corrosion inhibitors and additives.
3. Remove rust
Rust is not only unsightly, it's also dangerous to your bike's metal components. If left unattended, it gets worse.
Some members of the cycling community swear by generic household products such as lemon juice, soda, and ketchup to combat rust.
But white vinegar seems to be the favorite. Vinegar (undiluted) can be soaked in vinegar (undiluted) or liberally sprayed on the rusted area to soak for a few hours. Brush the rust away with a brush or tin foil. Steel wool could scratch your bike.
Repeat as necessary! Make sure that you reapply any lubricant since an acidic solution will dissolve it.