Fall fashion is all about bundling and layers. You get to wear cool scarves, slip on some boots, and finally rock that flannel without feeling like you're at a peak-grunge era Pearl Jam show.
When it comes to fall biking, it’s the same idea: stay dry, stay warm, stay comfortable.
Take care of the basics. Get a pair of decent gloves to keep your fingers from freezing during early morning rides. Add a thermal liner under your helmet. Ear warmers can be a lifesaver.
Preparing for fall also means fending off wetter weather. Try a jacket with Velcro cuffs to keep a watertight seal around your wrists. Rain pants are key too, and a top-tip here is to go oversized so that when you pedal, the pants don't lift over the opening in your shoe and dump water down your ankles. Don’t go too baggy, though, as you could risk getting fabric caught in the drivetrain.
Guard Your Tires
Colorful foliage looks gorgeous on trees, but less so when it’s caught in your spokes.
Riding through leaves and mud puddles can ruin your ride by making a mess of your ebike, especially if any of that gunk splashes up into your wheels. They also cause hazards by covering up potholes, drains, rocks, or any other object protruding from the ground. Even if they appear dry on the surface, the ones underneath on the ground are likely wet, which will quickly cause traction issues. Be sure to slow down and take corners slowly on wet surfaces as the road may be slippery.
Take care of your ebike (and your clothes) by installing mud guards (also known as fenders) before the rainy season picks up. It's also a good idea to keep an eye on tire pressure. As the temperature drops outside, so does your PSI, especially if your ebike is stored on cold concrete.
Keep It Light
Misty October mornings are beautiful. They’re perfect for waking up a little early and snuggling up with a hot mug of cocoa.
While the hazy mornings and early dusks can be whimsical, reduced visibility also means that proper lighting is critical. It’s about more than just being able to see — it’s about being seen on your ride. Especially by cars.
Use your headlight and taillight, but also make sure you check that they’re clean, functional, visible, and secure before each ride.
Take extra precautions by wearing bright, reflective clothing and making sure you have reflectors (or reflective stickers!) on both sides of your ebike. There are many add ons and upgrades that can help you stand out even more in a dark night.
Maintain Your Chain
The chain is one of the main parts of your ebike that can be affected by the season. In the Fall, it has a tendency to dry out much faster than in the summer, so make sure you keep it well lubricated.
Luckily, our ebikes don’t require any specific type of lube. You can get away with a standard lubricant, but if you’re in a particularly wet environment, don’t be afraid to go for the heavier stuff.
There are plenty of tools out there to help you maintain your chain, but if you’re new to biking and want to make sure you’re doing it right, this is one of the main lessons we've covered in a video for you.
If you decide to do it yourself, try running your chain through a rag or an old T-shirt to soak up any excess after the application. If you leave on too much, you’ll hear it when you pedal. If you apply too little, you’ll also hear it. The less noise, the better.
Keep It Dry
Your ebike has many components that can be affected by moisture so here are a few things to think about and keep dry.
Wood accents of your accessories can warp or peel from the rain. Best to protect your wood elements such as your Front-Mounted Basket, Running Boards or Wood Panels by spraying it with a protective lacquer to seal it from scratches and rain. Spray these accessories outdoors, let them dry and then install them on your bike. We recommend you repeat the protective spray lacquer every year, just as the rainy season threatens to arrive.
LCD Displays need protection from the rain too. If you store your bike outdoors, shield your display with a transparent plastic cover, so you can leave it on for extended periods of time and remove it as the weather heats up again.
Your electric bike comes with a motor and battery, this of course is also sensitive to water. While you can safely ride your ebike during light rain storms, make sure to dry it off at your destination with a cloth. 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.
Customize for the perfect ride
When you're stocking up on Halloween candy or other supplies for the perfect Fall, something as small as a front-mounted basket can make a big difference.
Even the sleek, uncomplicated RadMission electric hybrid bike can be the perfect tool for all your important Autumn errands when you take advantage of our full lineup of accessories -- including the front basket, full fenders, a rear rack, panniers, and a kickstand.
Plus, when the weather does start to warm up again, you'll have everything you need to get your spring started off right.