Tips for E-bike storage indoor and outdoor

A Detailed Guide to Store your e-Bike Safely - You Must Know!

You Know e-Bikes have grown in popularity over the last few years, and with that growth has brought a number of issues.  While they are great at traveling over both short and long distances alike, the one issue with them is where to store them safely.  If you don't want to lose your precious e-Bike, you will learn here how to properly store it.

When it comes time to store your e-bike, most people just leave it on their porch or lean it up against a wall somewhere. Unfortunately, these aren't good options because they can damage your bike's finish and even cause expensive repairs down the line. You don't want that happening so we've put together this guide on how you should really be storing your e-bike when you're not riding it. 

This guide will teach you everything about properly storing electric bikes including where they should be stored, what kind of rack is best for each situation, and how much space is needed for optimal storage conditions! Moreover, the Himiway e-bike community will provide you with the best answer. We'll also give some tips on avoiding common mistakes like leaving bikes outside during bad weather or leaning them up against your apartment's air conditioner. 

So, let's get started with the guide!

Where to store your e-bike? 

A common question people ask is where to store an electric bike. People typically ask this because they don't want to damage their e-bike's finish or paint job.  So instead of just putting them up against a wall somewhere, you should consider getting an actual e-bike rack.

Things to Consider before Storing Your E-Bike!

When choosing where to store your e-bike, there are a few things you should keep in mind.  Following these recommendations will make sure that your bike is stored safely.

  • Avoid exposing the electric bike to excessive moisture, extreme temperatures, or extremely humid environments.
  • Don't store in a high-traffic location. Your electric bike should not be in the way of others using the same space for their own bikes.
  • Choose a location that provides the right e-bike storage rack. Choose an e-bike rack that is either able to hang or stand your electric bike.
  • Don't store your e-bike in a location where it will be exposed to the elements (sun, rain, etc.).
  • Do not put anything on top of your electric bike. Don't let anything sit or lean on it either.
  • Don't store your bike in a garage that has chemicals, solvents, ammonia-based cleaners, or flammables.

Tips for Storing an Electric Bike Indoors!

If you'd like to store your e-bike indoors, there are a few things you should keep in mind. 

Battery Storage

If you have a lithium-ion battery, then you should store it at 40-80% charge and only recharge the battery when it gets to 20%.  If you have a nickel-cadmium battery, store it at 80% charge with an occasional full recharge every two months.  Be sure to keep your battery away from heat and moisture as well.

Lubrication Tips

Be sure to lube the chain and check for any other moving parts that might need lubrication.  There are several different types of lubricants on the market, so pick one that works best with your bike's drivetrain.

Store your Battery Separately!

If you're storing your electric bicycle inside, then you should remove and store the battery separate from the e-bike.  This will prevent the battery from draining completely and damaging itself. 

Clean Your Electric Bicycle!

After dusting it off, be sure to wipe down your electric bike with a cloth.  This will prevent dirt and grime from sticking to the bike's surfaces.

Keep the Tires Inflated

Depending on your e-bike, you might want to keep it stored with its tires fully inflated.  This will make sure the tires are ready to go at a moment's notice. 

Check for Loose Parts

Before storing, be sure to inspect all the different parts of your bike.  This will help prevent future headaches from loose screws, broken components, etc.

Tips for Storing an Electric Bike Outdoors!

If you'd like to store your e-bike outside, then there are a few things you need to keep in mind. 

Rack Location

The location of the rack you use will depend on the weather in your area.  If you live in a humid environment, then it's best to lean against a building or wall that doesn't get direct sunlight.  

  • If your area is hot and humid, then it's best to find the shady side of the building or lean against a wall. 
  • If your area is very sunny but dry, then lean against a wall where the electric bike will be protected from rain and moisture. 
Choose the Appropriate Rack

When choosing an outside storage rack, be sure to choose one that can either hang or stand your e-bike.    For the hanging option, the rack should be able to hold at least 50 lbs.  If your bike weighs more than that, then it's best to go with a standing rack. 

Inspect & Adjust

Before storing your electric bike, be sure to inspect it and adjust the components as necessary. This will prevent any unnecessary repairs or fixes in the future.

Properly Cover Your Electric Bike

If you'd like, you can even purchase a special electric bike cover to protect your e-bike from the sun and moisture. Electric bike covers come in two main styles: fully enclosed and open. 

  • A fully enclosed cover will completely protect your bike from the elements.  
  • An open cover will still protect your bike but also let it "breathe." 
Proper Weather Protection

Depending on your electric bike, you might need to protect your bike against rain and moisture.  Electric bikes with metal frames can tolerate all types of weather, while e-bikes with plastic frames require extra protection. 

Conclusion - A Few Last Thoughts!

Storing your electric bicycle can be quite challenging.  Luckily, we've given you a few tips and tricks to help make the whole process easier.  If you follow this guide, then you can rest assured that your e-bike is safe and secure.  

On the other hand, you can get help from the Himiway community and ask for opinions and advice. And if you'd like to find out more about electric bikes in general, we've got a lot of great resources on the subject so visit the Himiway support.