Winter is coming.
Coboc Creates. | 13.12.2021
The thermometer drops, the days get shorter, the winter is just around the corner. With Coboc through the cold season.
While some brave the cold, snow and ice, others switch to warmer modes of transportation. No matter which option you choose, here are a few tips to get you through the winter.
Off into hibernation.
If you leave your Coboc e-bike in the winter, don’t just put it in the corner. Proper storage will save you the shock when you bring your bike out again in the spring. Dirt and moisture in particular can damage an e-bike for months and can lead to rust shock. Before the bike ends up in the cellar, ideally a dry, temperature-stable room, it should be thoroughly washed and cleaned.
Talking about the bike wash.
Important: Never turn the bike upside down and do not use a hard water jet (e.g. a high-pressure cleaner or a garden hose). Our models are well protected against moisture, but you should avoid too much moisture around the user interface (charging socket, charging status LEDs). Do not use aggressive detergents when cleaning and caring for the finish. Traces of oil or grease can be easily removed with methylated spirits, so that the surface can then be treated with a paint care product. Ask your Coboc dealer about this. The tires should not be parked in a flat state; this can cause damage to the sidewall.
Probably the most important topic for proper winter storage is the battery. It is also recommended to store the e-bike at room temperature for the battery cells. At significantly higher temperatures, the battery can age more quickly; lowering the room temperature does not bring any significant benefits, but does not harm the battery either.
When your Coboc e-bike is switched off, the battery discharges by approx. 10% per month. If the e-bike is not switched on or charged for 30 days, it automatically switches to deep-sleep mode. Now the e-bike only discharges by a maximum of 4% per month. In “hibernation” mode, the e-bike can no longer be switched on by pressing a button. It can be reactivated by connecting the charger. Very important: it is essential to avoid completely discharging the battery. This would permanently damage it or even render it completely inoperable. Therefore, the e-bike should be fully charged before it is not used for a longer period of time or is parked for the winter. Then the bike can stand for up to eight months without needing to be recharged. After this time, a charger should be connected and the charge level checked. It is even gentler on the battery if the e-bike is stored at a charge level of 60-80% (four LEDs).
Energy can never be stored completely without loss. Thus, the battery in your Coboc E-Bike also loses energy over time. It is important to know that a battery should never be completely empty. If the voltage of the battery falls below a critical value, this is called deep discharge. The battery can then no longer be charged, is unusable and must be replaced. With the deep-sleep mode in our software, we have implemented protective measures that better protect your bike from a deep discharge. Nevertheless, deep discharge cannot be prevented by better technology alone.
What exactly can you do about deep discharge:
- An e-bike with a completely empty battery must be recharged as quickly as possible.
- If you are storing your e-bike for a longer period of time, you should charge it again to five LEDs beforehand.
- If you store your e-bike for a longer period of time, you should check the charge level every three months and recharge it if necessary.
- Make sure that the latest software is installed on your bike.
Rain, snow, mud – so what?
With good preparation, it is also possible to defy external adversities during the cold months. To start with, a winter check-up at your local dealer certainly makes sense. Around 40 euros usually includes new wear parts, such as brake pads or oil on the chain, the adjustment of the circuit and the check of the lighting system. In many Coboc models, by the way, the lighting is on board ex works. In addition, it often makes sense in winter to put on wider, profiled tires that guarantee more comfort and safety. You can find the maximum tire widths of the Coboc e-bikes here. Here, too, the competent specialist dealer will be happy to help.
Not only the e-bike, but also the rider himself can winterize. In addition to a thin hat that fits under your helmet, we recommend wearing your clothes in multiple layers. Warm, water-repellent, but breathable and ideally with reflective applications. If you leave the house early in the morning and head home after work, you usually have two trips through the dark in the depths of winter. Add to that a pair of good gloves – not too thick, for a good grip – and winter can come.
It is just as important to adjust your driving style as it is to choose the right material. The braking distance is significantly longer on wet or even slippery roads, and corners should be approached more slowly. Keyword: anticipatory driving. Wet, cold and dirt, including road salt on the road, not only cause problems for cyclists, but also for the material. We therefore recommend regular maintenance and cleaning. Also practical: weatherproof storage boxes or rooms, whether at work or at home.
So the winter on your coboc bike is fun again.
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