There’s nothing quite like riding down the road on your bike and feeling the wind in your hair. Biking is not only a great way to get some fresh air, but it is also a convenient way to get around. When it comes to storing an electric bike, make sure you thoroughly read the manufacturer’s instructions because there can be a lot of variation between models. However, you must keep your bike’s battery cool and dry. Heat and moisture can degrade a battery’s performance, and if it gets too hot, it can become a fire hazard.
Method 1 Short-Term Storage
1. If you intend to ride the bike soon, keep the frame and battery together. If you plan on riding your bike within the next day or so, storing the frame and battery together isn’t a big deal. If you leave the battery in, your ebike may drain it slightly while it is turned off, but if your battery is not low, this should not have a significant impact.
If you ride your bike frequently, you may need to remove the battery every 4 days or so to charge it.
2. When you’re finished riding your bike, turn off the power. The power button on your ebike activates or deactivates the computer. Depending on the brand and model of your computer, press this button once or press and hold it down for 5 seconds to turn it off.
If you aren’t actively pedalling, many electric bikes will shut down automatically after a few minutes.
3. Keep your bike inside, in a cool, dry place. Keep your ebike out of the elements and indoors whenever possible. While your frame will be fine if it gets a little cold or hot, you don’t want the temperature to fluctuate too much because it will damage the battery. Any room will do as long as it does not get too hot during the night and has low humidity.
You can store your bike overnight in a garage or shed, but only if it’s cool outside and won’t get too hot during the day. Lithium batteries can catch fire, but any battery can short out or lose its charge if it gets too hot.
If you don’t have much space, a vertical wall rack in your basement or living room will suffice.
Keep the bike away from excessive humidity, as moisture can corrode the bike’s electrical components.
Keep it away from any vents or windows that may have a lot of condensation or humidity.
Method 2 Long-Term Storage
1. If you aren’t going to ride the bike in the next few days, remove the battery. If you know you won’t be riding your bike soon, remove the battery and store it separately. To unlock your battery with a key, insert it into the keyhole on the side of the frame and turn it counterclockwise to release the battery. If you used a switch or another system to unlock your battery, remove it according to the instructions in your user manual.
When you are not riding it, remove the battery to prevent corrosion buildup on the battery terminals.
2. To extend the battery’s life, keep it partially charged. When storing your bike’s battery, consult the owner’s manual to determine the recommended range. Check the battery level on your computer screen, gauge, or battery case before turning off your bike. If it falls within the recommended range, the battery is ready to be stored. Charge your battery if it is too low. If the charge is too high, ride it around the block a couple of times to drain it.
This will extend the battery’s life and keep it stable while you are not riding for an extended period of time.
If you’re going to ride it soon, it’s not the end of the world if you don’t get the battery under the recommended range. If you’re storing the bike for more than a month, you should definitely ride it for a few minutes before putting it away.
3. If the manufacturer recommends it, completely discharge the battery. Some batteries must be completely discharged before being stored for more than a month. Check your bike’s instruction manual to see if the battery needs to be partially charged or completely drained before storing it for an extended period of time.
4. Set the battery indoors in a dry place where the temperature stays between 32 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit (0 and 20 degrees Celsius). In general, the warmer your battery gets, the worse it performs. If the battery gets too hot, it can even catch fire, especially if it is a lithium battery. Select a location in your home where the battery will be kept cool and dry. A dry basement is ideal, but you could also store it near an air conditioner, vent, or fan to keep it cool if there isn’t a lot of humidity.
If you have a lead-acid battery, the refrigerator is the best place to store it. These batteries perform much better when kept cold but not frozen.
When not in use, never cover your battery or charger. If you place a rag over the battery, for example, it may warm up and lose its charge. It may also be a fire hazard if your battery becomes extremely hot.
5. If your battery is running low, charge it on a concrete floor. If you need to charge your battery, place it on a concrete floor and plug it into the charger. To keep the battery safe while charging, only use the charger that came with your bike. Continue charging your battery until it is at least 30% charged. If you’re going on a long ride soon, let it charge to the recommended level before removing it from the charger.
