Winter Riding, Keep Warm But Be Safe

The cold wind is biting, the winter rain is piercing, and it is inevitable to feel cold and uncomfortable when riding on the road, so many riders will take some warming measures to resist the cold weather.

Common warmth artifact

Adding a canopy to an electric bicycle can provide protection against wind and rain. Vehicles with canopies are more windproof and warm, but this also brings some risks. In cases of strong winds, the canopy can create significant resistance, leading to instability of the vehicle, reduced flexibility in turning, obstructed rearview mirror visibility, and an increased likelihood of accidents. Additionally, adding a canopy can alter the height and width of the vehicle, potentially affecting the visibility of cyclists behind, thus increasing the risk of accidents.

In addition to the canopy, windproof blankets and handlebar covers are also favorites of many cyclists. The fluffy interior plus the windproof exterior can help weaken some of the'magic attacks' of winter for them. Although it seems to have many benefits, doing so can also bring certain risks. Gloves fixed on the handlebars can affect the sensitivity of the hands, making it difficult to control the vehicle. If the windproof blanket is too large, it will seriously affect the body's balance and agility and may also be caught by passing vehicles while driving.Therefore, it is recommended that everyone use knee pads, gloves, and other flexible warming tools.

In addition to the above measures, some cyclists may also wear their jackets inside out to stay warm. Unlike the above methods, this method of keeping warm is absolutely not recommended! This is because the design of the clothing is different front and back, wearing clothes inside out can hinder the arm's force, thus affecting the flexibility of hand operation. When a person falls, the hands will instinctively look for a support point or try to catch the ground when falling, but if wearing clothes inside out, it is likely to restrict the arms, which may result in the head hitting the ground directly, causing serious injury to the rider. Furthermore, when wearing clothes inside out, the cyclist may need to constantly use their hands to pull up the slipping clothing, which can also distract the cyclist's attention, affecting their focus while cycling and leading to traffic accidents.

Some cyclists are very afraid of the cold, they like to wear a hat, then tie a scarf, and also wear a mask, only showing their eyes. Little do they know, this can block the line of sight on both sides of the eyes, making it difficult to observe the situation of oncoming vehicles from the sides or rear when passing through intersections, changing lanes, or turning, blindly moving forward or changing lanes and turning, thus causing serious consequences. If you want to ride safely while keeping your head warm, it is recommended that everyone choose a helmet with added fleece, which can keep you warm and ensure a broad field of vision.

Charging Safety

In winter, there is a detail that cyclists often overlook, which is charging. First of all, the choice of charging location is important. Electric bicycles are strictly prohibited from charging in enclosed and narrow environments such as stairwells, corridors, or indoors to avoid fire hazards causing property damage and personal injury. Another point to emphasize is that when charging, be sure not to place the charger on a windshield cover or inside the windshield cover, as this is not conducive to ventilation and heat dissipation and may easily cause a fire due to charging.

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