Gone are the days when we could finish our bike rides and drop our bikes outside until the next day. Now that we are older and ride e-bikes, it would seem more sensible to store them undercover, but where inside depends on your own situation.
Ideally, your e-bike should be stored in a cool, dry place, away from high humidity; think a garage or a shed.
HOW TO STORE
The most important reason for not storing your e-bike outside is the battery. If the battery is removable, then it should be removed when the e-bike is in storage.
Most e-bikes have lithium-ion batteries, which should be stored in a cool, dry place. Storing them outside in the heat decreases electrical resistance and causes them to discharge quicker. This means that if you store your entire bike outside, you’ll need to charge before you ride and you can expect a decreased battery performance.
You shouldn’t store your battery fully charged. Keeping it under 80% during storage will extend the life of the battery. Also, not leaving your battery on the charger constantly will reduce the already low risk of an electrical fire. It’s not a huge concern, but any battery continuously hooked up to a charging source always offers a small sliver of electrical danger. Batteries can also be kept cold but should be warmed up to room temperature before charging.
If you are storing the bike itself outside and the battery inside (the most likely scenario for e-bikes with removable batteries) then you’ll want to make sure the battery terminals are nice and clean before reattaching the battery. A bit of terminal grease goes a long way to ensure a solid connection and you’ll want to make sure there isn’t any rust building up around any metal connections.
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