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Do You Need To Cover Your E-Bike? Here’s What You Should Know

Updated: Apr 16

E-bike covered with a gray protective sheet parked in a modern urban area with green bushes and a building in the background

If you’re an adventure seeker who loves speed, efficiency, and the environment, chances are you use an e-bike. Modern-day e-bikes are equipped to work for hours on multiple terrains and in all types of weather. Riding your bike in the rain every once in a while is no big deal—after all, they are made for your convenience. 

However, continuously exposing your e-bike to moisture and direct sunlight can significantly deteriorate its performance and affect its lifespan in the long run. Even if you haul or mount your e-bike to the back of your vehicle or store it indoors for months, using a protective cover is a good idea to prevent such damage. 

Why Do Electric Bicycles Need a Cover?

Electric bikes can be used in most weather conditions. But as a general rule, it is best to avoid exposing your e-bike to a lot of water, as it is a conductor of electricity. While the chances of electrocution are slim, it doesn’t change the fact that water can wear out the motor, battery, and frame of your bicycle, demanding extra attention, repairs, and unwarranted expenses in the long run. 

Fortunately, there’s an easy solution: e-bike covers. Whether your bike is in storage or mounted at the back of your car, these covers are an easy and affordable solution to protect it from external damage. 

These covers are usually made from nylon, polyester, or polyurethane. These materials are waterproof, durable, lightweight, resistant to abrasion, and quite affordable. They will save your bike from long-term damage, repairs, and maintenance costs. By using a cover, you're not just protecting your e-bike; you’re also avoiding a blow to your wallet. 

That said, while all three materials mentioned above are durable, nylon and polyester are the most long-lasting. So, keep this in mind when looking for your ideal bike covers. Opting for these materials will ensure you're making the best possible choice in protecting your e-bike. 

What Are the Repercussions of Not Using an E-Bike Cover?

Although minimal moisture and sunlight will not cause deterioration to your bike, repeated exposure will degrade its performance and longevity. 

Here are some repercussions you may face if you do not use an e-bike cover: 

Rusting

Some parts of your bike may start to rust with repeated exposure to water. This is especially true if you regularly ride your bike in puddles or completely submerge it in water.

The frame and chain are especially vulnerable—they will slowly start to corrode, leaving you with a feeble structure that will not be able to support you on your many adventures. 

Motor and Battery Damage 

Small drops of water here and there will not cause much harm to your e-bike’s battery and motor. However, if you regularly ride through huge puddles of water or in heavy rainfall, it could damage the motor system. 

Water is a good conductor of electricity, so it could cause the motor and battery to malfunction. It’s best to remove the motor and battery when you’re anticipating rain to avoid any damage. In addition, wiping moisture away after every ride is a good idea. 

Lack of Lubrication 

Water can strip away the oil or grease off your bike chain and other parts, causing them to rust. After riding your bike through water, take some time to wipe everything dry and re-lube your chain. This is a must if you want to avoid crunchy or slipping gears as well. Lubricating can make your rides smoother and extend your bike’s life. 

Mildew

Handle grips, seat covers, and bike panniers can attract mildew or fungus if left without any protection. Fungus and molds are highly toxic, especially when they come in direct contact with humans—they are associated with many health risks. If you find mold on parts of your bike, it is best to dispose of those parts and protect the new ones moving forward. 

Features To Look for in an E-Bike Cover

If you are looking for the best cover for your e-bike, take a close look at several specifications so that your investment is safe and secure. Here are some guidelines: 

Materials 

Protective covers for vehicles are usually made of polyester, nylon, or polyurethane because they are lightweight yet durable. Look for covers with any of these materials, but prioritise polyester and nylon over polyurethane. 

Size 

E-bikes vary significantly in size and shape, as do their covers. Before you start shopping for an e-bike cover, measure your bike’s height, from the bottom of the tyre to the handle at its highest peak. 

If you cannot find a cover that fits your bicycle’s exact measurements, choose one that is a little bit bigger across all dimensions. It is always better to have extra room. 

Handles, Lock Holes, Compression Cords

The bike cover you choose should be easy to use. While features like handles are not necessary, they make it easier to hold and carry your bike. Meanwhile, locks or buckles ensure your bike is completely covered, and compression cords secure the fit and prevent critters and creatures from slipping underneath. 

Reflective Material 

If you often mount your bike on the back of your motor vehicle, having a cover with some kind of reflective material is a good idea. It’s an excellent safety feature. 

Consider Gin E-bike Cover for your e-bike protection needs. Gin offers a sturdy bike cover along with top-of-the-line bikes. Our covers are waterproof and durable, made with 190T Nylon material with UV coating. This ensures your bike will always be waterproof, dust-proof, and well-protected from scratches. The lightweight material also makes it easy to store when not in use. 

Our covers can accommodate bikes with a 29-inch wheel and two bikes up to 26-inch wheels. All covers include a storage pouch with a drawstring and safety loops for maximum convenience. 

Other Preventive Solutions To Ensure Your Bike’s Durability

Aside from using a bike cover, you can take additional measures to ensure your bike is safe and sound for many years. 

They include: 

  • Using a waterproof spray. 

  • Wrap the bike’s wires and other fragile parts with silicone tape. This ensures the wires remain unharmed even with rough use.

  • Pot all electrical components. This is a hard gel that hardens and seals openings, making the area waterproof. 

  • Wipe all elements with a dry rag or towel after each ride instead of simply sun-drying your bike. 

Conclusion

When looking for an e-bike, look no further than Gin. Our Gin X e-bikes are sturdy and perfect for city or country life. Consider our e-bike cover for protection, too. It’s durable, lightweight, and very effective, providing complete protection against dust or water when in storage or mounted at the back of your vehicle. 

Upgrade your bicycle with our other accessories, or contact us for any inquiries about e-bike use and protection. We’re more than happy to help and discuss all of your unique electric bike needs. We’d love to get on this adventurous ride with you.

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