Tips for Winter Riding with Your iGO

Tips for Winter Riding with Your iGO

Winter brings a unique charm to the landscapes we explore, and with an iGO ebike, the season's beauty is just a pedal away. Riding an ebike in winter, however, requires a bit of extra preparation and care. Here's how you can ensure a safe and delightful ebiking experience even when the temperatures drop.

1. Prep Your iGO

Battery Care:
Cold weather can affect battery performance. A cold battery will have less capacity and the increased resistance due to the cold will also take a toll on the usable range in winter. To maximize your iGO ebike's battery life, store it in a warm place before your ride. If possible, wait until just before you head out to attach it to your ebike. It’s very important to not charge a cold battery-bring your battery inside and make sure it has warmed up before putting it on charge.

Tire Check:
Consider switching to winter-specific tires for better traction on snow and ice. Keep an eye on tire pressure too, as it can decrease in colder temperatures.

Lubrication Matters:
Use a lubricant suitable for winter conditions to keep your chain running smoothly. Lighter oil-based chain lube is better than dry or wax based lube at lower temperatures. More frequent chain cleaning and re-lube is recommended especially for those who ride in the rain, slush, and snow.

2. Dress Smartly

Layer Up:
Start with a moisture-wicking base layer, add an insulating layer, and top it off with a windproof and waterproof outer layer. Remember, you can always remove layers if you get too warm!

Protect Extremities:
Your hands, feet, and head lose heat quickly. Waterproof gloves, thermal socks, and a warm hat under your helmet are essential. Switching to a helmet with minimal venting and room for a hat with ear coverage underneath will make a big difference in your comfort.

Eye Protection:
Don't forget about your eyes. Sunglasses or clear lenses protect against both the glare off the snow and any flying debris. Ski goggles are great solutions for people who do not need to wear corrective glasses; they don’t fog up and keep your face warm. Just make sure to get a pair that allows for extended peripheral vision so you can keep alert and safe.

3. Ride Wisely

Lower Your Speed:
Slippery conditions mean it's wise to take things a bit slower than usual. Your iGO's responsive handling will help, but caution is still key.

Brake Early:
Anticipate stops and brake gently to avoid skidding. Remember, it takes longer to stop on snowy or icy surfaces. Break with your rear wheel first to test traction and avoid losing control of your front wheel.

Use Lights:
Winter days can be gloomy. Keep your front and rear lights on for visibility. Consider adding reflective stickers to your bike and wear high-visibility clothing to be seen.

4. Plan Your Route

Be Predictable:
Stick to bike paths and roads that are well-traveled and well-lit. Avoid unlit areas and roads with poor visibility.

Check Conditions:
Before heading out, check the weather and avoid riding in extreme conditions.

5. After Your Ride

Clean Your Ebike:
Wipe down your iGO ebike after each ride, paying particular attention to the chain and gears. Salt and road grit can cause corrosion if left unchecked.

Store Appropriately:
If possible, store your ebike in a dry, warm place to avoid any damage from cold and moisture.


Riding your iGO ebike in winter offers a refreshing, exhilarating experience. With the right preparation and mindset, you can enjoy the beauty of the season safely and comfortably. For more tips, gear recommendations, or information on our latest ebike models, visit the iGO website. Embrace the chill, and let your iGO ebike transform winter into a cycling adventure!

Stay warm, stay safe, and enjoy the ride!