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Ride an electric bike on the beach: tires and maintenance

Ride an electric bike on the beach: tires and maintenance

One of the great advantages of electric bicycles is that riding on different terrains (such as sand) is much easier than riding a standard bicycle. However, riding in the sand has basic tire and maintenance requirements.

If your bicycle has suitable tires and you know how to maintain your bicycle, especially the electric parts, you can ride an electric bike on the beach. You need wide tires that can hold loose ground and large fenders that prevent sand from flying.

In addition, knowing how to take care of your beach electric bike is essential to keep it in good condition.

What to consider before riding an electric bike on the beach

If you are going to ride on the beach, it is probably because you are on the beach or in the desert. Either way, sand can cause serious damage to the motor, battery and other components of the electric bicycle.

Think about what it feels like to eat a bite of sand. It’s hard to spit it out completely, right? ! This will be the case if sand gets into your motor or internal components.

The grains of sand are so small that they can be tightly wedged into places that do not belong to them, such as bearings and supports. Unless you have the skills needed to repair your bicycle, you will quickly spend more cash.

Not only may you need to buy new parts, but you must also pay for a professional bicycle repair service to clean all the parts for you.

Another concern about cycling on deep sand beaches is what lurks below the surface. Sharp objects, such as shells, glass, and other things left by humans, can puncture tires.

Therefore, you may need to carry a tire repair kit with you. Of course, this is a good idea whenever you are away from home.

In addition, decide where on the beach you want to ride. Riding on compacted sand is easier for you and better for your electric bike overall. You will be able to maintain better control and not so much loose sand flying onto your bike (and your face!).

By maintaining a lower tire pressure than on the sidewalk, your riding on the beach will be improved. Lowering the tire inflation will help you stay on the sand instead of being buried in the sand.

On the fat bicycle tires that we will discuss later, you can test the correct pressure by venting a little air at a time, down to 10 psi. However, before returning to more difficult terrain, make sure to reinflate the tires to around 20 psi.

For the best riding experience on the beach, please relax and keep as much weight on the rear tires as possible. This will help prevent you from falling off the bike’s head in the first place (just true here).

Buy the best tires for riding an electric bike on the beach

To be honest, being able to ride an electric bicycle comfortably in sand, especially in deep, loose sand, has a lot to do with having the right tires. And you don’t have to buy expensive bicycles to have the right tires.

So, what tires are recommended for sand riding? First, you need wide tires, often called “fat” tires.

Although you can buy a bicycle with 8-inch wide tires, this is redundant for most riders. A 4 inch fat tire is very standard and can be ridden on most surfaces including sand.

The great thing about bikes with tire fat is that they provide a lot of traction due to their width and because they have more contact with the ground. In addition, the fat tires are very thick, making them strong enough to cover rough terrain without being damaged.

When buying an electric bicycle that you want to ride on the beach, be sure to read the reviews about the tires and whether they are suitable for driving on the beach.

You would not do better with an electric “road” bike, because it is more suitable for speed and long distances. Instead, consider mountain bikes, hybrids, or any fat tire bicycles. The fat tires on these electric bikes allow you to traverse rough terrain and sand while still performing well on the road.

Ride an electric bikeHow to maintain and clean your electric bike after riding on the beach

Although it is a good idea to clean your electric bike after every ride on the beach, there is nothing better than preventive maintenance to keep your electric bike in good condition. You can take any measures to prevent damage to the electric bicycle parts, it is all worthwhile.

How to prevent problems with riding an electric bike on the beach

1. Avoid riding in salt water, especially when it looks dirty (as often happens at the beach entrance).

2. Keep the chain clean and lubricated. Make sure the lubricant is completely dry before riding to prevent sand and salt from being attracted. It is generally recommended to use PTFE lubricants.

3. Lubricate other aluminum parts, such as the connectors on the spokes and the sprocket of the pedal.

4. Get professional adjustments. If you often ride in sand or other extreme environments, you will need these more frequently. If you ride often, you may need to make adjustments 2-4 times a year.

5. Riding in the sand means that you should probably ask a professional to remove the sand from the transmission system. You can perform this operation while adjusting.
Good maintenance will protect the important parts of your bike and make your electric bike easier to clean.

The best way to clear the sand on the electric bike (sorry, this is not an easy way)

Every time after riding the sand…

Take a dry rag and wipe off all the sand that can be seen on the entire bike. The sand is easier to remove when it is dry. Then you can use a slightly damp cloth for further cleaning and wipe the entire bike again.

Make sure to enter all accessible gaps without putting pressure on precision parts or letting water enter electrical parts.

Do not spray or wash the electric bicycle. I saw bikers on the forum suggesting that you put your bike off after riding on the beach. However, for electric bicycles, this actually spreads sand (and salt) and damages electronic components.

Re-lubricate important metal parts to dry them out and prepare them for your next ride on the beach.

If you won’t be riding on the beach next time you take out your electric bike…please inflate the tires to standard pressure. Assuming you have fat tires, inflate them to about 20 psi.

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Salt water and electric bicycle parts

Okay, so the general advice here is to avoid cycling directly in the salt water of the beach. Even if you clean the bike after each ride, rust and corrosion can happen quickly.

However, just riding on the beach (or even on the beach boardwalk) will leave you sprayed with salt water by the wind and waves.

We used to ride a bicycle to and from Catalina Island for 45 minutes. When we got home, we put the bikes away. A few weeks later, we went to ride our bicycles and they were completely rusted!

Therefore, if you plan to ride a bicycle on or near the beach, you may not be able to avoid potential salt damage to the bicycle. In addition to rust, your electric bicycle will also suffer additional wear and tear.

Both sand and salt will stretch your chain and break down other important parts. However, if you follow the cleaning and maintenance recommendations discussed above, your electric bike will stay in good condition for a longer period of time.

If you haven’t bought a fat tire electric bike, consider looking for a bike with internal gear hubs (so the motor will not be exposed) and closed chains (if possible). These will help prevent rust and other damage caused by sand and water spray.

Rules for riding an electric bike on the beach or in the desert

Before you ride an electric bike, it’s always a good idea to understand the laws and regulations everywhere.

Obviously, if you are on a densely populated beach or non-motorized driveway, you should be careful even if you think you are away from the desert.

But you should also understand whether the land you are riding has the same restrictions as many people. You might think that it’s okay to ride in the dunes or deserts where there are no people. But the law is the law, and you may be fined.

Also, please pay attention to the e-bike riding rules you hear from word of mouth. Most of what people say on the Internet is opposed to each other.

Don’t pack your bike for a day on the beach without checking local regulations to see if you can legally ride a bike. In addition, each state, county, and landowner can have their own rules.

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