While it is unlikely that your battery will catch fire, it is best to charge it on a concrete surface just to be safe. Do not leave your battery charging unattended.
It is not necessary to charge the battery after each ride. A fully charged battery will typically last 20–40 miles (32–64 km), so depending on how frequently and far you ride your bike, you may only need to charge it once a month.
Never charge your battery more than it is capable of handling. If you do charge it to 100 percent for a long bike ride, unplug it as soon as your battery is fully charged. Overcharging an ebike battery reduces its lifespan.
6. Charge lead-acid and NIMH batteries at least every three months. If you have a lead-acid or nickel-metal hydride (NIMH) battery and aren’t planning on riding your bike anytime soon, plug it into the charger once every month or two. These batteries tend to discharge quickly when not in use, so recharge them on a regular basis to extend the battery’s lifespan.
As a reminder, lead-acid batteries can be kept cool by storing them in the refrigerator.
NIMH batteries aren’t very common nowadays, but they’re very similar to lead-acid batteries. They last slightly longer than lead-acid batteries, but they cannot be stored in the refrigerator.
When it comes to long-lasting and consistent ebike performance, lead-acid batteries are widely regarded as the weakest option. If you’re looking for a new ebike, try to avoid lead-acid batteries.
7. Charge lithium batteries at least once every six months. Lithium batteries have a much longer lifespan than lead-acid or NIMH batteries. They do, however, need to be charged even if you aren’t planning on riding the bike anytime soon. Plug your battery into the charger for a few hours every 6 months or so before putting it back into storage.
Lithium batteries can catch fire if they become too hot, so try to keep them cool at all times. Never charge these batteries in an area where you won’t be able to keep an eye on them. If possible, store them in a fireproof bag in a cool room.
Method 3 Space-Saving Storage Ideas
1. If you ride your ebike frequently, use a wall rack to store it inside. Wall racks are ideal for storing e-bikes because they allow you to keep your e-bike inside without taking up valuable floor space. Locate studs in the wall with a stud finder and drill holes into the wall to install your anchors. Then, screw the rack’s base into the wall and hang your hooks from it. Allow your bike to hang on the hooks to be stored on your wall.
Another advantage is that you can install the rack near your door, allowing you to grab the ebike right before leaving and hang it up as soon as you get home.
2. Install a multi-hook system to allow you to hang multiple bikes in a small space. Multi-hook systems allow you to hang multiple bikes on your wall at the same time. If you have multiple ebikes or a regular bike in addition to your ebike, this is a great option. Each multi-hook system is installed differently, but the general procedure is to drill a steel bar into a section of studs and then hang hooks on the railing of the bar. Then you attach the front tyres to the hooks and hang your bikes vertically.
Any spare hooks can be used to hang a spare tyre, coat, or messenger bag.
3. If you don’t want to drill into the walls, go with a freestanding rack. If you live in an apartment and don’t want to risk your security deposit, freestanding racks are a great option. Look online or in a bike shop for a freestanding rack. Assemble the rack according to the manufacturer’s instructions and place it in a convenient corner of your home. To keep your bike out of the way, hang it on the rack.
Some freestanding racks have two sets of hooks that can be used to hang two bikes together.
4. Keep the ebike hidden away in a basement or bike room. This is the simplest option if you have a basement or a storage unit in your apartment building. Simply place your ebike on its kickstand or lean it against a wall. If there is a bike rack, secure it to it. Just keep in mind that if you’re going to store the bike in a basement or storage unit and won’t be riding it soon, you shouldn’t leave the battery in it.
Ebikes must be kept dry and cool. If your basement is particularly humid or gets hot in the summer, it is not a secure location for your investment.
Some apartment complexes have a separate bike room. If you live in a large apartment building, inquire with your landlord about a suitable location for your bike.
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